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Archive for October, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Her festive Halloween shirt & bow (thanks Gammie!)

Grace likes holidays.  She even likes getting dressed up and was happy to hear that the nurses at the doctor’s office appreciated her festive attire.   Mama was glad to hear that Grace does NOT have another ear infection and simply has a cold; it’s the post nasal drip that’s making her cough so much and waking her up all night long.  Good to know that it’s nothing worse.

Our darling little dragon

Grace got to go trick-or-treating for the first time today.  She enjoyed being able to see her friends Cher (our doula) and Joanne from Daddy’s work as well as the neighbors from around the house.  She wasn’t quite sure about all the people growling at her (despite lots of practice, Grace was to shy to growl at most folks except for Ms. Joanne and only after lots of prompting).   While we did carry around a little bag with a spider on it, we didn’t collect much candy (Mama’s orders), but we did get an apple, which Grace looks forward to enjoying with lunch tomorrow!

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All dressed up!

Today for day care, Grace got to wear the costume that Mama got her last year to tuck away for this year.  Unfortunately, it was so well tucked away that Mama forgot about it and so got Grace a dragon costume, and then re-discovered the tu-tu.  Great news is that at daycare, they have a ‘character day’ where they dress up as a character in a book.  Grace dressed up as Olivia the Pig, who loves many things, one of which is ballet.  She was excited to see her friend Daniel this morning and show off her fun outfit!

All dressed up!

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Fun with a balloon!

Mama’s friend Keri completed her dissertation defense on Tuesday and got lots of balloons to celebrate.  Knowing that Mama had a little girl who loved balloons, Keri sent a balloon home to Grace.  She spent all yesterday evening and this morning playing with her balloon– what fun!   She’s also saying her own version of balloon, something like ‘aa-oon?!’

Gracie and her balloon

Also, this afternoon at daycare, there was a curriculum festival where we got to learn about each of the centers that Grace is able to play at every day.  It was very informative to learn about the activities that they do to enhance pre-reading and early understandings of patterns and numbers and scientific discovery.  Once again, it is affirmed that Grace is in a great daycare.

A poster of all of the learning centers in toddlers

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Wacky-Tacky-ish

Long time readers might recall last season’s wacky-tacky day with clashing plaids…  That was more than Mama could bear today, so we compromised and Grace got to pick her own shoes and socks today– leading to a subtler version of wacky- tackiness.  So we still fit into the definition of wacky-tacky day, but it didn’t make Mama want to cry this time.  And hey, it was festive!

A festive photo!

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Favorite team day!

Our little State fan!

Today at daycare, it was favorite team day.  AJ wore a Manchester United shirt, Daniel some NC State gear and others opted to skip the special stuff.  Grace was all decked out in her NC State gear too, more because she was completely unwilling to keep the LA Dodger’s hat on her head for more than 2 seconds, so we knew that she wouldn’t be a good Dodgers representative.  She nearly had a fall in the floor crying spell over Greg trying to put the hat on, so we opted for something less objectionable.  I mean, who can argue with a red windbreaker?

Grace, 2 seconds before she threw the hat on the ground

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PJ day!

Do I have bed-head?

Do I have bed-head?

Today was PJ day at day care– and Gracie was happy to bring her teddy bear and wear her footie PJs, and keep her passi just for authenticity.  Yay for spirit week!

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Tonight at bathtime, Grace was distressed to be in the tub.  Where was the splashy girl of two weeks ago who had a great time pushing her ducks under and getting Mama & Daddy wet?  She screamed and tried to get out, despite the water being a good temperature and nothing notably painful looking on the bottom of her ducky tub.  All I can figure is that she got water in her ears one time to many and doesn’t want it to happen again?  Any suggestions for getting our girl, who loves to splash in the sink back into loving her bath?

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