Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Gymnastics Class

Hi Doodle Bopper!

You have lots of fun at gymnastics class.  Here are a few photos…

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I love you cute baby girl!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sure! / Sit On My Back Cameron / I Liiiike It

Hi Cute Girl!

Eating Lettuce

You Mommy and I went out to supper tonight at Pizza Delight. You had chicken nuggets and fries. When you were done, you leaned over to my plate and grabbed a chunk of lettuce from my Caesar salad. We were surprised to see you eat lettuce. You kept grabbing lettuce and croutons, putting them in your mouth and standing up with a smile on your face and saying “yummmmm gooood”.



You kept standing up on the booth seat during supper. At one point, we told you that you have to sit down on your bum… you said “Ohhh sure mommy”. You’ve been saying “sure” lately. When we ask you if you want something, you say “yaaaaah sure” or “okkaay sure”.

Get On My Back Cameron

This evening, Cameron put you on his back and did some pushups. When you got down, you got in a pushup position and said “Get on my back Cameron”. He then pretended to sit on your back.


Taking Your Puffer

You’ve had a cough and a cold for a couple weeks now. Your cough got worse last week so we took you to the doctor. They prescribed a puffer for you. We’ve been giving it to you for a few days now. You used to had when we put the mask over your face, but now you do so great. You take deep breaths just like you’re supposed to.

But you still don’t like it sometimes. On the weekend a couple times, you fought us and said “no pupper”. Tonight after we layed down in bed, I asked you if you wanted to take your puffer.. and you said no. Then I said it would make you feel better.. and you softly asked “make my cough better?” … and I said yeah … then you said you wanted to take it. I gave you two puffs from each of your two puffers. You took great deep breaths … you did so great.

Helping Daddy Work – Iiiiii Liiiiiike It

This evening, I was installing some doorway thresholds … one in the bathroom and one at the deck door. When you realize I’m working, you often want to come and help. Tonight you came over and said “I help you Daddy” … and I said OK … you asked what I was doing and looked at the tools and equipment I had … a big smile came over your face and you said “Iiiiiiii liiiiike it”. You’re so funny. You helped me hold the drill while I drove some screws and drilled some holes. Other times when I’ve been working and you’d come to watch and help, you’ve said “great job Daddy!”.

You’re such a silly girl and I love you sooooo much!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Few Updates

Hi Little Girl!

I Can’t Lift Mine

On the way home this evening in the van, I had my hand on the armrest attached to my seat. I was fidgeting with it and moving it up and down. I then heard you grunting behind me. I looked back and you had your hand on the armrest of your car seat (which actually looks kinda like the arm rests on our seats)… and you were trying to lift it up like me. You were saying “uhhhhgghhh .. urrrrrrr … I can’t lift mine”.


A little while later, you were saying “akkkkseattts … akkkksseattts ?” I was wondering what you were saying. I asked you what a couple times, and you repeated what you were saying a couple times. I realized that you were asking “where are the backseats?” I had the two back seats beside you stowed in the floor. You were wondering where the seats were. I pointed to the floor and said, they’re in there. You then said “Ohhh, I’ll look for it”.

Emma’s Art

Today at work, I printed off scanned copies of the art you made back around December… the ones you did with your markers. I really like them. I have them up on my wall, beside the photo of you that was taken the day we got yours and Jenna’s photos done at Sears. Every time I look at your picture, I smile. Today, seeing your smiling picture reminded me of yesterday when you and Jenna were eating pizza in the living room … I was taking pictures of you and you stood up and said “cheeeeeeeeeese!!!” with a big smile on your face. Jenna joined in too and we were all saying “cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese!!”

Toy Room

When I picked you up at Nikki’s today, she said you kept telling her something today but she didn’t know what it was… you were saying you have something. She was trying to get you to tell me, and finally you softly said something … you were saying “I have a toy room”. The new house that we’re moving into has a separate dining room beside the kitchen that we’re planning to make a toy / arts and crafts room for you. I think we’ve told you about it… and you’re obviously pretty excited about it because you keep talking about it.

I love you little girl!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Fun At Jenna’s Birthday Party

Hi Baby Girl!

We went to Jenna’s birthday party today. You and Jenna had a so much fun playing.

For a long while, you both were hanging out the living room window, being silly and yelling.  You silly girls had a blast.


You cute girls took a break from eating pizza long enough to pose and say cheeeeezzzzze.


Yaaaaaaay!  Hula hoops!


I love you cute silly girl!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Little Devil

Hi Little Devil!

Little Devil

Last night, you found a set of Halloween devil horns.  You asked what they are so I told you that they were horns, like a cows. You were happy to put them on.  You sure do look like a little devil.


We were sitting in the living room this morning.  Devon was playing his Nintendo DS game, and it became loud. It got your attention, so you went over to him and asked “what are you doing? …. You doinnnn your home-wook?” Then you guys chatted back and forth for a while.

I Liiiiike It

You’ve been saying “Iiiiiiiiii Liiiiiiiiiiike it” and “Iiiiiiiii Looooooove it” lately. It’s pretty cute and funny.

Guess What Daddy

Tonight while I was laying in bed with you, you looked at me with a smile and said “Hey … guess what …. Daddy?”. I replied with a what, and then you said something but I’m not sure what it was … I think it was something about having a toy room in our new house… which is true … you will have a toy room in our new house. You asked me “guess what” a couple more times …. One other time you replied something about going to Jenna’s party tomorrow.

I said to you “Hey … guess what Emma?” When you replied “what”, I said “I love you” …. You smiled, then leaned over and kissed me on the lips.

Later, when you were up coughing, I was carrying you … I said “Hey … guess what Emma?” When you replied “what”, I said “I love you” …. You smiled, and pushed your cheek up against my lips for a kiss.

I love you little girl!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

First Gymnastics Class

Hi Sweet Baby!

You went to your very first gymnastics class today with Mommy and Nana.  You had lot of fun playing.  Here are a few photos of you having a great time.

I love you baby girl!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Helping Daddy and Lots Of Talking

Hi Cute Baby Girl!

Helping Daddy
I was working on installing the last laminate floor in our house yesterday. I finished it up this evening. You enjoyed helping me out … you love working with your Daddy. You did a bit of hammering with my rubber hammer … you sanded a piece of baseboard.


I put all my nails in a plastic cup. While I was putting the baseboard back on, you took the cup and dumped the nails on the floor, then cleaned them up… saying “I clean up”. You dumped them a couple more times and picked them up again.

Cup Holder
This evening, when I picked you up, you were looking for the cup holder on your car seat. The car seat in the van has a cup holder, but there isn’t one in the car. You something like “I cannt find my cuppp hoder”.

That’s My Spot, That’s Mommy’s Car
Brenna was with us in the front seat. You pointed at her seat and said, that’s Brenna’s spot…. You pointed at yourself and said that’s my spot. You pointed at the car door and said “that’s my car” … I poked my chest and said “that’s my car” … you argued with me and said “that’s mommy’s car”.

I Don’t See Him Either
We stopped on the way home at Cameron’s school to pick him up. He wasn’t waiting for us when we got there. You said “I doont see him”. I said I don’t see him … and you replied “I don’t see him either”.
There was a bag or piece of litter on the school steps quite a distance away… about 50 m or so, so it was barely noticeable. It was moving around a bit in the wind. You said “a leaf!! … there’s a leaf on the stairs”.
When Cameron came outside, I said I see him, and you followed by saying “I see him tooo”.

I’m In Your Spot
You grabbed Ernie and your blanket and went in to bed. I covered you up and went to the kitchen to put some more milk in your cup. As I was approaching your bedroom, I heard you laugh. When I peeked in, you were laying on the side of the bed that I lay on, smiled at me and said “I’m in your spot Daddy”.

I Love My Puppy
You sure do love your puppy Jaxon. When he’s not around, you say “where’s my puppy???” Tonight you were saying “I love my puppy”. Earlier in the evening, you wanted to give Jax a treat. You said to him “here Jax … sit down Jax”.

Talking So Much
Again… this is another update saying how amazed we are at how much you can talk. You put sentences together and can say almost anything.

Last week when Mommy picked you up at Nikki’s, you said “Ohhh … Mommy, my yangie is in Nikki’s house … you haffa go get it” Mommy then said “what do you say” .. and you replied “please mommy”.
It’s just so amazing how smart you are.

You are getting so good with counting. Most times you start at five and count to ten. At a furniture store on the weekend, you were counting the steps as you climbed them … you said “five … six … seven … eight … nine … ten”

Singing & Playing With Devon
Devon played with you for a while in your bedroom. He was playing your drum and you were playing with your toy guitar. You were turning in circles and singing loudly. You weren’t really saying any words … just yelling “La La La ….. La La La”. I took a video.
Part way through the video, you bow, with the guitar hanging off your neck and say a quiet “thank you”.

Emma Devon Singing

I love you baby!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Furniture Shopping–Silly Girl

Hi Cute Baby!

Today, we decided to go out shopping. You love shopping. When we ask you if you want to go shopping, you reply with a very excited “Okaaayyy!!!” We had breakfast at McDonalds, and you played in the play room for awhile.
Not so long ago, you couldn’t climb up above the first level in the play place, but you did today. You were pretty proud of yourself. You couldn’t quite climb up to the third level.


We went to a baby flea market at the Confederation Centre….. it was a flea market for baby toys and clothes. You had a great time. Mommy did lots of shopping. I spent my time chasing you. You kept running to the boxes of toys on the floor in front of display tables and had a great time rummaging through the boxes and playing with the toys.


Next we went to a furniture store to look for a new couch. You had a good time climbing the stairs, running around, climbing up on beds, sitting on couches, etc. You had fun with a Dora loft bed set. There was a stair case at one end so you could climb right up into the bed. There was a play table and chairs under the loft bed. A tent that surrounded the play table made it a pretty cool tent. You had fun with it.
Later we went to Sears to see what they had for couches. I put you in a crib to see what you thought of it. You didn’t mind it.
After that, you climbed into a toddler bed. You snuggled in, and I covered you up. Silly Emma.


I love you cute baby!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Playing Guitar & Other Cute Updates

Hi Cute Baby!

I’m just so amazed by you every day little baby. You are so amazingly smart. Your understanding of what we say just grows every day. You understand everything. You can repeat almost everything. Now you are talking to us … you’re putting together sentences with words that we didn’t even know that you knew. You are so smart and amazing.

Boots First
When I picked you up at Nikki’s this evening, you ran to greet me at the door with a huge smile on your face…. And you jumped into my arms, put your thumb in your mouth and layed your head on my shoulder. You’re so cute. When I started to get you dressed, I tried to put your jacket on … you sternly said “boots first”, so I put your boots on. Lately, you don’t want to sit down to get your boots on… you hold on to me and lift your legs one at a time.

So after your boots I went to put your jacket on, and you sternly said “hat first” … so I took your hat out of the arm of your jacket and put it on first… then I put your jacket on.

Oh yeah, you wouldn’t let me put your hat on. You pulled it away from me and said “Nooo! .. I do aaaw by mysefff”. You put it on, but you put it on backwards. I kept telling you, but you kept disagreeing with me. You kept saying “noo … it not backwards”. Here’s a cute photo of you in your hat just before I took you out of the car at home. You’re so beautiful!

Hat In Jacket Sleeve
It didn’t happen today, but many times when I tried to put your jacket on, you’d realize that your hat was stuffed in your sleeve. You’d take your arm out, giggle and tell me that your hat was in your sleeve. I then take your hat out of your sleeve and put your jacket on.

Guess Who
Before we left Nikki’s I asked you, “who are we picking up on the way home” … you looked at me with a smile on your face … it was obvious that you were thinking about it … and you said “mommmeee?” I said “no… guess again” … you smiled and thought about it again and said “Cammen?” … and I said “yeaaaaaaah”.

I See Him …. I Don’t See Him
When we pulled into the school parking lot to pick up Cameron, you said “I see him” … I replied “I don’t see him” because he wasn’t there. You said that you saw him a couple times, then started saying “I dooont see him”.

You Found My Babbaaa
After I put you in your car seat at Nikki’s, you were looking for your babbaa. I picked it up .. I think it was sitting on your lap. You said with excitement, holding your babbaa up … “you found my babbaaa!”

It’s Slippy
Lately when we walk out of Nikki’s house, you make some comment on the weather outside. Tonight, you said “its icy”. The other day you said “its slippy”. Other things you said have been “its snowing”, “its cold”, “its windy”.

Tooo Loud
Any time I turn the radio up too loud in the car, you growl at me “toooo louuud” …. “tooo louuud daddeeee”. I guess you don’t like the radio being loud, because you immediately complain any time I turn the radio up too loud.

You’re so funny. Quite often when I ask you something like “are you ready for bed?”, you reply with a quick and cute “noo-ope”. Sometimes you elaborate by saying “noo-ope … I not ready for bed”. I think it’s pretty cute.

Another cute response is when you actually want to do something. You respond to our question with a cute “Oooh-Kayy”. It’s pretty cute.

Playing Guitar
I picked up my guitar to strum a bit this evening … you were laying quietly on your bed watching TV. After a couple minutes, I saw your bright eyes peaking up over the coffee table at me. You climbed to your feet and came over to see me. You gently strummed the strings with your fingers. You then sat down beside me and strummed with me. One other thing you do sometimes is reach out and put your fingers on the frets and say “I put my fingers here”

After we played together for a while, you decided to get your own toy guitar. You said something like “ I get my gggtar”. You got it from your bedroom, hung it around your neck and then pressed the musical fret buttons.

Eating Over Mommy
Last night, we gave you a cookie while you were sitting on the couch next to Mommy. You started leaning over her while you ate. She kept telling you not to eat over her because you were getting crumbs on her. So then it became a big game … Mommy was laughing .. you were smiling and giggling and spitefully leaning over her to get more laughs. Here’s a picture of you. Silly girl.

You’ve said “perfect” couple times lately when you do something. You say “there …. Purr-pett”. You’re so smart … and oh so silly.

I love you beautiful baby!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Ernie & Walking Around Walmart

Hi Silly Baby
We went toWalmart to get a few things this evening. You wanted to walk, so I let you. It was hard to keep you moving because you were so distracted by all the stuff on the shelves. You walked over to the Easter candy shelves and said “woooowwww” and “oooooooooh”, grabbed a bag of chocolate eggs and said “mmmm…. Choccc-letttt”. Each time we got you away from something, you’d find something else on another shelf. Chocolate is your favourite, but you like chips and other stuff too …. You were walking by some chips on the end of an aisle and said “ooohhh chipps”. After we got you moving, you did OK.
When we heading for the checkout, I was carrying you. As we walked past the end of an aisle, you said “Errrnieeee!” Since it was a candy aisle, I stopped and backed up to see what you were talking about. On a shelf at about the height of my elbow, I saw the top of a black fuzzy head. It was an Ernie teddy laying on top of some candy. I was so amazed that you saw him at all, and really amazed that you knew it was Ernie. All you could see was the hair on the top of his head and you only would have been able to see that for a quick second as we walked by. I got him for you and you grabbed on to him and wouldn’t let go … so we bought him for you. You wouldn’t let him go. You even cried a devastated cry when I took him away from you for a second so that the cashier could scan the price tag.
I love you little baby!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

First Swimming Lessons Done

Hi Cute Baby!

First Swimming Lessons Done

Today was your last day of swimming lessons. You have fun as always. You never did pay attention to the class much. You preferred to run around in the pool and do whatever you decided you wanted to do.

Here is your ribbon and report card. You did an awesome job.


Today was actually a special day at swimming lessons. We got to go down the waterslide. You and I went down together twice. You were pretty excited and had a lot of fun. You weren’t one bit scared … even when we were sitting at the top waiting to go down …. Even on your second time down …. Even when we were flying down the slide … you had fun.

Luv u baby!


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Turn Datt Down / Kiss Daddy Better

Hi Cute Baby Girl!

Love Pretzels
When I picked you up today, Nikki said that today she brought out a bag of pretzels and didn’t think you or any of the other kids would know what they were. You then said “Ooo I just love pretzels”.

Turn Datt Down
When I put you in the car and started the car this evening, the radio came on. Right away you said “eeeee turn datt down”. Other days when the radio is too loud, you’ve said “toooo loud daddy ... tooo loud”.

I Love My Puppy
On the way home, I was saying “I love my Emma” trying to get you to say “I love my daddy”, but instead, you said “I love myyyy .... puppy”.

I Love Fish & Fries
When we got home, Brenna asked what we were having for supper... I told her fish and fries. From the kitchen, I heard you saying “I love fish and fries”.

Kiss Daddy Better
Tonight while we were sitting on the couch, you were looking at a scrape on my hand. You were pointing at it and touching it lightly and saying “huuurt?” You looked up at me with your head kinda sideways and with a really cute look on your face and said “I kiss it better?”. You then held on to my fingers with both your hands and then kissed my hand and said “muu-aaah”, and then said “there, aaawww better”.

I love you sweet baby girl!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Bunch Of Updates

Hi Cute Baby!

You’re a pretty amazing baby. Some days it seems like you are advancing in leaps and bounds. Like today, we were in awe watching you. It just seems some days that you are talking so much more, using some much more expression, using so much more body language. I took a bunch of videos of you.

Pointing at Dinosaurs
While we were playing in your bedroom, you stood up and started touching and pointing at the stickers on your wall. You were pointing at the larger dinosaurs and saying “mommy dinosaur” and were pointing at the smaller ones and saying “baby dinosaur”. You were also pointing at the sheep and saying “sheep in its bed”.... and pointed at the clouds and said “clouds”.

Making a Fire
Usually when I light a fire in the fire place, you say “aaa making a fire?” Tonight you also said “wowww” and “a bootifull fire”.

Sit Down Cameron
This evening, you wanted Cameron to colour with you. You were saying something like “a colour aaa mee Cameron”. Then you told him to “sit down” at your little plastic picnic table to colour with you. When he sat down, you said “turn around”. Then the two of you coloured on some paper.

You Do Want To Colour Cameron
After Cameron coloured with you for a while, he decided to get up. You told him to sit down and colour, and he said he didn’t want to colour. You kept assertively telling him “youuu do wann colour”. You both argued back and forth for a while.

Emma & Cameron Colouring

Acting Crazy & Dancing
A couple times tonight and lately, you were talking in strange growly voices and stomping around and swinging your arms.

Emma Dancing

Drawing On Patio Door
Tonight at supper time, you were drawing in the steam on the patio door. You were doing lots of scribbling with your finger. While you were scribbling you were saying “aaa what I making” ... so I asked you what you were making, you said you were making a lion.

Potty Dance
While standing up on the kitchen chair, you noticed Mommy’s belly and started saying your baby was kicking. After some funny exchanges between you and Mommy, you started twisting your body and arms and dancing. You said you were doing the potty dance. The potty dance is one of the latest commercials for Huggies pull-up diapers. You probably have seen it on TV.

Emma Potty Dance 2

Getting So Smart Reading Books
You are getting so smart. You kinda know the names of some of your books. You can point out pictures in some books and you know what they are. Tonight you wanted me to read your “I Was So Mad” book. I read it to you a lot. You really amazed me with the things you knew in the book. Firstly, I asked you what the book was and you said “SOOO MAD”. You normally can point out pictures and repeat what we’ve said about them before, but tonight you almost read the words on a couple pages. On the frogs in bathtub page, you said a couple broken sentences about frogs in bathtub ... and mom wouldn’t let me .... I so mad. That is pretty much what the story says on the page. I was amazed. You also said some similar broken sentences about wanting to play in the clean sheets ... grandma wouldn’t let me ... I was so mad”. You were also pointing at the words on other pages and asking “whhhattt datt mean?” So you are now recognizing words and know that they mean something.

Caarrry Monstorrr
At the end of your book, you pointed at one of the characters and started saying in a growly voice “caaarrry monstorrrr .... aaarrrrrghhhhhh”. You said it a few times while making strange faces. You funny little girl.

I’m In Your Spot
Tonight in your bed, you moved to the side I usually lay on and said “I’m in your spot” with a smile on your face. Then you kept telling me to “layyyy dowwnn”. So I layed down on your side of the bed and said haha, I’m in your spot. You thought that was pretty funny and wanted to get your spot back.

I in your spot

Cuuuse Me Sorry
You are so polite. If you want to get by someone, or the puppy, you often say “cuuuse me”. Its pretty cute. You also say “sorry” a lot if you run into someone or step on someone. This evening, you said sorry to your “my little pony” doll because you stepped on her while climbing out of bed.

Any time I ask you if you are tired around bedtime, you reply by saying “noppppe .... I OK”. You also say “I OK” if I think you got hurt and ask if you got hurt.

Tickling Daddy
While we were reading in your bed, you randomly started tickling my neck with your two hands. So I tickled you back ... then you tickled me back ... and I tickled you back . We had fun with that for a short while.

Knocking On The Wall
After we finished reading in your bed, you sat up, knocked on your wall and said “aaanbody home?”. You’re such a silly Emma.

I love you baby girl!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Sitting To Get Boots On / Drawing On Window / Cranky & Mommy’s Girl In Morning

Hi Cute Baby!

Sitting Down To Get Boots On
Nikki has a little side table near her front door. Every day when we pick you up, you sit down on the lower shelf while we put your boots on. Here’s a picture you with one boot on, and playing with someone’s gloves.


Drawing On Window
This evening on the way home, you were drawing on the fogged window beside you with your finger. It was the first time you ever did it. It was pretty cute.

writing window

Cranky In The Morning
You are pretty cranky in the mornings ... most mornings, you don’t want to get up. A few days ago I decided to take a video of you. You had your face buried and were sucking your thumb. You would just grunt any time I said something to you. Several times you grunted “liggghht offf”.

Mommy’s Girl In Morning
You sure are Mommy’s girl in the morning. You are still cranky and grumbly, but at least you like to snuggle with her. When you’re awake and in our bed, if I try to get close to you, you give me the elbow... that means that while you’re sucking your thumb, you grunt and push me away with your elbow.

I love you little baby!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Glitter Hands / Sooky / Bratty Brat

Hi Cute Baby!

Glitter Hands
Tonight we were playing around ... I was tracing your hands on the paper in one of your art notebooks. You tried to trace my hands too. I also traced your feet. I found a glue stick and some gold glitter and got an idea. I painted your hands with the glue and pressed them onto the paper ... then sprinkled the glitter on the paper. It turned out really nice. Here’s a picture of it.


You had fun playing your drum tonight.

Our Little Angel ... Or Devil?

Most often, I only write about all the cute and wonderful things that you do. You sure can be a sook and a brat too. You can be really cute and sweet, but you can also be a sook and a brat ... and its often spiteful ... and its obvious that you are proud of yourself for it.

Such a Sook

This evening, you were playing with your toy laptop. You started making too much noise by loudly rubbing the mouse on the keyboard. We asked you several times to play more quietly but you didn’t listen.... so we took it away from you and said you could play with it in your bedroom instead of right beside us in the living room. You screamed and cried and ran towards your bedroom sobbing... you threw yourself down on the floor in the hallway, layed face down and buried your face in your hands.

I picked you up, snuggled you and took you into your room. I put you down on your bed with your laptop and tried to get you to play with it. You layed face down on your bed, buried your face in your hands and cried. It was a pretty fake-sounding cry. Silly girl. I eventually got you to come down on the floor and play with cars with me.

Such a Bratty Brat

You sure can be a spiteful and intentional brat. You sometimes stand up on your chair and look at us with a big grin on your face... sometimes you yelp a “look at me ... I’m so bad ... I’m so proud of myself” spiteful laugh. Here’s a photo of you right after you stood up on the chair.

While you were standing, we asked... “are you supposed to be standing up on the chair” and you’d reply with a spiteful and quick “nooope”.

So we asked you nicely numerous times to sit down on your bum. To comply, instead of sitting your bum on the chair, you sat down on the table with your feet on the chair. You had a big grin on your face because you knew you were doing what I asked you to do but not doing what I wanted you to do. You big smartie pants! Here’s a picture of you sitting on the table you silly bratty girl.

Hahaha - I Got It

Sometimes we can hear you saying “hahaha - I - got - ittt”. I think a couple times you may have said it after you took something, but most of the times you’ve said it, we could just hear you off in your room or at a distance saying it ... and we’re not really sure what you’re talking about. Its pretty cute anyway.

Haha - I’m In Your Spot

This evening while you were sitting on the couch between Mommy and I ... I leaned and shuffled forward for something .... and you dove head first behind me and said “haha - I’m in your spot”. You silly little girl.

I love you silly Emma!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Painting a Picture

Hi Little Artist

Today, you wanted to do some painting, so I took out the paints and canvas. I put a clean canvas on the easel for you. You did a really great job painting. I think at one point when I asked you what you were making, you said you were making a baby. Haha... maybe you were painting a picture of your little brother... or sister. Here's a picture of your painting.

After you were done of that one, I took out the painting that you worked on back in January. Back in January, I let you paint that canvas too long. You brushed it so much that your painting turned into a big brown blob. You did a great job adding some colour to it today. Here's a picture of your painting.

You were pretty proud of yourself. Here you are showing your work to Mommy. You were saying “loook mommy.... Look what I made”.

I love you cute baby!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Singing, Playing Music & Blues Clues

Hi Baby Emma!

Singing and Playing Music

You’re so cute. You sing and play music a lot. Sometimes when you are playing quietly, we can hear you humming and singing. Today you were playing your drum too. A while ago, I heard you singing and realized that you were saying “we are looking for blues clues, we are looking for blues clues”. You are so funny. I haven’t even see you watching the Blues Clues show. You must watch it at Nikki’s.

Blues Clues

Speaking of blues clues, today, you and Mommy were looking at puppies on a website. An advertisement on that page had a blue puppy paw print on it. You pointed at it and said “a clue, a clue”. Later when we were in your bedroom, you pointed at the mat on your floor and said “a clue, a clue, a clue”. There is a blue puppy paw print in two of the corners of the mat.

Playing the Kazoo

Today you were playing with a kazoo. You walk all over the house humming through it. You were playing the ABC song and Twinkle Twinkle. I took some videos.

I love you little cutie!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Bunch of Updates

Hi Baby Girl!

You are such an amazing little girl. You fill us with such joy. You are so happy and full of spark and joy. I just adore you. I lay down with you in your bed every night until you go to sleep. When I go to bed, I check on you and cover you up with all your blankets. Last night I leaned over and watched you for a few minutes as you slept. You looked like such a beautiful angel sleeping. You used to get up around 5 or 6 am and come trotting into our room. I'd scoop you up and put you in bed between Mommy and I. You snuggle in and go back to sleep. You haven't been coming in much lately. You're pretty tired in the mornings and its hard to get you up so early. You can be grumpy and cranky and its hard to get you up and dressed.

Counting, Colours, Etc

You are counting pretty well now. You still say feee fooor feee fooor sometimes when you are counting. The other night you said something like "one, twooo, feee, fooor, feeee, foooor, seven, eight, nine". You point to pictures and say "two" or "three" somethings if there are two or three things in the picture. You mostly know your colours. You point to things and say the correct colour. You don't always get it right. Last night in your bedroom, you pointed at the yellow wall and said "yellow", then pointed to the blue wall and said "blue". You also pointed to the dinosaur decals and said "blue diiiaaasooor". It was funny, you also pointed to the yellow wall and said "Daddeee's wall" and then pointed to the blue wall and said "myyy wall".

My Van

You and I have been playing a silly game while we drive. You always point out to things with excitement and say what they are… like truck, car, etc. I think one day you were pointing at our van and asking "daddy's van … or my van" or something like that. So the game was, I'd smile and look at you and poke my finger a few times at my chest and say "that's my van" … you'd light up with a smile and do the same thing, poking yourself in the chest and saying "that's - myyy - vannnn". We do that back and forth and have a good laugh over it.

Your Yangeee and New Blankeys

You still love your pink Dora blankey, although its in pretty rough shape since you sleep with it and take it everywhere with you. We bought you a new one exactly the same. You still love your old one, but like the new one too. You also like a pink and purple one that your uncle Billy gave you for Christmas. Last night you were asking for it in bed. You said "that's --- the --- blankey --- billy -- gave --- me".

Talking So Much

You are talking so much now. You now can repeat everything we say… sometimes you struggle with the bigger new words, but you can still repeat them in such a way that we can understand what you are saying. You talk all the time. You are also getting so animated in your body language. You can be bold sometimes when you want something or what us to read you a book … you will say a demanding "Aaa - Reead - Itt", or will say something in a demanding voice when you want something to eat. We just tell you to ask nice, and you will ask in a sweet voice, and say "pleeeaaaaase" in a cute way. You're always repeating what we say or asking us questions in a cute voice. I love when you ask questions. Its always in a cute inquisitive voice and you voice goes higher at the end of what you are asking, with a cute questioning intonation.

You are so polite, always saying "theek you", "theek you daddeee" and "theek you mommy" or sometimes you say it like "seeeek you".

You also so "no theek you" when you don't want something that we offer to you. So cute!

Its pretty amazing because you are so sincere. You seem to know what "thank you" means, and you mean it when you say it.

You also say bless you when someone sneezes. I'm not sure exactly how you say it, but its something like "bessss uuuu". You have even said it when Mommy sneezes when shes in another room.

I have to start taking more videos of you talking so we can look someday. Its always hard to describe how you talk in writing. Its also hard to capture your cute talking on video too. It works best when I can keep the camera hidden when I'm recording you.

Playfully Bad

You can be spitefully and playfully bad. If I lift you to the sink and wash your hands, you run away when I try to dry your hands. You run away laughing and squealing. Its hard to get you to sit down in your chair at the kitchen table. You'll stand up and look at us with a smug grin. You sit back down when we tell you to. Its so funny to watch you… so proud of yourself. When you stand up on something, I sometimes ask you if you are supposed to be standing up… you smirk and slowly shake you heard "no".

Excited on the Phone

Today, you are at Nana and Grumpy's, and you were on Wednesday too. I was just talking to Mommy on the phone and you wanted to talk to me. You came on the phone saying "Dadddeee Dadddeee Dadddeee …. Daddeee Daddee!" Its pretty cute. I talked to you the other day too and you said the same thing but were also saying "My Daddee … My Daddeee!" After you said all that, you were pretty quiet. That's your usual… once you get on the phone with Grammie or Jenna or someone, you just listen quietly.

Excited to See Daddeee

Its so cute when I pick you up at Nikki's. You are sometimes waiting for me right behind the door. Other times when you see me, you come running with your arms out… you jump into my arms, hug me and say "Daddeee Dadddeee Dadddeeee Daddeee Dadddeee!".

Nikki Do That

Nikki often puts your hair in cute piggy tails. When we talk about your piggys, you say "Nikki Do That".

I Love My Daddy & Mommy

You now say that you love Mommy and Daddy. I say to you "I love my Emma" and you then say "I love my Daddeee".

Brother or Sister

I've asked you a number of times if Mommy's new baby is going to be a sister or a brother. You've guessed both, but you've said brother more times as a guess. We'll have to wait and see.

I love you little baby!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Haaff-faaa Work - Helping Daddy

Hi Cute Little Baby!

You are so darn cute. You are talking so much and you are so much fun. When you want to be sweet, you are so darn sweet. I was working on installing a laminate floor on the weekend and finishing up tonight. You were so interested in coming in to help me yesterday and last night. I was using tape to tape down the foam underlay. You kept coming in and asking "where's the tape". I'd rip off a piece and put it in position and you would tap it down in place.

You were also helping me to push some of the laminate flooring pieces in place.

You liked playing with my rubber mallet too.

You were quite interested my pencil after you seen me marking a piece of flooring so I could cut it. You took my pencil and wouldn’t give it back. Finally Mommy got you your own pencil. You played with it for a while and made a scribbling mess on a few pieces of the floor.

You kept coming in and saying "I hafffta work". Any time that Mommy came in and tried to get you to come to the living room to hang out with her you'd sternly tell her "I haaff-fffaaaa work". You're so darn cute.

Every time I went to the garage to garage to cut a piece of flooring, you'd ask "aaahh goooinnng to cut something?"

You spent Saturday with Nana and Grumpy. When you got home, you walked down and went into our bedroom. You stopped and had a surprised look on your face and said "whhhooooa". Then you said "Wow……. Wow". I think you also said something like "niiiiaaaace" and "prettttty". I took you to your bedroom and said, our floor is like Emma's, while I was tapping your floor with my foot. I put the same flooring down in your room several weeks ago. You then repeated a few times after me while tapping your foot on your floor "yeahhhhh, like my floor".

I love you sweetie!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tubes in your Ears!!

Hi Baby Bopper Boo!

Mama hasn't written on your blog in a very, very long time!  Daddy kind of took over this responsibility while Mommy takes care of posting pictures on facebook.  (I must admit that Daddy does a better job than Mommy!)

I just NEEDED to write and tell you all about your day today....because you had SURGERY today!  Holy cow!

You've been getting icky yicky ear infections for months and months and months, since you were a really little baby.  You saw Dr. Fong, the Ear, Nose and Throat specialist on January 12 and he decided that you needed to have a little operation in order to put tubes in your that the icky yicky ear infections leave you alone! 

Most kids have to wait months to have this surgery but, because you have had soooo many icky yicky infections, Dr. Fong said that you needed yours really fast, and he put you on his cancellation list.  Well, last night we unexpectedly got a phone call from the hospital and they said that the doctor could do your surgery today!  Mommy and Daddy both took the day off work so that we could take care of you today.

Sooo, here's how your day went:

First, Mommy had to take Devon to an appointment early this morning, but you didn't have to be at the hospital until I left you and Daddy in bed while I went to Devon's appointment.  Because of the surgery, you  weren't allowed to have anything to eat or drink before going to the hospital, so we wanted you to sleep as long as you could so you wouldn't be too hungry for too long.

When you woke up, Daddy got you ready and drove you to town and we all met up and went to the hospital.  Daddy dropped us off at the door and parked the van while we went to the admitting department.  You were such a big girl right from the start.  You walked into the hospital, holding mommy's hand and took a number all by yourself at admitting.  Then, when our number was called, you climbed up on the chair and waited for mommy to get you registered.

Next, Daddy and I walked you down do the day surgery area.  You were so happy and excited to be visiting a new place, it didn't even occur to you to be nervous of why we were there.  After getting you all checked in and taking your temperature, one of the nice nurses asked us to change you into some stripey jammies (a johnny shirt) but you weren't very enthusiastic...  You wore your comfy owl jammies to the hospital and you really wanted to leave them on!  The nurse pointed out that there was a little girl about your age across the hall wearing the stripey jammies and that she had a sticker on her jammies.  She promised that she would give you a sticker, too, if you would put them quickly agreed and put the stripey jammies on.  The nurse gave you a Nemo sticker and you wore it proudly on your new duds.

They wanted to check your oxygen level with a funny machine...but not even stickers could convince you to let us put that little device on your finger.  (We ended up giving you the stickers anyway.)  As a matter of fact, tonight Daddy put the stickers in your paper journal and wrote you a note about the day in there.

While we waited for it to be your turn to have your surgery, you were a very good girl.  You ran around for a while and made Mommy (and mostly Daddy) chase you, but eventually you settled down on Mommy's knee and drew some pictures with crayons.  You did a really great job!

A little while later, some nurses came to get you for surgery.  They asked you if you wanted to go for a drive on your bed (as the bed had wheels on it) and you enthusiastically said, "OhhhhhKayyy!!".  You were very excited about it.  We quickly gave your your blankie and your My Little Pony to take for the drive and waved goodbye.  Mommy cried a little cry because she was so proud of you for being soooo brave! 

Only ten minutes later, Dr. Fong came and told us that your surgery went great and that you were in the recovery room.  We had to wait about another 20 minutes or so before they brought you back to us.We could hear you crying when they were bringing you back.  You weren't very happy at all.  It must have been so scary for you to wake up in the recovery room and not know where you were or where Mommy and Daddy were.  When they wheeled you back you were sitting up on the bed crying sadly and Mommy ran to pick you up quickly...but not even that could console you.  It only took Daddy a moment to figure out that they had the oxygen monitor taped to your thumb...your SUCKING thumb!!!!  No wonder you were so very upset.  Mommy and Daddy felt very sorry that we forgot to tell the nurses that they shouldn't put it on that thumb!

Once we removed the oxygen monitor and you could suck your thumb, you snuggled onto Mommy's lap with Yangie and eventually gulped down a glass of apple juice that they brought for you.  You were thirsty after not eating and drinking all morning!! 

Just a little while later, Daddy went and got the van while Mommy got you dressed and ready to go.  We were so very proud of what a brave little patient you were!  And, we sure hope that now, with tubes in your ears, you don't get anymore icky yicky ear infections!!!

I love you Monkey Doodle!!  Kisses and hugs!


Monday, January 24, 2011

Washing Dishes, Don't Push Me, You're in My Way, Piggy Back Ride

Hi Kiddo!

Wassha aaa Ditthesss

So, you helped me wash the dishes tonite. Well, you got in my way, prevented me from washing dishes, and made a mess of the counter, your jammies and the floor, but we had fun. I was washing the dishes, and you came along asking to "wassha aaa hannnds". It started out as a request but typical Emma fashion became more demanding. Soooo, I picked you up and let you splash in the water, and play with the scrubbing brush, etc. After a couple minutes I took you down and told you that you had enough. You sat on the floor and cried and kept screaming "aaaa wass-shaa-handdds". I carried you to the living room and sat with you, but you were still sobbing and screaming your line over and over. I was gonna grab my camera and take a video of you being such a sooky. After a couple minutes of that I gave in and asked you if you would like to help me wash the dishes. You immediately stopped crying ... and sat there looking off into space with such a sad silent look on your face.
So, I got a step stool and pushed it up against the counter. You climbed up right away and began playing and splashing. You said "aaa wassha aaa ditthess".

It wasn't easy, but I continued to wash the dishes around you. You kept grabbing wooden spoons and cups from the washed pile and playing with them in the water. You kept pouring cups of water, sometimes on yourself and all over the floor. There was so much water at one point, I had to move you and clean it up. You were pretty upset that I took you down off the stool... but I spoke to you sternly and told you that I had to clean up your mess that you made and that you could go back when I was done.

Don't Push Me

While I was sopping up your mess, you took a couple casual steps toward me, gave me a little push on my shoulder and stepped back. You did this twice. It was kinda like a spiteful little push. So I reached over and gave you a little push on the shoulder. You responded in a slightly high pitched voice, "dooon pusssh meeee". Its so funny when I head you say something for the first time. I don't even know where you learn these things.

Anyway, you played for a bit longer, and then needed to drink from a cup that you filled from the tap several times, then I pulled the plug. You whined a bit, but were OK.

You're In My Way

I was putting some wood in the fire place when I heard you say "dadddeeee, you're innn myy waaayy". You were on the couch watching Iggle Piggle on In the Night Garden and were cranky that I got in your way. You also said "Iiii cannnntt seeee". Oh, you're a cute one.

Swimming At Nikki's

When we picked you up this evening, Nikki started swinging her arms like she was swimming and asked if I knew what it meant. She said you were running around the house today swinging your arms like you were swimming. I told her that you've been taking swimming lessons and were doing that last night. It all made sense to her then. You silly girl.

Piggy Back Ride

Tonight, and a few other times before, you climbed up onto my back for a piggy back ride. I was sitting on your bed when you did it tonight. You hold on tight around my neck and I stand up, you say "hollddd onnnn". You then went for a ride on Cameron's back.

Popping Open The Child Locks

Yeah, so..... the child proof gadgets on your dresser aren't too Emma-proof. It wasn't long after we put them on (many many months ago), that you figured out how to open them. You either open and close the drawer until it pops, or you pick it with your fingers like you're doing in this picture. You're such a smart baby.

I love you baby girl!