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Grace is a ham!

Today at daycare, I was talking to Victoria about the fact that we take a lot of pictures of Grace. Victoria mentioned that yesterday she had the camera out to take a picture of Christopher, and Grace was grinning and even made noise, as if to say “Hey, I’m over here! I’m the cute one; take a picture of *me*!” Glad to know that we’re getting started early teaching her to cheese for a camera.

Our grinnin' girl!

Our grinnin' girl!

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Piano playin’

Showing Christopher & Ms. Victoria how it's done!

Showing Christopher & Ms. Victoria how it's done!


Today at daycare, Grace wanted to show Mama her skills on the piano. She also wanted to show her daycare friend Christopher how much fun music can be! She was glad that she got the chance to show off!
Here's lookin' at you kid!

Here's lookin' at you kid!

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This weekend, Grace got to try on a swimsuit that Mama got her when she was very first born. In accordance with the age that Grace would be this summer, Mama got a 6-9 month swim suit. Grace fits into it now, however, I’m not thinking that we’ll be doing much swimming in it, as it’s at max capacity right now, it seems.

Cutie in a swimsuit-y!

Cutie in a swimsuit-y!

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Rash Freedom

Grace has a slight rash in her britches. As such, we let her go au-natural for much of the day. Of course, she didn’t get cold. Erin was insightful enough to put a waterproof blanket across the bed.

Grace seemed to really like the experience. You think she’ll ever grow out of that?

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Grace- our little Easter Egg!

Grace- our little Easter Egg!

Grace left the house this morning looking quite spring like, and was sporting her little Nikes. Unfortunately, from the effort it took to get them on this morning, it seems as though that’s another thing bound for the attic! For now at least, she appreciates the fun present from her Godmother Wanda.

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Raspberries!

Grace is a raspberry machine!

Grace is a raspberry machine!

Grace has a fun new trick. She loves to blow raspberries. She’s perfectly content to sit on the floor and stick her tongue out at any toy or other baby. Sometimes I’ll come in at night when she’s woken up, and instead of hearing gentle cooing, I hear “pbbbt!” It’s really funny to see her discovering her tongue and all of the funny noises she can make all by herself!

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Playing with AJ

Playing with AJ

Grace is really working on crawling right now. She’s got her knees under her, and she has been pushing up for quite some time now. So this morning before day care, she was practicing putting a knee forward on the bed, and while she kept face planting, I know that any day now, she’ll get all the parts working in harmony and it’ll be off to the races!

So between the work on crawling and the almost tooth, she’s growing up so fast! I am also delighted to report that we have had no more instances of projectile vomit– pears seem to be a big hit, and being able to simply empty the ice cube tray of little “plops” (what my Mom used to call them) of baby food is so good. Not only do I feel good that she’s eating local produce (well, from the Farmer’s Market– I think the pears were actually from another state) but that there are no preservatives to cause problems. We’ll keep you up to date on new food adventures.

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A new teacher!

Ms. Victoria & Grace listen to Daddy

Ms. Victoria & Grace listen to Daddy

Grace was glad to hear that her new teacher, Ms. Victoria will be in the classroom today. Ms. Victoria has worked at the SAS Bright Horizons for several years, so it was easy for her to just jump right in and work with very little orientation. Grace is looking forward to getting to know her better, as are Mama & Daddy.

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All clear

Happy to be at daycare!

Happy to be at daycare!

So this morning Grace had no fever (98.8 temp) and was her typical self. She’s still a little snotty, but nothing she can’t handle. Upon a call to the advice nurse, it seems that there’s nothing to bad about projectile vomiting, and the temp is likely related to her stuffiness. So with that knowledge, Grace was bundled off to day care, and as you can see, she seems tickled pink to be there.

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Grace and the Biter Biscuit

Grace and the Biter Biscuit


So we’ve had a few fits and starts on the road to eating solid food; carrots seemed to make her spit up some, we think that peaches caused some hives (only 5, and they were gone by the time the advice nurse called back 12 hours later).

Today was Grace’s newest solids adventure– projectile vomiting. We’re not sure what caused it– Mama had given her a “Biter biscuit” because she was teething and seemed uncomfortable. She gnawed on that for quite a while and then was given a bath to clean up all the sloppy left over biscuit , which she wore proudly all across her shirt. After her mid-day bath, she went down for a nap, and Mama went to the Farmer’s Market to pick up some fresh fruits and veggies to make Grace some purees. Upon waking up, Grace played with Daddy until Mama got home, and brought with her an avocado for Grace to try. Mama mashed it up with some breastmilk and gave Grace one bite, which she sort of choked on a bit, and then the second bite evoked projectile vomiting, which covered Grace, Mama and the chair they were sitting in.

Daddy says that the avocado must have caused the problem, Mama’s less convinced because it was less than 30 seconds between when the bite went into Grace’s mouth and when she emptied the contents of her stomach. Mama did read the box for her biscuits and it seems that we should wait a few more months before we give them to her. Of course, there were no really awful ingredients, aside from possibly wheat, which Mama thought that Grace had some into contact with before…

Pair the projectile vomit with the 100.9 temperature, and you have worried parents. Grace, however, does not seem to perturbed– she was a little difficult to get to go to bed again this evening, but eventually did go to sleep and doesn’t seem to show signs (at this point) of any more vomit… At least, we’re hoping not.

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Growing girl!

Outgrowing her jellies

Outgrowing her jellies

Gracie is growing fast, and seems to be getting big faster than her clothes can keep up! She wore her jellies for the last time yesterday, and now they’ve been put in the “these don’t fit anymore” pile to go up into the attic. (On a side note, Daddy really hopes that if Grace ever has a sibling, that it’s a girl so that she can enjoy Grace’s old clothes).

Speaking of growing up fast, look at Grace standing with some help! She’s ready to try taking steps as long as someone’s got her hands… She’s also flying solo on the crawling stuff– she’s got her knees under her, now she just has to work out the whole forward motion thing. Mama’s not rushing her on that one.

Practicing walking

Practicing walking

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Strolling with Mama

Strolling with Mama

Because it was so nice outside today, the Robinson family decided to take a walk. Well, Grace opted not to walk, as she hasn’t learned how to do that, but Mama offered to push her in the stroller, and she gladly accepted. It was warm enough that Mama didn’t need the jacket that she’d brought, so Grace very kindly offered to hold it for Mama.

Talking hoops with Daddy

Talking hoops with Daddy

Upon returning from our walk, Daddy wanted to give Grace some instruction about basketball before Carolina played at 4:45 and then Duke at 8:15. After the instructions, Grace fought hard not to go to bed until after the Duke game started (unusual, given that Grace typically goes to bed at 6:30). Pee-Paw was happy to hear that Grace wanted to watch Duke play. Grace doesn’t grasp all of the intricacies of college hoops, but she knows that Daddy gets very excited from time to time, and she finds that very interesting.

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Yay for Friday!

Hanging out with Ms. Brandy

Hanging out with Ms. Brandy

Today at daycare, Grace was happy to see Ms. Brandy (as she is most mornings). We had a conversation on Grace’s finger painting style and made a request for a more recent finger painting picture where Grace is completing a St. Patrick’s Day painting, and has painted her own nose and cheeks (and the paper) green & yellow. It’s also quite interesting to see the painting style of her peers, and how Grace is a dot drawing finger painter while her friend Anna is more of a long strokes kind of girl. What does this say about their personalities? Who knows. For now, it’s just fascinating to see individuality from as early as 6 months old.

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Grace likes helping Ms. Stephanie

Grace likes helping Ms. Stephanie

Gracie was the first girl at day care this morning, and so she got to help Ms. Stephanie at the front desk until Ms. Kay arrives. Stephanie says that she’s a very good helper. Grace is also looking forward to going outside today– it’s supposed to be 70 degrees and Ms. Brandy said that they were planning on taking the babies outside! Yay for Spring!

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Teething bites.

Grace is not happy. Because Grace is not happy, Mama is not happy (that whole waking up 6 times in one night thing). The teeth clearly hurt; Ms. Kay said that Grace needed extra attention and snuggles all day yesterday because she was fussy (of course, this could be because Aunt Jenny spoiled her rotten, but I prefer to think that it’s teething). So poor Gracie, her teeth hurt and she (and I) don’t know what to do about it. Suggestions?

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