Friday, December 23, 2011

22 Months

On Tuesday, Rilo turned 22 months.  How does that happen?!  I haven't done an update post in months and so it seems like it's about time!

Here are the 3 most common things that people tell me about Rilo:  1. "Wow, she talks A LOT." or "Wow, she says a lot for her age." 2. She is so busy!  3. She is so independent.  And really, those are all very true.


Rilo's verbal skills have totally exploded since about 15 months.  She talks all.the.time.  She forms some pretty complex sentences, though most are about 4 or 5 words.  My favorite thing she says right now is " about..." when suggesting something other than what I was suggesting.  For example, I'll say "Would you like some yogurt?" to which she replies " about...oatmeal?".  Really the funniest part of the whole thing is her tone and inflection, since it is clearly mimicing the way I offer her options.  One of my other favorites is her answer to any question about where someone or something is.  "Rilo, where's Daddy/your cup/the moon?" "He's/It's stuck".  Always, without fail..."it's stuck".  It cracks me up because she definitely uses "it's stuck" when something is actually stuck.  She also LOVES to sing songs.  She knows all the words to the ABC's, Twinkle Twinkle, Wheels on the Bus, Ring Around the Rosie and a bunch of others.  Rilo is also super polite.  In a crowd she will say "Scuse' me people."  If you are getting her dressed and she's holding something, she'll say "Scuse' me cup. Scuse' me book.  Sorry arm."  It is so funny.  She likes to say "Thank you Mama" and "Bless you Daddy".

She is busy.  This girl never stops.  Never.  She is always on the move...always onto the next thing.  Her favorite toys are things like strollers because playing with them means she doesn't have to be still.  Her mind is always going a mile a minute.  She is clever and so interested in how things work and figuring things out.  She loves to climb and explore.  You've probably noticed pictures of her on the counter/table/desk.  By some miracle, she makes no attempts at escaping her crib, even though I know she could do it in a heartbeat.

She is fiercely independent.  She likes to do things all on her own.  I can't tell you how many times a day, she closes her door to her room so she can read and play on her own.  Playing with Rilo is really playing along side Rilo.  She likes when I come in her room with her but she doesn't actually like me to do what she's doing.  She just likes to have me talk and watch her.  On rare occasions, she asks me for help stacking her blocks or coloring, but those days are rare.

She can be trouble!  I am in for it in the next year or so.  She loves to dump things and spill things.  She loves messes, mostly because she likes to clean them back up.  She definitely knows when she's up to no good because she closes doors so I can't see her or tells me "No, Mommy, go back."  Sometimes she'll do exactly what I just told her not to do with a smile on her face, looking right at me as if she's innocent as can be.

Somehow, I can't get enough of her!  She is happy about 98% of the time.  She sleeps like a champ (about 12 hours at night and 2-3 at nap time).  She loves to go to bed and often asks to do so.  She still loves to read books or have them read to her.  It's about the only time she sits still.  She requests her books by their names and recites the funny parts of the story.  She is a ham and is funny as can be.  She loves to make me laugh.  Most days I can't get over how smart she is...she remembers the most obscure facts and names and knows words to things I have absolutely NO idea how she has ever even heard them.

Mostly I love her because of who she's made me.  She's made me a mom.  She's made me more patient, slower to anger, more loving, and more selfless.  Essentially, she's made me better than I thought I could be and she makes me want to constantly try to to be even better than the day before.  I love you more than ever Rilo Jane.  Happy 22 months little girl!

{Side note:  These pictures are from her first bike ride with Adam.  This was an early Christmas present from Adam to Rilo.  Let's just say she asks me to ride the bike with Daddy every single day now.  She loves it!}

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sleeping Babe

I'm working on Rilo's 22 month post today, but I realize I want to make sure I get everything in to update you on!

This was one of my favorite Rilo moments.  Rilo is an excellent sleeper but she generally needs to be in a crib/pack n play or riding in the car to sleep.  Before this day, I couldn't tell you the last time she fell asleep in someone's arms.  After a long day at the Wild Animal Park, Rilo passed out in Adam's arms on the safari ride.  And it was so so sweet.  For a moment, she seemed like my little baby again.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Wild Animal Park

These are from forever ago at the Wild Animal Park in CA.  I forgot to post them!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

In the Bushes

I don't know why we found this so funny, but Rilo basically floated on top of these bushes outside of Adam's Mom's house.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Wintery Walk

Rilo and I have been bundling up to go on a walk.  After the first 5 minutes of refusing to wear gloves, she finally gave in and asked me to put them on.  Smart girl.

And guess what?  I have lots of non-iPhone pictures and a real Rilo update coming up this week and next week.  Can you believe it?!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Life on an Airplane

These 2 photos are from a few weeks ago, on our plane ride back from PA.  While we were in Belize, Rilo spent the week at GiGi & Poppy's house being spoiled.  This was our first 5 hour flight with no layovers.  I think a layover is sort of nice with a kid.  They get to run around and get their wiggles out.

I was a little worried that she wouldn't be able to make it that long, but of course, she was an angel.  She even took a nice little nap.  Here is how she first fell asleep:

Her legs are hanging off the edge of the seat.  Her little legs didn't even touch the floor.  She had been rolling around on the seat for awhile because she was so tired, and then she passed out suddenly in this position.  I then moved her up onto the seat, where she proceeded to prop her little boots up on the nice man in the window seat.  Luckily he said he didn't reminded him of his grandkids.

Some guy across the aisle thought for sure I needed a picture of this.  Rilo was watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse at this point and I was enjoying being able to read.  The man across the aisle thought this image was hilarious!?

Monday, December 5, 2011

VIDEO: Happy Birthday GiGI

Yesterday was my Mom's birthday so we sent her this little video of Rilo.  I thought I'd share here too.

Untitled from Brianna Webb on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

VIDEO: Bread and Cheeeese

Ignore the weird singing in the beginning and just grin at Rilo's cheese face.

Monday, November 28, 2011

If you give Rilo a chocolate lollipop...

...she will give you a big cheesy chocolate-y grin!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

VIDEO: Twinkle Twinkle

I really need to do an update on Lo, but it'll have to wait for now.  She can sing all of Twinkle, Twinkle, though you only get the first two lines in this video before she gets distracted by her favorite book right now, "Chrysanthemum".  I die over the way she says Chrysanthemum.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Miss Her Already

Greetings from Belize!  Rilo is having a blast in PA I'm sure but we are missing her so much.  I can't even begin to describe to you how much fun she has been the last few months...she makes me so happy.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Las Vegas

Last weekend we took a quick trip to Las Vegas.  Adam got to drive a Ferrari around a racetrack, meanwhile Rilo and I did some shopping.  Here are some iPhone pics to document the trip:

Putting on her makeup, getting ready to go out on the town.


Oops!  Accidentally packed us matching outfits...oh well, we just went with it.


Checking out the fashion show below.


She was sure this architectural sculpture outside one of the stores was a slide!


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Hope you had a great day yesterday!  More info. about our costumes on the other blog: {collected}


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

VIDEO: Rilo and the Crickets

I don't know why I find this video so amusing, but I do.  Maybe it's because she's dancing to the sound of a cricket chirping.  Maybe it's because you get a glimpse of this funny side-to-side dance she's been doing lately.  Either way, it makes me happy!

Monday, October 24, 2011


We've been in San Diego enjoying time with family and friends.  We ate at this great little sandwich shop, called The Cheese Shop in La Jolla.  Rilo mostly just wanted to eat my chips.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Rainy Day

Just a cute girl in one of her cute raincoats!

I just love when she tries to sit in her stroller.

Friday, October 14, 2011

At the Park Pt. 2

There's a little painted section at this park with a world map.  Rilo somehow knew the blue was water and decided to lay down in it.  Such a silly girl!