Monday, July 30, 2007
This picture, captured at our compny picnic on Saturday, is one such image:
Saturday, July 28, 2007
The first thing Nadia said was "hot, Mama." And she was right; she was burning up with a fever of 102. Out came the Tylenol, but Nadia has never liked medicine and she grimaced and shook her head. So I explained that it would help her feel better, and she said "okay, better," opened her mouth and took it like a champ. I love it that I can reason with her like that now!
Within 1 minutes the Tylenol had kicked in and Nadia was once again her energetic, cheerful little self. She went to bed an hour late, slept straight through the night, and woke up this morning just fine...so whatever caused the fever and lethargy, it was short lived - and an opportunity yo share a few extra snuggles! She's such a sweetie...she hadn't felt good, but she wasn't whiny or crabby in the least!
Since Nadia was better today, we went to the company barbeque, hosted at my boss's new custom home. I've helped with some of the design plans over the last couple years, so it was neat to see the finishd product. And wow is that place gorgeous! Nadia was the hit of the party, with everyone exclaiming over how cute she is, how big she is, and how much she looks like me (that's always nice to hear!). But I swear, I nearly had a heart attack 10 times over trying to keep tabs on her around the pool! I am suddenly very thankful that we don't have an in-ground pool. Nadia and my boss's little girl scampered around together - Nadia called her "Girl" and Yemisi called Nadia "Nad-sha." We had a fun time, but by 2:00 we were ALL exhausted so we loaded in the car, where Nadia fell asleep in 2 minutes flat.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
And she did quite graciously allow me to have a few sips. Well, she begrudgingly allowed it anyway!
But tell me, who could resist a face like this?!
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Two such blogs are Melody's Slurping Life and Stacy's Land of K.A. So it came as no surprise to me when they recieved recongition for the beautiful words and pictures they share. I most heartily agreed that they were most deserving of these awards.
But what did surprise me was that they in turn bestowed these awards upon me! Wow, to receive that recognition from from ladies I admire so much is truly an honor.
Melody says I'm a Thinking Blogger.
Thank you, ladies!
It's now my privilage to pass these awards on to other deserving bloggers. Now I read quite a few excellent blogs, and I'm not the only one that thinks they're great. These awards have been around long enough that these deserving authors already have badges decorating their sidebars. So I am have just one of each award to hand out.
Kimberly, no matter what you write about, your posts always make me laugh. So girl YOU ROCK!!
Alissa, your dedication to actively improving your photography inspires me. So girl - you're a THINKING BLOGGER!
Monday, July 23, 2007
A few days ago Nadia was in the kitchen with her sippy cup while I was in the living room. I heard her cough and splutter a bit, and next thing I knew she was racing into the room to excitedly report "mama, I go *cough, cough*!"
Nadia is always right there beside me to help with loading the dishwasher, folding laundry, putting away the groceries…I have such a great little helper, especially now she's actually big enough to be a real help! Hopefully she will still be that way at 12 years old. ;o) A dew days ago we were tidying up the bedroom and I told her to put Daddy’s shoes in his closet. She gave me a running commentary of what she were doing: “Daddy’s shoes….open door…in closet….close door….all done!” and then she was back at my side asking “more?”
The kid is obsessed with buckles. If I skip buckling her into the highchair or shopping cart, she has a fit! At least she's safety conscious. :o) But speaking of carts, I have decided ALL stores should have carts with cars on the front!
I sometimes wonder why I even bother to cook for Nadia and her Daddy. He prefers his food room temperature: I serve a nice hot meal...and he sticks it in the freezer to cool. And now Nadia is just like him in that If I give her good that's even slightly warm she declares it hot, and won't eat it even once it has cooled off completely.
A few days ago Nadia and I were at Walgreens and I saw a bin of used disposable cameras. I asked the clerk it they are recycled or disposed of, and when she said they're just tossed out I asked if Nadia could have one. She said yes, so I handed one to Nadia and she was thrilled to have her very own camera! She put it right up to her eyes and said "cheese!" How the heck does she know to do that?! I never tell her to say cheese! I think I'll have to look into a kiddie camera for her birthday (start 'em young, right ladies?!)
There are little signs of a toddler in my life everywhere. Last week at work I found a meat tenderizer in my purse.
Nadia doesn't say "yes" and "no" very often; instead it's usually "yeah" and "nope," with a big ol' poppin' "p" at the end of nope. Also, if I tell her something she really doesn't like, she says "oooookay" all drawn out with drooping shoulder sand downcast eyes. And she says "ummm...." and taps her chin when thinking. The girl is a riot!
Nadia still doesn't have any interest in television - except for one commercial: the one for 9-K Advantix with the singing dogs. "There may be bugs on some of you mugs, but there aint no bugs on me!" As soon as she hears that commercial she drops whatever she's doing and runs over to stand 2 feet in front of the tv and sing "woof woof" to the melody.
And finally, this sweet one of Nadia with her Oma, my mother. I just love the total adoration so clearly seen in her face! This picture is also an example of something I am trying to master. Since I'm not often able to achieve DOF in my photography (once again, thanks PAS!) I have started trying to create it artificially in processing. It works out pretty well, but it sure will be nice when I can get that effect by simply lowering my f-stop instead of spending time in Photoshop!
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Saturday, July 21, 2007
Every day I am amazed to see new ways in which you are growing and changing.
There are the physical signs of you growing up: Clothes that are just a little bit tighter and a little bit shorter each time you wear them. Comments everywhere we go about how tall you are getting. The very beginnings of downy hair on your legs. A round little belly and chubby little thighs that are no longer quite so round and chubby.
I marvel at those things. But it's the other signs of your march towards big-girlness that excite me even more.
The last few weeks have been especially full of amazing developmental leaps. All of a sudden, you are completely KID - not baby at all! You are independent and creative and opinionated.
No longer are you content for Mommy to carry you into the store. Oh no, you want down! You tell me "no hugs, walk" and off you go. (that's one of my favorite things you say: "hugs" for being held. You don't ask for "up," you ask for "hugs." How could I ever deny that sweet request?!)
At the playground, you run and climb and slide all by yourself. It feels a little odd to watch from the sidelines, but you are big enough now. You are such a little monkey! At home, you push big items around as improvised stools - nothing is safe from you anymore! Baby swings are a thing of the past too; you want the big girls swing, and I must say, you do a pretty darn good job.
Going places with you is such a blast now! You get so excited, clapping and cheering and shouting "yay!" as you run forward at breakneck speed. Even driving by a park or the mall gets you going.
And my goodness, the way you talk! You say everything. New words are so commonplace that I don't even recognize them as new anymore. Nouns and verbs, adjectives and adverbs, pronouns and prepositions - you're comfortable with all of them. You string together 3 and 4 words like it's nothing. Of all the fun things you've learned, this grasp of language is easily my favorite. I LOVE being able to communicate with you!
You're smart, too. A few days ago we were playing with Mr. Potato Head at Oma's house. You had never before seen that toy, but all it took was one demonstration of how to stick the peg in the hole to dress the little spuds, and you got it.
You still aren't one to sit still for an extended period. You're my little Energizer Bunny - all go, go, GO! No television and finger games for my girl. But you are getting better about it, and you'll sit and read books for 5 minutes at a time now. You love flap books, but quite mysteriously most of the flaps around here have turned up missing. Hmm...
One of my favorite things about you is your exuberance and passion for life. You do everything 150%! Yes, it is exhausting for Mommy, but I love to watch your eyes fill with wonder and excitement over everything you see. Your Oma told me a few days ago that you remind her of me as a little girl - she called me Jellybean because I was so outgoing and full of energy. I hope you will keep your vivacious nature; somehow over the years I have lost mine. It's amazing to see little bits of me reflected in you...I just hope you will pick up on only my good traits and leave the bad.
Another thing I love about you is your affectionate nature. You are a busy little girl without a lot of time for snuggling, but a hundred times a day you run up to me for hugs and kisses. I have always loved your hugs and kisses, but now that you are big enough to seek them out they are even more special. Every day now I hear the words "love you, Mama," and that never fails to warm my heart. You are so friendly and affectionate with other children, too - especially babies, whom you passionately adore! You really are quite sweet, but sometimes you get overexcited and you don't know your own strength, so I have to watch you closely.
I suppose to anyone but a Mommy, these little things that make you YOU would seem insignificant. But I am a Mommy - I am YOUR Mommy - and everything about you thrills me. Watching your personality take shape more and more; seeing your eyes fill with the pride of accomplishment; observing your wonder at the world around you - these things fill me with a pride and joy I never before imagined. I hope you will one day be blessed to experience that incredible feeling as you watch your own little ones (now that's a strange thought: my baby with babies of her own!).
I remember well the mix of emotions I felt the first time I laid eyes upon you, one day shy of twenty months ago. I remember the awe I felt that such a perfect little creature had come from me. And I still feel that sense of awe and wonder and pride every time I look at you, my precious little girl. My Nadia. I love you, Gobby-Girl!
Friday, July 20, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Hanging on the wall in her room are wooden letters spelling out her name (you know, just like in every other American child’s room! But ours are special, handmade by her Pappy!). She’s never paid much attention to them, but this afternoon when she woke up from her nap she wanted to examine them.
So I pointed to each letter and spelled it out: “N-A-D-I-A.”
And I’ll be darned if she didn’t repeat it, pointing to each letter in turn and saying the right letters in the right order: “N-A-D-I-A.” Then she grinned and clapped for herself.
I’m telling you folks, I’ve got he next Alberta Einstein on my hands here!
Well, maybe not. Half an hour later I found her repeatedly banging her head into the wall and laughing. Oh yeah, sharp as a tack, this one is!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
I am in such a photographic rut. I have hardly taken any picture in last week or so, and even when I do pick up the camera, my pictures are lifeless. Blah. Boring. They lack that spark that makes them special. I have to say, I have had fun living 100% in the moment and enjoying my girl without thinking about capturing the perfect image, but at the same time I miss my passion for it! Hopefully it will come back soon, or my daughter might - *gasp!* - have a whole week of her life missing from pictures!
But it's not just photography. I've got writers block, too. Now this blog is never filled with hard-hitting discussions about important matters, but even my usual inane adoring-mother chatter has stopped.
So, if you're wondering about the lack of posts, that's why. Hopefully I'll be back up and running soon!
In the meantime, here's one picture of Her Cuteness to supply your daily Nadia Fix.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
Okay, I saw this at Musings of a Crunchy Domestic Goddess and I just had to play along. :o) The funny thing is, I scored exactly the same as Amy!
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Me: "What do you see out there?"
Nadia: "My car."
Me: "What else is out there?"
Nadia: "The chair."
Me: "Anything else?"
Okay, so I admit it's not exactly a thrilling discussion...but to me it is pretty darn exciting. I was have a real, honest-to-goodness conversation WITH MY BABY! I just can't get over how cool that is. Not that long ago I was still excitedly observing each new word, and now all of a sudden she's saying everything and talking in complete sentences. Wow! She's such a big girl!
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Monday, July 9, 2007
Friday, July 6, 2007
Passing by Kiddie Kandids, we were offered a free session and 8x10 (this location is a training store, and it was a new photographer looking to expand her experience). Hey, photography and free - two of my favorite things! So I said yes.
It was, um....an adventure. Nadia's only had "professional" portraits done twice before, and both times it was before she had reached the jump-&-climb stage. She's used to Mommy taking her picture, and I don't tell her to sit still and smile - I chase her around with the camera and capture whatever expression she offers! So this was a foreign experience for her and it was pretty comedic. The photographer tried to get her to smile by using this little yellow rubber ducky; well, Nadia didn't want to laugh at that, she wanted to have that rubber ducky for herself! After several failed poses, we decided to try a picture of me with her, and another with the whole family.
These were the two pictures we had to chose from:
I went with the "Mommy & Me," because it's so hard to get pictures of us together since I'm always behind the camera. I like it but don't love it; I'm not overly impressed with either shot really. In my opinion there were lots of other good opportunities she missed, but oh well. I really, really want a family portrait, and it annoys me that the photographer decided on her own to delete those ones without letting me see them. She said "Nadia was making a goofy face." Well, please let me decide whether or not I like that goofy face!
I couldn't help but marvel at what passes for "professional photography." Not to be harsh, but, well, this girl had no idea what she was doing! I asked her what cameras they use, and she said "I don't know....Nokia maybe?" So I asked if it's Nikon and she just shrugged her shoulders and said "I know it's digital." LOL! So after that I didn't ask her anymore questions about their setup. :o)
While at the mall, we also stopped by The Rainforest Cafe. I wasn't sure how she's respond to the big robotic crocodile, but once again my little adventurer showed me that I don't need to worry about her. She LOVED it, and the whole car ride home she was "roaring" like the crocodile. Wanna guess what she called the big guy? If you guessed "Elmo" you'd be right! Crazy kid....
She also greeted every single item we came into contact with. There was a constant stream of "hi baby! hi daddy (ie, any man)! hi clothes! hi kitty! hi car!" coming from her stroller.
I swear, the kid hardly stops talking these days! She's hit another new verbal level, and the last week or so I hear at least a dozen new words from her every day, she's putting 3 words together, using "me" and "you," etc. I ask who she is and she points at herself and says "Na-da!" She also wrinkles up her nose and says "pleeeeease" when she wants something she knows I'll say no to. Little stinker! We took a ride on the golf cart this evening to the park, and she wanted to climb up on the jungle gym but the step was too high for her. And while it wasn't totally clear, I really think she said "other way" and walked around to the other side where she can do the steps by herself! That really astounded me.
Okay, I'm done rambling now. Hey, it's late, I got off on a tangent! Good night!
By that I mean that I now have a poop story to tell. Just like all "real moms" right?
A few nights ago Nadia really, really didn't want to wear pajamas. I've got to pick my battles with her, and since it's warm anyway I figured what's the big deal if she just wears a diaper to bed?
Well, I soon found out what's the big deal if she just wears a diaper to bed!!
She went to sleep just fine and all was well. And then a few hours later I went to check on her before heading to bed myself.
My girl was sleeping peacefully in the middle of the crib. But she was naked. And she was covered in poop. And the crib was covered in poop. Poop. Was. Everywhere. And woo-ee did the room stink!
My first reaction was horror. And then came hysterical laughing. Finally the mother's "just gotta do whatcha gotta do" sense kicked in.
I gently lifted Nadia out of her crib and she jolted awake immediately. I did a quick wash up, diapered her - and put pajamas on! She was still in that sweet, groggy, cuddly state so I thought I could just bring her to bed with me and cuddle the night away, leaving the mess for the morning.
But as soon as we reached the bed she was wide awake, pounding on Mommy and Daddy's heads and jumping from one to the other. Yeah, we weren't up for that tonight. So I left Nadia with Daddy while I went to strip the bed and remake it.
I came back for Nadia and the entire walk back to her room, she jabbered to me a mile a minute. But the instant I laid her in the crib, she was silent. She laid her head on the pillow, I covered her up, and just like that she was asleep.
That night, she again said no to pajamas. But she wore them anyway.
That's what I heard at 6 a.m. this morning. Nadia thought she was ready to start her day.
But that's to early for her. This kid is not an early bird. I know from experience that if she gets up before 8, the rest of that day will be a disaster. So I let her get up, eat breakfast, get dressed....and then I laid her back down for a couple more hours of rest.
"Night-night, Mommy" she told me as I covered her with the teddy bear quilt my Gram made for her.
"Good night, sweetie, I love you" I replied.
And she said, "Love, Mommy."
That's the first time she's said those words. Music to my ears!!!
I love you, too, baby girl. I love you, too.
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Yeah, that wasn't our Independence day this year. The torrential rain we've been having made that pretty much impossible. I did miss the fireworks. I've never so much as set off a single firecracker, but I LOVE a big show! But I do have to admit that I'm a little grateful to have the rain as an excuse to not keep The Girl out 3 hours past her bedtime and fight the crowds this year.
But anyway, that's not to say our holiday was a bust. Not by a long shot. In fact, it was pretty darn great!
It had a deliciously lazy start with sleeping in 'till 8:30 - I mean seriously is, there any better way to start the day!? Thank you Nadia, for letting Mommy sleep late *and* get a few minutes of "me time" this morning before you called for me at 9:30, bright eyed and bushy tailed and oh-so-sweet!
Three hours later, I was watching my daughter dance and squeal with complete joy. We had been to Chuck E. Cheese with her twice before and she liked it....but this time she LOVED it! I have truly never before seen her this excited and my heart swells with joy just thinking of it now!
As soon as we arrived Nadia made a beeline for the rides and games, and she was one happy little girl. But just a few minutes later Chuck E. came out, tossing tickets into the air and leading the kids toward the stage. Nadia didn't even notice the tickets...she was too fixated on that big mouse! The second she saw him she started laughing and clapping and waving and dancing and jumping up & down and shouting - the true definition of glee! She scampered right at his heels, patting his leg and exclaiming "Hi, Elmo!" every 2 seconds. (Yes, "Elmo." According to Nadia, all animated characters are Elmo. I have tried to tell her otherwise many times but she thinks I'm making it up). Oh my gosh, it was SO adorable!
Chuck E. Cheese and all the staff lined up along the stage area for their little performance. All the other kids stood several feet away with their parents, imitating the dance steps. But not Nadia. Oh no! My girl stood right next to Chuck E. and she was too busy shouting "Hi!" to bother with following the dance. After about a minute she moved to greet the next staff member, and then every 10 seconds she moved on to the next person in line. Once she reached the end, she ran back to Chuck E. and danced her little heart out. My goodness, the joy in that smile lit up the room!
The show was supposed to be about Chuck E., but I think Nadia stole the spotlight. Everyone was laughing and enjoying her antics, and so many people stopped me to exclaim over how adorable she is (I quite agree!).
Unfortunately, between me being distracted and the poor light in there, I didn't get any good pictures of it. That memory will have to live in my mind. I did get this little video of her with the mechanical Chuck E., but I didn't take it until the end and at that point she was tired and starting to get cranky. This is seriously one tenth of her excitement at the beginning. I tried to embed the video here, but it doesn't want to work so I gave up....just follow the link.
We also rode lots of rides and played lots of games and climbed around a lot. Nadia rode the Barney ride 5 times in a row. The little boy came out in Daddy, and he had a grand time playing wack-a-mole and skee ball and various other games. And I challenged him to a round of skee ball - would you believe we tied?! Nadia usually loves pizza but this it just couldn't compete with all that fun...she ate all the olives off of it and then clamored to get down.
After two hours there, she was one worn out little girl. As we pulled into the driveway, I told her "okay Nadia, let's get you inside and down for a nap" and she said "home, night-night. yeah." And down she went!
So that was our 4th of July...how was yours?