Saturday, December 27, 2008

Mirly Christmas

Hopefully no one will care that i'm posting this here but I thought it was such a great pic of the Mirly half of my family. Merry Christmas everyone!

Friday, December 26, 2008


Cutest cousins ever! Libby and Zoe kissing each other good-bye. My Dad took this adorable picture. =)

Thursday, December 25, 2008

'Deceptively Delicious' Review

My wonderful hubby got me the cookbook 'Deceptively Delicious' by Jerry Seinfeld's wife for Christmas*. I had been talking about it for months and how I wanted to take a look at it since our little girl won't eat veggies at home. From my understanding the book describes ways to sneak in veggies and fruits into any meal. I don't really know what my expectations were but this book relies on all of the veggies and fruits be pureed vs 'snuck' in like I had thought. While this idea sounds good in theory, I was really happy to get rid of the pureed foods and am not really wanting to bring them back. I will have to if we cannot find a way to get Libby to eat veggies on her own. However, I would, of course, get her to learn to eat them versus me having to sneak them in as that is the whole point of getting her to learn to eat healthy.

* Jim didn't *just* get me a cookbook for Christmas. =) He also got me other wonderful things!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Skis! We couldn't get a family picture of the three of us (yet) this will have to do. Apparently every picture we have of Libby that is any good is one where she has a finger in her mouth =)

Happy holidays!

Last year's christmas day video

My how things have changed since last year!!!

Christmas Morning - Libby playing with her present

Libby wasn't interested in her present when it was in the box but once it was out and put together she loved it! Boy, these presents sure have a lot of parts!

Christmas Morning - Opening Presents

Libby did not get the whole opening the presents thing. It was just a box to her...she didn't really care.

Christmas Eve at the Michel House

Fun video of the Michel's beautiful house!

Christmas Eve: Libby opening presents

Here is a cute video of Libby "opening" her presents at Grandma and Grandpa Ski's house.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008


It's been awhile since I have put anything up about our crazy cat Max. He's still around and is really tolerating Libby well. I have to say that was one of my biggest worries. My fear was they wouldn't get along and I would have to give Max away. Libby and Max seem to have an understanding where they don't push things too far. Libby will even go so far as to tell Max a whole story while waving her arms and Max just watches (usually terrified). She's getting pretty good at petting him too...which he really enjoys! It really is a relationship that I cannot wait to see develop!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Libby and Christmas Tree (part 2 - Mom's video)

This was the video I took w/o knowing that Jim took a video too.

Libby and Christmas Tree (part 1 - Dad's video)

Jim took video of Libby and the Christmas Tree. I didn't know is his video. Mine will follow in a bit.

No more throwing!

I was at Walgreens today and found this really cool item that solved all of our problems of Libby throwing her sippy cups at every meal time. It is called No throw and I hope other parents can use this too! We plan to use it at home and when we are out too.


More cute videos

Here is one of Libby playing.

Saturday, December 20, 2008


12.18.08 Pigtails! (2)
Originally uploaded by Holly Mroczkowski.
Libby's hair is long enough for us to pull it back. The other day I put it up in pigtails. She didn't like it but I did manage to get a quick picture for proof!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Hair + Boredom

12.15.08 Hair
Originally uploaded by Holly Mroczkowski.
Libby's daycare must have been bored because when Jim and I picked her up today, this is what they did to her hair. Isn't it too funny?


Just because I love these new PJs...they are so snuggly warm. Plus, who wouldn't want footie PJs? =)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Injury after Injury

Libby is officially a toddler and with that comes injuries. I always thought about it theoretically, you know? Oh, kids are going to fall because they are learning to walk but it is so different when it is your child falling. Our day care is wonderful and call us about anything and everything around Libby - the good and the bad. Lately, unfortunately, it has been focusing more on the bad - falling. Thursday afternoon her teacher called me to tell me Libby had another bad fall. This one seemed worse than the other 3 or 4 they have called me about over the last few weeks since she has officially been walking 99% of the time. They assured me that everything was fine but had to tell me. So, I assumed everything was ok until I picked her up and saw a giant black and blue welt on her right side of her head. She squealed when she saw me and when I picked her up she told me in very eerily plain baby gibberish that I understood what had happened to her. Libby kept pointing to the bookshelf where she tripped and fell into, then her head, said "Ow" and "Boom", and then pointed to all of the kids. I didn't even need the teachers to tell me more...Libby explained everything and then the teachers explained to me that I need to watch her for a possible concussion. So Jim and I were worried all night about her but she was fine! Libby's a tough cookie I have to say. You would never know she was in any pain...everything was normal for her that night. Then yesterday, Friday, she tipped over again. So, I ask everyone reading this - why hasn't there been some kind of aparatus created to surround these kids in pillows? I am thinking about taking back her Christmas present that Jim and I got her and getting her a helmet instead!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Scarf

So, here is a picture of Libby with her new friend the scarf. I am really serious when I saw I put the scarf beside her and she instantly picked it up and threw it around her neck. It is just too precious for words.

Libby reading/talking

Here is proof of how much she talks. We simply sat down on the couch and this is what happened. We love it!

The Scarf

I made the 'mistake' of giving Libby a scarf today. She immediately took it and put it around her neck - where it stayed for the remainder of the day.

Cookie Monster!

12.6.08 Cookie! (2)
Originally uploaded by Holly Mroczkowski.
Libby officially loves chocolate chip cookies. If we would let her, she would eat them ALL day!

Ski Family Updates

I haven't really posted any true updates (besides videos and pictures) in awhile so I thought I would write something up. Things are going well here in the Ski Household. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family - four of them actually. Even though Libby won't eat turkey still (just by choice), Jim and I enjoyed the dinners. Actually, it was mostly Jim because I had a stomach bug that prevented me from eating a lot of the dinners. Unfortunately that bug has hit my Grandma, Mom, Dad, sister, and Libby (slightly). I think it may not have spread any further past that but it definitely was no fun. My Dad is still getting over it. Each of us had different symptoms so it was strange. In any case, Thanksgiving was still fun to see everyone!

Libby is growing more and more each day. She's loving her new daycare and so are we. She's been there for almost 2 months and I still do not have any complaints. Libby's teachers all love her and have nicknamed her "Boo" or "Boo Boo". I am going to choose to think that isn't because she falls a lot. =) Oh the falling...that is mostly because she is walking now. I just cannot believe it. She still wants to hold our hand everywhere but doesn't really need it. And let me tell you, if we don't hold our hand out she'll tell you to or will just grab it. We also installed a gate in front of her room so if she climbed out (which I am terrified of!) she cannot go anywhere. She's also started saying "no" and wagging her finger - which is funny and adorable. It is usually a response after Jim and I are talking to one another and say no. Jim has caught her numerous times saying no back and wagging her finger at us. You cannot help but laugh.

Libby's vocab is also growing each day. She's added several words to her vocab in the last month - princess, baby, duck are just to name a few. Of course when she says, "I did it!" and throws her hands up in the air that makes me beam. She's such a little sponge when it comes to things lately.

Meals are also going well. She is completely off of baby food now and when we go out to dinner we actually order her a kid's meal (which she eats maybe 1/4 of). That part is really odd for me because I still think of her as a baby even though she really isn't anymore. She still doesn't like meat unless it is in a nugget form but I'll still take it! She went through a fish only phase where she would eat anything that came from the sea. I don't think that is sticking around but as long as it has breading on it, she's good.

We're really looking forward to Christmas and New Years this year. We haven't put the tree up yet but hope to in the next week or so. That is going to be an adventure with her walking around now!!

Welp, that's all I have to write up as of now. We hope all of your Thanksgivings were as wonderful as ours!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Libby talking

A cute video of Libby jabbering.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Ted Drewes

Libby just started liking ice cream so we introduced her to Ted Drewes. She liked it a lot!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

A little late but the Ski household hopes you all had a great Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Ball Popper

Libby LOVES her ball popper toy!


It's official! Libby can walk on her own!! This video doesn't show how awesome she is at it...but it'll e work. She actually walked from her play room to the kitchen to the bathroom all by herself today. It was awesome!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Libby's Progress

The last few weeks we have made a ton of progress with Libby's milestones. I really owe it to her wonderful daycare. (How often have you heard me say that?!) She is now standing for 20-30 seconds at a time by herself, taking a few steps on her own to people (or things she shouldn't have), and is almost completely on table food (except at dinner time we give her one jar of veggie baby food). What a difference a few weeks makes! She's eating (or at least trying) anything I put in front of her - pancakes, waffles, fish, chicken nuggets, etc. I'm also happy to report she is no longer just throwing everything on the floor when she is done. We're also making progress on eating with a spoon. As long as it is thick enough, she has no problem eating with it.

Drinking milk was also a problem for about a month. Libby was eating yogurt with almost every meal/snack just to get the minimum amount she needed for the day. Now she downs at least 4 or 5 oz every morning before I take her to daycare. It is no longer a problem. =)

I can't wait to see what today brings! Every day is a little different and more exciting!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Libby playing with her activity table -- standing up

We put the legs on Libby's activity table today. She LOVES it --- and loves standing =)

10.31.08 Libby feeding herself with a spoon

Libby has started to love feeding herself with a spoon. It's messy but cute!!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Table Foods

Ah, table foods. I used to look forward to my little kiddo eating solid foods while I would feed her a bottle - especially when mixing up that stinky formula! When we started Libby on solid foods so early at month 4 I just knew that she would be a great table food eater. Boy, I was WRONG! We are still struggling with getting her to eat table foods. We have tried everything! She's doing much better thanks to her awesome daycare being so patient with her but she still won't eat normal kid things like mac 'n cheese or really any kind of noodle. She does love her carbs though. Libby will gobble down pancakes, biscuits, waffles, grilled cheese or fries. Don't even think about giving her any kind of cut up fruit, cheese, or meat of any kind. I just hope this isn't a sign of her being a picky eater from now on and she just doesn't like the chew. I hope.

Happy Halloween!

Have a happy and safe halloween!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Libby and Daddy playing (10.2.08)

Here is a video of Libby and Jim/Daddy playing. Too funny.

Libby and the cat

I know how you all enjoy Libby chasing after the cat =)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Libby's Bears

Libby has officially started loving on stuffed animals now. She loves this wine colored bear we have and then her Grandparents brought her back a Fozzie Bear from Disney World. She won't give either up and drags them all around the house. This picture is from her taking them over to the door to show them outside. It is too cute!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

One Year Pictures

We got Libby's one year pictures taken today. Check them out!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

New Daycare

Libby started her new daycare on Monday (10.13) after being home with me for 2 weeks. I expected it to be for us both but it wasn't as bad as I pictured in my head. The Friday before I dropped her off for an hour and a half visit and left her screaming and crying in her new teacher's arms. When I picked her up though, she was totally fine. She obviously started to fuss for me to pick her up but it wasn't anything abnormal. On Monday I prepared myself again. Everyone at the new daycare was so nice. They greeted us at the door and really tried to calm Libby and me down. I had to leave her again crying and reaching out for me. It was killing my heart but I knew she would be ok. The teacher must have sensed my worry and called me three times! I didn't have to call them once! Libby did fabulously. She cries (still) when I drop her off for about 15-20 minutes and then has a fantastic day. The whole mood of this daycare is different than the other one we used. The old one always had kids screaming somewhere - which you would expect from a daycare, right? This new one - I just heard one kid screaming (out of joy) on Friday. Everything seems calmer and more efficient there. It's great! Oh, and have I mentioned that they are getting her to eat table food? She's already comfortable enough there she's talking, dancing, and eating just fine there. It hasn't even impacted her nightly routine with us (i.e., she's still sleeping through the night =)). I wish we had made this move months ago!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Sleepy Baby

Libby was sitting with me on the couch and all of a sudden put her head on my leg. It was so cute I couldn't help it and took a picture.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

1 Year Checkup

We had Libby's 1 year checkup with the Doctor yesterday...and shots. Everything looked great and her ear infection is clearing up nicely. We decided to add a Flu shot to the normal 1 year shots just because Libby seems to get sick so easily from daycare. We didn't want to risk it! Four shots were just a little bit too much for our peanut. It took her a few minutes to stop crying but she really did well. Once we got her out of the room where the shots happened she was really fine. She fell asleep on the way home and took a nice 1.5 hour nap that caused her to stay up WAY too late for a baby...but oh well. =) Just incase you are curious here are her current stats:
Weight: 33.6 lbs
Height: 32 2/3 inches

The doctor was very impressed with Libby's vocabulary and how well she is moving around. It seems like we have a normal, great kid on our hands. =)

Monday, September 29, 2008

Libby's First Birthday Party

Libby's first birthday party was a success! She had so much fun! Here are the other pictures!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Libby's First Cupcake

Here is the (promised) video of Libby having her first birthday cupcake! She liked it!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Libby's First Birthday - The Cupcake

Libby doesn't like many table food items but one thing she does love - cupcakes. Oh boy we had a ton of fun with the cupcake yesterday for her birthday! Video to come soon!

Friday, September 26, 2008

12 Month Review: Happy 1st Birthday

My baby is a year!!! I can't believe it has been a year since she officially joined our family and the world. People warn you that it goes fast but I had no idea! Libby has changed so much this year and frankly I couldn't imagine my world without her now. She definitely has a little personality. Over this month she's really improved with stranger anxiety. There were times where she couldn't be left with anyone she didn't know but now she seems comfortable with more people (especially if they are male!). Libby is still making her 'famous' looks that will stop you in your tracks. If you haven't had the pleasure of seeing these looks, you probably will someday. =) They definitely tell you what she's thinking/feeling!

Libby started marathon teething last week. It isn't like these are her first teeth. She has eight already but you would think they were her first. The drool was unbelievable - like a waterfall! And the screaming. Oh, the screaming. It just broke my heart. On Friday I had to go pick her up from daycare because she wouldn't eat for them for the second straight day (I wasn't aware of the first until the end of the day). Basically, she won't take a bottle and will nibble at solid foods. So, we have taken this as our opportunity to stop giving her a bottle. She's been off the bottle a week now and does not seem to care! She will drink water from a sippy cup and we're working on getting her used to milk. It's going 'ok' but she just prefers to only drink water! There are worst things in the world for her to like. =) So that is one transition down into being a toddler. The other is table food. We're still really struggling with this. She really does not like or want table food. When she gets it, she does the normal thing of play with it...and sometimes sticks it in her mouth but then spits it back out. We have had really good luck with pancakes, waffles, biscuits, nilla wafers, cheerios, goldfish, etc - basically any kind of bread. =) I'm not giving up hope but she is definitely a picky eater!! Here are some other things to highlight from this month:
Weight: 32.9 lbs
  • Vocab -- Libby can say Ball, Cat, Stop, No, Hello, Mama, Dadda, Book, Closed, Down, Up, Boom
  • Favorites -- Claps hands, bouncing everywhere and anywhere!, loves to stand, Rubber Ducky Song, Elmo Song, Sesame Street (as long as it has puppets on the show), Bunnytown (TV show), new inflatable bath tub that she can drown Mommy when she splashes, going to the Zoo, her daddy's old cell phone
  • Dislikes -- table food =)
  • Feedings -- see above. =) We're working on transitioning her to table foods but right now she's pretty much on baby food + carbs/breads for breakfast/snacks. She's a very picky eater so we're really struggling to get her to try things. I welcome any advice!!
  • Crawling -- Eh, I just don't think this is going to happen! She's still trying but still goes backwards. Libby's really good at getting her knees up though and can spin on her tummy like nobody's business!
  • Sleeping through the night -- Ever since being sick last Friday she has been sleeping through the night. Well, she'll wake up to scream but then put herself back to sleep.
  • Illnesses -- We went about 2 weeks between colds. She got sick last Friday and went all weekend with 100+ degree fevers. Monday found out she had an ear infection and is doing much better now!
  • Teeth -- So far just 8 but she's working on at least 4-6 more teeth (including her molers). She cannot do just one thing at her time like her Mommy!
  • Shoes -- Still 6.5W =)
  • Naps -- We're down to one nap from 12:00-2:00pm daily. Sometimes they don't happen until after 2pm on the weekends if we are out and about but usually the nap is from 12:00-2:00.
Milestones: We've made a lot of progress on the milestones this month. She actually wanted to start walking and on 9.6, she started walking with our assistance. Since that time she has gotten a lot faster (especially if the cat is nearby!). I fully expect her to walk as soon as she is able to stand on her own. =) Libby also likes to play roll the ball with us now. She roll the ball to her and then she rolls it right back. Now, I will admit her favorite part of this is to kick or throw it back at us (maybe a future soccer or softball player??), but half of the time she will roll it back to us. And, as of last Friday (9.19), she pulled herself up for the first time and then the next day, she sat up by herself. It looks like she is all caught up now on the expectations! Her vocab didn't grow that much this past month but she does love to talk to you in jibberish. She tells you how it is too! As usual, here are the rest of her milestones. As usual, here is the "official milestone" review - although, this is the last ones I have from my "What to expect the first year" book =(: ... should be able to:
  • walk holding on to furniture (cruise) - check! It makes me heart stop because she just started doing this but it is adorable. She's so proud!
  • use a few gestures to get needs met - check! She'll look a certain direction and make her demands known.

... will probably be able to:
  • play patty-cake (clap hands) or wave bye-bye (most children accomplish these feats by 13 months) - check! Waving hello/good-bye is one of her favorite things. We say, "Wave hello to ..." and she'll do it.
  • drink from a cup independently - check! We can only get her to drink water from a cup so far. Trying to get her to take milk from it is going to be a challenge.
  • pick up a tiny object neatly with tips of thumb and forefinger (many babies do not accomplish this until nearly 15 months) - check!
  • stand alone momentarily (many don't accomplish this until 13 months) - nope! We're getting closer but she still isn't sure of herself.
  • say "dada" or "mama" discriminately (most will say at least one by 14 months) - check! She knows who is who. =)
  • say one word other than "mama" or "dada" (many won't say their first words until 14 months or later) - check! We are keeping a tally of the words she can say (see above)
... may possible be able to:
  • "play ball" (roll a ball back to you; many don't accomplish this feat until 16 months) - check! The first time she did that we were so happy we (all 3 of us) played ball/catch for about an hour.
  • stand alone well (many don't reach this until 14 months) - nope!
  • use immature jargoning (gibberish that sounds like a foreign language; half of all babies don't start jargoning until after their first birthday, and many not until they are 15 months old) - check!
  • walk well (three out of four babies don't walk well until 13.5 months, and many not until considerably later. Good crawlers may be slower to walk; when other development is normal, late walking is rarely a cause for concern) - nope!

... may even be able to:
  • say three words or more other than "mama" or "dada" (a good half of all babies won't reach this stage until 13 months, and many not until 16 months) - check!
  • respond to a one-step command without gestures ("Give that to me" - without hand out; most children won't reach this stage until after their first birthday, many not until after 16 months) - check! I ask Libby to put her hands up w/o gesturing when I put her in her high chair and she does it. It is a huge help!

Thursday, September 25, 2008


Check out Libby's new grin. Too cute!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Pulling Up

Here is a picture of my little kiddo pulling up. She started this last Friday and now it is a fun game =)

Libby and the Vent/Cat

We're loving these videos so here is one with Libby playing with the vent and Max chilling cause he knows he is in the clear!

Friday, September 19, 2008


Libby loves the cat. The, does not love Libby. He is great incentive to get Libby to move around the house though. =) Here is a video Jim got on his cell phone of a cat hunt.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Night My Life Changed

With Libby’s first birthday around the corner, I realized that I never really recounted what happened the night she was born. The following was my experience:

It seemed like a normal Wednesday. Well, as normal as being 37.5 weeks pregnant while on bed rest could be. Wednesdays were my favorite day of the week because Jim and I had our doctor appointments then. I had been having problems with my blood pressure spiking. The doctor and midwife had told me to relax but it was difficult not to worry about how my body was handling the stress of the pregnancy and the effects it was having on the baby. Oh the baby! I was so excited about having the baby. To digress, the concept of me being pregnant and having a child was blessing.

During the summer of junior year of high school I developed an odd rash that the doctors could not explain. My parents graciously took me to various doctors and a specialist in St. Louis. This was occurring during my senior year of high school. It should be one of the best times of my life and my Mom tried to make it that way. I was oblivious to what was really going on. Then my Doctors told me their diagnosis: lupus. It wasn’t full blown but I had symptoms that were similar to that diagnosis that it was their best guess. To make matters worse, they told me I needed to watch for more signs of it progressing and I should not carry a child. They were worried hormones and the changes I would undergo during a pregnancy would cause the lupus to go into full blown mode. So, from that point on I knew I would adopt because I wanted to be a Mom. I never really worried about a spouse not agreeing with this approach because I had not planned to become married. Well, that was true until 2003 when I met my husband Jim. He was adopted so he understood adoption and wanted to adopt his future children as well. In April of 2005 we were married and in early 2006 started talking about extending our family.
I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life terrified that I wouldn’t be around to watch my future child/children grow up so I decided to be tested to see how I was doing health wise. I avoided doctors like the plague so I had no idea if the lupus was worse but I had not experienced any symptoms since that summer/fall of 1997. What we found was that I was given a clean bill of health. My current doctor talked with specialists, even the ones we had seen in St. Louis, and they could not figure out how I was suddenly 100% healthy. I was tested again 6 months later to make sure everything was still clean and it was! So Jim and I changed our plans and decided to see if we could get pregnant.

Everything fell into place. We were pregnant on the first month and were blessed to find out we were having a little girl a few months later. Unfortunately the pregnancy was not a smooth process for me. I had high blood pressure very early into the pregnancy and we kept a close eye on it. As the weeks went on, it kept going higher and higher. I had a very stressful job and that was not helping the situation. In early September (25 weeks into the pregnancy) the doctor ordered me to stop working. Our hope was that this would cause the blood pressure to go down. I rested on the couch all day and only got up when necessary. Unfortunately it did not help and on Wednesday, 9/26, the midwife ordered us to go to the hospital for observation at 5pm.
Jim and I were excited and nervous. We knew there was a chance I would be induced that night and we could have our baby within the next few days. Driving to the hospital we called our parents and gave them the update. When we got the hospital and they hooked me up to the various machines, my blood pressure went even higher into the stroke zone. I was terrified but the baby was handling it like a champ. Her heartbeat was great and there was no cause for concern for her. Meanwhile I started having contractions. We got very excited and had hoped this would be the night! The nurse confirmed we would be having the baby in the next few days if not tonight via a cesarean. I had never been in the hospital much less major surgery so that terrified me. Our Doctor arrived a few hours later around 9pm and told us we had two choices: induce or cesarean. We choose a cesarean just because on my blood pressure and within minutes they were prepping me for surgery. All kinds of thoughts ran through my head. I was terrified but also excited. We were having our little girl that night.

By 10:00pm, way past my bedtime!, I was fully prepped and ready to go into surgery. Jim looked silly in his scrubs but he knew I was terrified so he stood by me as long as he could. Then they rolled me into a room and at 10:34pm Jim and I had a beautiful daughter. I remember when I saw her for the first time I couldn’t do anything but cry. It was all worth it. We already knew what we were going to name her, Elizabeth Ann, but just being able to call her that and see her versus just talking with her was magical. She looked all wrinkly but gorgeous and perfect. Jim got to hold her right away but I couldn’t because they had over done the drugs a bit on me. I couldn’t feel either of my arms and wasn’t confident enough to hold her. It was very frustrating but I knew I would have plenty of time with this new addition to the world. The nurses wheeled me to another room and Jim went off somewhere with a nurse and the baby. After awhile Jim came back with his parents and sister. They were introduced to Elizabeth, who was already being called “Libby”.

The next few hours were a blur. I know I did not sleep and the next thing I knew my parents were standing in front of me with my brother, sister and new little 4 week old niece there. Everything from that point on was just mixed together and I had no comprehension of what day or time it was.

That night may be a memory now but being able to be Elizabeth’s Mom is a gift that I will always be grateful for. She is truly a gift from God that I will always cherish. This has been a wonderful year and I am looking forward to the years to come!

Sleeping Angel

Libby is getting another cold plus teething again and it is making her exhausted at night. Last night Jim was trying to feed her a bottle and then this happened. She just swotted at the bottle and as Jim took it away she curled up in his lap. I think she would have slept like that all night if we would let her!


We've almost moved to a new phase in the Ski household - Libby standing. She can pull herself up even though she thinks she needs our hands to do it. I really think that once we get her to stand it will only be a short time before she starts walking. She loves to walk with our assistance. It is going to be fun!!!

Monday, September 15, 2008

So Big!

Libby's new favorite game is to say "So Big!" I snapped a quick picture from this game...

Monday, September 8, 2008

Libby Swinging

Sadly we have never put Libby on a swing...until yesterday. We put a very confused baby in a friend's swing last night and Libby loved it!! Looks like Libby will want to go to the park more now!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Picky Eater

9.7.08 Pancakes
Originally uploaded by Holly Mroczkowski.
Libby, as it turns out, is a very picky eater. We are having a horrible time getting her to eat table foods. One thing I tried this morning were the Eggo Mini Pancakes and they were a hit. Here is a quick picture from her first bite. It was just too cute!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Libby Walking

Libby just took off walking with assistance today and I shot a quick video of it. It is too cute!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Baby Must Haves: Foam Mats

If your house does not have carpet and your baby is trying to crawl or walk, I highly recommend having foam mats as your temporary floor. Jim and I couldn't decide on a rug we both liked and settled on the mats and now are so happy because they are a thick foam where Libby virtually cannot hurt them. Plus, they are colorful and are puzzle pieces so she can learn colors and how put them together as she gets older. She's already discovered how to pull them a part. They are available lots of stores but we bought ours from a company called 'Get Rung' and they were much cheaper. Just thought I'd share =)

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Grandma Mirly and her girls

This is now one of my favorite shots taken at Zoe's First Birthday party. It is just too cute for words!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Zoe is ONE!

Today we celebrated Zoe's first birthday (which was actually yesterday). She loves cupcakes!!


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

11 Month Review

Libby has developed a lot this month. I don't know if it is because she's so close to a year but she seems to be growing up so fast. Since last month she's becoming more helpful. She wants to share her toys and also holds her hands up when you dress her. It definitely makes things easier to get her dressed and undressed. Her vocab is also growing every day. Libby loves to repeat things but doesn't seem to understand everything she's saying. I don't count the words until she actually repeats them and understands them but we're up to 10 words now. She's quite a chatty little girl!

We've also been going to the Zoo a lot more this month. She loves the primate house the best (so far) but the reptile and bird houses were definitely interesting too! We haven't done the Children's Zoo yet but I don't think she would really enjoy it yet. Oh, and how could I forget the Penguins and Puffins! She didn't really enjoy looking at them while in her stroller but once we took her out of her stroller she stared wide eye at them. The Zoo is definitely a favorite of the Ski Household!

One other big change for the month is we turned her car seat forward facing. It is a tad early but since she is virtually the size of a 2 year old, the doctor said she was safer forward facing than cramming into the rear facing car seat that she was maxing out in for weight. I had no idea how fun it would be for her to see me while I drive. She has a blast talking with me now and seeing my reactions to her talking with me. It's adorable! I love it!

Here are some other things to highlight from this month:

weight: 33.3 lbs (based on an impromptu visit to a Dr last week)

  • Vocab -- Libby can say Ball, Cat, Stop, No, Hello, Momma, Dadda, Book, Closed, Down
  • Favorites -- Claps hands, bouncing everywhere and anywhere!, loves to stand, Rubber Ducky Song, Elmo Song, Sesame Street (as long as it has Muppets on the show), Bunnytown (TV show), new inflatable bath tub that she can drown Mommy when she splashes, going to the Zoo, her daddy's old cell phone
  • Dislikes -- Meat (see below)
  • Feedings -- Has had turkey and chicken! Her feeding amounts have diminished a bit. We still have her on a feeding schedule so she is eating the same times but just less.
  • Crawling -- Honestly, I don't think this is going to be in the cards for our little one. She can go backwards and get up on her knees really well...but honestly prefers to be on her but bouncing around.
  • Sleeping through the night -- Unfortunately this is still not happening. She is able to stay up until 8:00 each night now but still cannot seem to make it through the night w/o having a late night feeding.
  • Illnesses -- Sadly she's still sick and has been for awhile now. She's always congested. The doctor says her lungs are clear so it is just a persistent cold that won't go away.
  • Teeth -- We still only 8 that are visible. I think she's working on another but I cannot find it yet.
  • Shoes -- Libby has her own big girl shoes now. Size 6.5W. And they fit. Snugly.
  • Naps -- At daycare (we refer to it as school) she sleeps about 1.5-2 hours. At home she'll take 2 naps each being 1-2 hours each.

Libby is still doing really well from a vocab perspective. We find her trying to repeat a lot of the things we say. It is adorable to see her trying so hard to form the words. She is als starting to hit some previous milestones that others hit awhile ago - mostly rolling over. She has been able to roll over for a little over 2 months but never seemed to really want to. Now, it seems every time we put her in her crib she is rolling onto her tummy. She hates it but there really isn't a way to stop her. The cutest thing (and the reason she rolls over so much) is that she loves to sleep on her side. She looks so grown up when she does it with her purple blanket in her arms that her Grandma Ski hand made her (yes, she has a lovey already).

We've also had some comments from people noticing how well her eye-hand coordination is and the fact she'll look you straight in the eye. Mostly it is because she's staring you down and sizing you up...but i'll still take it as a compliment. =) She does do very well with picking things up and noticing even the smallest feature (like teeny tiny hairs you don't want anyone to pull on!). We recently got her stackable buckets and she loves to play with those. She mostly likes to knock them down but will hide some of the smaller ones in the larger ones on occasion. Oh, and the Sesame Street Toy that is a 'popper' toy but more difficult because it has doors as opposed to just pressing the thing that pops up...she can close the doors! That was a big thing to me. =)

At Christmas last year Libby got a Leap Frog activity table from her Aunt Marsha, Uncle Greg and cousin Mason. We pulled it out a few weeks ago and she loves it. There are all kinds of fun activities on it - like the alphabet song, a door to open and close, and buttons to press. One of her favorite songs as a result of this toy is the Alphabet song. She is so amazed that Mommy and Daddy know the words!

As usual, here is the "official milestone" review:

... should be able to:
  • get into a sitting position from stomach - not yet! We keep trying to get her to sit up. She will hold onto our fingers and pull up. We do next to no work and she does about 98% of it but still doesn't have the confidence to do it herself.
  • pick up tiny object with any part of thumb and finger - check!
  • understand "no" (but not always obey it) - check!

... will probably be able to:
  • play patty-cake (clap hands) or wave bye-bye - check! Libby can wave hello and good-bye and also clap her hands. Most of the time clapping is part of the hello/good-bye routine.
  • walk holding on to furniture (cruise) - not yet! She can stand really well while holding onto furniture and will walk if we hold onto her hands but isn't confident enough to do it by herself yet.
  • point or gesture to something to get needs met - check!

... may possible be able to:
  • pick up a tiny object neatly with tips of thumb and forefinger - check!
  • stand alone momentarily - check!
  • say "dada" or "mama" discriminately - check!
  • say one word other than "mama" or "dada" - check!

... may even be able to:
  • stand alone well
  • indicate wants in ways other than crying - check!
  • "play ball" (roll back to you) - we are so close to this! She does it by accident and then is so happy to share.
  • drink from a cup independently - check! We've even moved past the sippy cup. She loves to drink from a real (plastic) cup now with Mommy/Daddy's help.
  • use immature jargoning (gibberish that sounds as if baby is talking a made-up foreign language) - check!
  • say three or more words other than "mama" or "dada" - check!
  • respond to a one-step command without gestures ("Give that to me" - without hand out) - check!
  • walk well - oh buddy not yet!

And as usual, here is a picture of Libby from a week ago with one of her famous bows and her Daddy's old cell phone.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Rolling Over

We're behind the times. Rolling over should have been a thing months ago but Libby has decided to make it her new favorite thing to do in her crib. Jim and I keep finding her flat on her stomach in the corner of her crib with a huge grin or sad face pretty much constantly now. I've never actually witnessed her rolling from her back to her tummy but she can obviously do it unless Max the Cat is assisting her in some way. Now the problem is, do I worry about her sleeping with her being on her tummy? She seems to prefer it since she's always moving that direction...but I cannot help but worry about her not being able to breathe. When does the worrying stop? Oh, never? Right. =)

Officially Forward Facing

It's a bit early but we turned the car seat forward facing after consulting with the Doctor. She's so long/heavy that it is actually safer for her to be forward facing now. I have to say that I love her being able to see me and she loves to see me driving. What a difference!! Mommy doesn't just magically appear everywhere she goes!

Bed Head

Libby is getting so much hair!! In fact, I snapped this shot right after a nap. Look at the mess in the back! Too cute!

Pink Panda

We have a new favorite toy in the Ski Household. It is a little soft panda that we have named 'Pink Panda'. Creative I know! Libby loves it though. She smiles and waves at it each time she sees it. Oh, and I swear she said, "Pink Panda" yesterday when I handed it to her. (Jim doesn't believe me)


We're quickly becoming regulars at the St. Louis Zoo. It doesn't hurt it is 5 minutes away from our house and is free. =) This past weekend we went to the Zoo with some friends and their little one and went into the Reptile House. I cannot remember the last time I was there. After being in there for about 5 minutes I remembered why - it creeps me out! Luckily, Libby loved it. =)

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Eating Habits

I should have known...I thought we had a good routine going and then BAM! Libby decides to change it. We still have her on a feeding/sleep schedule that works really well for everyone (except for the part of not sleeping through the night still). We even knew how much to the spoonful that she would eat. No more! Libby has decided after about 11 months of being out in the world she no longer likes nor wants a lot of food. Giving her solid food usually involves me dodging food being slung or spit at me. The bottle is almost as bad because she can swat it out of your hand so quickly you never know it is coming. I've read this is normal for feeding/eating habits to change. I just never thought it would happen to her because she has always been such a great eater. Just shows me never to assume things will stay the same!!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Sounds from Libby

Libby's vocab has definitely grown but sometimes she just likes to babble. Lately this is her favorite thing to do.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Bib Review

I know a review on bibs seems a little odd but anyone that has a child that eats the wonderfully messy pureed foods realizes they are important. I've been on the hunt for the perfect bib ever since I realized what the criteria was for the perfect bib (to me):
  • outlasts the meals with the baby
  • doesn't stain easily
  • can go in the dishwasher
I found some good bibs that do the first two but finding bibs that go into the dishwasher was difficult. That search was over a few weeks ago when I ran into a woman washing an interesting looking bib in a restaurant's bathroom. I, of course, started to make small talk with the woman asking how old her little one was, etc. Then I asked her what kind of bib that was and she said a Bjorn bib. She explained it was incredibly old and she didn't know if they even made them anymore. The bib was a bit faded but the nice woman explained that was due to it being put in the dishwasher for so many years. The hunt was on! Given that the bib was over 10 years old (this was a 'late bonus' child) and still looked amazing and was able to go into the dishwasher I knew I had found my perfect bib. And it is perfect. We ordered 2 from Target and they are wonderful. It has a soft plastic and it easily fits around our baby's neck (which is large). They wash in the dishwasher without any wear and really are just great. My only complaint is that they are a bit expensive. Other than that I HIGHLY suggest them!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Drinking from a cup

Because she doesn't look grown up enough with real big girl shoes and an adorable bow in her hair, we have now entered the stage of wanting to drink from a cup.

Sunday, August 10, 2008


Libby has enough hair now where we actually got her a bow to put in it. Look how cute she is!


Sleep in general is a sore topic in our house. When we have Libby home with us, she does 2 1.5-2 hr naps but at the daycare she is too interested in everything around her to nap even 30 minutes total per day. The problem with that is she'll want to fall asleep at 5:30pm versus saying up later to play and eat enough to sleep through the night (ha! - no, she's still not doing that). Last week though, something changed. She's been taking one 2 hour nap each day at daycare. The difference at night is amazing. She's able to stay up until 8:00 or even 8:30pm before we start our night time routine. It has been great. She even slept through the night for the first time in months on Friday night. We owe part of that to Grandma and Grandpa Ski playing with her so much that evening though. We're just so happy she is napping at the daycare now. =) It only took 8 months!

Libby the carnivore!

Libby is officially a carnivore now. After months of trying, she finally had some turkey yesterday. This has been a big deal (for me) because I know we need to get some meat into her (sorry my veg. friends!). I knew if we weren't successful in the next few months, I could at least give her eggs and get some protein in her. But alas, she nullified this concern by eating something with meat! YAY! It turns out for Libby that if we buy the pureed meat (they say it is meat) and mix it with something, anything, she won't eat it. I can't say I blame her - it looks absolutely gross even though it smells like 'real food'. I decided to change my plan of attack and buy something that was already premixed together. The winner for the first trial was Gerber's Sweet Potato + Turkey. I was so excited for her to try it because she loves sweet potatoes and the majority of the smell from the jar was exactly that. She took one bite and didn't even make a face. It was Christmas!! So now we have veggie stew, Chicken and veggies, etc. to try over the next few weeks. Even if those don't work, I am going to buy a million little jars of sweet potato + Turkey. At least she'll be ready for Thanksgiving!

Diaper Rash

We've been having some major problems with diaper rash in the Ski household the last 2 weeks. Some of it stems from the horrible heat we've been having here and the fact that our baby is always hot and sweaty. Other reasons are because the diapers we are using are getting smaller but are still 'ok' according to the weight recommendations. This has never really been a problem for Libby so we weren't exactly sure what to do. We've tried everything under the sun to remove and prevent the diaper rash - Butt Paste, Desiten, wash with a wash cloth versus baby wipe, towel dry the area off after diapering, changing every hour or when we know a 'present' is in the diaper, etc. Everything we could think of and things we got as recommendation from family and friends (thanks!). The thing that seems to work best for us is to change every 1-2 hours, use cornstarch (there are mixed reviews on this), and use Balmex. So, when you are completely frustrated by the diaper rashes that appear - don't ever give up!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Favorite Pictures

Here are my new favorite pictures of Libby. Too cute!


Libby had her first scheduled playdate with her cousin Zoe yesterday. It went really well. The girls got along...really didn't play much together. They mostly just took the toy that the other one had...but it was still really wild to see them play together! This was the best picture I could get of the two of them...they were mostly too busy focusing on other things. =)

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Libby and the camera

We take a lot of pictures of Libby. You would think she would be used to it by now...but she HATES the camera. Look at her trying to grab it (right)
And then there is my new favorite picture (left).

Libby Swimming

We put Libby's swimming suit on her for the first time and took her 'swimming' in her pool on our deck today. It went pretty well after about 5 minutes. We discovered her swimming suit is a little small...but other than that, once we added ice to the water she had a BLAST. Here is a video!

Counting: Feist on Sesame Street

This song haunted me on the iPod commercials but this is just too perfect for Sesame Street.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Bouncing to Mommy

Seriously - why would you want to crawl or walk? Everyone does it! Bouncing is more fun!!

Friday, July 25, 2008

10 Month Review

It's that time again to do another month in review. We're up to 10 months now!! Each month seems to go faster than the previous one. Libby also seems to get more and more fun each month. We did not have a doctor visit but when we measured/weighed her this is what we came up with:
weight: 30.4lbs (per our scale)
length: 32inches

I thought I would do a few bullet points to highlight some of the interesting things...of course it's all about the Libster!!

  • Vocab -- Libby can say Ball, Cat, Stop, No, Hello (sort of), Momma, Dadda, book
  • Favorites -- Standing, 'baby on the cob'*, tickling her feet, waving, pulling people's hair, puppets, bath time, bopping the cat as she screams, "Max"
  • Dislikes -- Doesn't really dislike anything. Going through a Mommy only phase right I would say dislikes it when I'm not around.
  • Feedings -- Graham Crackers, Puffs, Tried peas but smashed them versus eating. Favorite foods right now are Graham Crackers and Garden Vegetable. She's doing really well learning to pick up the food and place it in her mouth.
  • Crawling -- no progress - just wants to scoot on her butt
  • Sleeping through the night -- This is not going well. She only has 1 feeding at night but we're trying to get rid of it by decreasing the amount of the bottle. It seems to be working because she is not eating as much during this feeding but it would help if she wasn't constantly sick.
  • Illnesses -- Libby cannot seem to shake the cold. We've started her on the inhaler treatments this week to try to help her.
  • Teeth -- She may look like her Daddy but she is taking after her Mommy in the teeth area. She has 8 teeth total now. 4 on top and 4 on the bottom. This is really helping with her all of a sudden making more progress in eating 'real' food (aka, crackers). She's learned to break the food off.

* We roll her into our arms baby style and then pretend to eat her like a corn on the cob.

Libby seems to be making the talking/vocab and hand-eye coordination milestones at or ahead of schedule. Still behind on the walking/crawling/movement type milestones. This is probably because she's such a large baby. Jim and I both think she is going to walk before she crawls. She just prefers to scoot on her butt versus actually trying to do the traditional crawl. She will go to standing from a sitting position if sitting on our laps but other than that, she is not really interested. Libby does love to stand while holding onto our fingers and won't move her feet to try to walk unless we move one and then she'll move the other. So...I think we're getting closer!! Anyways, here is the 'official' milestone review:

... should be able to:
  • stand holding on to someone or something - check!
  • pull up to standing position from sitting - not yet...she's pretty content either sitting or being pulled to the standing position.
  • object if you try to take a toy away - check!
  • say "mama" or "dada" indiscriminately - check!
  • play peekaboo - check!
  • exchange back-and-forth gestures with you - check! So fun!

... will probably be able to:
  • get into a sitting position from stomach - not yet...again this may be related to her being such a large baby.
  • play patty-cake (clap hands) or wave bye-bye - check! Waving started last week and it is just too adorable. She waves to herself mostly but it is intended for whoever is around.
  • pick up tiny object with any part of thumb and finger - check!
  • walk holding on to furniture (cruise) - not yet...we're working on getting her to shuffle her feet while we have her in the standing position right now.
  • understand "no" (but not always obey it) - check! haha - she will even say it back!

... may possibly be able to:
  • stand alone momentarily - check! but only for about 5 seconds (if that!)
  • say "dada" or "mama" discriminately - check! We LOVE this
  • point to something to get needs met - check! She either points or does her famous 'Libby stare' (those of you that have gotten this stare know exactly what I mean!)

... may even be able to:
  • indicate wants in ways other than crying - check! Really through the staring!
  • "play ball" (roll ball back to you) - not intentionally...she mostly just kicks it back on occasion but I don't think she knows what she is doing.
  • drink from a cup independentantly - check! It's thanks to the wonderful Nuby sippy cup! Although, she has recently tried to drink out of a normal glass...we are just too nervous to let her!
  • pick up a tiny object neatly with tips of thumb and forefinger - check!
  • stand alone well - not yet but we're working on it
  • use immature jargoning (gibberish that sounds as if baby is talking in a made-up foreign language) - check!
  • say one word other than "mama" or "dada" - check! She says several now!
  • respond to a one-step command with gestures ("give that to me" - with hand out) - check! That is how we know she wants more Puffs.
  • walks well - not yet!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


We're going through a puppet phase in the house. Jim sent me this last night and since I love Beaker, I wanted to share it with you all. Meep!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Pool of Balls

Libby loves her pool...especially when it is indoors away from the bright sun and full of plastic balls!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


Libby loves to make faces and this has to be one of my favorites. It is a cross between "what the heck you are doing" to "oh, you are so silly!".