Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Our child is a parrot

It's time once again for a "Guess what my child can do!" post where I bring myself up to date on all the new, exciting things Miss Mimi has learned to do. These are very important to me because I never remember to pull out the baby book, and all this is happening so quickly that I can't keep track. So, here we go:
1. Clint has taught Mimi to say "Poo Poo."
Why, yes, I am very proud. While Roulhac's Preschool is doing a fantastic job of teaching her music, art, and her alphabet, Clint is teaching her about her body. Faaan . . .tastic.
2. She is repeating so many fun words. These are just a few of her new favorites:
Doctor, Purple, Green, Blue, Up, Down, Cracker, Hooray, Please, Thank You. She will repeat many words now even though I know no one can understand them but Clint and me.
3. She is learning some animal sounds and woke up one morning ROARING in her crib!
4. She finishes some lines of songs: "EIEIO" in Old McDonald; "Up above the world" in Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star; "Now I Know" in ABC's.
5. She yells out random letters with more enthusiasm than necessary when we pass a sign with big words "A! B! G! E! P! ME! BAY!" Okay, I know some of those aren't letters but she's trying. Occassionally she will fill in the letters when I pause during singing the alphabet. The best is when I get to "W X" and she finishes with "Y Z"
6. She has added even more dance moves. The best ones come out when she hears the theme
song to Curious George! She shakes her booty left and right while also swinging her arms up and down simultaneously.
7. Whenever we pass a mirror she smiles at herself and yells, "HI!" Then she sticks her fingers in her cheeks and tilts her head side to side like she does when she sings "Your face will surely show it"
8. She repeats family members' names when I point to them in pictures. My favorites are "Bop" (Clint's dad is Top), "Bamy" (this is my sister Amy), and "Livvie" (our neice Olivia)

Also, we went to the doctor last week for her 15th month check-up and she is no longer in the 5th percentile -- Little Bit is now in the 25th for height and 50th for weight!! This is GREAT for my baby who only weighed 5 1/2 pounds when she was born! . . . but it sounds like she's too short for her weight . . .

Here she is with her cousins Lainee-Luckett and Anderson in the Grove. They had a blast playing in the leaves and letting Mimi steal their football occassionally.

Mimi was yelling out plays to them . . . or at least that's what it sounded like. She may have been yelling out her alphabet . . .

And I'm seriously considering getting a leash for my child. This is how she stood during the sea lion show the last time we were at the zoo because she wanted to steal another child's toys. Then we spent the rest of the time chasing her . . . she's fast and I'm slow and out of shape!!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Notorious P.I.G.

Since Mimi slept through most of Halloween last year, this on was a biggie for us . . . or should I say it was a PIGGY for us (terrible, I know).
On Saturday night the Stills had several little animals over for their first Halloween party and trick-or-treating. I'm a terrible mother and forgot Mimi's bag at home, so she carried around a sucker in each hand the whole time! Poor little thing! Here she is with the little lion Reese and puppy dog Emerson. (I'm so sad I didn't get a group photo with ladybug Hadley and monkey Banks.)
On Friday she woke up with a fever, and we were so sad she had to miss her party at school. But did that stop her from still being festive? Of course not. She went to the doctor dressed as a pink lady bug. While she was there she had an interesting diaper, and Dr. Mathis started calling her the Little Stink Bug! (Sorry, Mimi! Clint's face looks like she's done the same thing here!) Oh, and she just has ear infections and was cleared for trick-or-treating.
Last but not least, the Halloween pajamas (or "jommers" as we like to call them at the Darby home). And do those jommers glow in the dark? Well, of course they do! They scare the living daylights out of me when I go in her room to check on her in the middle of the night.

Baptism, Football, and Legwarmers, Oh My

This is a random assortment of tidbits from the past week -- some significant and some not so much. Who am I kidding? Everything I post is extremely significant. This is MY child we're talking about here. So on with the pictures.

First of all, Mimi was baptised last Sunday, and we were so excited to have some of our family at church with us. It was a very special day as we were committing to our daughter to give her a strong Christian foundation (so the pressure is on since we did this in front of God and everybody)! Of course she was a little wiggle worm through the whole baptism with all her waving at the choir and trying to jump out of my arms to see her grandparents.

Since we had planned on doing this when she was about six months old, her baptism gown was a size 6 month, which still fit the Little Bit. She was not happy with the long gown, so we have no photos of her in it. This is one from the day, so I guess it will have to count!

These are her super-cute cousins JR and Olivia. Mimi is so crazy about them!

The day before the baptism my parents (Poppaw and Bebe) were so sweet to keep little Mimi and let us go to the Ole Miss game! So on to the legwarmers. Definitely the least amount of significance here but still a very important part of Mimi's toddlerhood -- therefore blogworthy. And the tie-dyed dress we found for her in Chicago is just an added bonus. I will add that what she is doing in the photo is some-what significant. She loves flipping through her photo albums and gets really excited when she recognizes someone (especially her Top or Poppaw. Those 2 guys cause some giggles).

Don't ask.

Well, okay, you can ask. Mimi has learned that if she stands on her head then we will pick up her back legs and flip her over. And she will not stand up until we flip her over. This can last for hours if we fail to notice her.

"Where's Mimi?"
"Oh, she's just standing on her head in the kitchen with her bottom in the air waiting on someone to flip her over."

Photo Session with Lauren

While we were in Nashville a couple of weeks ago, our friend Lauren took some beautiful photos of Mimi. It was an unusually cold day, and I love how pink her nose is in some of the photos (especially when I made her wear the short-sleeved dress!). Here are just a few.