Wednesday, March 31, 2010
As March came to a close, so did Matt's time at Philips. He put in a lot of long hours those last three days finishing up a big project while I hung out with Abigail as she cut her molars. Poor girl was so sad! Matt and I both had dentist appointments so he took Abigail to work while I got my teeth cleaned.
The three of us went for lunch at Mellow Mushroom. Our poor girl hadn't barely eaten anything in a couple days and was so cranky but cuddly. Motrin helped a bit in the relief department.
Abigail had no interest in our cheese calzone (YUM!) and ended up snoozing a bit on her daddy. This was great because she's not always nice to daddy.
Matt ended up working late on his last day! He has amazing work ethic. Then he met his co-workers for a few beers at Fado in Buckhead. Matt said it was nice since some of the co-workers let go in August even joined in on the fun. Here's some pics, even though the only one who knows these people are Matt.
Monday, March 29, 2010
On March 9th, Abigail and I enjoyed some afternoon time playing around at Marietta Square...
Since Springtime has arrived in Marietta, we've been spending more afternoons outside. These photos are from our last two visits to Laurel Park...
Again, more to come, so stay tuned...
Friday, March 19, 2010
Playing with puzzles, really just playing with the puzzle pieces...
Taking a break from play for a goldfish snack...
Trying to eat some bubbles...
The kids LOVE when it's time for the bubbles!
Monday, March 15, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Fun Daddy-Daughter time in the sunroom:
Back on February 27th, we visited my grandfather, Paw Paw Crenshaw in LaGrange. At the time he was in rehab, hence the hospital-esque setting. Anyways, this was the first time Abigail had seen her great-grandfather since his surgery back in December. Needless to say, the both of them really seemed to enjoy each others company.
Slowly we've been seeing early signs of Spring, and back on March 1st I came home from work to be greeted by little Miss Abigail outside. Since it was an incredibly beautiful afternoon, I grabbed my camera and the two of us walked around the back and front yard getting some fresh air. Of course, the very next day we got snow. Go figure!
Although things are beginning to wrap up with my job at Philips, it seems as though my work pace has yet to really drop off since I am still working with clients on a consulting project up until the end. And because of those clients and this project, I made a little trip to San Francisco last week, which of course was way too hectic and short for me to truly get a true taste of the bay area. It doesn't mean I didn't take photos, though, and yes I have an itch to get back someday soon with Abs & Jill.
So this is where I'll stop this blog since it's getting late here and the time change (losing an hour) happens tonight for Daylight Savings Time. Stay posted, though, because I have lots more photos to share including our trip to the Smokies for our 4th Anniversary. Goodnight, everyone!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Mastered Skills (most kids can do)
Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)
Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)
|13 months||• Uses two words skillfully (e.g., "hi" and "bye")|
• Bends over and picks up an object
|• Enjoys gazing at his reflection|
• Holds out arm or leg to help you dress him
|• Combines words and gestures to make needs known (A)|
• Rolls a ball back and forth
|14 months||• Eats with fingers (B) |
• Empties containers of contents
• Imitates others
|• Toddles well|
• Initiates games
• Points to one body part when asked (C)
• Responds to instructions (e.g., "give me a kiss")
|• Uses a spoon or fork (D)|
• Matches lids with appropriate containers (D)
• Pushes and pulls toys while walking
|15 months||• Plays with ball|
• Uses three words regularly
• Walks backward (E)
|• Scribbles with a crayon (F)|
• Adopts "no" as his favorite word (G)
|• "Helps" around the house (H)|
• Puts his fingers to his mouth and says "shhh" (I)
|16 months||• Turns the pages of a book|
• Has temper tantrums when frustrated (A)
• Becomes attached to a soft toy or other object (J)
|• Discovers the joy of climbing|
• Stacks three blocks
• Uses spoon or fork
• Learns the correct way to use common objects (e.g., a telephone) (K)
|• Takes off one piece of clothing by himself (L)|
• Gets finicky about food (M)
• Switches from two naps to one (N)
|17 months||• Uses six words regularly|
• Enjoys pretend games
• Likes riding toys
|• Feeds doll|
• Speaks more clearly
• Throws a ball underhand (O)
|• Dances to music|
• Sorts toys by color, shape, or size
• Kicks ball forward (O)
|18 months||• Will "read" board books on his own (P)|
• Scribbles well
|• Strings two words together in phrases (A)|
• Brushes teeth with help (Q)
• Stacks four blocks (R)
|• Throws a ball overhand (O)|
• Takes toys apart and puts them back together
• Shows signs of toilet training readiness (S)
(N) Switches from two naps to one. - This transition was SO difficult! At first this was much more difficult on her because I was putting her down for two naps a day and she would cry it out (CIO) every time! After almost a week of this, I asked my mom's group about it and they all told me their kids transferred to one nap around 12-13mo. Now it's much more difficult on me because not only is she down to one nap, she's also waking up 1.5-2hrs earlier each morning! I'm still adjusting to Abigail sleeping 4-5hours less each day, I feel a lot less productive!
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Yesterday, we hosted a small playdate for our MOPS group. It was nice seeing Abigail interact with other kids so close to her age (all within months of each other). In hanging out with some of these kids lately, one little boy in particular has been a very bad example for Abigail because he loves climbing stairs. Abigail was taught to not climb our stairs. Beyond her climbing on the first stair once or twice, she normally stays clear of the stairs...until yesterday. She didn't realize I walked down the hallway to put some clothes in the dryer and managed to climb up to the 5th or 6th stair. When I saw her, I was disappointed and asked her to get down. She immediately started crying, the sobbing crying kind. Every time I asked her to get down, she started crying again. I had to grab my camera, while she didn't cry a lot once I started the video it still took her another minute and a half to obey.
I know what you're thinking, 'it's time to gate the stairs.' (My mother has be saying this for months.) I still do not want a gate though. We attend playdates and visit family that do not have gated stairs and she needs to know they are off limits regardless.