It seemed serendipitous that our area ALS walk was the same weekend the Caseys were in town. Their dog, Lincoln, filled in for Frank since he ended up having to work. We enjoyed the sunny day- at least until the hungry baby had a meltdown. :)
Pumpkin Patch October 13, 2011
While the Caseys were in town we also visited a pumpkin patch. The kids pet some farm animals, competed in duck races, and then we all went on a hayride out to the pumpkin patch. It was a cold, windy day, but we still enjoyed ourselves.
It’s My Party October 8, 2011
We were so excited that the Caseys were able to come visit us last weekend to help us celebrate Alaina’s birthday. She got to open a bunch of presents and then enjoyed a strawberry cupcake. She enjoyed stuffing her face, but the busy day finally got the best of her. Thanks to Connor, Elizabeth, Jim, Stephanie and even their dog, Lincoln, for making Alaina’s first birthday a memorable one!
Alaina turned 1 last week! This past year has gone by so quickly, but it also feels like she been a part of our family forever. We feel so blessed we get to be her parents!
-She now weighs 21.5 pounds (53rd percentile) and is 29.5 inches tall (64th percentile).
-She’s walking! About three weeks before her birthday, she took her first tentative steps with much luring by us. Now she’s walking all over the place, although sometimes she’ll switch back to crawling since she’s more efficient at it.
-She has completely switched from bottles to sippy cups, formula to milk, and purees to table food. She’s being transitioned to the 1-year-old room at day care so she’s also trying to get used to only taking one nap (which means she’s tired and cranky by the time we pick her up) and playing outside.
-One of her teachers at daycare told me “usually by the time a kid is turning one, we’re ready for them to move up to the next room. But we’re all sad Alaina is turning one- we don’t want her to leave.” I was so proud!
-She can sign and kind of say “all done”. She can also say “uh-oh”, “dog”, and some animal noises (quack, moo, roar).
-She’s discovered the joy of dropping things on purpose, especially from her high chair and changing table, and climbing up stairs.
….and a few presents to tide her over until her party.
Happy 1st Birthday, Alaina! We love you!!