Adeline is 13.5 months and she’s fully a toddler at this point. She seems to be developing and figuring out new things every day. It’s really amazing to see. And freaking adorable.
She’s really into playing hide and seek lately. She’ll basically hide behind/under anything: the bed, the crib, a chair, a blanket, her shirt. Really, anything. She loves to hide and wait until I start getting “worried” (“Oh no! Where did Adeline go??”) and then she pops her head out with a saucy little look. It’s really cute. It’s funny because she doesn’t really like it when I play peek-a-boo with her anymore – she’s like, “hello, mom, object permanence is so last year. I totally know you’re behind there.” But she doesn’t seem to have realized that I have object permanence as well. Or maybe she just thinks I’m an idiot. Maybe every time I act worried, she’s thinking, “geez mom, I’m right under this blanket, how stupid are you?!” Continue reading »
Some shots from this week:
Who doesn’t love a baby in a bath?
Adeline brushes her teeth and it’s so freaking cute. I mean, I’m not sure how much actual “brushing” goes on, but I figure at least we’re creating good habits, right?
Adeline loves to crawl into the dog crate and hang out with the dogs. Not sure they love it quite so much…
And, the best thing of all… it looks like we’re going to have a white Christmas! We got a good ten inches last night and this morning!
I’m not a huge “decorate the house” kind of person – things are pretty simple here and we don’t usually break out random seasonal decor at any opportunity. (This probably makes me a bad mom blogger, but whatever.) I haven’t even decorated for Christmas the last few years. But this year, I decided that we needed to inject a little Christmas spirit into the house. Plus, I’m bored and I needed something to do.
Once I got started, I remembered how much I love Christmas. I have great memories of Christmas as a child: my sister creating and directing hilarious little Christmas plays or movies (those home videos are priceless, by the way), climbing on a chair to put on yet another Christmas record (yes, we had records, no, I’m not that old: my parents were retro, ok?), our little dachshund eating all the fudge and getting terribly sick (ok, that one wasn’t so great) or just the mounds and mounds of presents that make Christmas any kid’s favorite holiday.
Once I started decorating, my inner Christmas freak started sneaking out. I’ve been listening to the Christmas channel on Sirius/XM nonstop. I even bought the Michael Buble Christmas album, for god’s sake. And now I’m going so far as to devote an entire post to Christmas decorating. Yay!
Of course, the most important thing of all is a tree. We had planned to get one last weekend, but then it started snowing and it just kept snowing and snowing and snowing. David started making excuses and saying we should probably just wait. But I was like, hello, getting a Christmas tree in the snow is just about as perfect as you can get! So we bundled up and ventured out…. all the way to Home Depot. Ok, give us a break, it’s literally the first time David has gone out and gotten his own Christmas tree. He needed to be eased into the whole thing.
The one we got turned out to be really awesome. It fits perfectly in the corner of the living room and it’s gorgeous! We couldn’t quite get the star on top, but that’s ok. Maybe next year.
All of the ornaments are non-breakable, so we don’t have to worry too much about Addie getting her hands on anything. And there are stockings, too! I got one for each of us and hung them up on the mantle. Then I realized that it spelled “SAD” – whoops! Switched those puppies in a hurry and now it says “DAS”. That’s better.
Now I just have to buy some presents, wrap them up and put them under the tree. Perfection!
Also, I made that there little ornament garland all by myself. I rock! It was super easy:
I used floral wire from a craft shop, but I also saw online that you can use an ordinary wire hanger and make it into a wreath. Pretty tricky, huh? Just string some ornaments onto the wire like so:
And keep stringing them until they get all bunched up and pretty looking. (I also used a little hot glue to secure the tops on the ornaments when they seemed lose.)
Leave a little extra wire at each end to hang it up. And voila – you’re done. And so crafty!