Yes, DJ is almost two! I can’t believe it. I jotted down a few sweet notes about her now that she’s 23 months old.
DJ is obsessed with skin to skin contact. Lately she’s been taking it to the next level and ever so carefully and softly will lay her cheek down on our stomach (after pulling up our shirt). She’s even started to take it one step further and pulls up her shirt and lays down on us belly to belly.
When reading books she will shout "I read, I read". She will try to "read" to us. I know she can say words and describe things on the pictures but all she says is baby talk like "blah blah blah, goo goo goo".
We are practicing holding up two figures to show how old she is. She has finally started getting it on her own and will shout "I did it!" with her two little sweet fingers up in the air.
She’s also been getting into dress up and accessories. The other morning she let me put on her clothes, but then she ran off to her dress up bin to gather these accessories. I tried to just put the scarf around her neck, but she insisted that it be tied on her head!
For the past couple weeks DJ has been getting excited when we drive over the railroad tracks by our house and go “bump”. Now any big bump we go over when driving she asks “Choo Choo tracks?”
Tonight we finally caught a train at the tracks and were the first car. We rolled down the windows and the train blew its horn! Her eyes got so wide and a big smile came over her face. As the train cars went by her little eyes darted back and forth trying to get a good look at each car.
Such a simple memory but she enjoyed it so much.
At least this time she was awake in the car! This picture is from last weekend after playing at Grandmas house.
We started a few months ago tossing around ideas for DJ’s big girl room. We have always agreed that the front (smaller) room was a great nursery, but she would be transitioned to the back bedroom once she got older. The back bedroom is larger and quieter being down a hallway instead of right off the living room. The closet is slightly smaller but with more floor space for playing, its a good trade off.
So, we started on the room, just wanting to work on it slowly over time with the thought that we would transition her when she was closer to age 2. You can see here what we got accomplished and called Phase 1 complete.
What we didn’t expect was that she would be so excited about her “pink” room and her big girl beds that she would want to sleep in there immediately. It started last week with a Saturday afternoon nap. We laid down to read books and when I told her it was nap time, she just turned her head to the side and fell asleep! I laid there for a minute and sure enough she was asleep and I crawled out of bed without her noticing.
What made me so excited about that nap was that she slept in that bed for over 2 hours. We had been struggling with nap times on the weekends in her cribs, and her naps had only been about 45 minutes, even though she was obviously still tired. She normally sleeps 2.5-3 hours at daycare, so these 45 minute naps at home weren’t cutting it. I was amazed that she slept SO well in her big girl bed.
So, the next weekend, we got another great Saturday nap from her, so we figured we should try for overnight that weekend. Saturday night we did the same thing with a few books and then she feel right asleep. We made sure to bring the monitor into the new room and turned the volume up really high so we could hear if she got out of bed. She stirred once around midnight but went right back down and slept until 5:30am (her normal wake up time). We were very pleased! Sunday night was the same and its been getting better and better since!
I guess we really need to get on Phase 2 of her room and will update with the finishing touches soon!
The wedding party at the church after the ceremony
The wedding party at the zoo
One of our first wedding party pictures at the zoo
One of our favorite pictures from the zoo!
These pictures were taken by Cathy Heinz Photography
I love and appreciated everyone from our wedding party for being there on our special day three years ago! They are all our best friends and really put up with a lot on that terribly hot humid day!!
After the parade the heat and crowds were really picking up so it was perfect that we had a 4 o’clock appointment.
DJ was going to get her first haircut at Disney’s Magic Kingdom! There is a small barber shop on Main Street that specializes in first hair cuts. I couldn’t think of a better place to get a first hair cut and the hair in front was starting to hang in her eyes.
All done and she earned her ears!
Since we were up front, we took a bit of time to take a few more pictures and relax and let her run around. There was another show coming up at Cinderella’s castle that we were going to see next.
I was so happy to have my mom and sister come with us. My mom said it was so much fun and she remembered trips to Disney with us as kids with our grandparents coming along.
The group in front of the castle.
Three years ago, J and I got married. We had a wonderful wedding that was only possible with the help and support of our families and friends. I realized I never posted a lot of the pictures here, so I thought I would share some of my favorites!
We didn’t get a ton of portraits but these are some of my favorites from the ones that we took at the zoo!
After lunch we went over to the ride that I remember the most, It’s a Small World. DJ was really excited about getting on a boat. The line for this wasn’t too terrible but probably one of the longest we went through that day.
And after this ride, we had just enough time to hit up Dumbo! DJ has a stuffed animal Dumbo and has watched the movie several times. I was so excited for her to ride this one because she actually knew the character and got the idea of “flying”. Again, the line wasn’t long. It was fun that J and I got to go with her and we all fit to ride together and my mom and sister stayed behind so they could take our picture.
We loved it and she was very sad when the ride was over. I think this was the first ride that she didn’t want to get off of and wanted to ride again. Look at that smile!
Next up was a 3:00 Celebrate It parade.
This parade was fantastic and she loved all of the characters that came up to give her high fives. She sat in the stroller and just watched and waved. I wish I got better video of how excited she was jumping up and down to see this parade!
As you can see by this point the hot Florida sun was starting to get to us but we had something special planned for 4 o’clock!
We have finally cleaned out the guest room and started setting it up to be DJ’s “Big Girl Room”. She still isn’t crawling out of her crib but she is tall enough to get her leg up on the side. This room is a lot bigger and quieter. Since her nursery was painted teal, J wanted to give her something more girly this time and so we went for the pink on the walls. Pink does seem to be her favorite color these days so hopefully it works out well.
Because my parents come to visit us a lot, this room will still probably be used as a guest room. Plus, I love that she will be able to have sleep overs with friends really easily!
The two bed frames are actually bunk beds so when she gets a little older we will probably bunk them. For now, the rail around the top bed will serve great to help for transitioning!
Here is where we are at for phase 1:
– Paint walls light shade of pink
– Buy white bed frames
– Buy bedding
– Arrange furniture
Still needed for phase 2:
– Paint knobs on both dressers
– Wall art
– clean out closet
– toy and clothes storage
Since it was 10 am and we had three major rides done, we wanted to get one more big one out of the way early on. We stopped in line for the Winnie the Pooh ride. This one has a neat interactive line. It was helpful but DJ was already on the point of a meltdown and she couldn’t really enjoy the fun activities they had set up for the kids. Little games were throughout the line like gophers popping up from the ground and honey streaming down a screen that you could draw “art” in. Sadly, this was probably our most disappointing ride of the day. The ride itself moved very quickly and was a big jerky. There were no songs that you could enjoy through the ride and just a lot of flashy stuff as you went by. It was a very short ride and we weren’t really disappointed to get off.
Right after riding Little Mermaid
Next, we headed over to use our Fast Pass on Peter Pan. This ride books up quickly so we were happy to be able to walk right on. Since GiGi and AL didn’t have a Fast Pass they found some shade and waited. The ride went pretty fast but was really cute. Flying on a boat and the entire ride you are looking down at Neverland and the various scenes. DJ hasn’t seen Peter Pan so she’d didn’t really get it.
After that ride, we decided it was about time for lunch so we made the decision to try to head the “Be our Guest” restaurant at the Beast’s castle. They said it was going to be a 40 minute on the bridge. I loaded DJ up in the Ergo carrier and she finally put her head down and fell asleep. The wait only ended up being about 25 minutes before we were placing our order.
Waiting on the bridge for lunch for Be Our Guest
We arrived at the park before it opened. After getting a locker we waiting for the welcome show at the train station. DJ was already a bit tired and cranky (asking for her pacifier) but once the singing and dancing started she got into it. She was jumping up and down when she heard the whistle of the steam train coming and even more excited when she saw all the characters riding and waving from the train. After a countdown from ten Mickey opened the park. As we went to go in DJ didn’t want to go and instead was asking to stay with Micky.
Once we distracted her enough to get into the park we booked it over to fantasyland. We saw that Peter Pan and Its a Small World was having a delayed opening for the day so we grabbed fast passes for Peter Pan. Then we continued on to our first attraction, Enchanted Stories with Belle.
The line was already 20 minutes but we jumped in and stood our place outside Maurice’s house. DJ didn’t really like the idea of standing in the line which was outside the house in the heat and sun. As we wrangled her we finally made our way into the house. In the first room we saw belongings of Belle and Maurice. Then we were welcomed through a magical mirror into the other house. Each kid played a part in a play for Belle and DJ was reluctant but joined in holding her dancing spoon and fork sign.
After a great experience at Belle we met up with Gigi and AL. We all jumped on and rode the horses on the carousel.
After that we headed over to the little mermaid ride. It was a other basically nonexistent line and the ride was wonderful. I was amazed that it was barely 10 am and we had three rides done.
Part two later!