This baby loves jumping on the bed! Take THAT, downstairs neighbors!
We now have a series of photos capturing Eliza trying on shoes - hers, ours, whatever's available.
This photo gives you an idea of what our mornings are like. As we try to get ready for work, Eliza runs around like a wildcat trying on shoes, throwing stuff in the toilet and screaming at the TV. She's only stops to eat or drink her "ilk" as she calls it.
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When I picked up Eliza from daycare today, I almost didn't recognize her. She was prowling around the waiting area wearing a kitty mask, and she didn't want to take it off for at least 10 minutes after we left -not until the exact moment I went to snap this photo (naturally).
While shopping around Austin this weekend, Eliza had a blast in one of the "world culture import stores" along the main drag. She loved the knitted chicken rattles and matching kitty cap, wearing them as she performed a ceremonial dance for folks shopping in the store.
In May, we celebrated something very special - our first anniversary as a family. We feel lucky each day to have Eliza in our life.
Probably the biggest change we’ve seen in Eliza is the explosive growth of her language skills. She understands so much and has a wide variety of words. The list of new words is too long to list. She’s now saying all kinds of fun stuff like: cute, yummy, wash, help, hot, brush, stairs, mine, car, hat, blankie, banana, eat, cookie, keys, glasses, open, apple, please, thank you, more, pretty, shoe, eye, yellow, two and adios.
She can also say pee-pee, poo-poo and potty. That’s because we’re working on some early potty training stuff. She’s fascinated with all things related to the toilet.
Although Eliza’s still in diapers, she’s definitely not a baby anymore. For one, no more bottles. We were glad to ditch those. Instead, Eliza likes feeding bottles to her baby dolls. She also loves pushing her babies around in a tiny doll stroller and putting them to bed in a tiny baby doll crib.
Eliza is long and lean. She’s always outgrowing her clothes and shoes, which is just fine with mom who loves buying her new, cute stuff. Here were Eliza’s vital stats at her 18-month check-up:
Weight: 25 pounds, 10 ounces (50-75th percentile)
Height: 33.75” (95th percentile)
We’ve had some fun family adventures in the past few months. The biggest of which was the Western Caribbean cruise back in May. Eliza loved the “boat” as she called it. It seemed that her favorite things about the cruise were the plentiful ice cream cones and all of the stairs. She loved climbing up and down the stairs around the ship. Our cruise stopped in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands making Eliza an international traveler. The kid even has her own passport. Something we plan to put to good use in the future.
We also traveled back to the Southeast in June. We got all spiffed up for the Southeast Regional Emmy Awards in Atlanta where we reunited with old friends. But the highlight of the trip was visiting Eliza’s birth family in Alabama.
We’ve had a good time living in Houston. It’s awful hot, but there’s so much to see and do here. We’ve had lots of picnics and playtimes in the park in the past few months.
We’ve also hosted a variety of guests: Karey visited in April. Then Grandma Cathy and Grandpa Rocky. In May, Grammy LuLew was here. And LuLew returned in July. Eliza loves the attention of visitors. Between our doting and theirs, she’s a pretty spoiled little girl.
Link: Eliza's First Quarter Report
Take a look at that full bookshelf while you can because when Eliza is finished drinking her juice, every book will end up on the floor.
Our little girl is quite a bookworm these days, and she loves finding little places all over the house to read her books.
Your KidTV picture is attached. Enjoy!
[UPDATE: We were at the Houston Children's Museum tonight, playing in the KidTV studio. They had the feature to email yourself a screenshot from the TV set, so I had it sent directly to the blog.]
It's time to clean up that messy room after a day of fun with all her toys. Under mommy's supervision, E has her room cleaned-up in just under ninety seconds. (Maybe she needs to help Daddy clean up his part of the closet)
We've taken in a whole family of potato heads. We got Mister, Misses, Chip and Julienne. Eliza is having fun putting together silly faces. And so are mom and dad!
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