Roaring like a lion is Vera's animal-sound-of-the-moment. So we were both excited yesterday when we found this little guy on sale at Anthropologie! She roared through the store as we browsed and kept roaring in the dressing room and then all the way home [well she wailed as we handed it to the clerk-lady to purchase]. He's pretty cute.
She commented the other week that something was pretty without me saying it first - the snowflakes hanging from the library ceiling :)
She can put on her boots and hat and take off her coat. Thankfully she hasn't experimented much with taking off her diaper..
She LOVES winnie the pooh and laughs out loud when he's chased by the bees.
She also loves to have the music on and stands by the stereo asking for misi.
p.s. I just put her to bed. She came running naked from the bath holding the bear. I tried to lose it on the way to her room, but she asked for it again. I didn't want to risk a freak-out so she went to bed clutching it. It's unopened and tightly shut, but I'll check on her later. Just emphasizing that she is really into it :)
[very modest ones of course :)]. I rebelled [as always] but am coming 'round again. So far I've made some not-very-square napkins. Really pretty prints though, maybe the recipients won't notice the wavering seamlines? There is just so many ideas out there and so many cute fabrics - I hardly know where to start! Lessons perhaps, I really want to get good at this...
Apparently Amelia wore her little cape all day long. Vera and Sam played along as Jenny and I tried to get a picture of the three little superheroes together. Sadly they wouldn't comply. Man though it was stinkin' cute.
[it would be good w. some sauteed garlic + chili flakes i imagine...]
[scanner isn't doing the best job, i'm noticing...]
I did get one of her on the steps in her red... sweats. [Don't you love my grandparents' carpet??]
Oh yes, I remember I had wanted to share a picture of Vera with her animals [I couldn't get a good photo, but have one from a month ago] Every morning when I get her out of bed, she has to pick up everyone to get up too. I love it - she waddles around and in to see Daddy with an arm-full of friends:
..as tired as I was, it just made my heart grow even more for this little one in my care...
Good advice, isn't it? This was one of a few memory verses [sorry, can't find the reference at the moment] that defined my year in Argentina. I knew what an incredible difference it made if I could get up early each morning to read my Bible and pray. I repeated that verse to myself every morning when I would have rather turned over to keep sleeping - and for that matter, every time I felt myself pulling to do something not consistent with who I wanted to be in my faith or otherwise [as in hellO! you do not need another plate of gnocchi!].
Because it's hard, this discipline thing. I had realized after reading some book [probably a Puritan Paperback :)] that I don't want to just act disciplined, but rather to discipline my heart, to live and breathe that way. Does this make sense? Sorry to unload a little personal, probably nonsensical stuff here, but I've just really been disappointed with myself lately. Remember a few months ago when I wrote out some things I wanted to change? Well not much did [...although I did cut flowers to put inside until winter precluded that one. ok and I guess I've toned down on the ice cream intake :)]. Every morning for the last week I've planned to get up before Vera - who is actually getting up rather late .. lately. So I just taped my old favorite verse up and will say it to myself tomorrow morning when I [yet again] am inclined to roll over and go back to sleep. I'll let you know how it goes.
I feel kind of silly doing these monthly updates still... You can scan if you like, but it's fun for me :)
At almost 1 1/2, Vera's most repeated words are asookie [meaning unknown], poopoo [yup], daddy/doggy [they sound exactly the same: use context], Des-ta and Me-me [Stella and Amelia. pretty much anything reminds her of one of them].. and NO!
She has all 4 molars just peeking through, causing some major crankiness.
She is obsessed with Little Bear [pretty cute, innocent (albeit dorky) little cartoon. via the twins via soulemama.]. We're not allowed to say it out loud and I try to keep her from seeing the computer too much or it reminds her she needs to watch an episode. I will say "just one, ok?" and she holds her one finger up to her cheek and says, "two?" I'm not saying she understands counting - I don't really know what she thinks one/two means.
She's pretty good at remembering names and pointing out who's who in photos. I'm thinking of making flashcards :)
She's off the bottle! My little scheme worked: over Christmas I had my sister bring an extra sippy cup just like her kids' and gave Vera her milk while they had theirs. I really emphasized that it was Olivia's cup and how pretty/cool it was. Olivia complied and would pretend to drink from it too. She's only said NO! and thrown it on the floor a few times. I guess now I have to think about how to stop the sippy?
Vera tried out the chopsticks on her own! She actually ate a good amount of noodles, shoveling them in just so. Pretty cute: all the aunties were quite pleased :)