The D Daily Dose

I’m borrowing the title of this page from the site R created for D when she was born, The D Daily Dose. My goal for this page is to write 1 thing daily about or for D, and the briefer the better. I read about a similar idea on the day of her first birthday and thought it would be an interesting way to chronicle a year of her life. Seeing how I was not blogging when she was born and am terrible about keeping up with my pen-to-paper journal, I thought I’d give it a try on here. And so I give you a dedicated space for The D Daily Dose.

I am 1 day late for creating this page, so here would have been my entry for August 1, 2011:

Happy 1st birthday, D! This has been an amazing year, kicked off by the indescribable love you brought into our hearts and lives the moment you were born. Thank you for being our daughter, and I hope we have the strength to be good parents to you and any future siblings. I love you so very, very much.

Oh, and I saw the beginning of your 7th tooth tonight – bottom right, next to the one that’s right center. It (and i’m sure a couple of its friends still lurking beneath the surface of your gums) has been causing you much discomfort lately and left a terrific patch of diaper rash on your bottom yesterday.

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August 2, 2011

Sorry about your finger last night, D. I hope it doesn’t bother you too much today.

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August 3, 2011

You walked last night! And real walking too, not the little single step I’ve seen you take a couple times. You walked all the way across the bathroom from the door to me as I was sitting on the toilet. Because of course the first time you walked would be to me as I was peeing. :) Then you took handfuls of steps to walk to me again in the kitchen after that. I could not have been more excited. Great job!

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August 4, 2011

Apparently you’re already done with this walking business, for you wanted to take off running into your room at school this morning. I was holding you in my left arm, with some new diapers and wipes in my right, and as soon as I opened your classroom door and you saw Miss Anne you tried to fly out of my arm to get to her. So I put you down one-handed so you were standing, and you literally took off trying to run across the room. And you did. For about 3 steps. Then you splayed out on your stomach in a semi-face plant. :) Fortunately you only had 31″ to fall, so it didn’t hurt too badly.

Your legs look good after your shots last night, too, so hopefully all side effects will stay at bay again this time.

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August 8, 2011

You had so much fun this weekend! Saturday we had our big summer party to have everyone over and celebrate yours and Daddy’s birthdays, and you had a blast. You loved playing at the water table we got you for your birthday with all the other kids, you had a great time showing off your new walking skills to all your grandparents (even if you were a little tentative on the driveway and preferred scooting still. ouch!), and you even loved your birthday cake that I made for you. I made sure to keep the candle far away from you this time. :)

Then yesterday we went to the air show down at the lakefront, and you really enjoyed watching everything. Some of the planes were a little too loud and scared you, but those didn’t last long and you were right back to having fun. We are so lucky you have always been such an easy, well-behaved little girl. You don’t care if we go places when you’re supposed to be taking naps. As long as you have some Cheerios and a drink you’re as happy as a little clam.

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August 9, 2011

Today is your dad’s birthday, and I know you are the best present he could have asked for. You’re the gift that keeps on giving. :) Last night you were kind of cranky, but this morning you woke up and gave Daddy a birthday squeak. You are so beautiful and funny, little Squeaker.

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August 10, 2011

We’re going to the State Fair today! Hopefully you grow to love the Hot Wisconsin Cheese as much as we do.

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August 11, 2011

Yesterday when we picked you up at daycare to go to the Fair, you did the most and fastest walking we’ve seen yet. You toddled all the way across your classroom to get to us, arms outstretched. We couldn’t believe it and were so proud of you!

You were also the most excellent child we could have asked for the entire time we were at the Fair, which ended up being 8 hours. You took an hour and a half nap in your stroller at one point, had some snacks and milk throughout the day, and thoroughly loved seeing everything and watching all the people. You especially loved when I put your jellies on you so we could walk around the WI Products Pavilion and stretch your little legs. Your first WI State Fair was a success!

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August 12, 2011

Last night you peed on your changing mat as I was putting your nighttime diaper on you, and then after I took your pee-soaked pjs off and had you naked on the floor trying to clean up you peed down there too. I didn’t even know you could hold that much pee at once! So we went and washed off in the sink, then I let you run around naked for awhile. It was the funniest thing ever. Little Baby Frankenstein, stomping out of her bedroom, into the kitchen, through the dining room. You make us laugh, and it is wonderful. I love you so much!

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August 15, 2011

I missed you very much while I was gone this weekend, Squeaker. And now you don’t just walk, you run!

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August 16, 2011

Yesterday when I picked you up from daycare I learned that you’ll be moving up to the next level room in 2 weeks. Since you walk so much now, you had spent a couple hours in that room yesterday, and even went out and played with the bigger kids on the playground! So today we had to take shoes for you to wear outside. You don’t just go on your buggy rides anymore. You’re growing up so fast, Squeaker!

I’m also going to start trying to replace your morning bottle with milk in a cup. I hadn’t thought much of it until the last day or so, but I think it might be time. We’ll keep your bedtime bottle for awhile. Today you didn’t really want anything to do with the cup, so you only had a drink or 2 of milk before you went to school. I hope you’re not too hungry, but I did let your teacher know.

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August 17, 2011

So you’re not moving up a classroom in 2 weeks, there was a mix-up in their paperwork. That doesn’t bother me at all, since we love your current teachers. And you didn’t really like your milk in a cup again this morning. You took a few more drinks than yesterday, but still not much by any means. Hopefully by the end of the week you’ll accept the change and drink up. At least the new overnight diapers I got yesterday worked like a charm last night – no pee bed this morning!

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August 18, 2011

You are apparently loving this 1 year old gig. You started walking the day after your birthday, now you run, and yesterday you blew out your first pair of shoes. Hooray! Unfortunately, the overnight diapers I was so excited about totally blew it last night. There was a huge lake of pee in your bed this morning. Ugh. And you would not even touch your morning cup of milk today. I’d really like you to start drinking out of it in the mornings instead of a bottle, because I think it’s about time for the switch since you drink your milk in a cup all day too, but now I’m worried that you’re not getting enough milk over the day’s time if you have none in the morning. Again, ugh.

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August 19, 2011

No pee leaks last night – hooray! No milk out of your cup again this morning – boo. So I caved and gave you back your bottle of milk before daycare. I just feel awful that you don’t get milk before school when you don’t drink out of your cup, and that feeling is far outweighing the need to switch yet. So Mommy’s instinct wins and you get your bottle back. :) We’ll switch later, no big deal. I don’t mind the bottles at all, and at nap and bedtimes they definitely still help you fall asleep. Plus they’re just as easy as a cup I think, so we’ll just wait. You kind of tripped and smushed your face into my knee and shin this morning and started crying, too, so that made me want to give you your bottle anyway. Yes, I’m easy.

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August 22, 2011

We had a great weekend, Squeaker. Auntie M and Unkie C were in town, so they picked you up from daycare on Friday and you had a ton of fun playing with them. They left yesterday morning, so we then spent the whole day playing together and didn’t have to go anywhere. You are now officially down to 1 nap in the middle of the day – it was the first time I couldn’t get you to take 2 naps on a weekend. So yesterday while you were napping after your lunch I laid out in the sunshine in the hammock and snoozed a little myself. Then we set up your water table again in the backyard in the afternoon and you had a ball splashing around in there and carrying your toys all around the driveway while we were outside.

2 other big doings this weekend – Saturday we saw your next tooth popping through. The front left one next to center now (to mirror the right one that came through on your birthday) – this makes 4 on top and 4 on the bottom. We also finally switched you to your convertible car seat, and you seem to be loving it. We had it out on the living room floor for awhile before we put it in the car, and you had a great time climbing in and out of it to just sit there holding your Sesame Street toys (your new favorites). I love you so much, you little peanut.

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August 23, 2011

Last night as I rocked you to sleep after your bedtime bottle and again when you woke up in the middle of the night (fortunately a rarity these days), I snuggled you in extra close, kissing your cheeks and smelling your wonderful baby-ness. Some people may say you’re getting too old to be rocked to sleep, but I don’t care. I love it. And I know these night-time snuggles will start dwindling all too quickly, and I will miss them dearly.

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August 24, 2011

You are the funniest little thing in the world, Squeaker. Your squeals of delight and the speed with which you come to me when I pick you up from daycare are simply awesome. Last night you were toddling around the backyard while Daddy worked on his bike, “helping” by carrying around the allen wrenches. You even climbed up the back porch steps by yourself, but you’re still not too sure about coming back down. You did wake up again last night (i should say early this morning), but I think you might be getting a little cold, as evidenced by the return of snot rivers and a little congestion. Hopefully it doesn’t last long, since you spent the better part of the first half of your life with a never-ending cold. And hopefully it is what’s causing the nighttime wake-ups, not the beginning of a new and unfortunate sleep pattern.

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August 25, 2011

I went to go meet your new little friend S last night, so missed seeing you after work and getting to put you to bed. Daddy said you went to bed at 6:45, though, and then you slept until 6:30 this morning! You must’ve been one tired little Squeaker. I went in and gave you a good-night pat when I got home. And I was happy to see that your snot rivers were not present this morning when your beautiful little self awoke.

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August 26, 2011

You were in such a funny mood this morning, Squeaker. Daddy was holding you up in the air on the way out to the car and you were giggling and chuckling as loud as could be. You did the same thing when he took you out when we got to daycare. I love your little laughs and seeing your face crinkle up in happiness.

I tried a new cup with milk again this morning, and you took it for a second, but then realized it wasn’t your bottle and shooed it away. Foiled again. I’ll try giving it to you at dinner tonight with milk, see if you like that any better.

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August 29, 2011

You woke up at 4 this morning and I gave you about half a bottle of milk, which I usually don’t do when you wake up at night anymore. But you had been asleep since 6 last night, so I figured you were probably hungry. You gobbled it down then instantly turned into my chest when it was empty, since I always still put you up on my shoulder after you have a bottle. Your sweet little instinct to snuggle into Mommy warmed my heart and made that early morning sleep interruption worth it. I love you, Squeaker. And you started drinking milk out of your new cup at meals this weekend too. Score!

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August 30, 2011

Daddy got you a new bike seat to ride up in front on his bike instead of being pulled in your trailer, and it along with the helmet he ordered for you arrived yesterday. You love it! You’re not crazy about the helmet, since you don’t like having things on your head, but with you riding up by Daddy and out in the open you need one. It’s so cute though – pink with lady bugs and flowers and stuff on it. As you took off with him for a test ride yesterday afternoon I could hear your squeals of delight all the way down the block.

The past week or so has seen you making a lot of new sounds too. Your favorite words now are “bdyap” and “bdips”. You guys must be working on b and d sounds at school. And we learned yesterday that you are now moving up to the next room as of Sept. 6. You’re getting so big!

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August 31, 2011

You absolutely loved your ride home from daycare yesterday in your new bike seat. And you looked so cute in your helmet! However, your fondness of 4am wake-ups lately is not so cute. Please stop them, thanks. Love, Mommy

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September 1, 2011

Happy 13 month birthday, Squeaker! Not quite as momentous as last month’s, but I still think it’s your something birthday every time a new month starts. So apparently you got my vibes about stopping the 4am wake-ups, but today it was 5:20 – 20 minutes before my alarm goes off and a full hour before you usually get up. What gives, kiddo? You did drink a little milk from your purple cup this morning, but then were so tired and fussy I just gave you the rest of your bottle from last night so you had some sustenance after your early start time today. Are more teeth on the way?

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September 2, 2011

So you pushed back your wake-up time to 5:40 today, which is when my alarm goes off, so I guess that was ok. You had a big pee puddle in your bed again, though, which stinks. You did have a poopy diaper, too, which may have attributed to the overflow. I guess 12 hours is really more an estimate on the time limit of those things, not a definite.  But you enjoy playing in the bathroom with your toys while I get ready for work, so it’s not too bad. I didn’t even bother with the cup of milk today, just went straight for your bottle so you didn’t cry about it and wake Daddy up too early.

We had fun watching the Badgers’ first football game of the season last night, and you were grooving in full-on jam mode when Daddy turned on the Badgers music. But you had to go to bed shortly after kickoff. Today’s your last day in the Teddy Bears room at daycare, so you wore your Bears onesie just for Miss Anne. :)

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September 6, 2011

Today was your first morning in the Busy Bees room, and I must admit I was a little sad to take you away from Miss Anne and Miss Jo Ann in the Teddy Bears after you gave them your thank you notes this morning. I’m sure you’ll like your new room, but it seemed like you just didn’t want to leave your old one.

You have been testing us lately by standing in your froggie chair when you know you’re not supposed to. You’ll climb in, look to make sure we’re paying attention to you, then stand right up and make this little grunting noise to confirm we see you misbehaving. We keep telling you “Sit down” and “Feet down”, since I think they say feet down at school so you know that one, but you keep right on standing. Yesterday I think I finally figured out the key though – ignore you. If we don’t look at you when you climb in you’re much more likely to just sit instead of standing and trying to show off. Lesson #1 learned for Mommy.

We took you on a bike ride yesterday in your new little seat and went to a couple playgrounds, and you loved it! Seeing you play on the equipment and go down the slides squealing with delight was so awesome. You especially loved the swings. I see many more days like that in our future, little squeaky pants.

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September 7, 2011

You had a great first day as a Busy Bee yesterday, Squeaker. This morning the teacher in the room where we drop you off before you go into the Busy Bees room said she thought she was going to have to hold you until you went to your room so you didn’t get run over by the bigger kids, but you did awesome! You got down and held your own just fine, getting right in the thick of it and playing with everyone and everything just like the rest of ‘em. I’m so proud of you!

I really hope your head does ok on our flight tonight. Last night you woke up whimpering a couple times, one of which I did end up going in your room and you started crying so hard while I was changing your diaper that you almost choked on all your snot/spit a couple times before I could give you your bottle to calm down. I’m praying that your bit of congestion doesn’t make you miserable for our trip. I know it’s happened to me before and my entire head felt like it needed to explode. I can’t imagine the pain you’d be in and not be able to tell anyone. I’m taking 2 bottles of milk and your cup for water on the plane, so hopefully those will help keep your ears right. We’re going on an adventure tonight!

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September 11, 2011

I saw your sleep smile again today, Squeaker, and it made my heart explode. You did great on both flights this weekend, falling asleep before takeoff on the way out and sleeping the whole way, then falling asleep shortly after takeoff on the way home today and sleeping about 3/4 of the ride. Thank you! Unfortunately, you are sick. Your cold turned nasty yesterday, with a slight fever, no appetite, a lot of throwing up when you cough and gag, and horribly sad, sleepy sick eyes. You didn’t let it stop you as the cutest flower girl in the history of flower girls at your aunt and uncle’s wedding yesterday afternoon, though.

Today is the anniversary of a terrible day, D. I hope you never have to experience one like it in your lifetime. I was there and witnessed the horrible things that happened that day, and I am so very, very lucky to be here today to be your mommy. I love you so much.

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September 12, 2011

I stayed home with you today to get you in to see the doctor, and you have croup and a double ear infection. You poor little thing; you just whined in misery most of the day. You did get an oral dose of a 3 day steroid for your lungs at the doctor’s office and we started you on amoxicillin again for the ears, so hopefully you’ll feel better soon. I hate seeing you in pain, especially when you can’t tell me what’s wrong. I’m just amazed you barely made a peep on both flights these past couple days with all that mess going on inside you.

I’ve also noticed how many people lately have been saying how tall you are. Guess you’re going to take after Mommy and Daddy in height for sure.

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September 13, 2011

Sorry, Squeaker, you’re still sick today. You woke up screaming once last night, then I could barely roust you this morning. I changed your diaper and gave you some milk before I went to work, but then you fell right back to sleep. Another sick day for you today, home with Daddy. I sure hope you can stop coughing and feel better soon. Your poor little body needs some food before you waste away to 15 lbs. You did stand on the regular scale like a big girl at the doctor yesterday, though, weighing in at 20.7 lbs.

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September 14, 2011

Fingers crossed, but I think you may finally be on the mend. You didn’t wake up in the middle of the night last night, just coughing a little before 11 and then again a little before 5, so that’s better than the past couple nights. And you ate a tiny bit of dinner last night, too. A couple bites of hot dog and cheese, and some Goldfish, but I’ll take it. That’s more than you’ve eaten in about 4 days. You’re back at daycare today, so I hope all goes well.

When we dropped you off this morning the teacher said she’s still blown away by how sturdy you are when we put you down to stand in the classroom. That’s my girl!

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September 15, 2011

Well, little one, you’re still sick. Surprise, surprise. The past couple days you’ve been waking up really early, needing to be changed, having a bottle to calm your coughing, then going back to sleep before we leave for school. Unfortunately I don’t think your milk helps your phlegm and sore throat situation at all, so more often than not you start coughing again then end up barfing up all your milk. And sour milk stinks! After this morning I have to wash our sheets, your sheets and mattress pad, your jammies, my pj shirt, and Daddy’s pj shorts. At least you ate all your meals and snacks at daycare yesterday, which is more than you do at home.

And for some reason Daddy’s had to be the one to get you during these early morning episodes. I don’t hear a thing until he brings you into our bed with your bottle. This is weird, because I usually hear every noise you make during the night. I’m not sure why I’ve stopped.

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September 16, 2011

You ate dinner last night! And slept through the night again with minimal coughing! My fingers, toes, and eyes are crossed that you are finally on the mend from this nasty sickness. And we’re going down to Grandma’s tonight for the weekend, so I know you’ll have fun and be showered with plenty of attention there.

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September 19, 2011

Good news – I think you’re finally back to normal. You ate and slept great all weekend, and your fun, goofy little spirit has returned. Hooray! You actually like taking your medicine now, too, as opposed to trying to push your lips together as hard as humanly possible to avoid having to get the dropper in there like last week. Ahh the joys… Grandma and Grandpa especially loved having you visit all weekend too!

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September 20, 2011

You greeted me with wake-up farts in your crib this morning as I was getting my pants and shoes out of the closet in your room. Then you gave me some more on my lap as I gave you your bottle of milk before school (yes, still a bottle. i know, i know, i haven’t switched to the cup yet). You really are your daddy’s girl, and I love you so much.

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September 21, 2011

You walked all the way across your room at daycare this morning when we dropped you off, just so you could keep waving good-bye and smiling at us. Then you finally turned to go play with the toys and teacher. (i hate when you watch us leaving, so i was very glad you toddled off to play today) It both broke my heart and melted it at the same time.

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September 22, 2011

Today was the first time you didn’t want to go to school, and it sucked. I carried you into your room to wash your hands as we do every morning, but instead of going straight out into your room to start playing when we were done, you got down on the floor and crawled back over to me to be picked up. Then I couldn’t hand you off to your teacher – you were buried in my shoulder in a head-down bear hug, holding on for dear life. This I love, but it broke my heart that you didn’t want to be let go. Finally I decided to try some books, since you love those. We knelt down by the bookshelf and found Good Dog Carl, one I remember from my youth that has a Rottweiler on the cover, and since you love puppies this got your attention immediately. So once you were engrossed in the books with the teacher, I quietly ducked out.

This was so out of character for you, Squeaker. Usually you’re totally ready to get right into your room and play with everyone and everything. Fortunately you weren’t crying – if you were I don’t know if I could’ve left you. And this was after your teacher just finished saying how wonderful of a kid you were. Apparently yesterday one of the teachers in your main room said how great it would be if all the kids were like you – you’re always ready to go outside when it’s time, you’re always ready to help clean up when it’s time, you’re just an all around awesome little person. That made me so proud!

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September 23, 2011

Daycare drop-off went much better today – back to your usual walking right in to play. Whew! And you now have 5 teeth poking through. FIVE! Ouch.

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September 25, 2011

The sounds of your little feet padding through our house and your belly laughs are the most wonderful things in the world. And your head snuggled up under my chin after you fall asleep makes my heart basically explode.

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September 26, 2011

We had so much fun this weekend! Saturday we went downtown for a little Oktoberfest, and you loved being outside and seeing all the puppies. Even if it was raining, you didn’t mind one bit. Then yesterday we went to the Brewers game and got to sit in a suite, and you had a ball walking all around with your little cup of snacks watching all the other bigger kids. Everyone commented on how cute and well-behaved you are, and as usual, it made me so proud. I love you so much, Squeaker!

Your molars are really starting to poke through now, too. I’m surprised they don’t seem to be bothering you more, but you do have your fingers in your mouth a lot lately. Hopefully they stay pretty uneventful for you.

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September 27, 2011

Last night you were in a great mood, and it was hysterical. When I got home you were sitting in your usual play corner in the living room, drinking a bottle of milk, and when you saw me you got up, bottle clenched between your teeth, and starting toddling towards me and clapping. So awesome! Then as I was changing clothes before the gym you were pulling pieces of arcade buttons out of a bag in our bedroom and handing them to me, so I would line them up one by one on our dresser. I stepped out of the room for a minute and noticed that you were still walking over to the dresser and putting them in your own little pile, just as you’d watched me do. You are so smart, and you amaze me more every day. I love you!

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September 28, 2011

I just have to say it again – your laughter is infectious. Especially when you fake laugh at something. And you love puppies and squirrels. You have also now perfected saying “uh-oh”, except it usually comes out “oo-oh” because you say it with a tiny little Cheerio mouth. You’ve been signing “all done” and “more” for months now too, which really helps at meal time to tell if you’re finished or not.

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September 29, 2011

Last night as I was giving you your bottle before bed you were gripping my left thumb with your left hand. I hope I always remember when your hands were this little.

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September 30, 2011

You turn 14 months old tomorrow – wow! These past couple months have flown by, after your first year seeming to go by just right.  I read a story yesterday about a little girl who experienced something horrific at her daycare center, and it scared the living shit out of me. Thank heavens she was ok, but the whole situation could have ended in tragedy. I pray that I can protect you from such scenarios, and if, god forbid, one was to ever happen to you, I just hope that I am strong enough to teach you well what to do. Please know you can always tell me anything, and I will fight to save you with every fiber of my being. You are my life now, Squeaker.

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October 3, 2011

You have a cold again, sweet pea. Ugh. The snot rivers and coughs are back. I’m hoping it’s not a continuation of your double ear infection from a few weeks ago, so I’ll try to get you into the doctor for a recheck of them. We had a great weekend despite the sickness, though. Saturday you played with Grandma all day while Daddy and I went to the Brewers’ first playoff game, then yesterday the 3 of us went to the game together. You konked out in the car on the way to the ballpark and slept in your car seat for about an hour, which you desperately needed. As usual you were the hit of the game – playing with everyone at the tailgate, smiling at all the people we passed inside the park. Daddy made you a shirt with a mini-super logo on it, and you were the best WI sports fan ever!

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October 4, 2011

You had a pretty rough night again last night – lots of coughing and I was up for an hour with you at one point, changing your barfy sheets, washing your hair, changing your diaper and jammies, and trying to get you back to sleep with your bottle of water. I have a bad feeling your ear infections may not have been fully cured last month and are rearing their ugly heads again, so we’ll go to the doctor for a recheck today or tomorrow. As tired as I am this morning, I didn’t really mind our wee hours session – rocking to comfort you is what I love. I will always be here to rock you, whenever you need it.

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October 5, 2011

You have another tooth coming in! I discovered it last night when I was “brushing” your teeth with my finger and your toothpaste, since you’ve hated me using your little rubber finger toothbrush lately. It’s another top one, the first molar on the right side. I let you play with a regular toothbrush to see if you liked that any better than your rubber finger one, and if you could get the hang of moving it around your teeth. Not too bad – you liked chewing on it more than actually using it. You had another awful night last night too – more coughing, but fortunately no barfing. Daddy was up with you off and on for a couple hours. Hopefully you both get to sleep through the night tonight.

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October 6, 2011

So, little peanut of mine, we went to the doctor last night and there is absolutely nothing wrong with your ears, throat, or lungs. Not a hint of ear infection left, no fluid at all in there, lungs sounded perfectly fine, and your throat was a-ok. So what gives with this nasty cough? Guess it’s just a cold. I’m sorry you’ve inherited my penchant for coughing uncontrollably when I’m sick. It’s so not fun. I slept out in the living room with you last night so you could stay propped up on some pillows on the couch. We thought it would help the mucous drain, and it did seem to work. After starting out coughing a lot in your crib when you first fell asleep at your normal bedtime, you slept all the way through the night in your little upright couch nest. Almost… You decided to try to flip yourself around at approximately 5:30, which got you all discombobulated and woke you up fully, an hour before usual. Awesome. We tried to put you in bed with Daddy with your bottle to go back to sleep, but you were having none of that. So you played in your high chair in the bathroom with me while I got ready for work. All seemed well until I took you out to go put your clothes on and discovered the little present you had left behind…

Good morning to you too!

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October 7, 2011

I picked up your poop this morning when it fell out of your diaper onto your changing mat. Splendid.

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October 10, 2011

Squeaker, you are getting so big. Last night as I was rocking you with a bottle I realized how much more your weight bears down on my arm now, and how much farther off the edge of my legs your little feet hang. And just the other day I saw you reaching farther on top of the end table in the living room than you ever have before. How did this happen? Where’s my baby going? I know you’re only 1, and definitely still our little little girl, but realizing your growth can be a little shocking sometimes. At one point this weekend I looked over and you were reaching up to your highchair tray to get some Cheerios, then decided to start hanging from the edge. Yeah, we’ll have to work on curtailing that adventure before the highchair falls over on top of you. I don’t think you’d enjoy that very much.

It’s a very exciting time for the Brewers, too. I know you have no idea what’s happening at the games, but yesterday we went to the 1st game of the NLCS at Miller Park, and the Brewers beat the Cardinals to open up the series. Hooray! You finally fell asleep in the stroller in the last 2 innings, and I was so happy the roaring crowd didn’t wake you when we won. By far, the cutest little fan in the stadium. You woke up afterwards when we were talking to some of Daddy’s cousins, aunts, and uncle, and of course everyone was happy to see and play with you. We all love you so much.

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October 11, 2011

Another night at the ballpark for you last night, my dear. Game 2 of the NLCS, and unfortunately the Brewers lost. We headed home before the end because you desperately needed to get to bed. You’re still coughing until you gag/puke sometimes, which you did on the way home last night, so I really wish that would go away. The doctor said there’s nothing wrong in there, though, so I have no idea what’s causing it. I just hope it goes away before the weather turns, which might even make it worse.

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October 13, 2011

Oops! I totally forgot to write to you yesterday, Squeaker. I’m so sorry. Last night we went hiking up to Parnell Tower with you in the backpack carrier, and you loved it. You wanted to touch every tree in the woods, you squealed in utter delight when you saw a puppy up at the tower, but you did get a little unsettled when it got pretty breezy up at the top. You obviously enjoyed this hike much better than last year’s, just about exactly 1 year ago, when you just hung in the Baby Bjorn on Daddy and really had no idea what was going on. Plus it was raining then, and last night was gorgeous. We missed the best Fall colors by a week, but there were still plenty of leaves for you to “oo” and point at in amazement. Sorry you only had Cheerios from your little tub and a bottle of milk for dinner on the way home, but after your bedtime crying jag you slept wonderfully all through the night.

This morning you woke up all smiles and playfulness, as usual. I absolutely love that time of the day – when I flip on the closet light and you realize I’m there, and instantly light up. You’ve taken to flopping and rolling around your crib when I come to get you, being all silly and fun. I hope you start every day off full of so much love forever. I love you, peanut.

Oh one more thing… This morning you loved it when Daddy made his fingers “pop” out of his mouth, so now your favorite thing is to suck on your pointer finger and fling it out of your mouth in imitation. So funny.

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October 14, 2011

I looked back at you on our way to daycare this morning, and saw your little head turned to the left, looking out the window. I always wonder what’s going on in that little brain of ours, what you’re looking at while we’re driving, and can’t help but be amazed. You’re a little person. A perfect, wonderful little person. And I’m just so happy that we have you.

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October 15, 2011

A bonus note today, Squeaker, since I’m not usually on here on the weekends. But we had a great day today, all playing together the whole time. We didn’t have to go anywhere, and it was wonderful. Daddy got you a Magna Doodle and letters/numbers mats for the floor this morning, and you are absolutely in love with them. I’m so happy he got the floor mats, especially, because with no carpet in our house I’ve been wanting to get you some of those or a rug ever since you were born. You like stepping and dancing on them, and scratching your little finger nails across the nubby rubber. And you barely put the Magna Doodle down after we took it out of the box for you. I think we have a little artist on our hands!

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October 17, 2011

You always have so much to say when you wake up in the mornings, and it is adorable. Today you were still sleepy when I went in your room to wake you, so you just laid there babbling away with your head still down on your crib mattress. Too cute.

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October 18, 2011

Watching your excitement every time you see Daddy in the mornings when he wakes up is so wonderful. You instantly perk up when you hear him walking into your room, and you always want to get into the bathroom to see him when he’s in there getting ready for work. This morning he slept a little later than usual, so we had to go greet him ourselves with a little D-on-the-bed action. You were thrilled!

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October 19, 2011

I rocked you to sleep last night with a bottle for the first time in a week or so, and your slowly closing eyelids filled my heart yet again. I love watching you sleep, so peaceful and beautiful. You woke up crying once during the night, but fell right back to sleep on my shoulder when I went in to comfort you. A bad dream maybe? I wonder what you know so far that would cause nightmares in that little head.

This morning you came the closest to falling off your changing table yet. You’ve been flopping around up there for months, but today when I stepped 2 feet to the right to get clothes out of your dresser, you flipped onto your stomach and fell about halfway over the edge before I caught you. See, I told you to stay put up there.

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October 20, 2011

You’ve started doing this new little quick step dance that makes me laugh every time. You do it at all different times too, so I’m not yet sure what it means, or if it’s just for fun. But you’ll stand there and stomp your feet in place really fast. Sometimes you do it on your play mat, sometimes when you’re waiting for something you want like a bite of food from my plate, and sometimes you seem to do it just because. Impatient? Excited? A combo? Either way, it’s funny. For now, that is, until it turns into the start of a toddler tantrum…

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October 21, 2011

You almost have a word – Moo! One of your favorite books is Who Says Moo? about a little cow, and you now say “Mmmmm” when we say “Who says moo?” You’re getting the hang of this talking thing, now we just need to add a couple Os on the end there. And we both heard you say “mama” the other night, but of course Daddy doesn’t want to count it as an actual first word since we couldn’t get you to repeat it.

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October 24, 2011

Grandma babysat you last night when Daddy and I went downtown for a concert, and her report was as glowing as always. She said how funny you are, marching around the house following her and carrying your toys with you; how smart you are, knowing to try to put the cap on your bottle and minding what you can and can’t play with even with Mommy and Daddy not there; and how content and happy you are, just playing by yourself and making yourself laugh with the silliest things. You have no idea how happy and proud that makes me to hear. You really are a great little kid.

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October 25, 2011

Oh, little peanut, you got so sick last night. Right after I went to bed at 10 I heard you coughing in your crib, which is nothing new lately. However, a couple coughs sounded really weird, and I had a feeling something wasn’t right. Sure enough, right when I got to the door of your bedroom you started crying and I found the problem. You had barfed all over your crib, then laid your head down and smeared it all over your face, hair, and pjs. It was disgusting, and I felt so bad for you. You kept rubbing your little fists in your eyes, which of course just made it feel worse. So Daddy got up too and helped me run you a bath, and he changed your crib bedding while I got all the barf washed off you. It was A LOT of barf, too. Fortunately you went back to bed easily once you were all clean and puke-free, and slept fine the rest of the night. This morning you were your usual happy little self, so I’m hoping that was just a bad night and not the start of the flu. For any of us.

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October 26, 2011

This morning right before we left for school/work you didn’t want me to put you down so you came into the bathroom with me, which is nothing new and different. We think you’re teething again, upper eye teeth and molars – awesome, so you’ve been especially clingy and whiny lately, even at school, which surprises them since you’re usually so happy. You didn’t even eat any dinner last night, just drank your normal bottle of milk before bed. But anyway. So this morning I set you down as I had to pee, because that’s hard to do now while holding you. Before I sat down, however, I farted, and you stopped, looked up at me, and with a totally blank expression on your face made a “pppfft” raspberry noise with your lips. I almost died laughing, because it was basically the exact sound my fart had just made. I thought it was hysterical, and had to tell Daddy of your fart impression. Quite the little myna bird you are, my dear.

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October 27, 2011

I saw your next tooth last night. Upper right, first molar. And it must be a doozy because it is seriously messing with your state of being. I mentioned some symptoms yesterday, but bedtime was kind of a battle again last night, too. We were carving pumpkins, and it took Daddy about 4 tries to get you to finally go down. You didn’t want dinner again, so your bedtime bottle of milk was pretty much all you had besides a couple bites of actual food. Plus you cough so hard when you cry you throw up still, so that resulted in a couple bedding and pj changes last night as well. Hopefully these teeth get fully in quickly so you can feel better. You had a lot of fun helping Daddy dig out the guts of your little pumpkin, though!

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October 28, 2011

Oh, sweet baby D, why does some of the stuff that comes out of you have to be so nasty? This morning Daddy got you out of your crib and announced that I’d better run you a bath because you had pooped all over. A blowout?? Again?! I thought we were past that stage. Ah well. So you got an early-morning sink bath in the kitchen.

 

Today you’re trick-or-treating with daycare in the hospital that’s right next to your building, and I’m coming to watch. I can’t wait! You have your ladybug costume on today and it’s pretty much the cutest thing ever.

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October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween, Peanut! You were the absolute most adorable ladybug at daycare on Friday, and the prettiest Little Red Riding Hood last night that I have ever seen. You were having a sad morning on Friday, but you did great trick-or-treating with your daycare class and didn’t even notice when I left. Last night you were having a ball carrying around and playing with the pumpkin full of candy before trick-or-treating, then loved going up to the doors to get your own candy with Daddy when he took you up and down our block. So much fun, even though it was chilly and windy.

 

Unfortunately you didn’t have the best night’s sleep last night. From 2:30-5:00 you were up about a half dozen times. I was up with you the first couple, then Daddy tried giving you a bottle of milk for awhile, then finally I slept with you in the glider chair in your bedroom for the rest of the night. Fortunately you were your normal happy little self when you got up for the day today. I wonder what that was all about. You did take a 3 hour nap yesterday, but didn’t seem too sick or anything otherwise. You had some diarrhea this weekend, too, but you were staying hydrated, so maybe your little tummy was bothering you again.

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November 1, 2011

Happy 15 month birthday, Squeaker! You gave me a big hug and a kiss before we left daycare this morning. I can’t think of a better way to start a day. And last night you were sitting on Daddy’s lap playing with your puppy Violet, and watching you 2 together made me so happy it brought tears to my eyes. You are a wonderful little girl, and you make our lives so much fun.

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November 2, 2011

I had a parent-teacher conference with your daycare teacher yesterday, and of course you got a glowing review. She said you really are a great kid, and she wasn’t just saying that because I was your mom. ;) You love to participate in activities, you listen to instruction, you are happy and well-behaved, you go to your teachers when you need comfort, and you’re even starting to drink out of little Dixie cups with no lids! However, she did tell me that no, you do not swipe your hands across your tray when done with your food to fling it all over the room and floor. So you save that one just for us, eh? Real nice, thanks a lot.

 

Last night was some terrible sleeping again. Growing pains? You went to bed around 8, not out of the ordinary, with little issue. A little over an hour later, though, as I was just about to go to bed, you woke up crying. Why? 2 hours, 1 diaper change, 1 barf, 1 bed change, 1 book reading, 2 bottles, and finally Daddy rocking you when he got home from his concert later, you were finally sleep for good. What gives here, kiddo?

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November 3, 2011

You were an absolute star at the doctor last night, Peanut. You had 2 booster shots in your right thigh, which made you cry (more so because we had to take your Cheerios away beforehand), but we sat you up right away afterward and started saying, “Good job, all done!” and the tears stopped within seconds. Fortunately I was smart and ran our errands before the appointment instead of after like we usually do, and I already had all your clothes back on you before the shots so all we had to do was roll your pant leg back down. You even walked right out of the office all by yourself, not in my arms. Then we had to go down to the lab and get some blood drawn. I think this hurt me more than you – seeing your tiny arm in a tourniquet and having to squeeze you so you didn’t move made me feel worse than I think the needle in your arm made you. You did cry, but didn’t flinch one bit and just watched the little tube fill up with blood the whole time. Again, right afterward we said, “Good job, all done!” and you were a-ok. You got a pony sticker and walked right out all by yourself yet again. I was so happy!

 

Unfortunately I think you’re feeling the effects this morning, especially in your leg. You cried all morning from the time you woke up until the time we went to daycare, and I think moving you and touching your leg really does hurt you. Daddy said you were even kind of walking with a bit of a limp when you went into your classroom. You did get to take your new favorite tractor book with all the flaps to school today since it seemed to comfort you, so I hope it helps. I’m so sorry, little one. I hope you feel better soon!

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November 4, 2011

Last night I witnessed something I’ve never seen before. I was scrubbing your head in the bath tub, because you’ve had a little bit of cradle cap for the past couple months that the doctor said will now not go away on its own. So I was scraping all the little scaly patches off after I washed your hair, preparing to wash it again to get them all out. This was kind of an effort, too, and took probably a good 10 minutes. Guess I should’ve taken care of this sooner. Anyway, pretty soon I heard your breathing get really deep, and I looked down at your little face to see you had fallen completely asleep right in the bathtub! I guess you enjoy having your scalp massaged as much as Mommy does at the salon.

 

Your poor leg is still bothering you a bit from your shots, and you cried a little this morning when you woke up and had to move it. Nothing like yesterday, fortunately, but you still have a little bit of a limp from it, too. This stinks, because they’ve never affected you like this before. Maybe it’s because you’re getting bigger. And I did see your next tooth poking through last night – top left cuspid. That makes #15!

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November 7, 2011

Another great weekend in the books, Squeaker. Saturday night we went to a family wedding reception, and you had an absolute blast running around in your party dress and shoes. Up the steps, across the raised seating area, down the steps, across the front, repeat a million times. It was so fun to watch. You’re really growing up! And I kept commenting yesterday how tall you looked. You slept almost 12 hours Friday night, took a 2.5 hour nap Saturday, and took a 3 hour nap yesterday, so you really must be growing.

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November 8, 2011

Mommy’s been back at work after maternity leave with you exactly 1 year today, Squeaker, and not a day goes by without me wishing I could be staying at home with you instead. You get smarter and smarter every day – last night I noticed that when it’s time for your bedtime bottle of milk you go right to the refrigerator, knowing where it is. Impressive, squirt.

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November 9, 2011

So we’ve noticed a trend here, Squeaker. Well I guess it’s not entirely new, since you started doing it awhile ago, but it hasn’t been as prevalent until recently again. It’s the throwing yourself onto the floor and “crying” when you don’t get your way. Especially when you want a bottle of milk and we give you a cup. We’re trying to slowly but surely wean you off bottles all together, but you’re fighting it. I wonder how long this will take… Your teachers also said yesterday you cried every time they tried to get you to paint, which you usually love to pieces. Weird.

 

But on a brighter note, it’s pajama day at daycare today. Fun!! You wore a little pair of brown and cream zebra-striped jammie pants and top (i’m assuming they’re jammies, anyway. they’re hand-me-downs so i’m not for sure, but i don’t know where else you would wear velour-looking pants, even as a toddler) and took your bunny lovey that says Della.

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November 10, 2011

Sorry, peanut, you woke up in a pee lake again this morning. Guess it’s time to switch it up to the next bigger size for your nighttime diapers. You’re almost ready to move up in your regular ones too, so I’m not that surprised. And totally unrelated, but you are getting very good at getting off Mommy and Daddy’s bed all by yourself when you’re done running around up there. You know exactly how to turn around and slide off backwards. You’re still a little hesitant because it’s a pretty good drop when you’re less than 3′ tall, but with me right behind you ready to catch a fall you slip right onto the floor to your feet with ease.

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November 11, 2011

I’m kind of at a loss today, peanut. Nothing spectacularly funny or out of the ordinary happened last night or this morning to report. You did bump your cheek on the shelves at daycare after your nap yesterday and got a little bruise, but fortunately nothing major. Your teacher said you were being very sweet all day too, giving her hugs the whole time. That makes your mama so proud and happy to hear. I love you.

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November 14, 2011

Grandma came up to babysit Friday night and Saturday morning, and of course you loved every second of it. She brought a new book and plush toy, which instantly became your favorites. Spot the puppy and Where’s Spot?, another lift-the-flap book. Hopefully we can keep these flaps on a little better than in your other books. You were in kind of a mood the rest of the weekend, though – a little ornery, didn’t want to take your naps or go to bed at your usual time, so I think that left you a little tired this morning. Hopefully you have a good day at school though, in your adorable little dress from Daddy’s cousin-in-law Kristie (even though it’s for the wrong team. we need a Bears one):

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November 15, 2011

So, sweet pea… Your weekend seems to have caught up to you yesterday, as you slept for 12 hours last night. But this morning you were a little cranky again, and very clingy. Not that I don’t love the constant hugs and you wanting to be in my arms, but it’s really hard to put in earrings and make coffee with a 23+ lb. toddler occupying one entire arm. Fortunately you went right into your morning room at daycare without issue and started playing right away. Growth spurt? More teeth on the way? And in unrelated news, you now wear size 4 diapers during the days and size 5 at nights. Wow!

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November 16, 2011

You have now learned how to jump. It’s so cute!

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November 17, 2011

The weirdest thing happened last night, peanut. Daddy got a big box in the mail after dinner, and when he opened it up it was full of packing peanuts and a new tool. When he pulled the tool out of the big shipping box, however, you got really scared and started crying hysterically. We had no idea what had happened, because you were just standing there watching him, holding your cup of snacks, then all of a sudden you burst into tears. I don’t know if the packing peanuts falling off the tool and all over the place was what did it, but you were really frightened. So we both held you and comforted you, but you cried for a really long time afterward. Odd, since we’ve never really seen you do that before. And you are still in a little clingy phase, but I love you wanting me to hold you so that’s not bothering me in the slightest.

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November 18, 2011

Sorry, Squeaker. I think you kind of froze on our walk home from the mall and dinner last night. You were really crying by the time we got back to our house and your poor little hands were bright red and freezing. But you wouldn’t keep your mittens on! Fortunately you took a nice hot bath and got snuggled into your jammies right afterward, so you were much better then.

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November 21, 2011

Saturday afternoon we were unloading all the Thanksgiving groceries in the kitchen, and a song came on the radio that you apparently loved. You started dancing and twirling and jumping and bopping to the music. It was the most adorable thing ever. Sorry we didn’t get to see you much yesterday since we went to the Packers game and Grandma came down to play with you all day, but fortunately you only have 3 days of daycare this week before the long holiday weekend. Hooray!

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November 22, 2011

You woke up in your usual great mood today, Squeaker, as Daddy got you up and changed/dressed while I finished up after my shower. You were running around on our bed laughing and squealing, playing with Spot and the remote, and when Daddy peeked his head in the doorway you started chuckling even harder. So wonderful.

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November 23, 2011

It’s Thanksgiving tomorrow, Squeaker! My favorite holiday of the year. This year I think you will fully enjoy our meal, whereas last year you were just a tiny nursing baby still. And we won’t make you wear the silly little turkey hat this time. :) This has been another year full of blessings, with you at the top of our list.

 

Yesterday when I picked you up from daycare you were funny again. You were walking around with your tongue hanging out of your mouth when I walked in your room, then you crawled under the little sink you guys have in there and sat for a minute before you would come out to put your coat on. Your teacher said that’s your new favorite thing to do. Must be your “fort”.

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November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving, Squeaker!! We are so very, very thankful for you and all the joy you’ve brought into our little family.

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November 28, 2011

We had such a great holiday weekend, little one. Spending Thanksgiving at home just you, me, and Daddy was wonderful. You LOVED the cranberry sauce Daddy made, as well as playing peekaboo in your 3-sided box “fort” in the kitchen. Then Friday you and I drove down to Grandma’s house to spend the rest of the weekend with that side of the family while Daddy went up to Sheboygan Falls for his high school reunion and then onto Madison with friends to watch the Badgers on Saturday. Everyone had so much fun playing with you and seeing you run around now. And I discovered your next tooth on Friday too – top left, first molar. You now have a matching set on each side up there. I could see both sides of the points, so it’s probably been poking through for a few days now. You’ve been doing a lot of chewing on your fingers, too, which would be a tell-tale sign.

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November 29, 2011

Last night you were playing with your little learning laptop, and when you close the “screen” it says “Good-bye.” Each time it did this you would then say “bye” too. Is this the start of more actual words besides “uh-oh”? I hope so!

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November 30, 2011

Daddy gave you a bath all by himself for the very first time in your whole life last night so I could decorate the Christmas tree! I was so excited!! I’ve been trying to get him to do that for oh, about 16 months now, and he never has. I heard you laughing away in there as usual the whole time, so he was obviously doing it right. Good job, Daddy!

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December 1, 2011

Happy 16 month birthday, peanut! You woke up 3 times last night between 2:30-4:30. Just wanted to celebrate early?

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December 5, 2011

We had a great weekend down in Peoria together, Squeaker. You were an excellent passenger in the car, and you had just as much fun seeing and playing with all of Grandpa Frank’s family as I did. It’s obvious they love you more than anything, too.

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December 6, 2011

You are absolutely LOVING the little pieces of chocolate from your 2 advent calendars this year. Each morning you run to the bench where we have them sitting by the front door and want to get your loot. You do the same when we come in the door each afternoon after daycare, too. Good thing there are 2 so we can split up the sugar high.

 

Also, I just got you a share of Green Bay Packers stock. Daddy could not be prouder!

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December 7, 2011

Ok, 2 things: 1) After your bath last night I let you run around naked for a bit to try and combat your diaper rash. You were playing in the kitchen when you squatted down and peed all over the floor. Then you slipped in your own pee and started crying. Whoops.

 

2) You REALLY need to stop hitting. You’ve started doing it more often, and when I tell you “No hitting” you then start hitting your own face, which I hate. This morning you walked right into daycare and hit a little girl in the face. Totally unacceptable.

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December 8, 2011

Well good news, I guess. I asked your teachers when I picked you up from daycare yesterday if you’ve been hitting, and they both look shocked and said oh no way. In fact, they said you’re a very well-mannered kid, one of the best in your class, and they haven’t seen you hitting at all. I told them how you do it at home sometimes when we tell you not to do something or don’t let you do something and then turn it on yourself, and they said no, they haven’t witnessed it there at all. Then I relayed the story of how you walked in and hit the little girl yesterday morning and how you hit Debbie’s grandson last weekend, and they both looked very surprised. They said they would definitely be letting us know about it if it had been happening there, and that even on your crabby days when you need a little more attention than normal you’re still a great student. You have no idea how relieved I was to hear all that, so I figure it’s just a toddler phase that comes out of frustration from not being able to use words yet. It’s ok, Squeaker, we’ve all been there (even though none of us remembers it, ha!).

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December 9, 2011

Daddy got a new hand cart for moving stuff, and you are loving using it as your own personal sleigh. You squeal with delight when we push you on it, and you will even pull yourself around with your feet if there’s no one there to push. You’re so silly and I love it. I brought down from the attic plush Grinch and Max dolls the other night, and you’ve been carrying them around the house like you’re old friends. I absolutely love watching your personality grow more and more each day.

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December 12, 2011

You sprouted a weird little rash yesterday, Squeaker. It looks like little pimples/blisters on your hands, feet, and backs of your thighs, which initially made me think it might be hand, foot, and mouth disease (because there is a sign on the door at daycare saying there’s been a case of that in another room). But you have no sores in your mouth, nor have you had a fever at all. You’ve seemed perfectly fine, eating and sleeping normally, and not acting like the bumps are bothering you at all. I’ll call your doctor today, see what they think. Hopefully it goes away soon.

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December 13, 2011

You have hand, foot, and mouth, you poor little thing. I took you to the doctor yesterday afternoon and she found a few little sores on the roof of your mouth, which confirmed it. It’s viral, so there are no antibiotics for it, so we just have to wait it out. You’re home from school with me today because of it, but I’m not calling that a bad thing by any means. I hope these things go away soon!

Also, when I put you to bed last night, you let out a few sleep giggles in your crib. I had to just stop and listen, it was so sweet.

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December 14, 2011

Fortunately the sores on your hands and feet look a little better today, so you are back at daycare. But you started crying when I dropped you off because you wanted to read me a book. Breaks my heart.

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December 15, 2011

Your sores look much better today, so I think this hand, foot, and mouth is on the way out. Daddy dropped you off at school this morning, which seemed so weird. I’m not sure there’s been a day yet where I wasn’t there to take you. You had a bad day yesterday they said, with much more crying and TLC needed than usual, so hopefully today is better for you.

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December 16, 2011

Good news, peanut. Your sores look much, much better, so hopefully HFM is almost done. Unfortunately, last night you had a cough that made you barf again after you went to bed, so I really hope that doesn’t stick around for the trip to Hawaii. Also, we have your Holiday party at daycare this afternoon, for which I’m oddly excited. I baked some candy cane chocolate chip bars last night and took them in this morning, so hopefully people enjoy them. I felt like such a mom – baking goodies for my daughter’s first Christmas room party. Aww… ;)

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December 19, 2011

We had so much fun playing at home all weekend. Your little spirit is simply amazing, and I laugh with you constantly. You didn’t want anything to do with Santa at your party on Friday, but that’s ok. We’ll try to go see him at the mall near our house for a picture later this week. This morning you were a little sad again when I dropped you off at daycare, so I had to make a quick exit when you turned around before you saw me again. Fortunately you had one of your favorite books with you today for a little distraction and comfort. Also? You’re getting so tall!

Part 2:

Bonus entry today! I forgot this part earlier – Daddy was playing with his remote controlled car yesterday in the house. He drove it to your bedroom door as you and I were in there trying on your clothes for Hawaii, and it scared you like nothing I’ve seen before. You jumped at every move it made and shrieked in sheer terror. You scrambled into my arms as it came around the corner, because you couldn’t see Daddy was making it go. I felt so awful. I’ve never seen you so scared.

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December 20, 2011

Man, were you crabby last night, peanut. It started when you threw your bowl of macaroni off your high chair tray while you were eating dinner, so I held your hands and told you no, we don’t do that. You started crying and didn’t stop for, oh…. ever! Even once you’d had some more to eat and got all cleaned up and out of your high chair, the tears continued the whole time. Geez. A little dramatic, don’t you think? Apparently the terrible 2s decided to come a few months early to our house. Hooray!

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December 21, 2011

Your little tantrum spell continued last night, Squeaker. I’m sensing a new pattern – get home from school; start crying; keep crying no matter what until supper; eat supper with the possibility of food flying all over the floor which will result in more crying; potential crying after supper unless a bath is on the agenda; play time; you get your rag, put your head on your shoulder, and go to the refrigerator signaling you want your bottle of milk for bedtime, even though it’s usually 2 hours before bedtime (stinker); sit with Daddy on the couch to drink your milk for a bit, fooling us into thinking you’re lulling into sleep mode, then pop up with a laugh and start playing again; repeat the last step 3-4 times before actually going to bed around 8:30 now. Ok, challenge accepted. But this morning you were too cute, trying to step into my shoes with your little feet which already had your shoes on them.

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December 22, 2011

Your crying jag was more subdued last night, squirt – thank you. There was some crying before/after dinner time again, but not as bad as the past 2 days. We’re trying to hold off on giving you your bottle until at least 7, so you don’t go through 3 of them by the time you go to bed. We kind of succeeded last night. But true to recent form, you went to bed around 8:30 again. I really hope you do ok with our flights this weekend, especially the long one to Maui.

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December 23, 2011

Santa Claus came a little early to our house yesterday because he wanted you to be able to play with something before we went on vacation, and I’m so glad he did. You got a Lightning McQueen ride-on car, and you LOVE it! You zoomed around the house on that thing non-stop last night, and Daddy just told me you’re back at it again this morning. You’re so funny. We’re going on a big trip this weekend!

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December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas, Squeaker! We made it safely and smoothly to Maui yesterday from Denver, and you were so well-behaved the whole time. Unfortunately you started throwing up at Uncle C and Auntie M’s house Friday night and continued in the car on the way to the airport yesterday morning, so that was not fun at all. Thank heavens you were fine on the airplane, though, and even took 2 naps. I thought it was over and may have been altitude sickness, but you threw up again in the car on the way to the hotel yesterday and then once last night here after supper. You did sleep through the night last night without issue though, so fingers crossed it has passed. We’re going to have a great week in Hawaii, squirt!

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January 3, 2012

Happy New Year, peanut! We had an absolutely wonderful vacation this past week and a half, and you especially had so much fun playing with everyone each day. You loved splashing and swimming around with us in the pool, and we were hard-pressed to find you not attached to Grandma almost every second. You turned out to be an excellent little traveler, even taking an hour and a half nap in the airport in Denver yesterday when we were delayed over 5 hours coming home. Thank you!! You made our Hawaiian vacation even more special than it would have been, and I loved watching you exploring and remembering your new environment every day. I will admit that airplanes are a little cramped with a toddler on your lap, but there is no other toddler I’d rather have on my lap than you! I think 2012 is going to be a great year for us, Squeaker.

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January 4, 2012

Well, we’re all back at work/school today, and I can’t say that I’m happy about it. I was pretty worried how this morning would go dropping you off at daycare since you’ve had almost 2 weeks without it, but fortunately it went ok. You did turn to come running to me with a squeaky little face on when we went into your morning room, but I was able to distract you by taking you over to the bookshelf to pick out a book with puppies on the front to take over to your teacher. I then slipped out quietly while you were taking your seat in your favorite little chairs. I hope the rest of the day goes smoothly for you.

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January 5, 2012

All right, child. I see getting back on our regular schedule after Hawaii will be a little tougher than I thought. The first 2 nights back on the mainland you were up until 11pm, the 3rd night was more reasonable with a bedtime shortly before 9, then last night you went to bed just after 7. However, you were up from about 3-5am this morning for some unknown reason. That was not nice. We’re trying to give up your bottle right now, too, after spoiling you with it whenever you wanted it on vacation. This should be interesting.

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January 6, 2012

You slept through the night again last night, hooray!! Hopefully you’re finally getting back on our regular schedule instead of Hawaii time.

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January 7, 2012

I’m not usually on here on weekends, squirt, but I had to write this down. Tonight was your first bedtime with no bottle. Yippee! We’re trying to phase out your bottles all together, and after giving them to you whenever you wanted them at any time of the day while in Hawaii, we made that task a million times harder on ourselves. Today I was able to get you down for your nap with no bottle, just reading you a story off my phone, so I hoped I could do the same tonight. I had conceded that you could still have 1 bottle only at bedtime, so around 7 tonight you started acting sleepy and doing your usual bedtime routine – putting your head down on your shoulder, getting your rag off your crib rail, and going to the fridge to get your bottle of milk. So I took you into your bedroom to rock with the bottle, assuming you’d be asleep by the end of it, but when it was empty you hopped off my lap and stayed up for another 2 hours. By 8:30 you were a little walking zombie, so I took you in your room with a book to try to get you to sleep with reading again. You fought it for awhile and we went through a couple books multiple times, but finally just after 9 your little eyes closed for good. And hopefully you sleep well and through the night completely.

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January 9, 2012

All right, fingers crossed, Squeaker, but last night made 2 bedtimes in a row with no bottle of milk for you. In fact, you had zero bottles yesterday all together, and only that 1 on Saturday night all weekend. I really hope this continues for good and means the end of the bottle era for you. I would be very happy if I washed your last bottle last night. Last night’s bedtime went much more quickly than Saturday night’s, but you also had only a short morning nap yesterday, too. Let’s hope tonight makes 3 in a row!

Unfortunately, you were crying when we left daycare this morning after dropping you off. You had kind of a rough week last week too, for the 3 days you were back at school. Hopefully this morning isn’t a sign for the week ahead. I hate hearing you cry as we walk out.

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January 10, 2012

Well 3 bedtimes in a row now with no bottle, squirt. Thank you. However, you were up again last night for the better part of the 2-3am hour, for who knows why. It took 2 turns from both me and Daddy to finally rock you back to sleep. You need to figure this out again – you usually sleep so well. I heard you crying as we left daycare today too, which I always hate. You had taken your cup of apple juice in the car to school and wanted to take it in, so I asked your teacher if you could have some juice in your room. She gave you a nice little cup of apple juice and you pulled out your tiny chair at the table to drink it, so I thought all was a-ok as we walked out. But as soon as we were partway down the hall you must have noticed we were gone and the cries began. I’m sorry, little one.

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January 11, 2012

Another bottle-less bedtime last night and sleeping through the  night again. Whew. You also now love to run out to the living room to see Daddy after your bath while you’re still naked and do somersaults (with Mommy’s help) on your puppy rug. There’s just something about an ecstatic naked baby that makes me laugh. Unfortunately, you had another crying meltdown when I left you at daycare today. You had gotten a book again and were sitting at your little table, but as soon as I stood up to leave the cries began and I saw you trying to squirm away from the teacher while wailing on my way out. :(

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January 12, 2012

Well, the cries at daycare continued again today. I really don’t know what’s changed this week to make you hate the morning dropoffs, but I hope it goes back to normal soon. I can’t stand leaving you there so upset. I forgot to mention this yesterday, but the day before when I picked you up from daycare your teachers had some bad news to report. Apparently you had just been separated from one of the little boys in your class for an altercation – they said you pulled him down by the hair! All right, D, I know it’s normal for babies your age to act like that, but you need to learn that will not be tolerated. No way are we going to raise the class bully. Gheesh.

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January 13, 2012

It’s Friday the 13th today, Squeaker. Watch out for black cats at daycare. ;) Fortunately your crying this morning sounded pretty short-lived. You were on the teacher’s lap and looking at a pop-up keyboard toy as I walked out, so hopefully you didn’t start back up after that. So I guess that’s progress, eh? I’m definitely looking forward to this 3-day weekend at home with you.

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January 16, 2012

It’s official – no more bottles! Hooray! Yesterday marked 1 full week of no bottles for you, at bedtime or any time, and I’m so happy about that. You now go to sleep either just on your own (you do like to crawl up on our laps to snuggle and snooze) or while we’re reading you a book and/or rocking in the chair in your room. Thank you!

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January 17, 2012

We had a wonderful long weekend together, Squeaker. Saturday we went up to Sheboygan to spend the afternoon/evening with Daddy’s family at the annual holiday party, and you had so much fun running around the place and watching all the big kids play. Then Sunday Daddy went up to Lambeau for the Packers game, so you and I had the entire day at home to ourselves. It was heavenly. Yesterday was another day at home, just the 3 of us. I went to meet your newest little friend who was born Saturday night, Jack, and he is absolutely adorable! I’m so happy you will have such a great group of kids to grow up and play with, since our friends are so close.

You woke up screaming last night, though, around 2am, and were seriously frightened. I had to turn on the light in your bedroom for you to be able to see me and calm down. Fortunately today’s daycare dropoff was tear-free. You were still a little hesitant watching us leave, but we got waves good-bye instead of cries.

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January 18, 2012

You have become very fond of the Peekaboo Barn app on my phone, little one. You’ll walk over to me, pick up my phone, wiggle like you do when you want to read a book, and happily play with that thing as long as I’ll let you. It’s amazing to see how your little fingers know to swipe across the screen, just like Mommy and Daddy’s. You slept through the night again, but then you cried this morning at daycare when I dropped you off. I was hoping the sad dropoffs weren’t going to continue.

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January 19, 2012

You were so funny when I was rocking you before bed last night. You were a little whiny and squirmy, not wanting to go to sleep as we were reading, so I put the book away and just cradled you in my arms and bounced you for a little while. After a few seconds you started doing what you used to always do to signal you were sleepy – just let sound fall out of your mouth so you could hear your voice vibrating with the bounces. It was so cute, since I haven’t heard that for a long time now. It worked, too. It probably took only a minute or two of hearing your own voice before your eyelids were too heavy to keep open any longer. I held you for a few minutes more, just rocking as you settled further into your slumber before putting you in your crib for the night. I love those moments.

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January 20, 2012

No tears at daycare this morning! Almost, but not quite. That’s improvement.

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January 23, 2012

We drove back from Grandma and Grandpa’s house really early this morning, so we knew daycare dropoff was going to be sad again today. I think hand, foot, and mouth is coming back a little bit too, so hopefully it doesn’t become a full-fledged case again. Daddy’s working from home today, though, so he’ll be able to pick you up earlier than normal today. I can’t wait for the day we no longer have to take you to daycare period.

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January 24, 2012

You didn’t have a very good day at daycare yesterday, peanut, so fortunately Daddy was home and could go over to get you in the early afternoon. You were the only one not napping on your little cot when he got there. He stayed home with you again today – you have a low-grade fever, some bad coughing, and just generally aren’t feeling well, as evidenced by your little cries all night and morning. I was up with you for about half an hour around 2 again this morning, so I had a feeling one of us would be staying home with you. As much as I hate seeing you feeling sad and sick, I must admit I felt much better coming to work today knowing you were home in Daddy’s care instead of lonely at daycare.

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January 25, 2012

Well now it’s my turn to be home with you today, Squeaker. Can’t say I’m too sad about that, honestly, since I’d rather be spending every day home with you, but I hope you feel better soon. I hate seeing your sad little sick eyes since you’re not sleeping well. Your fever is still low – 99.5 – even though you felt like you were burning up when I got you out of your crib this morning. Your appetite is still around too, so that’s a good sign. I hope you get some good naps in today so you can heal. Right now you’re in your play corner reading books, which is absolutely adorable.

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January 26, 2012

You’re back at school today, so hopefully your day goes ok. You did take a 2 hour nap yesterday afternoon and slept mostly through the night last night (1 wake-up around 3), so I hope those are signs you’re on the road to recovery. Still a good amount of coughing and runny nose, but no fever this morning. Feel better, Squeaker!

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January 27, 2012

You slept 12 hours last night, and I could still barely wake you up at 6:30 this morning. I’d say the healing process is happening. It’s so funny, because even when sick your first words when you wake up are still usually “woof woof”. Puppies must be constantly on your mind. You were coughing a pretty good amount still this morning once you were up and cried a little before daycare, but we took your shapes book to school today since it’s shapes week this week. That helped comfort you a little, because you were able to go right onto the teacher’s lap to start reading, your favorite activity. Today is star day, so you wore your little outfit with a star on the pants and shirt. I really hope this cold leaves you soon, little one. I hate seeing you uncomfortable and in pain. But we’ll be home together again all this weekend!

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January 30, 2012

We had a wonderful weekend at home, Squeaker. We didn’t have to go anywhere, and you got to stay in your jammies all day yesterday. You love putting things on your head. Yesterday you were putting your rag on your head by yourself to play peekaboo, and you also put a little toy fishing net that Auntie M got you in Hawaii on your head too. You’re such a fun, silly little girl. You also have a great memory. Saturday I was playing on the kitchen floor with you, then scooted into your bedroom with you on my lap, and you imitated that scooting the rest of the weekend.

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January 31, 2012

I guess we might have to start giving you a bedtime snack, because both days so far this week you’ve awoken and signed that you want to eat right away. Today we let you take your little cup of Cheerios in the car, but of course you started crying when we made you leave them in there when we got to daycare. Your teacher gave you a snack again as soon as you got in the room, though, so that made you happy. And you’re moving up to the next room already next week! Fortunately it’s the room into which you go each morning anyway, so you know it and you’re ready.

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February 1, 2012

You’re 18 months old today, Squeaker! A whole year and a half – I can hardly believe it. And each day just keeps getting better. Last night you were in such a good mood. You kept making yourself laugh and just being overall silly. At one point you built a tower out of your duplo blocks and carried it proudly into the dining room to show me. So cute! And I gave you a little piece of cardboard to clip on your easel so you could color on it with your crayons and you started tracing your hand like you guys do at school. I was so impressed! Daddy and I are so proud of you, and we love you so much.

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February 2, 2012

You had the longest “conversation” I’ve heard yet last night, and it just made me laugh. You were sitting at the dining room table with your 2 bedtime books as I was cleaning up the kitchen, and this long string of babble just kept coming out of your mouth. You were obviously telling me something because you were looking at me and pointing at various intervals the entire time, but for the life of me I couldn’t figure out what in the world you were “saying”. It was so cute, and I can’t wait until that babble is replaced with actual words so I can know better what to say in reply instead of just “Yes” and “Mm-hm”.

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February 3, 2012

Today’s your last day in the Busy Bee room at daycare, Squeaker. As of Monday you will be a Shining Star. Your teachers said you’ll probably only be in that room for 6 months too, because at age 2 you’ll move up to the next room where they begin potty training. Yikes! Now time seems to be speeding up after all – you’re growing up so fast.

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February 6, 2012

We had so much fun this weekend, little Miss Squeaky Pants. Grandma was here overnight on Friday until you went down for your nap on Saturday, which of course you loved. Then Saturday evening you and I went to see some of our friends and you got to meet 2 little babies. Seeing all 3 of you little ones together was so cute! Yesterday you, Daddy, and I spent all day at home, and you were in a great mood. You played and laughed all day long. This morning you were cracking yourself up in the backseat on the way to daycare too. You’re such a fun little girl.

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February 7, 2012

I love watching you fall asleep. Your little mouth makes a million different expressions, your eyes wander around for a bit, then those last heavy blinks finally come. I can always tell when you’re completely asleep because your breathing gets heavier and I can feel your little body’s sleep twitches.

Unfortunately you cried at daycare again this morning. Hopefully it didn’t last too long. And you walked right under my coffee cup as I was pouring it in this morning so you got some drips on your back. Nothing like sending you to school already dirty – sorry about that, peanut.

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February 8, 2012

You woke up 3 times this morning between 3:30 and 5:30. Hmm. Nightmares? Cough? I got up and rocked you back to sleep the first 2 times, then Daddy finally brought you into our bed the 3rd time because it was 10 minutes before my alarm and I wasn’t getting up again. Needless to say, you were pretty crabby going into daycare again. We have your 18 month doctor’s appointment tonight, at which I think you get more shots, so hopefully you do ok tonight.

I must say, though, that while I was rocking you those 2 times your little hand would fall to rest on me – on my leg, on my chest, on my face – and those little touches of warmth made the pre-dawn episodes a little less painful.

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February 9, 2012

So. You have another ear infection. Boo. At your doctor’s appointment yesterday your temperature was 100.1, so they wouldn’t give you your shots (we have to go back for them when you’re better), and then the doctor discovered an infection in your right ear. We got you started on amoxicillin last night, and fortunately you slept much better. You’re 34.25″ tall and weighed 23.7 pounds, which put you in the 100+% and ~50%, respectively. You’re our little string bean!

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February 10, 2012

You are one little snot ball right now, peanut. And I don’t mean that like your attitude is bad, but quite literally, you are full of snot. Very congested and coughing a lot still from your ear infection. I really hope your medicine does the trick soon and clears everything up in your poor little head. Today you guys get a visit from a dentist and a parent at daycare – you’ve been learning about teeth this week. It’s been a good start in the Shining Stars room!

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February 13, 2012

Yesterday we went up to your cousin’s 6th birthday party, and you were in heaven watching all the big kids running around and playing with your cousins’ toys. They live about an hour away and the party started at noon, so unfortunately you only got about a 45 minute nap in the car on the way there. You got very tired and cranky by the time we were leaving around 4, but then your aunt and uncle set up the bouncy house your cousins got for Christmas in the living room and you instantly perked up. You had a BLAST jumping around in that thing, right in there with all the big kids. Daddy even got in with you at one point and you couldn’t have been happier. That really wore you out, though, because you fell asleep in the car on the way home around 5, fell right back asleep on the couch once we got inside, then went to bed for the night just before 7. I had to wake you up to give you your medicine and put your nighttime diaper and jammies on you, then you were out. You were very unhappy that I had awoken you, but I was able to quiet your screams after a few minutes and get you in bed. You woke up at 1:30 this morning crying, but again I was able to rock you and put you back to sleep within 15 minutes. Then you didn’t get back up until your usual 6:30 this morning. Now that’s some sleep!

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February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day, Squeaker! Unfortunately your daycare morning separation anxiety continues. You didn’t even want to carry your bag of puppy and kitten valentines in by the time we got to your classroom door today. I know it only lasts a few seconds after I leave, but that still doesn’t make it feel any better.

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February 15, 2012

You were in the silliest/happiest mood last night, and it was so fun to watch. Maybe it was from all the snacks at your Valentine’s Day party yesterday afternoon. (i was happy to see that everyone in the class this year brought just the little store-bought single card valentines, nothing fancy) Then around 8:00 you grabbed Violet, your musical dog, and your half Bears/half Packers blanket and laid down on your big Mr. Puppy rug like you were going to go to sleep. I gave you your rag and you were down there for quite awhile, just resting and snuggling in. I thought you were going to fall asleep for the night there, but then you popped your little head up and started smiling. You eventually fell asleep a few minutes later in your blankets in Daddy’s lap. But as soon as he put you to bed I realized I hadn’t put your nighttime diaper on you, so had to stealthily change it without waking you too much. Sneaky Mommy skills right there.

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February 16, 2012

You did your lying on Mr. Puppy with your blanket routine last night as you were getting sleepy before bedtime. It’s so cute. I’m just waiting for the night you actually fall all the way asleep down there.

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February 17, 2012

You and I are going on an adventure tonight, Squeaker! We’re flying out to Tucson, AZ, just the 2 of us. We have 1 stop each way in Denver, but fortunately they’re short layovers – under an hour both times.  We’re heading out to see Great-Grandma and Great-Grandpa, plus Grandma, Grandpa, Auntie M, and Unkie C will be out there, too. Daddy’s not making the trip, and we will miss him!

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February 22, 2012

Peanut, you were a great little sidekick on our travels this weekend. Thank you! We ended up having an unexpected 2 hour delay during our layover on the way out Friday night, but fortunately you handled it like a champ and fell instantly asleep on the next flight into Tucson. You loved every minute we spent with everyone out there, especially Bella, Auntie M and Unkie C’s dog. Then yesterday on our flights home you did well again. You were overtired and hungry on our second one last night so were a little antsy and cranky, but you fell asleep right at the end and then were out like a light when we met Daddy in the terminal. You were happy as a clam, though, then when you ate almost 9 chicken nuggets once we got home. Hopefully your day at daycare goes ok today without Grandma and everyone around you.

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February 23, 2012

Getting back in the swing of things after vacation is never fun, but it sounded like you had a really good day at daycare yesterday. You cried again this morning when we left, but fortunately the teachers say that never lasts more than a few seconds. Grandma said she saw a top left molar about ready to come in on Tuesday as we were on the way to the airport (must be the 2 year molars starting), so I was trying to look for it this morning. Of course you wouldn’t let me see in your mouth without sticking your tongue out though, silly girl.

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February 24, 2012

I actually got a mini-smile when I left daycare today! Your teacher was holding you and you guys were going to go do something. That’s improvement. Today we’re in a winter wonderland with a lot of snow, so we might play in your tube when we get home this afternoon. And yesterday we applied for your passport. Daddy used the little picture of you from this winter in your Packers dress, but he couldn’t get all of you hair in it when he cropped out the background. So you kind of look like a little baldy, but they took it.

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February 27, 2012

Another great weekend is in the books, peanut. Grandma came up early Saturday morning to spend the day with you and spend the night, which you enjoyed, as always. Then yesterday afternoon you, Daddy, and I just relaxed and played around the house. You were in a great mood, silly as usual. Your new thing is to point up at the ceiling and wave your little hand around, meaning you want to turn your turtle on that projects stars and moons at night. Too cute.

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February 28, 2012

You were being so funny last night. It was around 8:00, when you should have been winding down to go to bed, but instead you were crawling around the living room. First you army crawled from near the windows over to your play mat, dragging yourself flat on the floor by your arms. Then you started going around and around the coffee table on your knees. You were just sliding around on the floor on the knees of your jammies. You little goofball. Then you woke up about 40 minutes early today, so hopefully your morning goes well. We’re off to get your 18 month shots tonight, too – yuck. Hopefully your ears have cleared up all the way so you can get the vaccinations this time.

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February 29, 2012

We get an extra day this year, peanut! I hope you have a great one. You were magnificent at your shots last night – you cried for about 5 seconds, then Daddy picked you up, I held you too, and you stopped and started smiling. We went down the elevator to Whole Foods after your appointment and you had a blast riding around the store in the shopping cart. Then last night before bed you walked around the coffee table on your tiptoes, like you had scooted around it on your knees the night before. You are so silly and funny.

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March 1, 2012

Happy March, Squeaker! And happy 19 month birthday!  You were having so much fun in your “boat” last night – you were “row, row, rowing” all over the living room floor in it by yourself. You also walked around the house in Daddy’s new running shoes last night and this morning, which was hysterical. You wanted to bring your chair out into the room to sit on and watch tv last night as well, so I put it at the end of the couch near Daddy’s feet and wrapped you up in your Bears/Packers blanket. You loved it. You sat there for probably a good half hour, happy as a clam. You’re such a funny little bird, I love it.

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March 2, 2012

Man, did you have a bedtime meltdown last night. It was 8:30, when you should have been in bed, and we took your chair away in the living room because you wouldn’t stop climbing on it. This of course made you start crying, so we tried to get you to climb up and lie with Daddy on the couch to go night-night with your cup of milk and rag. No go. You wanted to get back down and try to get your chair again. So I took you into your bedroom to rock with the stars on your ceiling. You would calm down for a minute, then start screaming again. And it was screaming like you were scared, not just mad. No fun. So finally you went in and lied with Daddy when he went into our bed and fell asleep within minutes. Fortunately you were in a better mood this morning, even with a few little cries at school. As soon as your teacher took you over to play with the books, though, you were fine.

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March 5, 2012

You played in your snow tube for the first time this winter over the weekend, and you loved it! Daddy pulled you around our yards on Saturday, then yesterday we all went to a park near the high school in our neighborhood so you could go down some hills. I think it’s your new favorite thing; you started crying when we had to go home. And fortunately you slept great last night – Saturday night you woke up around 11, wouldn’t go back to sleep for more than 10 minutes at a time, and ended up sleeping in our bed from 12:30-6:30 when you woke up. Needless to say we were all very tired yesterday, and you took a morning and afternoon nap again for the first time in months.

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March 6, 2012

This morning we were reading “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” and you made the little fishy face when we got to the goldfish page. I’d never seen you do that before! I know you guys read that book at school all the time, so that must be where you learned it. So cute. We still haven’t taken your 19 month picture yet either. Oops.

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March 7, 2012

You didn’t want to go to bed again last night, peanut, but I knew how sleepy you were. So I rocked you with your stars on and actually hummed you to sleep. I don’t think that’s ever happened before.

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March 8, 2012

The past 2 days now you have reached for your little plush family photo album over on the bookshelf near your crib as soon as you wake up in the morning. You carry it all around the house before we go to daycare looking at and pointing to all the pictures of your family, and today you even had to take it in the car with you. I love showing you all your family members as you point to everyone.

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March 9, 2012

Well we learned our lesson about how much you can and cannot eat last night. Daddy gave you a plateful of minestrone and you ate the entire thing. You then proceeded to throw up most of the night. Ugh.

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March 12, 2012

You learned a new word on Saturday – apple. We heard “apple” a lot this weekend!

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March 13, 2012

Fortunately the switch to Daylight Saving Time doesn’t seem to have affected your sleep. You went to bed right on time last night. Thank you!

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March 14, 2012

Not sure what the problem was, but you woke up just before 4am today, it took me almost an hour to get you back to sleep and in your crib, then you woke up again shortly thereafter. Daddy brought you into our bed that time and you proceeded to slap me in the back for the next hour before I had to get up. And you growl and bark in your sleep. Not tonight, please.

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March 15, 2012

We got another new word last night – bubble. It was while I was giving you your bath, and the soap I washed out of your hair made lots of bubbles in the water. So then you started imitating me as I said it. It does sound very similar to your “apple”, but it definitely started with a “B” sound. Maybe Grandma was right and you’re moving down the alphabetical line. Should we work on cat tonight?

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March 16, 2012

Well we couldn’t get “cat” last night. When I asked you to say cat, you just blinked, which is your sign for what a kitty-cat says.

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March 19, 2012

You had so much fun playing outside this weekend, since our weather was so nice. You went out while Daddy worked in the garage yesterday morning, and at one point I saw you sitting on the back steps, sunglasses on, a pinwheel in each hand, reaching them up to the sky to see them spin and gleam in the sun. Then you got to play in your cousins’ bounce house again yesterday afternoon, which you loved. You took a turn down their slide too, but it was a little faster then we expected and you flew pretty far off the bottom. We didn’t try that one again.

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March 20, 2012

Happy Spring, Squeaker! You and I walked over to the park yesterday after we got home, and of course you didn’t want the fun to end. Fortunately we saw a lot of airplanes on the walk home, though, which distracted you from the fact that we had to leave the park. You wore a cute little dress and leggings to school today too – the first of the season.

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March 21, 2012

It was another gorgeous day yesterday, so all 3 of us went to the park when we got home. You loved it, as always, and didn’t want to come home again. I know, life is so rough at 19 months old. You also have a new favorite spot in the house – perched on the ottoman bench in front of the living room window. We’ve had it open all week, so you sit up there on puppy lookout constantly, with the warm breeze blowing your little locks.

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March 22, 2012

Well, it finally happened last night. You fell off the changing table/dresser. Fortunately you didn’t hurt yourself, just rattled a little, and I kind of knew it was coming. You’ve been trying to turn around to get off the dresser backwards after diaper changes, like you do to go down stairs or slide off our bed, and I’ve caught you every other time so far. But last night I changed your diaper and took off your pants before your bath, went into the bathroom to get your tub ready, and heard a huge crash. I ran back to your room, knowing exactly what I was going to find, and there you were, standing on the floor next to the dresser, kind of hunched over with the changing pad in front of you. You didn’t start crying until I asked if you were ok and picked you up to survey the damage, so I knew you were fine. That’s a big tumble though, little one. I’ll make sure not to leave you unattended up there anymore. I think making it almost 20 months before a fall is pretty good though, eh?

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March 23, 2012

No falls last night, whew. We did, however, notice that there were a bunch of tiny ants in the living room. Great. It was funny though – each time you saw one you’d say “zzz” and point to them, because you know that’s what bees says from your books. So apparently all bugs say “zzz”. Which is pretty accurate, according to Mommy, since I hate them all and they may as well all go “zzz”.

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March 26, 2012

You were being so silly last night. You kept crawling around the house on your knees, then you’d do some regular crawling, and I think you said “bye-bye” about 14 million times. I hope you keep this happy little temperament your whole life.

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March 27, 2012

When we got to daycare today you literally ran into your classroom, something which has never happened before. As we were taking your jacket off, Nathyn, one of the little boys in your class arrived with his mom, and he took off down the hall toward your guys’ room. As soon as you saw that you instantly wanted down out of my arms to sprint along behind him, little feet flying out to the sides as fast as you could go. It was probably the cutest dropoff we’ve ever had. Then you were more than excited to wash your hands and go investigate what Miss Amal was doing to get ready for the day. You climbed up on her lap and pointed to a picture of one of the other kids in your class, saying his/her name (I didn’t see who it was or hear what you said). She immediately said how good it was that you recognized your classmate and said the name, and that you are so smart. That’s my girl! Pretty much makes up for you waking up 40 million times last night.

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March 28, 2012

We kept you home from daycare today, because yesterday you came home with pink, oozy eyes and a low-grade fever of 99.5. So I suspected pink eye and wanted to get you into the doctor. Plus your snot rivers became thick and green, and your sleep coughing continued. Diagnosis – double ear infection again and a little pink eye. Plus the antibiotics they put you on (something a little stronger than amoxicillin this time) required you stay out of daycare another 24 hours, so we’re home again tomorrow.

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March 29, 2012

Day 2 of your sick leave, and I hope the medicine kicks in soon. You could barely open your eyes when you finally wanted out of your crib this morning after sleeping about 12 hours, and you were pale as a ghost. Fortunately you ate breakfast and had a bath, so at least you smell fresh.

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March 30, 2012

Well, we are eagerly awaiting the return of your full night’s sleep around here. Daddy was up for about an hour with you last night, and I’m fully convinced that the lack of sleep in our house is the root cause of everyone’s sickness. He’s been sick for almost a week now and even feels worse today, and now I’m starting to feel the onset of yet another cold. I hope your medicine at least is kicking in to help you out. On a high note, you were extremely excited to show off your new Elmo shoes at school today, saying, “Elmo, Elmo” as soon as we saw your teacher inside your classroom door.

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April 2, 2012

You’re 20 months old! And we’re just now trying to get you to go to bed on your own, without rocking or falling asleep in Daddy’s lap in front of the tv (which i don’t like anyway). Is it too late to try this? Who knows. But I know you need to learn to do this, and you can. Hopefully by the end of the week. We started with 15 minutes of you crying before I went in to rock you on Saturday night, and went up to about 17 last night. Tonight we’ll try 20. It breaks my heart hearing you in there, but I know you can do it.

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April 3, 2012

20 minutes of crying last night, then I went in to rock you to sleep. We’ll try 25 tonight. I know you can do this.

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April 4, 2012

Ok, so this bedtime thing is not working. You cried for 10  minutes last night, then Daddy went in and alternated patting your back, sitting on your floor, and holding you for about half an hour before you fell asleep. Tonight we have a new plan – 7:15 snack and brush teeth, 7:30 story time, 7:45-8:00 bedtime. I have total faith that you will figure out this falling asleep in your bed on your own soon.

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April 5, 2012

2 nights in a row! I’m so proud of you! I knew you could do this, Squeaker. Daddy started the bedtime routine last night, and it took you maybe 5ish minutes to quiet after he left your room. I was on night-night story duty tonight, so at 7:30 we brushed your teeth and went in your room to read books. We read 5 stories, and on #4 I told you we had one more then it’s time for night-night. You whined a little when I stood to put you in your crib, but I got you to give me a good-night hug and kiss. Then you cried when I put you down but curled into your favorite position – face down, knees pulled in under you, bottom in the air, so I put your blanket over you, said good-night one more time, then turned off the light and left the room. You cried for less than a minute after I left and that was it. I sure hope we’ve established a great new bedtime routine here!

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April 9, 2012

It’s official – you love Easter! I thought you were going to combust from happiness when you saw the Elmo dishes and silverware the Easter Bunny left in your basket when you woke up yesterday morning.  Your first bite of candy from your stash was a pink Peep, but you didn’t like those as well as your beloved chocolate. You also had a blast finding all the eggs the Easter Bunny left in the backyard for you and Daddy. Only 364 more days until next Easter!

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April 10, 2012

Back to our bedtime routine last night, and it worked. Easter night you weren’t quite ready for bed at 8 after sleeping in that morning and taking a later nap, so you were seriously unhappy to be in your crib. Daddy brought you back out to the couch that night, which I strongly urged against, but fortunately you slept fine once you went to bed. So last night it was back to the usual – jammies, brush teeth, story time, night-night. You cried for a few minutes, but then were out and slept through fine. Hopefully this will be old hat to you by the time we go on vacation this weekend, so you go to sleep well then too.

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April 11, 2012

Your love of all things Elmo and Cookie Monster is so cute, and I think it grows stronger every day. You’re very good at saying Elmo, but for Cookie Monster you imitate how he gobbles up his cookies. It’s hysterical. You just started doing it about 2 weeks ago, and now it’s a daily occurrence when you want to watch some Cookie Monster shows. You know that Daddy has a bunch of Elmo and Cookie Monster videos on the TV in our bedroom, so you climb up to the bed, start saying Elmo and doing the Cookie Monster mouth, point to the TV, and shout “Dada!” to get him to come in and turn it on for you.

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April 12, 2012

Well, you’re back on medicine, little peanut. We went to the doctor for an ear recheck yesterday to make sure they were all cleared up before our trip next week, and they weren’t. He said your left ear was about 95% better with just a little tent of fluid left behind the eardrum, but your right one didn’t look too good – a lot of fluid left in there plus some pus. So we started you on a little stronger antibiotic that you were on last fall in the hopes of clearing this up for good before next week. It’s only a 5 day dose, so we’ll take your last one Sunday morning before we fly. You woke up a lot last night again too – every 2 hours exactly, oddly enough. Daddy calmed you at the 9:30 and 11 wake ups, then I just left you alone when you cried out around 1 and you went back to sleep, then I went in to put you back to sleep at 3. Fortunately since we’re not rocking you to sleep anymore at bedtime I was able to just pick you up, ask for a hug and kiss, then lay you back in your crib with a little back rubbing to calm you down. Not sure what was going on, but hopefully it’s over and you sleep well from now on.

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April 13, 2012

Friday the 13th! You were obviously exhausted from Wednesday night’s poor sleeping, because you went to bed around 7:20 last night and didn’t make a peep all night. I even had to wake you up this morning at 6:35 for school. Little sleepy head.

And we go on vacation this weekend! It’s the whole family again down to St. Thomas, and I can’t WAIT! We’re meeting Auntie Mer and Unkie Chad on the second leg of our flights down Sunday morning, so that will be fun. I just want a nice week+ of sun to burn all the germs out of us so we can come back healthy and enjoy the spring time air!

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April 24, 2012

Well, we’re back from St. Thomas. Boo. We’re all more than a little tired today since we got home late last night, and for some reason you wouldn’t sleep well in your crib and ended up in bed with us again. So there were 6 hours of sleep we didn’t get. But you were a magnificent traveler yet again, going with the flow of everything we did – airplanes, boats, cars, a couple different beds, pools, and the ocean. You loved it, as did we. We’re sad to say good-bye to that place for awhile, but hopefully the next time we make it back you’ll remember it and love it even more.

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April 25, 2012

You slept for 11 solid hours last night. Thank you!

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April 26, 2012

Another night of long, uninterrupted sleep. Thank you, peanut. I think we’re all finally catching up.

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April 27, 2012

1 brief wake-up shortly after 1am last night. Not bad. You did go to bed early though, because you were a little extra cranky and we could tell you were just still tired.

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April 30, 2012

You were a great little trooper on Saturday. We went over to Madison for Crazylegs, and it was about 40 degrees and raining almost the entire time. We walked with some of my friends while Daddy did the run, and I put my rain jacket over your blankets in the stroller to try to keep you dry. It worked, but it was still very chilly. You did have fun seeing the huge inflatable Bucky in front of Union South and playing on the indoor football field at McClain and on the high jump mat in the Shell, though.

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May 1, 2012

Happy 21 month birthday, Squeaker! Unfortunately you woke up in a wet bed for the first time in forever. I think I just didn’t close your diaper tight enough when I put it on with your jammies last night. And this morning your teacher said you’ve been really emotional the past 2 days at daycare – you’ll just start crying all by yourself for no apparent reason. She said it may be you’re still getting used to being back on your normal schedule after vacation, so hopefully that’s it.

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May 2, 2012

Your teachers at daycare said you’ve been really emotional lately – you’ll just go off by yourself and start crying for no apparent reason. You’re not sick, you’re not hurt, just sad. One teacher said you’d even do it out on the playground – you’d play for awhile, then just stop and start crying. However, once they all learned that we spent all vacation the other week with Grandma showering you with love and attention, they said that’s the culprit. Thanks, Grandma. ;)

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May 3, 2012

It’s finally warm! You guys were all outside playing when we picked you up from daycare yesterday, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen your cheeks so red and rosy. You were having a blast playing on the edge of the sandbox and immediately went running over to Daddy when you saw him standing against the fence watching you play as I went inside to sign you out. That’s my favorite part – spying on you a little when we pick you up to see what you’re up to. I put shorts on you when we got home, and watching your skinny little legs fly down the driveway as you ran to Daddy when he finished mowing the lawn was just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Good thing you didn’t trip and skin those knees.

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May 4, 2012

Your current favorite word is “purple”. When asked what color anything is, your reply will be, “purple”, even if it’s totally orange.

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May 7, 2012

I love the weekends so we can see you play and just be all day long. Daddy got you 2 packs of little jelly bracelets on Saturday – 1 is animal shapes and 1 is Dora shapes, and they’re your new favorite obsession. You love putting them all on 1 by1 as I tell you what color each one is, then after a little while we put them all back in their containers. You even had to put all the Dora ones on this morning before school because you saw them lying on the ottoman in your room when you woke up. You’re such a fun, silly little girl.

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May 8, 2012

You love guacamole. And chips. But mainly just licking the guacamole off the chips.

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May 9, 2012

The past 2 nights now you haven’t been going to bed well. Lots of crying, extra story time, and back pats necessary, and last night Daddy actually brought you back out to snooze with him on the couch a bit. Wonder what’s going on. Fortunately after that you have been sleeping through the night ok, so at least that’s still good. You did give me the best birthday present yesterday, though – lots of hugs and kisses.

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May 10, 2012

We let you stay up about an hour later last night, since I thought maybe you not being tired at our usual 7:30 bedtime routine was what was causing the problems earlier this week. It seemed to work well. I read you a couple books, and you were actually smiling when I put you in your crib afterwards. With a book, of course, your new sleeping companion. You woke up a couple times in the night, though. Daddy went in to you once, I let you cry out a little the next time because I could tell you weren’t awake (and i was right, you just kept sleeping), and then toward wake-up time this morning you were whining/moaning again. Bad dreams?

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May 11, 2012

We had a nice little breakfast together today at daycare for Mother’s Day. There were muffins, breakfast breads, fruit, and juice. You particularly loved the little oranges, and got a lot all over your outfit. Gotta start the day off right.

Last night your little shoes were sitting in the kitchen, right in the fading light that was coming in through the back door. Seeing their tiny silhouette like that was a moment that made me stop and just look. Hearing those little shoes running through the house is the best sound in the world.

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May 12, 2012

Oh, peanut, here we go again. You screamed (SCREAMED!) for hours last night, not wanting to sleep. It became obvious that your feet were itching you like crazy, and we discovered the start of what I can only assume is a nasty rash on your feet. We saw some appearing on your hands too, so I’m afraid it will end up being another case of hand, foot, and mouth. Ugh. I knew those bumps that appeared on your arms, legs, and cheek this weekend weren’t mosquito bites.  Daddy is home with you today, so hopefully you can get to the doctor and find out for sure what this latest round of sickness is.

But I had a wonderful Mother’s Day yesterday – thank you! You got me a beautiful necklace and earrings set, told Daddy to pick up some flowers for me at the store on Saturday, and helped him cook me a delicious breakfast in bed yesterday morning (which ended up being breakfast on the futon since that’s where I slept with you Saturday night – you didn’t sleep well then either). The weather was gorgeous, so we played outside and I hung the sheets and towels on the line too. I’ll never be able to thank you enough for making me a Mother, sweetheart. I love you.

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May 13, 2012

Yep, it’s HFM again. Ugh. And it’s nasty this time – you have sores not only on your hands and feet, but all over your legs and cheeks, and your butt is so raw. The doctor had us get Triple Paste for your bottom, a super thick, extra-strength diaper cream. You cried all night again last night off and on, but fortunately you didn’t wake up every time and it wasn’t the screaming of the previous night. I went in to check on you when the cries got louder, but only twice were you actually awake. I could tell your feet were still really bothering/itching you though, because you were constantly rubbing them against the bars of your crib and you were flopping around like crazy. Fortunately when you’re awake, though, you’re your normal happy little self. I really hope this goes away soon and you (and the rest of us) can get some good nights’ sleep again.

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May 14, 2012

You slept all night last night!! I hope this means your sores will be going away soon as well. They are so terrible-looking – big, red, scabby, some look like blisters, and your poor feet. No wonder they’ve been bothering you so much. I’ve been putting a Neosporin-type ointment on them in the hopes they won’t scar.

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May 15, 2012

Your sores are definitely on the mend. Whew! Another full night of sleep last night I’m sure helped too. They’re all still red and scabbed over now, but the ones on your cheeks are much, much less red than they were earlier in the week. This gives me hope that you won’t have any little pockmarks from them after all.

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May 16, 2012

Yesterday when I picked you up from daycare you did NOT want to leave. You guys were just heading out to the playground when I arrived, so I let you go outside with your class while I signed you out. And of course as soon as I got out there to get you, you started to throw a fit when I said it was time to go home. So I stayed and hung out on the playground with you guys for about half an hour while you got your fill. You still threw a fit when we did finally leave, but then you played outside in the backyard for awhile as Daddy worked on rebuilding the back garden. See, win-win.

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May 21, 2012

You did not want to be dropped off at daycare today, but I wasn’t too surprised. We had a fun day out at our friends’ house all day yesterday and didn’t get home until about 9:30, so you didn’t fall asleep until 10:30. I knew you’d probably be cranky today. But we did have a great weekend – you helped me work in the yards while playing in your water table most of the day on Saturday, then all day with friends yesterday. I want to take full advantage of our nice days outside this summer.

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May 22, 2012

Day 2 of crying at daycare drop-off and night 2 of crying at bedtime last night. Are these related events?

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May 23, 2012

Minimal crying last night at bedtime. Granted you fell asleep in my lap instead of being put to bed still awake after story time, but whatever. You started crying a little after I put you in your crib, but it stopped after a few minutes and you slept through the night just fine. And no crying at all today at daycare. Hopefully that means bedtime will be back to tear-free as well.

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May 24, 2012

Nope, more crying at bedtime last night. And you’ve been going to bed later – 8:30-9 instead of 7:30-8. I think that’s because it’s nice outside later now, so we don’t settle down for the evening quite as early. So that part doesn’t really bother me, but the tears can stop again any day now. You have a new word, too. It sounds like “ah-mee”, but I have no idea what it means. I first heard it on our walk yesterday afternoon, then you were saying it a lot in your room this morning when we were getting ready for school, then you said it again when we got to school. But you don’t point to anything when you say it, so I’m baffled. I asked your teacher to see if she hears it today and try to help me figure out what it means.

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May 25, 2012

Again with the crying at bedtime. You really need to knock it off. But earlier in the evening you loved playing in the dirt in our back gardens as I transplanted some flowers into the new garden Daddy’s building. Our little helper. I still haven’t figured out what “ah-mee” means, though. You had another new one on our walk yesterday too – “ah-doo”. Are you speaking French – ami and adieu? We’re very much looking forward to our 3 day Memorial Day weekend though! I foresee lots of playing outside in the nice weather.

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May 29, 2012

We had a great long weekend at home, Squeaker. Lots of playing, walks, and being outside. I filled up your water table on Sunday and left it out for yesterday too, and you loved messing around in there. You finally had a tear-free bedtime last night, too. I sure hope it sticks. And now every time I see a bus, I shout “Bus!” in my head, just like you say it.

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May 30, 2012

Man, were you in a mood last night, little one. You were totally fine after school, we had a nice walk up to the grocery store again, you ate a great supper, then we went outside to play when the roof guy came. We saw our neighbors across the street and their dog, so went over to give him a pet and get some puppy kisses on your hand, which you love. Then the other neighbors with a brand new baby came over too, and you started playing on an Elmo ride-on plane with the little boys in their driveway. All was fine and dandy, until I made you go home, at which point you threw a fit. Which continued long after we had walked back into our house too. You were totally and ridiculously inconsolable. Then for the rest of the evening you were just pouty, whiny, and all around crabby until Daddy turned on Sesame Street. He even had a talk with you about no whining and crying. I’m sure you didn’t understand since you’re only 1, but I also told you that you need to stop telling Mommy and Daddy “No”. You can say that to your friends and strangers, but not us. Do I think you understood that either? Of course not. So there were some tears at bedtime again, but fortunately they didn’t last too  long.

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May 31, 2012

A few little whimpers last night after I put you to bed, but fortunately they subsided after a few minutes. I have no idea why you’ve been crying when you go to bed lately. And it’s always a delayed reaction. We’ll read your stories, you’ll go in your crib with your books, put your blanket on as you like, turn your little musical jungle thing on (which you actually hadn’t used for a very long time before the past week or so), and you’ll seem fine. Then shortly after we leave the room the cries begin. But then you sleep fine through the night, fortunately. I have no idea.

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June 1, 2012

Happy 22 month birthday, D! I can’t believe you’ll be 2 years old in just 2 months. Crazy. You had another long, tearful bedtime last night, though. That you may stop any day now. Or are you just practicing for the terrible 2s?

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June 4, 2012

So the bedtime cries continue. What are we on, like a month now? It was obvious how tired you were last night though, so we let you just whimper yourself to sleep after a few minutes. Saturday we had a great day up at Road America for the motorcycle races. You had so much fun seeing the bikes zoom by, and surprisingly, the noise didn’t seem to bother you at all except for a couple times when we were closer to the track. You were so worn out from it yesterday, though. You fell asleep eating lunch in your high chair as I was vacuuming right next to you. Silly peanut.

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June 5, 2012

We voted first thing this morning before daycare, and you loved seeing everyone in line. You carried in your new Elmo ABC book and excitedly pointed out another baby waiting with his mama. Then I gave you my “I Voted” sticker, which you wore into school on the back of your hand. And good news – no tears last night at bedtime! I waited in your doorway to make sure you settled, and fortunately you were out after a few flips around and taking your blanket off. Let’s hope it continues.

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June 6, 2012

2 nights in a row of tear-free bedtimes, so that’s improvement. I waited outside your door again last night to watch as you settled in, and you were actually pretty funny. You turned your little musical crib guys off and back on twice, then finally snuggled in up in the corner of your crib, as you usually do. Why you like jamming your head into the corner of the bars, I have no idea. But I was just so happy you didn’t cry, and I really hope you’re getting back to your good bedtimes. Tonight we’re going to a baseball game, so hopefully it won’t throw you off too much.

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June 7, 2012

You loved the baseball game last night! It was at a small, brand new ballpark a little north of our house up the highway, and you had a ball running up and down the hill past the outfield. It’s a college summer league who plays there, which means really cheap tickets too. I foresee a number of summer nights spent there this year. And I was so happy – the 3rd night in a row of no crying last night! Please keep it up.

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June 8, 2012

Another good bedtime last night. Thank you! Granted, Daddy did have you up almost an hour past your bedtime so you probably fell asleep within 5 seconds, but still. I like the no tears. We were practicing words in the bathtub last night too, and you impressed me with how much you can actually say. You almost perfectly mimicked “you’re welcome”, “arm”, “toes”, “dog”, “cat”, and a couple others that I can’t remember off the top of my head. Good work!

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June 11, 2012

We had a very fun weekend playing at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. You got a whole new round of Elmo swag, which you of course loved. And much to my surprise, there were no tears at bedtime last night and daycare drop off today went without a hitch. Usually when we come back from Grandma’s you don’t want to be let out of our sight. ;) We set up your little whale pool when we got home yesterday because it was so hot outside, but you more enjoyed throwing your ball and toys in it and watching them float around than actually getting in yourself. You are a silly one. And learning more and more words each day. You wanted to read “Goodnight Moon” last night at bedtime and said so by grabbing it off your bookshelf and saying “moon”. So smart.

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June 12, 2012

I forgot to mention yesterday that you had your first hair cut this weekend! Well, it was just a trim of the bangs, but I still saved the little clippings in a baggie and dated it. Grandma was your stylist. And today you wore your first pigtail to school. I’ve put one in your hair before, but this is the first time you’ve actually worn it out of the house. We’ll see how long it stays put. I’m quite doubtful that it will be there when I pick you up this afternoon.

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June 13, 2012

Amazingly enough, your little ponytail was in your hair when I picked you up from daycare yesterday. Your teacher said you’d handed her the ponytail holder at one point that morning and she wasn’t sure if it was yours since you’ve never worn one before, but then she saw the indentation in your hair and realized it was. She put it back and and then you left it alone all day long. I was shocked, but happy, because you look so cute with it! So you wore another one today. :)

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June 14, 2012

The bedtime crying has gotten much better, and is pretty much gone. I love having your good bedtimes back. However, I am not a fan of your new almost-daily evening meltdown. For some reason, you have decided to become inconsolable around dinner time the past couple days. Last night you did get in trouble for throwing Daddy’s computer parts on the floor, so that one was a reaction to being scolded. Other nights, though, I don’t know what causes it – asking if you’re hungry, making you come inside for supper, not giving you the right color spoon? Who knows. I guess you’re gearing up for the terrible 2s. Great.

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June 15, 2012

Unfortunately your meltdown came when we were at the college league baseball game again last night, so we just left. Ah well. However, I am completely in love with the way you say yellow – “deddow”. You had Donuts with Dad at daycare this morning, and Daddy said you were a donut hole monster. I knew you’d love those.

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June 18, 2012

We had such a good weekend at home this week, peanut. Saturday we walked up to a beer festival at the outdoor mall near our house where Daddy volunteered for a few hours, then yesterday we spent all day at home playing and relaxing. You signed Daddy’s Father’s Day card by having me trace your hand, which was adorable. We served him breakfast, then let him lounge around all day. Our new game is to go out and play with Daddy after your bath before you put your pjs on. You love running around the house naked, and especially love crawling all over the couch where Daddy’s usually sitting. He “squishes” you by leaning back every time you climb behind him. You had a little crying spell last night around 10 though – one of those where you cry in your sleep until we have to comfort you, then don’t want to go back down. Daddy finally got you to bed after a couple tries. Maybe it was a bad dream.

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June 19, 2012

1 down, 4 to go. Your right index fingernail came off yesterday. Grody.

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June 20, 2012

Happy Summer, Squeaker. It certainly feels like it right now too – 90s today and for the past 2. It’s hot, but I won’t complain, because all those weeks of zero temperatures I long for days like these. And you can’t beat the light at night. I love summer. We went on a walk up to the grocery store last night and you were in a great mood, just having a blast in your stroller. I was trying not to pass out from heat exhaustion on the way home. ;)

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June 21, 2012

You were my best little pal last night, peanut. The 3 of us walked over to a park near our house to a Bavarian-style biergarten for an inaugural tapping, and you had a ball eating your apples and hot dog in your stroller, watching all the people and puppies, and running around in the grass. Until you climbed on a little bench-type thing and it fell over on top of you, but fortunately those tears dried quickly with a kiss to the “ouch” on your head. You and I walked home before Daddy did, so you helped me replant some flowers, lay mulch, and then water everything. Playing in the dirt in the gardens with your own little trowel is one of your favorite activities, and it is so cute to watch you following me around with your frequent inquiries of “Mama?”. You did get another ouch when you dropped my water bottle and it landed square on your big toe, which resulted in quite the cries. But again, a few kisses later and you were a-ok. Unfortunately the long light of early summer kept us outside past your bedtime so you didn’t go down until 9, but you weren’t complaining one bit. I think you fell asleep almost instantly too once your head did hit your crib.

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June 22, 2012

It was an early bedtime for you last night, little one, since you were up until 9 the previous night. But you had no complaints. You now say “nigh-nigh” when I tell you it’s time to read our stories and go night-night, then you go in your room, shut the door, and climb up in your rocking chair. It’s really cute. So last night after teeth brushing we read 3 books, put them all in your crib, turned on your musical guys, and you were out. I knew you needed that. Oh, and your 2nd fingernail is about to fall off – the middle fingernail on your right hand is pretty loose, but still attached enough where it would probably really hurt if we tried to pull it off. This weekend sometime I’m sure it will let go. Ick.

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June 25, 2012

We had a great weekend, peanut. Saturday Grandpa Frank came up for a visit and to spend the night, and you absolutely loved playing with him – you guys blew bubbles for a good part of the afternoon, you showed him how you do your alphabet puzzle, and he even read you your night-night stories and put you to bed. Then yesterday we went to Grandma Jenni & Grandpa Craig’s because Daddy and I had to go to a funeral, so you got to spend the afternoon and evening with them. We didn’t get home until late last night, but it was well worth it for all the grandparents time you got. And your left big toenail fell off Saturday too. Gross.

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June 26, 2012

You’re wearing pigtails for the first time today, and they’re beyond cute. You also said 3 words perfectly last night – “bath”, “mice”, and “nose”. Your words just get better and better every day.

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June 27, 2012

I have a dress on today that you’ve never seen before, and as I was getting you dressed you wanted me to open my cardigan and turn around so you could see the whole thing. You rubbed the fabric with your little hand, and I swear you said “nice”. You crack me up constantly.

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June 28, 2012

You had me in hysterics again last night, you little goofball. I was reclining on our bed watching the swimming Olympic Trials, and you were flopping around on there next to me in your diaper after your bath. You’d set up one of Daddy’s pillows at the head of the bed next to the wall, say “doo, doo, eee,” and then take a huge flying jump-sit onto the bed. You did this a couple times before I realized you were counting prior to your take off. Your “doo, doo, eee” was your version of “1, 2, 3″. It was so cute and funny. I had to call Daddy in after awhile to show him that you know how to count to 3!

Earlier in the evening your left index fingernail came off, which I didn’t even know was affected, and when Daddy pulled on it part was still pretty well attached and gave you an “ouch” when it came off. So now you stick that finger to our mouths for a kiss to make the ouch better.

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June 29, 2012

We’re off to Grandma & Grandpa’s again today, Squeaker! I can’t wait for you to see and play with everyone. I’m very much looking forward to this weekend. Daddy and I were looking through the pictures from your birthday last year yesterday, and we commented on how much more of a baby you were then. You looked so long and lean in your crib yesterday morning all stretched out, we said there’s definitely no baby left there. You’re all big girl now. Except when you stand next to us and only come up past our knees, that is.

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July 2, 2012

Yesterday was your 23 month birthday, and I can’t believe you will now be 2 in less than 1 month. We had a wonderful weekend with family down at Grandma & Grandpa’s house, and the first thing you said this morning was “Baby?” That’s what you called your cousin Evan with whom you played for most of the afternoon yesterday. You 2 were the 4th generation of the family gathering, and it was so much fun having everyone together for a couple days again.

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July 3, 2012

I think I may have finally solved the mystery of what your word that sounds like “emmy” means. Yesterday when I picked you up from daycare we were getting your hat and papers out of your cubby, and you said “emmy hat”. I realized that Hemingway’s cubby is right next to yours, and he had a hat in there also. I said “oh, are you saying Hemmy?”, and you nodded yes, so I think you’re referring to your friend Hemingway (a.k.a Hemmy) when you say “emmy”. Why you say it all over the house, I have no idea. Maybe you want him to come play. Or, as Daddy said, maybe you have your first crush. Great, it begins already. I can’t wait to see you in your adorable 4th of July outfit tomorrow!

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July 5, 2012

You had fun on your first “real” 4th of July yesterday. I say real, because last summer you weren’t able to run around and play like you do now. We went over to our neighbors’ yard for some breakfast treats yesterday morning, and you loved playing with the bubbles, chalk, pushing the little toy lawnmower, and digging in the rocks and dirt with the other kids. Then we walked up to the parade, which was incredibly hot, but you thoroughly enjoyed seeing the firetrucks, Bucky, horses, and the festivities in general. You did get a little scared when the Badger band started playing right in front of us, but you switched to Daddy’s lap, started catching and eating candy, and then were happy as a little firecracker. Unfortunately it was 100+ degrees yesterday afternoon so we couldn’t play outside anymore after that, but we had fun being home all together anyway.

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July 6, 2012

You got a special mid-week surprise yesterday, peanut. Grandma came to play with you at daycare! Daddy and I went to a concert last night so she came up to babysit, and she stopped by your daycare room when she arrived yesterday afternoon. Then you guys got to play all night together and she even got you up this morning. Fortunately there were no tears when she left this morning when we went to school, of which I was afraid. You sure do love your grandparents, which I love.

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July 9, 2012

Another fun weekend together, squirt. It finally cooled off to bearable temperatures around here, so I filled up your water table to play in in the backyard again. Saturday we were home all day, then yesterday you were my little sidekick at a baby shower for one of our friends. You were beautiful in your little sun dress and pony tail, and everyone commented on how well-behaved you were. You never fail to make us proud, little one.

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July 10, 2012

Poor little Hemmy got a bloody lip when I picked you up from school yesterday. You were pushing a little squeaky cart around the room and Hemmy kept saying “fast, fast” as in you were pushing it fast. Then he took off to run after you, tripped, and bonked his bottom lip on the floor. I picked him up to give him to your teachers, and they brought out a freezer pop for him to help ice his mouth. So the rest of the night we heard, “Hemmy ouch.” Yep, Hemmy did have an ouch, and you asked again this morning on the way to school. I love seeing what your little mind remembers.

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July 11, 2012

I hope your little skirt/short combo stays up today. It’s a 2T but is a little too big still, so it sags down on your diaper. It’s covered in fish, though, so, paired with your mermaid shirt, it’s too cute not to wear. You did take off running around the room when we dropped you off at school today and it seemed to stay up fairly well, so hopefully it makes it the rest of the day. I need to get some of those little stretchy band clip things to cinch the waistband.

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July 12, 2012

So guess who you asked about first thing this morning as you were getting dressed? Hemmy. :) Followed shortly by Nay-nay, aka Nathan, another boy from school who’s been in your classes but is currently in the next room up with the 2 year olds. I’m going to miss when you don’t get to see your friends every day anymore.

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July 13, 2012

Friday the 13th, eeks. We went to a park about 20 minutes from our house last night to hear a band play, and you had so much fun. It started at 6:30, so that was perfect timing – after you had eaten dinner, gotten a bath, and were ready to play. You loved dancing around and watching all the people there, and it was right on a river so we spent a lot of time walking the shoreline making all the frogs jump into the water. Of course you loved the playground area too, but there were just way too many kids there to play on it for long, much to your chagrin. Summer nights are the best.

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July 16, 2012

It has begun. You’ve started sitting on the toilet! You’ve done it a couple times at home now and once even at school one day when you woke up dry from your nap, but nothing has happened yet. You’ll grab at your diaper and say “poo” (your version of poop), so we’ll ask if you want to go poop on the potty. You always say yes, but you haven’t gone. Maybe you just like hanging out with your tiny butt dangling over the water.

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July 17, 2012

I’ve started teaching you that there’s a baby in my belly, and you’re so funny – you always want to look at my stomach and say “hi baby”.

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July 18, 2012

2 weeks from today you’ll be 2 years old! Wow. That will also conclude my year-long daily journal for you. Maybe I’ll keep it up indefinitely, though, we’ll see. We’ve had lasagna the past couple nights for dinner, and it’s so cute to hear your attempt at pronouncing it. Kind of sounds like “ya-ya-ya”. We were actually impressed, though, that you can get that “ya” sound from the end of the word down pretty well.

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July 19, 2012

You’re finally starting to string words together. Last night you said “more milk” (we’re still working on getting the “please” on the end there; you say it, just disconnected from the rest of the phrase) and this morning on the way to school you said “bye bye truck”. I want to get a set of word/picture flashcards for when we’re home too – yesterday when I picked you up one of your teachers was going over flashcards with your class and you had me sit on the floor next to you so you could do them too before we left. Everyone else was shouting out the words, but you were just rubbing your head on my lap. :) We’re going on a little family vaca this weekend and into next week, so I’m looking forward to that.

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July 25, 2012

We’re back from our mini-vacation, and it was wonderful! We had so much fun seeing new places, and you especially loved the big lake, big boats, and jumping on all the hotel beds. You also had a big day on Saturday – you pooped on the toilet! Totally unprompted, you all of a sudden said poop, I asked if you wanted to go on the potty, you said yes, and there you went. We’ve tried again since, but so far that was the only success. We’re getting there, though. You also had a lot more talking this weekend than we’ve heard so far. More new words come out every day, and you’re starting to string words together very well now too.

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July 26, 2012

Closer to 2 every day now… And the words just keep coming. One of the best of your new favorite phrases is “big ouch”. When we tell you to be careful or not to do something, you now reply with “big ouch”. It’s your way of saying something will hurt.

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July 27, 2012

Another one of your new words from this past weekend’s trip is “lake”. Except you pronounce it more as “yake” – the L sound kind of gets lost in the back of your throat, but it is so stinkin’ cute to hear you trying all these new words nonetheless.

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July 30, 2012

You had a pretty eventful weekend, squirt, and unfortunately 2 of those “events” were painful for you. Saturday I was changing the sheets on our bed and needed to get you off since you decided that was the best time to test out your jumping and somersault skills, but when I went to pick you up the prongs on my bracelet caught your back and left a nasty double line gash. Fortunately it didn’t break the skin, but the resulting raised red lines I know had to be really painful. You instantly flipped away from me, put your face in the mattress, and started screaming, and my heart just broke. You wouldn’t even let me come near you to give you a hug or kiss the ouch, and I felt so terrible watching you in such pain with tears streaming down your face. Finally I was able to wrap you in a hug and rub your little back to try to make it feel better. Then later in the night, shortly before you went to bed, you totally fell off our bed as you were playing in there while Daddy was watching tv. I heard a loud crunching/smacking noise from the living room and knew it wasn’t going to be a good scene. I was right. More screaming and tears, but at least this time you wanted to come right to me and dive into my shoulder. We finally got you calmed down and checked out from that one to make sure there were no broken bones or anything, but I was kind of afraid of a concussion since we couldn’t see exactly how you landed. We got you to bed after a couple tear-filled tries though, and you slept fine through the night.

Then yesterday we went to the Brewers game with some friends, and you didn’t take one second of a nap. It started at 1:10, which is your prime nap time, but you were awake and having fun the entire time. We stayed until the 9th inning and you soaked in every second without a cranky peep whatsoever. About 2 minutes after we got in the car to head home though, I looked back and you were out cold. So you got a short nap around 5:00, then wanted to play all night at bedtime. Ah well, at least you still got almost 10 hours of sleep last night.

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July 31, 2012

Well, peanut, it’s our last day – mine at work, yours at daycare. As sad as I am to see both places go, I’m very excited to get to spend a couple months at home with just you before your little brother/sister arrives. I think we’re going to have fun. You wore your new Elmo t-shirt we got on our little vacation in Bayfield today to celebrate. And speaking of celebrating, you turn 2 tomorrow!!!

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August 1, 2012

Happy 2nd birthday, Squeaker!! We had so much fun this morning at the zoo – you loved seeing all the animals and being outside so much. I foresee many more trips in our future. You also had a blast opening your presents when Daddy got home from work – a new wooden toy barn with animals and an American Girl baby doll. I can’t believe you are 2 years old already. You are such a wonderful little person, and you make us laugh daily. Thank you for being ours, and here’s to many, many more amazing years for you!

Love, Mommy

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August 6, 2012

Even though my 1 year written calendar to you officially ended on your birthday, I’ll still try to write in here as often as I can to keep a little record. Our first week at home together is going very well. You’re a great little buddy, and so far I’m having a lot of fun with you. This past weekend was very busy with our party, so I think this week we’ll get a chance to finally settle into our new routine. You had so much fun, though, seeing and playing with everyone at the party. You took zero minutes of nap on Saturday for the first time ever, and haven’t wanted to go to bed these past 2 nights, so hopefully that evens out soon back to your regular schedule.

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August 7, 2012

I saw 3 of your 2 year molars last night and was amazed. I have no idea when they came in, but I know the last time I checked for them not one was even close to poking through. That had to have been at least a month ago, but I was still so surprised to see so many of them in there. The only one I didn’t see poking up yet is your top right one.

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August 9, 2012

Happy birthday to Daddy!! I went into your room this morning while he was showering and handed you your Happy Birthday hat, which you handed right to Daddy when he walked in. We’re all going to the WI State Fair tomorrow to celebrate, which will be a lot of fun. What isn’t a lot of fun is your issues going to sleep this week. You cry when I put you down for both your naps and bedtime, even though you’re so obviously tired. What gives? Is it your teeth bothering you? I find that hard to believe since they’ve probably been in there for a while and they don’t seem to bother you any other time. Are you missing your daycare routine? You always say “rock” now, which means you want us to rock you to go to sleep, but we haven’t had to do that for most of this year. I did give in last night though and rocked you at bedtime for about half an hour until you were totally out. As much as I know a 2 year old doesn’t need to be rocked to sleep, it was kind of nice seeing your sweet sleeping face in my lap again.

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August 12, 2012

Knock on wood, but it seems your bedtime crying issues have subsided. And hopefully that lasts. Thursday afternoon you cried again when I put you down for your nap, so I just let you cry a few minutes because I knew how tired you were. Sure enough, within 5 minutes you were asleep. Then that night you didn’t make a peep – said night-night to all your toys and characters on your wall as usual, laid down, I put your blanket on you, and that was that. And since then naps and bedtimes have been fine again. So I’m not sure what those couple days were all about, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they’re gone. We had a blast at the State Fair on Friday, and you didn’t even take a nap until 4:30 because you were too busy watching everything and playing. And your newest thing I love watching is when you dance and sing to your own little made-up songs. It’s so cute!

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August 16, 2012

You have become such a little chatterbox lately, it’s great. You talk all day long, and some of the stuff you say leaves me in stitches. Last week I taught you the saying “stepped on a duck”. Daddy farted, after which you always laugh, so I said “Daddy stepped on a duck!” So now after every time you hear one you say “me duck”. I’ve been trying to correct you to say “Daddy duck” instead, but you usually stick with saying you stepped on a duck. And it’s often “me big duck”, or sometimes it’s “me bubbles duck”, because I first taught you to say your bottom made bubbles when you farted. Never too young for potty humor, eh? Last night your head teacher from daycare stopped by to drop off the rest of your artwork and pictures from school, and even she commented on how much you’re talking. She said you never talk that much at daycare. Fortunately you didn’t tell her you stepped on a duck, ha!

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August 17, 2012

I told Daddy last night that being home with you now is definitely different than maternity leave was – this is all-day entertainment. Yesterday morning I heard you saying something over and over in the living room. When I went out to see what you were doing you had Daddy’s camera tripod set up, and you were saying “cheese”. You were pretending to take pictures of everyone, using the little button on top of the tripod as your camera. Hilarious. I had no idea you even knew what the tripod was. We’re off to the zoo again this morning – yippee! And I just saw your 4th 2 year molar in there this morning. The top right one wasn’t there when I saw the other 3 last week, but this morning I looked again while brushing your teeth and there it was, just poking through.

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August 20, 2012

We had such a great weekend, peanut. Saturday Daddy took some pictures of you and me down by the lake near our house, then we went and played with friends that night for dinner. You had a blast going down the slide, jumping on the little trampoline, and running down the hill with the other kids. Yesterday we went up to Sheboygan and you got to see the big lake again. Mommy got her toenails done, we had lunch with Grandma and Grandpa Rau, and then we went for a nice long walk out on the pier to see the big lake again. I just love the way you say lake – kind of like “yake”.

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August 26, 2012

You just peed on your little potty stool on the toilet! Great job, peanut!!

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August 27, 2012

I thought we had escaped this fate, but we had your first ever poop in the bathtub this weekend, on Saturday morning. It was a big one, too. Gross!

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August 29, 2012

You’re getting very good at stringing words together to make phrases, little one. You’ve said this one before, but this morning it was “big blue truck” when we saw the garbage truck out the window. And then you really surprised me when we were talking about how Daddy went to work on the motorcycle, and you absolutely perfectly said “helmet” and pointed to your head to signal that he wore his helmet. You amaze me every day the way you’re becoming such a little person.

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August 31, 2012

Well we’re trying something new for bed/nap times. I took the musical mobile thing off the side of your crib (mainly because the sounds of it have become like nails on a chalkboard to me!) and gave you a mini-Violet for sleep time instead. She’s a little puppy all curled up sleeping, and you can push the buttons on her side to play music, nighttime noises, and sleepy sounds. She also is holding a little moon that lights up when the sounds come on to give you a little light. So far you love her, but you still had some cries at bedtime last night. Hopefully you’ll do ok in Canada this coming week though, because we leave this afternoon. YAY!!!! You also turn 25 months old tomorrow. That is crazy.

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September 12, 2012

We got back from vacation last weekend, and you had an absolute blast. You LOVED running around the island, playing with your aunt and uncle, grandparents, and the dog. You also peed on the toilet once! Great job, peanut. I can’t wait to go back next year to see how much more you’ve learned since this, your second visit.

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September 14, 2012

You are a great little mimic. You now imitate me saying “hmm”, and this morning you perfectly copied me when I said “all right”. It’s so fun watching and listening to you grow. You’re now telling the baby rings you’re playing with on the floor to move, saying “move, guys.” I forgot to mention too, you peed on the toilet again in Canada. Good job!

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September 19, 2012

I’m beginning to realize that our time together before your little brother/sister arrives is quickly coming to an end. I just hope I can cherish every minute we have left together, just the two of us, making sure you know how much you are and always will be loved.

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September 20, 2012

Well that didn’t take long. You had your first fall out of your new bed last night. Around 3:30 this morning I heard you start crying, after what I thought was a crashing sound. I must admit, I wasn’t fully awakened by the noise, though, so I wasn’t entirely sure I’d heard it. But I definitely heard you crying. Daddy had fallen asleep in the living room so went in to settle you down, and when he came to bed he said you’d fallen out. Today he told me he has no idea how you landed, because you ended up behind the chair and lamp that are next to your bed, but you can’t really fall to that spot from the side of your bed. So who knows what you did, but it took him a minute to even find you in there. Poor little peanut. I did build up the barrier on the outer side of your bed to be much higher today, though, so hopefully you won’t have any more bumps in the night.

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September 21, 2012

Today’s the last day of summer, boo. We’ve had a great one this year, peanut, and I have definitely enjoyed all of our days playing together. I know they’re not over yet, but the changing seasons is just one more sign that we’re getting even closer to being more than just D and Mommy. I really hope this new baby doesn’t phase you too much, because you certainly won’t be loved or treasured any less. I actually can’t wait to see you as a big sister.

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September 24, 2012

Yesterday was a pretty big day – we turned your car seat around to face forward, and you peed on the toilet again before bed! I think you were kind of confused by the car seat at first, because you were a little unsure getting in that way to put your buckles on. But hopefully it’ll be better for you on longer trips. Plus your legs are getting so long you were pretty cramped back there.

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September 25, 2012

You pooped on the toilet again last night after your bath! Nice job!! I was just thankful you didn’t go in the tub again, ha!

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September 28, 2012

It seems like all my updates on you revolve around the toilet lately, but such is life. You peed on the toilet twice yesterday! And this morning we’re off to Grandma’s house since Daddy’s going to be up in Green Bay for the weekend. You can’t wait!

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October 3, 2012

October already, wow. That means that in a few short weeks you’re going to be a big sister! You are so funny, and these days I’ve been able to spend at home with you have just been fantastic. You’re getting more and more words every day, and right now you’re in your bedroom “reading” one of your Sesame Street books out loud. It’s so cute! However, you have started creeping out of your bedroom when you wake up without calling for anyone, so all of a sudden we’ll hear a squeaking door and then you magically appear. After your nap is one thing, but at 6am this morning was a whole other story. We’ll be working on that.

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October 4, 2012

Poor little peanut. You’re so sick today. Last night after your bath you kept saying how cold you were, and things just went downhill from there. 101+ fever by the time you went to bed, woke up a couple times in the 2 hours after bedtime until you finally threw up, but then fortunately slept from 12:30 until just before 8am. You still had a 102+ fever this morning, but I found some Pedialyte for you to drink as you’ve been lying on the couch watching your PBS shows all morning. I feel so bad that I can’t really do anything to help except wait for that fever to break. I hope you get better soon!

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October 5, 2012

Fortunately you are all back to normal. I went to the hospital last night at 6 to take a tour of the labor & delivery area and got home around 7:30, and you were totally better. I got you some french fries and a little vanilla milkshake on my way home, which you were more than happy to eat. Daddy said while I was gone you had a gigantic poop, which may have been contributing to your ailment, but apparently once that was out you were cured. Yay!

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October 8, 2012

We’re off to the zoo again this morning for the first time in a few weeks. Fun!

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October 12, 2012

Well, the baby isn’t here yet, thank heavens, so we’re going down to Peoria this afternoon when Daddy gets home. We’re going to see a lot of family, which I know you’ll love. Let’s just hope your little brother/sister doesn’t decide to join us along the way!

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October 15, 2012

We made it through the whole weekend in Peoria without your little brother/sister making an appearance, so that’s great news. You had so much fun playing with everyone – all your aunts and uncles in Peoria, cousins, grandparents, great-grandma. It was a wonderful time. Mama had a nice ceremony at my high school, and you loved running around the foyer and eating your lunch at the table with us like such a big girl. I’m so glad we were able to make the trip and spend time with all of our family.

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October 19, 2012

Not much new to report, peanut. I’ve just been trying to enjoy these last days together with just you to the fullest, because you are my little best friend. I hope I’ve prepared you well to be a big sister – you do know that when the baby starts crying you can say, “Don’t cry baby, it’s ok. I’m Della, I’m your big sister, and I’m right here.” It’s adorable. This morning we were lying in bed together as you were watching Sesame Street, and you let me hold your little hand for much of the time. Also adorable, and made my heart swell. I love you so much.

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October 29, 2012

You’re a big sister to a little sister, Lana Marie! You are absolutely the best big sister I’ve ever seen, too. You love to give Lana pats to help when I burp her, watch me feed her, stroke all her dark hair, give her kisses, and point out all her tiny little parts. Our first night home from the hospital was a little rough for you with the baby crying and being up a lot, but since then you’ve done outstanding. I really hope it keeps up and I can do as good a job for you as I have been when it’s just you, me, and Lana home by ourselves during the days. We’ve had a lot of help so far with Daddy being home last week and Grandma up for this week, then next week it’s show time. I didn’t think it was possible, but I think I love you now even more than ever, peanut!!

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November 4, 2012

You are seriously the best kid ever, peanut. You have been incredible as a big sister already, and I can tell how much you love Lana. You haven’t lost any of your wonderful sparkle, either. I hope I don’t let you down at all and am strong enough to keep giving you all the attention you need to keep growing and learning without neglecting anything your little sister needs either. I love you so much.

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November 11, 2012

You are such a great kid, but holy crap do we need to wok on your “No!”s and listening to what we ask you to do the first time. Ugh.

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November 13, 2012

I’m not sure if my words finally sunk in, or if I just caught you on a good day, but so far this week you’ve been doing a great job listening and keeping the “No!”s to a minimum. Thank you! You also pooped and peed on the toilet yesterday and peed on it today. Great job!! I still don’t know when we’ll try potty training in earnest, though. I’m not sure either of us is quite ready…

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November 14, 2012

You pooped on the toilet again this morning – excellent! Sorry your updates are mainly about peeing and pooping these days, but I’m trying to nudge us into potty training right now I think. I would love to only have 1 kid in diapers. We’ll see how brave I get though.

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November 15, 2012

It actually happened. You pretended to breastfeed your bear Violet yesterday. I was feeding Lana in the rocker in your room, and you said Violet needed some milk, then lifted up your shirt. Then you burped her. I about died laughing. At least you got the steps down right.

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November 20, 2012

Day 2 of potty training attempt #1, and so far so pretty good. You’ve been in underwear all day today and yesterday (except for naps and nights), and you only had 2 little pee accidents today. I was amazed that we made it through day 1 with no accidents. I hope this keeps up and you’ll really be potty trained for good soon!

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November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving, sweet Della Jolee!! I love you more than words, and you become a cuter, funnier little person every day. You are doing so well with potty training so far. I hope we get it to work permanently!

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November 24, 2012

You’ve been doing a great job of keeping your nap diapers dry then going in the toilet as soon as you wake up, but last night you actually kept your nighttime diaper dry too. Dare I hope that we’re getting close here?

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November 27, 2012

Yesterday was officially 1 week of potty training down, and you are doing so great! You haven’t had an accident since day 3, and I’m amazed. You’ve even started telling us when you have to go instead of being asked constantly, which is fantastic. I’m going to give it a little while longer, though, before we try to go naps without a diaper, but those have been dry for days now too.

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November 30, 2012

Big milestones here, peanut. Yesterday we went on our first walking errand in the stroller with underwear on, to CVS. Then today we walked over to the park and played for about 35-40 minutes, and no accidents on either trip! You are seriously doing an amazing job with this potty training bit. I’m contemplating taking you on a multi-store car errand trip tomorrow, but we’ll see. We do have 2 play dates next week, though, so hopefully it goes smoothly having to use other people’s toilets too.

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December 1, 2012

Happy 28 month birthday, Squeaker! 2 1/3 years old. Wow! I forgot to mention, but you started taking gummy vitamins a few weeks ago, and you love them!

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December 2, 2012

Well, it happened. Your first poop accident today. You had gone for a walk to the store with Daddy and were playing in the backyard afterwards. I went to roll your pants up so you didn’t get mud on the bottoms, and I felt wet pant legs. We let you play a little more since you were already wet and would be getting a bath anyway, but when you came over to me a few minutes later you said there was poop too. I didn’t know if you actually did have poop in there or not, but we went inside. Yep, you were right. And a lot of poop too! So that pair of Dora undies went in the trash and you got a nice soapy bath. Hopefully there aren’t many more of those in store!

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December 4, 2012

We went to see Santa today, and you did great! You and Lana sat on his lap, and you were so excited to see him. I think you got a little nervous the longer you sat on his lap for the pictures, so I went over and helped you talk to him to calm your nerves. We asked him for your paints and little chairs for your playhouse, we asked him for milk and diapers for Baby Lana, and we even said that he says “Ho, ho, ho.” After our little chat the girl snapped the best picture of the bunch. Then we thanked him and said bye-bye twice. You got a sucker, which of course made you very happy. It’s so fun watching you be enthused about Christmas this year.

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December 10, 2012

Well it was quite a weekend, squirt. Friday was a day from hell, with you completely disobeying me and shouting no in my face repeatedly. It was the maddest I’ve ever been at you, and it was definitely not fun. But Saturday was great – we had a play date/brunch with all of Mommy’s girlfriends who have babies, and you were the big girl of the bunch. Lana was the pipsqueak. You had a lot of fun playing with all the kids and toys, we had a little book exchange so you got 2 new Sesame Street books, and you went pee on the toilet 3 times while we were there. No accidents in the 40 minute car rides either! Yesterday Mommy and Daddy went to see A Christmas Carol and have dinner, so you got to play with Grandma Rau all day, which you always love. Today marks 3 full weeks of potty training, and you’ve had no more accidents since your poop pants last weekend. Great job! Unfortunately you are sick with some stomach bug today, so you’ve been barfing all morning. I foresee a lot of Pooh and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer watching in our future today while you rest on the couch.

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December 13, 2012

Unfortunately another round of puking hit you yesterday, and you barfed for a good 5 minutes straight after lunch. Daddy was in the bathroom with you while I tended to Lana, and he said you were just heaving, holding onto the sides of the toilet with your little hands. Ugh, I’m so sorry, peanut. I hate seeing you sick. You came out to the living room when you were all finished and your poor little eyes were all puffy and red, and your face was all blotchy from the effort. I wanted to just scoop you up and comfort you forever. But fortunately you seemed fine after that, so we thought maybe it was something you ate. Today there was no puking (“milk out” as you call it, since on monday the first time you barfed it was all milk), but you had a runny nose and lots of sneezing. I hope we all feel better soon!

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December 15, 2012

I don’t know if it’s the little stuffy/runny nose you have from your cold, but the way you say “Mama” right now is the cutest thing I’ve ever heard. It simply warms my heart. Especially since almost every sentence starts with some variation of “Hey, Mama!”

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December 22, 2012

We are down at Grandma & Grandpa’s house for a nice 5 day Christmas stay, and you could not be more excited! You also love talking about Santa this year, which is so much fun. You’ve been doing a great job of keeping your sleep time diapers dry, too, so I think we’ve finally done away with diapers for naps. You’ve also woken up in the night sometimes to come get me to go to the bathroom, which is a great step. And everyone here has commented on how your vocabulary and talking has exploded recently. You’re getting so big, my little sweet pea!

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December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas Eve, peanut! I can’t wait to watch you look for Santa and his sleigh tonight then see your eyes widen with wonder when you discover what he brought tomorrow morning. I love you to the moon and back, little one!

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December 28, 2012

You got an absolute haul for Christmas, and you’ve loved playing with everything since then. Watching you listen to your ear phones with the keyboard/music station Santa left for you at our house is hilarious. You know we can’t listen to it too loudly with the music right in your ears, and you remember that we had to put red ear covers on when we watched the loud airplanes this summer. You are simply amazing.

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December 31, 2012

Happy New Year, sweet Della! You are becoming such an amazing little person, and I can’t help but smile watching you run around the house. Just today I noticed that you are a full head, shoulders, and then some taller than the dining room table. Wow. You have the cutest dress on for New Year’s and are now drinking your “bubble juice”, aka sparkling grape juice. I love you so much.

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January 3, 2013

Your pure, beautiful heart of gold was on full display today. After getting ready for bed tonight, you and I played under a blanket on our bed. You love this game – we were “hiding” from Daddy, even though he had no idea what we were doing and certainly wasn’t looking for us. But we sang songs, pretended that we were going night-night, and I got an up-close view of the inside of your little mouth as you fake snored with your face pressed up against mine. Finally it was too hot to take, so you came to help me wash my face. Then you insisted on washing yours too, which was so darn cute I stopped saying that you couldn’t play with my face-washing bubbles and just let you do it. I’m glad I did. Then at bedtime, Daddy had to put Lana on your bed for a minute and she was crying – you went over to her, held her pacifier in her mouth and said, in your own little words, “Don’t cry, Baby Lana. I’m your big sister. I’ve got your blue for you. Don’t cry.” Then, shortly thereafter, I slammed my funny bone into the arm of your chair and almost puked it hurt so badly. You went out to the living room and came back with a snowman sticker which you put on it to make it feel better, since stickers are what you use as band-aids. You also gave it a feel-better kiss. I love you so very, very much.

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January 6, 2013

Well we tried underwear overnight last night for the first time, and you woke up with pee-soaked underwear. Oops. We’ll keep trying. You did have your bee underwear on, though, which is like a cloth diaper-type training pant, so it’s fleecier and soft inside instead of regular underwear. I think that texture may have made you think you could use it like a diaper, because one of your few accidents in the beginning was while wearing that same pair.

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January 7, 2013

Night #2 with underwear was a success! You wore your bees again and woke up totally dry after a full night’s sleep. Yesterday I told you that your bees were just like regular underwear, not a diaper, so we can’t pee in them. You said, “Oh,” so I think maybe you understood. And I’m not quite sure what’s happened, but ever since the calendar flipped to the new year, you have just been making me happier and happier daily. Not that you weren’t making me happy before, but I find myself being much more patient and tolerant. Mama’s trying, my little sweet pea.

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January 8, 2013

2 nights in a row now with dry bees. Fingers crossed that we’re on our way to once again being a 1-diaper household! And your vocabulary is growing exponentially, little one. Today I heard you say your versions of “macaroni and cheese” and “kangaroo” for the first time. Not bad, either. Not bad at all.

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January 9, 2013

Guess we celebrated a little too early. You wet the bed last night, and you peed on the living room floor this afternoon before your nap. Whoops! Good thing we have hard wood floors…

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January 10, 2013

Dry bees again last night, woo hoo! Yesterday I forgot to note this – you were the absolute sweetest kid I’ve ever seen. Lana was having a particularly cranky day, crying a lot. At one point I had her in the chair in your bedroom and she was crying again. You came in with your musical Sesame Street book and held it up to her to help calm her with the music playing. I about exploded with pride and love. You become more amazing every day. Also, your new word is “nope”. Except you say it as “mope”, which is simply hilarious. I love you!

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January 14, 2013

Well we’re gonna try daycare once a week, see how you like getting back to play with some of your friends again. Daddy doesn’t think it’s necessary, but I think it’s a great idea. We’ll see how it goes.

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January 15, 2013

We had a friend take some pictures of you and Lana this morning, and you were such a goofball. It was like as soon as we got in her studio you had to go into little showoff/not listening mode. Which was annoying, until we discovered we could bribe you with the pets. Her daughters have a turtle named “Chocolate” and a guinea pig named “Penguin”, which you loved seeing. You are definitely an animal-lover.

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January 16, 2013

First day back at once-a-week daycare – I hope you’re loving it!

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January 25, 2013

Up the past 2 nights at 2am. Hmm, no thanks. You were very cute, though, when you were outside with me this morning while I shoveled snow. You had your snow pants and little boots on with your coat, pink mittens, and pink flowered hat, and sometimes I almost die at how unbelievably adorable you are.

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January 28, 2013

You put your baby doll in Lana’s jumperoo this morning, and it was so cute. You rolled up your baby’s little blanket to stick behind her in the seat, just like I do for Lana so she doesn’t flop around. Then you bounced the seat for her, turned on the music, and made the toys move for her. Such a good big sister and little mom.

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January 29, 2013

Peed the bed last night. Oopsies.

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January 30, 2013

You seemed to enjoy your first day in the Kids’ Clubhouse at the gym, which is great. I had little doubt. They said you were such a good big sister, too, always checking in on Lana to make sure she was ok. You’re so cute.

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February 1, 2013

Happy 2.5 year birthday!

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February 4, 2013

Peed the bed again the night before last. Fortunately it was all contained in your pj’s and robe, which you wore to bed, so at least I didn’t have to change and wash your bedding. But let’s not make this a common occurrence, please.

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February 5, 2013

A little bit of pee in your bees underwear last night. Daddy said he didn’t think it even got to your pants and I felt nothing in your bed again, but this is not a good pattern to start. I think we’ll try sleeping in regular underwear tonight. I do, however, love when you cheer for me when I pee on the toilet, like we always did for you when you were first potty training.

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February 7, 2013

You are quite the mimic these days. When you or Lana are getting impatient about something, I always say, “I know, I know.” That has become your new phrase too, and it took me a minute to figure out what you were saying the first time I heard it. So funny. And I swear you’re growing by leaps and bounds every day now, too. Which would explain your sudden surge in appetite – you just ate 11 chicken nuggets, a little Cutie orange, a roll of Smarties and a handful of M&Ms, and for breakfast you had some cinnamon Life, blueberries, and part of an apple. Grow, little girl, grow!

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February 10, 2013

Well you had a great day and a bad day yesterday. You had so much fun playing with all of your cousins and aunts and uncles at Andrew’s birthday party yesterday afternoon. However, you had your first accident in quite a while and peed your pants. Oops. Then you were up 3 times during the early morning hours last night. Not sure what that’s all about, but hopefully it doesn’t continue. You’re currently napping after a naptime battle of not listening and getting your bedtime stories taken away. You need to be in a better mood when you wake up or else Mama might run away from home.

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February 13, 2013

You poor little bean, you had another barfing spell this afternoon. Daddy woke you up from your nap at 3:30 after you’d only gone to bed at 2 by the time we got home from the gym and into bed, so you had a little shorter nap than usual and were still really sleepy when you came out of your room. You guys were eating some chips, when you started coughing hard. I think maybe a piece of chip went down the wrong pipe. Unfortunately the coughing fit turned into gagging, which in turn led to puking. Your tiny little body was standing over the toilet barfing up everything it could, and your poor little face was all blotchy and snotty. You even had tiny little broken blood vessel dots around your eyes by the time you were done. Fortunately it wasn’t a flu episode I don’t think, because you were great the rest of the day and night; you just got stuck with my coughing to gag genes. Sorry, sweet pea. I hate seeing you in pain like that. Puking is the worst.

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February 19, 2013

We’re off on a big airplane tomorrow, peanut! Grandma got you your own little backpack for the trip, so we have some of your books and toys in there to keep you entertained. We’re going out to Tucson again, so hopefully we’ll get a little warmth and sun! It’ll be a long week without Daddy, but hopefully Mama does ok for you.

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February 21, 2013

You were an excellent traveler yesterday, peanut! We had your little backpack full of toys and diversions from Grandma, which worked like a charm. It was a long flight, but you were such a trooper. You even took a nap in my lap for Rhee’s end of our first flight before being diverted, and that was great timing. Thank you, sweetheart!

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March 1, 2013

Happy 31 month birthday, peanut! You and Lana were excellent travelers home on the plane the other day, so thank you very much for that! Today you also went to the bathroom all by yourself! You set up your little potty chair on the toilet seat, peed, wiped, put your seat away, and came back out to the living room all on your own. Great job!! Unfortunately, you have become very whiny and not going to bed well since we’ve been home from Arizona. Hopefully this is just a phase that ends quickly.

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March 5, 2013

You’ve gotten so good at going to the bathroom all by yourself. In the past couple days you have started getting your potty chair steps set up, pants/underwear/pj’s down or off, going to the bathroom, using your wipes, and even putting your little chair away all by yourself. You can now get up on your stool to wash your hands all by yourself too. You’re getting so big!

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March 7, 2013

I can’t even believe I’m writing these words, but last night you pooped on the floor. Yes that’s right, pooped on the floor. I had to go to a meeting, so Daddy was watching you and Lana. I texted him when I got to my destination, and he informed me you had pooped on the toilet, ran away naked, then pooped on both your play mat area in the living room and your foot, stuck your hand in it, and freaked out. I almost burst out laughing at the absurdity of that picture, but gross. Let’s keep the feces in the toilet from now on, please.

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March 10, 2013

When you get upset and start crying hard, you get so worked up that you throw up. You did it again this afternoon. You were supposed to be taking your nap but were messing around in your room instead. Daddy went in to get you back in bed, but you were hiding behind the door and he hit you in the head with it on accident when he came in. You started crying so hard you started coughing to gag, which made you throw up again. You’ve done this a couple times now, and really need to learn to knock it off.

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March 11, 2013

Not only did Lana wake up twice last night, but you decided to get up at 2:20 and then again at 6. What’s with you guys? SLEEP please!

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March 15, 2013

You’ve been having some bedtime sleep issues this week, peanut, and I hope they remedy themselves soon. Daddy has been gone for work all week, so maybe that’s been part of it? You slept in my bed 2 of the 3 nights we were at home alone, and you screamed bloody murder at bedtime last night here at Grandma’s too. Hopefully now that we’re with everyone down here and we’ll be back with Daddy this weekend you’ll calm down some. Fortunately you haven’t been getting up in the night with this, just at bedtime. Yesterday you started a new phrase too – “eeny, meeny, miny, mo”. It’s very funny to hear, since I know we didn’t teach it to you. You guys must play that game in the kids room at work. You’re so entertaining.

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March 18, 2013

You are becoming such a little person, and it’s so fun to watch. Even when we got to Grandma & Grandpa’s this weekend they said how much older you looked. My little peanut. Your sentences are getting great, you can sing pretty much the entire alphabet, and you learn so much so quickly. But you always love to run up to the desk and give me hugs and kisses at work. I love you beyond words, my little dear.

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March 21, 2013

You are getting so good at the songs we always sing in the car. I can actually make out most of the words now. ABCs, wheels on the bus, itsy-bitsy spider, on top of spaghetti all covered with cheese, mary had a little lamb, row row row your boat. Those are your usual selections.

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March 25, 2013

You’re starting to use “I” correctly instead of “me” for everything. As in “I do…” instead of “me do…” You’re getting so grown.

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March 26, 2013

Your new favorite phrase is “my best friend”. This morning you said the little pink sticky hand Daddy got you on the pub crawl this weekend was your best friend. Then this evening your blue and purple plates, as well as your dried apricots, were also your best friends. As Daddy said, good, no peer pressure there.

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March 31, 2013

Happy Easter, my first little bunny! You had an absolute ball with the holiday this year. We went to Egg Day out at the zoo yesterday morning and you enjoyed making a paper Easter basket, bunny ears, coloring a paper egg, and getting your face painted like a little bunny. You got to ride on a pony too! But fortunately you said you liked riding the choo-choo better, which has cheaper tickets. You also loved helping me color the eggs yesterday, and today’s egg hunt was definitely a hit. Watching you gather all of the eggs in and around your little playhouse in the backyard was simply heartwarming. You got 2 Easter baskets this year, and the day was spent investigating what candy you could eat out of the candy one. Pez was your favorite. You also had a great time “cheersing” Mama and Dada with your orange juice all day. Unfortunately your little cheers glass from Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve got broken today, which scared you and made you really upset, but we found a suitable plastic replacement.

You turn 32 months old tomorrow, too. I can’t believe how big you’re getting! Walking behind you at the zoo yesterday, I noticed that a pair of your 3T jeans is already getting too short. You’re certainly going to have Mama’s long legs.

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April 2, 2013

I was watching you color tonight, and you are becoming expert at staying in the lines and coloring precise little areas. Great job, peanut! Also, your 2 new favorite phrases are “all by myself” and “why?”. I can’t believe my go-to answer has already become “because”, but you literally say why after every single thing I say to you or tell you to do. It gets just slightly tiring, but I don’t want to stymie your curiosity.

You’ve been having some terrible sleep issues lately, too. 2 nights ago you were up for 2 hours, and it started with you screaming in fright because you thought the hinge on your door was a snake. You haven’t slept fully through the night in quite awhile now, and it’s becoming exhausting. I never thought Lana would be easier to count on for sleep than you, so hopefully this blows over soon.

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April 8, 2013

Well, your sleeping finally rectified itself by the end of last week, but now another cold has struck and interrupted things again. Boo. It started with a runny nose and cough this weekend, and by last night I was almost positive you were going to wake up with a fever today. Thankfully that didn’t transpire, but now your little voice is so hoarse. It’s the cutest thing I’ve ever heard, but I feel so bad that you’re not feeling 100% again. I do think you’re the most lovely sick child I’ve ever seen, though.

We went out to lunch twice over this past weekend, and it never ceases to amaze me how well-behaved you are in public. Yesterday the restaurant was full of tables with kids, most of whom started crying or screaming at some point during their meals. Not you. Even with the onset of this cold, you happily colored your placemat, ate your fruit and french fries, and talked with Grandma and Grandpa Rau. I love you. Hopefully you can teach Lana how to behave like that when the time comes. I think she may try to give us more of a run for our money than you ever have.

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April 9, 2013

I’m so sorry, sweetpea, but you got your first spanking today. It was just a small tap, nothing that would leave a mark or actually hurt you at all, but I felt terrible after I did it. I’ve never been against spanking; I was spanked as a kid and certainly learned those lessons; but I didn’t want to do it when you were so young and we’re teaching you that hitting is wrong. Today I had just had absolutely enough, though. This cold is making you incredibly nasty for some reason – complete disobedience, throwing food, tantrums. I’m sick of it. The last straw was when you were supposed to be taking your nap, refused to lie down when I went in and insisted on rocking, and then I found a crinkled up baby picture of mine in your bed from a shelf that you know you’re not supposed to touch. That was it. I was done. So I tapped your little butt, rocked for a few seconds, and put you in bed. I immediately apologized (not like you know what that even means), but you were instantly quiet and cooperative, and then went right to sleep. Don’t worry, as much as I appreciate the 180 degree turn in attitude after the spank, I won’t make a habit of it.

On a brighter note, yesterday when we were reading your books you read off each of the 4 letters in Elmo’s name perfectly. You actually spoke all the letters instead of saying the words that start with those letters. You were spelling a word off a box last night too saying all the letters themselves. Great job, peanut! Also, we are now bees free at night! It’s been at least a good week now of wearing regular underwear all the time, even at night instead of your little bees training pants. You’re so cute – when you started potty training our chant was “No more diapers. I wear underwear!” And now we chant “No more bees. I wear regular underwear to bed!”

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April 14, 2013

Your sentences are getting so good, peanut. And the other day you said “nevermind” perfectly and in the correct context. I didn’t even know you knew what that word meant. You’re getting so tall too. I ordered you some 4T jeans already, because even the 3T pairs are starting to get a little short. Good thing they have adjustable waistbands, because your waist is still definitely the size of a 2 year old’s.

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April 19, 2013

You’ve certainly given us some examples of what they mean by the “terrible 2s” lately, but at least they are still the exception and not the rule. Toddlers will be, I guess. You have a new favorite – whenever you know you’re starting to get in trouble or Lana gets a little upset or you just feel like saying something, you sing the hook to the ABC song. “Now I know my ABCs, next time won’t you sing with me.” It’s great.

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April 29, 2013

You had so much fun playing with Grandpa Frank this weekend. You guys played outside with bubbles, chalk, took walks, you showed him your books, and you loved helping him shave yesterday morning. It’s so funny – every time he visits you like to get the Tums out of the bathroom closet for him.

I have now been told by 3 separate people how sweet of a little girl you are. I could not agree more – I love you, little one!

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April 30, 2013

Your new favorite song is “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”, and you were singing it nonstop yesterday afternoon. You guys must sing it a lot in the kids room at work, because I’d never heard you sing the entire thing until yesterday. But man, do you love it. We heard it over and over and over, and it made me smile and laugh every single time.

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May 1, 2013

Happy 33 month birthday, peanut! We all know I love you more than words, but damn if you don’t sleep like a Mexican jumping bean. Stay out of our bed! Please.

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May 6, 2013

You have been in one sassy attitude way lately, little one. I know you’re 2 and all, and they’re not called the “terrible 2s” for nothing, but geez. I also made the mistake of lying in your bed with you until you fell asleep the other night, so now you always want me to do it. Fortunately I got you to sleep tonight easily and without it, but you were so tired. You didn’t go to bed until almost 11 last night, woke up and came into our room before 6 this morning, and I made sure you only had a short nap so you would sleep tonight. Now let’s just hope you stay in your bed all night.

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May 16, 2013

I think you’re loving this turn to nice weather as much as I am. The past 2 days I had off work, so we were outside for 2 hours both mornings. We have a new favorite spot – walking to the fountain in a little park a few blocks from our house and splashing in the water. Yesterday our new thing was making wet handprints on the wall around the fountain. Then we always have to go look to see if the fire station has the garage doors open so you can see the fire trucks. Thankfully the flu you and I had a few days ago only lasted an afternoon and evening so we could get outside and enjoy everything.

You’re so funny with Lana too. You love to squish her, which I constantly have to tell you to stop doing. You also blow on her belly to make her laugh, which I love hearing. You have become fond of saying “getting so big” too – you, Lana, our flowers, pretty much anything you see that grows. You even said Daddy was getting so big tonight.

You’re able to draw circles now too. Who knew!? You were drawing on my shopping list with Daddy tonight, and you produced a group of little circles instead of just scribbles. You even put little circles inside a bigger one to make a tiny face. Nice job, peanut!! I think you’re the one who’s getting so big now. Speaking of getting so big, yesterday was your first full day at the big table in your new booster seat. I think the highchair has officially been bequeathed to Lana.

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May 21, 2013

You’ve been having a really great stretch lately, pee wee. The sassiness from a few weeks ago has seemed to lessen, and I love watching you more and more every day. You’re such a string bean, watching your little body running around this house is just crazy. And you’re getting so good at stuff – you sing “Twinkle, Twinkle”, which simply cracks me up; you love “Ring Around the Rosy”; and today in CVS you counted backward 5, 4, 3, 2, 1! That’s pretty awesome. You’ve had a couple pee accidents lately, but I do have to remember you are only 2, and in this whole grand scheme of potty training you’ve been incredible. You even like to sit on the big seat now instead of using your little potty chair steps. We planted impatiens in the flower boxes of your little playhouse yesterday, so you’ll be my little helper keeping those thriving this summer. You helped me spread all the mulch, too. I love you and your lanky little body so very, very much.

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May 23, 2013

Today you were rolling on Daddy’s foam roller shouting, “This is so much fun!” I’ve never heard you say that before. And yesterday I heard you pronounce “because” perfectly, used in the correct context, too. Your speech keeps getting better and better and amazing me.

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May 28, 2013

You had such a great time at Ethan’s wedding this weekend. You had a ball running around with 2 other little girls after the ceremony, and you couldn’t wait to get on the stage and dance at the reception. You loved shaking your tiny little booty with your party shoes on, and you were definitely the cutest little girl there in your pink polka dotted party dress.

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June 1, 2013

Happy 34 month birthday, sweet pea! You get taller and taller every day, with your long lanky legs and adorable little face framed by little curls. Your sentences continue to improve daily as well, and 2 of your new good words are “because” and “doing”. You use them perfectly, too. The other day I heard you out in the living room saying every letter of the alphabet, big letter and small letter, then you went through all of your numbers as well. When I went out to see what you were reading you were looking at one of the last projects you made at daycare – it has the alphabet, shapes, and colors on one side, and your handprints with numbers above the fingers on the other side. I was so proud!

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June 2, 2013

Yesterday you learned how to hold up 3 fingers while holding down your pinky, and you’re now very good at it. Especially since you know that’s how old you’re going to be on your birthday. And all of your “-ing” words are getting great.

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June 3, 2013

Well, I guess you were due. After just thinking how good you’ve been lately, tonight you got in trouble big time – not listening at all, telling us no constantly, and hitting. Put in bed early with no stories, rocking, or anything. Hope you learned.

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June 24, 2013

We just got home from our biggest family road trip yet a few days ago, and you and your sister were absolute angels of travelers. I was worried how you 2 would fare being in the car for hours on end across 9 states, but you guys were a dream. Barely a peep of discomfort from either of you, no peed or pooped pants on your end, no spilled food or drinks, and excellent jobs sleeping in multiple hotel rooms along the way. You had an absolute blast at Auntie Mer-Mer and Unkie Cha-Cha’s house too. You loved seeing your new baby cousin Roan and “helping” Auntie Mer-Mer with him, and by the end of our week-long stay you knew how to feed both their cats and their dog all by yourself. Then today you were excited to get back to “Mama’s new work” to play with your “best, best, best, best friend” Amira. Your words and phrases are utterly adorable. Fortunately your sassy-pants attitude has subsided again too, after you got a spank for sticking your tongue out at me in disobedience before we left. No thanks, my dear; no thank you very much. Fortunately you seem to learn lessons fairly quickly, and after all, you are still 2 years old.

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July 1, 2013

Happy 35 month birthday, pee wee! I can’t believe in just one month you’ll be 3 on your birthday, as you like to put it. Crazy.

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July 5, 2013

You have seriously been the biggest B today. This afternoon you got in trouble numerous times for not listening, blatantly disobeying, telling me “I don’t want to” over and over again, and all around driving us crazy. You refused your nap for the 2nd day in a row, which is always just great. You have been sick this week with a nasty cold and cough, but I couldn’t care less. Doesn’t mean you can act like that. Hopefully you wake up and want to “be nice” tomorrow, as we call obeying.

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July 8, 2013

We started your second round of swim lessons at the gym today, and you are so much more confident going into the water now than you were last time. Today you were raring to go and hopped right in when we got there. Last time you barely wanted to sit on the steps in the water. Now we just need to work on putting your face in all the way and then your head under. I don’t expect you to actually learn to swim, but I definitely want you comfortable around the water before we go to Canada. I will be so happy and relieved once you are able to dog paddle your way back up if you ever fall in.

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July 9, 2013

You’ve started wanting to use the regular toilet seat instead of your potty seat lately, and you’re doing a really good job. You go in, hop up there, scoot your little butt back, and get down to business. It’s rather adorable to see.

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July 11, 2013

You and Daddy got some Hello Kitty popsicles at the store yesterday, and you are so excited about them. I love how you say popsicle, too – “pock-i-ple”.

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July 19, 2013

Your use of the English language is improving daily, my dear. You now say “I’m hungry” instead of “I eat”, and the amount of translation needed seems to decrease daily. You are incredible with your numbers and letters, too. The other day we were reading your museum ABC book before your nap, and at the end of it they have all of the letters with their corresponding pictures listed out. But they have them written in vertical order, so when you read across the page as we normally do, none of them are in order. You still were able to read all the way across each page and get every single letter right, even though they weren’t in alphabetical order. So great!

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July 22, 2013

I wrote your name on a piece of paper in pencil today then had you trace it with one of your markers, and you did an excellent job!

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July 24, 2013

You have started doing the funniest dance lately. I call it your rock star – you begin with your index fingers up in the air, rocking out with your eyes closed, big smile, and head shaking all around. Then you wiggle all over the place, and I swear you transition into an air guitar imitation. I have no idea where you picked this up, because Daddy and I certainly aren’t air guitaring around the house. But it is so fun to watch. I love that both of you girls enjoy music so much. You also have a new game – you love to say “What you say?” and then go into a string of baby talk. Little goofball. I can’t believe you’ll be 3 one week from tomorrow.

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July 30, 2013

You had a little incident at swimming yesterday. You were playing around on the steps into the pool as the teacher worked with another kid, and you must have lost your footing or slipped off the railing bar, for when I looked over you were flailing around just under the surface, trying to right yourself. I went over to the steps to pull you out, but you got your feet back down and were climbing up them at just that same time. I could tell you were scared and about to cry as your reached the top step, but when I knelt down to get you and you saw my face, I just said “Great job! You went all the way under and came right back up!” and you instantly started smiling. I know that frightened you, but I was so happy you were able to move around enough to get yourself back up to the surface. Thankfully you were on the steps so didn’t have far to go until your feet could touch again, but I hope it’s a sign you’re learning. You are definitely more comfortable in swim lessons this time than last session, and I think we’ll move up to the Preschool Plus level next time. We’ve been practicing saying what you do if you fall in and Mama and Dada aren’t there to get you out right away – you flip over to your back, put your belly up to the air and your head back, and you call out for Mama and Dada. Hopefully you’ll never have to put this into practice, but I want you to know just in case. You guys work on both front and back floats in your lessons, and yesterday you were kicking on the noodle all by yourself with barely any help from the teacher, so that is encouraging.

Oh, and you’ll be 3 in 2 days!!

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July 31, 2013

I can’t believe I put you to bed tonight for the last time as a 2 year old! I placed my hand across your back as you were lying in bed going to sleep, and it fit all the way across it. I wonder how long that will last, especially with how fast you’re growing. My little sweet pea is getting so big.

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August 1, 2013

Happy 3rd birthday, Squeaker!! I set up a little birthday display in the dining room for you last night after you went to bed, and you loved it when you saw it first thing this morning. I strung a Sesame Street happy birthday sign, stacked your presents and card, and had 2 helium balloons inflated for you. You got new pink goggles since you’re learning to swim, a Play-Doh set, and a new coloring board that makes sounds when you draw. We took Hello Kitty fruit snacks for a treat in the kids care room today, and those were a huge hit. You’re napping now, but tonight we’ll either go to a makeup swim lesson or to the park with Daddy, then get you a special birthday cupcake. You’ve had so much fun telling everyone that you’re 3 today, and I absolutely love watching your joy and enthusiasm. We’re off to Peoria tomorrow for a weekend with family, so I’m sure you’ll have a blast down there with everyone too. We love you so much!!

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August 8, 2013

You had an absolute blast in Peoria last weekend with everyone. You especially enjoyed playing in Uncle Nate and Aunt Sherry’s swimming pool – you used a pair of water wings to get more comfortable in the water off the steps, and you even touched the bottom in the shallow end all by yourself and walked all the way across that side. I was so proud! You still don’t like to get your head wet or go under, so we’ll work on that one. Hopefully you’ll get a little more comfortable with it in Canada these next couple weeks, too.

You’ve added a new word the past week or so – also. You use it correctly, too. I love hearing you expand your vocabulary.

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August 22, 2013

Once again, you were an excellent car traveler yesterday on our 13+ hour trip home from Canada. Your 3rd visit to Little Pine Isle was fantastic – you loved jumping off the dock to me in the raft with your floaties on, helping everyone cook, painting, fishing, running all around, dancing with Unkie Cha-Cha, and just playing on the island in general. I can’t wait for you and Lana to grow up there and love it as I and my sisters do!

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August 28, 2013

The way you address Lana is getting much more correct. In just the past couple days she has gone from “Baby Wawa” to more of a “Landa”. It sometimes sounds like “Wanda” since L isn’t your strongest sound, but it’s definitely getting there. I’ve also been looking back at pictures from the past couple months recently to update our photo albums, and the transformation you have undergone in just the past 10 months since Lana was born is astonishing. I thought you looked like a big girl then, but you looked like a baby compared to now.

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September 1, 2013

Happy 37 month birthday, peanut!

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September 3, 2013

Tonight as I was emptying the bath water, you started singing a little lullaby song – there was something about rock-a-bye, and sleep sleep sleep, and you have goosebumps. It was so adorable. Too bad you shouting “I don’t want to!” earlier this afternoon when I told you to do something was not. Let’s hope my chastising sunk in. We don’t need to start with any attitude just yet, thanks.

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September 5, 2013

Your new thing is to ask for a “big hug” when you’re going to bed, then locking me in an endless giant bear hug. It’s adorable, especially when it’s coupled with an “I love you sooooo much.” I’m cherishing it, because I’m sure they won’t last forever.

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September 9, 2013

You started your first dance class today – Little Dancin’ Machines at the gym. I hope you love it. I peeked in on you a couple times as I was working, and you looked adorable. I saw you doing some little arm circles, skipping/running in a circle, and later dancing in and out of a hula hoop. So cute!

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September 13, 2013

You are getting SO tall! Today we put on your 4T jeans and I swear they’re almost too short; you can now look in the top of your sock drawer; you can reach all the light switches; and you can climb all the monkey bars at the park by yourself, including the big round climbing tower thing. Man oh man, little one. Your growth over the past 9 months has been incredible.

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September 16, 2013

I don’t know what’s gotten into you at naptimes lately, but the past 3 out of 5 days you have been an absolute terror. And it literally happens the minute before you have to lie down. Today, for instance, I told you to stop jumping on your bed and turn on your little musical stuffed animal you always sleep with, and you started in with your pouty attitude – dropping your sleep things on the floor, throwing blankets off your bed, giving me the “I don’t want to do nothing” routine, etc. So I said that’s it, no rocking, good-bye, and walked out. Of course you started screaming immediately, which I totally ignored, and continued on until after I clipped Lana’s finger nails outside, gave her her bottle, and put her down for her nap. Yesterday was a great, regular nap day, but the 3 before that were versions of today’s episode, with 2 of them ending in spankings. I don’t get it, but I don’t like it. I hate spanking you, but you reach a point where you are absolutely intolerable and every single thing I say is answered with a no. Doesn’t sit well with me, and therefore you end up with a sore butt. I did feel terrible, though, on Saturday. You were throwing another naptime fit when I reached down to take your sleep things because you started whipping your toys across the room so I took everything off your bed and put it in the closet, and you said, “Don’t spank me.” I wasn’t even thinking about spanking you that day (don’t worry, it is always my last resort), but I felt really bad that you thought it was going to be your fate again. A sign that it gets my point across or that I’m just a horrible mom?

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September 19, 2013

Your use and increasing mastery of the English language impresses me more each day. Today we got home from work and you threw something in the kitchen garbage can, and it stunk in there from some vegetables. You said, “Something stinks in the garbage. What did you have to eat last night?” I couldn’t help but start laughing because it was such a good, complete thought, and not at all what I was expecting to come out of your mouth. And now you just told me, “Just a second.” Ok, you can slow down just a little now.

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October 1, 2013

Happy 38 month birthday, Squeaker Pants! You just told me, “I love you too,” 4 times as I was putting you to bed; my day is complete.

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October 10, 2013

You have really grown to love your little no-pedal bike this summer, and I think it’s so great. Last year you couldn’t even touch the ground on it, and now you glide along the sidewalks with ease. Every time we’re outside playing with your friends you ask to get it and your little pink helmet out. You have so much fun.

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October 15, 2013

You did 2 buttons on your Elmo pj’s last night all by yourself! You’ve been working to get buttons down for a long time, and I could not have been prouder when you did those. You were so excited too, you gave me a big hug after each one. Tonight we’re going to try to get all 4 by yourself. And just a few minutes ago when you were playing with your new dollhouse, you put Elmo and Strawberry Shortcake to bed and said, “Good night, I love you.” You are a dream. I must be doing something right.

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October 16, 2013

You got all 4 of your buttons by yourself last night on your pj’s! You again gave me a hug after each one. I think we were both as proud as the other. Unfortunately, you got a time out today in the kids room at work for hitting one of your little friends. I was appalled! She took a toy dinosaur away from your other friend Josie, and apparently you felt the appropriate response was to hit her. I about died when the girls came out and told me. They were surprised too, since you’re usually so well-behaved. You tend to get a little exclusionary when you play with Josie and don’t like to share your friend or things, so I’ve been trying to explain to you that you let everyone play and don’t tell anyone to go away, because that makes your friends sad. And nobody wants to play with a mean little girl. But it’s never gotten physical until today. Man oh man, no thank you. I made you apologize to your friend, her mom, and all your teachers, but still. That is completely unacceptable.

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October 27, 2013

The day finally came, peanut – as of last night you have to share your bedroom with your little sister. You’re pretty excited about it, but we’re going to have to work on napping together. I know you guys can do it because you have before both in Colorado and in Canada, so I’ll just have to stagger timing a little I guess. I’ll try putting down whoever seems sleepiest first, give that one about half an hour to really get to sleep, then put the other one down. Today you lucked out and got to take a quick nap in Mama and Dada’s bed before trick-or-treating, but that’s not the best solution. Either way, it’s off to get some candy now, our little chicken!

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October 30, 2013

For the first time in about three and a half years the dressers in your room have been separated. When I moved Lana’s crib into your room last weekend, we positioned it at the foot of your bed. This made for a very awkward feel to the layout of the room, and I knew there had to be a better solution. The whole feng shui was totally off. So tonight I moved the shorter changing table dresser over to where the crib had been and put the crib in its old spot. Voila! So much better. I love moving furniture.

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October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween, peanut! You were the cutest little chicken I’ve ever seen, and you had an absolute blast with all the festivities this year. You went trick-or-treating with Dada this past Sunday (I made it about half our block with Lana, who was acting up after having her nap cut short), helped him pass out candy that afternoon, went with me to the WFB Great Pumpkin Fest that night, and had your Halloween party at the gym today with me working in the kids room dressed as a farmer for my little chickens. Then tonight we put your costumes back on so you and Lana could trick-or-treat to me to get your Halloween bags from Grandma Rau. You already know what you want to be next year, too – you will be Winnie the Pooh, Lana will be Piglet, Dada will be Christopher Robin, and I will be Eeyore. We’ll see if we really do follow through, or if you change your mind by then.

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November 1, 2013

Happy 39 month birthday, pee wee! You are getting so tall, it’s incredible. Every day I look at you and I swear you grew an inch overnight!

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November 3, 2013

Well you got your first (of hopefully not many) bloody nose last night. You were playing on my lap, bent over, and slid off, landing smack on your nose on the floor. You didn’t fall far, but the impact was enough to jar something in that little shnoz. You started crying and Dada picked you up, then the blood started coming out when you coughed and your nose started running harder. It actually kept up for a while off and on, so Dada made you a little Kleenex plug to keep in before you went to bed. Thankfully nothing came out overnight; I did put a red pillowcase on your pillow before bed, though, just in case.

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November 4, 2013

Your 2 new favorite phrases are “I mean” and “actually”. You’re such a goofball.

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November 11, 2013

You’re so silly, peanut. Every once in a while you’ll say something that I just can’t understand, then you’ll go, “I don’t know what I’m talking about.” Yeah, me neither, but we just laugh.

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November 17, 2013

You lost your first fingernail the other night. Ick. About a week and a half before, we went out to a friend’s house to play, and you got the middle finger on your left hand stuck in a door. Fortunately we don’t think anything was broken and it was just the fingertip pad, not down to the joint, but your whole nail instantly bruised and then it finally loosened and fell off. Daddy had to pull it with a pair of tweezers once it got really loose so it didn’t catch on stuff, and you were so brave. I was completely grossed out, but you sat on my lap while he did it, closed your eyes, and didn’t even flinch as it took him a couple tries. You said it didn’t even hurt! And now you have a brand new little fingernail under there.

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November 29, 2013

Happy belated Thanksgiving, Squeaker! You had so much fun yesterday, wearing your little blue party dress and running around all day with Lana. You helped Daddy with all the food preparations, and you helped me make our chocolate chip halfway bars for dessert the night before. We are so incredibly thankful for you two little turkeys!

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December 1, 2013

Happy 40 month birthday, Della! Wow, 40 months. That sounds so old. ;) Maybe that’s why you look so increasingly grown up daily. Slow down, little one! You absolutely loved opening all of the advent calendars today. We got a new one this year that has little toys to create a snowy woodland scene behind each door, which is awesome. And of course the 2 chocolate ones are high up there on your list, too.

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December 4, 2013

It’s so fun seeing you really learning and embracing the holiday spirit this year. You ask for the advent calendars first thing each morning, enjoy pointing out all the ornaments on the tree, love listening to Christmas music, and adore everything Santa Claus. Tonight you’re at the Holiday Train with Daddy, and you practically bounded out the door you were so excited. I love it!

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January 7, 2014

Has it really been over a month since I’ve written for you? Dang, so sorry about that. But I wanted to jot down one of your favorite sayings right now that I am head over heels in love with. Instead of saying “You’re welcome,” you say “You’re melcome.” It’s so cute! I love repeating it, too.

And you just did the snap on your pj’s! We’ve been working on that for weeks, and now you can do it all by yourself. Great job, little one!

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January 13, 2014

You did your zipper today all by yourself! You put your coat on as we were leaving work at the gym, you got it started, and then you got it zipped all the way up. Great job!

Another big thing today – we got you registered for K4 starting in September. Wow. I know that blows my mind instead of yours, but I could not believe we were actually walking into a full-blown school for you already. I think you’re going to love it, but it is going to be so weird not having you here every morning. At least it’s only 2.5 hours, so I won’t have to be away from you all day just yet.

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January 22, 2014

Continuing on your motor skills journey, yesterday you buttoned all 4 buttons on your sweater by yourself. I’m pretty sure you were able to do buttons before that, but I think that’s the first time I’ve seen you button something all the way up on your own.

You love little songs, too. Lana gets the baby version of Highlights magazine, and you adore reading them along with her. In each of the first 2 issues there have been little songs, one sung to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle”, and the other sung to the tune of “Are You Sleeping?” You now have me sing you one of them for nap times and the other for bed times. And you had the words memorized from about the very first time you heard them. So smart. You also love “The Old Lady Who Swallowed the Fly”, and I love how you say “perhaps” – “pee-haps”.

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February 1, 2014

Happy 42 month birthday, peanut! I can’t believe how big you’re getting. I swear you grow an inch every day.

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February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day, my little beauty!

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February 20, 2014

I made your first dentist appointment today. Woo wee! I hope it doesn’t totally scare you.

And yet another example of my less-than-exceptional parenting – I just realized today that you turned 3 and a half this month. Only almost 3 weeks late on that one.

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February 25, 2014

I love how you always say “my sister” when referring to Lana, instead of just calling her “Lana”. You’re so sweet.

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March 1, 2014

Happy 43 month birthday, sweet pea! You are so funny. I just adore how you call McDonald’s “Old McDonald’s”.

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March 6, 2014

You had your first trip to the dentist today, and you did great! They said your teeth look wonderful, and you did such a good job sitting up in the big chair for the hygienist and dentist. I’m so proud of you, sweetheart!

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March 12, 2014

You are simply the cutest. In honor of Wacky Wednesday each week, you wear mismatched socks. You’re so funny and creative, I love it.

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April 2, 2014

Happy 44 month birthday yesterday, Squeaker! (geez, we haven’t called you that in forever!) You were an absolute angel of a traveler out to Tucson and back last week, which was a welcome opposite to your sister. And today we switched you up to a booster car seat. Stop growing so fast!

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April 4, 2014

About 2 days ago you started writing your name perfectly all by yourself. I’m so impressed!! Your As kind of look like Hs with a little hat on top, but you’ll get those down in no time. Way to go, peanut!

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April 8, 2014

This past Sunday you went to your first movie in the theater with Daddy. You guys saw The Muppets Most Wanted, and you loved it. You even ate an entire jumbo box of gummi bears! And yesterday I got just another dose of how wonderful you are. One of the ladies who always comes to the gym with her little 2-year-old girl was on her way out, and I said good-bye as she was getting her stuff together. She said she had to tell me how sweet you are. When she arrived in the kids room yesterday morning her daughter was having a little tantrum, and you were watching the whole thing. You quickly went over to the coloring area and got some paper and crayons for her little girl, then came back over to give them to her to help calm her down and start playing. I about burst with pride. You are such a loving, kind, gentle soul, and I hope that never changes.

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April 11, 2014

Big day today – we visited your new school where you’ll start going in September. I think you were a little nervous at first, but then we toured one of the K4 classrooms where you sat right down and started playing at a couple different tables, so you fit right in. Then you got to listen to a story in the library and have a snack before we left, which you loved. I was practically on the verge of tears the whole time envisioning you going off to school all by yourself, but I think you’re going to have a great time.

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May 13, 2014

You and Lana are so sick right now with a miserable cough. Both of you coughed until you threw up last night, and you’re still coughing. Hopefully the doctor can figure out what’s making you guys so sick when we go this afternoon. I hate seeing you feel terrible like this.

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May 31, 2014

For about the past month to month and a half now, you’ve been able to write your name all by yourself. And within just the past couple weeks you’ve learned to make your A the correct way, instead of making an H with a little hat on. I’m so proud of you!

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June 1, 2014

Happy 46 month birthday! I know no one counts months at this age anymore, but I can’t help but think of your “x-month birthday” every 1st of the month. I love you, peanut! And just today you reminded me that you are my sweet pea or peanut or pee wee, not baby girl, as I called Lana at dinner time.

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June 12, 2014

You had so much fun on our WI vacation – namely helping Aunt Jeanne feed the birds and Oakley at their house, then jumping on the beds in the hotels. Your new favorite thing is “I can do it myself.” As in when we washed our hands after the million pit stops we made this past week on our trip, you wanted to do the water, soap, and drying all by yourself, often trying to reach farther than your tip-toes would allow. You’re so cute and getting to be such a big girl.

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June 27, 2014

Big day for you yesterday – Daddy got you a big-kid bike the other day and got training wheels for it yesterday, so you took your first “real” bike ride last night! You did a great job, and I’m sure it’ll be no time before those training wheels come right back off.

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July 1, 2014

1 month from today you turn 4 years old! Wow. That means I’ve also been writing this page for you for almost 3 years now. Double wow.

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August 1, 2014

Happy 4th Birthday, Della Jolee!!!!! I am in much less pain than I was 4 years ago at this time. And you are growing into the most wonderful, amazing, fantastic little girl I have ever known.

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August 10, 2014

You are such a sweet girl. The other day you apologized to me for Lana not listening. And today when you woke up, I heard you singing in your bedroom, “Canada! Canada! C-A-N-A-D-A!” because we leave today to start our trip up there for the year. You’re going to have so much fun!

 

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