Abigail’s Birthday Party and a Visit From GiGi

Since Abigail’s birthday has fallen on Labor Day weekend these past 2 years, it has been super easy to put together a little cookout with friends/family! This year, we were able to have several friends over to our place and my mom (GiGi) even got to come up too!

Abigail has gotten so good about acclimating to new people pretty quickly, so getting used to GiGi was so easy! She loved reading books and looking at pictures with GiGi :)  And now when I show Abigail of picture of GiGi she can recognize her!

We had a really great weekend with my mom – she is always so generous and really great with the girls and it makes me sad that we live so far away from all of our family…

Here are some pictures from the weekend:

Happy 2nd Birthday, Abigail!

These past 2 years have been such a fun journey! Sometimes it feels like just yesterday that Raymond was sitting next to my head holding our brand new 7lb 10oz baby girl…and then there are other times when I can hardly remember all the little changes she’s gone through unless I look through all the monthly updates on the blog!

It really is incredible how much kids change in the first 2 years of their life. Right now, I feel like Abigail is learning several new things every day and she really is becoming a beautiful, joyful little girl :)

Weight – 26lb 6oz (50%)
Height – 33in (25%)
Head – I don’t remember but it was 80%

Likes – rocks, colors, baths, jumping, meps (grapes), getting Charlotte up from a nap, books, books, books, drinking coffee with Daddy, brushing her teeth, shoes, helping Mommy do everything…and I mean everything!

Dislikes – the vacuum and other loud noises (sirens, garbage trucks, etc)

Abigail’s schedule is still pretty much the same.  She wakes up between 7:30 and 8, takes a nap (usually) at about 1:30 for 1.5-2hrs, and goes to bed between 7:30 and 8. We recently switched her to a bunk bed at the same time that we put both girls in the same room for night time sleep.  The transition went really smoothly.  The first night was terrible but after that everything has been easy! Both girls go to bed at the same time and, due to ongoing congestion/ear infection and possible growth spurt, Charlotte gets moved to the living room around 5:30. About once a week Abigail wakes up super early (6ish) but every other day she sleeps to the normal 730ish!

I am so amazed by how incredible Abigail’s memory is right now! We often color together and I’ll write down the alphabet and numbers 1-10, and then Abigail tells me all the grandparents’, aunts’, and uncles’ names and I write them down for her! She provides commentary for all of life (her own and others’) and she often rehearses activities from previous days in the week :)

Abigail is still a really awesome eater.  Sometimes she gets tired of eating the same thing over and over again so she’ll often go on strikes against eggs and bananas and pasta :) but I just take a little break and she normally goes right back to eating them again.  I’ve been trying to be a little more health conscious with her snacks recently because she doesn’t always eat very well for at least one meal of the day. I think she may just be too distracted sometimes and there are other times when I think she doesn’t like what I give her to eat :)

The vocabulary/communication department has exploded! She is saying 4 & 5-word sentences and can copy every word that we say in front of her.  She can also say the alphabet with us and count to 10 with our help. Abigail LOVES music and often sings along with some of her favorite songs (“Jesus Loves Me” “My God is so Big” and some I can’t remember right now…).  She likes to ask us to sing to her and read a book in an effort to not have to go to sleep :)  She’s getting more accurate with her colors (not to be read that she is accurate, just that she sometimes gets a color correctly). Most of the time she calls everything pink :) We have these tablets that turn her bath water a few different colors and one night I put a red tablet in the water.  I asked her if she was ready to get out and she said, “No, water is pink!” And there you have the logic of a toddler :)

I’m sure that there is more I wanted to write down about Abigail’s life right now, but I just can’t remember anything else :)

Enjoy the pictures!

Abigail’s Pool

At the beginning of August, Raymond and the girls and I headed down to Destin, Fl.  My dad was already in Destin enjoying a little vacation for his birthday and he had no idea we were coming to join him for the week!  We had a fun time surprising him – Emily and Robert picked us up from the airport and we snuck into the house to wait for him to come downstairs :) We all had a great week together relaxing and enjoying the beach.

Abigail wasn’t a big fan of the sand – she liked playing in it, she just didn’t want it to touch her feet.  And, of course, she LOVED the ocean! I think it was our second time walking over to the beach that she pointed to the water and shouted, “Abigail’s pool!” Just so you know, Abigail has claimed the entire Gulf of Mexico for herself :)

Its really great getting to see Abigail interact with family at this age.  She can still list everybody’s name from that trip :)

Breakfast with Friends & Meghan’s 26th BDay

The Graigs and The Johnsons

This week Meghan and I had the opportunity to spend some time with another NAOBC couple preparing leave Louisville (we meet to part and part to meet). Like good Southern Baptists, we fellowshipped over food-breakfast to be exact.  It was great, we ate Adam’s burnt biscuits with some gravy, eggs, and fruit while we talked about family and what the next several months of their life will look like.

On another note, Meghan celebrated her 26th birthday this week!  When we came home today, our front door had been decorated by one of Meghan’s best friends-Rebekah Drahosh.  To celebrate, I took Meghan for a birthday breakfast at IHOP.  While there, I asked her “How does it feel being 26?”  She replied, “It feels great! After a year of being odd (i.e. 25) it feels great being even again (i.e. 26).”

Happy 1st Birthday!

So on September 1, 2011 Abigail officially turned one.  It was a great day of reflection as both Raymond and I remembered how the day unfolded and the circumstances that followed over the next week of her life.  We are so grateful for Abigail’s life and for the blessing/joy that she has been to us this past year.

Here are some stats and fun developmental achievements she is making:

Weight: 19.5 lb

Height: 28 in

Head: ?

Clothes: 12- and 18-month in everything

Diaper: We are cloth diapering now :) but she wears a size 3 in disposables

Here’s the schedule we are adhering to at the moment:

8:00  Wake up/Milk
9:00 Breakfast
Noon Milk
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Nap (this nap lasts anywhere from 1 hour on bad days to 2.5 hours on good days)
4:00 Milk
5:00 Dinner
7:00 Bath, Milk, and Bedtime Routine (songs, reading, rocking, etc)
7:30-8:00 Bedtime

Favorites – opening and closing doors, bath time, EATING, turning pages in books, clapping, babbling nonsensically

Anti-Favorites – discipline, having toys taken away

A lot has changed for Abigail in the last month or so.  I decided to make the jump from 2 naps per day to only 1 because it was becoming more and more regular for her to not take her afternoon nap if she took her morning nap.  I tried playing around with nap times and such, but to no avail.  So she’s only taking one nap now and I LOVE this new schedule because we can do things in the morning (grocery shop, exercise, play dates, friend dates) and I know that she’ll take a nap in the afternoon.  Her temperament/attitude is fine throughout the whole day aside from 30 minutes or so before nap time and I really enjoy not fighting her to take a nap.

Abigail is completely on whole milk nowadays.  The transition was easy; she never even acted like there was a difference in taste/texture.  She still takes all 4 servings during the day from a bottle, but the goal is to be on a sippy cup exclusively sometime soon (before the next baby?).  There’s something about the texture of the milk coming out of the sippy cup that Abigail just can’t get over, even though she takes it fine out of a bottle and she loves drinking water from a sippy cup.

We have started use cloth diapers and I LOVE them!  We’re using the FuzziBunz brand and the money we’re saving is reason enough for me, but they really are no more difficult/gross than disposable diapers (aside from washing them every 2 or 3 days).  Also, these diapers should last us through at least 3 kids if we take care of them (hanging to dry, etc).  The only drawback I see right now is that they do make Abigail’s booty a little thicker so her clothes don’t always fit the way they used to.

Last week (about Wednesday), Abigail woke up with a new type of babbling.  Before now she’s been doing to typical consonant repetition, but now she almost seems to have her own language!  Its tons of fun to listen to…it almost sound like she’s trying to talk to us :)

Abigail has begun developing her walking skills (video below)!  She prefers the crawl, but she does like being able to walk while holding onto our fingers.  However, for the past couple of days she has taken the first few brave steps by herself :)

For the birthday celebration, we had a small party with family over Labor Day weekend (pictures below) and then a cookout with friends on Labor Day (pictures to come).  We also plan on having some 1-year photos taken by the same friend who took them last time (maybe around 9 months?).

LBJ is doing great as far as I can tell :) I have started feeling some movement this week so that’s been fun.  Also, we get to have our 20-week ultrasound next Wed, Sept 14 to make sure all fingers and toes are there and to see if we can take a peek at the gender! :)

A Father’s Joy: A Birthday Poem for Abigail

She laughs when I chase her down;
She cries when I lay her down.
A Father’s Joy
She walks when I walk with her;
She babbles when I’m not near her.
A Father’s Joy
Poo, pee, and play –
that’s what she does all day.
A Father’s Joy
Eyelashes and wavy hair everywhere;
Pudgy arms and fat rolls to spare.
A Father’s Joy
Two-toothed grin;
Frowning when held by those not her kin.
A Father’s Joy
Stink face, stinky butt;
She’s our little nut.
A Father’s Joy