Sunday, December 23, 2012

Vivian Turns One!

For Vivian's first birthday, we had a small, intimate party at our home with just a few family members. It was the perfect celebration for a shy little girl. I made the cake as I always do--and will do every year. I love coming up with ideas for the kids' birthday cakes.

Vivian had so much fun tearing open packages and playing with balloons.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Happy Birthday!

It's 9:45 am, and Seamus and Vivian are chasing birthday balloons around the living room. At this time last year, I was holding a new baby girl and waiting for my son and parents to come visit us at the hospital and meet her for the first time. Little Vivian and I were both tired after a fast and intense (and absolutely wonderful) labor and delivery. She was so tiny and delicate with elegant fingers and sandy wisps of hair. Later that night as she was lying next to me, she would look into my eyes, and I would smile at her. And I swear she smiled back.

Now my baby girl is ONE! And she's been walking for three months. She babbles constantly and can say lots of words. She's curious about everything and loves to get into the cabinets and pull all the dishes out. She climbs the pantry shelves to grab the spice containers. She chases the cat all over the house. And she copies everything we do, from combing her hair to wiping down counter tops to humming a kazoo just like her brother.

She's a sweet girl with a loving and gentle nature. She gives hundreds of hugs and kisses a day and comforts her brother whenever he gets hurt.

This month, instead of writing about milestones and sleeping updates, I thought it would be fun to look back over the 12 months of Vivian to see how she's changed and grown.

Happy birthday, sweet little girl!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Happy 11 Months!

Well, we nearly made to 12 months before I finally posted an 11 month post. If that doesn't speak volumes about the overwhelming amount of work I've been doing around here, I don't know what does. However, as of Monday, my semester teaching online English is over, and I'll have loads more time to devote to this here blog...that is until next semester starts, and I begin teaching three more English classes.

But enough about me. Let's get on to the real reason I'm writing this post...

Vivian has grown by leaps and bounds in Month 11. She's the family copy-cat, imitating everything we do from wiping down tables (mama) to screaming into mailer tubes (brother) to scowling (papa). This girl has developed one serious scowl, and she employs often throughout the day (anytime she's displease with the turn of events, anytime anyone tells her no, anytime we don't feed her fast enough).

She's now walking constantly and hardly ever crawling, and she's been practicing running--but without much success as each time she's come away with a scar on her face.

Her favorite past times are petting the cat and flipping through books.

She plays with books more than any toys we have around the house, and this includes not only her board books but my cookbooks and novels and brother's chapter books. She loves flipping pages and looking at pictures.

Vivian's language skills are developing at a rapid pace. She now says lots of words, some consistently and some only once or twice. Vivian says these words often: mama, papa, brother, cat, dog, and no. Vivian has said these words only a couple of times: apple, banana, and clap. She's also been learning animal sounds and can caw like a crow, moo like a cow, bok like a chicken, and bah like a sheep. Since cats are her favorite animal, we've been working on meowing as well.

But the big news (at least for mama and papa) is that Vivian is finally sleeping for longer stretches at night (4-5 hours) and now only gets up a couple of times at night. She's also been taking wonderful 2 1/2 hour naps during the day, providing me with much needed grading and knitting time.

Month 11 also brought Vivian's first snow experience. A few weeks ago our town was blanketed in about four inches of snow, and the children and I spend the afternoon playing in it. Vivian enjoyed knocking the snow off the tree branches and watching brother and I throw snowballs at each other.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Creek Boy Discount

Handmade soaps and hand knit hats make great Christmas gifts!

During the month of December, Creek Boy is offering 20% off your entire order. To take advantage of this in time for your holiday shopping, just enter the following coupon code at check-out: HOLIDAY20
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