Elise has moved on from brushing Jack's hair to brushing mine. She has been chasing me all around the house this morning with either her own brush or the dog's brush trying desperately to brush my hair. She is actually pretty gentle most of the time!
It finally feels like Elise and I are settling into a bit of a routine on the mornings we are at home. I've been teaching Monday and Wednesday mornings and so Elise has been in Daycare. She seems to be loving it! Everytime I pick her up she is busy at play surrounded by kids and toys and all things fun. Our days start early and this has become the norm even on the days we spend at home. She takes about an hour to eat breakfast which she wants immediately. This allows me time to sit and sip my coffee and eat breakfast myself. I love the forced slow start to each day. After breakfast we wave out the window to Josh as he goes to work, get dressed then we play, read, attempt to clean, and Elise does her new favourite activity - Brushing Jack. All this is followed by Elise's nap time which is my opportunity to actually clean and prep my classes! I've been enjoying the little bit of predictability to most days. Elise is still busy, passionate and constantly on the go but I think she is enjoying the routine as much as I am.
Today was the last day of summer for the year 2012. I'm not the least bit sad! I'm more of an autumn, winter and spring kind of girl. I've also been having intense cravings for pumpkin lately! Last night I nearly opened up a can of pumpkin and ate it with a spoon. I instead convinced myself that I would bake something delicious and that it would be worth the wait. Well, my plans failed and I found myself at the co-op checkout right before closing with my wallet and a frozen pumpkin pie in hand. A little bit of whipping cream and we had the perfect last day of summer dessert. I even sacrificed my own love for beater licking and let Elise have a go!
This little girl is growing like crazy! I just finished sorting through some of her clothes and was amazed by how much she has outgrown in the past month. She is getting so tall it's hard to find anything long enough to reach all the way to her ankles in this cooler weather. She is also taking a few steps, becoming an exceptional dancer, saying more and more words, or parts of words (Koda is often called Da and bye bye is bu,) she understands what milk, walk, book and all done mean and can hold a sign, like this one...
Yup it's true...
For those of you who didn't already know, we are excitedly awaiting the arrival of baby number 2 due in February!
Elise has been very much under the weather since her Barrium Swallow. It was a rough week but tonight she had an appetite. She ate veggies and pasta and still seemed hungry. We tried to give her a biscuit but she was not impressed, that's when we turned to the Cheerios. An easy option that she can feed herself. In the blink of an eye my hand slipped and, oops, she had a mountain of Cheerios on her tray! We told her she wasn't allowed to leave the table until she had finished her dinner and let her feast!
Koda and Jack were very excited as Cheerios began to fly, from little hands, all around the room. As for Elise, she didn't put a dent in that big stack of cereal. It was sure nice to see a little glimmer of joy back in her eyes though! She joined right in the laughter! Looks like the end of screaming, rashes and trips to emergency is in sight!
Tomorrow Elise has some tests in Saskatoon and we are not allowed to feed her breakfast. So, we put her to bed early then woke her up for a big cup of milk and a bowl of oatmeal to hold her over. At first she was sleepy and confused but then she giggled and giggled at how fun it is to be woken up at what I'm sure feels to her like the middle of the night.
The pictures are a little blurry from all the fun but I'm sure you get the picture!
We got up early this morning and got Elise all ready for her first day at daycare. She didn't even cry for a minute when we dropped her off. I don't start teaching until next Monday but we thought we would start sending her a week early so I could spend some time preparing!
Doesn't she look so grown up?
Sunday afternoons are great for napping and not even worrying enough to make sure outfits match. Elise has been showing a little bit of favoritism toward her dad today which makes it a delightfully extra lazy day for me!
Elise loves attention! She is content, most of the time, to play on her own but as soon as she knows she has my attention she scoots into my arms as fast as she can!