Saturday, July 10, 2010

It's been a long time...

I didn't realize it had been nearly two months since the last update!!! So much has happened, but I blame 1. laziness 2. craziness and 3. finally giving in and joining facebook which, as I suspected, sucks up any seconds of spare time that I have. I admit it! But I'm going to try to catch up on everything this week.

So lets start with Drew-Drew. He started what we are calling "summer camp" while he is out of Montessori for the summer. He adjusted wonderfully and seems to have a blast each day. Each week is themed - carnival, farm, parades, transportation, etc and they seem to do a lot of fun things. He continues to have a friendly and loving disposition - his new teachers at summer camp have described him to me as "Mr. Personailty" and tell me that he loves to greet every person that walks through the door. His number one passion continues to be choo-choos. Other things he is into now include: throwing balls, kicking the soccer ball, drums, sunglasses & hats, balloons, the beach, playgrounds, Yo Gabba Gabba, cars, firetrucks ("woo-woo firetruck"), tractors, boats, being outside, Steve, jumping & clapping. He sings a lot now (ABCs, Wheels on the Bus, God our Father, Itsy Bitsy Spider, and others - some of which we think he is making up). He likes to dance with Mommy and "shake his booty". He likes to talk to Zaza and always lets me know if she is crying - telling me, "oh no, Zaza crying. Get her bottle." He is starting to realize that one person can have multiple names, and seems fascinated by this - for example, he will look at me and go "Hey Mommy! Hey Mom! Hey Mama!". He loves any and all dogs - he always says "Awwwwwww, sweet puppy. Drew pet her" when he sees any dog. He absolutely loves birthdays - anyones birthday - I think mainly because he knows cake will be involved! He continues to be a very cautious child. He doesn't like really loud things (though he can be very loud!). When he goes to a pool/waterpark he will only splash in the very corner of the pool. He is still too scared to climb out of his crib, so he remains in the crib (thank goodness!!!). Still not much progress in the potty training department - he has very good awareness of it, but not a bit of interest in sitting on the potty. He is now in 5T clothes and wears 11.5 W shoes. Big boy!!!

On to Miss Eliza. AKA Zaza, Miss Priss, Prissy Pants, Zazi and probably various other names. 6 months old now - time has flown! She is the spitting image of Brad. Her hair is changing over from brown to now having bright white roots - sometimes it looks like she has some curl in there - and her eyes are so pretty but we can't quite figure out what color they are yet (green? blue? hazel?). She got her first tooth at the end of her 5th month and she has just broken her 2nd tooth through. It looks like her top two won't be far behind as they are starting to bulge now. We went yesterday to get her 6-month check-up and vaccinations. She is now 28 1/4" long (97th percentile), 16.11 pounds (50-75th percentile) and her head diameter is 16 3/4" (50th percentile). In comparison, when Drew was this age he was one inch longer but 6.5 pounds heavier! We're up to eating 3 meals of solids now - she loves the solids (everything except the meat). There hasn't been any particular veggie or fruit that she doesn't like yet. She loves to roll and is getting very close to being able to crawl - she gets her legs under her but can't quite push off yet. She has quite a personality as well - loves attention, loves to squeal and that little girl's smile totally wins you over! When she is really happy or excited, she will kick her legs really fast. She has recently started liking her jumper and has started to rock out in it. We are back at daycare with her now - she had a hard time at first, but this last week she has started to seem much more content there. She adores her big brother and Steve - they can both capture her attention even in the middle of a crying fit. Daddy and Zaza have a special relationship and she loves the songs that he sings for her - he sings Norah Jones "Don't Know Why" when getting her to go to sleep, but then has 2 special songs for her as well - these are the lyrics: "Hola, Hola, Hello, Hello. Zaza is a mess & a trip you know, Zaza is a mess and a trip you know" and "Hello Zaza, hello Zaza, hello Zazaaaaa, yalls a trip and mess". Very interesting indeed. Other things she enjoys: chewing on anything, pulling Daddy's sunglasses off and Mommy's hair out, flying through the air as "Super Zaza", pretending to stand up, being carried in Mommy's carrier and being outside.

We have taken a lot of fun trips in the last couple of months, and I am going to work this next week to post pictures and some stories from many of these trips.

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