Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Question

As expected, Amelia has started to try and climb out of her crib. Thankfully she's not tall enough yet, but she's getting close. In three weeks, we will be leaving on vacation after settling on our current house and moving all our stuff into storage with the moving company. We'll be gone for about 10 days (Hawaii and San Francisco - so excited, except for the flight to Hawaii with Amelia. We bought an iPad just to help keep her entertained and I've started stockpiling small toys) While we're on vacation she will sleep in a pack n play. She's never tried to climb in one of those, so I'm hoping that trend continues. Once we get back it will be at least two weeks till we can move into our new house, so we'll be staying in a hotel and she'll be in the pack n play. The question is, do we just move her to the toddler bed in the new house so she doesn't launch herself out of the crib and land on her head? She will have 6 + weeks of growing between now and then so she may be able to pull off a dismount once we're in the new house. Thankfully, her new room is carpeted but she is not a graceful child. If we put enough of her toys out of reach, and babyproof her room to the max, should we move her to the bed? Her crib also converts to a double bed, so we could even go to that, with lots of bumpers. She can get off our bed with no problems, but can't get on to it.

While Teddy will be allowed in her room, she's not allowed to sleep in there until Amelia is fully trained to stay in bed and to stop trying to grab Teddy's face to give her a kiss. Teddy also needs to be able to get out of the room and do her rounds of the house (she protects us from a squirrel invasion) in the middle of the night, so Amelia's door would have to be left open. The odds of Amelia staying in bed when the door is open are exactly zero. So no Teddy in Amelia's room for the short term.

Thoughts? Suggestions? Should we just duct tape her to the mattress every night? I could do that if necessary.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Off to School

This week marked Amelia's first days of preschool. It's really more daycare, but we call it school for her so she understands it's different than the nannies she's had.
She's excited, can you tell? She did great her first day there with no tears. I would like to commend myself on my lack of tears too, but I did get a little misty. The teachers said she did great and only started to get upset when other parents started to arrive and I wasn't there yet. She was EXHAUSTED, but still managed to get dinner and a mini dance party in before bed.
It's become part of her routine that she has to dance for at least 15 minutes before going to bed. Her playlist includes Baby Beluga (her absolute favorite and my current least favorite fictional character), The Elmo Song, Aikendrum, Thumbelina, Under the Sea and Rubber Duckie. We've been trying to get it on video for some time, but I promise as soon as we do we'll post it. She mainly twirls, sticks her bum out, and throws her hands around. There's also a lot of throwing herself on the floor. I think she might be trying to do the Turtle.

While she was at Camp Grandma, Grandma took her to have her portrait taken. If there was any doubt that this child is a ham and a half, you just have to see the pictures and any doubt is gone. This is one of my favorites. I had a very similar dress at all times from roughly 1-5 years old because my Grandmother loved them. I think she would say that Amelia looks darling in it and couldn't look more like me if we tried.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

15 Months

Officially still Godzilla baby. Her stats:

Weight: 24.4 lbs 75%
Height: 32 3/4 in. 97%
Head: 47 cm 96%

She seems to be hitting the 75/97 mark almost every time. That's our Snarf. Amelia also talked so much during the exam, and some of it was real words, that the doctor said we basically have a 2 year old. I'm ok with that as long as we don't get the terrible twos early. Matt and I have decided that she's an evil genius because she seems to use her mind to figure out new ways to get in trouble or to do something she shouldn't be doing.

Ok, maybe not total genius, but at least she realizes that the shoes go on her feet. We'll work on right and left.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Camp Grandma

Due to our work schedules, and then our nanny taking vacation, Matt's mom was kind enough to come down and take care of Amelia for a week, and now she's taken Amelia to Rhode Island for Camp Grandma. Amelia is having a great time and we can't wait to see her when we go up this weekend.
Amelia enjoying the slide.

Queen of the House at Grandma and Grandpa's.

Having a snack on the porch.
With Auntie at her pool

Enjoying the pool.

Pool with Grandma.
I'm not sure they're going to let us take her home on Sunday, but Teddy misses her, and we can't wait to have her home.