Sunday, 11 May 2014

happy mother's day!

when i was about 5 years old, i remember arguing with my mom and receiving the age old curse, "i hope when you grow up you have a daughter just like you!"  my snappy comeback was to say "i hope i do too because i want my daughter to love me as much as i love you!"  i thought i was so clever with my smart mouth, but it's funny looking back now and realizing that even back then all i've ever wanted in life was to be as awesome of a mother as my mama.

people say you never realize how much you can love someone until you have a child of your own, but i feel like i had a pretty good idea. it wasn't surprising to me when our little kitten was growing in my belly and i fell more and more in love with her every day. when she came out so tiny and perfect and settled right into my arms, it was everything i thought it would be.  i know exactly how much my mom loves me because she has shown it in every word and action my entire life.  she sang to me, rocked me, rubbed my back, and/or held my hand until i fell asleep every night long past the age when that usually stops.  when i was teased in school, she made me feel proud of the things that others considered flaws, and to this day i am still proud of those things.  she always gave me plenty of trust and freedom and was there to pick up the pieces if things didn't work out.  as i got older, i know it must have been hard for her to do, but she fostered my independence.  she supported me dropping out of college to move to nyc when i was 18 because she knew the best thing for me was getting out of our small town -- or maybe because she knew i was going to do it regardless!

whenever i read about different "parenting styles" and studies on what you should and shouldn't do, i dismiss them immediately.  i frequently joke that my parenting style is "do everything exactly the way that my mom did" but it's really not a joke.  i honestly don't think she could have done a better job raising me.  she didn't have all the excessive information we have forced on us thanks to the internet mommy wars, so i refuse to get wrapped up in that unnecessary crap.  love and patience was all i needed.  i remember being very young and choosing to behave because i loved her so much and wanted to make her happy.  i hope it stays that simple and amazing with my own daughter.

i love you mom!!!!!!!


Sunday, 23 February 2014

big girl talking

kiki has had a language explosion over the past week! she surprises us every day with something new. i haven't counted her words yet, so here goes:

cat (usually she says cattt! cattt! cattt!)
shoes (shooozsh)
what you got?
where'd it go?
flower (gower)
toot toot
baby (ba-pa)
dog (doge)
circle (gur-kle)
uh oh
thank you (tah too)

there are a few words she has said a few times but not consistently enough to count, i don't think:
bumblebee (bumba)
butterfly (ba da da)

she also barks like a dog when she sees or hears one (or the geico pig lol), points at sebastian and says "doge" when asked where her dog bast is, and points at circles and says "gurkle!"

Saturday, 4 January 2014

1 year

cookie is 1 year old! our tiny kitten is officially a cat. she went from 5 lb 12 oz to 20 lbs and just over 30 inches tall.  she's walking better every day, but her real talent is climbing.  big girl can climb up onto the couch all by herself, and can throw her leg over mine and climb up on me whether i want her to or not.  she can't quite climb up into our bed yet, but she can get down from it like a pro.  she's very strong and i swear she was doing pull-ups while hanging on the side of her high chair the other day.  at the clinic recently, every nurse and doctor commented on how "busy" she is because she never stops moving and exploring.

she loves phones and pretending that everything is a phone by putting it up to her ear and saying, "hello!"  she knows how to swipe the screen of our phones and pinch to zoom in and out.  she is obsessed with our bellies and loves to lift up our shirts to give raspberries.  she is still very much into music and loves singing and dancing and watching youtube videos.  when i pull up itunes on my computer she recognizes the screen and starts dancing before i even play any music.  she also loves books and will sit by herself, flipping through the pages and talking like she's reading.  several times a day she will bring a book to one of us, crawl up into our lap and demand that it be read to her.  colby went to the coffee shop one day and they happened to be selling a used copy of one fish two fish red fish blue fish.  he bought it for her not even knowing that it was my favorite book as a child.  she squeals happily when she sees it, tries to carry it everywhere, and throws a tantrum when we take it away, but she doesn't quite have the attention span to sit through the whole thing yet.

and now..... a year of pictures!!

the last picture taken of my pregnant belly a week before our kitten was born

tiny cat fresh out of the oven

one month old

two months

three months

four months 

five months 

six months

seven months

eight months

nine months

ten months

eleven months


Wednesday, 6 November 2013

11 months

kiki is one month shy of a year old today!  she is officially walking.  she still prefers to crawl when she has to get somewhere in a hurry, and she staggers like a cruz bay drunk, but a couple days ago she walked all the way across the apartment to me. that same day, while i was at work, colby taught her how to clap. we had never specifically tried to teach her that before so she's probably way late on it.  it's so cute when she walks and claps at the same time!

we've had a total relapse with her eating habits and i'm not sure why.  she won't let me feed her anything from a spoon or fork except greek yogurt.  she's very interested in what's on our plates and grabs at our food, but if we offer it to her she backs away.  i try to share everything i eat with her, but she's only eating a few nibbles here and there.  she also stopped caring about the sippy cup and will only take sips out of it occasionally.  i put some regular milk in her bottle once and she chugged it, so i tried milk in the sippy and she looked at me as if i had betrayed her.

i've been fighting off a nasty staph infection in my head for the past week.  colby had to take some time off work because i was in so much pain.  i've been trying to be as "hands off" as possible to lower the risk of spreading the infection to kiki, so she and colby have been bonding even more than usual.  it's the most amazing thing in the world to see them together.  he is so sweet and loving and she adores him.  she cries every time he walks out the door, and sometimes even when he just leaves the room.  they both love their "kiki dada days" when i go to work and they hang out at home all day.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

10 months

ok, this is super late getting posted, but i'll try not to include any of the recent developments over the past few weeks.  kiki is ten months old! she's still not walking, but oh my goodness is she a climber. she can climb up onto the bottom shelf of our wicker console table, across to the other side, and back down without any help. she can also get herself entirely out of a walker or an exersaucer. she climbed into a bin full of toys, leaned over until it flipped on its side and then crawled out over the mess as if nothing had happened.  we aren't encouraging walking but honestly, it might be preferable to climbing.

she's only ten months old, but our little jet setter baby has already been on seven separate plane flights and she was an absolute dream 99% of the time.  we recently took a two week trip to visit our families in the states, and although we had every possible problem in the world with spirit airlines, kiki barely protested. the hardest part was keeping her from happily squealing at the sleeping people in the seats around us.  as it turns out, not everyone likes babies even if they are happy ones who rarely ever cry.  a lady next to me put a sweater over her head to take a nap and kiki, thinking the lady was playing peekaboo, snatched it off her head and laughed so hard.  i felt bad but it still cracks me up when i think about it.

the first part of our trip involved going to my grandparents' memorial and funeral, so kiki (and colby) got to meet almost all of my family for the first time.  i'm pretty sure cousin rachel was her favorite!  while we were there we got to wear pants and sweaters and cuddle under a blanket on the porch at night.  i even wore a scarf and boots a few times.  if you've never had island fever that probably doesn't sound very exciting, but it was amazing to me and i was afraid i'd never want to come back.  luckily by the end of the second week, we were missing our island home.  two weeks was the exact amount of time to get all the starbucks, chipotle, and mellow mushroom that we needed (and of course see our families!) and then return to paradise, fulfilled and ready to face another high season.  bring on the tourists.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

9 months

monkiki is 9 months old! she is 29.5 inches long and weighs 19 lbs. she's standing unassisted, but not taking any steps yet. we're not encouraging her to walk though, because she's already into everything! she's mimicking words, waving, blowing kisses, crawling super fast, and eating just about everything. her favorite food is plain greek yogurt, but she also loves garlic quinoa & brown rice, toast, sweet potato puree, and pizza crust. a few things she has tried and liked and then fed to the dog: broccoli, meatloaf, sweet potato fries, french fries, and blueberries. i made her some teething biscuits with the surplus of baby oatmeal cereal and she loved those, but sebastian loved them more. she has learned that if she holds something out to him, he will take it from her hand and then she watches him eat it and laughs. it might be time to get her a high chair after all.

she continues to love music more and more. anything remotely resembling music makes her dance, and sometimes she even sings and dances and bangs on things just because. i woke up the other morning to her tapping a beat on the mirror and singing "la la la la" all by herself in the pack n play. i think we have a future musician or dancer!
this is our unanimous favorite picture of her from the past month. she is such a silly girl, always making funny faces!

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

8 months

i can't believe our little kiki cat is 8 months old! she's the sweetest, silliest girl in the world. she's growing like crazy and doing new things every day. she's now pulling up to stand, cruising all day around the outside of the pack n play, and has even gotten confident enough to practice letting go which of course results in immediate falling. i expect she'll be walking relatively soon though, as determined as she is to stand unsupported. she's drinking water out of a sippy cup on her own, letting me feed her purees and greek yogurt from a spoon, and feeding herself non-slimy things like chunks of cheddar cheese and pizza crusts. she says "mama" all the time, usually when she's screaming from another room to get me to come back. in the past few days she has started waving, but mostly just to herself in the mirror. she has full control of the walker and it's beyond cute to watch her run as fast as she can toward colby! it's just a preview of the days when she's older and can run into his arms. i can't wait for that.

she's still obsessed with our laptops, so i got out colby's clunky old toshiba and we let her pull up to the coffee table in her walker and bang on it. she loves it so much she screams at the top of her lungs. other things she loves but should not: cords of any kind, our phones, ipods, CDs, amazon boxes, and dish sponges to name a few. she has a few favorite toys, but would ditch any of them in a heartbeat for the things i just listed.
we finally got her to enjoy the water last week! we've been trying and i think the temperature has been too cold for her liking, but we drove out to hawksnest one afternoon recently and i walked confidently right into the water with her before she even realized what was going on. once she discovered it was just like bath time but with salty water, she was hooked! she started splashing like crazy and squealing, then licking the salt off of her lips. we can't wait to get her back in the water.