Monday, November 2, 2009

Home 10 months...

First, I must apologize for my lack of updates! Our life has been so busy. But, we are having fun, so that is what matters. So much has been going on, so I am going to put it all into this post. So, buckle up, it is going to be a long ride.

Ryan and I took a short trip to Key West at the very end of September. We were able to do this thanks to both grandmas and some great friends. It was wonderful to get away and spend some one on one time with my man.
At the beginning of October, my sis came home for a visit. We had a great time! She spent a lot of time with me and the girls and it was so fun. The other night Kiara told me she was wishing on a star and that she wished that Aunt Dani was here. So sweet!Next came Vera's second birthday, but her first birthday with us! I don't think she completely gets the concept of a birthday yet, but the rest of us were excited. We gave her some gifts on her birthday and then had a big party for Vera and Kiara a week later. Kiara's birthday is at the beginning of November.
Since Vera didn't have a 1st birthday party, we let her dig into her cake. She didn't go as crazy as I thought she would!

Along with all of that I was able to fit a trip to the Ozarks with some girlfriends for some shopping and fun girl time! Sadly, I don't have one picture of us from the trip. We also got our pictures taken by a good friend and wonderful photographer. If you want go HERE and you can see a few pictures from the photo shoot. It is going to be very hard to pick!

Vera had another first this month. She had her first haircut. She did really well, as long as she had a lolly pop!Vera had an evaluation done by a speech therapist. She is delayed enough to qualify for services, so hopefully we will be starting some speech therapy soon. But, they said she is doing great for only being here for 10 months. She really has started trying more words lately, so I am not sure how long she will need to be in therapy.

Of course, this is October, so we visited the pumpkin farm to pick our our pumpkins. Then, we decorated them and went for the less messy route.

Last in the month came Halloween. Kiara was a cheerleader for her school party and the party at church. On the day of Halloween, she decided to be a bunny and Vera was a duck. Trick or treating was a lot of fun. We were out for about 2 hours and have way too much candy in this house now. It didn't take Vera long to figure what we were doing. Even better than the candy were the dogs that would also come to the door. At one house, Vera got into the house and was trying to kiss the dog! The man called for his wife to come and bring the camera. Around the corner came 3 people and a couple of cameras.
Vera is doing so well and I can't believe another month has passed already! She is such a sweetheart. Every time I am talking on the phone she needs to kiss the phone when I am saying goodbye. She has become a hugger. She can still be a bit aggressive, especially when she is tired. Vera has a new love in her life, ELMO! Poor Jack has been replaced. Vera is more obsessed with Elmo, or LaLa as Vera says, than she was with Jack!
Vera doesn't slow down. Lately, I have had so many people remark about how busy she is. It is nice to hear because sometime I feel like I should be able to keep up with her better. Thank goodness for LaLa or Vera would probably never sit still!

We went for Vera's 2 year check up and she is almost at the 70% mark for both weight and height. I am glad she is growing, but I kind of miss my little girl!
I will leave you with a picture of my supermodels!

8 comments:

Barbara said...

It's so wonderful to see how great Vera is doing, YAY! I still can't over how much she has changed in 10 months.
Both your girls are beautiful.
Dagny says hi to both of them. :-)

Dani said...

Kiara's comment about wishing on a star melted my heart! I loved all the pictures as usual...and miss you all so much as usual too!

Tammie said...

I love all of your pics!!!! The girls are so beautiful.....Happy 10 months :-)

Kim Abraham said...

I am so behind in reading blogs, but I have loved catching up with your beautiful family today! It sounds like Vera is doing wonderful. She has really been growing. 70% WOW! I think Lexi will need some speech therapy too, but they sure manage to get their point across, don't they?

As to your question about how to keep bows in her hair, you are 1/2 way there already. A friend told me to get her used to the feel of something in her hair by putting in a rubber band. Then clip the bow to the rubber band. After a few times, you can eliminate the rubber band and just use the bow. I found that with Lexi, I just had to make sure she didn't pull out the bow in the first five minutes by constantly telling her "no", moving her hand away, and redirecting her attention. She threw a few fits about it, but after about five - ten minutes, she got used to it and finally left the bow alone. Now I can't wait to dress her hair up with Christmas bows! Good Luck!!!

smctiver said...

Love the update - so many great pictures!

www.russiansweetbaby.blogspot.com said...

Can you believe it's been 10 months? Crazy, huh? They are both beautiful girls! I'm so happy that Vera has thrived so much in her family---some day the girls will be reunited when we have big BH reunion! :)

Holly

Anonymous said...

Nikki -
Love all the pictures - keep posting them - the girls are so cute - can't wait to see them on Thanksgiving.
Aunt Susie

Holli said...

So glad for your post!! It is the only way I can keep up with you and EVERYONE else!
Miss you!
(LOVE YOUR HAIR!)