Saturday, July 31, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Has 8 teeth (4 on top, 4 on bottom)
Wearing Clothes size 18-24 months and 2T
Weight ? Will find out at her Dr appt next week
Can say 15-20 words. A couple of her new words this last month are Nana and Papa
Only takes one 2 hour nap a day
She loves to be chased around the house and loves to play hide and seek.
She knows how to walk backwards.
She has started to wink...but it involves both eyes. She hasn't mastered winking with one eye yet.
She had both of her Papa's visit her in July
She spent 3 days with Nana while I traveled for work
If you ask her how old she is she will sometimes put up one finger
She knows how to "roll it" with her arms when you sing Patty Cake to her
She LOVES the radio and will stand in front of it at the house and wait for you to turn it on for her then she starts dancing.
She is learning so much so fast! She's at such a fun age now and we are loving every minute of it!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
I believe cheese frenchee's originated in my home state of Nebraska. We always had them as kids and we usually ordered them from a drive in like Kings or Don & Millie's. As we got older I remember my Mom and Grandma used to make them. They are basically a deep fried cheese sandwich. Gooey deliciousness (is that even a word??)
6 slices white bread
6 slices American Cheese
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
Kellogg's Corn Flake Crumbs (or saltines)
Mayonnaise (or Miracle Whip)
Oil for deep fat frying
Make 3 sandwiches, using 2 slices of American Cheese per sandwich. Spread mayonnaise on bread slices. Cut sandwiches into triangles.
Combine egg, milk, flour and salt. Dip the triangle sandwiches into egg mixture, and coat with corn flake crumbs. Fry in deep fat at 375 degrees until golden.
* American Cheese is a must. Do not use any other kind, as it melts too easily.
My Mom also used to freeze them overnight before deep fat frying them.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Saturday we went to the Sebastian Inlet State Park. Brian and I had been there several years ago and my Mom mentioned that she wanted to go so we spent the afternoon at the inlet. On our way we picked up some sandwiches and decided to stop and have a picnic lunch on the intercoastal waterway. The day was beautiful and not a cloud in the sky...perfect beach weather!!
Addison was born to be by the beach. I say this in almost every post relating to the pool or the beach but seriously she.is.a.fish. We have to keep our hands on her at all times because otherwise she does a mad dash to the waves. She has absolutely NO FEAR of water or waves. Brian would dip her down into the waves and she was screeching with joy. The side of the inlet we were on was packed with beachgoers so after an hour we went to the opposite side of the inlet and Brian spent some time fishing. He caught a whiting and catfish that were both pretty big. We also saw a pod of manatees and my Mom was SO excited because she loves manatees. After passing up Addison's nap time by 3 hours we decided it was time to head home. Addison was snoring in the vehicle before we even got out of the parking lot.
Sunday we went to brunch at a local restaurant on the water and it was so good!! After brunch we headed south because we wanted to take Mom to the manatee observation center but once we arrived we found out that they are closed on Sundays and have limited summer hours...bummer! We did walk out to the observation deck and spent some time watching all the boats coming in and out of the marina. It was a wonderful weekend!
Love her pudgy thighs
Saturday, July 24, 2010
We originally wanted to start trying at 18 months but after reading several articles and books by professionals we decided to wait. Since I'm a planner at heart I already have a potty chair for her and will introduce it to her when the time is right. Of course I had to get pink :-)
I also want to try the seat ring as well and see which one works best.
For example the article below by Gayle Peterson,PhD, who is a family therapist specializing in prenatal and family development. She is a clinical member of the Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a diplomat with the National Association of Social Work. Dr. Peterson is the author of An Easier Childbirth, Birthing Normally and Making Healthy Families.:
Parenting cannot be learned in a vacuum and you are right to ask and wonder about these questions. One year (or sooner) is an average age for walking to begin. It is not considered developmentally sound to attempt potty training at this time for at least two important reasons.
First, your one year old is too young to consistently be aware of, much less control his or her bodily functions. She or he is too busy mastering the voluntary muscles involved in walking to even consider the nuances of controlling involuntary processes. It would be overloading your toddler's system to introduce an additional developmental challenge, especially one that he or she cannot be successful at achieving. This could cause delays in other areas of development that are primed for this time.
Secondly, an expectation to perform (even mildly) on the potty at this period in development could result in feelings of failure, inadequacy or general stress associated with toilet training. Early pressure could thwart the emotional sense of pride that coincides with successful toilet training later. Your child could miss out on the sense of mastery which is such a critical part of this developmental milestone when it occurs at the appropriate time.
Keep in mind that physical and emotional development are mutually occurring and influence each other. Natural stages of emotional and physical mastery build on each other and are best experienced sequentially in the naturally occurring readiness of the child. The natural period of time that consistent interest in toilet training occurs is usually between two and three years of age.
It is at this age that children have already mastered some sense of accomplishment from being able to successfully manipulate their environment in many ways. They can go get a toy for themselves, reach out to pet a cat, pull a book off a shelf, build a tower and use language to get what they want in the world. It is from this cumulative experience that the emergence of a separate, "confident" self emerges to master toilet training.
Self-regulation is a huge and prideful achievement because the child is aware of the accomplishment. Early toilet training often results in regression later on, which the child may experience as a sense of shame or failure, rather than pride and confidence.
Playing with the potty or observing others on the potty may prove interesting at one year of age. It may even serve as a kind of preparation for later toilet training, but it will not result in successful control of the release of complex sphincter muscles which are largely involuntary.
I am certain that your child will help you learn these things in a more concrete fashion than is explained here. Rest assured that parenting is not only instinctive, but learned from the feedback your child provides. No doubt the experience of motherhood itself will be your best teacher in helping you stay on track.