Wednesday, May 27, 2009

20 Months!

I know, I know. I've been bad about updating this site and really only posting pictures. But I had to post today...should have been yesterday!...Libby turned 20 months old!! I don't know why it is such a big deal to me. Maybe because we are so crazy close to her being 2 years old? She's growing more and more every day - like a weed. Seriously. Her vocab is going crazy and she's learning more and more every day. She is still a picky eater but we're working on it. Right now her favorite is any kind of fish. The girl is destined to be a vegetarian! Meat is not her friend! Well, except the chickens. She does love her nuggets. Libby also loves to say "Hi" and "Bye" to people...even those we don't know. Her voice is just so tiny and cute...until you try to start a tickle war by chasing her around and then she turns into a screaming lunatic. Really. Screams at the top of her lungs and looooves it. The faster she can run the better (for her). She's getting so fast! And she's in a size 7 shoe now! How insane is that? We've been lucky to not have to go to the doctor for a few months so I don't know how much she weights or how tall she is but she sure looks taller to me...but doesn't feel any heavier. It is amazing how my priorities switched from how tall/heavy she was to teaching her to recognize different shapes, colors, etc. She's learning all of those things too! I'll ask her to point to a red balloon and then purple one and she knows the difference. It's so exciting!

Also exciting is how she learned to take off her diaper this weekend for the first time. Lucky us!! Jim found her sitting in her crib with her diaper being whooshed around her head. Ok, not really, but she was playing with it. I found her the next morning sitting on her blankie and Fozzie Bear's head whooshing the diaper around her head (ok, that time I was being serious) screaming with glee and very proud of herself. The daycare says it is a sign she's ready to be potty trained...I think it is a sign we need stronger diapers. =)

Libby still loves music - everything about it! She loves to dance, to sing (in her own way), and to force others to get up and dance (even if you are too tired to). We can't wait till she can start dance or take music lessons because we both know she'll really love it.

Other things she loves - TinkerBell. We have watched that movie 6 times since Friday. Friday! Ugh. I think I know every sentence by heart now. One thing we did learn from it though was that Libby can be afraid. Normally she's fearless but there is a scene with a hawk in the movie that makes her tear up and hold onto your neck. She's terrified. We skip that scene now.

I'm sure there are plenty of other things to call out but I cannot think of any at the moment. It is just very hard to believe in a few short months my little baby will be two years old. *sigh*


Spooning soda
Originally uploaded by Holly Mroczkowski.
So maybe we're bad parents but our little girl LOVES soda. Actually, what she loves to do is spoon soda from a glass into her mouth. Everytime we go out to dinner there is a repeat performance of this. I've started drinking water so at least if she does want to spoon something out of my glass she'll only get water. Jim still will get soda and try to hide it from her (usually with menus or the little things they put on the tables to highlight the specials). The only thing that makes me feel a little bit better about this is thinking she seriously cannot get that much soda in her spooning it into her mouth - right? Right?...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Smelling the roses

Smelling the roses
Originally uploaded by Holly Mroczkowski.
Everyone should take time today to smell the roses =) Libby definitely does!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

House Woes

Most of you know by now that we have our house up on the market. So for the past 3 weeks, we've cleaned daily (if not twice a day) to get it prepared for potential house-lookers...only to not have any. I knew that having our house for sale would be tough in this market but I just assumed we would be getting low, crazy offers (after awhile) not that we wouldn't get any viewers. A bright spot is we did have some people go through last weekend at our open house. Can I just say how much I dislike open houses? They are in the middle of the day when my kiddo naps! It is pretty tough to wake her up just to leave the house not knowing if anyone would even come. But we've done that twice now...and finally had a couple of people go through. Maybe this means things are picking up? Anyone know someone that is looking for a house in STL? =)

Libby + Max Forever!

Libby has decided that her favorite thing in the house is Max. Max is not thrilled with this recent infatuation. Libby not only wants to kiss Max (see the picture) but she wants to pick him up and carry him around. I’ve always been a little nervous about Max being around a little kid due to his temperament. Saying he is a grouch doesn’t even come close…actually saying he hates everyone except for me is pretty close… but he really does a great job tolerating Libby. I think they will become good friends once Libby learns not to step on his tail and just sticks to petting (versus hitting). So watch this space…I think these two are on their way to becoming best friends forever!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Picky Eater

5.10.09 At fitz's
Originally uploaded by Holly Mroczkowski.
Today, for Mother's Day, we went to Fitz's for lunch. We got Libby a grilled cheese sandwich and she began to pick all of the cheese off of the sandwich. Seriously - who does this?? Crazy!!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Say Cheese!

5.3.09 Sweeping up (8)
Originally uploaded by Holly Mroczkowski.
Libby loves to clean. A lot. And this weekend she also learned to say, "Cheese" when taking a picture. This is a result of giving her what she wants - a broom - and asking her to say "Cheese". Priceless!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

STL Zoo trip

5.2.09 STL Zoo (20)
Originally uploaded by Holly Mroczkowski.
With us living right by the zoo, we go all of the time. Libby loves it there and we have mainly stuck to the houses because I thought it would be more interesting to her...and that she would have a better view. Yesterday, with the weather being *so* perfect we decided to go to the 'Big Cats' and the animals that are more outdoors. It took awhile for Libby to get it because she only wanted to stay in her stroller and couldn't see over the fence. Eventually we went to the taller animals and she loved to tell us what they were, say, "Oh no" or "Oh wow", and point to them. We did spend 10 minutes or say watching her take her Fozzie Bear in and out of the stroller and play in the grass (which made me feel even worse about not having a yard)...but other than that, it was a great trip with only one mild tantrum caused by us putting her into the stroller versus letting her continue to play with Fozzie. It was a great visit!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Future Blogger

Libby wants to be like Mommy...she will sit there and type all day on the computer if we let her.


Libby knows no fear! Even though we keep telling her no, she loves to climb the stairs...only not the normal way.

New Sunglasses

I got Libby some new sunglasses this week...she isn't a huge fan of them but doesn't she look so 'cool'?

Laser Pointer Fun

I know it has been awhile since we posted a 'real' video but this is worth the wait! Jim got out the Laser Pointer and Libby AND Max had a great time with it.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Big Changes!

So some of you guys know already but I am going to post it here...we are selling our home.  I am excited, nervous, sad, and happy by this possible change.  Basically one night Jim looked at me and asked if I wanted to sell our home.  This was probably after Libby smeared her face against the glass siding doors begging to play outside in our non-existant yard.  So, that sealed the deal and we're trying to sell our home in this market.  Which is not fun.  We spent 2 weeks frantically getting the house ready.  Honestly, with it only being 3.5 years old there wasn't a lot to do.  We just organized and de-cluttered and it looks amazing!!  Who knew you could collect so much stuff??  So, if you know someone that wants to buy a home (townhome) in St. Louis, let me know!!  We'll miss it but we just really want a yard for Libby to play in!


I know being a parent is hard.  Jim and I are reaching that point where Libby is telling us no to, I have to admit it is pretty cute to hear her say, "No" in a squeaky little voice.  But, sadly, we know the day is coming where that word will be screamed at the top of her lungs and the door will be slammed in our faces.  (ugh)  As I watch parents when I am out and about I am amazed at the different parenting styles.  Some Mommies just have to whisper in their child's ear to get them to hush.  Others cannot calm their kiddo and drag them through the store, playground, etc.  Then there are others...the Mommies that really get my blood boiling...the ones that just don't care.
Last night Jim and I had one of our weekly date nights.  We chose a quiet little Mexican restaurant that I dearly love and had planned a nice quiet, quiet, quiet dinner where we could talk.  We really enjoy this weekly ritual and after the last 2 weeks (stay tuned for another post about the big changes in our life), we just wanted to sit down and just be on a date.  Unfortunately the table next to us didn't really care.  It consisted of the Grandma, Mom, Dad, Uncle, son (probably 5) and younger son (maybe 5 or 6 months).  The Mom, Dad and Uncle only wanted to talk about planning their upcoming vacation -- they suggested Mexico because they thought they could get a deal, seriously?  I knew when I heard that they wouldn't get parents of the year or anything.  The next 15 minutes consisted of the younger son (being held by Grandma) choking on his spit up and turning white and the "older" son throwing a sticky toy frog on the ceiling fan.  Meanwhile, while I am recovering from my heart attack after watching the infant choke so badly and listening to the Dad explain to the Grandma that no he cannot have a bottle yet while he screams because he is both hungry and bored, the parents and uncle continue to discuss the vacation.  I'm super sensative to kids right now so I am just about to lose it as I watch this family completely ignore their children.  But what can you do?  They leave and then we follow a little later.  Jim tells me as we leave that another family came in with 2 boys probably 4 and 5 and were putting them in the smoking section.  Now, I realize people smoke...but do you have to do it while you are out with your family at a restaurant?
On top of all of this, if I read one more story about someone beating their child to death I am going to go insane.  Seriously.  My heart cannot take it anymore.  I look at my little girl and sure, there are times when I want to pull my hair out as she screams while making it impossible to change her but I would never do anything to hurt this little bug. 
So, last night after seeing all of this I am determined to do something, something to help these little kiddos have a better life.  Any suggestions?  Because obviously, some of these parents need some help!