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Cruisin’

Cruisin

Cruisin

Grace is still practicing this walking thing. Fortunately, day care has lots of things to hold on to in order to ‘cruise’ around the room while still supported. She crawled right over to this bar against the wall this morning, stopping to give Jaylen a little kiss, and then started to ‘cruise’ around getting her walk moves down! Try not to get in her way, because she’s MOVIN’!

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Runny nose

Shoe covers taste so good!

Shoe covers taste so good!

I’d like to pretend that Grace is wiping her nose with this shoe cover, however, it is clear that she is, instead, trying to eat it. (This defeats the purpose of the shoe cover, to keep the gross stuff from the bottoms of shoes out of the infant classroom) Oh well. She does have a runny nose, but according to the doctor yesterday, nothing of concern. She has a little fluid in her ears and a tiny cough, but they are all just a part of a summer cold and will hopefully go away soon. At least Grace remains in good spirits, if a bit snotty.

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Laundry

Freshly laundered toys!

Freshly laundered toys!

Grace was delighted to find this morning that her favorite toy was just coming out of the dryer and into her waiting arms. This is a good way to keep a girl fighting a cold happy– nice warm things to snuggle and cold things to chew on.

Update 10 AM: Call from day care. The stuffy nose and coughing has gotten worse and is now coupled with ear pulling. Time for a trip to the doctor. Boo!

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Grace- 10 months with Jessica

Grace- 10 months with Jessica


What a big girl Grace is getting to be! Here is this month’s picture with her pal Jessica. She didn’t really want to stay on the couch for this picture, so here’s our best shot (there are many others of her crawling away, or crying loudly about us trying to keep her on the couch). So, enjoy– these are getting harder and harder to take!

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Grace has been working on walking– at day care, at home, at Great Grandma Emmy’s, everywhere. She’s determined that she’ll figure things out, and so she takes all opportunities to push things. Furniture, toys, other small people (just kidding!), her toy box, whatever might help her with this walking project. She still sometimes ‘cruises’ around things, but mainly it’s the pushing. At day care, she sometimes pushes the cribs (hopefully when no one is in them). Because this is a fun new trick, Mama got some video of it to share. Enjoy!

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Grace considers Reidsville her home away from home (not counting day care, which she thinks of as her second home). She’s got lots of fun toys, fun people to play with and a cool crib that she can shake all by herself if she wants to. While Mama jokingly says that Grace comes home spoiled (or at least used to 100% attention and playtime 24/7) she’s so glad that Grace has so many wonderful people to take care of her and love her.

Who knows what kind of fun today holds? Maybe a stroller ride? Maybe adventures in eating? Anything is possible, and Grace is ready for the day!

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It’s been quite a while since Grace has been to Winston-Salem, and she’s excited that she’ll get to see her Gammie & Pee-Paw. She also plans to take Pee-Paw his Father’s Day presents since they never did make it into the mail. Daddy’s diaper bag is all packed and the camera is all charged up, so hopefully within a few days of return, there will be pictures to share. Yay for grandparents who spoil little girls rotten; what more could a girl ask for?

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We need your help dear readers. There is a conversation going on in the Robinson household. Grace’s hair is getting quite long, and while Mama makes every effort to pin her hair back with bows, Grace’s favorite hobby is to pull the bow (and usually some hair too) out and begin chewing on it. Sometimes, to mix things up, she’ll throw the bow. Clearly, this method of hair management isn’t working very well for us. Sometimes, if the bow is perched on top of Grace’s head, she’ll leave the bow alone for a little while, but for the most part, she’s determined that all bows should go in her mouth. Then, she gets tired, and starts jamming her fists in her eyes, and because her hair is so long, the hair gets into the eyes, causing frustration and more pulling.

All that said, Mama’s having a hard time considering cutting off the curly locks. Even realizing that the hair will come back more full, somehow to chop off those sweet curls is a real challenge. Daddy takes a less sentimental approach, and figures that since bows don’t work, a haircut will.

As you can see, we are at an impasse, and we need your help.

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10 months old!

It is wild to think that Grace is 10 months old today. She seems such a part of our lives that it’s hard to imagine that she’s not been a part of our family for years! She’s growing big and strong and is the daily delight of our lives.

Last night, Grace had the treat of a visit from her Godmother Cynthia. Grace offered to share Cheerios and giggled and played. She also showed off her skills pushing her walking toy around. She then gave kisses and headed to bed, because a girl needs her beauty sleep, and after a bath, she was ready for 6:30 (bedtime). Yay for godmothers who come to play!

Cynthia & Grace

Cynthia & Grace

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Hair management

Gracie and the big bow

Gracie and the big bow

Grace likes to eat her hair bows. In an effort to stop this practice and protect her baby gums, we’re trying something new today. The jury is still out on it. She can’t get it out of her hair, but we’re not sure if it’s to goofy to subject her to… Thoughts?

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Whispering

Grace is sitting close to Ms. Victoria so that she can whisper

Grace is sitting close to Ms. Victoria so that she can whisper

Grace has developed a bit of laryngitis and so, has been whispering yesterday and today. It doesn’t seem to have dampened her spirits, and aside from sleeping late (which no one complained about) there doesn’t seem to be any negative reprecussions that we can see. The advice nurse at the doctors office mentioned that often laryngitis can be because the baby is getting croup, however, even with close attention overnight, there was not even a faint bark-like cough (thankfully). We’re keeping an eye on her, and we’ll see what happens from here on out.

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Water play!

Baby, sans pants, complete with wet shirt.  Yay for splashing!

Baby, sans pants, complete with wet shirt. Yay for splashing!

Today, just to switch things up, instead of Mama carrying Grace into daycare and Daddy taking care of diapers and bottles and food, we did things the other way around. That meant that Daddy helped Grace get her hands washed (something we do every morning). This turned into an excellent opportunity for splashing and playing, but unfortunately led to a very wet baby. Fortunately, there are extra clothes at daycare, but Grace enjoyed playing in the water with her Daddy, even if it meant a change in clothing.

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And let’s be honest, what’s more American than American cheese? That’s what Grace tried for the first time today, and liked so much that she had it for lunch AND dinner. Here’s to an all-American sweetie!

Yummy... cheese food product...

Yummy... cheese food product...

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Happy 4th of July!

So Grace wasn’t quite sure what to make of the 4th of July. She knows that Mama and Daddy made her wear red, white and blue. She also knows that lots of friends came over to eat burgers and baked beans, slaw, watermelon, deviled eggs, pasta salad, lemonade and lots of tasty desserts (Grace particularly enjoyed the dessert that Sam made which involved Cool Whip and cookies– Mama let her try a bite). Grace also enjoyed showing off her fun new trick of pushing a stool (or her walk and ride toy) around in circles in the kitchen/library/living room loop (Many thanks to Rachel for keeping an eye on her– it’s so good to have a local babysitter!). But, besides all the good food, Grace’s not sure what all the fuss is about.

Rachel & Grace

Rachel & Grace

Mama also told her that she’s got a new friend. The fact that our friend Cher, who is a doula, didn’t come to our party, and our friend Julia, who was due on June 30th didn’t come to the party means that Amanda’s here! (This has also been independently verified) Mama’s happy for Julia & Corey, and can’t wait to see the baby, although, I’m not sure that I can imagine holding someone that little now that Grace is 23+ pounds.

So Happy Independence Day to all– here’s hoping that if you like fireworks that you get to enjoy some!

A very patriotic looking family

A very patriotic looking family

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Today, in preparation for the 4th of July, Grace and Mama & Daddy headed to the Farmer’s market for fresh corn and watermelon for tomorrow’s festivities. Grace loved riding on Daddy’s shoulders and all of the free tastes of watermelon that she got, but when she was offered a bite of fresh peaches, she spit it right out again. This is something that she’s done multiple times, but it amazes me every time. How could anyone not love fresh peaches? Ah well, we had a lot of fun and got a *LOT* of food, which we’ll enjoy sharing with our friends tomorrow.

Checking out the watermelons

Checking out the watermelons

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