Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Trick or Treat!

Technically, Leda's second Halloween, but her first shot at Trick or Treatin' and let me tell ya, by the third house, the kid, she was a pro.

We headed over to Steve and Kate's neighborhood to go trick or treatin' since we really don't have a neighborhood to do so in. The Durhams and the Gabbs and the Shier kids all dressed in their finest Halloween outfits...
The Motley Crew!
(Thea, Brennan, Jane, Susy's friend (I didn't catch the name), Leda and Susy)

We headed out and up to the first door. Leda went with Daddy and didn't seem to have much of a problem. I really thought she might not be very comfortable doing this, but by the third house, the one I went with her to, she walked right up, the lady gave her something for her bag and Leda watched her put it in, reached in, looked at it, threw it back in, the lady asked her if it was okay and she said, "No!" So the lady gave her another one, and off she went! It was hysterical!


Each house we went to after that, Leda would walk right up, stick her hand in the basket, pull out one treat and put it in her bag and off we went. She never attempted to get more. She LOVED the houses with the doggies! She would go right by the candy basket then to see the doggie! Luckily all the doggies were tied up or behind a door - only when they were a nice doggie did Leda get to pet them!

She had a great time. She didn't so much like sharing her wagon with Paige, but oh well! I think we will find next year she won't need Mommy or Daddy to go with her to the door!


Oh, and next year, if her hair doesn't grow in by then, she's wearing a girl outfit...Paige had a "really cute little brother!" ;-)

Sunday, October 29, 2006

They had a Halloween Party

We went to the annual Halloween party last night - this year, it was at the Durhams. (Sorry Kim, I was too busy chasing Leda and drinking good wine to take any pictures except for these two:

Halloween 2006Halloween 2006

(click to see bigger sizes)

We did have one person in the family dress up for Halloween - Leda went as a Lion (a very reluctant lion!)

Mostly, she just wore the body...she really didn't want to have anything on her head. We did get some pictures of her with it on before we headed off for the party:

Reluctant LionLion

(click to see bigger sizes)

We did have a great time at the party! Leda was up LATE! We figured we would get a little extra shut-eye today due to the lateness of her night, but she decided that 3:30 was a good time to wake up. Mommy slept (sorta) with her in the recliner until about 5 when she finally decided to go back to sleep. No more late night parties for our little lion! ;-)

And, Brock made a pumpkin!

Halloween Pumpkin 2006

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

18 Months

18 months ago tonight, I had just given birth to one incredible little girl. Little did we know that 18 months ago!

Leda is getting so big. She had her 18 month check up yesterday and the doctor pronounced her fit as a fiddle! She's about 25lbs and 33 inches (give or take a sneaker sole or two!) She's about 50th percentile (for all of you keeping score, that would make her average!)

Nope, not gonna do it!

She's got her 2yr molars coming in! We thought we saw a second set of molars coming in and the doc confirmed it. That would mean she's pretty much got all the teeth she should have by 2 years old!

When we were flying home from Florida last weekend, we had one person on the plane ask us if she is always so happy. And, yes, she is. She is a very happy little girl. She rarely cries - mostly when she has hurt herself or we leave her with the babysitters. She whines-cries when she doesn't get her own way, but we are (hopefully) breaking her of that. She's more like her Daddy in that she gets over it pretty quickly. Mostly she smiles and laughs and she's inquisitive; most definitely happy. We got pretty darn lucky!

The Doc says she's in her 'ape' period. Meaning, she will mimic us a lot. That explains the napkin incident at the airport, when she mimicked putting a napkin on her lap while eating, just like Mommy. She feeds her baby-dolls, she wipes their noses, and she will even blow her own nose! Believe me, I love that one! ;-)


We will be buying Leda her first pillow - her first "big girl" pillow - this weekend. She has a small decorative pillow that came with her bed set that she has been using to sleep with in the past several weeks, so we decided it is time to get her a pillow. She's been sleeping with stuffed animals and blankets and the small pillow for months (if not since last summer - I know, call social services, I let my infant sleep with things in her crib!! Oh, the horror!) so a big girl pillow won't hurt! Besides, might help her sleep better when she gets her next cold!

She says Daddy and Doggy pretty much constantly now. And no - that's her favorite answer to any question! She has started watching some TV - we LOVE Jack's Big Music Show on Noggin - and the Upside Down Show (which Daddy has watched with her, but Mommy hasn't had a chance to catch yet!). We love Moose and Zee! Noggin ROCKS! We purchased a DVD player a few weeks back when we knew we were going to take our trip to FL - yes, we broke down and got one! We did break it out for about 15 minutes on the plane ride down, but that was pretty much it. Tonight, Leda found the DVDs so I thought we would try something before dinner. I sat her at the dinner table with the DVD player and the Baby Einstein DVD, and she sat there and watched it for about 15 minutes or so. It is amazing how she went from could care less about tv to full-blown intrigue! After dinner she whined a bit to watch some more, but we held firm, no more, only small bits at a time!

Watching Baby Einstein
(Yes, it was a little close - I did move it back after I took the picture! She kept pulling it toward her so she could press the buttons!)

She's an amazing little girl. We are the luckiest people in the whole wide world! Hopefully we can still say that when she's 16 years old!

Monday, October 23, 2006

It was hot in Florida...

Must have been why the Eagles did so bad yesterday - but enough about THAT!

We were in Florida this weekend visiting the family - Abby had a fourth birthday party and we were invited, so we had to go!

We had a great time. We flew out on Friday morning - scratch that, we flew out on Friday afternoon. We were SUPPOSED to fly out on Friday morning at 11:35AM - turns out the weather was pretty nasty here and our flight was coming from Charlotte, and a long story short, with my propensity for needing to be at the airport ten hours before the flight and Philadelphia's low ceiling, we didn't take off until close to 1PM! So, we spent some quality time in the airport! Luckily, we were flying out of B terminal which meant we had a mall to walk around (the mall is between B and C at Philly International) and a good selection of lunch to pick from. Of course, we had hot dogs!

Side note; so we sit down to have our lunch, and I have cut up Leda's hot dog and she is sitting in her own seat, and I put my napkin on my lap and start to eat. Leda reaches for a napkin of her own, so I give her one, figuring she'll just wipe the table, her nose, the hot dog, whatever, she's being good, and the kid goes and freaks us out by placing the napkin on her lap and starts eating, wiping her fingers from time to time...how freaking weird is that?? How many 18 month olds do you know who put their napkin in their lap? Weird.

Anyway, so off for Florida we do go and we get there somewhere around 5 (well, we got to the airport before that, but then had to get the car, the luggage, and drive through the woods and over the river to Grandma's house (well, we actually get off the exit before the river, but THAT's a whole 'nother story!) and Aimee and Kurt and the girls show up not too long after that and we just had a nice evening eating fried chicken and having some fun watching the girls play with one another.

On Saturday, we spent the day hanging out, we did a little shopping for the birthday gifts and Aunt Judy and Elizabeth came up from Lakeland and off to the Marson's we did go to have a little birthday party for one Abigail Marson. It was a grand affair, with lawn chairs and bar-b-q's and grave markers - WHAT?

My sister lives on a cul-de-sac of about 6 houses and they did luck out when they got this house. Everyone on the block is young and has kids and they all play together and they basically purchased these houses with great backyards that never get used because they have great parties out front where the kids play in the street and everyone camouflages their lawn mowers! It was actually quite nice! So we sat out front and watched Abby open her presents and she got this great gift of a motorized Barbie Jeep (yes, beat out my Barbie horse and stable with Dream Stable Barbie, but whatever!) and the next thing we know, all the kids on the block have run to their garages and have pulled out their motorized vehicles and it's a parade, race, bumper car event in the cul-de-sac! You had to be there, it was awesome! Guess what Leda is getting for Christmas! She LOVED it - wanted to drive the Jeep SO BAD!

On Sunday, the family headed to Green Cove Springs for a little walk by the St. John River. We played on the playground, walked out on the dock, saw the sulfur spring and had a little lunch at Ronnie's. Then Brock, Leda and I had to head off for the airport to head home. We had a great time. Wish we could have stayed longer.

I do know that we have the BESTEST little girl EVER - what a trooper! Not one drop of Benedryl and the kid she took to flying like she was born to it! Not one little wimper - a few happy screams on the ground in Philly, but everyone thought she was just the best little girl, they didn't mind it at all! She really was wonderful - although it was a handful having her as a lap child - not a lot of room to move around on the small 757 or whatever we were on for the flight down, but the Airbus home was a little more roomier - but still, should have forked over the 200 bucks for her own seat! Of course, 6 more months and we will have to anyway!

We had a great time and we are happy that Grandma and Granddaddy put up with us! And, Leda was very happy that Grandma made her brownies (without nuts because Leda doesn't like nuts in her brownies).

Grandma and Leda

Hopefully my mother will send me lots of the pictures she took because apparently I suck at taking good pictures these days (I am just constantly running after the kid!) When she does send those pictures, I will post some! ;-)

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

I suck!

Yes, I promised posts and then didn't follow through. I suck. Sue me!

Guess what? I don't plan to promise any posts for the rest of this week, that's what! If you are lucky, I might post something. If not, then tough. Wait until next week - there will be posting and pictures since we will be heading to the sunny and warm state of Florida to celebrate Leda's cousin Abby's FOURTH birthday. Wow!

Until then, sorry. Will try not to suck next week. Will try to be good blogger and post once or twice (maybe even three times! Can you stand it??)


Monday, October 9, 2006

Promised posts...

I know I promised some posts that didn't exactly get posted over the weekend...you try watching a 17 month old, working, not really sleeping and missing a spouse over the weekend and try to post anything to a blog. Besides, I had Talladega and Eagles/Dallas yesterday. Seriously, where did you expect me to find the time?

I promise, posting will be more than generous this week. Just chill, okay?


I know what I want for Christmas...

A great big phat win like yesterday! Please, please, with a cherry on top? That was just so sweet! I'd love to do that again!

In the immortal words of Forest Gump, "and that's all I have to say about that!"


How do you slow down the growing up?

I swear I turned around the other day and my child had gone from being a baby who needed to be carried everywhere to a toddler who didn't want you to pick her up, she can do it herself. How do you stop that from happening?

Obviously you don't. But it amazes me how quickly she has grown. I see pictures of her from a year ago and it baffles me how I went from having a 5-6 month old last year this time to having a 17-18 month old now. And the difference a year makes.


Leda will run when given the chance. And if we are outside, she will run with her head looking over her shoulder at us as if she's saying, "catch me if you can," with a giggle that indicates that she fully expects us to catch her and tickle her until she laughs a great big belly laugh. She's so smart. She knows exactly what we are saying, exactly what we are asking of her, exactly what we have told her NOT to do, and she does it anyway, with a smirk worthy of the most disobedient 16 year old!

She can't have anyone get yelled at or cry in her presence - if this happens, the cutest pout face is produced, but within seconds, the not so cutest crying may commence. For example, we were out to dinner with our friends, the Flogaus's, the other night. They have a 2 year old boy, Danny. Danny wasn't behaving himself so well (we think he was just showing off for Leda) and got told, sternly, to cut it out. When he didn't, he was unceremoniously removed from the restaurant. Leda, during this episode, produced the cutest pout - her little lower lip stuck out and she looked like she could start crying at any moment. Over the weekend, we went over to see the Durhams and play with Paige. Paige was not very happy that Jennifer had left the room at one point and started to cry. Leda produced the same cute little pout and very concerned eyes and almost began to cry. Nope, no crying alone in her presence!

She is talking. Not hundreds of words, but she does have ways of communicating with us. "Dat" and "Dis" (that and this) are favorites! Of hers, not ours! They are used CONSTANTLY and in multiples! She will tell us she's "done" at dinner (usually accompanied by taking off her bib) and will indicate when she wants "more." She will call "Duff" and she will call the "Cat", but she hasn't started calling me "Mom" or "Mommy" or "Mama" yet. She will say "Yes" and she definitely says "No."


Leda has been watching TV! Not much, but she does watch music videos and Noggin! LOVE Noggin! Favorite show...Jack's Big Music Show. Usually she won't spend a whole lot of time paying attention to the TV when something is on that she might like. She will stop for a few minutes and watch, then on to the next big thing. But Jack's Big Music Show she LOVES! I have tried to find DVDs for this show, but to no avail...aren't available on DVD yet! But you can be sure, as soon as they are, we'll own one (or two or three!)

She loves to climb all over the furniture (much to our chagrin) and loves taking a ride in her wagon. She's begun to want to pull her wagon and push her stroller, more so than ride in either one. She likes playing with her dolls, trying to get them to drink from her sippy cup, but she LOVES playing with her Mega Blocks the most. And, we must read the same books to her OVER AND OVER AND OVER again!

She's all about the "daddy" these days, not so much about the mommy...in fact, just this evening, I went up to her as she was sitting on the step outside the house and as I got close, she got up and pushed me away and said something that sounded like "is not the daddy." It breaks my heart that she pushes me away, but I guess I just have to wait until next week when she shuns the daddy and wants the mommy.

Playing with Mommy's shoes

She thinks Mommy watching football is funny...she yells when I yell - her daddy thinks it is because she wants me to stop, I don't think so, considering the kid is doing it with a smile on her face...she's definitely got Cunningham genes when it comes to football! We just hope her first yells at the screen don't involve words that wouldn't get broadcast! ;-) Of course, I do take solace in the fact that she is learning her first curse words in the same fashion I did, watching football with her family! I just hope that some day I can teach her all I learned from my Grandfather about football - offsides, holding, and D((&#$, does that F@#*U*#@ referee have bad eye sight or what??? She's my little Swoop in training! ;-)

She's smart, she's inquisitive, she tries to understand everything we are saying (within reason...I mean, there ain't no way any self-respecting kid is going to "try to understand" what the 'rents are telling her she can't do, I mean, come one, really!) And, you think that's just a joke to make you laugh! HA! She actually gives us that look when we are telling her "No"! Really. I ain't kidding...17 months going on 16 years old. I am SO not looking forward to the teen years...can you say, go spend the summer with your Grandma or working for your Uncle Dan? I've already started practicing...I have the tone down and everything!

Walking in Mommy's shoes

She's amazing, frustrating, loving, aggravating, beautiful and irreplaceable all at the same time. It's amazing how much one little human being who occupies all of about 25 pounds of space can be all at once. She tires us out, yet gives us reason to wake up each morning to greet her. She frustrates us, then turns around and flashes that smile at us and we are amazed at how smart she is. She makes our lives 100% better than before she existed. That's worth everything!

Thursday, October 5, 2006

Change of Season, Change in Look

New look, officially not summer any more so Caribbean vibes had to go away (making me crave it too much, I spend half the day checking rates for trips to all-inclusives in the Caribbean!).

Of course, leaves have just barely started to change here, so had to go abstract! Hope you don't hate it too much.

I plan a couple of posts here soon - mostly background/history type posts, because I apparently can't find anything inspiring to discuss that is present or future! Oh, and a way over due Leda update. Check back by end of weekend! Should be lots of reading for ya then!

Happy Fall!

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