Archive for April, 2011

April 27, 2011

Dear Little Miss: 16 Months

Dear Little Miss,

You are getting to be such a big girl. You seldom look like a baby anymore, which is bittersweet to your mamma. I miss your tiny newborn days, but I’m also embracing this new stage in your life when you are constantly on the go. Sometimes I look at you and still can’t believe you are mine 16 months after your birth! Your daddy and I love you more and more every day, which doesn’t seem possible. I’m so proud of every new thing you do, and I love to show you off to our family and friends! 🙂

One of the cutest little things you started doing this month is ordering Kona into her cage. I’m seeing a trend here…it seems every monthly update features Kona’s cage and a new way you play with it! Now you stand by Kona’s cage and say “O-nuh.” Then you point inside and say “cage.” And to top off the cuteness, you click your tongue or smack your lips to get Kona’s attention when she pays you no mind. Of course, Kona doesn’t listen to you, so I immediately intervene and instruct her to get in the cage. When she’s inside you slam the door shut and smile proudly to yourself. The first time I saw you do this, I felt as if I might explode from the cuteness! This new development is much more adorable than your fascination with climbing inside the cage…

You love to turn the water on in the bathtub. I have to keep the door to the bathroom closed because too many times I have found the water running in the tub! You also love to wash your hands and brush your teeth whenever you see me doing these things. I soap my hands up, put some bubbles on your hands, and say rub, rub, rub. I’m pleased that you enjoy washing your hands so much because you definitely don’t like to have your hands wiped after meals.

You love to help me with things I’m doing around the house. For instance, today I handed you one article of clothing at a time from the washer for you to put in the dryer. This makes chores take a little bit longer, but I know that you’re learning so much every time you do things like this. You also like to help me dust. You’ll put your clothes, shoes, and toys away, but if I want them to stay put, I have to direct you to another activity or you just pull everything out again.

You have three more teeth coming in right now bringing your count up to fifteen. Thankfully, you haven’t been noticeably cranky with this round of new teeth.

I’ve been tossing around the idea of taking away your paci altogether…but even typing that out makes me a little nervous! You only get your paci for nap and bedtime, but you love it so much. You have been sleeping like a dream for the past few months. The only reason I’m contemplating this move is for your little teeth. We shall see how things go and whether I become brave enough in the next month!

That is pretty much all for this month save the improvements you’ve made in things you have already learned to do. You are such a sweet baby girl! Stay sweet and innocent forever little one.



April 8, 2011

Meet Moose.

A couple of weeks ago I promised that I would introduce big boy Moose in his very own post.

Then I got busy. And it got really warm and sunny outside. And quite frankly, I didn’t care to sit down with  the computer and type away about our new pup.

But today is the day. Meet Moose.

He’s nine months old and already weighs over 100 pounds. I mentioned before that Moose is my brother’s dog. He’s in Kuwait, and that is why Moose has joined our family for the time being.

It took a little adjusting for all of us, but I think we have finally gotten into the swing of things with Moose. He still tries to swipe things from Little’s highchair and has knocked her down (always unintentionally) several times, but I often remind myself that Moose is still a baby. He may not look like it, but he still acts very much like a 9 month old puppy. And did I mention that our house is small? If Moose comes into the bathroom, he actually has to back out!

He loves to play with sticks and trots around proudly when he plucks a fallen tree limb from the yard. I’m serious; Moose seems to seek out the biggest sticks he can find! To my delight, he also loves water. I’ve always wanted a dog that likes to play in water, but Kona is definitely not that dog. She keeps a safe distance from the hose while I’m watering the plants. That might be why I was so surprised the first time Moose tried to put the sprayer in his mouth while I was watering. He’s also gotten in the creek that runs next to our local greenway.

I’d say the member of our family who has bonded the most with Mr. Mooser is Kona Bear. It took her about a week to come around, but Moose didn’t give up, and one day I walked into the living room to find them rolling around together. Moose likes to put Kona’s head in his mouth, and Kona likes to nip at Moose’s feet. They play tug of war with sticks, and Kona runs circles around Moose in the backyard. They’re good pals.

I need to get a picture of him next to Daddio or Little so it’s easier to see his massive size. This picture definitely doesn’t do him justice! Moose is a big, sweet baby that allows Kona to boss him around and Little Miss to play with his ears. I’m glad that in just four weeks he has adjusted so beautifully!

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