Monday, August 27, 2012

Baby Genius

Really, she is.....at least in my mind the girl is just plain brilliant.  Every little thing she does each day amazes me and she is going through a stage right now where she is constantly discovering fun new things in the house and acting more like a little girl rather than a baby (I don't like that part so much).
Trying out my new toy....toes don't quite reach yet but that's ok!
Reading a book and ready for bed.
Watching Storage Wars with Daddy.
Her language seems to really be coming along and she is making lots of new exciting sounds.  The first really clear word we heard from her was "Amy," who is Frances' Godmother. Frances loves her Aunt Amy! Probably her favorite word is "hi" or "hey."  She also is saying "no no," "I go," "baby," and I've heard "mommy" a few times.   I don't think they all have meanings with them yet, but she loves to talk!  Also, she started trying to brush her hair when I hand her the hairbrush, and if I ask her where my nose is, she points to my mouth- every time....at least she's consistent with the wrong answer:)  Can you tell I'm just a little bit proud of her?

We recently flipped some rooms in the house to make a playroom for Frances.  She has had the best time playing with all her new toys in the open space, and she especially loves her kitchen set (thank you Holley!).  We are heading over to Mississippi next weekend for some triplet action and to celebrate Sage's birthday- yay!!!

Love my new playroom!


Friday, August 17, 2012

"Hi Baby"


For those of you didn't see this on Facebook, here is Frances' latest....She loves to talk to herself in the mirror and has started to say "hi" and then "hi baby."  I'm warning you, it's really cute!

video

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

What A Difference A Year Makes!

Over the weekend, we celebrated Frances' 1 year anniversary of her heart surgery.  Can you believe it has been a year???  I remember so well the morning of August 3, 2011 as Will and I handed our tiny 6 month old over to the team of surgeons.  It was an unreal feeling, and the hours seemed to creep by.  We left the hospital with a different baby- her energy levels began to soar, and she hasn't stopped since!
From our pre-surgery party last year
August 2011- Hard to believe this was all 1 year ago!
August 2012
We had a delicious "Happy Heart Day" dinner at Meme and Grump's house.  We like to celebrate around here! Bubba Grump burgers and grilled Mexican corn were the highlights....and then there was the cake.  You can see below, it reads something along the lines of:  Happy Heart Franis Day.  Not even close to the very specific diagram I drew for the bakery of what I wanted on the cake, but Frances didn't care and it was yummy!
We started the party off with a little swimming

Really good dinner- These really are awesome burgers.  Thanks BG
Sorry Frances, it's your party, but this is not for you!
A cake for me????
We gave Grump a mild heart attack with the cake mess.
Happy girl!
This morning we had our visit with Dr. Carlo, the cardiologist.  We LOVE him.  He reports that Frances is doing amazingly well and her heart looks great.  She put on quite a show for him, clapping and talking.  We are now on annual visits with him!
Frances continues to amaze us everyday, and she is constantly exploring and discovering new things in the world.  So what all is Frances doing these days?  Well, for starters, she got her first tooth last week....and its a molar, crazy!  She is belly crawling all over the house and is starting to try to pull up on furniture.  Here is a video of what she worked on in therapy yesterday morning.  This girl doesn't give up!