I have no idea what Grammy Lew was doing, but she sure got Eliza to laugh like crazy.
Eliza has been a great little traveler. After her first visit to the ocean, she visited Myrtle Beach's "Broadway at the Beach." The girls got there around dusk so E was exposed to the carnival atmosphere of lights and music. (She was also fascinated by the crazy, disgusting fish as her mommy and daddy were back in April We broke from the crowds and ducked into a crab-themed store. Sure enough we found the perfect hat for a photo. E even thought it was funny.
As we drove up the coast, we made several pit stops. Mostly to change
diapers, but also to check out some history. One of our stops was at the
Charles Pinckney house. He was a signer of the constitution. George
Washington stayed there once. Eliza, Grammy and Patti posed for a pic on
Eliza is having lots of adventures at the coast. After leaving
Charleston, the girls headed up the coast to Myrtle Beach. Eliza and Patti each
dipped their toes in the Atlantic for the first time. The water was
warm. Not like the Oregon coast! Here's a photo of Eliza, Patti and
Our first trip to the Atlantic Ocean. Eliza dipped her toes into the
water. At first she thought it was neat, then she got kinda scared.
Afterwards, mommy snapped this photo to commemorate the experience. While E
doesn't look quite as excited as mommy, it is important to point out
that Eliza was busy at this very moment trying to grab the camera away.
Mommy and Baby Eliza are going to the beach for a few days, so KyAnn is testing out sending photos to the blog. In short: it works. She'll be able to snap a photo and email it from her phone, and it'll automatically show up here! Neat-o.
Finally I have video proof that Eliza is saying "Dada!" - We weren't sure a few weeks ago that when she was saying "dada" that it wasn't just gibberish. But now we know she understands...she'll look at Daddy and start saying "dada!" (We've already started the training on "Mama" - stay tuned.)
We just got a hand-me-down baby playset this afternoon and Eliza has been going nuts with it. She looks at herself in the mirror while banging on all kinds of buttons that activate flashing lights and creepy children's music.
We have informally started feeding Eliza when we sit down for dinner, and she sits nearby in her high chair grunting and making weird noises. It was actually two new things in this photo: the chair, and Guava baby food - both of which went over well.
Eliza doesn't really have a full-on laugh just yet, but Mommy is working to bringing it out of her. She's also starting to make sounds that sound like words, she's even actually saying "Blah, blah, blah.."...and something that sounds like "daddy".
One final look at Eliza's afternoon in the pool. This was taken moments before we took her out of the water. She was exhausted from all her swimming and kicking, but just didn't want to get out - she was having a great time floating there.
Under careful supervision, Eliza got the hang of safely navigating her inflatable ducky around the shallow end of the pool. Daddy was never more than a few feet away, and with her constant kicking, Eliza was able to close in on him pretty quickly.
Eliza got into her swim diapers and little baby scuba outfit, and headed out to the pool out back. We had the place all to ourselves, which was good because she was very chatty. Mommy, Daddy and Grammy all kept close watch on our little water baby as she thrashed around in the water.