Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Here is a picture of Elise is her "new chair" after her 1st birthday party!! We had a wonderful party- lots of friends and family, gorgeous weather- so we were able to play outside, good food and a wonderful cake... and Elise SMASHED right into her cake!! We all had a blast!
Here is one of our favorite pictures of Elise. We were playing outside in our back yard and loving the cool weather and the leaves!! Elise had fun picking up leaves and throwing them and running around the back yard. She enjoyed having the freedom of running and hearing the noise of the crinkling leaves under her feet!!
My baby girl with a pretty bow in her hair!!!! Her hair had just started growing longer and her hair was starting to get in her eyes. I tried to put a bow in her hair and- surprise- she actually left the bow in long enough for me to take a picture!!
Also- she's sitting in her chair that she got from James and I for her birthday. This is seriously the BEST gift that we could have gotten her- she sits in it every single day!! Also- we had her name embroidered in the chair. When Elise sits in her chair, she turns around and points to her name and wants me to spell it- E L I S E. And- when you ask Elise what her name is... she runs to her chair and points at it!!
Here's a picture of my "babies" sitting together. Elise is about 16 months old in this picture and Sieben is 13 1/2 years old (can you believe it?!) It seems like every month Elise gets more and more active- and Sieben becomes more and more tolerant.
James and I were so nervous about Sieben and how she would be with Elise- Sieben has never been good with children. But it's so clear that she loves Elise. She checks on her all the time, she greets her every morning when she wakes up, she sits close beside her at every meal (hoping for some yummy food) and Sieben even shares a seat on her bed!! I'm so happy that our "babies" get along well!! One of Elise's first words- of course- was DOGGIE.
Elise also helped us make a "big announcement" in February 2011. We found out this year that we're going to have another baby!! We waited until the baby was 12 weeks old- and then had Elise pose in her BIG SISTER shirt- so that we could announce through e-mail and Facebook to our family and friends!
Elise is very excited about babies- and if we ever see one, she must go over and see the baby up close!! We've been trying to talk about the baby as much as we can to try to prepare her to the change. I think Elise will be a good big sister- she is already to helpful and curious!
Here is a bit of a gross picture- but certainly something that I should blog about! Elise had her first visit to the Emergency Room in February 2011. She was pushing around her toy grocery cart, tripped and fell on the corner and ripped her labial frenulum (the skin that connects your lip to the gums between your front teeth). She kept bleeding and bleeding- and I finally got her into the pediatrician 3 hours after the incident. While the doctor was examining her, Elise bit him- so they had to restrain her in a papoose (which went completely around her and strapped down her arms, legs and head). Elise and I were both crying!! The doctor was concerned because the bleeding continued and he didn't think he would be able to stop it- so he sent us to Akron Children's Hospital. Elise was examined by two residents and one doctor- and the final decision was to keep feeding her Popsicles and the bleeding would eventually stop. One of the residents made a joke that Elise looked like she had just eaten a piece of dead animal or something- she was literally covered in blood from head to toe. It was a stressful day- but turned out fine and we went home an hour later and both took a very long nap!!!
The next two pictures were taken in March 2011. Elise started her second swimming class!! She had her first class about a year ago- when she was only 6 months old. She was the youngest in the class and wasn't really able to do much more than splash and kick a little.
James LOVES the water- so he was more than willing and excited to get in the water with Elise for her swim classes. It's so fun to see the change in Elise for her classes this time around. She is one of the oldest in her class now and she loves being active and doing everything! She is able to sit on the side of the pool, climb in and out, jump in the pool to daddy, kick, reach and pull, blow bubbles, put her head under and of course sing and do motions with all the song. One of Elise's favorite things to do now is KICK- even when not in the water... and sometimes I'll see her with one of her stuffed animals trying to get it to "reach and pull"- just like she does in swim class!!!! SO AWESOME :)
I'll finish the blog with a picture of me and Elise!! I know that it's not the best picture of either one of us- but it's the most recent.
This little miracle will be 18 months old on March 25th. She is the most excited and energetic child I have ever met- she runs EVERYWHERE!! ("hot in the socks" is what Grandma Ellie says) She loves her baby dolls and stuffed animals and hugs and kisses them several times a day! She talks all the time- even when trying to get herself to sleep. She knows many words (just to name a few)- momma, dada, papa, doggie, door, car, truck, plate, fork, juice, snack, cheese, book, teddy, Stella (her baby doll), piggie, ball, Mick (Mickie Mouse), horsie, push, pull, touch, hot, cold, shirt, pants, socks, shoes, yes and of course NO!!!!
We love spending every day together. Having Elise and staying home to raise her has been one of the best decisions of my life. I feel like I'm a totally different person than I was 18 months ago- and I have my baby girl to thank for it!! She makes me feel like I have more meaning and purpose to my life- and that makes it all worth it!!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Sieben turned 13 on August 1st. She's such a good dog and has been such a wonderful "big sister" to Elise. James and I were both nervous about how Sieben would react and adjust to Elise because Sieben has never been very good with kids. But I think she has learned to accept and love Elise- because she is so gentle with her. Sometime Elise will crawl over to Sieben and grab her paw or her nose and try to pet her (which really means that she's just pulling her fur)- and Sieben doesn't react. If she gets annoyed, she just stands up and walks away!!! She's been GREAT! Happy Birthday Sieben!!!
This past week James was on a SCUBA diving trip. I was going crazy being stuck at home every night, so I decided that Elise and I would take a plane trip to Atlanta to visit Brian, Beth, Garrett and Lucy White! I went to Milligan College with Brian & Beth.
Garrett is 2 1/2 years old and Lucy is 1 year old. We had a BLAST with them!!!!!! Garrett is so fun and full of energy. The girls loved just sitting and watching him run, play and make noise while they enjoyed the pool. I don't think Garrett even stopped moving the whole time we were outside- hehe
Because it was so hot when we were in Atlanta- Beth found a few places for us to entertain the kids that was inside. We went to a place called "PLAY" which has a trampoline, an area full of balls, blow up toys and many other fun things to burn off energy. The girls loved sitting on our laps on the trampoline while Garrett and the other big kids jumped and bounced. It was sooo fun!!!!!
We also played at "Geronimo's." They had a huge room for kids two and under- so that's where I spent most of my time with Elise and Lucy. They had fun playing with blocks, climbing on the bus, playing on the airplane, pushing cars around and crawling and having fun!! Elise had a blast and never sat still very long (you can tell she's still moving in this picture I tried to take of Elise and Beth).
Lucy is so different from Garrett and Elise. She loves to sit and play quietly and observe everything that is going on around her. She sat for a while and played with this brick. She looked it over closely and studied it while watching the other kids play. She did eventually join in and crawled over to the bus where Elise and the other kids were climbing. She looks so stinking cute in her pretty blue dress!!! She's such a good baby!
Elise and I had a blast with the White's!!!! The kids got along great and Elise adjusted by sleeping pretty well during naps and at night. My favorite part was in the evenings after we put the kids to bed- Brian, Beth and I would talk and laugh and enjoy each other's company!!!!! It was just what I needed to pass the time while James was away! I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Elise can say MaMa, DaDa, ADa (which she says when she sees Sieben- so I think it's "dog"), Ball, Hey, Hi, Bye (and waves). She loves to greet people and smiles and waves when we're at the store or restaurant- she loves the attention she gets when people notice her!! When she waves at someone and they don't respond- she starts yelling at them to get their attention (great- huh?!?!) She does "so big," plays "peek-a-boo" and claps when you sing "if you're happy and you know it."
For July 4th weekend we went to Milwaukee to visit Grandpa Harry and Grandma Ellie (James' parents). We found a direct flight from Akron Canton to Milwaukee- so we took Elise on her first plane ride. The flight was delayed about 20 minutes, but other than that- Elise did great!!!!We took lots of "crunchies" and drink for the plane ride to help her clear her ears- and it seemed to do the trick. She didn't fuss at all on the plane!!
We celebrated the 4th of July by watching, and eventually joining in on, the neighborhood parade. The parade is led by 2 police cars and a small marching band. Then, as the parade goes through the neighborhood, everyone joins behind and walks to the nearby park.
We had a fabulous weekend and are looking forward to spending time with Grandpa Harry, Grandma Ellie and the entire Moseley family in August when we travel to Maine for the Family Reunion!!!!!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Even though this post is a couple weeks late, I wanted to be sure to write about James' First Father's Day (or Father's Day Weekend)!!!!!
I let him know that we would do ANYTHING that he wanted- so of course the weekend was packed full of fun activites!!
On Saturday morning, Elise woke up at 8:00 and after we ate breakfast we went to Price Park. We walked around the path twice (about 2 miles) and then headed for the swings!
James pushed Elise on the swings. She's always seemed a little afraid in the past, but I guess she's gotten over her fears because she LOVED it!!!!! She laughed and squealed as daddy pushed her higher and higher. She even seemed to be pumping her legs to go even higher. I loved watching the two of them have so much fun.
Saturday afternoon we headed out to find a swimming pool for the back yard. Ever since Elise's swimming class- James has been wanting to get Elise in a pool to play. He's been dying to put a pool in the back yard- but for now we'll settle for a small plastic pool to play in.
They had a blast playing and splashing. Elise, of course, just wanted to find a way to stand up. She did do a few nose dives into the "deep end"- but I was happy to see that she didn't seem to mind her face getting wet and quickly recovered and wanted to play again. I'm soooo glad that we took her to swimming class so that she's comfortable in the water.
We had my mom and dad over for dinner- made steak kabobs and baked potatoes on the grill. It was a great day!!!!
On Sunday we headed out early to Metzger Park. We hadn't taken Elise for a ride in her Chariot behind the bikes and thought that it was a gorgeous day to give it a try. Elise did great and James and I had a BLAST!!!!!!!
The Chariot is just the right size for Elise and all her stuff- snacks, drink, toys, books... so she seemed to have a good time and we were able to get some good exercise (biked 5 1/2 miles).
Sunday evening we headed over to Grandma Leslie (Lisa's grandma) pool for more swimming. We put Elise into a raft and she kicked her way around the entire pool. She never stopped moving!!!!! She had a wonderful time and it was a great ending to a fantastic weekend!!
Elise and I made James a plate for Father's Day. We went to Glazed and Amused and they helped me make a butterfly out of her feet prints. She liked having her feet in the paint, but didn't like having her feet held on the plate to make the print. It was a bit of a challenge- but turned out pretty nice for a First Father's Day!!!!!!
Happy Father's Day to James- the most incredible man I know! Thank you for being such a wonderful father and example to Elise. Thank you for loving us both!!!!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Elise has been very interested in pulling up to standing... She loved having daddy to play with and having mommy as an audience as she showed off her skills (with one eye on Sieben the whole time).
We had a late lunch at A1 Steakhouse (one of my favorite Japanese restaurants), went for a walk at Diamond Park and watched movies at home. It was the most perfect day!!!!
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Now when we put Elise on the floor- all she wants to do is push up into a sitting position. She hasn't tried to crawl or anything for a few days because she wants to practice her new "skill." If she wants to get a toy, she sits up- then she dives towards the toy. If she's not close enough, she pushes up into a sitting position again and then dives again. It's so funny to watch!!!!
OUR BIG GIRL!!!! WE JUST LOVE HER SOOOO MUCH!!!!
Saturday, April 17, 2010
This past weekend Grandpa Harry and Grandma Ellie (James' parents) traveled from Wisconsin to pay us a visit. This is the first time that they have seen Elise since Christmas- so it was a very special visit!!!!
On Sunday, after Grandma fed Elise her cereal with bananas and her favorite sweet potatoes, we decided to go for a walk in the park.
The weekend ended too quickly- as it always does. And- as usual I had tears in my eyes as they pulled away on Monday morning to head back home.