Of course this is the third time I have had to combine two months together. The challenge for me is that way too much has happened in the last two months to really do your development any justice. It has just been so much fun “being there” for all of this development. Lest I let you believe that life is perfection, we have had a few bumps along the way.
The very short version of the last two months has been Development, Growth, and Keeping us on our toes! You climb on everything, you are almost running, we get high fives… and low fives, you like to shake our hands and while mommy was sick – you started grabbing a wipe, blowing your nose and mimmicking me sneezing. You find this quite hilarious – I must admit that I do as well, which leads to a coughing fit. I have finally decided to admit that after 14 years in Nashville, I have developed allergies. About four times a year, during violent changes in the weather, I get yucky sick. Well… it just happened 3 weeks ago (still coughing, sneezing, blowing my nose, and losing my voice) again and it has been no fun. The same weekend I came down with my allergy attack, your daddy came home really sick with a stomach bug and had a 101 fever. You didn’t catch the stomach part, just the bug… Well… it could have been a bug or another round of teething, but I think it was the bug. Your fever got up to 102.6… GEEZ! A really funny thing is that I typically sing to you at night to put you to sleep. I sing a lullaby, I sing “Count Your Blessings” from White Christmas, and I sing “I’ll Love you Forever.” Well, being that I have been so sick, my voice sounds horrible. You actually pushed my face away and said “No!” when I tried to sing to you the other night. I know I sounded bad, but that was a little painful. So… I am holding out on the singing for a while. I promise…
You have had a couple pair of skinny jeans, and we love them. They are all the rage right now, but mommy doesn’t wear them – Ha! So… we get to dress you up – SO ADORABLE!!!
Teething… now this is truly a party in your mouth. You have cut so many molars, you are going to have a mouth full of teeth before you are 18 months old. You have 14 teeth right now – two are breaking the surface. Since your first birthday, you have had a couple of teeth-cutting ceremonies that have led to diarrhea, fevers, and quite a bit of crankiness. I don’t blame you – I remember how cranky I was when my dang wisdom teeth were pushing their way through in my 20′s… I was not a happy camper, so I can’t imagine what you are going through when it is constant. You take it all in stride though, and are kind enough to let mommy and daddy distract you with things like Pump It Up.
Besides the zoo and the park, Pump It Up has become our new favorite place. We take you there when it is rainy, cold and I am sure very soon when it is too hot to step outside. You have a blast climbing things, bouncing in the big bouncy houses and sliding down the giant slides. You also love watching other kids. You are fascinated, and it always makes your emotional little mommy more emotional! The other thing that turns me into slimy goo on the floor is how sweet you are… you love to give hugs and kisses. The other day you kept trying to give Ashlynne (your sitter’s 2-year-old daughter) hugs. She was smiling at you, but not quite sure what you were doing, so she kept backing away. The third time you tried to give her a hug and she stepped back you fell forward, and I knew I was in trouble because my heart broke. I keep asking myself what I am going to do the first time someone hurts you purposefully or not. I will handle it, hopefully with grace, but boy is it painful. Lots of good, happy pain too though!
Mollie loves the bouncy Houses!!!
We jumped and bounced and slid and ran until mommy was tired!
Your daddy has lots of play dates with one of his road buddies and his daughter. You like to go to the zoo, the park and eat watermelon together. You love the petting zoo far and above everything else! The other day mommy planted her first set of plants and trees. I was pretty impressed with myself. You helped, but mostly by eating the dirt. I am really not sure how that tastes good, but you like to shove it in there. Most of the time I can catch you and get it all out, but you were a mess after our first planting experience. The bathtub looked like you hadn’t been bathed in a month. You had fun though, and that is all I need! While we were planting, daddy was setting a trap for a family of opposums that have made a home under our house and really messed it up down there. We are getting that cleaned up…
Daddy and Mollie ready to take the zoo by storm
The goat was trying to eat Mollie’s shirt, and she was totally fine with it.
She loved hanging with the goats… would put her fingers in their mouth. Ha!
Here she is trying to feed the goat something…
Mollie LOVES the play park at the zoo.
You fit inside the mouth of a hippo… good thing he wasn’t real. He was on the playground!
This last weekend was my first time away from you. I spent the night away from you when I had the surgery, but it was only a few hours. I spent from Friday morning, May 3rd to Sunday evening May 6th away from my baby girl and boy was that hard. It was the weekend of my friend Cylene’s bachelorette shower. We had a lot of fun, but I was very happy to have you back in my arms.
We were out that night, all dressed up, dancing, taking classes and painting the town red for Cylene’s bachelorette party!
One thing I learn from your sweet daddy every single day is to let you try. I do that most of the time, but there are times when I let fear intervene. He is so great about just letting you try… don’t get me wrong – we are right there by your side, behind you or above you with our arms extended and on high alert in case you need us, but just letting you explore and try yourself. 9 times out of 10 you are able to do what you are trying to do without our help, and it really impresses me. 1 time out of 10, you fall and bust your lip or bump your head, but we are there to kiss it and make it better. You are adventurous, and it is making me more adventurous. When I get home in the evenings, you run into my arms and then pull away, give me that adorable Mollie smile like you are challenging me to chase you or tickle you and you turn and almost run away from me giggling and looking back… just waiting for me to follow. I crawl around on my knees, hide behind the sofa, chase you through the kitchen, throw you in the air, play horsey, and do some general roughhousing. Then you climb back in my lap to give me a hug and a kiss and we start all over. These are the moments I want to capture forever. Knowing that one day I will lose you for a period of time… you will want to break the strings and become your own woman. I know that I will want these moments to hold onto. The ones where you needed me, wanted me there by your side. Geez… that is a lot to put on a little girl’s shoulders, but it won’t be on your shoulders. I will hold back what I go through and your daddy goes through, and we will just let you fly. I just think maybe one day, when you have children of your own (should you choose to do so) then this might help you remember to cherish every little second… take a picture with your mind of all the giggles, snuggles, belly laughs, tickle fights, chasing matches, kisses, hugs, dances, and hide-and-seek moments, and then to write them down so they will always be with you. I have been trying to get a real picture, caputure the moment in my mind and then set that aside and just enjoy you. The reason I feel real pictures and writing these moments down are so important is because it still amazes me how much I forget even from month-to-month. I think to myself “I will never forget this moment,” and then when I go back to read my blog occasionally, I say “I had forgotten that!”
We went to Florida in April to see your Uncle Mike, Aunt Lindsey and three cousins, Jacob, Julia and the newest addition… Jenna! We had a blast. It rained the whole time, so we could only go to the beach one time, and we got a downpour, but you LOVED IT!!!
Building a sadcastle with Uncle Mike and cousin Julia…
It was REALLY windy and cold, but you still loved the water. We had a lot of fun the short time we were at the beach!
Daddy was holding both you and Jenna… think he’s ready for another?
He might not be quite ready for another
Playing outside in front of Uncle Mike & Aunt Lindsey’s house in Port Orange, FL
At the beach!!! You were super ready to run on the beach and get into the water… not to take pictures!
Ready to play in the water!
Your newest cousin born February 6th, 2013. She is a very sweet little girl!
I am excited every single day… even though your daddy and I live in sort of a constant state of being tired, we wouldn’t trade it for the world. This may be a shorter blog entry trying to encompass a very busy and full two months, but I think it catches the jist of how quickly you are growing… all you are learning to do… and how amazing it is to see your personality coming out in such a beautiful way. I am ready for you to chill on the teething, so you can enjoy some congestion-free, fever-free, diarhea-free moments We look forward to this summer and all of our travels. We are going to Oklahoma in 2 weeks for my friend Cylene’s wedding, Grandma is going with us, so when I am doing wedding things you are getting to have fun with Gma! We get to meet your Great Grandma Mollie, your Great Uncle Dan, your Great Aunt Vanessa, Great Unlce Andy and cousin Rachel. In June we get to go to Chicago to see Uncle Abe and Aunt Val, then to Northern Michigan to see Grammie, Great Grandma Pokoj, and all of our Michigan family. Then for the 4th of July, Grandma, Grandpa and all of your Aunts, Uncles, and cousins on mommy’s side are coming into town to celebrate Uncle Abe and Aunt Val getting married. That should be great fun!!!
What a wonderful life we have. What a sweet, fun, loving little girl you are. Being that it is Mother’s Day this Sunday, I just want to say what an honor it is to be your mommy. I am a lucky mamma, and so grateful that I have you in my life. You are my sunshine, my precious angel, the joy of my life. I love you so very much my little monkey.
I’ll love you forever
I’ll like you for always
As long as I’m living
My baby you’ll be
Uncle Abe and Aunt Val are really good at buying gifts… they bought this cozy coupe and your favorite bear chair. You are loving it!
Here you are looking out the back of your CC… We love to take rides in it outside – you laugh and laugh!
I love you to the moon and back…Mommy
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