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.