Archive for August, 2013

Look Who’s TWO!

August 30, 2013

An interview with the Birthday girl… our newest 2 year old…Jillian!!

Mommy and Daddy’s special names for me: Jilly, Jill Jill, Jilly Bean, Little Bit

My biggest accomplishments in the last 6 months: Talking. I say a lot of words and repeat a lot too. I can even say some simple 3 to 4 word sentences. I’ve also learned how to master the big flight of stairs in the new house, started using a big girl cup (not a sippy) at school, and graduated from a high chair to a booster seat at the dinner table.

My favorite foods are: Fruit snacks, bananas, grapes, blueberries, mac-n-cheese, baked goods and bread.

I don’t like to eat: Meat. I’m not a big meat eater. I’ll eat a little sausage or ground meat here or there, but most of the time I just leave it on my plate.

My favorite toys are: Baby dolls, shopping cart, tea set, coloring books and crayons, my bike.

My favorite books are: All of them, but mostly “The Wheels on the Bus” and my Elmo book – “If your happy and you know it.” I also love any book with Disney characters. I just love books. Ask my family. If I’m quiet and you are wondering where I am, I’m usually pulling books off one of the many bookcases in the house. I’ll take one, flip through it, then get a new one. I could look at books all day.

My favorite things to do outside are: Chase after my brothers, run around, go down my slide, and sit on the deck chairs to eat a snack or read a book.

My favorite things to do inside are: watch movies, have tea parties, cuddle with mommy and daddy, run around the house.

My vocabulary includes: I can say a lot, but I’m most proud of my manners and saying “Please” and “Thank You”. Daddy likes when I say “Oh Noooo!”

I like to “help” Mommy & Daddy around the house by: Being the best big helper. I help mommy unload the dishwasher, move the clothes from the washer to the dryer, and I’m good at picking up my brother’s trash and putting it in the garbage can. I also put dirty dishes in the sink. Helping to take shopping bags into the house is another way I like to give a helping hand.

When we travel I like to go to: Disney World! I love all things Disney.

My favorite movies are: Rio, Toy Story 3, Cinderella

My favorite TV shows are: Sprout, Doc McStuffins, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Sofia the First

I couldn’t live without: My “night nights” (blankies), my binkies, my mommy and daddy, hugs from Miss Ronika when I get to school and fruit snacks on the way home from school. Oh and music. I love music, especially watching music videos on YouTube on Mommy’s phone. My favorite is “Remix” by NKOTB.

I don’t like: Bath time. I don’t like the water over my head to get all the soap out of my hair. I also am not a fan of hair barrettes either, but I try my best to keep them in for mommy, even if it is just an hour. Oh, and I do not like when things are messy. It makes me crazy! I can’t eat at school unless the table is perfectly clean and if I spill anything on me, even water, I sometimes need to change my clothes. Messes bother me! I don’t like them at all.

My favorite character: Minnie Mouse!! I love the Disney Princesses too.

Right now I’m learning: My colors. I know yellow and purple, they are some of my favorite colors. I’m also learning to wash my hair and body in the bath tub and sing my ABC’s.

I get very happy and excited when: I see Mickey and Minnie come on TV, when I get to shop for new shoes and clothes, when I get to go to the park, when I get to talk to my grandparents on the phone, and when my brothers leave their DS’s where I can reach them.

I get mad when: I have to get my diaper changed, when I can’t wear my PJs to school and have to put on real clothes, when I have to brush my teeth, and when I have to sit in my car seat and can’t sit on mommy’s lap in the car or in my brother’s booster seat. I also don’t like when I can’t sit in the big part of the shopping cart. It is so much more fun than the baby seat up front.

I get scared when: I’m a little scared of loud noises and heights.  And I’m scared of the cat.

The best part about being 2 years old is: Now that I’m getting bigger, I’ll be able to do more big kid things and maybe even learn how to play Wii with my brothers.

During the next year I hope to: Move to a big girl bed, learn my ABCs, count to 10, and I know Mommy hopes I can give up my binkies and learn how to pee and poop on the potty so we can say goodbye to diapers forever!

Comments from Mommy & Daddy:

Our Favorite “Jilly-isms”:
· She always calls Maxie and other dogs “Woof Woofs”
· How she has to have multiple binkies in hand. One for her mouth and one or more to sniff or rub against her nose.
· Almost all liquids are Milk. The bath is full of milk, the creek is full of milk, etc. It wasn’t until recently she started to call juice, “juice”.
· Big cars and trucks are Choo Choos.
· How she sings “Twinkle Twinkle”… “up above urold so high”.
· How she pats your back when she gives you a hug.
· How she loves her “O-wo”.
· How any food that is not from the fridge is “hot”.
· How she constantly closes doors. Doors to rooms, doors to cabinets. This girl likes order. She’s a little bit OCD.
· How when she calls for us in the morning and we’ll go in her room to all the stuff is tossed out of her crib and she’s jumping up and down will all her might.

Jillian – YOU ARE TWO! WOW.

With you being the last little one, I’m trying to hold on to what baby is still left in you for as long as I can. I have so enjoyed this past year. It was such a blessing to see you turn from a baby to a toddler. I love the first two years. I’m going to miss having a baby/little toddler around the house. With each new milestone that passes, whether it’s first pig tails or using a big girl cup, I lose more of that baby and you reveal more of the little person that is waiting to bust out to her next big thing. Luckily, I still have a tiny amount left in you to enjoy, but I know by your next birthday you will be a big girl… closer to independent than dependent and more a child with a mind all her own.

Until then, I’m going to continue to enjoy all the funny, silly, and loving things you do. I’m going to soak up all the times you want to be held or cuddle. I’m going to savor our babble conversations where I act like I know what you are saying. I’m going to take pleasure in every diaper change. I will not correct you when you tell me the pool is full of milk, that crayons are called “yellows”, or that flowers are called butterflies. I’m going to smile bigger every time you do your silly dances with your hand pump. And I will gladly be the enabler to your binkie addiction. I know these moments are fading. The tide has changed from a long list of firsts to a longer list of lasts that are quickly getting checked off. But soon we’ll embark on a whole new set of firsts which will be exciting and I’m sure full of a spirit only you can give these life experiences.

Every day with you is a gift my beautiful Jillian. You are a present that gives all year long and fills our souls with happiness, love and laughter. I thank God for you, your smile, your loving heart and all that makes you YOU every day.

Happy Birthday Baby Girl! We love you Jillian!

Mommy, Daddy, Owen, Benny & Maxie

Birthday Eve

August 29, 2013

Her last sleep as a 1 year old.

Big change from last year’s birthday eve. She’s grown so much.

1st Day of School at EPE

August 26, 2013

I have a TON of great pics from the first day of school that I will share with you later, but for now here is one. LOVE this. It melts my heart. Love these boys. Owen said his day was awesome. Ben said his day was perfect. Can’t get much better than that!

When Owen went to Kindergarten, I was ready. I didn’t get all emotional like most mom’s do about their first born heading off to school. But, I was also at the end of my pregnancy with Jillian when O went to K so I had A LOT of other things on my mind. Plus I knew he was ready.

Now, it’s Ben’s turn. He starts K tomorrow and I’m a nervous wreck. I don’t know what it is about that boy, but I have an emotional connection to him that is different than the other two. I can’t believe he is 5 and going off to school. And I worry about him. He’s had a rough summer and a rough couple years in preschool. And they just switched from full day K back to 1/2 day so he’ll go between two places. I worry how he will adjust. We he be able to handle the new expectations of him, etc. I’m not worried about him academically – he’s smart. He can read, knows he letters, colors, etc. I’m worried how this new pressure and transition will affect his issues. Luckily, we already have an IEP in place, his teachers are already aware of his situation and they ready for him to start.

And even though this mama is nervous, Benny is not. We went to Meet the Teacher this week and he was loving it. He was very social, behaved, talkative, not shy, etc. He’s so ready to for K. He even told the teachers and some friends that they’ll see him coming on Monday because he’ll be wearing his new light up shoes! Gotta love that kid!

We’re here at EPE!

Welcome to Kindergarten!

Meeting Miss. Stamey.

Getting his classroom scavenger hunt.

Before he would start, he had to write his name on the paper.

He found his cubby.

His #19.

Circle time carpet!

He was so excited there was a listening center.

Showing me his goodie bag from the teacher.

Time to take a practice ride on the bus to learn all the rules.

He’s coming back.

He’s a bus riding champ.

By his name on the Welcome board. He asked the teacher why he wasn’t on an orange chameleon b/c that is his favorite color. =)

The room was empty so we went back in for some one on one time with Ms. Stamey. She was showing Ben the smart board.

Oh – and we found out Ms. Stamey is a fellow Susquehanna grad! They have a good education program so hopefully this means he is in good hands.

Friday Night Fireworks

August 25, 2013

A few weeks ago, Jillian spent the night at Mimi’s and we decided to take the boys to a Senators game since we haven’t been to one yet this year. The cooler weather made it a perfect evening out. It was Friday Night Fireworks so the boys were excited about that. They loved the game. They cheered, they yelled (well, Ben screamed) and they ate lots and lots of food. I don’t know what it is about ballpark/arena food, but when our boys step foot in those places, they eat like we have never fed them before. It was a nice evening. Glad we had a chance to take in a ball game this summer.