Friday, October 24, 2008

Eating and visiting

Elizabeth has started eating just a little bit of solid food. When the pediatrician told me it was OK to start with solids, I told her, "No way, not yet, I'm too busy already!" But I figure Elizabeth trying to grab any food on my plate if I hold her in my lap is a pretty good indication that she's ready to eat! I don't think I would have thought to commemorate this event of Elizabeth trying her very first solid food, but luckily James was around and snapped this picture. Two days later my mom stopped by and gave Elizabeth her third meal of solid foods, and I didn't get that picture unfortunately.

She really liked the sweet potato for the most part. She wanted more and more!

She did have one funny face, though! Haha!

Speaking of trying new foods... Of course, Vanessa is reluctant to try new foods, and she's even been hesitant about trying ice cream. She has had it before, but many months ago, and she's forgotten what it tasted like. Poor thing, to be born in a household where the mommy doesn't eat ice cream, so it's not around much! But she got to have ice cream on Nana's birthday, and boy was she excited about it!

This picture shows how in awe Elizabeth is of the whole eating process. Well, or she could be admiring her daddy. It's so nice how much Elizabeth clearly loves her daddy. Tonight I was holding Elizabeth as James was walking back and forth settling in from work. Every time he walked by, Elizabeth started bouncing and waving her arms about and putting on her best cute smile!

Here's that cute smile I was talking about! This was taken on Nana's birthday. We really enjoyed seeing Nana on her birthday. Cake and ice cream are nice, but Nana is what the girls really love! I think both girls missed their Grampa, though, who was home sick.

Elizabeth has been sitting up on her own for a few seconds by herself, and sitting up really well in a semi-supported place like this high chair. Elizabeth is also showing off that she can enjoy some freedom from clothing from time to time like her big sister!
By the way, Vanessa is getting much better about getting dressed now that she can pretty much put her clothes on by herself. She just didn't want mommy to do it. I see how it is...

Vanessa especially likes getting dressed when it means matching her daddy! Vanessa doesn't say "Touchdown!" yet, but I don't think it will be long. She does like to play with the football.

We were so lucky to have a visit from my friends Sara and Lee and their daughter Aryana. What's that you're holding, Aryana? Did you get a hold of your parents' camera? Aryana seems to have a knack with electronics!

It was very sweet to see our daughters playing together. Here Vanessa tries to comfort Aryana when she was crying (of course, Aryana was crying because Vanessa knocked her down in the first place...)

Aryana is so pleasant, and doesn't really seem to have too much stranger anxiety at all. Nana happened to stop by when Sara and Lee were here. When Aryana wandered off to another room and Nana brought her back, Aryana seemed quite happy to be picked up!

Here's my friend Sara holding Elizabeth. It's pretty neat that Aryana is about halfway between Vanessa and Elizabeth's ages. It will be interesting to see how all three girls interact the next time we get together!

Vanessa and Aryana had a fun time playing in our family room. I'm excited to have gotten a picture of both Sara(h)'s with their toddlers!

Brian and Joanna stopped by with their dog Kyra. Vanessa absolutely adores Kyra, and everyone enjoyed hanging out with Brian and Joanna, even Elizabeth. Elizabeth has had trouble with being held by people she wasn't very used to, but that's getting much better lately. She seemed to really like Joanna and her uncle Brian!

Here are Elizabeth and Joanna. Aww... so sweet!

Vanessa's behavior has been a bit "puzzling" lately. Here she is in her Winnie the Pooh shirt, Pooh doll, and Pooh puzzle the first time she put the puzzle together entirely by herself (I was in the other room and not even helping out verbally!).
A few days later, Vanessa had put together all three puzzles we had on hand, and we've just bought some more! It's so nice for her to have an activity to do all by herself, especially in the morning when I'm trying to get everyone ready for the day. Elizabeth meanwhile is having a grand time in her bouncer.
Vanessa has started more and more to be able to draw something that she can identify. Here is a self-portrait. It has blue eyes, and peach nose, and a pink mouth! She's also getting pretty good at drawing balloons (roundish scribbles with strings).
Do you see what Vanessa has done in this picture? Organized her marker caps in rainbow order! Notice that brown and black are not present in this picture -- she handed them to me because they didn't belong in the rainbow. In fact, she pretty much refuses to draw with brown or black anymore.
Elizabeth has started to be able to support herself standing for a few moments if she is leaning against an object, most often this piano. That was Vanessa's favorite early standing tool too.

Elizabeth takes time out from her concert to give a smile to the audience (me)!

Sometimes when I'm getting ready in the morning, I plop Elizabeth in the baby bath with a toy. Elizabeth prefers to be sitting or standing most of the time, so she enjoys the support that her bath provides. After nearly 5 months of being a parent of two girls, I feel like I've actually established a working morning routine!

And what a wonderful pair of girls they are!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow- when you post you really pack a lot into your updates! Where do you find such time and energy?

I'm so glad Vanessa is starting to warm up to the whole 'fully clothed' way of living. I'm sure it makes it much easier to go on outings!

I am a bit worried about Vanessa's hesitation towards ice cream. All Vanessas must love ice cream- it's in the rule book! Maybe she can ask Uncle Dean about and find a good recommendation for locally made treats. I bet she would love a field trip with him and he loves all reasons to eat :)

Yeah for Elizabeth and sweet potatoes!

You're lucky to have so many visitors. Vanessa and Elizabeth look so happy to have loved ones come play with them! We hope to come visit in the near future so we can do puzzles with Vanessa and play on the piano with Elizabeth!

Big Vanessa and Baby Samantha