Sunday, April 29, 2007
We've just returned from an 8 day journey that I would call Katy's first real vacation. We stopped at Brian's folks' house on the way down for a few nights, as I already posted, and then we headed over to Charleston, South Carolina to join my mom and Greg in a condo there that belongs to a friend of Greg's. We had a really nice time. Charleston is very charming and interesting, I would definitely recommend going if you get the chance. We only skimmed the surface of all that you could do there.
The first thing we did was take a horse carriage ride around the city where we learned lots of interesting history about Charleston: the beginning of the Civil War at Fort Sumter, the first Opera, the First Baptist Church, and some incredible residential homes on the waterfront that maintain their historic look. I thought Katy would be really excited about the carriage ride, but I think she was more nervous than anything. She ate a couple hundred Cheerios and made it through, though.
Some of you know that I was a little stressed about anticipating the long drive. Overall Katy did well, the DVD player definitely helped keep her entertained (thanks to Mark and Kelly for letting us borrow it). There were a few rough spots, but considering that we drove about 1600 miles by the time it was all said and done, that was to be expected with an 11 month old. Ironically, the most stressful part of the trip was something I didn't anticipate: apparently outside of her comfort zone Katy doesn't like to eat. She often refused her bottle and solid foods, and at the end of the week she had lost over a pound. That's more than 5% of her body weight! Now that we're back home, she is eating normally. Little stinker.
A woman at my church (who has 6 kids) says that she and her husband don't call a trip with the kids a "vacation", but just a "trip." I can relate after this week. I felt like it was actually more work than a regular week, because I was caring for Katy, but outside the comfort and routine of home. I came back more tired than when I left: but the objective really wasn't as much to rest as it was to get away, spend time with family, and have some fun doing some new and different things. We accomplished that for sure!
It was also really neat to take Katy to the beach. She had a blast with the sand and the waves. The weather was perfect (as it was all week). This only lasted about 30 minutes, though, and then she had had enough. It's a lot to take in for sure. So we had a brief but enjoyable first beach experience.
My mom and Greg got some good Katy time as well. Mom and I took her to the magnolia plantation, which was incredibly beautiful. They also had a petting zoo, which may have been the highlight of the trip for her. She just loves animals, and we had to keep her from pulling the beard of the billy goat: I know those animals are used to being tortured by kids, but that one kind of scared me!
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Sunday, April 15, 2007
It's official. My daughter is no longer a baby, but a full-blown, bonafide toddler. This video has all the aspects: walking, talking, and testing those good old boundaries. A couple of weeks ago if someone asked me "Is she walking yet?" I was saying, "well, a few steps here and there." But THIS week if someone asks me, the answer is a resounding "Yes!". She walks across the room and is getting faster and more confident everyday.
Of course, another thing that comes along with toddlerhood is battling the sickies. We've been back to the pediatrician with a fever that's been as high as 103 a couple times. But no antibiotics this time...we'll see, hopefully she'll get better without a developing an ear infection, knock on wood.
Bev, Kristen, Nancy, Anne (the happy bride), myself, & Cheryl
Sunday, April 08, 2007
What do you put in an Easter basket for someone who's not able to eat candy?
She went for the "cookies" first...that's my girl.
My Granny made this coat for me for MY first Easter back in 1978. It kept Katy nice and warm today. (Thanks, Granny! She is an avid reader of the blog)
Saturday, April 07, 2007
This week could be deemed "the week of the cousins." We spent the first part of the weekend visiting Katy's Aunt Kelly, Uncle Mark, and cousins Kim, Leah, and Carrie. "Cousin-Katy," as the girls called her, was really in seventh heaven. She LOVED being around the girls, playing with all the new toys, and exploring a new household. I really think she must be bored with me at home some days, which may contribute to her clinginess. She ate well and slept well, Brian says it's a sign that she wants siblings. Hmmm....good for her.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
As for the scary milestone, that's a different story: so lately Katy's been really super clingy. I know before that I said this was no big deal, but it's becoming a bigger one. I know it's normal separation anxiety stuff, but it's really draining. Anyway, the other day she was actually playing on the floor with a toy, so I decided to run upstairs for 2 minutes and go to the bathroom. Well, she must've quickly realized I was gone and decided to come after me, because when I came out, guess where I found her?
Yeah, that's right, halfway up a flight of stairs!!! I have never seen her climb even a single step. I completely panicked, but of course tried to tiptoe down the stairs so I didn't startle her and make her fall backward. Oh my gosh, my heart is pounding just remembering that sight! Later, after calming down and after Brian got home, we decided to see the extent of this skill.
Next step: install a gate at the BOTTOM of the steps. Never would've thought of that one.