Monday, November 22, 2010

So Sweet

Yesterday after church, around 2:30 I was dozing on the couch. Leila walked over to me, looked up at me with her big, beautiful, brown eyes and lifted her arms to be lifted up. I picked her up, she snuggled in and fell right to sleep. No drink. No crying. No wiggling. Just wanted to cuddle and sleep. I couldn't have asked for a more special moment with my little girl.

Then to make it more special, Kuso came and took her from my arms and laid her on the bed, then came back, got me off the couch and we took a nice, long, warm, nap together on a snowy Sunday afternoon.


Monday, November 15, 2010

...and the verdict is?...

Inconclusive. I'm trying to figure out if my daughter is a freak or if there is something causing her to act like a freak. Let me explain.

Last night, Leila was a FREAK! Earlier in the afternoon, Kuso was playing peek with her while I was laying on the bed. He would put his face down by my stomach and then she would turn upside down to see his face. This happened a couple times. THEN, she started waiting for him to put his head down, then she would head-butt him on the back of his head. Then look at us and laugh her guts out.

Later that night, she acted like she was scared to death to go to sleep. Any time she was almost asleep, she would pop her eyes open and scream! She would be totally content in my arms, but as soon as I lay her down, (alone or with me on the bed) she would wake up and scream. After we finally went to bed around 1:30 am, she still flopped around the bed and would cry out in the night.

A few days ago she started playing this "game" where she would run around the room and hit things (the couch, the chair, the door, your leg) and keep running. Kind of like tag? Anyway, she started doing that. And then later in the night she started being really freaky...
she would "dead fall" where she stands straight up, then starts to fall forward, face first, and at the very last second, catch herself, then intentionally smack her face on the ground. After, she would get up, look at my mom and I, and laugh. So crazy. Then in addition to that, she would run around, abruptly stop, and while standing, bend down and smack her head on the ground. Then stand back up and laugh. SO WEIRD!

After we had got past the falling on the ground and smacking her face episodes, she was laying in my arms and throwing her left fist around by bending her elbow in and out really fast. Sometimes she just does this while she walks around, but hasn't figured out her right arm does the same thing...anyway, she was doing that and started punching herself in the face. She hit herself like four times before I stopped her. Then she just looked at me and grinned.

WHAT DO I DO? She is obviously not hurt when she does it because she thinks it's funny and keeps showing off. I have to admit, it was HILARIOUS. I'm sure if I could have caught it on camera, we would be $10,000 richer. But it was also kind of scary/weird. After she quit doing it, then went back to doing it, we were able to stifle our laughter so she quit doing it. But I don't want her to think this is appropriate behavior ever.

So there are several possible factors that I'm attributing to her odd night.
1. She has turned into a daddy's girl while Kuso was off and staying home with her the past 2 weeks. He had left town to go back to work.
2. We were not at home. We were at my parents, so maybe she knew she wasn't in her normal environment.
3. She gets extremely hot and had on warm pajamas. We had already cut the feet out of them since she has hot coals for feet, but she was still hot. So we ended up having her sleep in a t-shirt and her diaper.
4. The milk may have been a bit sour. It smelled okay, but she could have had a stomach ache?
5. Teething?
6. Daddy has a sinus infection...she could be developing one as well?
7. Ear ache?
8. Or she is just a freak.

While I'm at it...any ideas about how to get her to sleep in her OWN bed ALL night? Most nights she goes to sleep in her own bed, and within 2 hours, she is crying to come in our bed. Some nights she sleeps really sound in our bed, other nights she flops around. Any ideas or suggestions would be helpful. And if you did the "cry it out" method, let me know how long it took you until you were successful. Thanks in advance for any advice!

Halloween 2010

For Halloween we were in St. George for cousin Anna's farewell. My aunt lives in a neighborhood with larger lots, so we hopped in the back of the truck and drove
to the people's houses we wanted to see.

Leila was the CUTEST little panda bear EVER! I fell in love with costume at Sam's Club for $11 and had to buy it. I knew it would be a close fit. and it was...a little snug, but do-able for one night. When we put it on her to try it on, for pictures, and for my work party, she wanted NOTHING to do with the hood being on her head. But when the actual day came, she wore that hood all night...and wore it well. She was so cute to watch toddle around! Kiley was a beautiful butterfly. For a while, she wanted to a pirate. Her parents looked and looked for a pirate costume that would fit her, but they couldn't find anything. Then they had to convince her she wanted to be a beautiful butterfly. After she accepted that, we could NOT mention the word pirate!I had to include this picture to show how hard Leila had to turn her head to see anything.
It was pretty funny.
Leila and Rusti. In these costumes they look pretty close to the same size.
Until you lift them up. Leila has a good 7-9 pounds on Rusti!

The picture above made me giggle because the girls are just staring at each other,
trying to figure out why they looked different. The picture below makes me giggle because it looks like Leila is growling at Rusti.Rusti was a cute little bunny and Shawn, well, had us looking for Waldo all evening.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Family Pictures

Saturday October 30th we went to Pine Valley (near St. George, UT) to take some family photos. We were all in town for my cousin Brieanna's mission farewell. My Aunt Karen was our photographer. Here are a few of the semi-decent pictures that turned out. The scenery was pretty awesome, but when you have a group of people that hate to get their pictures taken, well, it's hard to get a decent photo.

In this picture my mom wanted to "recreate" a picture we took on a whale watching cruise a few years back when Shawn graduated boot camp. That has been one of her favorite pictures, and this one looks almost exactly like it...I'm just a few pounds heavier!

The funny thing about this picture (below) is that Leila was playing a new game over the weekend. First she would cover her eyes with her hands. Then we would say "Where's Leila?" Then she moves her hands and smiles/laughs really hard. (basically peek-a-boo) but she starts it and hides behind her chubby little hands. It is the cutest...well, she was playing that game while my aunt was trying to take this set of pictures. The picture right before this, her eyes are covered. This one, she has brought her hands down to laugh. Love it.
Kuso thought he was being funny, but my aunt loved it, so she had to take a picture.
Funny thing is that we have a similar picture to this from our bridal picture shoot.
Kuso must think he is the next ROCK.
This is Rusti (my cousin's daughter who is 10 days older than Leila) and Leila
running up the path. I think Rusti is just trying to get up the hill without falling.
Looks like Leila is going to make sure she gets there first!
She's got that competitive Spirit!