Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Natasha turned 18 months on Saturday and we were in beautiful Steamboat, Colorado for the weekend. I don't think any of us wanted to come back home, especially Natasha, who spent the weekend playing with not one, not two, not three, but four golden retrievers. When she woke up each morning she would sign and say "dog." Same thing after she woke up from her naps or anytime the dogs went outside to play. She loved all of them and they loved her too (since she always had snacks in her hands and she was the perfect height for their mouths). Besides the dogs, Natasha loved exploring the "ouside." I think the sandy beach and pond were her favorite and she was ready to jump right into the water with the dogs. I might invest in a life jacket for her and just have her wear it anytime we are near water. Overall, it was a wonderful weekend and I will post more photos soon and go into more detail about our trip, but let's get back to our 18 month old.
On Monday, Natasha had her 18 month check-up and she is doing great and hitting all the developmental milestones for her age. Dr. Cox was impressed that Natasha has 60 plus words in her vocabulary. We always knew Natasha was smart... S M R T... I mean S M A R T. She must get her brains from her Dada. Here are her stats from her appointment:
Height: 32 1/4" (74th percentile - growing tall)
Weight: 25 lbs. 6 oz. (53rd percentile - leaning out)
Head Circumference: 47 cm (73rd percentile - it's got to hold all those words in there)
At the end of the appointment, Natasha had to get three shots. She didn't even cry for the first one and only cried for 5 seconds for the other two. She did get her flu shot, so she is all set for the fall and winter seasons.
Besides talking up a storm and being fearless, Natasha is still our little ham who makes us smile and laugh everyday. She is so comfortable in front of people and is interacting more with kids her own age at our play groups and in our classes. She is still a very good eater, however she prefers snacks over anything else. Natasha sleeps 12 hours a night and takes one nap a day (averaging around 2 hours). Just today, as we were getting out of the car, Natasha said the word "poop," so I checked her diaper and it was clean. We came into the house and a few minutes later she said it again. This time she had pooped. I don't think we are ready to potty train, but I think this is a good start to when we do venture in that direction. I might buy a couple of potties to have around the house and just have her practice sitting on them at certain times during the day. Other than that, Natasha loves being "ouside." She loves playing in the backyard, running in the grass, picking up sticks and rocks or just climbing on our rock wall... that's our danger monkey!
Friday, September 23, 2011
We are off to beautiful Colorado for the weekend and tomorrow our little toddler turns 18 months. I can't believe Natasha will be 2 in six months! It makes me sad that she is growing up so fast. At this rate we should forget about where she will be going to preschool when she is three and decide on where she will go to college!
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Natasha, Ryder, Barrett and Baylee...
looks like they are up to no good
looks like they are up to no good
Yay, I got my camera back and it works! We had our second UCLA Tailgate party on Saturday and it was another great success... can't say the same for the actual UCLA game, but that hasn't put a damper on our team spirit or the ability to have a good time with our family and friends. Since we did not get UCLA tickets this season, we decided to tailgate in our backyard and watch the games on our TV in the comfort of our home. And Natasha loves to host her friends on the weekends... I wonder where she gets that from! We will be taking a break next weekend (since we will be out of town), but we will be having another tailgate party on Oct. 1st!
The Tippers came over today for a play date and some football. The girls had so much fun playing in the bounce house and on Natasha's new slide... two great investments! Hopefully, both girls will nap well today after all that running around.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Feeding the "dogs" (aka goats)
Natasha and I met our friends at Zoomars for a play date this morning and she had so much fun looking at all the "dogs." We need to practice matching animals to their correct names. Right now, bunnies, goats, llamas and cows are all dogs to her. She knows how to say the names, but doesn't realize that not all fuzzy animals with four legs are dogs... something we need to work on. As you can see, Natasha also had a great time with the non-animal features at Zoomars. She loved riding the train, making a mess with her friend, Noelani and of course, figuring out how to climb up a ladder to get to the slide... that's our danger monkey! We hope to go back and visit next month when they will have their pumpkin patch. Thanks for checking in on our little animal.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Natasha's new slide
Well, our camera is still in the shop and I am hoping it will be fixed this week. So, not very many pictures have been taken except with cell phones and our iPad. Natasha got a big surprise in the mail last week... a slide for our backyard. Thank you, Grandma Lou! Natasha loves to slide these days and she also loves the bounce house now. We had our first UCLA Tailgate Party at our home last weekend and it was a big hit with Natasha's friends and our friends too! The kids had so much fun in the yard and it was great seeing them interact with each other. This weekend I will try to capture the kids enjoying the bounce house and slide together, since we are having another tailgate party on Saturday.