Monday, March 27, 2017

Jane and jackets

Jane has a thing about jackets. She loves them. She never wants us to take her jacket off and if we do, she will occasionally throw a fit on the floor. We have been known to let her have her jacket in her bed with her as like a "lovie" or a blanket. Seriously, I don't know where this came from, but it is her thing right now.

Well the other week, Eleanor picked out her jacket for next year. We had noticed the sleeves were getting short on her current jacket, so we let her pick her new one and she chose a gray one with mountains all over it. Jane got super jealous in the store, so we let her carry it around. She ended up with it on (it is a 5T), and I kid you not, the lady at the checkout counter had to get the gun out to zap the jacket on Jane, because she would not let us take it off.

When we got home we put it away in a closet for next year, but Eleanor saw it one day and pulled it out. After Jane saw it, she adamantly refused to leave the house (through tears, kicking, screaming, and some limp noodle actions) until Eleanor gave up the jacket and let her wear it.

The rest of the day was smooth sailing.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Dancing

Jane has loved dancing ever since she's been able to sit up. Ever since she could control any of her body parts, she's tried to dance to music. Eleanor loves to dance now but wasn't as proficient in this arena as Jane seems to be earlier on in her life. Anyway, now that Jane is very mobile, this is pretty much every afternoon/evening in our house. It's so much fun and so fun to watch.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Jane is eighteen months old

Sweet Jane is eighteen months old now. Jane weighs about 26 pounds (65th percentile), she is 32 inches tall (50th percentile and 48% of the way to my adult height), and her head circumference is 18.5 inches (55th percentile). She has twelve teeth and has curls at the ends of her hair!

Her favorite toy is something she can hold in her hand - particularly a crayon, pencil, marker, fork, or spoon. One day Chris took her to daycare holding a disposable spoon from an ice cream place and when he picked her up at the end of the day, she was still holding that same spoon. When she gets bored, she likes to play with her hands. She always holds one hand in the other and presses on the indents over her knuckles (indents because her hands are still pudgy).

Jane still doesn't like to talk. She can repeat a few sounds if she feels inclined to do so, and is content to take her sweet time becoming verbal. She communicates very well using signs; it is hard to keep up learning new signs to teach her so she can communicate better. She really doesn't consistently use anything verbal except "dada," "mmm" (for milk), "up," and something that sounds like "tak ta" for thank you. She knows more signs than I ever thought we as a family would learn though and understands just about everything you say to her. Jane looooves to walk and run. She is so angry when she has to ride in a stroller, be picked up, or even hold someones hand. Poor girl is still just a bit too slow and distractable though to always walk.

Jane sleeps through the night and takes about a two hour nap every afternoon. She stopped taking a bottle a couple months ago but still loves her pacifier. She also loves her blanket (she gets elephants and Eleanor gets giraffes) and is started to get into the tantrum phase when she doesn't get what she wants.

Eleanor at eighteen months for comparison:

Jane at onetwothreefourfive, sixseveneightnineteneleventwelve, and fifteen months old.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Mom's Morning Out

Last week I volunteered in Eleanor's Mom's Morning Out class. She was so excited to show me everything because we each only volunteer once per semester. She ended up being the calendar helper for the day, so she got to put the day of the week up and the weather for the day.

They're also spending the month studying emotions, and in no great surprise, Eleanor is excellent at acting out every emotion they throw her way. This child is a born actress (definitely not sure whether this is good or bad).

She also enjoyed fishing for some coins, crafting, sifting for shells, and reading tons of books.

You can see her very creative playdough snowman on the table here.

It's so fun to occasionally see what they're up to and watch how she moves through the day.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Post-wedding Williamsburg visit

After Lauren and Eric's wedding, Chris headed off to St. Louis for the week so the girls and I hung around northern Virginia for a little while and then some family came down to visit us in Williamsburg! I again didn't take any pictures, so most of these are from my mom or Aunt Janet who were both down visiting. They came by the house at first, and then we headed down to Colonial Williamsburg. We had lunch at The Cheese Shop and they ended up running by an old grist mill with Eleanor before they left while I let Jane take a nap in the car.

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Zoo!

While we were in northern Virginia for my sister's wedding, we went to visit Auntie Erika and decided to go to the zoo!

Eleanor had been to the National Zoo before with Gaby and Papa Laser but it was Jane's first time. We saw elephants, a tiger, a lion, the pandas, seals, gorillas, monkeys, and lots of other mammals.

It was a great little distraction during the all of the wedding festivities, and such a great day to be outside in February.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Lauren & Eric's Wedding!

My sister got married! I have a new brother-in-law! We went up to northern Virginia for a week to celebrate this happy occurrence. The girls and I were around to do some hanging out and last-minute prep stuff at grandma's house on Wednesday and Thursday. Then on Friday Lauren and I spent the entire day doing fun and relaxing things together and with her friends. First we went to do yoga in the morning, and that afternoon we did an Escape Room, Wine & Design, and went out to dinner.

Friday morning, my Aunt Holly had organized a brunch for Lauren's female family members. It was very fun to spend some time with these women as the rest of the weekend was so busy.

From there it was off to the rehearsal. Eleanor was so excited to practice with her new friend (Eric's sister's daughter who is close to the same age). Jane was very excited, too, and didn't want to be left out.

The rehearsal dinner was later that night.

And then Sunday was the wedding! We got ready at my mom's house that morning.

The girls got ready at Chris' mom's house. Eleanor was so excited to get her hair done by Gaby and felt so special all day!

Then it was off to the ceremony. I took no pictures this entire time so pretty much every picture in this post was taken by either my Aunt Janet, Aunt Eileen, cousin Heather, Aunt Holly, or my mom.

Eleanor spent the ENTIRE night on the dance floor, whether it was officially "open" or not.

I actually realized that we didn't get a family picture of the four of us, which is a bummer because we are never all dressed up! However, the videographer turned out to be the boyfriend of Chris' twin sisters' friend, and he sent us this video clip of the four of us together. 

This picture pretty much sums up Chris' whole day:

Overall the entire wedding was beautiful. Lauren was beautiful. The bride and groom had a good time and were happy. We were all so happy the be a part of their special day! Congratulations Eric & Lauren!!!