Clover is now Two!

Clover is now Two!

Friday, August 27, 2010

My Little Feminist

90 years ago this week, the ratification of the 19th Amendment was completed, granting women the right to vote. 

This week, Grandma exclaimed to Clover, "OH, BOY!".  Clover exclaimed back, "OH, GIRL!".

I know Clover is destined to become a strong, independent woman. 

Friday, August 20, 2010

11 months old on Sunday

Clover will be 11 months in 2 days!  Lately, she has been doing things to get a reaction from us. One thing, she will pretend to do something she shouldn't be doing and see if we will correct her.  Another, is she will say random words (like apple or girl) out of the blue if I am focused not on her.  She will also make choking noises to see how fast I will react.  Now, she has started smiling for the camera because thats what we want.  Today, I got out the camera to take pics of her while she was eating.  As soon as she finished the banana, she started smiling for the camera.  This pic I got of her today shows off teeth we have been waiting to see! They seem more visible on the top right now, but she also has a little white on the bottom teeth.

Thursday, August 19, 2010


Last night, after Clover went to bed, I decided to make her this tutu.  I had already gone online and found a tutorial and ordered the material (It took 50 yards of 6" wide tulle and some elastic).  When she woke up, I tried it on her and she enjoyed touching it, and scrunching it up and fluffing it out.

Monday, August 16, 2010

What is better than a clean baby?...Nothing.

Clover is loving bath time.

Giving Clover a squeeze.
 This week, Clover has shown a lot of develpoment in many areas.  She has been trying to say more words and said, "I love you".  She has been trying to sign more, but seems to be using the signs that she knows for everything.  She has been eating new foods and tried a boiled egg.  She is growing so much that we have to keep adjusting her car seat.  She wont be in that one much longer.  Clover is getting closer to standing up on her own.  She tries so hard.

We continued with child proofing the house.  I sewed little cushions to fit around the columns on my mantel that cover the sharp edged base.  We also got a new entertainment center that is much safer than other one.  Clover crawled over to the new entertainment center and was checking it out.  She kept looking back at me, waiting for me to say, "No, No, No".  She opened one of the cabinets and grabbed something that was inside.  Johnny said, "no, no, no".  She continued to play with the object.  As soon as she saw him coming, she put it back.  That was the first time she had done anything like that.  She knew she was "in trouble" and corrected herself.

I entered Clover in a model search for Point Mallard.  The winner does commericals and other advertising for them for the year.  There will be 12 runner-ups that will be in a calander.  You can see her and all the other entries at . Voting is not necessary and each vote costs a buck.  I'm not even sure if the money is for charity or not. 

on Saturday, we took Clover to her cousin Brian's birthday party.  He turned six!  Clover was so excited to see her family and all the kids.  The party took place at a local park.  The heat was really nasty and felt like over 100 degrees.  We gave her plenty of liquids and were there for a couple of hours.  We were all pretty exhausted later.

I've been busy planning Clover's birthday party.  I hope to get a lot accomplished this week.  Only 5 weeks to go until she is a year old.  We can't wait to share it with everyone.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Birthday Plans and other developments

We have finally found a nice venue for Clover's first birthday.  The date of the party will be Saturday, September 25 from noon to 3pm.  All friends and family are invited to join us at Gullion Farms (  There will be something for everyone: petting zoo, pony rides, a roping station, egg gathering, fishing.  Also, there is an enclosed area with seating as well as picnic tables outside and we will be serving lunch.  We are looking forward to sharing Clover's very special day with everyone.

Clover has been learning so much and she seems very pleased that she can perform tasks that she has been working on for some time.  She has been signing for "eat", "more", "milk", "diaper".  I woke up one morning last week and she was crying.  This is unusual these days.  I heard her saying "eat, eat, eat".  I went to her room and called to her as I was approaching her room. I asked her if she was hungry.  When I got there she said "EAT" and was making the sign for milk with both hands.  She must have been starving!

We are teaching Clover about foods as she is learning to chew more (still no teeth).  I'm not sure if we are behind on this or not.  This weekend we let her handle apples and peaches.  While she saw and smelled the apple, I fed her apple sauce.  We cut up one peach to eat and she smelled and touched another.  She also used a spoon correctly for the first time this weekend.

We made a Babies R Us run for some feeding supplies.  One thing we got was a feeder that you put food like a strawberry, for example, into this netting with a handle on it.  They can chew and suck on the food without risk of swallowing it whole or choking.  We got more age appropriate serveware, some organic snacks, some bath toys and some more developemental toys.  I never expected we would have so many toys. I think all of her toys are special and have been helpful in her learning.  Johnny has spent a lot of time researching things we get for her and I really appreciate the time he has taken to make sure she has the right kind of toys.  Also, I love seeing them play together.  She loves her dad so much, and I do too.