Saturday, October 31, 2009

October Then and Now


This was Autumn's first time trick-or-treating! I didn't know how she would do, if she would grasp the concept, but she did really well! We only went to about 10 houses in our cul-de-sac. But she held her pumpkin container and said, "Trick-or-treat!" and "tanks!" It was a lot of fun for Richard and I to take her out for her first participation in Halloween! She was a candy corn again because the dress still fit!

October - Trick or Treat! from Deb on Vimeo.

October - Lollipops! from Deb on Vimeo.

October - Pumpkins from Deb on Vimeo.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Another Pumpkin Patch

We went back to the same church we got our pumpkins last year to get this years pumpkins. She was much better behaved at this patch then at the other one. More in control, less running around, more listening to us.

October - Pumpkin Patch from Deb on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

21 Months

Dear Autumn

Welcome to 21 months! We seem to have hit a rough patch in the last week or so. I'm trying hard to figure out what has changed, but I haven't a clue. Is it teeth? Is it a growth spurt? Is it not enough sleep? Is it the impending Two's? I don't know. There is a lot of good mixed in with the hard times, but the hard times are hard! You come up with new things to say every day and it is so amazing to watch your brain work. Of course, I think sometimes your brain goes on overload and that is when the whining and moaning and groaning starts.

You've been working on your 16th tooth for over a month now. The last time I got a good look at it it was tearing through your gums and your finger tends to have bite marks all the way up to your palm.

Mother's Day Out is going well. Drop off can still be dicey, but I know you recover well. I enjoy my time away from you, though most of my time is spent watching tv at a normal volume without closed captioning. I do run errands sometimes, but I really enjoy being in the house by myself. When I pick you up you are very happy to see me. If I try to stay and talk to your teachers you keep getting in my face and saying, "Bye! Bye!" over and over. You even try pushing on my arm, even though I am holding you. Once we get in the car I give you the cup of milk that you should have had around 10:30, but you are too busy to drink and I try to get you to calm down so that you can take a nap. Since the drive home is pretty quick you are always awake when we get home, but I can usually tell you to put your head on my shoulder and I can carry you upstairs without a problem. The problem usually arises when you only sleep for an hour and a half! Not enough, Little Girl!

We've been to 2 sessions of Speech Therapy so far. These first two have been trust building with Miss Jennifer with a little bit of eating at the end. We've talked about getting you more secure in your booster seat so that you can concentrate on eating rather than your posture.

Here are my notes from the past month:

Sept 30
Pick uh up

You spilled water on the floor, so you said "Clean" and Daddy gave you a napkin to wipe it up. You then put it on the floor and used your feet to move the napkin around to mop it up. I said, "Where did she learn that?"

Oct 5
On Monday when I dropped you off you got upset (as usual), I knew you were fine. When I picked you up I was standing outside the door because there were people blocking the door. I saw the director on the other side of the group and she sort of gestured, but I didn't think she was directing it to me. I went to the door and you saw me and went nutso (love that!). As we were leaving the director stopped us and said that you do so well every day and every time she stops by the room you are really happy and you interact with her. I said, "Yeah, but she still cries at drop off." She said that is normal, but that she just wanted to tell me how happy she was that Autumn was doing so well in the program. That was nice to hear from the director!

Oct 7
Ms. Lori said that you don't talk very much at MDO which surprised me because you are such a chatterbox at home. She said that you talk about the dogs and the rainbows at the changing pad, but not much else. You also painted for the first time. You painted a purple dinosaur and Ms. Lori said that you did it the best. She said most of the kids just held the paint brush, but you actually moved it around and if Ms. Lori told you a place that needed more paint you would paint it. She said you followed directions very well! You also glued tissue paper onto a paper and Ms. Lori said that a lot of the kids get frustrated because they get glue on their fingers but that you handled it all very well and enjoyed yourself very much.


Oct 12
You were feeding Baby some plastic food and you said, "Try? Chew?"

Oct 13
We were at Target today. We walked by the bath towels and you started saying, "Elmo shirt? Big Bird shirt?" over and over. I finally saw that you were looking at bright red and yellow fuzzy bath mats that were the perfect color for Elmo and Big Bird!

Oct 14
I asked what color Sully's shirt was and you said, "Buh-lue!"

Oct 15
You were getting your nighttime diaper put on and you had Mary Annabelle in your hands. You said, "Hi, Manamaw (Mary Annabelle)! "Hi, Autumn!" It is the first time you've made your doll talk back to you.

Oct 19
I got my first piece of information from you about school today. I asked if you saw Emma and your face lit up and you said, "Emma!...Shoe...Uh oh...Fall down!" I guess you're leaving the rest up to me to fill in the blanks...

Oct 20
I told Emma's mom at your open house what you told me and she said that on the note that came home on Monday it said that Emma's shoe kept falling off! Your teachers confirmed it! I was so proud of you!

October - Working In the Yard from Deb on Vimeo.

October - Getting Dirty from Deb on Vimeo.

Retrospective Perspective:
October 22, 2008


Momma and Daddy

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Pumpkin Patch

The pumpkin patch. Oh, the pumpkin patch. I would very much like to remember the pumpkin patch this year as fondly as I remember last year's visit. And maybe if I didn't write about her tantrums here and just showed the pictures I would forget about the unpleasant events of the day. Maybe I'll just mention that she's turning 2 in 3 months and that random mood swings and being completely unreasonable has been par for the course the past few days. Why wouldn't she enjoy sitting on a bunch of fun pumpkins? Why would she struggle every time she was picked up, even if it was to let her see something better? She just wants to do it herself. Going so far as to say "Keep" to us, as in "keep your hands to yourselves, parents".

These two pictures were the most like the ones I didn't select for this post. Her arms are up because Richard is holding her and she is struggling to get away. "Get, keep!" she says.

Here she is riding the train that we had to wait about 30 min for a 5 min ride. She did enjoy that, but there were torturous moments during the waiting. With lots of witnesses to our struggles. Not fun.

We didn't buy any pumpkins here, we'll go to a local church for that next weekend, and hopefully she'll be a tad more cooperative. But I'm not holding my breath.

Friday, October 16, 2009


Autumn and I hosted playgroup and I was so excited to take pictures of the kids in the playgroup, but I set my camera down in the first 5 minutes and couldn't find it! Oh well. Here are pictures of Autumn looking cute before and after the playgroup!

October - Waiting for Playgroup from Deb on Vimeo.

October - Shhh...Quiet, Daisy! from Deb on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

New Booster Seat

We switched Autumn to a booster seat so that she could join us at the table. We also hoped that it would help her posture while eating, which is something that the therapists pointed out at the feeding evaluation. I was curious to see how she'd do with the high chair going away, but she is excited about the booster seat. I think part of it is because she can put her dolls and animals in the seat and pretend that they are having a meal. It is nice to have her at the table with us, which is something that I like when we are out at restaurants, but it is still a transition (learning process) for all three of us.

Saturday, October 10, 2009


We took Autumn to Cy Fest Fire Fest and she had a blast! I think her favorite part was trying to get this giant flag!

October - Cy Fair Fire Fest from Deb on Vimeo.

A few days later and she was still loving her fireman hat!

October - Fireman Hat from Deb on Vimeo.