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December 13, 2013

23 Months

Dearest Annabelle,
Yet another Friday the 13th, that you celebrate growing one month older... and this time its the big countdown until the big T-W-O!!!  Time has been flying and going so quickly, that I haven't even had a chance to write this down until months later. But let's see what I can remember and break it down for you.
The last month(s) have been such a avalanche of various things that you are doing... developing in such a quick speed, its hard to keep up.  Your vocabulary is increasing. You are using more sentence like phrases. You are learning to play with others by "having a turn" and letting someone else "have a turn".  You get so excited when you see your cousins on facetime or in person. You absolutely love being surrounded by family and you recognize every one now. You also enjoy mimicking what mommy or daddy does; wanting to "cook" or "walk the dog". We often let you go around the block while holding Kota... just like a big girl.
You are currently still wearing 2T clothes and size 4 diapers. Your hair is a bit longer and the same light brownish color. Your eyes are that brownish green; some days seeming darker than others. You are about 28 lbs.

This month you got your MMR shot. This was the vaccine that made mommy most nervous but you received it with no tears; simple a look of shock that someone would purposefully hurt you like that and we went on our merry way. I was so proud of you for being such a big girl and not freaking out like i feared.

Here are a few pictures of you from this month, including one where you are eating the tentacles from the calamari dish we ordered for you. Yes, you love calamari and most anything else mommy loves!

cooking eggs

cousin time
cooking with daddy
Waiting to get adjusted at the chiro
Story time at Yoga
Walking Kota
Hugs and playing with friends

At the holiday train display at Botanical Garden

November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

Our Thanksgiving holiday was spent in New Jersey with my husband's family.  We spent a full week there so Annabelle got lots of play time with her cousins, Aunt & Uncle, and Gamma and pop pop. It was a great time and also happened to overlap with the Husband's birthday :)

For his birthday, he cooked up quite the Thanksgiving feast, working side by side with his mom to give us a meal to be thankful for.

A few things we had besides the usual turkey....

Ham loaf (my fave) with a side of pineapple casserole.
Non Dairy mashed potatoes with bacon
Green beans with a home made non dairy "cream" of mushroom (amazing)
Non dairy sweet potato mash
Stuffed peppers
Stuffed cabbage
Home made cranberry sauce
Deviled eggs
Non Dairy pumpkin bread
Pumpkin pie, Three berry cherry pie, apple pie

Here are some photos from our fun afternoon !!!

Showing Uncle Leon her pepperoni in her mouth "do you see it?" she asks

"Hugging" her cousins

After running laps in Gamma's house, all three girls have super red cheeks

Cousin was sad that we had to leave the next day, so Annabelle wanted to console her crying cousin

And our family photo from Thanksgiving 2013... a beautiful crying photo haha

November 13, 2013

22 months old

Dearest Annabelle,

Today you are 22 months old! Happy 22 month birthday! Soon we won't be counting months anymore b/c you are almost all grown up... ok, well not quite (thank Goodness) but you are definitely becoming a big girl.

The past month, you have developed and matured a lot from little baby girl to a little big girl.  Not only do you seem and appear bigger, but you also are starting to act like a big girl today.

First thing first, let's run through the usual things...

You are currently in 24 month and 2t clothes. The 2t fit better as you have grown taller and taller with each passing day.  You are in a size 7 shoe and got a new pair of mini melissa shoes to add to your Tom's and Tsukihoshi sneakers.  Lucky for hand me downs (and Grandparent's budget), you have a cute new pair of brand new boots from your cousins too.  You are still in size 4 Slip on's although i think we may graduate you into size 5's soon.  Weight wise, I don't think you've really gained much, but i can't be for sure since I haven't weighed you in a while.  Height wise, you definitely are taller but again, exact measurements are hard to do since you are so active.

Your eyes have darkened into a greenish, olivy grey color and your hair is still a medium brown color with golden hues.  I expect that with winter, your hair will darken.  You still have your cowlick but your hair has grown out long so now we can do pig tails and pony tails with braids. You actually sit for this and if you won't, sometimes i bribe you with some Peppa the Pig cartoons.

Your favorite cartoon is still Pororo, but you are also watching Peppa the Pig and sometimes with daddy, you watch Carebears.  You are still taking music, yoga, swim classes and your Korean class. You absolutely love Korean class and want to sing and dance to the songs we learn there all the time. Your Korean is growing as is your English, and its so much fun to watch you blossom.  Some of your new favorite things to say now are:

"Please mommy Please" or "Please Daddy Please"
"No Mommy" especially if i eat your food
"welcome" anytime you should say thank you or welcome you say welcome.
"Okayyy?" anytime i cough, sneeze, or make a noise
"TOOOOOT" anytime you or anyone near you toots.
"I did it!"
And you know almost all your aunt and uncle's names as well as most of your cousins' names too

We recite your ABC's as well as your colors, and you easily recognize Orange, Pink, Purple, & Green now and we are working on your other colors. Everything we do or say, you are starting to imitate. From me yelling "GO" during traffic, or "Move" to Kota... mommy and daddy are trying to learn to use kinder words and tones.

We recently came back from a trip to CA to see your twin cousins get baptized and you had so much fun being with family.  You even gave tender kisses to your cousins while i was holding them. A huge improvement from last month when you swacked both of them separately for me holding them... reassures us that maybe you are ready for a sibling soon?

You are still obsessed with dogs and Kota. We think we may use Kota as a good bribe to transition you into a toddler bed. As for now, we still co sleep and love it. I can't imagine you anywhere but next to me, but i know soon you will want your independence and that I will need to be prepared for that.

Mommy is getting over laryngitis and a cold that I got while in california. Luckily, you got the sniffles and mild congestion.  I credit that to the fact that we are 22 months strong with nursing.  You can now say "JuJu" when you want to nurse which drives daddy mad sometimes b/c that's all you will say while i'm gone. But we both know its b/c you are gaining control over the word and what power that word has.  You do nurse several times a day and a couple times at night. Some may say that's a lot but i trust you to let me know when you are ready to slow it down or pick it up. Typically, when you are overly tired, starting to get sick, or your molars are bothering you - you want to nurse. I don't question it but instead welcome it b/c i know its keeping you healthy and strong.

We tried some dairy this month.  Mostly milk chocolates and some cheeses.  It has definitely made mommy gain some weight quickly.  I think the adverse reaction to dairy definitely comes from me. For you, I think its now lactose intolerance with mild cow milk protein intolerance. Occasionally, you will get a mouth rash after dairy but mostly you get constipation from the lactose.  We are starting to take it back out of our diets again. We get no benefit from it and any benefits dairy may have, we can get elsewhere in our diet.

You are constantly getting into everything. From my make up, to our bags... but curiosity drives you and we try to nurture that.  Overall you are a very well behaved little girl who is branching out.  You want to go off with your Aunt and Uncle with me (that was a first) to go pick up food, you stay hours with your father without seeking me, you love class time and running around on your own.  While i'm still home base for you, your independence is apparent.  Friends recently complimented us on how well behaved you are for a toddler. Your dad and I never really realized it, but you are. We focus on the little things like - you don't like to sit still while you eat, you often eat on the go, bad snacking habits, you don't like to share (but you do when its on your terms), you say "no" and "mine" to most everything, and you can be a little mean to people you just met - but really you are just a little shy and socially reserved.  Once you come out of your shell, you scream, yell, dance, prance, laugh, giggle yourself into a frenzy and are a wonderful and loveable (and very happy) toddler.

You don't throw too many tantrums, and we always try to focus on what is missing when you do - ie., attention, hugs, kisses... usually if you are just tired or need some mommy love, you will throw a fit. But overall, you are very well contained with your emotions and feelings. You are good about "putting toys back to use next time", or even sharing things... but only on your terms.  For instance, if another person wants her toy, she won't give it. BUT, if i ask her to give the other child a turn, she will contemplate it and as long as the kid doesn't try to snag the toy from her, she will share it.  ON HER TERMS. 

You are such a happy child. You LOVE your daddy and light up whenever he's around. You find great joy in having lots of family all around you and absolutely love having friends and loved ones around.

We love you so much baby girl. Best 22 months of our lives.


Daddy & Mommy

PS. Here are some photos from this month!!!

October 31, 2013

Halloween 2013

Happy Halloween!

This year Annabelle went as a ....NINJA!

Here are some photos from her trick or treating outing with our Condo building, at her school, and on Halloween in Capitol Hill (Hilloween).

We had such a blast!!! She really enjoyed it and started to really get the hang of going up to doors.  While she didn't say "trick or treat" at the correct time at a single house, she figured out what she was supposed to do!

Here are some photos from our fun day!

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