Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Myla at 15 months

Once upon a time I had a baby.

Now I have a toddler.

Her babyhood is just slipping away from me and I know I'm going to forget about all the little milestones if I don't write them down. She's growing up!

Dear Myla,

Hey cutie pie! I could probably read you this letter and you'd understand most of it because I swear you know way more than what you let on. You surprise me almost every day with something you know that I had no idea you had learned. You probably know French or something and you're just waiting for the right time to dish it out.

You are the best sleeper I've heard of and I know that makes me one spoiled mama. You go bed sometime between 8 and 9 and then sleep until about 8 or 9 and then play happily in your crib until I come and get you. Then it's all smiles and requests for your "baw-ul." You slurp down your milk like you haven't eaten anything in days and then run off for some adventures. You are down to one nap a day (about a month ago) and sleep for 3 hours sometimes! Usually just 2, but I'm not complaining.

You have SO many words! I counted a few weeks ago and you were up to 50... so who knows how many you know now. You are so good at saying "please" and "thank you," but I think your most used words are, "hi" and "more." You see some food you want... "more." You make lots of animal sounds and think that everything is "purple." ("What color is this?")

You make the hand motions for patty cake and get the biggest smile on your face whenever you "toss it in the air!"

You are helpful with putting on your clothes and LOVE to get your shoes on - especially because that usually means we are taking a trip outside. You would stay outside all day long if you could.

You play well with most kids and haven't learned the dreaded toddler words yet: No & mine

You finally have enough hair to put it in a pony on top and if I work really hard in pig tails at the bottom - it looks darling!

Your stranger danger is here but you warm up pretty fast - especially if they share snacks with you.

We had Christmas up in Show Low this year and you had a great time opening your presents, rewarding us with many exclamations of, "wow!!" You loved grandpa's piano and had so much fun with your aunt Annette.

Your favorite games are chase (still), peek-a-boo, a blanket chasing game that daddy plays with you, and anything with your tunnel.

Your favorite toys are your blocks, picnic basket with play food, and your "ride" - which is a little red jelly bean shaped toy with wheels that you sit on and we push you.

We just love you so much! Thanks for being our girl!

Love, mama

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!

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