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10 Months

So, I am a bit behind. It is officially the end of the school year and I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with learning the new job and the close of the school year. Much different from the classroom. When I took Callie in for her nine month appointment her pediatrician checked her ears (which looked totally fine) then made the comment - I don't mean to jinx you but has Callie had an ear infection yet? To which my response was no (she had a super mild one that they gave us medicine for just because we were getting on a plane to Pitt) - in my mind, my response was "no, but we have had everything else imaginable"!
The newest thing: last Friday when Callie got up for the day, her eyes were swollen shut. Turns out she had pink eye which was no fun. Many rough nights later she seems to finally be getting back to her happy go lucky self.

Here are the newest things about Callie:
  • She continues to get quicker walking with a push toy. Her teachers love watching her outside at daycare because she moves so fast with nothing to stop her. She travels from one side of the house to the other in record time.
  • She now eats whatever we eat for dinner, which is VERY nice. I am no longer cooking anything special for her - she gets what we get and hasn't complained once about it. She totally has her favorites, lasagna being one of them. They served lasagna at day care the other day and she had 4 servings! That's my girl!
  • She can now blow kisses and give five
  • She is fascinated with opening and closing things, and putting things in and taking them out again.
  • She loves being around other kids - it doesn't seem to matter if she knows them or not (although she does seem to favor her older cousins and seems to love Wyatt).
  • She can now sign for milk - although doesn't seem to do it to tell us she wants it but tends to do it after she sees the milk or the bottle.
  • She loves to climb things (we often pile all the couch cushions and she just goes to town on them) and crawl through things (tunnels, between furniture, between legs - doesn't matter whose).
  • Callie is very good at telling us when she is frustrated with us or when we do something she doesn't like.
  • She is extremely persistent and "no" doesn't seem to stop her (in fact, she will look at you, smile, and continue to do it).
  • Callie has gotten one of her top teeth and the one next to it - right now she's a bit lopsided on the top.
  • She LOVES music and will drop anything to dance when given the chance!

Hanging with grandmother

    She loves hanging out under the table

    How can you not love this face - especially if it's one of the first things you see when you get up in the morning?!

    Crawling through a mom made tunnel - yes, it collapsed right on top of her which she thought was hilarious

    A new fun game she learned - yes, she can pull ALL the toilet paper off the roll in case you were wondering

    Attacking the cat

    :-(  Lots of cuddling went on during the pink eye - this was taken after we started the antibiotics, she looks better than when she woke up if you can imagine

    Crawled to the top of the couch and taking a break
    Our little walker


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