Thursday, May 21, 2009

My "not-so-green" Thumb

This spring I've had the opportunity to start a vegetable garden with my friend Tracy. Now, I have never gardened before, and Tracy hasn't really either. So we are quite the pair, trying to figure out what the heck we're doing. But I think for the most part, we've done a pretty good job. At least things look like they are growing. That is a good sign, right? We'll see if things actually turn out. But no matter what, I chalk it up to a good experience. Here is what our garden looks like as of this morning:

We're doing the garden at Purdue Village. They rent out plots to anyone who would like one. Now, it would be good to mention that Purdue Village is family housing, and is very diverse, ethnicity wise. There are some amazing gardeners there, with some amazing garden plots. Some of them really put us to shame. But I think they are still pretty cool, so I'll share anyway.

A New Favorite

Since it's starting to get pretty hot these days, we decided to see if Molly would enjoy popsicles. Isn't that the epitome of being a kid in the summertime? I was a little skeptical...Molly will not drink juice of any kind. She's a water and milk girl all the way. So I wondered if popsicles would be anything like that. But I needn't have worried...they were quite the hit! I think she almost enjoys choosing which color she wants as much as actually eating it, though.

This morning I got out a workout video and my exercise ball...Molly is getting pretty used to the whole morning workout routine. She'll usually follow the video for a little while, and I would have to say that she's getting pretty good. Molly got pretty excited this morning at first, seeing I was going to use the ball, but then when she realized she couldn't use the big ball herself, she found another solution. (It's hard to see, but if you look close, you'll notice she's sitting on a little pink ball.) I thought it was the cutest thing ever. I didn't get much of a workout this's pretty difficult stopping every few minutes to try and get a picture. But it was totally worth it.

Friday, May 15, 2009

So big!

I never thought I would see the day that Molly was excited to visit the doctor's office. I don't know where she's heard the word, or even know if she really understood the concept, but for the last few days she's been begging to go to the Doctor. Lucky enough for her, she didn't have to wait too long. Her 2 year well-child check-up was today.

Molly did very well through almost the whole visit...she was very excited to get there and play in the waiting room, and even thought it was great fun getting weighed and measured. In past visits, just walking in the office would result in multiple melt-downs. It just goes to show how well Molly is doing adjusting to different places and people. I had worked with her about the doctor listening to her lungs, so she was pretty pleased in recognizing that whole process. She even got a kick (no pun intended) out of him checking her reflexes. She only lost it at the very end. Obviously it wasn't too traumatic for her, though, because as we were walking out the door, she kept saying "More doctor!" You'll only have to wait a year, Molly! (We're not planning on getting sick this year).

Anyway, here are the stats:

Weight: 27 lbs, 6 oz. (with clothes on) - 50th percentile
Height: 34 1/2 inches - 75th percentile

Monday, May 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Molly!

So today was Molly's birthday. I don't think Molly has ever had quite had so much fun in one day. And I certainly don't blame her.

The day started out with one of her big presents...a train table. Molly loves trains, and is getting into Thomas the Tank Engine. We were lucky enough to get her the train table through a yard sale...just on Saturday! We set it up on Sunday night, and when she came down the stairs, she was so excited to play with her trains. It's been a big hit throughout the whole day.

We had some of Molly's little friends over some some grilled hot dogs for lunch, and of course cake and ice cream. Her cake was a little butterfly...I think it turned out pretty cute. Molly actually took a little bite of the cake, to my surprise, but she quickly pushed it away. She did eat the ice cream, though.

After Molly's much needed nap, we opened the last of her presents. Grammy and Grampy Isaacson are here visiting from San Jose, and they got Molly a cute little doll house. She's had a lot of fun with that today, too. Over all, Molly got a lot of great things (hopefully they'll keep her occupied for a while) and had a lot of fun with friends.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Can she be TWO?

Molly turns two in a couple of days, so for the last week or so, I've really been thinking about these last two years with my sweet little baby...who's not so much of a baby anymore. I don't do this very often, so in celebration of her birthday, I thought I would try and record some of the silly little things she's up to these days.

Molly is such a little ham. She has such an amazing little sense of humor already...David and I are always laughing because of something she's done or says. She's getting quite the vocabulary these days. There are a few things that she says that are just so cute, because they are not quite right...

She says "butt-down!" for upside-down.

She adds an extra syllable to "all-done"...she says "all done-y". This has been contagious...David and I are now saying it that way, and he might not say it anymore, but she even had her cousin Matthew saying it that way in Seattle.

For some reason, she calls our downstairs part of the house "home". So when we're upstairs and she wants to come down, she'll say "home." We're thinking she got that because whenever we walk in the door we say "we're home!"

One of her favorite words is "happy". She had croup a few weeks ago and was pretty miserable for a couple of days, and there were a couple times that in the middle of crying, she would suddenly get a little smile on her face and she would say "happy!" It seemed as if she were saying to us "you know, I feel pretty terrible right now, but I'm trying so hard to be happy."

Molly is pretty mischievous. She'll figure out a way to get what she wants in ways we would never expect. The other day David was washing mud off a pair of shoes while Molly watched him. He then came inside to tell her that he needed to wash his hands because they were icky. Molly followed him into the bathroom and held her hands out saying "Molly...hands". David told her she didn't need to wash her hands because they were clean already. She then walked right back outside, stuck her hands into the mud, then came back into the back bathroom and said "Molly...hands!"

Molly knows all of the major colors. All day long she'll identify objects by their color. It's pretty cute. She's also getting to know her letters a little better. Her favorite letters are of course M, O, L and Y. She loves to read books and will often point out the letters she knows from the page.

Most know that Molly is quite a picky eater...when it comes to sweets and sugar. She will not eat cake, brownies, or cupcakes. She's actually starting to eat cookies now, though. Is that something to be proud of? When I was trying to figure out what to do for her birthday cake this year, I was sitting with her at the computer pointing out the different shaped cake pans. I showed her Elmo, and Barbie and a couple of other ones, and said, "Molly, what kind of cake do you want for your birthday?" She looked at me and said "No cake!" Too bad, Molly, you'll be getting a cake, but you don't have to eat it.

I can't believe how fast the last two years have gone. I feel so blessed to be the mother of such a precious little girl. I love you, Molly!!

PS: An Elmo update - Molly is getting a little better with the whole Elmo thing. She's not completely terrified of him anymore, but I don't think she is quite the fan she used to be. We've worked with her so that whenever she saw anything Elmo (because he's everywhere! you can't really avoid him!) we would say "Look, Molly, his eyes are all better." Whenever she sees him now she'll tell us "Elmo all better". It seems like she won't be permanently scared from this experience.

Monday, May 4, 2009

"No Elmo!"

PARENTAL GUIDANCE SUGGESTED. This post could be disturbing to young children. Well, at least to a young child who's name is Molly.

Molly is officially terrified of Elmo. I know, who ever thought one of the biggest fans EVER of Elmo could suddenly be scared to death of the friendly red monster? I never in a million years thought it could happen. Here's the story.

The other day, Molly was watching an Elmo's World video about cameras. (Note: she had seen this movie at least a couple of times). At one point, Elmo turns away from the camera and opens a door or something, where a few dozen cameras flash in his face. He then turns back to face the audience looking quite dizzy, and his pupils are very small. During this particular viewing, Molly freaked out...I mean, REALLY freaked out. I have never before seen her so scared to death. I thought she was hurt. Both David and I wondered what had happened, and Molly kept pointing to the TV just sobbing. Mistake number 1: David, out of curiosity, rewinds the DVD to see what scared Molly so bad. Hence, Molly sees the disturbing Elmo again, and freaks out even more. We quickly turn the video off and calm Molly down. For the rest of the day, pretty much any time she sees the TV, she points to it, starts to get very nervous, and says "No Elmo, No Elmo!" She doesn't even want to sleep with her Elmo doll anymore, which used to be a bed time requirement. Even now, a few days later, every now and then she will say "No Elmo," as if to remind us that she wants nothing more to do with him.

I have to admit, I'm a little sad about the whole thing. It's hard for me to see Molly so scared about something. I'm pretty sure it was the weird looking eyes that freaked her out so bad, but now she has those associated with Elmo...we have tried to get her to look at some Elmo pictures to assure her that Elmo really is ok. She'll do fine for a couple minutes, but then it's back to "No Elmo!". I just hope this doesn't last too long. Anyone have any advice on calming toddler fears?