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Thursday, May 31, 2007

"Mommy Sit Up!"

So I'm laying on the floor, on my stomach, playing with Lily. Which means, of course, that Lily is running around like a wild woman from one toy to another, occasionally bringing on to me and sitting down to play with it for a minute or two. After awhile, she started to settle down a bit and grabbed a book to read. Normally, she would bring the book to me and sit in my lap for me to read it to her. But of course I was laying down, so there was no lap for her to sit in. Lily's response to this? She walked up to me, put her palm against my forehead and pushed as hard as she could, putting her whole body into it, until I sat up. Very, very determined!!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Our Lily with her lilies...

May 2006

May 2007

What a difference a year makes!

Yesterday we were outside smelling the lilies, and Lily was grabbing at them, as she always does. I was telling her to "be gentle", as I always do. Some of the flowers bloomed early, and are already starting to die, so as she was grabbing at them, some petals fell to the ground. Lily said "Uh!" (which is as close to uh-oh as she gets) and then tried valiantly to re-attach the petals to the flowers. Much crying ensued when I made her come inside without fixing them.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Daddy's Little Girl

Lily is getting to be so affectionate. She gives hugs and kisses now when we ask for them. Her kisses are on the mouth and a little slimy, but totally worth it. It's no surprise to me that Shawn was the first one to experience these little outpourings of affection. Because Lily loves her mama, but she LOVES her Daddy.

Most nights, we go out to meet Shawn as he's coming home from work. And when Lily sees his car start to pull in the driveway she exclaims Da! (which I suppose we should count as her first word) and points to the car before taking off down the driveway towards him. Shawn lets her sit on his lap and "steer" the car to its parking place. This is, without a doubt, the highlight of Lily's day.

Yesterday, Lily was apparently looking for some new reading material and the bookshelf full of photo albums looked pretty enticing. So I got down one for us to read together. It was Scout's very own album (because yes, we are those kind of doggy-parents!). Lily liked seeing Scout in a book and thought the whole thing was pretty cool, and then I flipped to a page of pictures of Scout and Shawn. Again "Da!" as she pointed to Shawn, and then she leaned down to kiss the pictures. SO CUTE, I tell you!!

Monday, May 28, 2007

Playing Dress Up

Lily got this dress-up outfit from her Aunt Melissa as a birthday gift. The first time I put it on her, she cried. Now she asks to wear it, but cries if I try to put on the hat that goes with it. She likes to add beads, bracelets and a purse to it most of the time.She also likes to accessorize with Daddy's flip flops. Always with the shoes....

Sunday, May 27, 2007

On Why I am a MEAN Mommy

Lily's 1st skinned knee....What do I do? Make her pose for a picture before cleaning it out and putting on a bandaid!Look at that pathetic little face!! She's been very sad about this injury. If she catches sight of the bandaid, she's points to it and pouts, whimpers, or all-out cries depending on how dramatic she's feeling. Otherwise, she seems to be recovering just fine.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Fun with Daddy in Chapel Hill

Just some pictures of Lily and Daddy having fun on campus while Mommy got a hair cut:Lily loved sitting on the marble steps outside this building and also had great fun chasing squirrels and signing "all gone" when they ran up trees. She also really liked the outfit that Daddy picked out for her.

Friday, May 25, 2007

One of her favorite times of day....

Lily loves, loves, loves to be outside. Any bad mood can be pretty much instantly cured by a trip outside. So, when she wakes up from her nap and is groggy and grumpy, we head out to check the mail and play in the yard. What does Lily like to do in the yard? So glad you asked!!

First, she runs up and down the driveway dragging her wagon behind her:
(Notice the hair blowing in the breeze as she runs past me!)

Then, she climbs up the steps in the side yard and attempts to bounce on the deck, since none of the boards are currently attached to the frame (long story...) To distract her from this oh-so-fun but entirely dangerous activity, I ask her if she wants to go smell the flowers. She starts scrunching up her nose and making pig noises as she runs back around to the front of the house to check out the lilies that have just started to bloom: And then, to finish it all off, she has to climb up the front steps to knock on the door, and then go back down the steps to sit on the bottom one for approximately 30 seconds:And then we begin the whole process over again!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

A Lily Outfit

This is what happens when she dresses herself:Pajamas and high-top converse sneakers with hearts... This was after dinner and bath and just before bed when we were going outside to wait for Daddy to get home. Some nights she also adds a pink beaded necklace for a little extra flair!

Little Miss Independent

Temper, temper! Lily has a certain way she'd like to do things. Unfortunately, since her vocabulary is limited to about 15 signs (most of which are food-related) and a couple of syllables that are not quite words, she has a hard time getting across what she wants. What she does get across - in no uncertain terms - is that we are doing it WRONG.

For example, here's Lily crying and holding out a tissue. Is she mad that I just wiped her nose for the 10 thousandth time today (Why does teething make her NOSE run??)?
No, she's just mad because I didn't realize that she also needs to wipe my nose. And then Scout's. And then she needs to throw the kleenex in the garbage by herself, thank-you-very-much!Or at dinner, is she crying because she doesn't like the vegetables I'm trying to feed her? Nope- she just wants to hold both the spoons (not just hers, but mine too) herself.

How about when she's playing in our closet with my shoes and purses and throws herself down in a fit of rage when I try to put them back on the shelf - is that because she wants to keep playing with them and I'm making her leave? Not really... she just doesn't like the way I'm putting them back and feels very strongly that she could organize them better.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that we currently spend a lot of time looking at Lily's mad face!But, she did learn three new signs today (grapes, pretzel and spaghetti - yummy lunch, huh?) and there are most definitely a couple of words on the tip of her tongue, so maybe some of her frustration will be put to rest soon. In the meantime, it's a good thing she's so funny when she's mad!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

She colors!

I hadn't pulled out the paper and crayons for Lily in awhile, since all she seemed interested in doing was chewing on the crayons. This inevitably led to a lot of "No ma'am!" from Mommy and a lot of crying from Lily - no fun for anyone! But Shawn & I have noticed in the past few weeks that a lot fewer things are ending up in her mouth (knock on wood!). So this week, I decided to give it another try, and she got the hang of it right away.And so, I present to you Lily's first masterpiece:As with everything, her favorite part ended up being putting the crayons away in their bag - this kid loves to have everything in its place!!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Pretty Dress

No one mistook her for a boy today!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

15 Month Portraits

Stopping to smell the flowers...
And these ones Lily took just for Daddy:She climbed into the car all by herself!

Monday, May 14, 2007

"Discovery is a wonderful thing!"

That's what an elderly man on a mall bench said to me with a smile as Lily ran from one green floor tile to the next, bending down to point and exclaim "da!" at each one. We've had a LOT of discovery in the past couple of weeks...

Lily is really into dressing herself lately. Not that she can actually put her clothes on, but she tries - she'll throw a shirt over her head and down her back or hold a pair of socks up to her feet. But she does pick out clothes and bring them to us to put on her. And she's very insistent. Which can lead to some interesting fashion choices. For example, here she wearing a pair of jeans that are too big, on over her footy pajamas:Here she is in a summer outfit, warm winter sweater and too-small shoes:And finally, here she is in one of my sweaters:She loves to wear my clothes, and especially my shoes. She also loves any accessory she can get her hands on. One day last week, she took a nap with one of my purses!! When I went in to get her up, she was standing in her crib, purse over her shoulder.

Lily continues to love to read, so she was very excited when her Great-Auntie Ann came to visit and brought her a new book...They got to be great friends in a short time:While Auntie Ann was in town, Lily took another trip to Auntie Erin's 1st grade class. Lily immediately took charge, grabbing a clipboard and climbing into a kid-sized chair:The big kids love Lily - several of the girls spent 10 minutes "decorating" Lily with diorama materials. Lily was in heaven surrounded by big girls:Lily's doing a lot of mimicking these days. She copies our speech patterns. She blows kisses and tries to copy signs when we do them. When we scold Scout, she does too. When we laugh, she laughs. And, of course, she chats on her cell phone:Along those same lines, Lily is all about walking when we're out now (I guess since Shawn & I don't ride in a stroller), and more than that, she's really interested in pushing her stroller, which I need to bring even though she won't sit in it to carry all our stuff! I thought this was limited to her stroller, but then last week we had to run into Babies R Us for a quick trip. We ended up being there for 45 minutes as Lily ran around the store pushing on of those old-school corn popper push toys. She had the best time ever!

Then, on Friday we went to a nearby lake so that Shawn could go jet-skiing with a buddy from work and we could all enjoy a picnic dinner. We brought along Lily's beach toys, which come in their own little wagon. Lily immediately dumped the toys out (because who needs toys??) and took off across the field with the wagon:

And we also discovered on Friday that those swimming lessons paid off! Lily walked right up to the edge of the water and just walked in with no prompting and certainly no fear! She had a fabulous time splashing around with Shawn and her legs started kicking the minute they touched the water. I think she'll enjoy the beach this summer!

One last story - Lily has always hated the swings at the playground. All the other kids at playgroup squeal and kick in excitement when they get put in - Lily screams and cries and holds her arms out to be taken out. Until last week...And now it's fun!

I had a wonderful mother's day yesterday... I hope that all of the mommies reading this did too.