Saturday, July 31, 2010
She is certainly growing and changing so much just in the last few days. She has started to use "I" sentences more rather than speaking in third person with "Jesstine do it" type of phrases. She has also really started to master the stairs (a two year-old skill). She can maneuver pretty well going down while holding on to the hand rail instead of sliding down on her belly. She still prefers to have a hand to hold. I think it is more of a confidence thing. Today at Grandmom's house, she had her hands FULL of stuff and made her way down two sets of stairs, standing and walking down with out holding on. It was amazing to watch!
Perhaps the biggest change came the other night. Jesstine has NEVER been a climber. She didn't pull up on things until she was 10 or 11 months. She didn't walk until she was 14 months. We felt that our first try at the "big girl bed" was premature. Just yesterday during nap I heard a HUGE thump in her room. I went in to see that she was on the floor in front of her crib with all of the blankets and stuffed animals piled up as a landing pad. She wasn't hurt. She cried, but it was more of a scared cry. I checked her to make sure she was okay. She said her chin hurt and there is a little bit of a red mark, but she seemed fine. So, that night I convinced my hubby that for her safety, we needed to switch her to the "big girl" bed. The first night went fairly well although she didn't go to sleep until just after nine o'clock. Normal for her is about 8:30-8:45ish. I went to check on her because she got quiet at about 9:50 or so. When I went in she was sitting up, but was teetering and was VERY sleepy. I also noticed a smell emanating from the room. I got her up, changed her and she kept saying "Sooze piyo!" That I later discovered was her way of telling me that she couldn't lay down because her shoes were all on her pillow!! She was basically forced to sit up because not only were her shoes on her pillow, but she had half of the books from her book shelf in her bed with her!!! SO funny! I would still say it was a success though because she stayed in her room. Here's to praying that it continues to go smoothly because my sister called me tonight and said that her son (4 months younger than Jesstine) had just been found out of his crib at naptime! We borrowed HER toddler rail because we have the same rail. So, within a month we will be moving Jesstine to a new room entirely!!! This could get VERY interesting!!! I pray that the transition is easy and that she will transition to a new room easily! There is a LOT to do to get her into that new room! It would have to be done eventually if God chooses to bless us with another baby in the future!
So until next time, Jesstine says "TaaaDaaaaaaah!!" to mommy finishing another blog post where she is again the main subject!!!
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Last week, my sister and her family came to stay with us. Stephen and I watched Charis for her while she and my brother-in-law went out on a date. Here are some of the things they were up to.
One of her favorite toys while she was here.
Some other miscellaneous pictures from the last few weeks:
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Dumpty and green blankie.
All of her "ducks" in a row!
Food-I know this is a tough subject for a lot of parents of toddlers. It seems like as soon as they turn one, they should be able to eat everything like an adult right? Oh, and kids are notorious for being picky, right? I remember not long ago it was SO hard to figure out what to feed her because she couldn't quite eat what most kids eat. She was eating cheerios for breakfast and a little bit of fruit. Then she would have a snack that was basically the same. Then it was turkey lunch meat pulled apart into tiny pieces with a side of cheese and.....you guessed it, Cheerios! Well, the Cheerios part hasn't changed much! She is a creature of habit for breakfast. She ALWAYS wants cheerios which I pair with some fruit or yogurt. Other than that she eats just about anything including a lot of veggies and fruits. She generally won't eat beef. She has an occasional hot dog or some smoked brisket at a bbq place. She LOVES chicken (like her momma!) She also really likes turkey. We are still having trouble with traditional chips, but she can eat Cheetos without choking. I get the baked kind so I don't feel as guilty about her eating them. Her FAVORITE of course is McDonald's chicken nuggets and fries. And at our weekly trip to Freddy's, she is now getting her own custard. She eats pretty well for her age (not just quality but quantity).My girl is growing up!
Sloppy Joes has NEVER been a thing that she would eat...Umm, until this night at least!
So, we only have a month until she turns two. Our little girl is growing up! She is still a sweet girl. She still (for the most part) is a good sleeper (although it usually takes a lot of talking and playing in her bed for her to finally go to sleep). She is laid back and really just goes where ever we go whether it's on a vacation or to the grocery store. She does like her "routine" (hence the cheerios every morning). She surprises us each day with how smart she is! She seems to learn things quite quickly and has a pretty good memory. She can even tell us where we are going if we take a certain familiar route somewhere like church or the Y. Still can't believe that she will be two. So here is my 23 month-old and some of her favorite things.
Jesstine Jonelle at 23 months.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Mommy and Daddy: Dear God, Thank you for a wonderful....
M&D: Thank you for.....
J: Daddy (a little out of order from usual, but still works...)
M&D: Thank you for.....
Stephen and I inserted laughs here. It was a convenient moment though because he noticed that he needed to put some lotion on a dry spot. So I let her continue praying for things she was thankful for.....This is what she came up with:
Me: Thank you for...
J: Ummm, (yes she actually said umm. It is something new lately that she does) bed.
Me: What else?
Me: What else?
J: Geen Bankie!!!
Me: What else?
J: Ummm, Dowa!
Me: What else?
At this point we started the prayer over and did it routinely! It was such a fun moment I didn't want to forget so I had to add it here! Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
The days after we buried her seemed to be the longest days of my life. We just seemed to be living, but not doing much or accomplishing much. I tried to pass the days by finding ways that I could remember my little girl in my own way; a way to carry her with me so I would remember her at least once each day. I remember just a few days after burying her, in those days where we were just kind of getting through each day, I cried and prayed to God that I could just see her one more time! I wanted to see her whole though, not all wounded and broken as I had in the hospital. I remember closing my eyes and seeing my grandmother holding a small baby dressed all in white. The baby was resting on her shoulder with the most peaceful look on her face. My grandmother had her eyes closed and was resting with her. I will never forget that last look that God blessed me with.
Babe B., we love you to the moon and back! Love, Daddy, Mommy and Jesstine
Monday, July 5, 2010
Sorry for the poor quality of this video. I grabbed my cell phone because it was more readily available!
Jesus does love me and I am blessed that I have such a beautiful family to share in the joy of Jesus' love each and every day!