Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Nicole // 11 Months

Can I just say... babies in overalls are so cute, they're practically edible.

My heart is breaking over this whole "she-only-has-one-month-until-her-birthday" thing. But we'll save the sappy, stereotypical complaints about time going too fast for next month. Meanwhile, let's focus on what this girl is up to currently.

As seen in the pictures, she loves to practice walking with this toy. I was going to wait until her birthday to get a toy like this, but then I started suspecting that she might already be walking by then, so I got it as an early birthday present (she doesn't know the difference anyways) and she loves it!

There she goes!

***More pictures after all the updates. ;)

While she doesn't take steps on her own, she can balance on her feet without holding on to anything for a good several seconds at a time. She's in no hurry to walk... and quite frankly, I'm fine if she takes her time ;)

Her tongue sticks out basically ALL the time. I'm not exaggerating!

She loves her plastic shapes blocks. She plays with them in so many different ways. I love it when she hands them all to me so my hands are full, and it's also funny when she piles them all on one of her cubby shelves and transfers each block over to the next cubby shelf... then back again.

Other favorite items to play with: empty containers, baby bottles, shoes, decks of cards, anything made of paper, and pretty much anything she's not supposed to play with.

She's so ticklish around her neck, tummy, and armpits. I LOVE making her laugh!

Diaper changes and outfit changes are her least-favorite thing in the world nowadays. She screams like a tortured banshee unless I'm able to distract her with an interesting object.

She's trying to transition to taking only one nap. I still give her the opportunity to take a morning nap every day, and sometimes she'll fall asleep... but sometimes she won't. And I'm learning to be okay with that.

It's so fun to watch her climb up stairs. She has no idea how to climb back down, though.

She's finally emerging from the stranger/separation anxiety phase. I can drop her off at Child Watch and she won't let out a single whimper. Sometimes she won't even look back to watch me leave!

She knows what items/areas are off-limits (like cords, or the toilet portion of the bathroom) and she laughs when I catch her heading for something on the forbidden list. It's a fun game to her... "Let's see if I can make it to the toilet and stand up so I can unroll the toilet paper before Mom catches me! Oh no, here she comes! HAHAHAHAHA LOOK WHAT I'M DOING, MOM!" Oh yes. She's so funny.

I often lie on my stomach on the ground when I'm watching her play, and she has started mimicking me! She'll be crawling or playing and then she'll just lie down on her tummy for 10 seconds or so before popping back up again. It's so funny!

She bounces and shakes her finger along with me every now and then when I read her the 5 Little Monkeys book. Speaking of books, she definitely already has favorites. Reading a favorite book to her will calm her down in a heartbeat when she's cranky.

My heart is always so full when I think of this little girl. There's nothing quite like the love of a mother. Nicole, you are such a blessing! I just want to hold you and kiss you and snuggle you forever!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Halloween (the one where I FINALLY dress up!)

A nearly 11-month-old baby can't really appreciate holidays, so her parents have to appreciate them for her! ;) We took Nicole over to the annual party at the Recreation Center so she could trick-or-treat there, and she was very quiet and solemn as she looked at all the decorations and costumes. She grabbed a piece of salt water taffy out of the first candy bowl she was offered and just held it in her fist while she furrowed her brow and stared at everything. I think she was just too confused by all the unusual sights and sounds to care about candy.

She livened up at the little party we attended afterwards, though. She did spend most of the time we were there eating a huge helping of the pumpkin & sausage soup I made, but she got some play time in anyways. I expected her to get cranky, but she was still go-go-going when we stopped by her grandma's house to visit!

If I had known that she would still only have the two side teeth on Halloween, I would have dressed her up as a vampire. The pictures are out of focus, but I can't help sharing... look at those baby fangs!

Our costumes this year were Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Nikki Mouse! (AKA Mini Minnie). I just wanted to keep things simple and classic, and it was actually the first time Doug and I have dressed up for Halloween since being married. I know, we're so lame.

Doing family costumes was really fun, and I've decided that I want to try doing family costumes every year. Mainly, I was inspired by the family I saw where the mom was dressed up as Emperor Kuzco and the dad was dressed up as Kronk. He had a baby carrier on his back, and it was decked out like the contraption that Kronk carries Yzma around in. I didn't catch sight of the baby inside, but I would not be surprised if she were dressed like Yzma. It was SUCH a cute family costume.

Fun fact: Doug and I went to play racquetball on Saturday morning, and once we were done I went up to the desk to finally get a Child Watch pass for Nicole since we use the Child Watch so often. I had already dressed her in her costume, and she needed a picture for her pass... so now she's forever immortalized in the Rec. Center system as Minnie Mouse. I think it's SO funny.

Anyways, I hope you all had a fun weekend! Lots of love from Mickey, Minnie, and Mini Minnie!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Cauldron Cakes

A bunch of Potterheads united tonight to have a little Harry Potter party for Halloween. Fun fact: not a single person in attendance was a Gryffindor. So much for it being "the most popular house" and all...

I tried my hand at making Cauldron Cakes (recipe found here, but I used my own chocolate cupcake recipe instead of devil's food) and they didn't turn out too bad for a first timer! So, ya know, I had to give you all some close-up pictures of all the imperfections ;) I made the handles too thin though, and they kept breaking and/or melting as I tried to attach them to the cauldrons (even after freezing them and rubbing my hands on an ice pack to cool them down).

Oh well, at least I got one misshapen handle to attach properly enough to take a picture! (And it broke not long afterwards. Womp womp.) You could always change the filling (maybe dye it green) and call it a witch's cauldron instead of a Cauldron Cake to make it a more general Halloween treat... for those of you weirdos who don't like Harry Potter. :P