Saturday, May 11, 2013

Hunting Dandelions...

Georgia discovered the joy of blowing dandelions a few weeks ago.  Since then, she has cleared the entire neighborhood of any that were growing.  She literally wanders into fields and screams, "I found one!"  I don't think she has missed any of them...




I'll huff and I'll puff and...





Then I usually have to ask Mommy for help because I can't figure out how to blow hard enough!








She has cleared the entire dry pond out back from the weeds.... Unfortunately, now she is disappointed that she cannot find any more.

















Even on our walks to/from the playground, she is constantly on the hunt...













Friday, May 10, 2013

Good Friends...

Life is too short to not have good friends.  Luckily, Georgia's BFF lives right next door and goes to the same daycare.  We're so fortunate to have great neighbors, especially since their son is Georgia's age and their daughter is only a year younger.  Georgia spends many afternoons running around and roaming the neighborhood with Jayson.  They adore each other and fight like an old married couple.






Grocery shopping with her best buddy





Thank goodness for matching toys, since the theory "what is mine is mine and what is yours is mine" rules around here!










When Jayson walked into our house for Georgia's birthday party, G's face lit up like a Christmas tree - she always gets sooooo excited to see him!




Hanging out on the deck together







Thursday, May 9, 2013

New Shades!

Georgia got some cool new shades from Auntie Susan and Uncle Malon for her birthday.  I think they are indestructible, at least so far!  Georgia loves wearing them... even in the house!




Biker chick!


























Watch out - unlicensed driver!!




Out in the neighborhood doing a little grocery shopping








Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Toys, toys and more toys!

It's official... we're going to need a new house.  Georgia received more toys than we know what to do with after her 2nd birthday.  She had a blast opening all of her gifts after she took a nice nap after her party.




Georgia's new slide from Auntie (& crew) and her new Adirondack chair from Mommy/Daddy



Waiting for Daddy to open her new Bubble Guppies microphone from Papa




Heading down her slide




Reading a card




Opening presents from Aunt Elaine




Checking out new outfits from Mimi while wearing a new sweatshirt from Aunt Pat




Baking cookies





Playing with Grandpa





New bubble mower from Auntie 





Playing with Mimi




Balloon fight with Grandpa














Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Official TWO Update...

The party weekend has wrapped up, the presents have been put away, and the house is **mostly** back to normal.  And our daughter is two years old.  When did that happen?!?  Two years have flown by.  Although some NICU amnesia has kicked in, the emotions and feelings from those early days can be brought back in  a heartbeat.  All it takes is a certain word, image, tv commercial, or some memory from those days and everything comes flooding back.  We reflect now and realize how lucky we were and how grateful we are that Georgia was so well taken care of at both Holy Cross and Children's.  I follow too many preemie blogs that even now, as toddlers, document the lives of children that have many medical concerns and ailments that will be with them for their entire lives.

Georgia had her official 2 year old well visit a few days after her 2nd birthday.  She was a complete and utter lunatic during the appointment.  She's never had a problem at the doctor's office, and we have seen more than enough doctors since our NICU days.  It was like a flip was switched and she just KNEW that she was 2 years old now, so she should act like a maniac.  It took several nurses just to get her head measurement!!  I don't even think Georgia knew that she got a shot because she was already screaming bloody murder and climbing me like a spider monkey.  She absolutely knew that she got a band-aid put on her leg because she acted like it was a tarantula on her leg.  She howled.  She screamed.  She threw herself on the ground and kicked and screamed until I peeled the thing off.  Oh boy...

The official numbers...



Weight - 24 pounds, 4 ounces (10-25%ile)
Height - 32.75 inches (25-50%ile)
Head - 18.5 inches (10-25%ile)

In comparison to her 18 month numbers, she has gained almost 3 pounds.  We're thrilled with that because we started the coconut milk after that 18 month appointment in the fall, when she hadn't gained much weight at all since her 1 year appointment.  She's also grown almost 2 inches since that 18 month appointment.  And her head circumference went up almost an entire inch.  Not so bad for a kiddo who started out so tiny and for a kiddo with a ton of food allergies, which limits the amount of food she can eat, especially all that good dairy with healthy fats!

Overall, she is a total 2 year old these days.  Our highs are high and our lows are Low, Low, Low!  We go from a happy giggling little princess to a throw yourself on the floor beast in just a matter of seconds.  She has no problem telling anyone, and I mean ANYONE, "No!"  I hear, "No Mama!" at least 100x per day at this point.  I feel like I'm being scolded at all times.  However, she can flip that switch and be a perfect angel two seconds later.  She is my perfect little helper - watering plants, putting things in the trash, cooking, cleaning up, emptying the dishwasher, etc.  

Her language is off the charts, from both my personal and professional opinions.  Georgia has over 350+ words that she uses consistently these days.  Her sentences can reach in excess of 5-6 words, including her personal favorite, "No, Mama, I don't want it!"  Yikes.  New favorite words and expression this past month or so include - "shadow" (she points to her shadow and mine all the time now, especially at the park while we swing), "over there"/"right there"/"right here"/"that way" (basically, she is a mini-GPS and it is literally her way or the wrong way!), "careful" (wonder where she got that one?!?!), "cuddle" (that one can melt your heart... and delay bedtime by 10 minutes), "I'll get it!/You got it/I did it", "ambulance", and "sprinkles."  She loves sprinkles on anything!

She knows all the letters in her first and last name, although the "I" can throw her off.  On our last run through of letters, she knew 45/52 letter names (using both the lower and uppercase letter magnets).  She can sing the entire alphabet and can count to 10.  She is back to loving "If You're Happy and You Know It!" and sings it by herself now.  We hear all sorts of interesting songs in the morning when she wakes up and we hear her on the monitor.  She absolutely has to have HER music on in the car.  If we get in the car after daycare and her cd is not playing, she immediately starts telling me, "No!!!!"

She has or is in the process of getting all of her remaining teeth.  Her incisors seem to be taking their dear sweet time coming in and are driving her bonkers these days.  She likes to brush her teeth (especially with the new Thomas toothpaste that her Mimi gave her!) and does a fairly good job getting in there and scrubbing.

Her favorite tv shows still include "Bubble Guppies, Thomas, Super Why," and "Sofia the First."  Her favorite movie is still "Finding Nemo."  She could watch it on repeat all day long.  As soon as the credits roll, the asks for it to start again.

Her favorite foods still include the staples around here - chicken nuggets, broccoli, asparagus, peas, french fries, Fruit Loops, Rice Krispies, Lucky Charms (she prefers ONLY the marshmallows!), crackers, gummy bunnies, and the beloved Oreos!

She certainly has her Daddy wrapped around her finger.  One look and she can get away with murder around here.  She is lucky she is cute because she can drive us totally bananas at times.  Her second birthday week was capped off by christening my brand new car with her vomit.  First time she's ever puked in the car.  And first time we were driving in my car as a family of three.  Awesome!  Oh the memories.  

The first two years have been quite memorable.  Cheers to seeing what exciting adventures the next two years bring our way.  Georgia is certainly the queen of the castle!






Monday, May 6, 2013

Party Time 2!

Like last year, Georgia wasn't so sure about the whole cake routine again this time around...






Happy birthday to you!

















But she does LOVE that frosting!




Checking out her Bubble Guppies stick










Eating her cupcake with Mimi


We **thought** we would open presents after naptime, but Georgia had other ideas when she decided to start opening presents from her guests all by herself!  So....





Checking out a new princess book from our neighbors












Georgia was so excited that Miss Nicole from daycare came to her party!






New shades from Auntie Susan/Uncle Malon




Unwrapping




Kate helping the birthday girl




Watch out G - Kate might try stealing that doll!!!


Someone started looking VERY sleepy while she tore open presents...









Birthday girl







I'm so proud of my big 2 year-old!





Mommy & G