Understanding Laura

I am a crunchy oddball with too many ideas and too little time. Do you get me now?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Within Sight

Tonight is Brian's last night on the mid-shift (6pm-6am) and I couldn't be more thrilled. Kellie was awake from midnight until 4 am - reminding me every ten minutes that she couldn't sleep. Arggh. I'm wishing I had my hubby here tonight. We are all three very crabby girls!

Kellie, Delia, and I went swimming today. Kellie is such an awesome little swimmer and loves to pretend she's Ariel the Little Mermaid in the water. I can remember pretending the exact same thing as a kid. Brings a smile to my face to hear her version of Ariel's singing when she loses her voice to Ursula.

Delia hops along in her little floatie, her feet touching the bottom of the 18 inch kiddie pool. She is absolutely thrilled with her autonomy. I'm not entirely sure if it's because of her freedom in the pool or not - but she has begun standing unassisted for 5-10 seconds at a time! I don't think I'm ready for this! She's growing out of babyhood faster than I can keep up with. She's added a few new words to her vocabulary -
Ucka (Yucka - don't touch that, dirty diapers, dirty rock, you get the idea)
Danjah (Danger - don't touch that, be careful, step back)
Airgo? (Where'd it go? - when things disappear from her hands (thanks big sis!) or she sees me searching for something)

Kellie noticed a roll of princess wrapping paper in the basement and insisted we make a gift for her cousins. So, I gave her four sheets of paper and some art supplies. She created 4 very different pictures for each Bagley cousin. She wrote their names on each paper. Then she helped me peel and break crayons to make "magic crayons." She wrapped the box of magic crayons and came with me to the post office to mail it to the Bagley cousins. The cousins should be getting the box sometime soon if they haven't gotten it already. ;)

I'm very grateful for all the love and support I have been blessed with in my life. Particularly in the form of Grandparents. Thank you for helping me through this surprisingly challenging journey. I hope to one day repay you all.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Happy MaMa's Day

Delia's communication has exploded! It's so much fun to hear her sweet little voice! Among others (that are spontaneous and usually a mimick), the following words make-up her expanding vocabulary:

MaMa - Delia's favorite word.
NughNugh - A close second. This is what Delia says when she wants to nurse.
Gooh Gah Zee (Good Girl Zoe)
Gankoo (Thank you)
Deah (Delia)
Go (She uses this when playing on the playground or being spun around by DaDa)
Mah (More)
Dan (Dance - she uses this when we hold her hands and help her dance)
Naw Nigh! (Not nice! - she uses this when we take away a new-found shiny toy, like a cell phone or remote control. Or if Daddy closes the fridge before she has had the opportunity to fully inspect it. Or if she wants to be picked-up and her desperate attempts at climbing our legs don't work.)

As I'm typing this, Delia is nursing. She keeps popping off to talk to me.
"Good Girl!"
"Good Girl!"
"Good Girl Delia!"
"Thank you!"

She has two teeth now and is working on her third.
She climbs stairs like a maniac (and looks back to make sure we're watching before she continues).
She loves Peek A Boo and talking on the phone.

Kellie is into macaroni art and made a beautiful necklace for me for Mother's Day. She helped us catch some ants on my birthday - then helped us humanely release them after starving them for 3 days. (Those ants were not digging the gel the Dollar Spot at Target supplied...)
Her best friend in Colorado is named Tyler. Tyler and Kellie have so much in common - it's spooky.
With all our hustle and bustle, Kellie has been deprived of her daily art project. Once we busted out the paints, she set forth and made many masterpieces. She revels in the glitter and glam she had previously taken for granted.

Well, Delia is at her wit's end, saying "Not nice!" because I won't pick her back up. So that's the sudden and unexpected close of this post. Thanks for reading!