Saturday, February 20, 2016

14 Months!

Vivien is still doing a great job eating and drinking this month.  A lot of the time she is eating and drinking more than Ryder!  Her pediatrician said that that's normal and pretty soon that will be tapering off.  She still is enjoying a wide variety of foods- she hasn't met a fruit or bread that she doesn't like!  She has been eating chicken and eggs too this month; she gobbles those down.  She is drinking several small bottles of milk a day, which is a massive improvement from two months ago.  When she's ready for more milk, she points and makes all kind of noises to let us know what she wants.

Vivien is enjoying reading more and more.  When we read her bedtime books, she helps to turn the pages and says "All done" after the last page.  She crawls over to the bookshelf and pulls out books to look at on her own too.  She loves playing with all of the toys we have, both hers and Ryder's.  She loves to push all the little cars and trucks around, just like her big brother.  This month she has been playing more independently, especially when she can't see me- then she often wants me to hold her.  At my mom's house she sits next to the toy kitchen and plays all by herself for quite a while.  

At the beginning of this month, Vivien started standing up on her own reliably.  She would push off something, or just stand up from the ground and then look at us with a huge smile on her face and wait for us to clap for her!  She started out taking a couple of steps mid-month and now she's doing a lot of walking each day.  She still crawls (at top speed) to get to things, but she loves to stand up and walk to people to give them a hug.  

Vivien has been talking more and doing more non-verbal communication this month too.  She now says "uh oh," "sock," and "cat" very clearly now, in addition to what she was saying last month.  She makes it very clear when she wants something by gesturing and making noises.  She loves to make funny sounds with her mouth too, something that I think Ryder is helping her learn!

Being silly

She almost never stops smiling

Lots of teeth!

She's very curious and wants to get onto and into everything

Standing up and about to walk to me

I love that happy face

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Winter Wonderland

We haven't gotten much snow so far this winter, so that hasn't been much winter fun happening.  Although we are perfectly happy with the Spring-like weather we've been having, don't get me wrong.  The first snow we had, Ryder was sick, so we didn't get him out.  The next snow, Ryder went sleddding in our yard during Vivi's nap, so she didn't get out.  This morning we finally got them both out together to play in the snow and it was adorable!  That being said, I hope it all melts fast!!

Vivi's first time in the snow!

Pulling them both around in the sled

Taking it all in while I push Ryder down the hill

Ryder likes sledding, no surprise there

Ohh, a helper!

A little ride down the hill

Everything was still covered in snow this morning

Ryder decided to trying laying down

My two cuties