January 12, 2009
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August 5, 2009
So much has happened since my last post that I hardly know here
to even begin! The delay in updating sooner has everything to do
with how much busier life is now that there are two lovely
children to care for in our family!
Lexi has changed by leaps and bounds. When I last posted she was
still very much a baby. Now she is in full fledged toddler mode!
She’s been walking since March and is so proud of herself. Her
preference is to walk everywhere she goes, although she still
does enjoy riding in the carrier every once in a while. Oh, and
she is my child I fully expect to find on top of the
refrigerator one of these days. Yup, she’s a climber. If an
object has a smooth surface above ground level, she is bound and
determined to climb on it. She will move the stool to climb up
and play in the sink, to get on top of a chair, to climb on top
of the desk or table, atop my bed, even to check and see what is
cooking on the stove. She actually taught herself to climb up
and down the stairs without any help from the rest of the
family. I cannot leave the child unattended … ever. She’s very
curious, which is a wonderful, if sometimes dangerous, attribute
Rob and I have decided that Lexi is a mechanically minded child.
If it has buttons, she’s passionate about pushing them. She
LOVES the computer and I cannot count the number of times I have
sat down only to discover random windows open on the computer
screen thanks to Lexi’s exploration of the keyboard. Our
computer mouse is wireless, and I have found it in the bottom of
the toy box or under the couch many times. She can open and
close the DVD player (mind you she’s not supposed to, but that’s
beside the point). She can turn the TV on, and if the cable is
off, she also knows what button to push in order to get the
cable on. Before I know it, she’ll figure out how to turn the
channel to Noggin. She’s a master at removing batteries from the
remote control. And I’m pretty sure she has phoned China once or
twice from both my cell phone and the home phone. Yup, we have
our hands full here.
Lexi is beginning to talk a little although she prefers to sign
instead. She says Mama, Dada, thank you, ball, more, and hello.
She has many more signs so she’s getting pretty good at letting
you know what she wants. That said, hitting is still
occasionally her way of letting you know you’re not doing what
she wants you to do. At the moment, when she hits, we say, “Slap
5” in order to redirect her and that seems to work pretty well.
Lexi eats like a tiny champ and she can do it herself! None of
this Mommy holding the spoon business for her! She wants NO help
when it comes to mealtime and the resulting mess is something to
behold. It’s quite impressive! I’ve not yet mastered the removal
of stains so she has ruined many an outfit. Oh well, her
independence is well worth the sacrifice of a dress or two. :)
She is an excellent sleeper. Lexi naps each day for anywhere
from one to two and a half hours (and does so in her crib). At
night, she only cries for a couple of minutes before drifting
off into dreamland. The best purchase we ever made was our video
monitor. It allows me to see what she is up to without
disturbing her as she goes to sleep each afternoon and night.
When she wakes up I can watch to see if she is going to lay back
down, or if she is truly up and ready to get out of her crib.
We’ve had a few incidences where she has tried to climb out of
her crib, but so far she’s too petite to manage it. My hope is
to keep her in the crib as long as we can. I don’t want to ruin
a good sleep pattern with the freedom a big girl bed affords.
After months of patience and hard work, Lexi has finally bonded
to her Daddy. YEAH!!! She still cries when Mommy leaves the
room, but she now quickly calms down and enjoys her time with
Daddy. Last night Rob kept her up nearly an hour later than
usual because the two of them were playing upstairs. The belly
laughs coming from Lexi were priceless as her Daddy tickled her
over and over again. He’s an awesome father and I’m so happy to
see that Lexi has finally accepted love from him.
Lexi and Zoe are also forging a strong sisterly bond. There is
the typical sibling rivalry stuff. Zoe hugs too tightly or gets
in her sister’s space to irritate her. And Lexi will sometimes
scream out to see if she can get her sister in trouble. But more
often than not, the two girls play together. Zoe is taking piano
lessons now and will let her little sister sit beside her so
they can make beautiful music together. Zoe “reads” books to
Lexi and they enjoy listening to CDs together in Z’s room. They
make a mean mess in the rec room several times a day. And when
Lexi is upset about something, Zoe can usually figure it out.
She’ll say things like, “Mommy, Lexi wants water now,” or
“Mommy, Lexi wants you to pick her up.” The best is watching
Lexi try to do what Zoe is doing. Z is in Tae Kwon Do, and L
watches her sister intently. When Zoe punches, Lexi does to.
When Zoe kicks, you see Lexi try to do the same. And I won’t
even mention how cute it is when Lexi tries to do push-ups like
her big sister. If Zoe is working on Kumon or a sticker book,
you better believe her little sister is right there beside her,
giving it the old college try. Despite the intense rivalry,
these two are growing closer by the day. Having Zoe in camp
helps because it gives her some big girl time with big kids, and
it gives Lexi some one-on-one time. The bond between them has
improved light years since we began this journey as a complete
So that’s what is going on here. I will update again, I promise!
It may be a little while, but check back.
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