Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Caught red (and white) handed! :)-

Who would have thought that a pantry could be such a FUN place to play? Well, let me tell you, lately - the pantry is Lucy's favorite spot. I think she likes it because it is a nice, little room - just her size. And she likes being able to shut the (screen) door, too - which makes her think I can't see her (although, as I just pointed out - it is a SCREEN door!). Anyway, aside from the size and the door, of course the pantry is filled with goodies ... although, so far, she hasn't even ventured to look (or grab!) off of the bottom shelf, which she can just barely reach. She's perfectly content with all of the stuff on the floor ... cases of bottled water and soda (SO fun to pull out ALL of the bottles or cans and roll them around on the floor), and empty boxes, mostly. (who needs real toys, right?)

(Lucy in the pantry!)

Well anyway, on Monday, I was making dinner, and Lucy was in her favorite play "room". At some point, I realized that it had gotten awfully quiet (never a good sign), so I peeked around the corner to find her sitting in the corner holding a candy cane, broken in half, completely unwrapped, holding half in each hand, sucking on one half (which was over half gone), with red stickiness dripping down to her elbows! The look on her face was seriously priceless ... she just looked up wide-eyed, like "uh-oh, she caught me!". *Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera in my hands at that moment, so I scrambled to get it and managed to get these pictures right after she took off running around the house, trying to keep me away from her and her candy cane! :)-

All I know is, this child is SO much like her daddy! Can't you just picture Scott, hiding in a pantry, eating all the candy!?! :)-

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Christmas 2009

Although it was technically her second Christmas, it kind of felt like Lucy's first Christmas (last year, she pretty much slept through Christmas!). She had a fun day, and she looked so beautiful in her dress and pretty patent shoes! :-) Her she is smiling at Aunt Emily...
She kind of got the whole present thing ... she especially loved her dolly from Nana, she took it out of the package and immediately gave it a hug! So cute!!! :-)

"mmm... yummy new boots!"

Here is our best attempt at a family picture at Grandma's house ... it's just way too hard to get all three of us looking in the same direction and smiling at the same time, I guess! :)-

Great-grandma gave Lucy a Radio Flyer red wagon ... she loves it! She was looking a little sleepy here though - after a long day of opening presents and entertaining the family! :-)
It was a wonderful, fun-filled Christmas ... we feel so blessed to have so much - and each other!

2010, Here We Come!

I thought about making "update my blog more than once every month (or two!)" my New Year's resolution ... but then I thought, "Who am I kidding? It's just not gonna happen!". Bummer. But oh well. Recording SOME of Lucy's little "firsts" is better than none at all, right? The problem is, the more time goes by, the faster those cute little things that I'll wish I could remember someday seem to be happening -- so when I DO actually sit down to update my blog, it's hard to even remember what all she's done that's "new" since last time -- too much to remember!!!

But, I'll give it a shot, anyway...
Definitely the biggest one this time is WALKING! Though she did take her "first" steps on her birthday (with assistance), about a month ago, she really started walking on her own - right at about 13 months (check out the video at the bottom of this post!). She seemed to go from not walking at all to "full speed ahead" mode! And just as everyone warned us ... she is now into EVERYTHING and she moves fast, so life has gotten much busier, for sure! (Oh, and the baby gate has made it's entrance at the bottom of the stairs, too!)

She is "talking" a lot more, too - although her only actual words are still "mama", "dada", and "hi" - she sure gives a lot of others a good effort, and she has LOTS to say. Her favorites at the moment are lots of "ohs and ooohs" (do those count as "words"?).. it's pretty funny though! I love listening to her talk to herself ... and better yet, sing to herself, over the baby monitor when I put her in her crib for a nap or bedtime. Ah, it just doesn't get any sweeter than the sound of that voice!

A couple of weeks ago, she finally figured out the whole pointing thing, too ... so now she points and says "oh" or "oooh" at pretty much every interesting thing she sees.

Unfortunately, not every new little thing Lucy does is cute and sweet! She has developed quite the little attitude and has thrown a few temper tantrums already! :( This past weekend, we were shopping at Nordstrom with my mom ("Nana"), who loves to show all the "pretties" to Lucy as we go (in this case, some flashy rings and necklaces at the jewelry counter). However, when it was time to move on, Lucy decided she was NOT done and proceeded to throw a fit right there in the middle of the store! Oh goody. Luckily, Nana is pretty good at distracting her, so the screaming and crying only lasted a few minutes (and I just pretended like I didn't know them ... haha!:)-

Lucy has also developed this frustrating habit of taking nearly everything that goes into her mouth OUT of her mouth. We're lucky if we can get three or four bites of food down her before she decides that spitting it out and throwing it over the back of her high chair is more fun. (*Side note: when she started this lovely game, I would get irritated and "growl" under my breath ... so guess what her new favorite sound is ... yep, the growl. Not so cute. Every time I do it, she does it right back with the same irritated look on her face that I'm giving her! Is it just me, or is she way too smart for a 14-month-old???)
Anyway, I'm really not sure what to make of this little food dilemma ... it's not like she couldn't stand to gain a few pounds (poor thing's not even 20 pounds yet!), but I don't see that happening any time soon if she doesn't start actually keeping the food IN her mouth!? It doesn't seem to matter how much she likes or dislikes the food I'm giving her, either ... she does it with pretty much everything! We are struggling with whether or not we should "force" her to eat (which only goes so well with a 14-month-old...?) or just taking the food away and making meal time officially over as soon as she starts in with the game...? Or do we just let her do it and hope this is a phase that passes quickly!? Help!!! (And yes, I realize I better get a thing or two figured out before she is 12 and I have REAL problems!:)-

Well, anyway ... these are a few of Lucy's latest tricks. It's something new all the time, so I can hardly wait to see what this month will bring!

Oh wait ... and did I mention she's already driving!?

This video shows one of the first times Lucy took several steps in a row ... she made it almost clear across the room! The funniest part though is watching (and listening to) Scott at the end ... I'm pretty sure he was more excited than Lucy was! And I think she would have walked even further if her daddy hadn't scared her so much, hooting and hollering for her! :)-