Cecilia- 18 months old

On January 28th this little raggamuffin

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turned 18 months old.

Cecilia Lynn is our little spitfire. She knows what she wants and she wants it right then. She’s stubborn, extremely smart, looks up to her big brother, is very loving, loves music, dancing, coloring, and giving hugs and kisses. Cecilia is mastering using a fork while eating and climbing up and downstairs. She recently figured out how to climb onto our very high up bed. I’m sure climbing out of her crib is next. Cecilia is also working on potty training. She frequently asks to sit on the toilet and has actually done her business on there a few times.

Cecilia’s vocabulary is AMAZING! I read that the average vocabulary for an 18 month old is 5-20 words. On Cecilia’s half birthday, James and I sat down to write out all of the words that we knew Cecilia could say, just off the top of our heads. We were able to list over 90 words!! And the list just keeps going the more we think about it. She is also able to put together two to three words. I thought about typing them all out on here but I really just don’t have the concentration for that right now (the Olympics are on right now) and I don’t want to bore everyone.

At her 18 month  weighed 22lb 12oz (52 percentile) and was 31.5″  inches long (39 percentile)

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To Jimi: Three Years Old

My sweet Jimi boy,

When you read this years and years for now and notice the late posting date, please forgive me, we have been a bit busy in our house lately. But that doesn’t make you any less special or awesome.

Here is a quick recap of your last year, your accomplishments, and overall amazingness.

  • You have greatly expanded your palate and now will eat pasta (no sauce), steak, broccoli, spinach leaves, hot dogs, pork loin, and more.
  • You started your first year of preschool and LOVE IT.
  • You love your sister to no end.
  • You ask “why?” to just about everything.
  • You are very good about minding your manners and are make sure mom and dad do to.
  • Your vocabulary has grown immensely.
  • You have held an alligator.
  • You went to Universal Studios Orlando for the first time this year.
  • You rode on Thomas the train, a monorail, and several small trains at zoos, amusement parks, etc.
  • You are very stubborn when you want to be.
  • But you are also very sweet and compassionate and love to give hugs and snuggle.
  • You took two trips to the East coast in the last year.
  • You LOVE garbage trucks.
  • You even got to sit in two garbage trucks this year.
  • You also had a garbage truck themed birthday party.
  • You were fully potty trained just a few weeks after your second birthday.
  • You also love trains, dinosaurs, trucks of any kind, and holidays.
  • You impress Mommy and Daddy daily with how well you can form sentences, questions, and complex ideas.
  • You are begin to start imaginary play and it is pretty much the cutest thing ever.
  • You have no fear of animals, heights, or climbing on dangerous things.
  • You help wash the dishes and take out the trash.
  • Your memory is impeccable and you frequently surprise Mommy and Daddy with your knowledge.
  • You are intelligent, funny, handsome, and kind.

You are such a joy and we are so blessed to have you in our family. I LOVE you!

*Mommy

 

 

P.S. At your three year check up you weighed 32lbs (54 percentile) and 38.25inches (64th percentile)

Cecilia 12 month check up and photo shoot

I forgot to mention on my previous post about Cecilia that she recent had her 12 month check up at the doctors and a little birthday photo shoot (not at the same time).

Cecilia’s Stats: Weight- 20lbs (51st percentile), Height- 29.5″ (56th percentile)

This was the first appointment that she has been in a higher percentile for height than weight.

Cecilia and I both caught a nasty bug on the airplane and got hit pretty hard with stomach sickness the day before her 12 month check up. So needless to say she wasn’t her usual perky self for the appointment and probably weighed a little bit less than before the stomach bug. It also means that we get to go back for a second appointment so she can get her vaccinations.

Next week she has her first dentist appointment!

Almost a year ago I stumbled upon a new photographer who a few friends from high school had used, Ashley (Photography by Ashley Mae). We used her for our family pictures last Fall and are hooked. We love her work.  She took Cecilia’s 6 month pictures, 12 month pictures and we already have scheduled an appointment for Jimi’s 3 year pictures. If you live in Washington and don’t mind traveling to the Camano Island area, I would definitely check her out. She’s great with kids, super patient, and has a great eye for getting great shots.

Here are some of Cecilia’s pictures:

Dear Cecilia- 12 Months Old!

Dear Cecilia,

You are now a little over one year old. You learn that every parent says this, but it is true; I have no idea where the time has gone. You were just a chunky precious newborn sleeping soundly in my arms. You are now an independent, on the move full fledged toddler. 

Here is brief review of your first year:

You were a stubborn little baby and had to be encouraged to make your entrance with the help of some medicine.

You were born one week and one day after your due date.

You began rolling over tummy-to-back at 11 weeks.

You rolled back-to-tummy at 15 weeks.

You have made two trips to the East Coast. Once at 4 months and once just before your first birthday.

You tried your first foods at 5 months but weren’t really a fan of them.

You started sitting up on your own at 5 months.

You began crawling at 5 1/2 months.

You “army crawled” until you were 8 months old.

You discovered your love for food at 6 months.

You are an amazing eater and will devour any food in front of you. Whether it’s for you or not.

You began walking at 10 months, 3 weeks.

You have had two ear infections.

You catch colds easily but have only had one really yucky bout of sickness.

You have the craziest hair growth.

You hair goes well past your eyes. I call it a “reverse mullet”.

You used to sleep through the night but have been waking up once or twice a night lately.

You had four teeth on your first birthday.

You had three first birthday parties.

You spent your first birthday in Birmingham, AL.

You love your big brother more than anything else in the world.

You also love all animals but have a special fondness for ducks.

You can say Dad, duck, quack, that, gim (jimi).

You make elephant noises.

You have the sweetest smile.

You give high fives.

You wave “hi” and “bye” to everyone and anything.

You get the cutest look on your face when your proud of yourself or just perfectly content.

You are very independent and love to figure things out on your own.

You give the sweetest kisses and hugs.

You are an amazing little girl and the perfect addition to our family.

And lastly, You are LOVED!

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The blog in which I write about things that happened a while ago…

Alright, that’s not a very good title. But I have been slacking on my blogging. I think I have a few excuses; a toddler, an infant, and grad school among them. However, many other bloggers are able to keep up with their blogging with probably a lot more going on in their lives than me, so maybe I don’t really have an excuse…

Back to the point.

Tulip Festival 2013

In April we went to the annual Tulip Festival in Mt. Vernon. We’ve gone every year since Jimi was born (you can see last year’s trip here). This year we made our way up to Tulip Town. James’ Dad, Jay, and Step-Mom Karen, joined us this year. Unfortunately weather was not so great so we didn’t spend too much time looking at the flowers. But they were gorgeous and the kids seemed to have fun. Cecilia might tell you that they taste delicious as well. After we finished up at Tulip town, we went to Skagit River Brewery for some delicious lunch and drinks!

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Mother’s Day 2013

A couple of weeks ago was Mother’s Day. James spoiled me rotten and I had a fabulous day! James got up with Jimi at 6:30am (Jimi’s choice, not his), he then made me breakfast in bed. James mad me eggs benedict, with homemade hollandaise, and brought me coffee and a bloody mary. After breakfast we got everyone dressed and headed to the zoo, with a stop to my favorite burger place, Dick’s Hamburger’s on the way. The weather held out and we had a great time at the zoo. When we got home James made me my scallops, asparagus, pasta and alfredo sauce (from scratch!) and got me angel food cake (my favorite for dessert). I had such great day. I have a lot to live up to on Father’s Day. THANK YOU James!!!

(This is where I would upload pictures but wordpress is telling me I am out of memory space. Not good. I’ll have to work on that.)

Jimi, 2.5

On Saturday Jimi turned two and a half years old. The last six months have been a time of amazing growth for Jimi. And I don’t just mean physically. Most of Jimi’s growth has been intellectually. Every. single. day. we are amazed with how much information Jimi has retained, how many new words he can say, and how much knowledge is packed inside of his little brain. He can count, he knows almost all of his colors, he sings songs, he knows shapes, etc..

A lot of Jimi’s language still needs to be interpreted for other people since he’ll only pronounce half of words but the overall knowledge is there. Aside from being the smartest two year old we know (hey, who doesn’t think they’re kid is smarter than all of the other kids?), he is also a sweet, compassionate, loving, amazing brother, funny, adventurous, tickle loving, hide and seek playing, tantrum throwing, overall amazing 2.5 year old.

I am constantly amazed by Jimi and love to watch and experience the world through his eyes.

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We love you Jimi-jam, keep being awesome!

Dear Cecilia: 8 Months Old

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It was really hard to get you to sit still for pictures this month.. but who can blame you when there are things like this happening

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Brothers tackling you049

and chairs that need climbing

 

Dear Cecilia,

You are 8 months old going on 18 months. .. You are fully on the move and clearly itching to do more. Please don’t. Mommy and Daddy need the sanity and peace of mind that comes with a baby who can’t walk yet. You are now a master at pulling yourself into standing position. You can pull yourself up on any and everything, even if it’s not too safe to do so. You can also now safely lower yourself back down on to the floor, bend to pick up objects and return to standing, walk around objects while holding on and move yourself from object to object (i.e. the coffee table to the couch) while standing with no problems.

Aside from becoming a pro at standing, your biggest accomplishment this month is growing a TOOTH! A few weeks ago I thought that it looked like part of your lower gums had a dent in it but I couldn’t be sure because your are a little booger and cover up your gums when anyone tries to get a peek at them. But upon further inspection, we have definitely spotted and felt a tooth on your lower left side. This is a big deal in our family since your brother only had one tooth by the time he turned one. The more teeth you have, the more yummy foods you can chew, which you love to do. You are the best little eater and it is really exciting for us to watch you try and LOVE each new food.

Occasionally you wave “Hi” and give “high fives” to people. The bath is your new favorite hang out spot. If you know anyone is in the bathroom you scoot your way in there hoping to get a bath.

Your bright and sunny demeanor is continuing and you are such a joy to be around. Thank you for being such a sweet and laid back baby.

I love you always,

Mommy.