Sunday, March 31, 2013

Hoppy Easter & Happy Birthday to Mommy!

Today was 3 days rolled into one: Easter, Caesar Chavez Day, and my birthday! We had a fun day with Callie on her first Easter. I dressed her up in a new dress that Marge bought her for her 11 month bday. It was a perfect Easter dress, thanks! We played with eggs, hats, baskets, and more. It was a laid back day with just the family enjoying each others company. In the afternoon we BBQed and had cake and presents. Thanks to everyone for making my birthday special and for all the love! I love my family and friends and am so blessed, especially with this cutie!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Happy Birthday Uncle Mike

Today there was a big party for Uncle Mike's birthday at the Chavez house. Callie just loves these days with lots of fun and family. She was playing the pretend drums on a bowl with plastic forks with Mari and Chuy. Looking at the flowers and the dogs with Grandpa and generally just seeking out Grandma.
We had a fun afternoon. Callie now eats refried beans and really likes them. Today I just have her the bowl and she went to town eating them. Forget using utensils, Callie just dug right in with her hands. Yummy! And messy too.
Happy Birthday Uncle Mike!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Day with Daddy

Juan spent the day with Callie today as he didn't have to work. They ha a fun day playing together. And daddy must have taught her some skills! As of today she can get into standing from the floor without any furniture or help. Floor to stand independently. I must say as a pediatric PT, I think she is quite advanced :)
Daddy sent me this photo today. She even has matching clothes and a hair now too, go daddy!
When I came home from work I brought her some mangos from my coworker. This is a different kind of mango than we usually buy. She really liked it. She ate a whole half and then was biting the skin to try and get more off. Good thing we have two more to eat this weekend.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Dreaming of Melissa McClure Photos

My amazing wedding photographer is doing a giveaway for a free session with her. As much as I love my photos of Callie I am no where near as talented as Melissa. She has a new website and for blogging about her new amazing site, I get more entries into her giveaway. Hopefully this leads to me winning! Check her out here:

Baby Doll Stella

The Leighton/Rhyne family bought Callie this Baby Stella for her 1 before 1 birthday and shipped it to our house in CA so we wouldn't have to fly with it. We opened it now we were home and Callie really likes it. She likes the magnetic pacifier and pretending to feed the baby. Thanks guys!

Monday, March 25, 2013

11 Months Old

I forgot to bring Callie's 11 month sticker to CT and I didn't have my dslr camera so I didn't take photos on her actual 11 month bday, but hey it's just 4 days late :)
It's actually hard to take photos of her now as she moves! I am playing with camera settings and she just disappears before I can get the photo. Callie is on the move! Besides that she tends to pull the sticker off right away and wander off into her own fun rather than smile and laugh at me. Regardless I got some good ones. I think I really captured the essence of Callie and the things she is into right now; pulling books off the shelf, playing with stuffed animals, pointing, plucking flower petals, walking!
This month Callie has really grown. I don't have a height and weight but she seems taller and heavier. Her face has thinned out a little and she also looks older to me. She has taken off in her walking abilities. She can walk pretty far without falling, I'd say over 100 feet. Callie can also turn while walking and stand still in one place. Before she could walk but she couldn't stop without falling or running into furniture. She still prefers to hold hands sometimes and she reaches out to grab your hand and then drags you where she wants to go. It used to be me holding 2 hands and leading her but now she only uses one and the other hand is pointing at where she wants to go.
She has also gotten pretty good at using utensils. She wants to do EVERYTHING herself. I try to help but she doesn't want you in her way. She prefers to have real plates, bowls, and silverware, no plastic kid kinds. Callie has gotten pretty good with the fork. If you help stab the food she will eat off the fork. Surprisingly, forks and bowls seem to really help her eat things she may not even like that much. It adds fun I guess? She points at things, talks and babbles all the time, claps, and waves buh bye. I still am not sure she has a word that she really consistently uses and knows its meaning. She has better receptive language as she really seems to understand now when you talk to her. The word we hear the most is dog and you can see her love of our dogs probably drives that. She was excited to see them again after her vacation. She also copies words and phrases you say, sometimes shockingly well. She tends to babble quite a bit.
Callie still has 6 teeth, but there are 2 new ones just breaking through the gums on the lower gums.
Overall so far this has been my favorite month with Callie. I feel like I say that every month :) I'm sure when she hits tantrum age I will say I miss her at 11 months.... Enjoy!