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June 2014

Eliza has really started to test her limits and run wild. She’s stuck close by us all of this time but now she’s all over the place! She’s getting into more things destroying the house. We’ve started to refer to her as the whirling dervish.

On June 12 I was downstairs reading a book during her nap time and all of a sudden she appeared right next to me. It completely freaked me out because I heard no noise on the baby monitor that was sitting right next to me. I asked how she got down her and she told me that she climbed out of her crib. I thought that maybe it was a fluke and would give her one more chance but she did it again the next morning so we decided to take the rail off of her crib and make it a big girl bed. She is fine sleeping in her bed at night but she plays a lot during her naptime. Sigh. I guess it could be worse.

Earlier in June I attempted potty training. She was really asking for it and seemed really into it. I put the potty out in the morning and she sat right down on it and pooped. Right then! And then she was amazed and kept talking about how big her poop was. Haha! But then as the day wore on I could tell she was getting less and less into it. I had planned to have her naked all day but she asked for a shirt. Then she wanted to put on her panties or a diaper but I was trying to keep her free so I could see when things were happening. At the end of the day she had peed on the floor 5 times and pooped on the potty once.

Day 2 of potty training was my last. She refused to drink water because she figured out that  it would make her pee. She bit me on the arm and stabbed me multiple times with her plastic forks. And then she informed me that potty training was over right before she peed on the floor and maniacally laughed. She won. I was done. We will try again soon.

It has been so much fun watching her personality come out and seeing the things that she comes up with. One weekend she came across a picture of me when I was pregnant with her. Then she insisted that she was pregnant with her favorite stuffed animal dog and I had to put him back her tummy in every time he fell out.

One evening we went for a walk with her stuffed dog and even had to stop numerous times while he pooped on the grass. She really loves dogs and finally started naming some of her dogs this month. Her one dog that she has had for over a year is named Raisin. And the dog that she won at the Alameda County Fair is named Seamus.
Cute little sayings:

On our way to the Alameda County Fair, Eliza has informed us that she would like to see the “horsepigs” and ride a bunny.

Walking her dog

Walking her dog

She loves to accessorize

She loves to accessorize

New doggie Seamus

New doggie Seamus

Pregnant with her puppy

Pregnant with her puppy

Playing piano at Neiman Marcus

Playing piano at Neiman Marcus

Pee break for her puppy

Pee break for her puppy

The new naptime. Freedom!

The new naptime. Freedom!

Concert in the park in Concord

Concert in the park in Concord

Enjoying a cupcake at Lake Anza

Enjoying a cupcake at Lake Anza

Riding a horse at the Alameda County Fair

Riding a horse at the Alameda County Fair

Horse races with daddy on Father's Day

Horse races with daddy on Father’s Day

Pretty eyes

Pretty eyes

The daddy fountain in Walnut Creek

The daddy fountain in Walnut Creek

First cable car ride

First cable car ride

Fun with bubbles

Fun with bubbles

The Blair Family!

The Blair Family!

Eliza with grandma Elayne and grandpa Ralph

Eliza with grandma Elayne and grandpa Ralph

Big girl bed!

Big girl bed!

Hanging with my co-worker's daughters Anika and Kristina

Hanging with my co-worker’s daughters Anika and Kristina

Says “It’s strong for me” when something is too heavy for her

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May 2014

Eliza continues to be little miss independent. We love watching her personality come out. She chooses her clothes and hairstyle and is very adamant and will not wear something unless she wants to wear it. All of her clothes are acceptable so I don’t argue and just let her wear what she wants. We will see what happens in the winter when she wants to wear summer clothes but she’s good for now. Mostly she wants to wear dresses and skirts. She is very girly. She also loves wearing princess dresses. We went to a new place called Small Talk Family Cafe and they had lots of toys and costumes for kids to play with and every few minutes she would put on a new princess dress. She loved it and asks to go back there all the time. We do go on occasion but not every day.

May was also the month that Eliza stopped going to daycare. She gets to go to Andy’s Montessori school for free so we decided that since I was working from home, I’d keep her home with me full time for about 3 months until she was ready to start at Andy’s school in July. Her last day at Bridget’s was May 15. It was fun to have her home with me and we did a lot of fun stuff!

We took a ferry over to Marin twice. Once to visit with some friends and once to see our niece, Eliza’s cousin Siena, in the play Annie. Eliza just loved riding BART and then taking the ferry across the bay. It was s uch a fun adventure for her and I loved watching her excitment.

I took her to get a pedicure at a place called Little Fairy Princess Girls Spa and she loved it. It was her first pedicture and she chose purple, her favorite color, for her toemails. She also got her face painted “like a princess.” There is a kids amusement park in Concord called Pixieland and I took her there one day too and she loved it. She had a pass for unlimited rides for 2 hours and she drove a car, rode in a plane, and rode in the spinning cups over and over again. Too bad the train wasn’t working that day or she would have ridden that one too.

There was a Kid’s Fest in Concord on Memorial Day weekend and they had ponies to ride and Eliza rode her first pony! Normally she is a little timid about going on rides but she just walked right up to the pony and got on and loved it. Given her love for dogs, cats and horses, I really think she is going to be an animal person.

Eliza sayings this month:

I’m not a lady. I’m a gentlemint!

Eliza told me one morning “I don’t want to watch Good Morning America, I want to watch Good Night America.”

Eliza: I want some fruit.
Me: Ok, what do you want? We have strawberries, oranges, apples and watermelon.
Eliza: No, I don’t want any of that. I want fruit! (breaks into tears).

 

Purple pedicure

Purple pedicure

Pedicure

Pedicure

Face paint

Face paint

Rain boots!

Rain boots!

Pretty dress

Pretty dress

At lunch on Mother's Day

At lunch on Mother’s Day

Jelly Belly Factory Tour

Jelly Belly Factory Tour

Riding a horse

Riding a horse

Eliza's style

Eliza’s style

First ferry ride to Marin

First ferry ride to Marin

Eliza dressed as Princess Elsa

Eliza dressed as Princess Elsa

Eliza and her cousin Siena

Eliza and her cousin Siena

At Buchanan Field with Daniel and Emily

At Buchanan Field with Daniel and Emily

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April 2014

April was a fun month for Eliza and for us. It was Easter,  and even though this is now her third Easter, it was the first one where she could really run around and participate! The moms group that I am in did a spring party and had an Easter egg hunt and Eliza had a blast. She only picked the pink and purple eggs (her favorite colors) and she would give other colored eggs to this cute little boy named Miles who was not walking yet. It was really cute. She had an Easter egg hunt at daycare and the Easter Bunny showed up but she was terrified and would not go near him. We also did an Easter egg hunt for her at home on Easter. Rather than buy anything new, we recycled all the eggs and toys inside of them from her previous egg hunts. She didn’t seem to notice.

Eliza is also obsessed with trains. We took her to Train Town in Sonoma and she just loved riding the train. We also took her to the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento during Andy’s spring break and she loved that too. She gets so excited about anything train related and if there is a train anywhere, she has to ride it.

And her other obsession that started in April was princesses. She LOVES princesses and we bought her some princess figurines that she plays with all the time. She has also started watching the show Sofia the First more and loves that too.

My friend started a family volunteer organization called Give Together, where families with young children can go volunteer and learn to help others at an early age. This month we went to the Monument Crisis Center in Concord and sorted food and put rice into plastic bags. Eliza had a blast and when we left she said “That was fun!” I hope she always feels that way about helping others.

Eliza is also getting more vocal about how she wants to wear her hair. She basically just tells me what she wants and I do it. The latest is that she is into pig tails. She calls them pinky tails because that is what they call them in one of her favorite books, Pinkalicious.

One Saturday we went to the one winery where we are wine club members and picked up our shipment. It is such a family friendly winery and we had such a nice day playing outside with Eliza and sipping a little wine and just relaxing. Then we drove back home and put her down for a nap. It was just a nice, relaxing day.

As always, here are some of Eliza’s funny sayings this month:

She asked Andy if he had a baby in his tummy. When he said no she asked “Well what’s in there?”

She was missing daddy when he went back to work after spring break and told me “He’s sad spring break is over.” Then as we sat down to breakfast she asked if we could go to the horse races.

For a week or so, Eliza had been saying “I’m a cigarette” and I was concerned and wondering where she heard that. Then one night she told me “I’m considerate” and then said it again and said “cigarette.” I was relieved to know she was just mispronouncing a word and not talking about cigarettes.

She told us which songs she likes on the radio and her current favorites are Pharrell’s Happy, Katy Perry’s Roar and she just screams at the top of her lungs when Let it Go from Frozen comes on the radio.

She’ll tell us that she likes a song and then ask if we like it too.

She tells us that my name is Alison and daddy’s name is Andy.

Winery fun

Winery fun

Winery fun

Winery fun

Winery fun

Winery fun

Volunteering

Volunteering

Volunteering

Volunteering

Volunteering

Volunteering

Train Town

Train Town

Train Town

Train Town

Playing in the pool on a hot day

Playing in the pool on a hot day

Playing in the pool on a hot day

Playing in the pool on a hot day

Egg hunt at daycare

Egg hunt at daycare

Railroad museum in Sacramento

Railroad museum in Sacramento

Princesses

Princesses

piggytails!

piggytails!

Egg hunt at daycare

Egg hunt at daycare

Home egg hunt on Easter

Home egg hunt on Easter

Home egg hunt on Easter

Home egg hunt on Easter

Egg hunt at daycare

Egg hunt at daycare

Mom's group egg hunt

Mom’s group egg hunt

Ducks in Sonoma

Ducks in Sonoma

Ducks in Sonoma

Ducks in Sonoma

Winery fun with daddy

Winery fun with daddy

Coloring on the table

Coloring on the table

Chatting with her friends at a birthday party

Chatting with her friends at a birthday party

 

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