Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
We enjoy going out for breakfast on Saturdays, and we decided to try a new place today - Twin Sisters Bakery. Claire was pretty wiped out from getting her new 'do and slept most of the time while we were eating. This gave Robert and I a chance to actually have a conversation over a meal. :)
On our way home we realized that we were not too far from the Quarry, and we'd heard that a new frozen yogurt shop, Red Mango, had opened there and they were giving away free servings today as part of a grand opening celebration. We got there right when they opened, and since we were some of the first in the door, we got gift bags with free t-shirts and other little goodies. A local radio station was there, and they snapped a photo of Claire as she bobbed along to the music. We enjoyed our free yogurt and will definitely be going back.
Friday, July 24, 2009
"Claire entertained her whole table during snack this afternoon. She splashed her spilled milk and they all thought it was hilarious!"
I can totally picture it. She's figured out how to get milk/water out of her sippy cup by turning it upside down and holding it against the table, and there have been several times I've caught her making a little puddle and then splashing it with her fingers. It is clearly time for us to switch to the cups with sturdier spouts.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Last night I put her to bed around 7, and she went to sleep pretty quickly, but then I heard her fussing around 7:45. I rocked her and walked her around for awhile, and she didn't go to sleep. We tried leaving her in her crib for a few minutes to put herself to sleep, and that didn't work. Robert walked her around for awhile, and that didn't work. Finally after about 45 minutes we decided to see if she was hungry. She'd eaten a pretty good dinner, but at this point we were trying everything in our bag of tricks.
- 1 container of YoBaby yogurt
- A small bowl of applesauce
- Most of a piece of toast with cheese
- About half of a banana
Usually just one of those items satisfies her when she needs a snack, so we don't know where she was putting it! Every time she finished something she'd look at us like "What's next?" We were slightly amazed. After the banana, I took her back to her room and rocked her for a couple of minutes before laying her in her crib, and we didn't hear a peep until morning. Success!
One day a few weeks ago I went to drop Claire off and the directors and teachers asked me if I'd seen the show the day before. I told them I hadn't but had recorded it just in case. They told me that Claire was "the star" and that I had to see it.
Sure enough, there were close-ups of Claire all throughout the segment. She was smiling and happily doing her yoga in one of teacher's laps (similar to this). We have the segment saved and are planning to either get a copy or figure out a way to save our copy to save it for posterity.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Pointing at everything - even the camera lens
The biggest development we've seen in the last month is Claire's comprehension. Although she only says a few words, she understands so much of what we say to her and is learning to follow directions. Our development has community mailboxes, so most nights we walk over (a block or so) to check the mail. A few days ago we started talking about going to get the mail, and she was getting excited. We told her "Go get the key!" and she took off towards the hook on the wall where we keep it. She loves this time and gets so excited when we start out the door.
Her favorite toys right now are her books, the giraffes from her Little People Noah's Ark, and any sort of cup or lid. She loves nesting cups and putting lids on things (and taking them off).
Claire has been eating more things - she still loves her yogurt, blueberry waffles, applesauce, Puffs, and cereal bars. I can usually get her to eat things that are breaded - chicken nuggets, fish bites, mac & cheese bites, and broccoli cheese bites. She doesn't really like many vegetables, but we still offer them almost every meal. We introduced peanut butter, and she loves it, so peanut butter sandwiches make frequent appearances in her meal rotation. We also found that she really likes grilled cheese sandwiches. Girl loves her carbs.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Most of the day was spent driving with a stop along the Natchez Trace for a picnic lunch. We made a detour through Calhoun City, Ma's hometown, to meet up with a couple of her friends. The highlight of the day was seeing Ma's childhood home. She made arrangements with the current owners for us to stop by. They have been doing some renovations but have maintained the character of the home, and we enjoyed seeing the home and hearing Ma's stories of growing up there.
That evening we arrived at Lake Tiak-O'Khata for the reunion. The grounds were lovely, and on Saturday morning Claire got her first experience with a sandy beach. She walked right into the water and had a great time until she got her face wet. After a few tears, she perked up again. She really enjoyed taking a couple of trips down the waterslide with Daddy.
On Sunday morning we gathered everyone for a family photo before returning home. We flew home out of Jackson and had an uneventful trip home. Overall it was a good trip, and we were especially glad to get a chance to learn more about the family's history and actually see the places where a lot of memories were formed.