Friday, October 29, 2010

In this picture Abbi is playing with the iPad we have. Jenn was probably showing her how to do something, which Abbi then negated by her obsessive use of the home button. She definitely knows what she's doing when she plays with the iPad, but when she presses the home button and exits whatever she was doing, she doesn't know how to get back to it.

I wonder as she gets older what her level of technology proficiency will be. I love tech stuff and so does Jenn. I mean we both have laptops for personal use, so its not that far off before we get one for Abbi. We've actually got a little netbook waiting for her! I get excited thinking about the ability to teach her things I know well and imparting that knowledge to her.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Here she is having her head stuck through the hole of a pig body. There's not much else to this. She seemed to have a good time at the farm last weekend, so long as she was fed and not tired. Which by the end of the trip she was both hungry and tired, indicating it was time to go.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Its been almost 2 weeks since Abbi turned 15 months old. It seems I'm getting farther and farther from the actual day of the month when I get around to writing these.

Another month older and another month smarter and more experienced. She's been working at cutting 4 more teeth this past month, and has 2 of them through the gums. She's been working on all 4 incisors at once, and now has the top 2 to use. She's only got the bottom 2 left and then her "2 year" molars. She's got a lot of teeth!

I mentioned last month that she was growing out of her size 4 shoes and into some 5's. Well, she's growing out of those too. We've been looking at getting her some size 6 shoes, that she'll definitely be in by the time she's 16 months.

She's starting explore more in the bathtub during bath time. When she was younger she just kinda sat there, and even once we pulled out the baby tub and went with the big tub for her, she just kinda sat there. Now she kinda runs around the bath tub having tons of fun, splashing and playing with toys.

Around the house she's everywhere. She's in everything, that hasn't changed. We finally got some child-prevention items to keep her out of some of the cabinets because she was making it to messy. She eats like a champ still. She loves fruit which is awesome. Instead of wanting all kinds of junk food she wants fruit like apples, grapes and assorted berries.

We've been working really hard with her on her speech the past month as well. She's still struggling to get much out that we can identify, but her talking has picked up considerably and she'll hopefully break through soon. She's got ma or mom, and da down. She knows doggie and we think "no way" as well. She has really good recognition of words, its just the repetition we're working on.

This is another picture of her looking cute as always that we had taken a week ago. The photographer suggested a stool which we knew she'd love, and as you can see, she did!

Monday, October 25, 2010

The other day Abbi and I were upstairs playing. I was getting some clothes together for our visit to my parents and she was playing in the laundry basket in the room. Its cute to see how she interprets everyday things in completely different ways.

Friday, October 22, 2010

I have a habit of making fun of things. This morning, my little girl was no exception. For those that remember the 80's the way I do, it may have been more an homage to what I remember than making fun, but then again, I was probably just making fun of her.

As soon as I saw her, the word Cheetara came to mind. This was the name of one of the characters on the cartoon Thundercats. It was a girl character, that was, yup a Cheetah basically. With Abbi's little print pants I couldn't help myself!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

At the beginning of the week I posted my favorite picture from this past weekends photoshoot for Abbi. I figured today I would share Jenn's favorite. Jenn really likes the smile on her face and overall, just how cute she looks.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

We've noticed that Abbi is actually starting to play with other kids a bit more, and not be so single minded. I'm not saying they are sitting playing house together or anything, but she is more knowledgeable of other children and the nature of playing and sharing.

This past weekend after dinner I snapped this picture of Audrey and Abbi walking to the car while holding hands with Jake and Ange. Its cute that they both want to hold hands with one another.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Abbi got her first body paint this past Saturday. We expected it to be face painting, but it turned out that the line we were in, they did wrist/hand painting. Which I personally think was a bit better since I don't think Abbi would have sat still long enough for it.

Jenn decided to get a butterfly painted on her wrist. You can see here her initial reaction to having it finished, and in the top I added a little close up of the butterfly, since you can't really see it in the big image all that well. She seemed to enjoy it, and didn't try to rub it off, so thats good!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Apparently quilts are all the rage as gift ideas for new babies. We received the quilt you see in the background from Jenn's Aunt Pansy, I think she's a great Aunt, but I'm not sure. I do know that she is 90 years old, so its an awesome heirloom gift for Abbi. We also just recently got a new quilt from another great Aunt of Abbi's, my Aunt Velma who made her a quilt, I'll have to share a picture of that next week.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A few weeks ago we ordered Abbi a playset for her to play with in the backyard. It finally came in last week and this past Monday I went with Granddad and picked it up. It only took about 20 minutes to put it together. Here you can see Abbi's first activity with it. Going up the slide! She really seems to like it and hopefully she'll get a good amount of use out of it.

Also - Abbi went to the doctor yesterday, so you can see her updated stats on the side now. She's up to 25 lbs, and gained another inch in height, putting her up to 32.5 inches!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I think all kids love to be tickled, but I know mine does. Jenn took this picture, with a few others last week one evening. Abbi is super cute in the way she does things. In this case, I was tickling her and she would sit back after each round to "reset" her position and indicate she wanted to continue to play. She's awesome like that!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Last night Abbi had a chance to meet Ray Lewis. She instead fell asleep. Oh well. This picture is from our trip to Port Discovery. You can see her sorting through some of the building block pieces while I pose over top of her!

Friday, October 8, 2010

When we went to Port Discovery they had a room set aside for kids that were Abbi's age. She was able to play pretty much anywhere in the place, but this room had more things her size and also kept out the bigger kids.

One thing she found were these little pianos, which of course she had to have both of. It was cute to watch her play with them, and its always nice for Jenn and I to see Abbi take an interest in music, something we both hope she'll want to pursue.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Abbi loves Max. Max tolerates Abbi. I would think after all the food she's given that dog, that he would love her at this point. But then again, when a 25 pound person sits on your back and jumps up and down on you, that might be reason to not like you quite as much.

Abbi plays with Max a good bit, and hopefully as she gets older and he learns to like her more, he'll want to play with her. I still think he's a little bitter that we had her and took away from his time with us. Slowly but surely though, after almost 15 months, he seems to be adjusting to having Abbi around.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Not really any story here. Just a cute picture of my little girl and her Aunt Christine!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Abbi is working her way through life, looking cuter every day. Not much new to report on her, but she's just pretty much amazing. She's smarter every day.

Last night Abbi and I were upstairs and Max was at the bottom. So I told her to tell him to come and she gestured different from her wave to him and called for him to come up. Amazing. This is a picture of her from church two weeks ago.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Last night we went to Chick-Fil-A for some free food. After we ate we took Abbi to the playplace for the first time. After a minute of some hesitation she headed over to the "toddler" section and played for a few minutes. Once she was bored with that, she decided to go ahead and climb around in the rest of the area with the other kids. She climbed up a bunch of steps and then came down through a slide all on her own. Jenn and I can't really fit up there, so she was all on her own.

Jenn was incredibly proud of her for being confident and doing it on her own. Abbi of course loved it all, so she then proceeded to go around the loop a few more times. It was really cute to hear her coming down the slide as she was laughing and enjoying herself all the way down.