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She’s a cutie-pie. At least the parents think so.

We wanted to make this post available to you. Please share with us some comments about Grace — what makes her cute, unusual, endearing, quirky, creative, or just plain fun?

Mama’s entry:  Grace is cute because she splashes in her bath.  Wanna see?

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More than a handful

More than a handful!

More than a handful!

Grace is getting so big that she fills (and overflows!) Daddy’s arms! We’re excited that she’s growing so well and every day, we’re glad that she’s developing so happily under the guidance of her day care providers. We found out today that one of her teachers, Ms. Kay, will be leaving in a few weeks. This is sad for Gracie who loves to play with Ms. Kay, but I’m sure that Grace will make friends with her new teacher too.

In other news, we’re pretty sure that Grace understands the word “Duck”. She says it whenever she’s holding her yellow soft duck, and when shes in the bathtub (surrounded by ducks). Of course, she sometimes says it when we can’t see a duck, but it’s entirely possible that she’s looking for her duck at that point. We think that she picked that word up because in her Exersaucer, she had a series of buttons that would make animal noises, and the duck button was in the center, and therefore got pushed the most, and heard the most. Hmmm. So no Ma-ma, no Da-Da, Duck. You have to wonder a little bit about that, but hey, at least our girl knows what she wants, right? A nice warm bath (with floating ducks) and a snuggly friend once it’s all over. I guess that’s not so bad after all.

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Party time!

Yummy... cupcakes!

Yummy... cupcakes!


Today, Grace’s friend Daniel turned one. This was lots of fun because Grace was invited to his birthday party in the toddler’s room, complete with cupcakes! As you can see, Grace thought that cupcakes sounded like a great idea! It’s sad, however, because it means that next week, Daniel will be moving up to the toddler’s room. Of course, Grace likes to go visit the toddlers pretty frequently, and already has a few friends who have transitioned (Diana, Emerson, Sam), so she likes to go play with them when she’s able to cruise up the hall (with Ms. Katina’s supervision, of course). So while it’s sad that Daniel won’t be there every day to keep Ms. Grace on her toes, she’s going to be joining him sooner than Mama can imagine!

For now, Happy Birthday Daniel! Thanks for sharing your big day (and your cupcakes)!

The birthday boy!

The birthday boy!

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Outta my way!

Move over buddy!

Move over buddy!

Today, AJ was in Grace’s way. I’m not sure what she wanted to get to, but she was on a mission. She quickly crawled right over him, and you could almost hear her thinking “Eat my dust”. Perhaps she’s just encouraging him to start crawling– he’s still trying to figure that one out.

Clapping for herself

Clapping for herself

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With her friend AJ

With her friend AJ


Grace is delighted to return to day care. She greatly enjoyed her time in Charlottesville, but is so glad to see all of her friends! When we got out of the car for day care, she started clapping and grinning, because she knew where she was going. When she saw Ms. Katina, she immediately wanted a hug– it warms a Mama’s heart to know that her girl is so well cared for!
Our happy girl with Ms. Katina

Our happy girl with Ms. Katina

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Holding hands :-)

Holding hands 🙂

Today Grace will get to see a friend that she met in utero, but hasn’t ever seen in person. When Anna was pregnant with Aaron, Mama (and Gracie) went to Anna’s shower, but because Anna and Aaron live in CA, that was the last time we’ve been able to see them. Fortunately, Anna, Justin and Aaron are all in Charlottesville visiting family, so these two kiddos will get to play! What fun! After that fun lunch, however, it will be time to hop back into the car and head home. What a wonderful (long) weekend!

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At church

At church


Grace has been to our church, The Church of the Good Shepherd many times, however, she has never been to another church. Today, she’ll get to try things out at Saint Pauls, and then, if she’s not to tired, there are rumors that we’re going to lunch downtown! Good thing Mama brought the suction cup placemat; I see a mess unfolding… 🙂

Update: Grace *LOVED* IHOP– although I’m not sure the folks who clean up at IHOP loved Grace– I think that about one of every 3 pieces of pancake that were cut up for her made it onto the floor… But she loved eating with everyone, and drinking (carefully) from Mama’s cup.

After church, Grace convinced her Great Grandma Ginny to read her a story. Mama caught a little bit on tape…

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