Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Lola is quite the smiley baby and now just loves to laugh. She giggles when tickled, chuckles when tossed (gently) in the air, and full out belly laughs when watching Raina dance. But no one holds a candle to Roxanne, who caused Lola to laugh for a straight 15 minutes the other night. Enjoy.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Lola likes her bath, but she's only had like four, so each time is a novel experience. She's developing a little cradle cap -- it took us forever to banish Raina's -- so we're doing an all-out assault with Lola. She likes having her head coated in baby oil, and she likes the first washing of the hair .... but it takes multiple washings to get all the oil out. She's rather unhappy by the end, but the cradle cap is retreating, so hopefully this process will end soon.
Friday, May 15, 2009
She's a great baby.
Raina has written and illustrated her very first fiction book, entitled Princess the Unicorn. The plot: Princess was looking for her friends, calling out their names, and then eventually finds them and they all play together. And she has an "about the author" page, where she mentions that she loves to play chase with her daddy. Very cute.
We love, love, love the books she has made, and they have a prime spot in the living room so other people can see them too.
We knew that already because of the pediatric screening with her 4 year check-up. the parent asks the kid a series of questions or actions, and stops when the kid cannot do three of the things. Raina never got to three, which put her somewhere in the older 5's developmentally. Not bad.
We had no real concerns about our kid. We were worried that her teacher would admonish us parents because Raina is stinky (she doesn't bathe on a really frequent basis) and that she would respond poorly to our comments about computer time, but neither happened. All in all, it was a good experience.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
She had not answered the phone before, though, so she tried it out a few days ago. The phone rings, she picks it up, says hello, the male voice on the other end says "Hi, Raina!", and Raina says "Hi, Emily!" She then proceeded to thank Emily (really John K.) for her birthday present, while her parents howled with laughter.
Not quite a success, so we tried again. Raina got a phone call on her birthday from Tina. Tina talks to Raina and wishes her a happy birthday, Raina says something and then declares "I'm done talking" and hangs up the phone. Oops again. It's clear we have some telephone etiquette to teach!
Monday, May 4, 2009
"party." Raina certainly was entitled to a party, but we'd have to invite all her school friends, and starting a guest list with 16 4 year-olds is just a recipe for disaster. So we told her she could have a party with 5 guests OR she could plan all parts of a birthday weekend with just family. She jumped on the second option (bless her heart!) and suddenly her parents could breathe easily again.
The first weekend (designated for Krystal) involved the Botanical Gardens, kite flying, tasty brunch, and bike riding. The second weekend (designated for Raina) involved the zoo, tasty Chinese food, lots of home-made chocolate desserts, swimming, bowling, biking, and making birthday snacks for school. This evening (her actual birthday) will have a designed-by-Raina dinner and movie: veggie burgers, sweet potato fries, cake, and Jasmine, a.k.a. Aladdin.
It's been a fun two weeks!