Amber’s vocabulary

I thought that once they hit a year old your baby was supposed to stop changing so drastically–guess that just meant look wise!!! It seems like everyday Amber’s learning, saying, or doing something new. Keeps me busy trying to keep up!!! I’m going to try to get a video of her saying all her words but you all know how that can go! πŸ™‚ So just in case I’ll just give you a quick update on what she’s babbling about these days:

Mamma and Dadda are of course still favorites, she likes saying Dadda much more than Momma though. She pretty much only says Momma if she’s upset and crying about something, lol, go figure!! But that might be because Momma’s with her all the time too. When Bob’s at work or away she goes around the house saying “Dadda….dadda…” and I have to explain he’s not here. When he walks in the door she shrieks in delight and goes “DADDA!!!” it’s so cute!

Uh-oh is still one of the most frequent words and she gets into enough trouble to use it all the time!

Woof woof–still uses this for dogs and most other animals, but as you’ll see she is branching out now πŸ™‚

Ball–this of course, is for her toy balls, lol

Cak-Cak– (quack quack) For ducks and any kind of bird. She especially likes the Cak-caks at our pond

Maow–(meow) for cat–but instead of an e sound she makes an a sound–sooo cute!

Hiiiiii–She tells me hi about 50 million times a day, basically every time she looks at you and you look at her she says it-lol! But it’s super cute πŸ™‚ She really drags the i sound in it out..funny girl πŸ™‚

Cup–just got this one in the past few days and was so proud of herself when she did. πŸ˜€ I was so proud of her because today when she was thirsty she went to the fridge, made the sign for milk, and said Cup. What a smart little girl I have!!!!!!

Howdoin?– For “how are you doing?” she just says this when she’s pretending to talk on the phone. She’ll say “Hiiiii howdoin” I’m pretty sure she has no idea what it means, she just hears me say it! LoL!

Yeth!–for yes. She was a bit confused about what shaking her head no meant–she tried to use it for no AND yes. LoL. So we’ve been working on saying yes when she means yes πŸ™‚ I’ll say it, then she gets all excited and shouts YETH! back at me, lol! πŸ™‚ We have fun!!!!!

She still points at everything and says “Dis” and “Dat” too πŸ™‚ those are pretty much her go to words for things she doesn’t know how to say yet πŸ™‚

Bee-bow–for belly button–Haha! She discovered it recently and now constantly pulls up her shirt, dress–whatever she’s wearing at the time to show it off and say “bee-bow” this is adorable…except when she does it in front of everyone at church :S lol! She let me know my shirt was a little too short the other day too when I was trying to get something over my head and I hear her saying “Bee-bow! Bee-bow” and pointing at my stomach. Haha!!!! She can also show me where her ears and nose are if I ask her and is getting pretty consistent about showing me her mouth and eyes πŸ™‚

She’s very expressive when she babbles and talks with her hands all the time (she’s not her momma’s baby at all! πŸ˜‰ ) She loves to “read” to herself now and with jabber as she flips through the books and points at all the pictures. When she comes across something (like a dog or a cat or bird) she does know she gets all excited and says that word. πŸ™‚

Ok so my short update just turned into a novel….I TOLD you she was doing a ton of new stuff!! πŸ™‚

Mother’s Day

It’s hard to believe that this is my second Mother’s Day already!!!! It’s all gone by so fast. The only thing I ever wanted to be the entire time I was growing up was a mom and a wife. Now that my dream has come true it’s even more wonderful than I had always imagined it would be! I’m so thankful for my beautiful, smart, crazy little girl that God has blessed me with!!!

Me and Mom

I’ve been very lucky in the mother’s God has placed in my life. My Mom and I have the closest relationship of any mother and daughter I know. She is one of my very best friends and, other than Bob, she’s the person I talk to the most–even though I live so far away!! We spend about an hour on the phone every week day talking. I’m so grateful that we can be close even though we can’t spend a lot of time face to face anymore. She is a truly amazing person and I’m so grateful to call her my Mom!!!!!! I’ve also been blessed with a wonderful Mother-in-law. I have so many friends who didn’t luck out in this category so it makes me appreciate mine all that much more! Diane is such a sweet, generous, gracious, funny lady. The more I get to know her the more I love her πŸ™‚ I know she must have also been a wonderful Mom because look at how great her son turned out! πŸ˜‰ Lastly I’m so thankful for both of my Grandma’s. I got to be close (in every sense of the word) to both growing up and I looking back now I see that I was very lucky to get to! My Grandma Romero was the 100% Italian who cooks better than anyone else in this whole world and always had chocolate chip cookies in the cookie jar and baby sat us all the time. We got to go visit her and my Grandpa just about once a week and spent virtually all our holidays with them. My Grandma Middlemas was my “takes you out to eat at your favorite restaurant and buys you a toy while you’re out…just because…” Grandma who would get us the thing we wanted the most on our list for Christmas and sent us to Lagoon every summer. Since she lived just 15 min. away in Green River we got to see her very often while I was growing up too. I’m so grateful that I am still privileged to have these special, special women in my life!!!!!!!! Now that I’m a Mom it makes me realize just what they did for me growing up and how much they sacrificed, and I appreciate it more than I can possibly express. So Mom, Diane, and Grandmas–Thank you so much!!! And I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My Sweet Mother-in-law

My Grandma Romero is completely hilarious!!!!!

4 Generations: Mom, Me, Amber, and Grandma Middlemas
And to all you other Mom’s out there–Happy Mother’s Day! Keep up the great work!! πŸ™‚

All sorts of not-so-nice things :S

This has just kind of been an all-around icky week. Poor Amber’s eczema started coming back in full-force only a little after she’d finished taking her medicine for it, so on Tuesday I took her in to get it looked at…again. As I mentioned in my previous post the oral steroids really wacked her out and it wasn’t much fun for any of us!! So I wanted to make sure it never got that bad again. This time we were able to get in and see a Dr. in pediatrics, which made me happy. I’d much rather go there than the urgent care clinic or the family clinic. I mean–pediatricians are the ones who are supposed to deal with babies, right?! Well the Dr. comes in and he’s this old, funny, kinda goofy guy. I tell him what’s been going on with her and then tell him that she just got off of oral steroids that they had her on for a week. He freaks out and tells me, “Listen to me very closely. I want you to promise me, never ever let them do that again!! Do you hear me? I’m serious!” and he was serious. He said she shouldn’t have been put on them and definitely not for a week. :S Oh dear… that then freaked me out. He then went on to tell me everything else I’ve been told up there was incorrect. Sigh. Gotta love military health care :S Although, to be fair, I think that this is kinda the case with healthcare in general!!! Anyways, the one thing he told me that did make me happy is he said that he was going to put in a referral for us to go see a dermatologist and get their opinion on her eczema since it might be linked to food allergies and it’s a moderate/severe case. Thank you!!! That’s definitely what I want! πŸ™‚ So I need to call next week and get all that set up. I did a little research of my own on eczema on WebMD and figured out why I was getting conflicting information…other than the steroid thing :S Although it was really, really bad–pretty much covering her whole body πŸ™ and it wasn’t until the end of the week when she was on the steroids that it finally cleared up. It had just started to come back when I went in last week, so if he had seen her before, he might have had a different opinion. Who knows? I will be more cautious in the future though!!!!!!!

After all of that shananigans, that night all three of us came down with a nasty cold bug πŸ™ We’re still all really sick…every night I keep hoping to wake up feeling better and each day I just get worse…ick. We don’t think it’s the piggy flu, lol, as none of us have had fevers. So that’s one praise about it right? So just keep us in your prayers and Amber’s eczema as well. It’s hard because you can’t tell her not to scratch it or it will make it worse :S

Another thing you can be praying for is my father and mother-in-law to find jobs πŸ™ The recession has hit them hard and Bob’s dad has been out of work for going on 2 months now. They are the sweetest, most generous people and it hurts to know they’re not finding anything. So please pray that God will provide something soon!!!! If you’ve read my previous posts you know that this year has been a very, very hard one on them already, without this on top of it!!

So anyways…..there’s my gloomy post. LoL! But God is good…and we know He’ll provide. My mother-in-law provided me with a quote recently she said has helped her during this time:

You’re born, and you die, and everything in between is just STUFF. πŸ™‚