Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: This Has Been a Triumphant Week!

This Has Been a Triumphant Week!

How was your extended Holiday week, thus far?  In some ways, I can't believe it's "only" Saturday, and in other ways, I can't believe it's "already" Saturday.  This week was so great.

Usually, Alyssa is home all day with me only 2 to 3 days in a row.  Other times she's in school or with my mom part of the days.  She has been home since Tuesday afternoon.  That's 4 1/2 days of constant her, and the weekend isn't over yet. 

I can't believe how much she has learned in just these 4 days.  She knows her head, nose, mouth, ears, feet, toes, and hands.  She hasn't gotten her eyes, fingers, knees, elbows, or legs yet.

She likes to "Growl like a Lion" as two of her toys always tell her to do it.  I just think it's funny that I've been trying to get her to bark and meow for months, but she decides to roar instead.

The biggest thing she learned this week?

She is no longer on a bottle! She turned 1 two weeks ago tomorrow.  Since the day after that, we did a semi-slow switch over to milk, and a slow switch over to a sippy cup.  She drinks water, OJ, Apple juice, and Grape Juice all in a sippy cup, and has for months.  However, she has been refusing to drink milk from a cup.  My husband thinks it's fine for her to use a bottle and even said she can drink from a bottle until she's 2 if she wants to.  I completely disagree!

Friday, we woke up, and I decided that was it.  No more "Mrs. Nice Mom" and giving her a bottle after 10-15 minutes.  I just handed her a cup of milk and told her to drink it when she wanted it.  She ended up drinking all three cups of milk that day, with a couple of bribes of horsey rides on my back, like she understands bribes.

Today, I decided the same thing.  She got up.  I gave her breakfast.  I handed her a cup of milk.  Every time she picked up that cup, I got a huge smile on my face as it was a personal victory.

The funniest thing she did today?  I was sitting on the couch, she brought me a diaper, turned around and walked away.  I asked her what the diaper was for, and she turned back to look at me, walked over to her changing pad, and laid down.  LOL!!  She's 1 and she brought me the diaper!!  That was too funny!

Those with kids will understand my giddiness.  Those without kids, I hope you have someone in your life that brings you the same joy!  I'm lovin' this week! 

Comment balloon 18 commentsDonna Harris • November 29 2008 08:05PM

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You sound like one proud mother as you should be.  Last night I helped my roomie copy her VHS tapes to DVD which showed her with her baby.  She was as excited 20 years later as you probably are now.  So make sure to take lots of movies!

Aloha!

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (Keller Williams Realty Maui) about 10 years ago

Richard,  It's funny, she's smile big for the camera, but will not do her "cute" things for the camera.  She'll just stand there and smile.  We did get some of her fance moves on camera, but that's about it.  We try all the time as we got this new HD Canon camcorder that's as small as a coke can.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

Donna - My son just learned to turn over today and now that's all he wants to do. I'm looking foward to the months ahead and how much he is going to learn.

Posted by Robert Schwabe, Orange Park Real Estate (EXP Realty) about 10 years ago

Donna - It's amazing how quickly children learn things and how quickly they grow up.  Treasure these days!  :)

Posted by Debi Ernst, GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate (St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors) about 10 years ago

Donna, how fun it is to see how children grow and learn. My grandson is almost 2 and he never ceases to amaze me. Thanks for the post

Posted by Jean Powers, CRS,e-PRO,HAFA,SFR Broker, Northern California (Kane & Associates call 510.908.9002) about 10 years ago

Robert, Congrats for the rolling over.  I remember that day.  It was lots of fun!  Is it front to back or back to front?  If you have a sleep positioner in the bed, and it's back to front, you should remove it.  I woke one morning and found Alyssa was her face smashed up against the side.  It scared me to death!  He'll be rolling over and doing push ups constant until he figures out how to crawl.

Debi, I know!  I had no idea all the body parts from the little singing doggy were actually sticking in her brain.  I have not "taught" her any of those as I thought she was too young.  The school said they don't do body parts until the next class.  They learn when you don't even know it!

Jean, Thanks for your comments.  My mom gets amazed too.  I find it odd that grandparents get so excited when they got to see all this stuff the first round with their own kids, but I get excited that her grandparents all get excited for her too.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

Donna - When he rolled over to his belly he pushed himself qiute a bit. I'm thinking that he will be crawling within 2 weeks.

Posted by Robert Schwabe, Orange Park Real Estate (EXP Realty) about 10 years ago

Robert, I don't recall rolling over and crawling being related.  Alyssa rolled for the first time at 3 1/2 months, but started crawling at about 5 months.  Enjoy every milestone, though crawling isn't considered a milestone!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

Hi Donna:

We told our middle son, who loved his bottle, then sippy cup, that the Easter Bunnie took them. He went along with it fine until he seen them on top of a closet that my wife left them.

He said" the Easter Bunnie brought my bottles back". Of cource we said thats right, he left them here in case we had another baby. Well, we have Alex 21, Nicholas 19(the one I am speaking of) and Olivia 7(who I delivered in my wife's SUV). Unforturnatly Livvie never got those bottles and sippy cups, we didn't think we were going to have another baby that far along.

Best,

Richard

Posted by Richard Stabile, Bergen County New Homes Builder Realtor (Re/Max Real Estate Limited) about 10 years ago

Donna - I loved to hear about each little new event.  I loved those days but am also glad my kids are totally self sufficient now.  I'm with you by the way and as a daycare provider for 12 years-you did the right thing getting rid of the bottle.  Get rid of the pacifiers to!  I'm sorry but it drives me bonquers to see a three year old with a pacey in their mouth.  What bothers me most is what they are doing to their teeth and their jaw bone!

Posted by Tami Vroma, Realtor, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate (West Michigan Real Estate Specialist-Five Star Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Richard, That's a cute story.  Kinda like my sister in law took my nieces pacifiers and attached them to a balloon and said they would land at the houses of babies who need them.  Kids believe the silliest things!

Tami, Alyssa only uses a pacifier for about 5 minutes before she falls asleep and she kicks it out of her mouth.  I absolutely HATE seeing kids running around with pacifiers in their mouths.  She wouldn't even need it for bed if I would dope her up on motrin, but I don't think she needs motrin for all her teething issues.  When we first started daycare, I would pick her up, and she would have a pacifier in her mouth.  I only had to tell them twice that I never wanted to see that again, and it  has never happened again. Too many use it as a security blanket and then they don't know how to stop using it as they get older. *off soap box now*

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

Donna,

As you know Cara is home all day with Preston. The biggest thing I have observed is their constant communication they have with each other. He must have 200 books that she's constantly reading to him. about 3 months ago he started repeating everything he heard. Cup, TV, Pizza, you name it. Just very recently he's been able to remember everyone by their names. It's quite impressive to see how their little brains are like sponges. I feel like like a dinosaur forgetting peoples names all the time. Everything is changing! He's palying with more advanced toys too.

Anyway, congrats on Aliysa's progress.

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) about 10 years ago

Greg, Alyssa still chews on books, so it's very hard to read them to her. I try, but we barely get through one page.  she tries to say what I'm saying, but it's garbled, as expected.  She's figured out toys that I thought were too old for her, but she sees no age limit.  That talking dog Preston got for his bday, Alyssa pushed the ear so many times on hers, it doesn't sing anymore, but the other parts do... for now...

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

When they bring the diaper its time for the potty! 

It's amazing to see their little personalities take shape starting around 1 year old. 

Posted by Chad Baird (Re/Max Spirit) about 10 years ago

Chad, I wish!!  However, my mom read an article that the average age for potty training 20 years ago was 18 months, and now it's 34 for girls and 38 for boys... Pretty sad!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

Donna, WOW! You hang onto that precious baby of yours and treasure every single little moment that you can with her!  She's a baby today and tomorrow she'll be a teenager!  It feels like my girls were just born and they are 13 and 16. My oldest is learning to drive.  I even quit my job 16 years ago to be home with them - and I saw every step, heard every word and didn't miss a thing - time flew. For the past 10 years I have been saying that I wish I could freeze time! Enjoy! And squeeze her and love her as much as you can! 

Posted by Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast (M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.) about 10 years ago

what? how did you know he got that? i laughed for 3 straight minutes about her chewing on the books. so funny.

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) about 10 years ago

Sandy, Thanks!  Wow, your oldest is learning to drive?  I bet that's a time-stopper right there!

Greg, I saw it in one of the pictures you posted.  We have the same one, so I recognized it.  And yes, my daughter feels she doesn't get enough fiber, and her only source of fiber is eating her books.  She really does take chunks of the cardboard out of them.  It's gross.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

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