Friday, May 22, 2009

Big and Small - Hailey at 22 months

I just love watching Hailey learn new things...seeing the look in her eyes when something 'clicks' and then seeing her use her knew found knowledge in her little world. It's so rewarding and so amazing!

Today was one of those fun moments of learning...or actually, the application of her learning. She has a book called "It's not easy being Big" and it's all about big and small things. We read it a lot and she seems to love it...but I'm never sure if she's actually comprehending the lessons it tries to teach. So, today we were reading books before her nap. I'd already read her a few books and told her that she could choose "One last book." So she wondered over to her book collection and fingered through a few books. She pulled one out, looked it over and tossed it to the side "no...(s)mall". She picked up another small book, tossed and repeated "no...(s)mall". This process went on for a good minute until she found the biggest book she could see and exclaimed "Yeaaaaah!! BIG!" and brought it over to me to read. Which we did.

So not only has she figured out the difference between Big and Small...but she's learned some pretty smart delay tactics. If only she could figure out how to control the speed I read the book to her, then she could really delay nap time...I imagine that skills not far off!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I'm still here...

I'm just busy and lazy! But here's a quick update:

I'm getting fat - I'm about 34 weeks along right now and I'm getting soooooo BIG! I'm half ready to be done and half terrified of the sleepless nights. I wasn't so scared the first time around because I had no idea how hard it would be. But this time I know - and it scares me. The good thing is it doesn't last too long - hopefully! I don't have any pictures though. I'll have to take some and update a bit later.

We had Easter - Hailey totally got it this year! She LOVED the Easter egg hunt and G-ma and G-pa's and she loved the mini one we did here at home. She loved the chocolate too! I wonder where she gets that from??:) Here are some of my favourites of the babe from Easter:


Finding Eggs

Just looking so pretty

Finding Eggs at Grandma and Grandpas

Helping Dad find the eggs

We had the Easter Fireside - I spent waaaay too much time stressing over it all. And in the end it was beautiful! Almost 200 people showed up and the music was perfect!! Seriously, so perfect. There are so many talented people in this world - I'm not one of them, but it was fun to work so closely with them all.
We had mother's day - which was wonderful and busy. We spent half the day in Claresholm and half in Calgary. Hailey LOVES her grandmas!! You should have seen the fit she had when one of our nieces tried to sit on Hailey's grandma's knee in Claresholm. Like she should have known that Grandma is only Hailey's Grandma - and she is NOT for sharing. It was a fun day. My gift from Hailey and Ben was a card, some flowers and some much needed shopping for this little baby that's coming soon. I've been stressing about not being ready for the baby for so long, so it was a nice present when Ben took Hailey and I out to gear up for the baby. It doesn't sound like much - but it was the best present ever!

And that's it. We're now just gearing up for another RV season and a new baby. It seems like life is NOT slowing down. And I wouldn't mind it if it did. Oh - I should also mention something that I think is totally adorable! Hailey has friends - like real friends. She sees them all the time and LOVE's them - even though she cries a lot when they're around (she's having a hard time with the sharing thing). Anyway, if we're not with her friends at the moment she's always asking for them. "Mommy - where's KYKA? Where's HOWIE?? Where??" Over and over and over again. Sooooo cute. She also loves to tell everyone she knows or meets that she has friends and proceeds to repeat their names over...and over...and over again. Gotta love this stage! It's fun! Even with it's challenges - which I'll post about later - I NEED advice!
Anyway, here are two more of my favourite pictures from the past 5 weeks. Hailey's first Popsicle (or pocko as she says) and a ride of the 'wings' as she likes to say.