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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Mother daughter bonding part 2

We had another exciting day today. We started our walk at national wholesale liquidators clothing store. I found out later that my little girl stole something!! I have to go and return it tommorow. She must've pulled it off the shelf because I didn't see. We then went to petland discounts where Estee enjoyed watching the fish in the aquariums. You see? You can do fun things for free! She had a blast she was touching the tank and trying to grab the fish and was laughing hysterically the whole time. We then went to the park. For some reason Estee is terrified of the swings. I put her in and held her hands and rocked her in it but she was still afraid. I really don't understand why. For half her life she was in an infant swing...why the sudden fear? The park has sprinklers set up and she really liked touching and watching the water. Every so often I ran through it with her and screamed weeeeeee which she really loved. The only problem was, I didn't think to put her shoes on so she couldn't run through it herself. On the way home from the park, we met a huge dog. I wouldn't let the owner get too close but Estee thought the dog was the funniest thing. The dog was scared of her and kept barking and every time the dog barked, Estee cracked up. We came home and I was famished so I grabbed a peach. Of course any time I am eating something Estee needs to try it too. So, I bit off the skin and in between bites I let her suck on the fruit part. The cutest thing is that she noticed we were taking turns and started to push it towards my mouth after she had her turn as if to say "it's your turn now mommy..."

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Dillema of the day: keeping her scalp sunburn free. She rips off her hat every chance she gets so I rubbed sunblock into her scalp which in turn made her hair really greasy. Any suggestions?

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

our sears portraits

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Mother daughter bonding

Today was my first day off from work and I had planned all these wonderful things for me and Estee to do together over my vacation. Some things include: botanical gardens, the zoo, carousel, picnics, etc.
Well, this morning she completely threw off her schedule so all those ideas went pretty much out the window. She woke up at 5:30 but had a bottle and went back to bed until 8:30 wiping out her morning nap completely. Because of this, I didn't know when she would want her afternoon nap and didn't really want to go that far from home. We did get to walk all around kew garden hills though. I decided to take her to the playground but on the way she started to get cranky. We headed home but she didn't want to nap so I went back outside with her and we had a picnic on our front lawn. We had a blast. She was crawling around on the grass and getting all dirty and she kept coming and giving me hugs and getting me all dirty. We played catch and I must say my little almost 1 year old can really catch a ball!! We sat outside for over an hour at which point I gave her a bath pronto!
We ended our day by having a dance party to some old school techno...remember that song blue? I found the cd (summer of 99 dance) and popped it in and we danced and danced. We had a blast. Sadly, when it was time for Estee to go to sleep she kept pointing to the stereo and saying "uh uh uh" to tell us she wanted something. When she didn't get her point across, she continued to point to the stereo and started to dance a little. This was her way of telling us that she wanted music to be put on so that we can dance again. The poor kid started screaming and crying so badly when I took her into her room and began her bed time routine. It was so upsetting, but all she wanted was to dance. She fell asleep almost immediately after I put her in. oysh what a temper. I am so excited to spend more time with my little girl, we had so much fun today!
(this first picture is of me spinning her around in circles, it was quite hard to take that picture!!)

Monday, June 26, 2006

new pictures, new camera

I just wanted to share some of the pictures I took with my new camera:

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Estee's soap problem part 2

I let Estee stand on the side of the bath tub as I fill it up. Tonight I was cleaning her bath first and when I turned around this is what I found. I can't leave her alone for a second! Do you think it's toxic?

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

my walking baby

Thursday, June 15, 2006

she's got a sense of humor!

some funny things Estee has been doing lately:

1. My ashthma has been really bad the past few days so I have been coughing a lot. Starting yesterday, every time I cough, she fake coughs and then looks at me with a huge grin on her face like haha I'm making fun of you!

2. Estee's bedtime routine is as follows: she bathes, has a bottle, then we read some books and then I sing shema, beshaim hashem, and hamalach hagoel to her. If it's shabbos or yom tov I throw in an appropriate tune. Estee has also been throwing together a lot of sounds lately. So, while I was singing to her she decided to do her own rendition of the songs by saying ma na da fa ba s and sh in different orders to her own melody. It was very hard for me to keep singing without laughing but I did my best. When I reached the high notes of the songs she belted out her own high pitched "ahhhhhhh." Music to my ears!

3. Estee has a new way of telling me that she no longer wants to drink or eat what she is holding. Rather than just refusing the food or sippy cup, she flings it across the room. And then just in case I was thinking of being serious and angry at the action she bursts out with a huge smile that forces me to hold in my own. Lately I have been trying to be quite firm with her and saying "no! we do not throw things on the floor." Because it was funny with the sippy cup but not so funny with the cream cheese on challah that fell face down (of course) onto the floor. Usually right before she drops something she holds it over the side of her highchair and looks at me with a mischevious look saying "look what I'm going to do, try to stop me!" Yesterday though, as she did this I gave her a look that said "don't you dare!" so she took the cup and handed it to me instead. I gave her a big cheer for good listening!!!

4. Estee's play skills are definitely emerging: As you can see in the above picture, her new favorite game is to open her dresser drawer, take something out, fling it across the room, close the drawer, then open it again, take something else out, etc.

5. first word alert: the past few days Estee has been saying AAAAAAABAAA (over enunciating it like I do) The other day when I said grandpa she said apa and she did this a few times so it had to be real. if she doesn't want food she will push my hand away and say na na na (definitely saying no)
she can point to her toes when asked, the light, and trees. oh and mommy's knees. But only mommy's.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

help me please

can you believe that Estee is almost a year old??!!
I am trying to plan her first birthday and I feel like it's her bat mitzvah for goodness sakes.....
But, my real dillema is Estee loves cookie monster. I desperately want to make that the theme but all party supplies are either sesame street or just elmo. Cookie monster does not exist alone. If someone can find me cookie monster party things (not counting balloons or cake toppers- I found those) you will be a winner!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Fun fun fun!

Estee eats challah with cream cheese by herself. Needless to say she wears most of it. She then has fun dancing to the music!:

Sunday, June 04, 2006

big girl shoes for big girl feet!

We took Estee to get her first real pair of shoes today. She sat in the little chair and had her feet measured and everything. She looked like a little queen in the chair but I couldn't get the camera out in time.
Don't you want to know why we got her new shoes? She's walking! Hooray for Estee!
Last week she took 1-3 steps without holding on here and there but yesterday and this morning she took more! Because of her new walking skill she began to crawl like a spider. Instead of crawling on her knees she gets up on her feet but has her hands down, so she's half crawling and half walking, it's so funny!
The above picture is her walking to me this morning.