Saturday, February 28, 2009
Alex quickly discovered that small stickers work as decorations for her cheeks. She had so much fun playing peekaboo with herself in the mirror.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
To our dismay, our insistence on her sleeping solo comes back to bite us when she's in need of some comfort. It's such a novelty to have Daddy or Mama rocking with her that she can't fall asleep, no matter how tired she is. Eventually I tucked her in again, and she slept till morning.
So-- today we've just been monitoring her (Dave worked from home because of the snowstorm), and taking it easy. She's much better now, but I know tonight will be hard again.
Even with her cold, she's still up for having fun and being creative. Here's a clip of what we were up to today (in between naps).
"What it feels like to be sick"- by Alex Marotz
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Alex didn't want to drink anything- no milk, no water, ABSOLUTELY no juice (judging by her reaction, apple juice is apparently equivalent to poison). Luckily we'd picked up some mini popsicles (ever heard of such a thing?) at the store yesterday, and she enjoyed her first popsicle experience. We had to work hard to get the concept of sucking on the popsicle, not biting and chewing it, but once she understood it was a good way to get some sort of liquid in her system.
Later this afternoon, she seemed to be feeling better, so despite the runny nose we headed outside to play in the nearly 40 degree weather! We took her sled over to the park, where she enjoyed sliding and swinging. After playing for a while we took a walk down the street (our first outdoor 'excursion' without our faithful Copper leading the way-- that was a little sad), and checked the mailbox. Alex's job was to hold on to the mail, a task she took very seriously, refusing to surrender the post even once we were inside.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Yesterday, we hit another milestone! I was showing Alex some video clips of her playing with the cats, and she said "Alex" and pointed at the screen! Now she can identify herself in photos, and it's not always "baby"!As for today, she started out with a bang-- TWO spoons for her oatmeal made the job go faster :-) Then we had ECFE class followed directly by Kindermusik. So, you can see why I'm not surprised that as I'm writing this, I have a crying, ultra-dramatic baby who did not take a long-enough nap. I'm trying the "when you're through having a temper tantrum and can ask for what you want I will help you" approach. Sigh.....
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
After watching some frisbee dogs in action, we got to meet "Lady", an adorable border colle mix.
Daddy and Alex watch the Dock Dogs jump off the platform into the water to retrieve decoys! Wow-- some of those dogs were amazing!
I enthusiastically approached the herptological society's booth, determined that my little girl would follow my lead and be (gulp) excited about snakes and scaly things. She was not convinced that the Skink was 'cool'.
The bulldog wasn't that much cooler :-) For as much as she likes dogs, she seemed to be a bit intimidated by this roly-poly one.
The highlight of our day was the "Dancing with Dogs" performance. This dalmatian lady (note her spotted spats and hat) and her dog were fantastic, and Alex thought it was pretty funny to see a puppy dance.Alexandra was happiest when she was allowed to run freely inside the event center. Dave got his exercise chasing her around!
The last time we went
Friday, February 20, 2009
We also braved the slightly chilly weather to go check out the bears, and it was a good thing we did because they were very active-- playing 'king of the hill' in their enclosure and wrestling for all to see. Alex enjoyed watching them and the wild boars in the little cabin.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Emma and Alex share her little doll bed. Emma and her mommy came over today for a somewhat impromptu playdate- the girls had a lot of fun making animal noises and playing with "ball" together :-)
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Playing across the table with Brad.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
(Yes-- it's drawn on the shower wall with bath crayons....creative, no??)
Auntie Carrie came over to babysit while Mommy and Daddy went out for Valentine's Day. It was reported that everything went very well-- Carrie and Alex enjoyed drawing, playing, singing, decorating Valentine's cupcakes, and feeding the kitties random pieces of plastic food.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Things I learned about my daughter:
The finished pieces:
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
We didn't get to see our friend from last year again, but we did celebrate an early Valentine's Day with the residents at Keystone Communities with our MOMS Club friends. Alex had a fantastic time decorating (and eating) cookies, making Valentines, and visiting with everyone.
The ladies who helped Alex decorate her cookies kept commenting about what a 'sweet' and 'well-behaved' child she was. Ha! If they could have only seen her sugar-induced frenzy when it was time to go home ten minutes later.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I think we've finally turned a corner in the stranger-anxiety category. First off-- last week, Grandpa Bob's friend Scott visited us at our condo while we were at Snowbird. Alex not only sat next to him on the couch, she actually asked him for 'help' climbing up! Secondly, she allowed Miss Chris to pick her up and dance with her during Kindermusik today-- no screams, wiggles, or cries!
Monday, February 9, 2009
This afternoon, naptime was a struggle....and afterwards I had a clingy, whiny baby on my hands until Daddy came home. Tomorrow will be better as we get used to our 'normal' lives once again.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
We tried really hard to expose her to lots of skiiers and snowboarders so that she will be ready to strap on some little skis next year, and she wasn't intimidated at all. In fact, her favorite 'game' was to hike a little ways up Chickadee, turn around and run straight down!
You'd think that a toddler from Minnesota wouldn't be that excited about the snow, but it was all she could talk about. The benefit of Utah snow is that it's actually warm enough (in the 30's-40's) to stay outside and PLAY in it!
(video of Alex enjoying the Cliff)
One afternoon, we took Alexandra up the Tram to Hidden Peak (11,000 ft) to see how she'd do 1. with a bunch of skiiers, 2. with altitude, and 3. on a tram. She loved it! Since we know the director of Ski Patrol, we got to visit their hut on the mountain top, where Alex and I got to meet Emma, the avalanch rescue dog on duty.
Like normal, Alex showed no fear of the top of the mountain-- she just started collecting snowballs.
At the end of every day, Alex literally asked to go to bed. She was so tired out from all the activity that she collapsed in her "Romanian Orphanage Crib" (as we dubbed the hotel crib). She barely fit!