Monday, July 26, 2010

Mamarazzi Monday: The Sprayground

We took little Jillian to the sprayground at a local park for the first time yesterday. She loved it and didn't want to leave...mostly because she was trying to drink the water in the fountains (her latest obsession).

 Our friend Andy sprinkling water on Jillian's head

Trying to drink the water

Where'd the water go?
(it shuts off every 10 minutes or so and you have to go press a button to start it back up)

All done - such fun!

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Friday, July 23, 2010

7 Quick Takes

  1. In an effort to blog more, I decided to try out a "7 quick takes Friday" blog post. I first saw this on the blog "So Much to Say, So Little Time."

  2. I found a neat website today,, which lists places to exercise in the St. Louis area. Turns out a lot of the pools near our house have "tot time" in the mornings at a discounted rate for an hour or two where they open the pool up for just kids under 5. Jillian is too young this summer but I could see weekly trips to the pool happening next summer. I also discovered that Ballwin's Vlasis Park has a splash ground which I'm sure we'll make lots of trips to as well.

  3. I also read yesterday about a new organization - St. Louis Coworking, where you can rent space to do your freelancing. It's downtown, so I have no interest in participating, but it's a neat opportunity to have available in town.

  4. I tried the new pretzel M&Ms. I wasn't real excited about the concept of pretzels and M&Ms, but CVS had them free (with $1 back reward bucks) so I figured it was worth a try. They were pretty good!

  5. Moms will enjoy this one - Ridiculous Parenting Products. My favorite is the Plush Pee and Poo Duo. Seriously...who would buy a stuffed toy shaped like poop?

  6. Jillian grabbed her toes today when daddy was changing her diaper!

  7. Jillian is always doing silly things - and a couple days ago while we were at wal-mart, I unbuckled her carseat straps so she'd be more comfortable while riding around in the cart. A few minutes later I look down and see that she's found herself a new "toy" to suck on - the plastic clip on the carseat.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

3 Months and Growing!

Monthly Mr. Bear Picture
(notice how she can sit supported now instead of laying on the bear?)

So much growing, so many new things this month...
  • No doctor check-up this month, but her "unofficial" weight taken at home was 14 lbs
  • Started off the 3rd month with her baptism
  • She hates bottles now and screams VERY loudly if you attempt to offer her one
  • Seems to live by the motto, "Daddy is for talking, Mommy is for eating" as she talks and plays with Daddy but if she's hungry or needs to be comforted, she needs Mommy.
  • She's very attached to blankets, thanks to Daddy using them to distract her during diaper changes. She likes to grab onto the blankets and chew on them, and also play "where's the baby" where you cover her head with the blanket and she kicks and pulls it off.
  • She finally seems to like the baby swings, and tolerates being put in them for short periods of time.
  • She still won't sleep in the crib, but she likes to lay in the crib and watch the mobile
  • She LOVES to watch TV (and anything that resembles a TV - including Daddy's cell phone, the ipad and the laptops). She especially likes to watch Cardinal baseball games with Daddy.
  • She lifts her head 90 degrees on her stomach and can hold her head up for very long periods of time now. We sit her in her bumbo in the middle of the table during meals now so she can feel a part of the meals. 
  • She babbles and coos a lot, and she has conversations with Daddy. She has also invented the "get louder game" where she gets louder and louder with each babble back and forth with Daddy until they are shouting at each other. She also talks to her blanket, and Grandma and Grandpa's golden retriever Daisy.
  • She likes to play, especially with the toys in the bath (she has picked up the ducky in the bath a couple times), and also with "crinkle birdie," a toy that Grandma got her that makes a crinkle noise when you grasp it. Another game we play is the "up and down game" where you grab her hands and pull her to a sitting position and then gently lay her back down again.
  • She recognizes her name - even when strangers say it. When we got her 3 month pictures taken at JCPenney, the photographer said her name and she lifted her head high to look at her.
  • She got to ride in the stroller without a carseat a few times, but she doesn't quite have the trunk control to sit up in the stroller.
  • She rolled from her tummy to her back
  • Daddy let her lick a tater tot and she found it quite tasty!
  • We watched fireworks on July 3, and she wasn't frightened of them, after Daddy lifted her from the stroller and pointed to the pretty lights in the sky she watched them in amazement.
  • On the night before she turned 3 months old she slept through the night (8 hours!)
  • She grew out of most of the 0-3 and 3 month clothes this month and is now wearing 3-6 or 6 month clothes.
 Holding up my head

Sitting in my bumbo chair, watching TV with Daddy
(one of my favorite activities)

Playing with my toy "crinkle birdie" that my Grandma gave me.

My baptism

    Wednesday, July 07, 2010

    Chili Kiss

    Click the black box below to start the video!