As much as I love looking back on this site of the kids growing up, Matt and I are actually considering closing down the site. We both use Facebook, and post pics and videos of the kids on it to share with friends and family. I''m sending this message out there to see how many of you are NOT on facebook but check this site frequently. That will help us make our decision.
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This week Lilli began her scholastic adventures! She is going to Preschool on Tuesdays and Thursday for about 3 hours. The preschool is a co-op which means that the parents are all required to take part in the running of the school (the teachers are the only salary positions). It also means that there is lots of fundraising in order to keep the school going. (Note: If you happen to win the lottery, I now have a great Non-Profit group you can donate too...hahaha)
The policy with the school is that you "drop" your kid off from the car. You pull up and the teacher comes around and takes your child up onto the porch where a parent helper guides them into the classroom. (Porch you say? Oh, did I not mention this Preschool takes place in the cutest old victorian house ever!) Anyway, they prper you ahead of time by saying, there will be tears and at times they have had to wrestle kids out of hiding places in the backs of mini-vans, but they swear that the car drop off is the best way to get your child acustomed to the seperation quick and pain free. Lilli''s teacher is Ms Lesser who she has met all of once a few days before at an open house.
OK, so there we are in the drop off lane waiting our turn on her first day. I''d say we didn''t know what to expect, but that would be a lie. You see, I knew..just knew... that she would be FINE. More than FINE. The car was almost vibrating with her excitement. When it was our turn, she had ZERO issues about getting out and leaving us. In fact, her teacher had to remind her to say goodbye to momma and daddy. When we picked her up she was so happy. A new kind of happy. An independent, free spirit, kind of happy. I couldn''t help but grin along with her.
Today was her 2nd day. You know its a good thing when you can tear her away from the awesomeness of Play-Doh just by telling her we have to get ready for Preschool. When I dropped her off, she saw the little girl in front of us crying and she asked "Whats the matter with that little girl momma?" I told her I didn''t know, and maybe she can ask the little girl when she sees her. Ms Lesser had to spend a little extra time with the upset girl so one of the parent helpers (A DAD!) came to the car to get Lilli. (Let me please state right here that he was very brave b/c its the first week of school, these kids are all 3 and who knows what he was going to find when he opened that door) She once again had no problem going with him. As long as all roads lead to preschool, she was a happy girl! Ms Lesser was all compliments for Lilli when I picked her up today. It makes me feel good. Sending your child to school for the first time is a lot like releasing a part of them into the world that you''ll never get back. She just doens''t belong to us anymore. Now she''s a part of a class, a school, someone''s classmate, someone''s student... and even though its a co-op, the school is something that really just belongs to her, without Momma, Daddy and Ben (and the rest of the extended family). But thats OK....
Yesterday was Bens half birthday and he celebrated in style by going to the Doctors for his 6 month check up. He weighed 16lbs and 12oz which put him in the 37th percentile. His height of 26.5 inches puts him in the 55th percentile for height. He did great with his shots, only crying just as he was being stuck. Lilli was there was there to cheer him on. They have the same great Dr which is super nice. Ben isn''t sitting up on his own yet so that is what we need to work on next.
I bought half a cake to celebrate, and Ben got to taste rice cereal for the first time. he didn''t seem too excited about it, he basically just wanted to play with the spoon. I had to give him one to hold so that I could have a chance of getting the other one with food in his mouth at least half of the times. Its amazing how much Lilli enjoyed seeing him eat in the highchair for the first time. She was pretty excited that we got to have cake to celebrate his half birthday too. You know Momma, any reason to have sweets!
And this has absolutely nothing to do with Bens half birthday but today I was on the phone with my mom and I had to ask Lilli to STOP doing things to which she kept asking "WHY" so I thought I would try turning the tables on her. I asked her if she loved me and she said "Yes" so I asked her "WHY?" expecting her to flounder in her answer.... She immediately responded with "Because I don''t want to break your heart".... Um, yeah... I have no idea where she heard that, but it serves me right for trying to pull a fast one on her :)
Lilli had her 3 Year check up yesterday. It began with her not really liking the paper gown so much, so by the time the Doctor came in to start the exam, Lilli was BUTT NAKED without a care in the world. At one point she had to go across the hall for her eye exam and I had to explain WHY WE MUST WEAR CLOTHES to do this (she is a nudist in the making).
Speaking of eye exams..how can two parents with terrible eye site give birth to a girl who has 20/15 vision? I don''t know either. Lilli was doing just OK on the eye exam at first. They use symbols of a house and square and heart and circle, and to be honest they all looked very similar to me... Half way thru I pointed out to the nurse that Lilli knows all her letters, and once she switched to the letter eye charts, Lilli whipped thru them like nobodys business. The nurse told the Doctor in front of us that it was a humbling experience for her and next time she will ask the parents before she assumes someone is too young to know their ABCs.
The high point of the exam for Lilli was finding out she should be taking vitamins. She is on cloud nine folks. I gave her the first half of her flinstones vitamin this morning and she can''t wait for the next half tomorrow. WEIRDO.
Just one shot this visit and she didn''t make a peep. Needless to say for her good behavior she walked out of there with about 7 stickers plastered to her shirt. Those nurses were flirting with her so bad I thought they were all going to exchange phone numbers or something. Oh, and I wouldn''t be a good parent unless I also pointed out that during the check-up, a lab test for mommy, and a trip to the records dept that made up our afternoon, Ben did not make a SOUND! He was awake and looking about, but was so content in his car seat carry thingy. What a good boy!
This morning while I was feeding Ben I noticed that someone has replaced my newborn with a baby who is CUTTING HIS FIRST TOOTH!! When did this happen? My goodness, time is flying with him. I can''t believe he is 5 months old already and cutting his first tooth!
I feel like I have not written a lot about him... classic second child syndrome I guess... but as you all know, this doesn''t mean we love him any less.
Here is the cliff note version: He loves the sound of his Big sisters voice and turns to watch her whenever she talks (which is ALL.THE.TIME.) He is a GREAT night time sleeper (12 plus hours) but not a great daytime napper. If I had to pick, I''ll take the night time sleeping. He doesn''t like pacifiers so much, he likes to wear hats, he doesn''t like getting into a hot car, and he loves going for rides in the stroller (especially if Lilli rides with him in the double stroller).
The other day I was asking Lilli a few questions and she had such interesting answers that I wrote them down. She has grasped the idea of “favorite” so I asked her what her favorite things were. I hope I remember this next year around her birthday because it will be interesting to see how much things change.
MOM: “Lilli, what is your favorite….”
Thing to wear: Costumes
Day: Sunday…Pancake Sunday
Song: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Food: Sandwiches…Peanut butter and Jelly
Toy: My Doll House
Animal: Horse…no, actually elephant
Room: Lilli’s bedroom
Game: Winnie the Pooh (A video game)
Treat: Peanut butter cups
Thing to do: Play
Sound: The street sounds
TV show: Word World
Grown Up (besides mom and dad): Janice
Time of day: Having fun with someone
Store: Supermarket…I went there with Uncle James
Then I ended the interview by asking her to name 10 people she loved and here they are, exactly as she listed them…
“2 Grandma” (she won’t say which is which…)
I hope you enjoyed her first official interview…can’t wait to see what she has to say next year!
So Uncle James (dear friend and godfather to Ben) came to visit us this weekend. While holding Ben he teased Lilli that he was going to bring Ben back to NY with him. Lilli was standing on a chair "helping" dad make pancakes and when she heard this, she turned around, banged her hand on the counter and shouted "NOT ON MY WATCH!"
Its hard to explain sarcasm and teasing to a toddler.
So the other day we were all in DC to see the cherry blossoms and sites with Cousin Janice, Meta and Kamy who were visiting. There was a police officer sitting on a horse near the white house and he was chatting up passing visitors and allowing them to take pictures. All of a sudden as Lilli was looking at the horse from her stroller the horse started to....relieve himself, all of which landed on a nearby bush. The crowd got a little quiet not knowing what to say, until Lilli announced at the top of her lungs "THE HORSE IS WATERING THE GARDEN MOMMA".
Now NO ONE is going to want to share the overflow of veggies from our garden this year. Oh well...
The other day we celebrated Ben''s 2 month birthday...by taking him to his first birthday party. He apparently gets his baby party skills from his sister, because he too slept through the whole party. If you go back to early journal entries about Lilli, you''ll see she used to do the same...
He had his 2 month appointment today. He weighed 11 pounds, 10 ounces which puts him in the 45 percentile (which is a HUGE improvement from his weight loss issues at 2 weeks old). he measured 23 and a half inches which puts him in the 69 percentile. Maybe he''ll be the ONE tall person in our family. I''ll blame his Grandpa Jim for those genes if that happens. Everything looked good and I was happy that he did not pee on any of the nurses this time. He got 3 shots and only cried for the moment the needle was in. Lilli was more upset at the nurse for "hurting my brother" than Ben was, but she was quickly won over with a sticker. As many of you kow, Ben was born with a heart murmur (we are told it is harmless) and we will be going for a 4 month cardiologist check-up on that...but his peditrician said she could not hear it this time (that of course could be due to the fact that Lilli was singing the latest Lady Ga-Ga song during the check-up). I''m hoping its healed up al by itself... we will have to wait and see.
Ben is a great night time sleeper. Unlike Lilli at this age, we can put him in his crib at night with his eyes wide open and he will put himself to sleep without crying, its wonderful! If he does get up during the night he and I have a diaper change and full feeding down to less than a half hour. We will be trying out for the Nascar pit crews when he gets older.
At 2 months he has also started cooing, and if you take the time, he will have a full on conversation with you. Its great. His smile is so big and cheerful...I just wish I could catch it on film. Having 2 kids to take care of has certainly cut down on my picture taking.
*So when he was about 4 weeks old, we put Ben on his play mat on his tummy. The purpose of this is to give him the opportunity to work on lifting his head up and strengthening his neck muscles...unless of course your baby boy is stubborn like ours and decides that 4 weeks old is old enough to roll onto his back...TWICE. I guess he is not a fan of tummy time.
* About a week ago I had Ben in his bouncy seat and Lilli was on the floor just "chatting" with him. I looked over to watch it and my timing was perfect because I got to see Ben''s FIRST SMILE. It almost brought me to tears that he saved that special moment for Lilli. This piece of info will come in handy when they are teenagers and are at eachother''s throats. Since then, he has handed out several smiles here and there..but the FIRST belongs to Lilli.
* At about 2 or 3 weeks old Ben slept thru the night a few times for 7 and 7.5 hour stretches. It doesn''t happen every night, but it did again last night. I wish I knew what the trick was, but at least he has proved he can do it!
* Yesterday was the first time Momma watched the kids all day and night without Dad. (He has a social engagement after work)It wasn''t pretty, but we all survived and I am pretty proud of that ;)
This is the cliff note version of the cuteness overload we are experiencing lately...
1) Lilli asked me yesterday when I was feeding Ben if she could whisper something in his ear. I said yes, and she proceeded to bend over and whisper in her softest voice "I really love you a lot Ben" then she gave him a soft kiss and went along her merry way.
2) When I was holding Ben in the livingroom Lilli disappeared for awhile and I called out and asked her what she was doing. She responded by saying "I am spoiling my appetite". I was cracking up.
3) Lilli got accepted into Pre-School for next year. She was very excited. When I took her to the bathroom a little while later she informed me that she can''t wait to "go Poop-Poop in Pre-school" I really hope she meant she can''t wait to use their potties...hahaha.
4) Lilli was snuggled up against me on the couch after a cold day playing in the snow with her dad and she leaned over to tell me "Momma, I love snuggling with you"
So there you have it folks, she is either the most loving child EVER, or she is buttering us up before asking for a new pony. I''ll keep you posted...
Benjamin Robert McNerney arrived January 6th at 10:30 in the morning. He measured 21.5 inches long and weighed in at a whopping 8 pounds 15 ounces. The Doctor exclaimed "Its a good thing we didn''t let you go all the way to 40 weeks" after they took him out (We had a scheduled C-Section).
He has a heart murmer which is nothing to worry about. We were informed by the cardiologist that the type he has will "Harm him less than the jungle gym at the playground" during his lifetime. We were happy to hear about that.
Our stay in the hospital was only 48 hours and I was very glad to get home and be able to see Lilli. She crawled up on my lap after Ben and I had been home for awhile and UNPROMTED said to me "I really like Baby Benjamin a lot momma". It was sooo sweet! She is very gentle when it comes to touching/kissing/hugging him. She does not like it when he cries, but her reaction to that has gotten a lot better. The concern and tenderness she shows towards him at this point has really amazed me. She likes helping make his bottles and doing other small helper tasks for me. I think we got really lucky with our timing in the age difference b/t the two of them. I hope it continues!
Lilli has decided that since we call her Lillibear, that Ben should be called BennyRabbit. I thought that was super creative of her. Some things are very different with Ben than they were with Lilli. Ben likes to nap, a whole bunch! Lilli naver liked to nap during the day, even as a new born. Diapering is a whole new experience as well. I did OK the first 3 days, but then I got baptized by him (several times). I''m learning a few tricks, but gosh he is a wiggly baby!
Friends and family have begun to spoil us with visits that include cooking and cleaning. We are truly thankful for those as we all adjust to life with 2 kids. Its been wonderful and tiring and we look forward to every moment of it :)
Did you know that "the next time it snows, it will be Christmas again"? This is the world according to a two and a half year old who lives in Virginia. Apparently growing up in upstate NY did not cause this weather/holiday confusion for me growing up....but I can totally see where she drew this conclusion.
Did you know that Lilli wants to be a farmer when she grows up? You would think it would be because of the cool animals she would get to be around (cows, horses, ducks, etc) or because she would get to ride tractors, but no. When asked why she wants to be a farmer, she will tell you its "because then I can grow pumpkins". I''ll give you all 2 guesses as to what new thing we are going to try to grow in our garden this coming year.
Did you know you can extend the Christmas holiday by 7 days by accidently storing gifts under the couch? In Lilli''s quest to "organize" the gifts that were under the tree before Christmas, she lined them all up in a neat row that extended under the couch. Unfortunately she is the only one who knew the row extended under the couch so Momma and Daddy didn''t find the 5 missing gifts until New Years Eve when they rearranged the furniture after the tree was put away. Merry Christmas part 2 was very nice!
Did you know PRIVACY is the key? We were having issues with Lilli potty training for good old #2 in the potty. She would cry, scream and pretty much drive us nuts until we put a diaper on her so she could poop. Well one day I noticed that even in a diaper she went and "hid" while she did the deed. The next time she got upset and was holding her biscuits I walked her to the potty and asked if she would like some PRIVACY? She said yes, and I waited outside the door for her to let me know when she was done. Since then she has been just as happy to poop on the potty as in her diaper (at naptime)...as long as she has some privacy.
Did you know that this might be the last update until Baby Benjamin''s arrival? We are scheduled for him to enter the world on January 6th (only 4 more days away), unless of course he has other ideas. I hope you will all keep us in your thoughts and prayers :) HAPPY NEW YEARS!
A random list of little things that Lilli does/says that just make me so happy to be a mom.
1) I love that she WANTS to hold my hand when we walk up and down the stairs together. This has been a new thing since Matt had to remove the railing for our on-going bathroom project. It’s also cute that she says “Hold my hand momma, there’s no railing” every time. I’ll almost be sad when the railing goes back up and she doesn’t need to hold my hand any more.
2) After we eat dinner out, Matt always takes Lilli to the restroom to wash off her hands. When she is done, she comes running out of the restroom yelling “Momma, oh Momma…here I come!” I love that. Her hair flies back as she runs towards me with arms usually outstretched, ready for a hug.
3) Speaking of washing our hands after meals, there is another thing I love just as much. When we guide her to the restrooms after a messy meal we ask her to put her hands in the air. We first joked that “It’s a stick up”, which of course has stuck. Now she makes her way thru the other diners announcing “hands up, it’s a stick up” with her hands over her head. I’m waiting for the day when someone hands over their purse or wallet… yeah, that would be nice..
4) I love her compassionate side as a BIG SISTER. She already gives “Baby Benjamin” unprompted kisses. We were out to dinner one night and she had two peanuts and she insisted we could not eat one b/c it was for Baby Benjamin. When I put “perfume” on her (I have a tiny spray bottle filled with baby oil and I spray it on her tummy after I put my perfume every day) she rubs it in, then asks for me to lift my shirt so she can share with her brother, then she rubs some in. She has also learned his full name so if you ask her if Ben is going to be her brother, she says “No, Benjamin Robert McNerney is my brother”.
5) I love that she is close to her family, even if they live far away. At nap time after our stories, prayers and songs I tell her that I love her and sometimes I ask her “who else loves Lilli” to which she often mentions almost everyone in our family (including their pets!). She likes to tell me little things about some of the people too…For instance she might mention that Grandma Carolyn made her quilt, that Uncle Chuck and Aunt Cindy have a piano and their dog is Ebby, that Grandma Mary Ann gave her her favorite Lighthouse building blocks, or that Cousin Janice has two doggies named “Lu-Lu and Jorjan” and lives far away. I could go on and on, but I won’t bore you…
6) I love the unexpected….like today when I had to tell her “No” to something that she wanted. She yelled back at me “Don’t tell me Momma” and I looked sternly at her (We are working on her not yelling) and she quickly left the room. When I found her, she was sitting on the stairs and I asked her what she was doing. She told me she was in “Time Out because I yelled and that’s a No-No”. If she keeps this up, I won’t have to play “bad cop” anymore, she can do it for me.
OK, so these are just a few things that made me smile in the last few days. I hope you are all gearing up to have a great Christmas. We will be getting ready for Ben’s arrival but hopefully that won’t stop us from keeping you updated with pictures, etc. Merry Christmas!
I''m not sure if they will automatically send you an email, but Matt and I have changed the name of ourwebsite. This site is now known as mckids.aboutmybaby.com as opposed to the old lillianna.aboutmybaby.com. Lilly will have to learn to share eventually, so why not start with her website? Please update your "favorites" if you have this site saved.
Ben is still scheduled to arrive on January 6th. Here is hoping he makes it that long. Happy Holidays everyone!
So we have sort of explained to Lilly the concept of Santa, trying to emphasize the "being a good girl" part and all of that. I have explained that she can ask Santa for whatever she wants and then he decides what she needs/deserves/etc. Well I''m not sure when the greed aspect kicks in, but apparently its after 2 and half years old. Every time you ask her what she wants Santa to bring her, she tells you "white gloves". I even ask her when we are out shopping, standing in the middle of the toy dept. She will admit to wanting all kinds of toys, but when asked what does she want Santa to bring to her house, she always replies "white gloves". God I hope Santa can find them in her tiny size.
One other note: When Matt and I are driving and we grumble under under our breath or make a heavy sigh, Lilly always asks "Whats wrong Momma/Daddy" . She is very in tune with people''s feelings. We have re-vamped our road rage cursing and we always answer her with "People can''t drive Lilly" so she knows we are not upset with her. Well, the other day I was pushing her around the grocery store in one of those carts that looks like a car in the front (she loves to "steer" and beep the toy horns) and we were parked near the bakery department (SHOCKER, I KNOW...MOVE ON...) Along comes this woman and she bumps our cart a little (nothing bad) and Lilly looks up at me and VERY LOUDLY grunts and announces "People can''t drive Momma". I was horrified. I couldn''t look up because I was afraid to make eye contact with the woman, and I could hear other people giggling around us. Truth be told, I wanted to laugh out loud too. For those of you who have been around her, you know Lilly is very articulate so there was NO MISTAKING what she said either.
That being said, please people...drive safe. That includes you too Santa. We want to make sure those white gloves make it here OK.
OK, so here are two short little episodes that made me laugh....
1) On our way back from NY from Thanksgiving we stopped and got drive thru for lunch (DO NOT JUDGE) and driving slowly thru a small town to get back onto the highway we spotted a police car that had pulled someone over. His lights were flashing and before we could say anything to Lilly she shouted out "BUSTED" from the back seat. I guess that means if we ever get pulled over with Lilly in the car, there is no way we are getting out of that ticket. She is on the side of the LAW!
2) I was on the phone with my mom today and while I was talking to her Lilly was playing around me. After awhile she came over and held out her hand and of course, like a giant SUCKER I stretched out my hand to take whatever she was giving..... After she dropped a tiny package into my hand she announced in a VERY loud voice "YUP, ITS A BOOGIE" and walked away. So, lesson learned for momma. Ask before you take what you''re being given, because yup, it was a boogie. Thanks for the gift Lilly!
So today Lilly''s great Aunt Cindy and Uncle Chuck arrived for a visit on their way to Florida. They were so sweet and brought gifts for Lilly (her favorite being the "magic wand"). When I asked Lilly if she gave thank you "huggies" to them she ran off to do just that. After giving one to Aunt Cindy she attempted to give one to Uncle Chuck who thought he would play hard to get. He pretended to be shy/scared of her for a minute until the following took place....
Lilly raised both hands in the air and announced very loudly "DON''T PANIC....I''M JUST GOING TO GIVE YOU A HUGGIE"
Needless to say, we were all in hysterics. I have no idea where she even LEARNED the word PANIC, let alone where the arms raised in the air came into play, but it was priceless.
So people do not fear... If you see Lilly coming at you, remember DON''T PANIC, you''re most likely about to get a HUGGIE!
I realized today that Lilly does or says a few things that someday she will grow out of... and I just wanted to write them down so I don''t forget.
1) "Pennedies": Pronounced PEN-A-DEES. This is what Lilly calls pennies. She likes to put these in her bank, in her doll house mailbox, and anywhere else she thinks they should go.
2) The writing on the wall: There is a fence that goes around part of our neighborhood that we pass almost on a daily basis when we are out and about in the car. Some thug has taken it upon him/herself to draw some graffiti on it. Well, EVERYTIME we drive by it and Lilly looks out the window, she says "No drawing on the fence, or you''ll go to TIME OUT" Its pretty funny.
3) Spooning: There is a commercial that you may have seen where a woman is in a grocery store and comes across some yogurt. She takes the small container in her mouth and sucks it down. Well, Lilly will tell her EVERYTIME she sees it to "USE YOUR SPOON". She does this b/c this is sometimes a struggle for Lilly at meal time. Her hand is so much easier for her to use, but we emplore her to "USE YOUR SPOON/FORK". It can be a battle at times, but moms of older children tell me that EVENTUALLY Matt and I will win this one.
4) Sharing: Most mornings when I get dressed after breakfast I spray on my perfume and Lilly wants some. I have a small spray bottle filled with baby oil that I use and I tell her to lift her shirt up. I then give her one spray of it and she rubs it in thinking she has perfume. (Please note, I do NOT put mine on my belly). Recently, she has started asking me to then lift my shirt up so she can "Share with Baby Benjamin". Its very sweet.
5) Her Elvis impression: This just happened today for the first time, but it made me giggle so much I had to share. Lilly was "drumming" on the table (she loves to turn everything into a drum) during lunch but this time when she got done, she said "Thank you very much" in a very Elvis like way. Priceless!
Thats all I can think of for now off the top of my head. Hope you all enjoy these Lillisms. I am sure they will change but there will be new ones to come!
Today Lilly wore her diaper while we ran some errands, and during her "nap" time. Otherwise, she went the whole day in her panties and went ACCIDENT FREE! Now, I can''t brag too much because we have 2 training potties and 2 child seats, so everywhere she turns is a chance to go in the house right now (I even moved a potty in the livingroom so she doesn''t have too go far) but this is certainly giving me hope for moving along in the training. I kinda feel bad, because there is a small part of me that likes the diapers (she is a dream passenger on long car rides where I only have to stop once or twice to change her, and she sleeps 12 hours straight every night and I am afraid potty training at night might disrupt my (opps, I mean HER) beauty sleep.) But when she is ready, I guess I will be too!
Don''t let the title scare you. We are happy as can be here at casa McNerney. Its just that we will be seeing a little more blue in the house in the next couple of months. Thats right, Lilly is getting a little brother. Its cute because she still sometimes calls the baby "brother or sister" but she is slowly coming around to the brother idea.
We are trying to incorporate "baby brother" into some things already. We explained that she will be giving "baby brother" her old bedroom, and that its so nice of her to share. I also ask her who loves Lilly? and then I list off members of the family including "baby brother". When I tell her that he loves her, she leans in and gives my tummy a hug or kiss. It melts your heart.
If she is half as loving towards him when he arrives as she is now, I think we will be in good shape!
A few random things….
Usually when you ask Lilly if she has had a “poopy-doop” (Our nice phrase to cover #2) she will tell you no (even if she has). Not a big fan of the diaper changes. Occasionally you MIGHT get a yes. (Often its not true though) but 2 instances have shown a slight change in her distaste of the diaper change. Maybe she is signaling she is ready for training? I have no idea…but I found the 2 instances pretty funny.
1)The other day I had a doctor appointment to go and Matt was able to stay home to watch Lilly. The time came for me to go so I called to Lilly who was playing in the living room to come with me upstairs to see Daddy. Lilly marched right up to me and announced “I have a poopy-doop for Daddy”. (And she wasn’t lying)
2)Tonight as I was getting dinner ready I heard Matt ask her if she had a “poopy-doop” to which she LOUDY exclaimed “I SURE DO!” It was such a confident answer, it cracked me up. (And she DID!)
The other funny thing that happened this week was not poop related (Your welcome). We were in the car listening to music and she asked me what the name of a song that came on was. I told her it was “WOMANIZER” to which she began to sing along..but soon she changed the title to “APPETIZER”. Maybe she was just hungry… I thought it was cute that she was singing to the song by Britney Spears, but it gets better. Today in the car we heard another song by Ms. Spears called “If you see Amy”. Lilly asked me what the song was, so I told her and she thought for a minute and then said “No Momma, its WOMANIZER”. I thought it was so cool that she was able to recognize the voice of a singer (over a few days time). Kids are so AMAZING!
Lilly is a lot of BIG things... She''s a BIG eater, she''s a BIG Hugger, and she''s a BIG snuggler. Well, she''s going to have to add one more to her list. Come January, Lilly is going to be a BIG SISTER!
Its very Important to have a good relationship with your Doctor. You need to be able to ask those questions that are keeping you up at night, the ones you don''t even dare to look up on the internet. Well, lucky for Lilly she has a great relationship with her doctor.
Today at her 2 year check-up the doctor came into the exam room and Lilly was all set in just her diaper. (We tried to keep the paper gown on her but she got tired of it and decided to opt for what she calls "naked baby") Anyway, when the doctor came in and sat down she asked Lilly how she was to which Lilly answered "good". Then as the doctor got her papers in order, Lilly was finally able to ask what apparently had been on her mind for a long time. She walked over to the doctor, placed both her little hands on her own chest and asked.... "Are these my boobies?"
That pretty much set the tone for the rest of the check-up. (Which went well by the way..she is doing great.) What a way to start off a new year. And yes Lilly, those are your boobies.
If I didn''t have all these pictures to go back and look through I would accuse someone of playing a trick on me. There is no way our little baby girl is going to be 2 years old in less than a week! Wasn''t I just hearing her cry for the first time in the delivery room the other day? Didn''t her first tooth just start to poke thru yesterday? What do you mean she is walking and talking and running and singing? Everyone tells you that they grow up fast, but you really have no idea until it happens to your baby. Not matter how old she gets... she''ll always be our baby girl.
The other day Lilly''s godmother Barbara called us and invited us out to see the movie UP! I wasn''t sure how it was going to go, since Lilly hasn''t really ever sat still for a whole movie. I was pleasantly surprised! She sat on my lap thru the whole movie and seemed very interested in it. As the opening title appeared on the screen, Lilly showed off her alphabet knowledge...sort of. When she saw "UP" on the screen she announced to the whole theater "P.U." Not sure if she was reading the title backwards, or if she was commenting on the smell of the theater :) At one point in the movie a man tells a dog he is a "Bad dog". Lilly also felt the need to repeat this a few times to make sure the dog got the point. There is also a bird in the movie named Kevin. He is not in every scene. I know this because at various points during the movie Lilly asked "Where''s Kevin?". Luckily no one seemed bothered by her habit of talking to the screen. This means she will most likely grow up to be that ONE person who yells during a scary movie "No, don''t go in there alone! The killer is in there." It was so nice of Barbara to treat us to the movie. Lilly talked all day about Aunt Barbara and the Doggie Movie. She told Daddy all about it when he got home from work.
Today Lilly''s Aunt Rachel took her to a water park for the first time. This was an EXTRA special treat for Mommy because it gave her 3 hours in the house alone! Matt is in Saudi Arabia for a week (for work) so its just been Lilly and Mommy. This break was JUST what the doctor ordered. Oh, and Lilly loved it too. She kept telling me about the water, and the ice cream sundae she got too. She also kept asking to go see Aunt Rachel after dinner.
Lilly''s had a pretty sweet couple of weeks between these 2 treats and our family vacation. The upcoming month looks like it might be just as exciting with her birthday coming up and all the company we will be having.
SPAGGITO: Noun, A 2 winged insect that is known for sucking blood and biting cute 2 year olds in their backyard all over the place. Pronounced SPA-GEE-TOE. Also called a mosquito in other regions of the US.
Last week the 3 McNerneys set off on their first adventure for the summer. It was a whirlwind tour of eastern New York. We drove up and spent our first night at Cousin Janice’s house. The next day we drove from Syracuse to Utica so Momma could have dinner with a friend she has not seen in over 22 years. Dinner with Allison, Kom and her parents was a 3 hour adventure during which Lilly was very well behaved. Lilly enjoyed her share (and then some) of the garlic bread and tiramisu, and dived into her order of pasta and sauce as well. While we were all saying goodbye outside the restaurant, Lilly ran over to the owners of the place who were outside on the patio having coffee and climbed right up into one of their laps. I think it was a secret ploy to get the tiramisu recipe. That night we drove to Verona with Matt’s friend Frank to stay with him and Karen at their farm. Lilly got to pet a horse, feed some goats, and see all kinds of other fun animals.
The next morning we headed back to Syracuse to caravan with Cousin Janice up to the Fair Haven Beach campgrounds. This is located right on Lake Ontario and let me tell you people, the views were gorgeous! I had been apprehensive about what camping with a 23 month old would be like, but Lilly blew me away. She loved everything about the outdoors. She loved sleeping in the tent, playing at the beach, walking in the woods and having so much family around her. She had Aunt Elly and Uncle Sean sharing our campsite, Grandpa Jim and Grandma Hilda just 2 sites down from us, Cousins Chris, Renee, and Ashley at their Super Duper Snazy Camper down the road, and Cousin Janice, Meta and Kami in the cabins just a little further down the road. There were so many people to keep her busy, that might explain why she was OUT LIKE A LIGHT every night we put her to bed. The one night that I did bedtime, I swear she was asleep before I even unzipped the tent to leave. She also kept herself busy spending time with Connor, who is 4 years older. He was our camping neighbor and loved showing off for Lilly on his bike, doing pop-a-wheelies, etc. Lilly did ask him where his helmet was the first night we saw him on his bike, and wouldn’t you know it, the next day he had his helmet on when he came to her!
After camping for 4 days and 3 nights we drove to Aunt Cindy and Uncle Chuck’s house where Grandma Carolyn and her friend Dawn were there to meet us. Cousins Chris, Renee, Ashley and Aaron were all there too for a nice steak dinner. Matt and I were going to stay at Janice’s for another night, but decided to hit the road and take advantage of 2 full days at home instead of 1 before Matt had to return to work. Lilly was a great traveler, even late at night. She had the luxury of falling asleep and not having to drive any of it ;)
One of things that we noticed on this vacation is that Lilly is really using a lot of full sentences lately. Nothing shows this more than when we pulled into our campsite and Matt announced “Home sweet Home” to which Lilly replied “This isn’t home, this is our campsite”. I guess she told us! Grandpa Jim and Grandma Hilda took Lilly shopping and Hilda later shared with me that Lilly tried to say hi to a man who didn’t engage her at the store. She then turned to Hilda and said “He has a very very long mustache”. Her powers of observation are really taking off too.
I’m so glad that Lilly had such a good time on our vacation. I’d like to thank everyone who we saw for not only helping out with Lilly, but just making our trip that much more enjoyable by just being there! What a great start to summer!
So the other night we were on our way to our friends house to see their new baby. On the way we were telling Lilly about the new baby and explaining that her name was Jiya. After hearing Lilly repeat "Baby-Jiya" over and over, Matt thought he would distract her by asking Lilly "If you ever have a baby sister, what would like her name to be?" (PS- Yes, we would love more children someday) Well, her first response was "Lillianna Bethel McNerney". I guess we don''t have to worry if she likes her name or not... But then Matt explained the question a bit further and when he asked again, she thought for a moment and responded.... "Lloyd"
Matt and I could not stop laughing!!!
Well, there you have it world.... if we are ever blessed with another baby girl, Lillianna votes that she be named Lloyd. I guess our former roommate Lloyd has really made a big immpression on her. She often pretends that she is "talking" to him on her play phones. Most of the conversations go something along the lines of...
LILLY: "What up Lloyd?"
LILLY: "OK, Call you back Later"
PS- Its even cuter because Lilly still pronounces her L''s like Y''s so I guess if we have a baby girl ever again she will be called Yyod....tee-hee.
So the other night after I put Lilly in her crib after her bath, books and snuggle time, she immediately got upset. I let her go for awhile, because sometimes she just voices her unhappiness for less than a minute, then quiets right down. This time she worked herself up pretty good so I went and gave her some extra snuggle time. Daddy was on a business trip so I thought maybe that had something to do with her need for some extra loving. She was content until I put her back down which meant she was fine and just needed to work thru it on her own. Well I went downstairs and listened to her on the monitor and let me tell you this, things sure are more interesting now that she is able to communicate with words as opposed to just crying.
It only took her 2 or 3 minutes or so to fall asleep for the night, but below you can find a transcript of what she had to say before falling asleep....
"Momma? OH CRAP, Momma where are you? Momma? OH CRAP... OH CRAP...Momma where are you? OH CRAP, Momma where you? OH CRAP....OH Momma"
Now, I take full responsibilty for her learning the "OH CRAP", because lets face it folks, thats the G-Rated version that I have been trying to practice around Lilly when things go astray during the day. But the fact that she is able to put it together and use it so...... CORRECTLY. I mean even her inflection was dead on. I confess that most people would have been fretting about her getting to sleep, or worried that she was taking her first step down the road to hardcore cursing, but I have to admit I just sat there and giggled. She sure is entertaining.
APRIL 5th 2009... Mark it on your calendars!!! Today Lillianna told both Matt and I (seperately...mine was at dinner and matts was while we were getting her ready for bed) "I Love you" to which she followed up with hugs and kisses. Both of these instances were totally unprompted by us and our hearts just melted.
If you are getting ready to write me an email to tell me that she has no concept of what she is saying or that she is just repeating what she hears us say then let me warn you: Keep it to yourself. I''m currently walking on cloud nine and I refuse to come down :)
Random Things That Impress me, tickle me, or make my heart melt
1) Yesterday when Lilly and Daddy returned from their “Daddy Date Night” (Every Wednesday which is a very nice break for Momma) Lilly ran up to me and said “Pretty Hair Momma” then stroked my hair. “Pretty Arms Momma” then stroked my arms, “Pretty eyes Momma” then touched my face near my eyes..then she followed it with a Big hug.
2) We went to Addy’s Birthday Party a few months ago and now Lilly thinks every time we go to Addy’s house that it’s her birthday. When I tell her we are going there, she starts to sing “Happy Birthday” and talks about “Birthday Song” and “Birthday Presents” for Addy.
3) The other day when Grandma, Lilly and I were going to dinner we had to drive by the playground on our way to the restaurant. Lilly asked to “Go slide? Go slide?” When I explained that we were headed out to dinner she exclaimed “Slide First?” I was very impressed that she was able to grasp the concept of time sequence. I have been trying to use words like First, Before, and After. It looks like it paid off. (Well, it paid off for me… we did NOT slide first..)
4) At a recent play date Lilly picked up one of the play phones and began to imitate me. The conversation was short. “What up? Call you later. Bye-Bye”. What makes me laugh is the “What up” part… because it isn’t her shortening a sentence, I actually say that to a few close friends that call.
5) Whenever Lilly is around when I get dressed she likes to scream at the top of her lungs “BRA TIME!!!! BRA TIME!!!! BRA TIME!!!! “ when I go to put on a particular piece of clothing. She thinks its super funny and giggles afterwards.
6) During dinner (or any meal for that matter) Lilly likes to raise her cup and say “Cheers”. She then waits patiently for each person at the table to clink her cup. If you are a little slow in responding, don’t worry… she will personalize it for you… “Cheers Momma, Cheers Dada”
7) After singing it for almost 2 years, our originally composed “Bath time” song has paid off. It’s a song we sing every night to let Lilly know its bath time. Well recently she has learned all the words and sings along with us. She even raises her hands up in the air for the “WOO-HOOs” .
8) When Lilly bumps her head, or smashes a finger, or hurts herself in any other way, she asks for a “Kissy” and after you kiss it, she lets you know its “All better Momma”. It’s nice to see someone who believes in the power of the Kissy. If Lilly trips or does something else that might look like she hurt herself, she informs us (even before we ask) that “I’m Fine… I’m Fine”
It seems that ever day Lilly does something or says something that makes me think "Oh, I should write about that on her website" but then time gets away from me. Below are just some random things that I can remember off the top of my head. I could go upstairs and get the paper journals that I write to pass on to her one day, maybe when she is expecting a child of her own, but she is napping and I don''t want to wake her….
** The other day in the car Lilly was chatting away and I heard her say "Lillianna" unprompted by me. This is the first time she has said her full name, as she usually refers to herself as Lilly. Actually, when she says it, it sounds more like "Yillianna"
**Lilly has a little angel that hangs in her window that she likes to look at in the morning. Her Grandma MaryAnn got it for her. I was explaining that to her the other morning when I was changing her diaper. She kept saying "Angel name?" over and over so I asked her what her angel''s name was. She didn''t hesitate at all before she said "Heather". That night I asked her to tell Daddy what her angel''s name was, and she said "Dustin". For those of you who don''t know, Heather is one of Lilly''s godmoms, and Dustin is her boyfriend. She must think very highly of the two of them to give them Angel status.
**Everyone knows the words to the Happy Birthday song… and Lilly is no exception. In fact, she was able to sing Happy Birthday to her Grandma Carolyn over the phone the other day. The only problem is that she thinks EVERY DAY is someone''s birthday. So every day she sings this song at some point or another. Its fun to see whose birthday it will be because she does change the name everyday.
**Mega-Toot. No, you won''t see "Mega-Toot" in the dictionary. But if you hear Lilly say this, you might want to run from the room. Let me explain…. We thought teaching Lilly the word FART was not very lady like, and "passing gas" just seemed too hard to say, so we taught her that it was "tooting". Well, one night at dinner Lilly "tooted" and it was a big one so Matt commented that it was a real "Mega-toot". From then on Lilly accurately describes what kind of toot she has had. I am hoping that we at no point have to come up with a level higher than Mega-Toot.
**We shop at Costco about once every 2 weeks. After you shop, you show your receipt at the door and they mark it. Well, today we went there and there was a big line of people to get out so when the man finally checked our receipt and started to give it back, he was met with one unhappy little girl. She looked him straight in the eye and said "NO! Smiley Face Please" and she would not take the receipt back from him. You see, a few times we have been there, the person at the door would draw a smiley face on the back of the receipt before giving it to her. This girl has a mind like a trap, because she knew what to expect from this particular store, and wasn''t about to go quietly to the parking lot without her smiley face. The man did comply, and was laughing the whole time. He said it serves him right for trying to short change her. He also complimented her on saying "Please".
Well, I am sure there are about a hundred other little things she has done over the past few weeks that would bring a smile to your face, but right now they escape me. I hope you enjoyed these tales of Life with Lilly… its always an adventure!
So the other day Lilly was watching Sesame Street and the portion came on where the Spanish Lamb (I kid you not) says a spanish word and "Murray" has to guess what it is (he never does, and then after repeating the word 3 times, the object drops from the sky). So the little spanish lamb says "blah blah blah" and I had no idea what it was and Lilly was playing with her teddy bear saying "RINGS! RINGS!" and I thought... is she trying to put rings on the teddy''s hand.... when all of a sudden RINGS (Gymnastic type) drop from the sky on the TV. I have to admit, I just about died.
I can barely keep up with her ever growing English vocabulary, now she is picking up on foriegn languages! Most of you know I am one of those people that does not do well with foriegn languages. (After 3 years of french in high school I can only say MY NAME IS JEN, I LOVE YOU, and the ever useful WHERE IS THE LIBRARY? So for those of you out there who speak spanish, just let me know if she starts letting loose with the family secrets in public... the last thing I need is for everyone to know: La mama baila mientras que ella cepilló sus dientes por la mañana.
today we had a playdate with our friends Addy and Jen. There was a brief diaper break in the action while Jen changed Addy''s diaper. I was in the kitchen picking up after lunch when I saw out of the corner of my eye Lilly playing near the garbarge can. I had my hands in the dishpan but made a mental note to fish whatever she had put in there and give it a good scrub down... but then Jen called out to me to be on the lookout because Lilly had picked up the rolled up dirty diaper of Addy''s. Yup, you guessed it, Lilly had put it into the garbage can. What a good "Helper" she is. I think its especially cool because she didn''t say anything while she did it, and not even a peep afterwords.
I must learn to harness the power of the "helper"....
Above is what Lilly found in her very first fortune cookie! We went out for chinese tonight and ended up at a buffet where Lilly ate her first fortune cookie. I think she should never open another fortune again, because you really can''t ask for more than good health and a happy life can you?
I''m sure the people that run the buffet are kicking themselves for letting Lilly eat for free. She packed it away tonight. She started out with her favorite, NOODLES, but then moved on to trying duck and italian sausage for the first time. Since she is a meat-a-tarian, it was no shock that she loved both. Add to that the rice, beef, and numerous other dishes she had, and it created a very interesting meal for her.
I think she might be bulking up for a growth spurt, because she has been really packing it away the last week or so. For breakfast this morning we went to IHOP with Lloyd and Yves and Lilly packed away scrambled eggs, bacon, and pancakes. NOTE TO POTENTIAL SUITORS: She will not be a cheap date!
I hope everyone reading this shares in Lilly''s good fortune and has a healthy and happy day!
Nope, that isn''t the lunch menu at a fancy restaurant...its what Lilly ate for dinner last night. I really had low expectations about the salmon, but she loved it and kept asking for more. We try to get Lilly to eat whatever we eat for dinner at home, and this time she did not disappoint.
But we have hit a road bump or two in the meal area. Thursday night we had dinner of porkchops, veggie and homefries but Lilly kept asking for other foods. She had started to do this the day before at each meal. We know she likes what we were serving, and we didn''t want to turn eating at home into a restaurant type experience where we take orders, so Matt and I stood our ground. We didn''t supply anything else and basically put her to bed without dinner. (She ate a bite here or there but was not happy about it). The next morning, when I got her out of bed, I did not get my usual greeting. Mornings go one of two ways. Either she greets me by saying "MILK" because I bring her a cup of milk when I get her out of bed, or she greets me by saying "HI MOMMA". Well the morning after her no dinner episode, when I walked into her room she hopped up and started chanting "Toast? Applesauce? Toast? Applesauce?". I guess she was a hungry girl. Ever since then she has eaten whatever we put in front of her... but I am sure there will be other bumps in the road. I''m just glad we stuck to our guns early in this round of the eating game.
OK, so I have no idea when kids are supposed to start doing things, and what milestones are supposed to be reached when, but Lilly blew my mind tonight.
Matt called to me during their bathtime that I should come upstairs. I went expecting to see something along the lines of a silly shampoo inspired mohawk, or expecting to have to help Matt with a diaper issue (did I mention Montazuma''s revenge hit our house on January 1st? Oh, I didn''t? Well, lets just say 2009 came crashing in here in Centreville) Anyway, Matt was brushing Lilly''s teeth and pointed to her "potty" on the floor and said "there is something you should see".
He explained to me that not only did Lilly ASK to sit on the potty while she was in the tub, but when he took her out and placed her on there, she actually USED it! Sure, it took a few minutes and a few good books, but damn, my 18 month old daughter took her 1st step toward Potty training today!
Is it wrong to be excited about this? Am I getting ahead of myself? Is the end of diapers somewhere on the near horizon? If not, please don''t tell me... let me go to bed thinking that 2009 will be the last time Lilly deals with diapers, wipes and desitin. Woo-Hoo Lilly! you go girl! (Just make sure you keep GOING in the potty)
2 things have happened lately that have just made me laugh so I thought I would share them with you.
So remember when you were a kid and you wanted bath time to last forever? You knew that once bathtme was over, lights out was not too far away. Well, Lilly recently found a way to prolong her bathtime just a little bit. Matt and I each have her pull the plug out of the bath tub when we ask. Since she knows this has to be done, or we will just reach in and do it ourselves, she complies. Sneaky Lilly has discovered though, that if she slowly backs towards the drain and sits on it, the water MAGICALLY stops draining out, and thus bathtime can last until Mommy or Daddy notice. I like to call this the "Biscuit Block".
The other day a friend and I went out to lunch and ordered some Calamari. (Fried squid for all you land lovers). We gave some to Lilly to try, fully expecting her to reject it... but of course I should have known better. If its food, she will eat it. After a few bites, my friend and I were distracted for a minute talking so Lilly asked for more, by saying "more? More? more BAWK-BAWK?" and after exclaiming BAWK-BAWK she began to flap her arms like a chicken. Try as we might, we could not convince her that she was eating SQUID.. she kept imitating a chicken and asking for more. I don''t know what made me laugh more, the chicken impression or the fact that my 18 month old was eating squid.
Lilly makes us laugh every day at some point or another... these are just two examples that I hope you all enjoy!
So the next time you see Lilly and she yells out "HUGGIES" be warned, it is not a cry for a diaper change. Its her way of letting you know that she is about to give you one of the BEST things ever.... a HUG. Sure, she has been giving hugs for quite some time, but only recently has she begun giving us the warning, and giving out hugs without being asked. I love when she runs into the kitchen from playing with her toys and suprises me with a hug for no reason except that she wanted to give me one. Then she usually turns around and runs back to whatever she was doing.
So if you are looking for something inexpensive to add to your wish list this year, I highly suggest a HUGGIE or two!!!