Claire's Cheerio Birthday Party Details!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Alright! I finally had some personal time to work on a few of her birthday pictures. Of course, I couldn't get through them all, but Cheerios REALLY wants me to send them some pictures, so I had to get the details done first!
A great big thank you to Cheerios/General Mills for donating the small Cheerios boxes for the party favors. And, as you can see, every detail included some Cheerios or a Cheerios box!
Without further ado, Claire's super cute and incredibly inexpensive "Cheerios" birthday party!

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Claire 1 Year Portraits and a 12-13 month update.

Monday, November 19, 2012
So, yes, I've negleted this little ol' blog yet again (except for that spiffy new header a few weeks ago, eh?). I'm kicking myself for not updating her 12 month stats because now the past 2 months all run together. But, while I have time, here's where this sweet little young toddler is at these days.

Communication/Cognition: As expected, expanding daily. Each day she tries to say something new. Her utterances are pretty limited to the first or last sound of the words, but here are some of the things we frequently hear: fish (shhh), shoe (shh), ball, up, down, dada, woof (puppies), ada (all done), done, wawa (water), poop (soft whispered "ppp"), pizza (also a soft whispered "pppp") (hopefully those two will differentiate soon as it would be not so good to get them confused!). She's also super super vocal when something doesn't go her way (i.e. we or Henry takes something away from her). She also understands a ton of directions and vocabulary. Things I've noticed recently that she knows include book and "let's read a book" (she'll go get one and sit in my lap), princess (she'll grab her Cinderella doll), bear, fish, milk, water, put in, bring here, give to, bye bye, etc. The most hilarious parts of her communication include two utterances that we hear as "Whodat???" and "watdat!!!!". We've interpreted watdat means she wants something and she wants it now. The jury is still out on "whodat".

Motor: She's running, spinning, dancing, and TRYING to climb. She loves sitting up on the couch and will whine "up, ppppp, pppp, pppp" for someone to put her up on the couch. And then, of course, needs to be watched closely as she has no idea to be careful yet. She climbs up the stairs on all fours like a champ and attempts to bring one foot up if you hold her hand.

Social: Mama's girl. OMG. If I'm around, it's a nearly constant whine fest for me to give her attention, hold her, play with her, etc. She apparently doesn't act this way with anyone else. It's tiring some days! We get kisses on command and not on command, hugs, and "nice" means pet to her--since I always say "nice" when she's touching the puppies. So, she pets not only the puppies nicely, but Henry and Cole's heads too. lol. She also knows that typically when the back door opens, it's daddy, and yells "dada, dada, dada" repeatedly.

Eating: She still eats everything with the new exception of summer sausage. She actually cried when Ryan and my dad tried to give it to her. Otherwise, anything and everything put in front of her, she eats. And a lot of it. Drinks whole milk with her meals and is all done with bottles as of 2 days ago. She was only down to the nighttiime bottle for about 2 weeks and she didn't really drink it/need it, so we just dropped it. She's much more interested in reading books before bed now.

We dropped her morning nap after the struggle that was nap time for an entire month. After dropping the morning nap, it took her about 1-2 weeks to get into a schedule. We now typically don't wake her up until 7:30-8:00 and then put her down in the afternoon with the rest of the kids. MOST days, I'm getting some sort of nap now :)

I know there is so much more. But I took a short break from work to pop this in, so this is all I have. You can look at these pretty pictures again to waste away your work day :) 2012-10-17_001 2012-10-17_002 2012-10-17_003 2012-10-17_004 2012-10-17_005 2012-10-17_006 2012-10-17_007 2012-10-17_008 2012-10-17_009 2012-10-17_010 2012-10-17_011 2012-10-17_012 2012-10-17_013 2012-10-17_014 2012-10-17_015 2012-10-17_016 2012-10-17_017 2012-10-17_018 2012-10-17_019 2012-10-17_020 2012-10-17_021 2012-10-17_022 2012-10-17_023 2012-10-17_024 2012-10-17_025 2012-10-17_026 2012-10-17_027 2012-10-17_028 2012-10-17_029 2012-10-17_030 2012-10-17_031
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