Sunday, December 30, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
The girls had so much fun with Rylee copying everything that Hanna said at first. It wasn't long before Rylee would open a present with "WOOOOW dis awesome!!!" (socks) or "OOOOH COOL!!! (books) It was so very adorable and we all enjoyed every minute of it.
Rylee's favorite gifts were her baby doll stuff and everything that Hanna got! Hanna's favorites were her horse barn, tack and karaoke machine! The day was spent playing with their new toys, singing and dancing. When I tucked the girls in for the night Hanna said "Mom, do you know what the best thing about Christmas was?" I asked her what it was. She said "It was having a sister to share it with!". I am so proud of her for opening her heart to her new sister and trying so hard to be a good sister for Rylee! I am so very grateful to spend this Christmas with my beautiful girls and my fabulous husband...
Thursday, December 13, 2007
English words and sentences she has learned and uses at 6 weeks home:
Thursday, November 29, 2007
but posting after the girls go to bed has been a little bit harder since we got home! Anyway I managed to capture this face and wanted to share it. This (below) is Rylee's disgusted look that she gives us after we tell her no about something she thinks she should be able to do which always comes after a few clucks of her tongue! I tell her that she cannot cluck and scowl at Mommy, but it really is just so darn cute!
It is amazing that I haven't squished Rylee yet! I have started calling her stealth baby because she can move so quietly! She is directly behind me or almost under me at almost all times. I might think that I have moved from the counter to the trash can without her following (because I didn't hear anything) but sure enough I am continuously having to jump over her or around her. She can sneak downstairs at night and end up beside my bed without making any audible sounds to be picked up by a very sound sensitive baby monitor that is placed right beside her bed! And yes - when I come close to stepping on her she clucks at me!!!
Look at these pearly whites! She had her first dentist appointment and the were able to remove the remaining stains that we were unable to get off and she has NO cavities! Pretty amazing for someone that didn't know what to do with a toothbrush! She did so good and laid there while they scraped on her teeth for about 30 minutes. She didn't cry, barley fidgeted and came out smiling - what a trooper!
Rylee was not sure at first what we were doing, but she quickly caught on. She decorated one side of the house and Hanna did the other. Hanna was all about putting the biggest candies on as quickly as possible and Rylee wanted everything perfectly matched and evenly straight on her side. The house came out beautifully and Rylee squealed with delight when she discovered that the icing was edible! It is amazing that any of the candies made it on to the house after she tasted the first one. She does love the American candy!
We put the Christmas tree up and the lights on one night after Rylee was in bed. When she got up in the morning and we came down the stairs - she spotted the tree right away. She had the same reaction as she does to anything new and pretty - her mouth dropped open and she let out a big raspy, delighted "WOOOOOOWA!!!!". She is enjoying seeing the lights on all the houses and the decorations everywhere and she really loves to try to sing Jingle Bells and wants to listen over and over. It is so adorable that I am going to have to try to get it on tape and post it next time! I am sure that experiencing Christmas through her eyes is going to be so much fun!
First Trip to Build-A-Bear
Rylee picked out the brightest, pinkest bear available for her choice. She kept trying to grab the fully stuffed one off the shelf to replace her flat bear. I received many tongue clicks for not letting her have the prestuffed bear and she kept showing me how flat her bear was in comparison. Finally we were in line close enough for her to see someone else stuffing their animal and so she stopped clucking and giving me the disgusted - what kind of Mommy makes their child get a totally flat bear - look!
Once she got her bear stuffed, she thought she had better tell Hanna how it is done. She had so much fun picking out an outfit for her bear. She finally settled on Christmas boy pj's and a High School Musical outfit.
She has named her bear Precious and is taking very good care of her. Precious is obviously very treasured and I couldn't help but think as I watched her that this most likely is the very first thing that she was able to completely pick out, make and claim as her own. Precious has gone everywhere with us and has a complete eat, sleep and play schedule. Rylee clucks at me each day when I again tell her "no, you cannot give Precious a bath..."
How the eating is going...
Rylee is finding more and more things that she likes to eat. She continues to favor the super hot and spicy foods! We have made very little progress - but continue to work on Rylee's eating style. She loudly slurps all her food, smacks her lips, chomps and burps continuously throughout the meal! She look at us like we should be impressed and I told Pat that maybe she is complementing my cooking - lol!!! She will now say "Excuse you Xiao Bao" after she burps or "Mama say excuse me Xiao Bao" and then she laughs. We have been trying to show her to keep her lips closed while she is chewing, so tonight during dinner she would take a bit of food and then grab her lips and hold them closed while she chewed. Then she gives us a look like - "geeesh, these people make me do the weirdest things!". It is so hard to keep a straight face through all of this because she is just so very cute!