Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Happy Birthday Therese!

Today is Therese's 1st birthday and what an amazing first year it's been! Therese has been developing rapidly so here's a little update.

We went to the doctor today for her wellness exam and she weighed 23 lbs. 13 oz. and measured 30.5 inches long. She's in the 90th percentile! Reese had 2 more teeth break through on Sunday and her doctor says she has molars working their way in as well.

Some cute things she is doing: eskimo kisses, squeezers, snuggles, sharing her food, working on feeding herself with a spoon, wiping her tushy on the changing table and This Little Piggy Went to the Market. I called her a piggy the other day because she eats all.the.time and she lifted her foot, grabbed her toe and said "Wah Wah," which is her way of saying "Weee weeee weee all the way home!" (Funny story with this: I finished nursing her the other morning and she was just laying on my lap. She grabbed my nipple, wiggled it up and down and said "Wah Wah." I laughed so hard! I guess This Little Piggy doesn't discriminate!!

My little love-bug

Eating watermelon on July 4th

Therese has really enjoyed learning lately. She is just soaking up everything we teach her and show her. She loves to play with her pop links and she has gotten really good at pulling them apart and putting them back together. Reese holds her toy phone, (and multiple other toys) up to her ear and talks on it like a phone. She has learned multiple body parts. When I ask her, she can point to my eyes, nose and bellybutton, and she is very close to learning mouth and ears. She also repeats words back to us very clearly, like "piggy."

New words:

Bye ("Bye Bye baby" to infant on the plane)
More: meh
Stop it (because I say this one a lot-I'll say "Stop it" and she responds "Stop it baby")

Reese learned the sign for more a while back, but stopped using it quickly after learning it. It has been revived! She now does it constantly when she wants more food which is SO much nicer than the whining that had been taking place.

I thought for sure she would be walking by her birthday, but this last week she has refused to walk! She will pull herself up, squat, sit down and crawl to another place, but if you hold her hands and try to get her to walk, she sits down and lets go. All she wanted to do the last few months was walk and now she gets upset if you make her try. As of a week ago, she transitioned from the G.I crawl to hands-and-knees crawl. She still reverts back to it from time to time, but the regular crawl is easier for pulling up on furniture and climbing stairs-two things that she loves to do.

Working on her squatting and picking up toys

Happy birthday sweet girl, you are loved and cherished!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Holy Matrimony

We spent the weekend in Allentown, Pennsylvania for my older brother James' wedding. He married his beautiful bride, Jennifer on Saturday July 10, 2010. It was a pretty jammed-packed weekend, but lots of fun! Here are some pictures from this momentous occasion:

Rehearsal at the church

After the rehearsal/rehearsal dinner

Hanging out with the bridesmaids and bride-to-be

Therese wearing her dress I made to match us girls

Right before the ceremony

Aaron, James, Joel, Me

Cutting the cake

Reesie goofing around in the hotel

Passed out from all the fun

Our return flight was not-so-much-fun! Due to the weather conditions, we sat a total of 11 hours on the plane! Three hours on the tarmac, another hour heading back to the gate (due to passenger bill of rights), a 45 minute break at the terminal (ahhhh), 2 hours back on the plane before take off (because of lightning), and finally our 5 hour flight. We were up for a total of 24 hours and poor little Therese screamed her head off for hours because she was tired and didn't know how to sleep on us. But we are finally home, resting up and recovering well.

Congrats to James and Jennifer!!