Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What's New?

Hellooo blog friends!! 
Wow - How I have I missed everyone! 

I've had a bad case of the MBM's {Missing Blog Mom!}.
I've been MIA for a little while. I took a much needed break. I'll fill you in on what's been going on in our lives... but first I would like to say - thank you for not forgetting about me & understanding that I needed to take a mental vacation (gosh I wish I could take a few weeks mental vacation from my job too!).

I need to catch up on my blog reading too! Sheeesh! How behind I am! We've been so busy here - swimming, weekend trips, outdoor activities, shopping and other fun summer stuff!

Interestingly enough, I logged into blogger a few days ago for the first time in 3 weeks ... and I noticed they changed everything! Wow! All new settings to get used to now... again. I did work on a new blog design while I was MIA. I needed something fresh & summery feeling! I think I like it. I might tweak it some more - but this is what I am going with for now...

So we reached a pretty big milestone here. Julianna is 14 months and has started walking. (Yeah, she's a late bloomer with the walking!) She's walking if we hold her hands and walk/run/scurry with her (Ouch my aching back!! Bring on the advil!). Actually, she is walking/scurrying/running like a drunk sailor. I love it. She can furniture surf like a pro! She loves when we put a toy on the sofa so she can stand up and play with it. She has yet to take some solo steps, but we are getting there. She is also pulling herself up on anything she can. She likes to crawl over to us, pull herself up and grab our fingers to walk with her. Cute. 

Now that summer is here, we are going to our pool and Julianna is a fish! She loves the water! She loves the baby pool and the splash pad.

We went to my inlaw's house and Julianna went in their pool with her floaty raft with Daddy. She loved that too! My mother in law bought Julianna a small blow-up baby pool which she happily went in every day. It has toys attached to it, and she enjoyed squeeking those toys while lounging in the water and staying cool!

Some random things: 

Julianna will drink water from a sippy cup. We are working on getting her to drink milk from a sippy. When I give her milk in the same sippy she normally drinks water from, she throws it. OK, fine, I get it, she doesn't like milk in THAT sippy cup. So after some sippy cup research & purchases, we found one that is kind of like a nipple (by Nuby) and she {so far} is ok with it. She will drink milk from it. I am fine with having a different cup for the milk. I really wanted to get her 'off the bottle' by now - so this is working out well! (Off the bottle - lol - sounds like she has a drinking problem!!)

Swim lessons - We are wanting to sign Julianna up for swim lessons this fall or winter. I read that at 18 months to 24 months, she can kick her legs and learn how to doggy paddle - so we are shooting for that. It is important to us that she learns how to swim.

Blanket - Every night, Brian and I go into Julianna's room and 'check on her' before we go to bed. I usually cover her up with a lightweight blanket. I just started doing this and she kicks the blanket off after a while - but I want her to get used to a blanket for when it gets colder in the fall/winter. She will be a year and half old this winter and I think it's a good time to start her with a lightweight blanket.

Table Food - She eats table food like a champ - chicken, turkey, fish sticks, meatballs, fresh fruit, cheese, pasta, and the list goes on and on. We try to keep everything organic and natural or fresh with no sugar or preservatives. Call me anal but I don't see the point in giving her any extra sugar or fried stuff if we don't have to! We have yet to find something this little girl doesn't like!

Beach Visit soon - What will Julianna think of the sand? I can't wait to put her feet in the sand.

Elmo - Elmo is Julianna's new love. She just loves this little furry Sesame Street character. Her face lights up when I give her Elmo. It's the cutest thing ever. Good thing he's pretty cute. We have been tivo'ing episodes of Sesame Street and we put it on for her for a few minutes at night before bed. She is very interested in any of the Muppet characters like Elmo, Abby, Zoe, Telly, and the classics like Bert, Big Bird, Grover! I grew up with Sesame street and I don't see anything wrong with letting her watch it.

I have a bunch of pictures that I will be posting separately tomorrow! I did not want to overload you all right now!


  1. Welcome back! :)
    Can't wait to see all the pictures!

  2. welcome back! i can't wait to see all the pictures you took while you were on your mental vacation ;)

  3. Welcome back! A lot has happened since you've been gone. How exciting that she's cruising around. It sounds like she's so close to solo steps! My random comments - Have you tried straw cups? Nate loves them, although it would be annoying to clean the milk out of the straws. Nate is almost two and still won't leave a blanket on. Last winter we used the sleep sack that has open feet at the bottom. He's JUST starting to use a pillow. So jealous of your good eater!! Maybe I'll try fish sticks, I forgot about those. And finally - Welcome to the Elmo club. That red guy is a work of genius. He sucks everyone in!!

  4. Melissa- thanks! I am sorting through them tonight! :)

    Rachel - thanks! It was a nice mental break. I was really toying with the idea of just shutting it down all together but I decided against it. :) Glad I did!

    Amber - Yes actually Jules loves the straw cups for her water… But - Once she sees or tastes milk in it, it gets chucked across the room. I wish I could get in her teeny brain and figure out why. LOL. She is now liking the Nuby cup with the soft spout (for milk)but I had to remove the handles or she wouldn’t open her mouth for it! Toddlers are soooo weird huh?!?! I have seen those sleep sacks where the feet stick out- if the blanket experiment does not work out, I'll be picking up one of those for sure!! :)

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  6. Glad you're back. missed y'all!

  7. granthamania - Thanks! I am backkkk!:) Now, time to catch up my blog reading! WOW!

  8. Glad to have you back! I figured you were taking a little break...I do it often so I can't blame you- blogging is lots of work...

  9. We'll have to plan a time for you guys to come to Sesame Place!!!

  10. Warning you now....this might be a long comment! We're right with you on the walking....I was to the point of getting worried and then I kept reading that up to 18 months is considered average to start walking, so now I'm not worried. Kylie has taken a few steps on her own, but only with a lot of convincing and we usually have to get her started and then take our hands away.

    Kylie loves the water also, though we haven't had her in a big pool yet, just her baby pool.

    I had to laugh about Julianna not liking milk and water out of the same cup, Kylie is the SAME! She drinks water out of straw cups and we got her off the bottle by using the Nuby brand cups! Now she will drink milk out of any cup with a spout and water is still out of straw cups.

    We're getting into Sesame Street around here also, though she seems to favor Big Bird.

    Can't wait to hear about the beach visit and how your little princess feels about the sand :)


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