Mornings with Punky and Me

With the change in shift at work has finally gotten to be a little more settled. I’m told that I will be in the position for a little longer than I anticipated. I’m A-OK with it. I have never enjoyed my job more than I do right now. I thought I enjoyed being a senior, but in all truthfulness, I was a mini-supervisor.

Now, I have a full schedule of one on ones with my own people on my team and development and time management and keeping busy. I miss my little one a ton and I have been so sleepy, working 3 to midnight that I haven’t gone to many of our meetups with the group. We were able to make it to a playdate on Monday and today. It was pretty cool.

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Punky and I had a nice toe painting before I went to work a week or so ago. That was great. She went with her Mama to a fancy Italian restaurant and we learned that she may not like hot dogs but she will devour calamari. This kid did not get my taste buds, for sure! She has been living on fish sticks and popcorn shrimp this week from what I am told.

Monday we went to a playdate at a play place in town. We went with our playgroup and got to hang out with other moms and toddlers of her same age. I love taking her to this place because there are so many things to do. This time, she got to play at the water table – AND BECOME SOAKED – and paint her own face. She had a blast.

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This morning we hung out at the local fitness gym. They hold an open gym for toddlers and we have only gone one other time. This time, she went all over the place and was really adventurous. Punky has just learned how to jump, kind of … so the trampoline was the place she wanted to me. She did wade around in the foam pit for a bit, which was a little out of my reach, so as usual, I was anxious the entire time, but she had fun.

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The best decision I made in my parenting so far this last 17 months was to join this group and take Punky out places. It makes things incredibly fun for her, it exposes her to all sorts of things and we get to bond one on one. No matter what my work schedule looks like, I always have the mornings with my Punky. ❤

Take Care until next time!

Rachael

Only 4 More Weeks Until We Have a One Year Old

48 weeks ago, my baby was born. Peyton came into the world and we were blessed with a beautiful child. I am still in awe that my kiddo will be a year old in just 4 short weeks. Never did I think we would have a child, I was resolved to having cats. Now, not only do we have a child, but she looks JUST LIKE ME. I can’t even understand how lucky we are. I can’t even fathom what we did to get a baby girl who is beautiful, smart and sweet.

Peyton is learning all sorts of new things. She knows where her nose, toes, mouth, eyes and SOMETIMES her ears are. She can clap, wave, high five, and point. She has been saying new sounds, ‘s’, ‘t’, ‘d’, ‘b’, ‘h’ And we are certain we heard her say ‘cat’ when we did. She sticks her tongue out and she’s eating big people food. She’s mastered her sippy cup and doesn’t drink formula until she goes to sleep for naps or bedtime. She loves spinach, even though her tummy doesn’t, she loves apple juice, organic puffs, and goldfish crackers.

In the last year, I just can’t believe how much she has grown. She’s in 12 month pants and 18 month shirts and onesies. She wears a size 3 shoe. Look at those ladybug shoes! It’s amazing to me how much she is growing. She’s getting taller and she’s always on the move. She has 8 teeth that we know of (whose going to stick their fingers in her mouth? Not me!!) there are four on top and four on bottom.

It amazes me that she is crawling around and wandering from one piece of furniture to another. She will start to let go of something to walk and then she thinks better of it! She loves peek-a-boo, headstands, and somersaults. Her favorite songs are ‘itsy bitsy’ and ‘twinkle twinkle’.

Her all time favorite is ‘apple apple‘. If you haven’t shared this video with your little ones, you should try it! They will probably like it. She loves the Bubble Guppies, Your Baby Can Read, and Blue’s Clues.

I’m not really sure of the purpose of this post, other than to put down all the things that she is doing, the things she’s learning, the things that she loves and all the things about her that astounds me.

Here’s a nice little video of her (Make sure you turn up the volume), its a little dark in our apartment, but if you haven’t see a kiddo watch ‘Your Baby Can Read‘, here’s Peyton’s second real day of it:

Take Care ❤
Rachael