Well, I've been meaning to update on all the recent happenings, but I haven't had time, especially with my sister Melanie and her daughter Brooklyn here. Here are some pics of what we have been up to in the past week or two.
I made a delicious chicken pesto pizza. Click here for the recipe.
Natalie and Brooklyn playing cutely (is that a word?) together. They are so adorable!
Brooklyn is taking walking lessons from Natalie. Natalie is instructing Brooklyn on the fine art of standing from a squat, which Brooklyn has completely mastered.
We went to Kid's Club at the mall today. It was so much fun!
We rode the carousel for free as part of Kid's Club. Although Natalie looks a little woozy in this picture, she really is enjoying it.
Happy Valentine's Day!! The girls woke up to goodie bags full of little toys.
Aunt Melanie got this little necklace for Natalie and a matching one for Brooklyn. She also got a few little toys and a couple of books (yay for the dollar section at Target!).
We even got to go out for Valentine's Day at Chipotle. It was delish! Isn't my husband so handsome in his new shirt?
So there ya go, it's our life. We are doing well. Natalie hasn't gone potty on the toilet again, but enjoys putting random items into her potty and closing the lid. It's ok, no pressure. She'll go again when she's ready. Until then we'll just keep providing opportunities for her to go.
It always seems like babies like things that aren't toys better than things that are. It has always been like this for Natalie, and she is still the same. Her current favorite things to play with are her toothbrush and my old cell phone. Go figure. Ok, mommy brag moment--forgive me. She is learning new words all the time. Most of them don't really sound like they're supposed to, so I get to translate for her. Some do sound right, though. Today in the mall she said "hello" to a lady walking by. It was so perfect! It was more like " 'ello" which is what she calls the phone, but she has never said it to a person before! And the lady understood and said hi back! It was so cute. She can't stop saying "bee bee" whenever she is around Brooklyn, and shouts "bah-pa!" as soon as my dad walks in the door.
I have been signing to her since she was 4 months old so she can learn to communicate with us at an earlier age, thus helping her to not get frustrated and have tantrums in the toddler years. Well, so far the only things she can sign to me are "milk" and "flower" (random, I know). I'm not sure why that is. I know she can recognize more signs because she responds appropriately (such as "more") and she can name animal and people signs (e.g. she says "mama," "dada," "dog," "bird," etc when I make the signs). Oh, she just signed "music" for the first time tonight, and I think she is signing "baby" sometimes. Has anyone had experience with this? I'm wondering if she is not doing the signs because she would rather just say the word, or if she's just still at the stage that she'll do them soon. I know a couple of you have signed with your babies--how old were they when they really started signing?
Well, I'm kinda hungry and I know there's some ice cream with my name on it in the freezer....hee hee. Talk to you all later!