Saturday, September 25, 2010

grandma visits

Grandma came to visit this week, which made everyone a little bit happier than usual. After decking herself out in all her finery, Kira--for the first time ever--posed for a picture of her own volition. It's okay if you think she looks a little bit like Elton John here.Daddy was so happy to have someone else to read "Where the Wild Things Are" because he got to really participate in the wild rumpus. It's okay if you think Daddy looks a little bit like a monkey here.
Grandma seems happy, too. It helps that she is reading a 30-something year old copy of "Go, Dog, Go!" that she used to read (a lot) to her own children. Probably she missed it. It's okay if you think Grandma looks a little bit like Kira here.
FYI: that's a deflated balloon behind Grandma's head, not some weird hat. Just so you know.

Monday, September 20, 2010

18 Months

Kira had her 18-month check-up today. She played and cheerfully repeated the word "doctor" until the actual doctor arrived. Commence total meltdown. But we survived, and Kira was once again pronounced healthy and BIG. She weighs 28 lb, 5 oz and is 33.5 inches long. That's the 90th percentile in both categories. Jay wants me to tell you that Kira is actually having a mini meltdown in this picture as well. She was not excited to be getting a Daddy Kiss.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Good Grief!

Apparently, we have our own little Linus in the house. Well, I suppose Kira is not strictly like Linus because she loves all blankets indiscriminately. She constantly finds (clean, dog-hair free) blankets and drags them all over the house. She has a somewhat difficult time doing this and often slips and falls. But she also snuggles with them and lies down on them and plays peekaboo with them. The girl has a serious case of Blanket Love.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Kira "Messy is my Middle Name" Wamsted

In chronological order, the following is on Kira's face... garden dirt, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and water (clearly for playing, not cleaning).

Monday, September 13, 2010

Sunday Night Dinner

My parents had us over for dinner last night along with Annie and Jeremy. Not surprisingly, Kira had a blast. First off, some of her favorite people and dogs were assembled and ready to pay attention to her. Second off, they have different (better!) toys than we have at home. Check out Kira and the easel below. I walked in and found her drawing on it by herself.
And, lastly, they feed her ice cream.
This might be the first real sugar high Kira's ever had. It was quite a scene.
Thanks for a fun night!

Friday, September 10, 2010

For Aunt Annie

Every time I go a few days without blogging, my sister demands, "More pictures, please." The problem is that we've had a pretty boring week. So here is a random Friday morning picture for Aunt Annie. Hopefully, the weekend will bring a bit more excitement (and cuter pictures).

Saturday, September 4, 2010

a day without mommy

The first thing Kira said to me upon my entering her room this morning was "Mommy?" She went on to say this word no less than four thousand times throughout the day, while I kept reminding her that Mommy was visiting a friend and would be back tomorrow. So, rest assured that even though Kira is having a LOT of fun in these photos, she did, in fact, miss her mother very much. Anyways, here, starting with breakfast, welcome to our day...

A few hours later and Kira is literally crying into the door as she wails the word "outside" over and over. I have just told her that we are going to the park as soon as we brush our teeth.
I forgot the camera at the park, so we'll skip to lunch. She ate peas & applesauce all by herself, for the most part successfully. We did take a bath immediately afterwards, though.
After our bath she took a nearly three hour nap. This moment when I went to get her up was pretty much the only time all day that she didn't say "Mommy?" to me. She was, to put it mildly, a little groggy.
Here we are, ready to head to my friend Dante's for a pre-Labor Day cookout. I have started putting Kira in dresses lately, as Millie pointed out to me how easy it is to change diapers in these outfits. The hat was important to me, however--you know, to keep it real.
This is Dante's truck, and I just thought Kira looked kind of beautiful here. As her daddy, I get to put up pictures like this and say things like that.
Kira has recently learned how to use a fork reasonably well, which is nice because it keeps her occupied during meal times. She does get rather dirty, however, though I'm not sure if you can tell that here or not. Note that she is wearing a t-shirt over her pretty dress--I had to borrow it because I forgot a bib.
She discovered a bottle of bubbles on the ground after dinner--thankfully, because I also forgot to bring a pacifier and it was getting on towards bed time. The kid really loves bubbles.

Not as good as the picture Anna took recently, but I was pretty proud of myself nontheless. I was also impressed that she learned how to hold the bubble wand all by herself, which upon watching her struck me as a rather impressive feat for an 18-month old. [Please note that if I were a better blogger I would link to Anna's picture here. This parenthetical will have to suffice.]
This is part 1 of Kira blowing a good-night kiss to her Mommy.
This is part 2. We sure do love you, Mommy! Hope you had fun today, and we'll see you tomorrow!