Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Nana Penny's Dollhouse

Before Mike's mom died she bought a very special dollhouse for her first granddaughter.
Peyton is lucky enough to be that special girl.
It's been packaged up in dozens of boxes at Mike's dad's house until now. We wanted her to have it for her first birthday- though she won't be able to play with it for a while yet. The parts are all handmade and so delicate and I just can't believe how many pieces there are!!
This is the front of the house. It's very big. About 2 feet tall and 3 feet long.

Here are just some of the play pieces. There are dozens of food items, paintings for the walls, handmade pieces of furniture, candles, wall sconces and even serving sets, cleaning utensils and cats and chickens. Peyton will be able to decorate this house 3 times over if she wants to.
My personal favorite pieces are the fire for the fireplaces and a little tiny horse shoe for over the door for good luck.

Here is a shot of the inside rooms. I put some of the furniture away but there are still so many pieces. The detail is amazing. It took me about 2 hours to open everything and I enjoyed every minute of it. I kept imagining Mike's mom picking out each piece for her granddaughter to enjoy. It made me a little teary eyed.

Here's a close up of one of the inside rooms. It looks so lifelike! I am so touched that Peyton's Nana Penny wanted her to have something so beautiful and special to enjoy. I can't wait to play with it with her.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Uncle Dave's Birthday

Uncle David's birthday was yesterday. We all got together for a party at Anthem to watch the Bears get their butts kicked. Atleast the company was good.

Grandpa shared some pizza with Peyton.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

More Pumpkins

Yesterday was such a beautiful Fall day that we wanted to do something outside. I talked to Papa and found out that he and Nana don't have pumpkins yet. Nana has been home sick for a week so Peyton asked her Papa if he would like her to help him pick out their pumpkins on his lunch.
So off we went.
Not only did Peyton help pick out pumpkins, but she got her first pony ride and juice box. She loved pointing to the ponies, but once she got on she was alittle unsure. Papa held her tight, though and she was good to go.
What a big girl she is becoming!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


With all of the scooting and standing and practice walking, Peyton has gotten herself into and under some interesting situations. The only problem is that she hasn't figured out how to get herself out of them. Here the little stinker is stuck under her play table.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Pickin' a Pumpkin

Uncle David and Aunt Laura were going to Goebbert's on Saturday so we went along to pick pumpkins.
It was a little colder than we thought it would be, but we still had fun.
We took turns sitting in these giant rocking chairs to take pictures.
Laura and I went to grab some hot chocolate while Mike and Dave looked at pumpkins with Peyton.
Uncle Dave asked Peyton which pumpkin she wanted and she pointed directly at one.
It was a cute little guy, about the size of a soccer ball. She has good taste and knows what she wants.
We'll carve them later this week.
On a side note, I bought a bought a dozen apple donuts. Don't worry that I've had 3 and they are gone. Mike and Peyton have been splitting them.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Places to Go

Peyton has a couple of riding toys that she is in love with right now. She likes walking behind them, but her newest activity is actually scooting herself along on them.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


After months and months of being on her back and then her behind, Peyton has finally decided that standing is where it's at. She's been pulling herself up some off and on, but this week marks the start of a new era. Everytime I turn around she is standing against something- a kitchen stool, the dog, an ottoman, a window, a toilet (gotta remember to close the bathroom door!). And

With this new found freedom comes new found bumps and bruises. She managed to pull herself up on the tv tray stand, and then immediately pull a tv tray down on her. What does that equal? A bruised cheek and a crying baby. Well, she's learning her lessons one at a time-and so are we. Tv trays are now in the basement.

With standing comes walking and Peyton is loving to practice so I'm thinking that the first steps aren't too far off. Probably a few weeks away, but close none the less. As for now, I think she'd sleep standing up if she could.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Adventures in Food

I am really working hard at introducing milk and more foods to Peyton.
She hasn't loved the taste of the organic milk so we are mixing it with formula and slowly phasing the formula out.
With this process, we're really working on the whole sippy cup thing, too.
We are now trying to do 3 bottles instead of 4 and alot more solid foods.

Peyton's take on this is as follows.
- The bottles are okay, I'll keep drinking those
-I'll take a sip or two from the cup and then throw it on the floor
-I'll eat my cheerios, banana, apple, oatmeal and yogurt. Everything else I will pretend to eat and then wipe out of my mouth and throw on the ground.

Any tips from any mommies on how to get her to eat a larger variety of food is welcome.
I keep introducing things, even when she doesn't like them the first time. I just would love to see her eating more things- especially fruits and veggies.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Peyton's 1 year check-up

Peyton had her 1 year check-up today. She was a trooper with the flu shot and other vaccine. We'll be getting the chickenpox vaccine soon, too.

She is still tall. 30 1/2 inches- 90% for height
and still lean 19lb 8oz which is 30th for weight.

I was nervous that she hadn't gained more than that, but the doctor assured me that at this age they can even lose weight as they get more active and are more interested in things around them than eating.

We are offically starting whole milk tomorrow and are going to attempt to phase out the bottle. Wish us luck. Peyton would rather swing the sippy cup over her head than drink from it.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Peyton's Birthday Party

Thanks to everyone who celebrated Peyton's birthday with us on Saturday.
She had a great time at her party. She loved playing with all of her friends and seeing all of our family, but I have to say that I think her favorite part was the cake.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Happy First Birthday Peyton


My little girl, you are a year old tomorrow! How did that happen?

I can't beleive that it's been a full year since you entered this world. You were so tiny and helpless. A year has brought so many wonderful and amazing changes! Watching your personality emerge- your laughs and humor, your temper, your fiesty side, your devilish spirit with the sly grin that lets me know you are up to no good, your loving side with your big wet kisses and snuggles- it has been the most amazing year of my life. Thank you for every second.

Your Daddy and I waited so long for you, and you have made that wait more than worth while. Watching you figure out this world around you (rolling over, sitting up, scooting, standing, opening things, playing with toys, the list goes on) has made us so proud. When you hurt, I hurt. When you are happy, I just glow. When you are sad, I ache.
You have a laugh that just echos in my ears. I dream about it at night.

When your Daddy tosses you in the air, or Bailey comes by to play, or someone comes to see you, you let out this squeal that is just pure joy.
Your little voice with your growing list of words and noises is absolute music. Mama, Dada, Yaiyey (Bailey) and the other words-that are really just noises at this point- hi, hey, baba, Nana, Gigi, numm numm. The house is filled with your jabbering and I can't remember what it was like before you were here.
You are a true joy. I knew I would love you, but I never understood just how much until now. And saying that, I know that I will love you even more tomorrow.

Happy Birthday my Angel, my Love.

Your biggest fans, Mama and Dada