Friday, March 27, 2009

18 Month Stats

Ally went to the doctor for her 18 month check-up on Wednesday:

24 lbs 14 oz (60th percentile)
34 inches (97th percentile)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

18 Months

Wearing Carter's hat during lunch today (he was at school).

Ally is officially 18 months old today, which is really hard for me to believe! Here are my favorite 18 things about her:

1. She has the most contagious laugh.
2. She loves to be tickled.

3. She imitates everything Carter does, both good and bad.

4. She loves her baby and her baby stroller.

5. She loves playing outside.

6. She used to be a good eater, but now she is fairly picky. Dinner is usually not a fun time at our house. She does, however, LOVE M&Ms.

7. Sometimes she thinks she is part boy.

8. When I ask her what she wants to wear for the day, she always says "bow," but she won't keep it in very long.

9. She shows me her painted toenails several times a day.

10. Her hugs and kisses can melt my heart faster than anything.

11. Reading books is one of her favorite things to do during the day.

12. Fear is not in her vocabulary, unless it has to do with bugs.

13. She can hum several songs, including "ABC's" and "Twinkle, Twinkle."

14. She thinks it is funny when it is time to take a nap and goes and hides somewhere. I usually think it is pretty funny, too.

15. Going "bye bye" can take her from grumpy to happy in a matter of seconds.

16. Stubborn should have been her middle name.

17. Her replies to questions are usually "No" or "Yes Ma'am."

18. She loves to sing and dance!

I could go on and on about how much I love this girl, but I will stop here. She really is such a blessing to me, and our entire family, and I am so lucky that God chose me to be her Mama!

I started recording all the words she knows last week but finally had to stop because I couldn't keep up! Here are some that I wrote down:

mimi (her blankets)
Daisy (our dog)/Pheobe (our cat)
please/thank you
no/yes ma'am
eyes/nose (all one word)

Okay, I'll stop. I wonder how many times she will get in trouble for talking at school!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Soccer Star

Carter started soccer last week, and although he's only had one practice so far, he seems to really enjoy it! He has practice every Thursday, but his games don't start until after Spring Break. He has asked every day, "What day is it outside?" because I keep telling him that he can only wear his soccer cleats on practice days! I still can't believe he is old enough to play soccer!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Race Day

The day started extra early, at 5:30 am, so that I could wake up and get ready to leave for downtown at 6:30 am. My friend, and running buddy Denise, came over so that Sam could just drop us off and not have to worry about trying to find a parking spot.

It was so cold, especially while waiting at the starting line! We picked a pace group, and I am so happy that we ran into my friend, Kristie, when we got there! It was great to see her, and it was nice to know that someone else would be suffering along with us!

I was impressed when we started to how many people were there (most of them in front of me). I was excited, and after what seemed just a few minutes of running, we were passing Mile 1. I gave Denise a high-five and knew it was going to be a great day!

Despite the wind and cold, I felt great the whole way. I had my running partner and my ipod, and time seemed to pass quickly. The best part was seeing people cheer for me along the way: my neighbor, Kendra came out around mile 5; my family around mile 9; and another friend around miles 6 and 10.

I can't even describe how great it felt to round the corner and see the finish line. After just starting running in August, I really never thought that I would be able to finish a 1/2, even after all my training! I suffered through back problems, tummy problems, illness, children's illness, etc, and thought about quitting many, many times. If it weren't for the encouragement of many people, especially Sam, I wouldn't have gone through with it and stuck it out!

Speaking of Sam, I just want to say a special thank you to him. He was awesome during this, and I know that sometimes it was just as hard on him as it was on me. He got home early from work on my running days so he could watch the kids, took care of them on Saturdays for my early long runs, listened to me and gave me encouragement and support when I needed it the most. He knew this was important to me, and for that I am thankful!

Here is a picture of the kids waiting to see Mommy, somewhere around mile 9. Sam said that, although they were freezing, they were troopers and were happy and excited most of the time.

Mommy arrives (I promise there were more runners!).

Ally finally gave in and took a nap while waiting for me downtown. The finish line area was packed, so unfortunately, they didn't get to see me finish. We met up about 15 minutes after the race.

We did it! Denise, my running buddy, and I pose for a picture with our medals!

A picture of all the signs Sam made for me, along with my medal and race number.