Thursday, June 28, 2012

The truth about Bert & Ernie

Addy's latest obsession is Ernie from Sesame Street (though her interest is quickly fading since she has stopped watching Sesame Street on a daily basis). She likes to mimic his snicker, and she loves to point out his rubber ducky he's always carrying around. My sister and I have always thought that there's a little more to Bert & Ernie's relationship than just good friends...they sleep in the same room, they have a picture of themselves in an embrace hanging above their beds...they bathe together. It seems Addy has figured it out as well...

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Totally Cute Tuesday

She's not shown much interest in the piano until she figured out how to do this...

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Family Vacation - OBX 2012

Earlier this month, our family was fortunate enough to be able to enjoy a week long vacation in a house (almost) on the beach in Nags Head, North Carolina, along with Grandpa and Grammy and Aunt Steph and Uncle Dave. It was our first vacation with Addy, so needless to say I was a bit stressed beforehand. I was primarily worried about how she would handle a twelve hour car ride [insert notions of me pulling out my hair and teddy grahams flying everywhere in the vehicle]. Well let me tell you, this girl ROCKS the car travel. OHMYGODSHESAMAZING. We decided to have the car packed and ready to go the night before, then wake her up at 2:30am and get on the road. Addy just thought it was hilarious that she got to hold all her lovies - blanket, big teddy, little teddy, puppy - and ride in the car at night. She giggled quietly for the first half hour or so. Then she just sat there totally chill. She finally fell asleep around 5am. On the drive down, we stopped only twice to get a bite to eat and stretch our legs. Even with all the incoming beach traffic, we got to the beach house in 13 hours. And Addy never once cried. She whined a teensy tiny bit, but overall, she was a delight. I have to attribute a lot of that to the vehicle; we borrowed Grandma Susan's minivan, so there was plenty of space around everybody and we were all comfortable. Thank you Grandma Susan!!!!

Addy sleeping peacefully in the car (left and bottom)
and also in her crib the last night of vacation (top)
Addy's favorite part of vacation was hands down the swimming pool. She was a total floater, just like her Aunt Steph. Every morning when she woke up, after exclaiming, "OUT!" to get out of the crib, she would run around saying, "WaWa? (water?)...Blah! Blah! (splash! splash!). I wish I would have captured it on camera because it was adorable. She'd also ask to go in the water every time she saw one of us in a bathing suit. She got three good days in the pool, but unfortunately, it was cloudy and windy the remainder of the week.

Addy hammin' in up in the pool
(and her fat ass momma, but I'm working on that...)
As much as she loved the swimming pool, she disliked the ocean equally. We spent a total of less than one hour on the beach the entire week because she just wasn't having any part of it. Truth be told, I'm not a fan of the beach either. Yes, it's absolutely beautiful, and when I look at it I am completely amazed, but I get bored very quickly. I don't like the feeling of sand on my skin, and I am too scared to go in the water (Totally gross feeling on my feet! Seaweed? Dead fish? Crabs?!?!?! No thanks). She did play with some sand toys for a few minutes, but like me, grew bored quickly.

OMG those big scary waves!
OMG get me outta here!!!!!!
We went on a few excursions on the gloomy days. One place we always hit up when in Nags Head is the Dunes at Jockey Ridge State Park. It's a great place for family pictures with huge sand dunes, wide open spaces, and some greenery. This year though, the dunes were mostly flooded from a recent tropical storm that swept through. We didn't get to climb any dunes, but we did get some cute pics. Addy really liked running the smooth sand through her hands (sandbox in the backyard sometime soon???)
It was a wonderful week full of quality family time, but of course it went by too quickly. My favorite place to vacation is the beach, but as Addy gets older, I hope to take week long vacations throughout the country so she can learn how awesome it is to explore this amazing world around us. I hope that she has the same passion for traveling as I do, and that every time she visits someplace new, she feels a little smaller in the scheme of life. It's a great reminder that there's so much more out there than what we see in our daily lives, so we shouldn't get all caught up in the small stuff.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

18 Months and counting

I've been wanting to post a little summary of Addy at 18 months old, but seeing as how I've not been blogging much, I'm just now getting around to it - and ya know, she's still labeled 18 months old for the next two days,

"I'm 18 months old, yo. I know everything."
Addy in a nutshell: Strong willed, stubborn, high maintenance, charming, happy, timid, hilarious. She's a typical toddler in most ways - has mini-meltdowns because she cant communicate effectively, wants what she wants and wants it right now, doesn't exactly share, wants what everyone else has even if she already has some. I keep reminding myself of this list of Toddler Rules of Possesion I found on Pinterest a while back, specifically, "If I can take it from you, it's mine. If it's mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way." It's so true, and yes, I'm the dork that recites it to myself when I start to get frustrated. Putting myself in her shoes does not come naturally to me, but when I remember to do it, my entire approach to her changes, and meltdowns become much shorter and less intense.

The many faces of Addison
This girl cracks me up. I mean, seriously I can't get enough of her antics. She has so much character in her, but she mostly reserves it just for the people she knows best. And she changes based on the person - with daddy she's playful and cuddly, with Grandpa and Grammy she's off the wall silly girl, with Aunt Steph she's a little rebel, with Grandma she's a show-off, and with me, she's a mixture of it all with a little clingy thrown in. When we're out and about, she says hi to almost everyone, and it brightens so many peoples' day. She always says buh-bye to cashiers. She likes to hand a toy to another kid but then immediately take it back.

Playing with Uncle Dave's sunglasses
Her expressive language is increasing every day. She has a lot of words that she consistently says - maybe 30? - that we know what she's saying but someone else might not understand right away. A few of my favorites:

       Oatmeal = Noonal
       Blanket = Bahtet
       Sock = Cock (said sharply - "cock!")
       Trash = Cock (said softly - more like "cac")
       Headband = Bayban
       Open = Ohhpeeee

She has at least 25 words that anyone could understand (cracker, cookie, yogurt, kitty, puppy, teddy, baby, hot dog, diaper, bubble...), maybe even closer to 50 if you consider context clues. Just a couple days ago she started to "sing" songs, such as the theme song for "Elmo's World" and "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes". OMG adorable.

Addy is a really good eater. Don't get me wrong, she can fling her plate out of frustration like a champ, but she eats a wide variety of healthy foods, and of course some treats. Some staples of her diet are:

       Turkey hot dogs
       Rotisserie lunchmeat
       Peas, Corn, Brocolli
       Bananas, Cinnamon apples, Pears
       All berries & grapes
       Spaghetti (Ghettiiiiiiii!)
       Chicken in most forms
       Mini vanilla wafers
       Graham crackers
       Cereal bars (like a nutri-grain bar but for toddlers)

One thing I'm not happy about is that she suddenly stopped drinking milk almost two months ago, completely refuses it. Even with chocolate mixed in (you can thank daddy for that one, I disagreed). She eats plenty of yogurt and some cheese, but I know she's not getting enough calcium. We've tried every type of cup possible, served it warm and cold, tried to trick her...all colossal fails.

But hey, she likes the ice cream! Train of thought:
"Hmmm, what's this? I think I'm supposed to lick it...
that's yummy!...more?!?!"
Addy keeps me on my toes, and keeps life worth living. I love her so unbelievably much!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Akron Zoo 5/30/12

We visited the Akron Zoo on Wednesday, along with Aunt Stephanie - making good use of her time at home on medical leave before returning to work in late June! I always enjoy going to the zoo with Addy, but it was extra special to share it with Stephanie. The Akron Zoo is a wonderful gem, I think. It has decent animal exhibits, absolutely beautiful scenery, and really good food (if you're up for taking a small loan out to pay for it!) We spent over two hours walking around enjoying the animals. We don't usually seem to get good views of most of the creatures, but boy were they out in full force for us this time! And for the most part, we strolled along without many other people around, so we were able to get really great views of everything. Addy was really into it this time too, shouting out animal names and closely watching them move about. Here are some shots of the day:

Aunt Steph and an uncooperative Addy

Me and Addy in the best picture ever of the two of us

Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!
These guys were totally awesome!

Addy really liked the Lemurs

I really liked this goat. Addy did not.