Archives for November 2016

Alice: Nine Months

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As we look ahead to Thanksgiving tomorrow, I could not be more grateful that this little turkey came along nine months ago to make our family complete. There isn’t a day that goes by that she doesn’t bring a dozen (or more) smiles to my face.

At her most recent doctor’s appointment, Alice weighed in at 21 pounds and measured 2 feet and 4 inches long. Basically, she’s a giant. We’ve already moved her from her infant car seat to a convertible because hauling 30-plus pounds of baby and seat to/from the car was leaving me with bruises all over my legs and pulled muscles everywhere!

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A isn’t walking yet, but can now stand for a few seconds on her own—until she realizes that she isn’t holding on to anything. Then, it’s right down on to her backside she goes. Her limited mobility has not continued to get into everything that she possibly can. She is testing out her ability to climb stairs and furniture and spends a lot of time rolling around on the floor, sizing up whether or not she can fit under the furniture. Recently, I turned my back for a second to set B’s breakfast up on the table and A found the carbon monoxide detector that we have plugged into the dining room. She was quite pleased with herself when she figured out how to activate it. The ungodly noise caused B to fall off her chair. Now any time Alice even looks in the general direction of the thing, her big sister reminds me “Don’t put Alice on the floor! She’ll set off the wee-rector.”

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B pretends to be annoyed when A pulls her hair, but I think she actually likes the attention.

Alice is quite chatty and has picked up all kinds of new sounds recently. Her favorite is “uh-oh” which she learned from B’s new favorite book “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.” Sometimes, she’ll even use it in the right context, such as when she dumps her toys all over the floor. I believe that she is also saying “more”, “milk” and “dog,” and she loves to imitate the nonsense sounds that we make at her. Relatedly, she seems to understand just about everything when say. When we ask her to share her toys, Alice gladly hands them over. Say “Alice, kiss?” and she’ll plant the sweetest peck on your nose. Growl her name, and she knows she is in trouble and immediately bursts into tears. It’s all pretty adorable.

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As always, I continue to love watching the interaction between A and B. Alice clearly wants to keep up with and do everything her big sister does. For example, they both like to stand at the coffee table and do puzzles. In other words, B attempts to put the pieces together, Alice pulls them apart and puts them in her mouth. B yells, “Alice, no!”, pulls the pieces away and the cycle starts all over again. It’s also interesting to see the two of them competing for attention. If I’m snuggling B, Alice does everything she can to make a space for herself in my lap. And, once she gets there, she spreads herself out to take up the maximum amount of space. She reminds me of a large German Shepard who thinks she is a lap dog.

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Favorite things this month include her pink giraffe lovey (and throwing it out of her crib with dramatic flair), toys with wheels and waking up in the middle of the night to “talk” to her sister. Least favorite things? Naps. Always naps. And, as the weather gets cooler, we are learning that she is not a fan of hats.

We had a few fall adventures during the last month, including Alice’s first Linvilla Orchards trip.

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Still wearing a grin, after her first bite of cider donut.

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And, of course, we made sure to dress her up in an outfit that was guaranteed to induce a meltdown for her first Halloween.

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I would like to note that we let B pick the costume. So, Alice, when you are reading this someday, you know who to blame for the fact that the hat was so tight that it furrowed your brow for two hours.

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Trick-or-treating with Skye, from Paw Patrol


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“So, wait….I’m supposed to take candy from strangers?”

Finally, Alice received her “get-out-of purgatory for free” card, with her christening day in early November. Alice looked like a princess that day, and was so well behaved in church. She didn’t even cry when the water was poured over her head (her sister, on the other hand, sat in the back of the church with Nee-Nee, loudly announcing to everyone that she wanted to go home, that she was hungry and that she was tired of hearing those “friggin bells”).

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The most wonderful time of the year is upon us, and I’m looking forward to soaking up every last moment of Alice’s first Christmas season!

Alice: Eight Months

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Alice is two-thirds of the way to a year old. What. The. Heck?

The days feel even more hectic than ever lately, what with chasing after two kids, work and all of the rest of things that life throws our way. Alice continues to be one of the things that keeps us on our toes the most, as she is now cruising along the furniture, pushing her toys across the floor and trying to climb everything in sight. If you remember, B didn’t really walk until she was 15 months old. At the rate Alice is going, I’ll be surprised if she isn’t taking steps on her own by Christmas.

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Allie Girl finally cut two teeth (bottom, front), which have been helpful for her expanding interests in food. She is rapidly losing interest in being spoon fed purees and is only happy when we give her a food item or a spoon that she can hold on to, and feed to herself. Current favorites include puffed rice cereal, shredded cheese, pasta and B’s leftovers.

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In a continuation of what I assume are coping mechanisms developed by second children so that we don’t forget about them, Alice’s hobbies seem mostly to revolve around drawing attention to herself. Her newest tricks include pulling all the books of the shelf and tearing up the pages, sneaking up on Poor Tracy and pulling her tail and throwing herself across B’s lap so big sister will pay attention to her. She spent a lot of time this month practicing her wave, “so big!” peek-a-boo and learning to pull off her socks. She has learned that we find these habits oh-so-adorable, and if have to correct her for something, she knows she can pull out all of these out of her bag of tricks and all will be forgiven.

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We all took our first trip to Sesame Place, and while Alice was too little to partake in any of the rides, she didn’t seem to mind watching her big sister nearly pee her pants on the roller coaster. She spent the whole day perched in her stroller, looking around as if to say “Isn’t it so nice that everyone is having a good time?” She is going to make the most adorable little old lady someday.

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Happy 8 months, Alice Girl. I love you more than pumpkin spice lattes!