Demi Grey’s First Birthday Party

I managed not to cry. My baby is ONE! And we celebrated on her actual birthday with a whole bunch of wonderful people who love her very much.

I plan to put together another post that records everything about Demi at one year old, but for now, I just have to get all the pictures up. She was cute. The decor was cute. The guests were cute. The kids were cute.

Highlights of the day:

  • The cuteness of Demi Grey. One year old is just so fun.
  • 4 grandparents lovin’ on their little granddaughter
  • Demi trying on her new flip flops
  • The older kids blowing their “frog tongues”, bouncing in the bounce house, swinging on the tire swing and having a dance party in the living room
  • Demi smashing the smash cake … she ate at least half of that monstrous cupcake and would have continued if we hadn’t intervened

Sailing Past the 9- and 10-month Milestones

Demi Grey’s first year is just whirring by. So much so that I never posted her 9-month photos or her 10-month photos and it’s time to start planning for a birthday shindig!

Here are her 9-month photos–it was a warm day, but I just had to get these tiny little tights on her. As expected, it’s getting harder to pose her because she’d much rather be exploring.

And here are her 10-month photos. She’s rocking her Baby B’Gosh overalls and first pair of jeans (swoon!).

The last couple months she’s added all kinds of new talents to her resume including:

  • Opening and closing doors
  • Saying “hi” and “bye” and waving (she’s practically famous for her Miss America wave), and I’ve noticed she hears the end of conversations and starts to say bye before anyone else has said it.
  • Saying the first syllable of simple phrases like “ah duh” for “all done” and “hi da” for “hi dad”
  • She can sign more and all done, but doesn’t use them consistently
  • Pointing to things, sometimes after we ask “where’s the doggy?” or “point to the baby”
  • Rolling her tongue into a taco
  • Pulling herself up on everything
  • Walking and pushing the walker… we think she’ll be walking before the 1-year mark

Things she loves:

  • Soft things like blankets and fresh laundry and Cam’s giant bear. She buries her face into them and looks up and smiles.IMG_0320
  • Food. All of it. She’s been eating very large lunches and barely needs milk throughout the day.
  • Her independence. When she’s well rested, like first thing in the morning, she’ll crawl around the house shrieking and laughing.
  • Knocking over towers, throwing things on the floor
  • Baths! When she hears Cam in the bath, she’ll crawl to the bathroom and try and get in and if the door is closed, she’ll cry at the door.
  • Sand. When we go to the park, she’s perfectly content just sitting in the sand and running her fingers through it.

Things she doesn’t love:

  • Getting her nose wiped or fingernails clipped
  • Sitting still
  • Putting on pajamas… it’s difficult getting her chunky arms through the sleeves of her pajama shirts and she loses it almost every night during the process

One of my favorite moments in the last month was taking a shower with her while Buble Christmas tunes were playing in the bathroom. Just me, my baby and Buble.

And here’s the little lady just being her hammy self.

Pint-Sized Celebrations

Cam is 3 years, 3 months and Demi is 10 months… the result? A countdown at about 7:00pm, Martinelli’s, a dance party with neighbors and sparklers on the street. Truth be told, Joe and I barely made it to midnight.

Cam and Kaya cut a rug and then we cheersed to the New Year with our plastic champagne flutes. We asked Miles to sit next to Demi for a picture and he sat on her lap. He may be several months older but they weigh about the same–ha!

Our neighbors down the street always have sparklers, poppers and small fireworks so we hit the street and played with fire for a bit.

Happy happy to all! Looking forward to watching these monkeys grow in 2018!

Celebrating the Holidays

Pre-kids, Joe and I went somewhat easy on the holidays. We would put up a menorah, lighting it only a few days, and put up a tree (fake). We didn’t even really make a big deal of gifting anything to each other.

Now, with the kids, and Cam understanding more and more what the holidays are about, we are starting to do it all.

Hanukkah happened largely thanks to Grandma Monkey and Jeanne who made multiple dinners, provided gifts on gifts to the kids and lit the menorah, sometimes bringing it to our house to make sure it happened each night.

Cam loved lighting the candles and every night struggled against his desire to blow them out immediately. Cam also loved opening gifts so much he coaxed Grandma Monkey into letting him open all of his gifts by night 4. Demi, predictably, was a bit more interested in boxes and bows than in gifts, but she scored some cute outfits and fun new toys.

We put up a tree and stockings and some other standard Christmas decór.

We brought out the Elf on the Shelf, this year abiding by the actual rules. We named him Elfie Magelfie and he traveled with us on a family trip to Bend, Oregon and to great grandma’s house in Bishop so he could keep a close eye on things. We also decorated cookies (followed by a day of throwing up the gallons of sugar Cam consumed), and put out cookies, milk and carrots for Santa and his reindeer.

Some highlights:

  • Demi getting her two front teeth (round 1) for Christmas–how apropos that they popped through just in time
  • Cam meeting his second cousins Cohen and Brynn and having so much fun playing with them. Despite the overabundance of toys, Cam sourced rope from Great Uncle Chuck and kitchen supplies (he kept specifying “cylinder shaped”) from Great Aunt Bonnie to build and re-build and re-build monster traps.
  • Great food, long naps and walks in cold mountain air.
  • Generally just seeing Cam engaging with the various traditions, asking questions, anticipating events
  • Having DGO join our holidays for the first time. Baby’s first Hanukkah and Christmas is so very special.

Demi is Crawling!

For weeks now Demi has been getting on all fours and rocking forward and backward and stretching out to reach things. We knew crawling was near.

Then on Sunday, I had my phone out and I took at least a dozen videos as I was watching for her to start dragging her knees forward into a real crawl. I began to give up for the day and I left the house for an errand. Not 15 minutes later I got a text from Joe: “She’s crawling.” Seriously lady!?

Since then, she has crawled a few feet many times over. She is officially mobile! And dang she’s cute.