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Potty Numbers

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We went to our orientation at Rachel’s new Montessori school a few weeks ago and were a bit overwhelmed by the expectations they put forth.  The aim is to enable the full potential of the child but the no binky and no stuffy rules are going to be hard on Rachel.  Since then, we’ve started to put into practice some of the rules Rachel will have to follow in a few weeks.  For example, we’re offering to sit down with her or hold her hand rather than pick her up all the time.  We are also changing diapers standing up and letting her try to put on her own shoes.  We’ve also put the training potty top over the toilet.  The thought being Rachel has seen other people use the real toilet but not the training one.  I’m pleased to say that she’s gone potty on the real toiler twice now!  This after a few month of sitting on the training potty with no effect.

Rachel’s also started to repeat back number to us.  If we say 1, she’ll say 2; and so forth up to 4.  She’s also starting to repeat songs that Sam has made up, such as the No song and the I’m a Baby song.  This is probably just mimicry but encouraging all the same.  Our little girl is growing up fast and there will be lots of changes over the next few months.  Here’s hoping we’ll have some terrific twos!



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I took this on my phone while we were at the dentist office with Sam.  It’s not much but you can clearly hear her verbalizing.  Hopefully, we won’t see as many tantrums going forward.

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Easter came in threes this year.  Much like last Halloween, we had an activity every day from Friday through Sunday.  There were egg hunts at daycare, the zoo, and home as well.  Rachel really seemed to get into it though.  She picked up on the eggs right away and figured out the whole basket thing as well (although we had to hold it for her initially).  She was particularly cute at the egg hunt at daycare.  She would get an egg and shake it to figure out whether there was candy or stickers inside.  She kept the candy ones of course.  She also went away from where all the other children were so she could have more eggs to herself.  Oh, and most of the eggs had to be purple :-)  It was a gorgeous spring day for the egg hunt at the zoo so the pictures came out pretty good so enjoy.  We didn’t take too many pictures of the one at home since we were both tired in the morning but the kids got plenty of sweets afterwards.  The home eggs were dyed by hand so Rachel had fun drawing on them and dunking them into the dye.  TTFN

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Little Drummer Girl

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Rachel’s been really expanding her vocabulary, both what she can say and what she can understand.  We went over all the body parts yesterday and she loves to point out your nose to you.  That and peek-a-boo are some of her favorite games when she’s not doodling, which she calls draw.  She’s also decided that she has to have a coat and hat when she leaves home and school.  She also has decided that her daily report from school is her ticket out so she won’t give it up until she’s safely in the car.  We’re trying to figure out how to break her of those habits but it’s going to be tough, she knows what she wants and will let you know when she doesn’t get it.  The crying tantrums and stomping feet are starting early, hopefully this stage will pass quickly.

But then she gives you a hug and a big kiss and it all passes.  She’s going to be one of those girls that gets away with murder if we’re not careful.  Too cute, like this:

*Video:the little drummer girl


17 Months

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Rachel has really developed a love of coloring, or “draw” as she calls it. She still has tendency to want to eat crayons, do we have to watch her carefully.

My favorite part of her drawings? She has to use every color imaginable.

Other than that, she is your typical 17 month old. She is talking more and more. She just added “bath night” to her list of phrases. She calls us mommy and daddy. She loves hats and requests one every time we go out of the house.

She is starting to really become a little person, and I love hanging out with her, though she is clearly daddy’s girl.


Christmas Videos

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Another update from Christmas, this time with videos!  Rachel had a lot of fun making cookies.  Well, really, just eating them.  She also liked some of her presents pretty well but the whole Christmas concept didn’t really make a lot of sense to her.  We also tried to go sledding with her; but after 30 minutes, she was ready for cocoa and a warm car.  Well, enjoy.


*Video:the most amazing puzzle

*Video:giffy the bouncer

*Video:it's cold outside!


Rachel’s Second Christmas

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Miss Roo Boo was old enough to participate in Christmas activities this year.  She got to cut out and decorate cookies (which mostly meant eating dough, frosting and sprinkles).  She got to stay up and eat our traditional Christmas Eve dinner.  She got bored of opening presents really early, but had fun while she was doing it.  She seemed to enjoy just having people around her most of all.

After Christmas, Robin, Wedge and their son, Julian came to visit.  She had a blast having so many adults around to pick her up whenever she asked and being generally spoiled.  We took the kids up to the snow park for some sledding.  Rae enjoyed going down the hills (with an adult of course), but after about 45 minutes she was done.  She had a lot of trouble walking, probably because she kind of resembled the kid in A Christmas Story.  :)  Thankfully we had a sled to pull her, and the other kids around in.

The first picture is Rae’s kiss face.  While those open mouthed, slobbery kisses had their charm, I am sure glad she figured out how to give real kisses.

She did a lot of growing over the holiday.  She went from having just a handful of words, of which she used one or two regularly, to having about 20 words and using between 5 and 10 of them consistently.  She finally called me Mama, though she still says “Hi Daddy” whenever he gets home from work.  I was the recipient of the first “I love you.” though.  :)

She loves coloring right now.  She has gone from stabbing the paper with the crayon to making real marks.  She still tries to eat the crayons and markers though, so we have to keep an eye on her.

Rae has started playing with Sam, not just next to him.  Most of the time Sam is leading the activities, but Rae is definitely joining in if it looks like fun.


Pre-Christmas Pictures 2

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We found a few more pictures of Rachel from pre-Christmas activities.  There is also a super cute one of her from this summer that snuck in there.

Rae is definitely the little sister.  She LOVES to play with Sam and now that she can keep up with him, she is growing by leaps and bounds.  At 15 months she can walk forward, backward and spin.  She runs and tries to jump.  She is using utensils and an open cup.  And of course, Sam’s toys are so much better than her own.

She still has her crinkly nose smile though.  :D

As part of our pre-Christmas activities we took the kids to see Santa.  We weren’t sure how Rae would react.  She loves men with beards, but apparently Santa was just too much for her.

We’ll have another post coming soon with a Christmas update!


Pre-Christmas Update

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Rachel’s transitioned from an infant to a toddler.  She’s not really even toddling now, running is beginning to take shape.  We were playing chase with Sam the other day and she decided to join in the fun.  She’s also perfecting her run away techniques.  Luckily, she’s still working on curbs so she mostly stays on sidewalks.

Her personality is beginning to emerge as well.  The babbling is becoming words.  She can say everyone’s names, even though “mommy” took the longest.  Her favorite is to put her finger up to her mouth and go shhhh, no idea where that came from.  We’re still working on “up” and food words so she gets frustrated pretty easily.  When she does, she really lets you know it.  The tantrums range from crocodile tears to full blown fall on the ground crying and stomping her feet.  But then she will make up for it with the best hugs and lots of kisses.  I have a feeling she’s training up to be a drama queen.

Sam’s not excluded from her moods either.  Usually they play really well together and Rachel always wants to go into her brother’s room and see what’s going on but they are beginning to fight over the same toys.  We have plenty of toys that are age appropriate for Rachel but she won’t have anything to do with them.  She just wants to be a big girl and do what her brother is doing.  As much as she wants to play Hungry Hungry Hippos, she still puts the perfect choking-sized balls into her mouth.  Speaking of choking, Rachel really wants to eat like a big girl as well.  She really wants to drink from open cups and use utensils.  The other day, she used a spoon to get most of her yogurt to her mouth but the rest ended up in her hair, oh well.

The Christmas tree is up and she’s been surprisingly gentle with everything.  Mostly she just points to the ornaments and coos.  Her favorite mischief seems to be to pull down the stockings along with the five pound stocking hangers.  Luckily, no toddlers or others have been hurt yet.  I wonder what she’ll think of the presents when they come out.  We’re going to bake cookies pretty soon so I’m sure she’ll want to “help.”

Here’s some pictures of the little girl from Halloween and the Pumpkin Patch.



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It is so hard to be a toddler!