Tired Natalie

Katie sent me these pictures from lunch today. Natalie was so tired that she could hardly stay awake. However, that did not stop her from eating. Katie said she would still pick up her food, put it in her mouth, and chew it, all with her eyes closed. Poor girl. I sure hope her afternoon nap rejuvenates her!!

Sick Again

Miss Natalie appears to have yet another cold. I feel like she's got some kind of congestion all the time! I am really starting to wonder if she doesn't have allergies like me. She's been in a pretty good mood, but her nose just runs constantly and she has A LOT of trouble sleeping. Last night was one of the worst in a long time. I don't think any of us got much sleep. Brad was really a trooper; he got up with her and ended up sleeping in the other room with her so I could get some more rest, but she woke up for the day at 5:40 am - which is MUCH earlier than normal which is like 7:00-7:15. I'm at work today and Natalie's with Katie, and the last time I checked before lunch, she was doing well. Both of the girls had been in time out at one point, so it's a regular day for the most part. ;) I'm just praying that she can sleep well at her nap this afternoon AND tonight!!


Talkin' on the Phone

Yesterday, I was talking to Natalie over the phone. Previously, I've never really expected her to actually listen and understand me - I don't really know why! I started asking her what a cow says, what a snake says, and where her belly button is, and she answered me on all of them! I feel like we had our first phone conversation! ;)


The Hairbrush

This morning, after I gave Natalie a bath, I was brushing her hair and she kept getting frustrated with me because she wanted the brush. So, I finished quickly and gave it to her. I started trying to get her dressed, but she wanted to stand up. She would not give in! She finally managed to get to a standing position, put one arm on my shoulder, and proceeded to brush my hair. She just kept standing there, very gently and intently brushing strands of my hair. :) I just thought it was the cutest thing.


Just Some Pics

Here are some more pictures from this weekend that I thought were cute. :)

Casey just climbed up into Natalie's lap. Natalie was pretty excited, even if you can't tell from the picture. :)

Remember how we said Natalie liked to crawl around with things in her mouth and how she will latch on to one small item for a day? Well, the above day, it was a travel-sized toothpaste tube. And she looooved walking with it! :)

Little Helper

Just thought I'd post a few pics that I've taken over the last month of Miss Natalie "helping" around the house . . .

And, once again, as the designated photographer, it only looks like I never hold Natalie and never do housework apparently! :) This is certainly NOT the case! :)


We have a walker!

Well I think we can officially say that we have a walker on our hands! Natalie still crawls a little bit, but she walks at least 85-90% of the time! We got some video of her last night, and it's so cute! I'm going to see if Brad can maybe upload a video so I can post that! It's really neat to see her walking around just for no reason - or walking with a specific destination!

I feel like I haven't posted much in a while about what Natalie's doing. She is still pretty consistent with the animal sounds that she knows - snake, cow, and sometimes sheep. I tried to teach her "owl" on Halloween because she had an owl on her shirt, but I figured out after a while that she just thought I was saying "cow" and "moo" instead of "owl" and "hoot." We're trying to teach her that a pig says "oink," but that one hasn't caught on.

I am constantly surprised at how open Natalie is! Brad and I are both reserved people and pretty quiet in general, so we figured our children would probably be that way since that's the example that they'll see. Well, I don't know if it's just a stage with her, but I'm not sure that Natalie is going to be a shy girl! She is very shy when she first meets someone, but she warms up pretty quickly, and then she is not self-conscious at all. She also makes me laugh at how LOUD she is when we're outside. Saturday, Brad was putting up a swingset that we got for her and she was walking all over the back yard. She walked over to the patio where I was sitting, and she saw a basket of plastic baseballs and softballs, and yelled, "OH! MAH BAH!!!!!!" over and over. We couldn't figure out what she was talking about, but I think she was saying something like "Oh my! Balls!" She had never seen those particular balls before, but she does like to play with the other balls she has. :) Anyway, I just thought it was hilarious how loud and determined she was about it. We gave her the balls, and she had a blast with them. Brad also took the plastic bat and helped her hit them across the yard, which she also thought was a lot of fun.


A Few More D Family Pics

OK so I just had to share some more pictures from Sunday since I have them all edited now!!!


Sneak Peek for Bill & Katie

Here are some of the pictures I took this afternoon of our good friends Bill, Katie, & Brooke. We went to the Myriad Gardens again, and I was amazed at how different it looked - same time of day, but the light is different and so many of the trees have started changing color. Just beautiful!