Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Myla at 11 months

To my sweet girl,

This month is a hard one for me as your mama - it is the last time that you would be turning a month, not a year... does that make sense? I just feel like your baby-ness is slipping away!

You are a delight! Everyone comments on how smily and happy you are. You especially love wooing strangers with a huge grin until they smile or talk to you. You still have just 4 teeth, but it looks like more will be coming in soon on the bottom.

We've gone to the splash pad quite a few times this month and you just love it! How do I know that? Well, the last time we had just barely gotten out of the car and you spotted the splash pad and started laughing and trying to get over there as fast as you could. You have no fear when it comes to the water and you follow the "big" kids everywhere. You even had a couple of kids "adopt" you the other day (they came and informed me that they were the king and queen and you were their baby princess).

You are walking like a pro and getting faster every day. It seems like you were just taking your first reckless step and now you're everywhere! The second you fall on your bum you start looking for something to pull up on and get going again. You haven't really gotten into cupboards or drawers yet and I think it's because you just have so much fun walking around. It's what you do for the majority of the day. You also love carrying things around with you - clothes in particular, but you also like to carry around your dolly and stuffed animals (even if they are bigger than you are). It's pretty good balance if you ask me!

We discovered a new library this month and you really enjoy the play area and playing with the other kids. You are a social butterfly! No shy bones in that body of yours :).

Daddy wanted to take you to a McDonalds playplace for the first time and you liked it alright... I was happy to see that you do have a safety filter and wouldn't cross the netted tubes that your arms could fall through. Sometimes I worry that you have absolutely no fear, but you taught me that you do have some boundaries (thank goodness).

Your favorite toys are all your books. You just want us to read and read and read to you. You like to kiss the wolf in Little Red Riding hood and really enjoy lift-a-flap books. It's pretty much the only time you stay still.

You are talking more and more and are starting to mimic words that we say. Your favorite word is "ball" and you know what a ball is - whether it is a tiny golf ball or a big basketball, you say, "baaaaallll." You also are pretty consistent with mama, dada, and banana.

I was able to put your hair in a (very small) ponytail this month! Now THAT is a milestone, ha! You still don't have very much hair. It seems to be getting darker - I don't know if you really will end up a redhead!

We took a trip to California with the Fairbanks this month (including your boyfriend, Cohen). You did so great on the trip and really enjoyed the ocean... until you started eating sand and got in trouble for it. You took one big handful and I thought for sure you'd realize how gross it was and stop eating it... wrong. You kept shoveling it in any chance you got. It was in California that you really took off with your walking.

You're still taking 2 naps a day and sleeping about 12 hours at night. We love you baby girl!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Myla at 10 months

My oh my baby girl - 10 months!

Life with you is better than ever! You continually get more sweet, fun, smart, and mischievous. You scare me to death by the way you're not scared of anything... even though you're still unsteady on your feet, you like to let go of the furniture and determinedly walk as far as you can... You used to only do that if we were right there to catch you, but now I see you going for it when I'm across the room. Let's just say you're experiencing a lot more "bonks" lately.

You do enjoy pushing around your walker although you haven't figured out how to turn it. It doesn't bother you one bit when you get stuck, you just let go and walk/crawl away to something else. You still love chasing games and have started chasing us back. You've finally really warmed up to the pool and get so excited as soon as it's in sight. You don't mind being dunked underwater and really like to chew on goggles. You like to mimic what we do - especially "playing drums."

I used to be worried that you wouldn't be much of a talker, but you've certainly put that worry to rest - you babble all day long. Dad and I both think you know what "mamamaaaa" means now because you say it way more when you're around me. You also said "cookie" one morning while trying to get daddy out of bed. I'm sure you didn't know what it meant, but it was sure cute! I think your first official word is "ball." You said it quite a few times while we were playing with your ball and then again the next day when we were playing with it. Today you wouldn't say it, but I think that's just you doing what you want (or don't want!).

We took another road trip up to Show Low this month and you did great. I expected no less after your angelic performance on our 2 week road trip, but it was still a relief! You had so much fun playing with cousins while dad and I helped paint gma and gpa's house. Your great grandpa Buzz has a slip n' slide at his house and we had so much fun with that (you included!). You had some stranger danger back at the family reunion, but that seems to be all gone now. You love to be social and will smile at anyone! You even said "hey!" to an old man in the store after he said hi to you.

You are starting to snuggle more when you're tired and you sleep with a blanket and your zebra snuggle blanket. We find you in the most uncomfortable looking positions, but you're sleeping so well! Every night before dad and I go to sleep, we sneak into your room to kiss you goodnight. We always find ourselves just standing there and marveling over how peaceful and sweet you look while you're dreaming. It's hard to believe that an energetic baby girl like you can be so still.

You eat anything and everything. We joke that you're going to be a body builder because your favorite foods are all loaded with protein... chicken, eggs, and cheese. You also love love applesauce. You can down one of those squeezy applesauce tubes in practically 5 swallows (ok, I'm exaggerating a bit - but just a bit!). Your top left tooth came in this month so you are having no problems eating all that chewy food!

You were babysat by a YW in the ward for the first time while dad and I went dancing and you were an angel for her. I think your favorite person - other than us of course - is Janet. You have the biggest grin on your face whenever she's talking to you and you like to give her unsolicited kisses. I have yet to get one of those, so I'm pretty jealous. I have to request them special by saying , "kiss? kiss? kiss?" Then, only if you feel like it, you lay a very slobbery open-mouthed kiss on me.

Your favorite toys are your books. I think we could read them all day long and you'd be happy. You also like to dance when dad or I sing or when you hear music from your toys or something else. You used to really shake your booty, but now you prefer to dance with a more sophisticated sway. I hope you start doing a combination!

We love you Myla bean!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

He's gone!

He left! He left and it reminds me so much of when dental school is in full swing... I fed, cleaned up, played with, bathed, read to, snuggled, and put Myla to bed all by myself. I cooked and ate dinner by myself. I folded laundry and cleaned by myself. I went to bed by myself and tucked myself in with my huge body pillow. Then, I woke up alone and started the day all over again - just me and the little jelly bean. We swam, we played, we practiced saying "ball", we read, we got bonks and feel better kisses, we went out with friends, we played some more (lots of chasing games tonight - she is so tickled by them!), we disagreed over the importance of getting jammies on for the night... and he's still not home. We miss our dude.

Good thing he'll be back tomorrow!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Myla at 9 months

Myla bean,

9 months has never gone by so fast. You have been out as long as you were in now and I can't believe how big you're getting. You learn new things every day and you are always surprising us with the cute things you do. You're clapping (or trying to - you have one hand open but you keep the other one in a fist), crawling so fast you'd think your pants were on fire, climbing to stand on everything, jabbering with "baba, gaga, dada, kaka, googoo, gaga, etc", and... dancing. It's my favorite! Not only do you dance to music with a good beat, but all I have to do is sing the first few words of "popcorn popping" and you start to move your booty. I need to get a video, pronto.

Your favorite game is "peek-a-boo" and your favorite song is the Itsy Bitsy Spider. You also are starting to understand "anticipation" and squeal and smile when we chase after you saying "I'm gonna get you!!" You can walk on your own pushing your walker around but get stuck when you hit a wall/furniture/person. You LOVE to drink water... whether it's from your sippy cup, our cup, or the bathtub (we try to prevent that one). You really like other babies but you have yet to learn how to be gentle. You are very... assertive. Meaning. you aren't afraid to explore their faces (esp eyes) and try to "climb" them.

We went on an extended road trip and were in the car for about 30 hours total over 2 weeks. Our longest stretch was 6 hours and you did great! We just bought you a bunch of new toys from the dollar store (including a dog toy - which was your favorite) and you were entertained (well, that and plenty of snacks). We went to Vegas where daddy took his first dental board exam and you and I hung out at the pool (hard life, right?). From Vegas we traveled all over including St. George, camping for a family reunion near Cedar City, Eagle Mountain, Newton to see your great grandma Petersen and some aunts and uncles, then to Riverton, back to St. George, and home again. We were all happy to be home - but especially you! You were so glad to be able to crawl around and climb things all day without being strapped in a car!

We were all impressed with how well you did camping. You took great naps, slept (decently) well at night, and only had mild stranger danger with the over 100 new faces. I loved dressing you up in some cozy winter clothes - you looked so cute in a jacket and hat... You don't get much of a chance to wear those here in AZ! I'll do a separate post with pictures about the road trip later.

We've had a little trouble with you pulling up in your crib and not being able to get back down. We thought removing the bumpers would make it so you wouldn't climb up... yeah right! You can get down now by yourself, but you don't like to :). I actually love coming into your room in the morning and having you standing there, peeking over the edge, waiting for me.

You're sleeping like a champ still - 11-12 hours at night and 2 naps during the day ranging from 1.5 to 2 hours each. I'm in heaven! You love to eat and are pretty demanding about it. You're eating about everything and are only starting to get more picky. You aren't needing prunes anymore - so that's nice! When you eat something you really like you start kicking your legs, smiling, and making excited noises. I'd say yogurt is your current favorite food... followed closely by frozen peas (ha!).

You're loving having dad home from school - now you have 2 people to play with all the time!

We love you baby girl - don't grow up too fast.

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