Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Emma is 22 months old!

Today Emma is 22 months old! She is still learning new words every day, and exploring her world in new ways. She loves to pull out the chairs at the kitchen table and climb up in them. At first I tried to tell her no and keep her off the chairs, but it was a losing battle. So now I can’t leave anything on the table or she will get it. Also, she can reach pretty far onto the kitchen counters and pull stuff off, so I have to keep things away from the edge.

Emma knows the Longhorn sign is Bevo and she tries to do the Hook 'em sign with her fingers. She will say "hand, help", meaning for us to help her make the sign with her hand. She can't hold it but she is trying. She also loves to color and finger paint. She still loves Elmo but Barney is becoming a favorite too.

Some of Emma’s new words are “play”, “happy”, “sit”, “kite”, “bite” and “pap-paw”. She has started to call Grandpa Smith “pap-paw”, or possibly “paw-paw”, sometimes it’s a little hard to understand her. She still calls her grandmothers “mom”. I’m interested to see what she calls Granddad Mangrum the next time she sees him.

Emma has an unusual but still cute habit that I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned here before. She has been doing this for at least the last 3-4 months, if not longer. When we mention the name of someone she knows (but not ourselves) she will make a fist and knock on her head. Yes, she knocks on her head just like she will knock on a door. She knocks herself pretty hard too, we tell her not too but she always does it. If I tell her that her grandparents are coming to visit, she knocks on her head. If I ask her if she wants to play with her friends Lauren and Emily, she knocks on her head. After she knocks, then she’ll get excited and scream or laugh, or make another appropriately happy sound. I hope one day she can tell us just exactly what the knocking of her head means.

If I'm eating something and she wants some, she asks for a "bite". She will ask for a "bite" of banana, instead of wanting to hold the whole thing.

Halloween is in a few days and I will posts pictures of Emma in her costume. I’ll try to post a sneak peak before Saturday. Until then enjoy these short videos of Emma riding the choo choo train at the Elgin Pumpkin festival on Oct. 18. In the 2nd video if you hear a baby crying, that is not Emma. At the end of the 3rd video, you can see Emma sign "more" with her hands.


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Friday, October 23, 2009

Daddy's turn for bath tonight!

So nice!

Mommy this is really moisturizing, you should try it!

I need more?

More on the cheeks, got it!

Not the face!

What's that you say mommy, more paint on the face?

Getting a little dirty!

Finger painting fun!!

Napping in the swing

Notice the little hand still holding onto the chaulk tightly.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Why I Love Barney

This is a story about how I came to love Barney. This is the kid's TV show about the purple dinosaur. I decided to let Emma watch Barney because we were getting very bored of the same old Sesame Street episodes that are currently being aired. Barney sings songs and talks about manners, among other things, and since the first time she saw it she has been interested. Just this week Emma has gotten very excited when Barney comes on the TV. She screams his name, something that sounds like "Bompy" or "Boppy" and runs up to the TV. She jumps, dances and is just so excited. Well today we watched Barney and she screamed and yelled his name again. Then later in the show, at the end, they sing the "I love you, You love me" song. Emma knows this song and loves it. Today when they got to the line "with a great big hug from me to you", she put out her arms to me, and when I picked her up she gave me the biggest and strongest hug she's ever given me! I started to cry it was so sweet! So that's why I like Barney.

--Ronda

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Sleepy little longhorn.

On our way to watch the UT-ou game Emma fell asleep. Probably because
she woke up at 6:00am! And yes that is one of her pigtails sticking
up. I'll try to get a better picture of that for later.

Hugs for kitty

Balloon kitty

We went to Serranos for dinner and Emma got a pink ballon kitty. She
loves it so much.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Toddler Fashionista

Mini-skirt with tutu overlay, brown boots and oversized sun hat.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Emma walking up to her school

Check out her new adorable brown boots!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Surprise!

Today Emma surprised us with new words and phrases. While she was napping I cleaned off her Little Tikes table outside and brought it in. After she woke up I went upstairs to get her. As we were coming downstairs I told her that I had a surprise for her downstairs. She looked at me and said "surprise!" and threw her arms open. I'm not sure where she learned to say surprise but she knows it! She was very happy to see her table back in the house.

She can also now ask to nurse very clearly, not just by signing. She will say "I want nurse!" But she is ok when I explain that we only nurse at naptime and bedtime. Tonight during our bedtime routine, I was about to put her in her bed when she said "I want to rock". So we rocked in the rocking chair for a bit longer.

Her upper canines are finally through the gum but they are still hurting her. She has not been eating well at all over the last few weeks. She is even refusing her favorites like pasta, mac-n-cheese, bananas and eggs. She hardly ever eats her lunch at her Kid's Day Out school, but I think that's because she's distracted by everyone else's food. We are trying peanut butter now, and she seems to like it. But she didn't eat her peanut butter and jelly sandwich I made her today for school.

Emma also loves to say "Ahh-choo!" Yesterday she was eating goldfish crackers, and then she started playing with them. She took one in each hand, and held them over her head. Then she yelled "Ahh-choo" and threw the goldfish onto the table. She did this over and over until I asked her to eat her snack. I think she was pretending to sneeze goldfish out of her nose. Whenever I sneeze she always asks me if I'm alright and checks to see if I need a Kleenex.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009