Monday, May 24, 2010

Meg's May (27th)

So, yes, I know this is a post about Meghan and the main picture is Cooper... But, if you see the little one in the background, I think that would be significant of the way she feels sometimes. I really try not to let that happen - and it will definitely be better when Cooper is more mobile - but, until then, Baby, I'm sorry, but it will happen sometimes... At least you handle it pretty well for the most part.
Now that Bubba can sit up better you sometimes get to take baths with your brother. Still not sharing the toys very well... And then, other times, you are too willing to share when it's not really a Cooper-appropriate toy. The other night the puppies found your baby like it was their toy - "Not puppies toy, Not Bubba's toy".
Nap times with you have become an issue on the weekend. Especially Sundays. You fall asleep on the way home from church and then don't want to take your regular nap. Then sometimes you fall asleep Saturday morning (as above) and then that messes up your afternoon nap. Pretty consistently going to sleep at 8 PM. Do much better when given a warning that the time is coming. One or two books to read, "talky Jesus", and you stay in your bed. Since Mommy and Daddy figured out that you stay in your bed all night long when tucked in by both of us, you do so much better. Haven't woken up in the middle of the night and stood at the gate in a long time.
Love the bunny Great Nanny and Great Pa gave you for Easter. Like to take it in the car with you.
Back to "talky Jesus" - love that you are getting more ad lib. The other night was "Thank you play doh. Thank you yellow play doh. Thank you bugs. Thank you cheese. Thank you two cheese." Quick run through "Mommy, Daddy, Bubba, Meggie" - sometimes looping back through several times. And this seems to be a great stall technique you have discovered as well. "Cose you eyes, Daddy".
You are a very loving big sister toward your brother. Still with "it's okay bubba. I right here." The other morning you kept it up for ahile trying to soothe him. Amazingly though, when you stopped trying, he stopped crying. Maybe you were the reason :) "Momma's coming Bubba. It's okay". You want to help him try to walk. Give him toys, Cheerios, car toys. Overall, very sweet. The other night you wanted him to "sit my lap" so you could smile for the picture.
Note the scissor use. You know about 8 colors, about 7 shapes, the words to Twinkle Twinkle, ABCs. Still skip right over 4 for the most part when counting to 10. Working on your Spanish numbers. Sometimes talk about "mas". Love, love, love songs. Jesus Loves Me usually loops "Yes Jesus Loves me" over and over... you forget abou the ending :) . Wheels on the Bus. "Are you sleeping..."? "Rocky baby". You request "So-shine" - as in "You are my sunshine".
You love to help in the kitchen, go get your stool and try to drag it over to watch. This night you decided to cover yourself, right arm only, in stickers to eat. Love to help set the table, count out forks. Started going through this dawdling-while-eating thing. And decide not to want to eat until supper time is over. Still quite picky with the veggies - trying to encourage you to at least try stuff. Sometimes, sadly, through a bribe with a chip or bread or ice cream. Whatever it takes I guess. Okay with most foods though.
Loving your books. Current favorites are your Curious George book, Tails, "pa-pier" Very Hungry Caterpillar, some little critter. You want to hold it. Do your writing with your v-fib looking very focused lines :) ; holding your pen correctly of course. It's been fun to watch your coloring progress - very focused on the areas you need to color in. Not in the lines granted but very dedicated to the work. Your learning amazes me - you pay SOOOO much attention to every little thing. Just tonight I looked over, and you were trying to twirl your pasta on your fork - no one ever showed you but Momma sure had been doing it...
And that hair. My smart little girl prefers to pull out the little baby hairbrush that doesn't actually brush very well. Not the one that has "tangles". You "want two" the majority of the time. Sometimes requesting the color. And love to wear hairbands on your wrist like your momma. But that hair does annoy you! You are getting a haircut very soon. Your first real one!
You are a little cuddler. I've found you sometimes regressing intentionally... talking in baby talk. But, given the situation, I forgive you. When we pull your hair up out of your face, only then do I see your round little baby face and remember how young you truly are. You often seem so much older. Don't get me wrong, I would keep you at this age for the longest time if we could. At least, during the good sweet parts. You are so fun right now. Feel a little too independent but for the most part accept correction. We are working on saying "Yes, Mommy" and not fussing our way through everything. No major meltdowns in public yet.

"Watch Ba-ney". Still not too much into TV. The other day you said "Don't want to watch cooking" - cracking me up!
You love stacking things. We always know when you have been in the shower because all the bottles are so nicely grouped, some stacked. Somehow, in your little mind, stacking things is associated with the happy birthday song - and you start singing; another of your favorite songs.
And love putting things in boxes, back in their straw cover. Continuous "No, I do it". Wanting to dress yourself. Wanting to put on your diaper. Unless it comes to going up the stairs when you say "up". Fine by me - nice to be needed sometimes ;)

You love to be outside. You helped me garden the other day; had your own shovel and rake. Until you moved on to your "cycle"... and took off around the side of the house. You have never been one for fearing being away from us :) . And "wagon" and "basketball"... have I mentioned your vocabulary! It's insane. Just yesterday you yelled "Baggett" at your dad. And I've heard to mi mic me and yell his name at him after I do it. Guess it could be worse! :)
I found this picture. I think you've moved past your "clackies" phase. Then again, it might just be that you have too many toys - you forget about them. Hear that family out there! When we say limited toys we mean it!
And lets end on those sweet little pudgy legs. And smile. And those dimples on those little knuckles. And that stubbornness... Not loving it that much but it is so you... And you have BOTH your parents to blame for that. We love you, Baby Girl! May you never doubt that!

Didn't you already have your own blog, Aunt Tracy? :) We did say "tank you Tacy" last night. Unprovoked.

Fondue Feast

So when you never get to go out with your husband and it's mother's day - you do it right! So we went to The Melting Pot - don't go unless you know how much it costs I warn you. But well worth the almost 3 hours of 4 courses and lots of fun bonding time.
See my horseradish cheese appetizer? Tangy, different, but fun. But the best is still the green apple dipped in whatever cheese possible. We opted for the Caribbean feast with the extra mojo seasoning added to our broth. Greg was feeling luxurious and opted for the added lobster tail for our meat... and I (the non-lobster/shrimp girl) enjoyed both... in a not-so-ick but still-ick kind of way... Greg liked it though :)

And on to the most important part - the dessert! We opted for the dark chocolate mixed with marshmallow creme topped with graham cracker crumbs - ala smores. MMM... Let's just go back for desserts! I guess it will be another 2 years though :)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Tastin' Texas

The big Baggett bunch met in north Houston to eat fancy dinner in honor of my father-in-laws' 30 year anniversary at work... Greg declared the steak the "best meal he had ever eaten"... Congrats, Kent!

A Mother's Day Meeting

We went to Katy to spend Mother's Day with Greg's family. And Aunt Tracy, of course!
Had some swim time in the backyard - Coop entertained himself for a while in his chair. Note I said "awhile"...
Nanny made jammies the big kids - sad to think that Meggie is now in that group! In comparison to the two babies that is.

So Nanny surprised the girls and took us shopping - while the boys were in charge of the kids for a couple of hours in the morning. Went for a walk to feed the ducks and went swimming...
Seems Meg was a little too un-intimidated by the ducks :)

The real story would be - who let my child float with her little cousin in the middle of the pool?! Thanks for the pics Sammer...

And then for my mother's day - Greg and I had a date to The Melting Pot while the others babysat... Those pics to follow...

(A Moody) Moody Gardens

Going to Galveston to Moody Gardens was a last minute decision - mostly because I wanted to beat the summer vacationers. We called it an adventure and all morning Meg kept asking about her "venture". Whipped out the double stroller and headed for a ride.
All was pretty good for the first part of the trip. Happy. Ready to go. I don't think Coop got out of his stoller the whole time - and who would mess with a good thing? I think he stayed alert the whole time watching and looking at everything.
The first stop was the rain forest pyramid which kept up its reputation as I recall from my other visit - not worth the money. Meg did enjoy the insect exhibit at the beginning. She kept looking at "o-er side", running over to see the next one.
Saw some parrots, lots of really exciting plants... Trying to remember everything else... but that might have been it. Not even really fish in the dirty water. Oh yeah, some turtles.

At the aquarium, Meg acted excited at the beginning. Wanted to touch the things she wasn't supposed to touch.
She had to be convinced that seals were fun. We had to sit there for awhile before Meg caught on - but then she wanted to stay. Liked watching them swim in circles - really in a tank way too small for those giant animals... But that's another story I'm sure.
Liked watching all the sharks and fish in the giant tank. We didn't see Nemo - and hadn't really occurred to me until she pointed out Dori - who I didn't know she knew by name.
And not as excited by the penguins as she should have been. It was 11:30 or so. That was when she started to say "Don't like it... Don't like it" - which I believe was really "I'm tired, I'm hungry..."

And the coolest part with the glass tunnel you walk through with the sharks above you - kept on "Don't like it" "Are you scared?" "Yeah, scared. Don't like it"... Obviously, no pictures of this part....
So plan next time - save money and aquarium only. Then we went and had bbq in galveston. Made me seem like a true Galvestonian to know the local dives :)