Saturday, September 20, 2014

Penny's First Haircut

Penny's first haircut turned out so cute! I have been crazy sentimental about her baby hair and I worried that too much would get chopped off.  Before we moved to Texas, Penny's hair was mostly straight, the humidity here made her hair curlier, but only the bottom half. The top half stayed stubbornly straight. She also has the most impressive bed-head I have ever seen.
For posterity's sake, here are some more before pictures:
I took Penny to a special kids salon, cutely names Pigtails and Crewcuts. They get keep the kids so distracted with special car chairs,  suckers, and movies, that Penny hardly seemed to notice her hair getting cut.
She got to pick a prize at the end, she choose a pencil, which she was really excited about until she asked me to open it for her. I am not sure what she thought she was going to find inside the pencil, but she was frustrated I wouldn't unwrap it. 
The back of her hair looks a million times better now--I should have had it cut sooner!
It was nice to spend a little one-on-one time with Penny. We need to go on mommy-daughter dates more often! 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Father and Daughter

Daughters have been good for Andrew. His girls bring out a tender side of him that would otherwise hide behind his tough, logical exterior. Andrew is very protective of his girl's comfort and schedules. Nap time will not be interrupted for anything, not even his own parents. When he picks out clothes for the girls, he likes to dress Eloise solely in loose onseies, since those are surely the most comfortable. Meanwhile, Penny has upgraded from onesies to leggings and a comfortable t-shirt.
Penny adores her dad. All day she asks me where he is, "Daddy's at work Penny, he will be home after your nap." Every time she sees or hears a car pass she perks up and yells, "Daddy's home!" and I explain, "That's not Daddy, he's working, he will be home later." When he finally does come home, he is greeted with many cheers and hugs.
 In the evenings, Andrew watches the girls while I go to a CrossFit class. While I am gone, they like to build forts, play outside, and go for walks. Penny and Andrew went on one such walk last Saturday. Although I was home, I was not invited, but snuck out and found them as they were coming home, and greatly annoyed them both by snapping a few pictures of them.
It's not hard to see why Penny adores her dad so much :)

Monday, August 25, 2014

I Can't Forget Penny!

Normally, first children have all the pictures and videos and the subsequent children have less and less. That is not the case for my girls. Eloise definitely takes the cake. But let's be honest, both have had a staggering amount of pictures and videos taken of them. Yet, I still feel bad that I never did monthly updates for Penny. And I sometimes feel guilty that I have more pictures of Eloise and have been a much better blogger for her first year than I was with Penny. 
I bought a baby book for Penny, but never finished it, and I have given myself permission to call blogging enough. If I keep up the blogging, my girls might even be annoyed that I share so much of their lives on the internet... I guess its a good thing that just a handful of family and friends read this blog!
So Miss Penny, when you are older and look back at this blog, I hope you aren't too upset with me for neglecting to take monthly photos of you! I could probably find a picture from each month of your life if you are really hurting, and if Instagram is still a thing, there are plenty of pictures there! 

Eloise: 8 Months

I am writing Eloise's monthly update a week early (instead of my normal week or two late) since she has finally mastered sitting up!! Which means I can take sitting pictures! She has been crawling for months, but couldn't/refused to sit unassisted. I suspect it might be because she's not interested in staying put. She does laps around the living room and can crawl from one end of the house to the other in a matter of minutes.
Then one day last week, it just clicked, and she can sit! She would still rather be moving but since she doesn't know how to go from sitting to crawling, so she just squawks until someone helps her!
One of my greatest desires, is to get a good picture of Penny and Eloise together. But that seems to be an impossible dream. This is as close as I got:
Penny didn't like my suggestion that Eloise sit in her lap or next to her, she had her own ideas. Andrew likes to help by saving the babies from photo shoots:
But, he did help get some great smiles from Eloise when he played "horsey" with Penny:
I tried really hard to narrow down the amount of pictures in this post, but I could help myself! I love them all too much!
Miss Eloise, you are just too cute! I can't handle it!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

From the Mouth of Penny

Andrew and I constantly ask each other, "Did you know Penny says _____ now?" or "Did you teach Penny to say _____? " She talks a lot, although most of the things she says are probably only recognizable Andrew and me. Here are some of the our favorite things she say:

"Oh no Penny!!" - This is usually said after she does something a little naughty that she knows she should do (like make a mess). She will act surprised about the mess or naughty thing she just did, almost like she's passing the blame on someone else. She will probably learn that this works a lot better when you don't use your own name.

"No, No, Eloise! That's MINE!" or "My turn!" - Eloise is pretty mobile now, so she has started getting into Penny's things, and Penny is not happy about it. She can scold Eloise like a pro, pointed finger and all. And "my turn" is pretty much code for, "I want what you have, give it to me now".

"What's your name?" - I have been trying to teach Penny how to respond to this question, but whenever you ask her she just smiles sweetly and nods. Instead, she has taken to asking Andrew and me this question over and over and over again.

"Dubba-lu" ("W") - Penny is learning to recognize letters and likes to try and sing the ABC song. Her favorite letter is "W" and her pronunciation makes it the most adorable thing she says.

"I got chu" (I got you) - I started saying this to Penny to reassure her in the swimming pool that I wasn't going to let go. Now she says this anytime she wants me to hold her. She says it in her sweetest little reassuring voice that is very hard to resist.

"Oh! Baby! Go help her!" - Penny used to go rush in Eloise's room when she would wake up from her nap. She would climb into her crib and give her a binky. Now she just tells me to go.

And the best one of all:

"I love you, Momma" - I love you's are usually reserved for her kitty, but every now and then I get one. And it makes my day!