It's not hard to entertain Allison at the library. "So much me! This is the best toy ever!"
Early in the month I spent the day rocking my little sickling. She had a fever, had no desire to eat, would only get small naps, and just wanted to cuddle all day. Once Oscar was off work he took Tyler over to Willis Tucker Night Out so I could give her all of my attention. I loved all the extra snuggles, but it was a bit uncomfortable since she was so hot. The good news is she was all better the next morning. She slept the illness off with over 14 hours of sleep that night. All traces of it seemed gone except for a rash along her torso that I had no idea was even related to it. Her well child check was two days after the fever, and as soon as the doctor saw the rash she asked if Allison had had a fever recently. Apparently it's a common condition called Roseola.
At their appointments we learned that Allison is 10th percentile for height (27.2 inches) and 79th for weight (21 pounds), but when you factor the two together, she's 97th percentile. She's my little chunkarella! I asked if she was being compared to 9 month olds, but the doctor said the percentiles factor in her actual age. She's always been heavy for her height though. Even at a 7 pound birth she was 97th percentile because she was only 18 inches tall.
They tried to measure Tyler on the baby measurer, but he's outgrown it. He's now 39.5 inches (82nd percentile) and 37 pounds (87th percentile), but his weight for length is only 77th percentile. Tyler was even bigger than Allison at her age, so I'm sure her chunky legs will tone up too once she's crawling and walking. In early August she was bum scooting a bit and could turn herself around, but she did not want to be on her tummy.
The Mukilteo library holds their annual storytime carnival on the first Thursday of August, so after the doctor's visit we drove over there. Allison got a little nap on the way and we scored the very last parking spot in the lot. We got in line for the train, and we just missed getting on the first ride. They only allow one adult per car, so Tyler went once on his own next to another little boy, then rode with Allison and I on the front seat of the next train. I thought Allison would be completely indifferent to it (like it was no more special than a car ride), but she really enjoyed riding the train with her brother.
She's good at entertaining herself as long as you give her toys to play with, but she especially loves when Tyler joins her. He often requests to play wth baby sister these days. It's very cute!
I took Tyler down to Wild Waves the second week of August and met up with Lia and Hana for a few rides. It was a cloudy day, but that meant the lines were small and I didn't have to worry about sunblock. Unfortunately their height requirements are tighter than Lagoon's. Many of the things he did there (like the Tidal Wave and the Tea Cups) require 42 inches at Wild Waves, so it really restricted the rides we could all do together. There were too many of the 42 inch rides he wanted to do but couldn't, and that just made him grumpy. At Lagoon he didn't care about the ones he couldn't do because there were so many he could.
Tyler's favorite ride hands down was the train. He got it all to himself the first time and rode in the very front. He ended up riding it three more times throughout the day, once in the middle, once in the caboose, and once in the front again.
And what 3 year old boy doesn't love driving his own airplane?!
Tyler was getting hungry and was overall still very grumpy, so we left the park intending to be all done for the day. We got lunch at Olive Garden since Tyler had requested pasta. He'd had no interest in doing the waterpark during the morning, but after lunch he said he wanted to go back for it. Luckily it had warmed up considerably while we were eating, so back we went.
The water was nice and warm with the exception of the children's play area. For some reason that is always freezing year after year. He didn't care for it too much since there was too much splashing water and water falling on his head or hitting him in the face. He liked holding my hand while standing in the shallow end of the wave pool and getting hit in the chest with the waves until a big one got him in the face. He wasn't interested in the slides and mostly just wanted to sit in the hot tub. This was all during his usual naptime, so he was pretty zoned out.
After Ty was done with water he wanted more rides, and we got to do the ferris wheel and repeat several of the ones he'd liked most. Now that he was overstimulated and missing his nap, he wasn't cranky anymore. My crazy child...
We left around 4pm when Tyler was so tired he wasn't having fun anymore (though of course he didn't want to leave and cried all the way out). I buckled him in then sat down and checked my phone notifications for a bit. I looked behind and took this picture of him before I'd even turned on the car. That boy was tired! He slept the long drive up then woke up at the gym. I was meeting up for a reunion at Claim Jumper in Lynnwood with the dancing ladies from our stake play that evening, and since Oscar wanted to go to the gym I told him to meet us at the Lynnwood gym so I could go straight to the restaurant from there. Poor Tyler was super clingy and did not want to let us go. Sweet tired guy! I stayed in the kids' area for a good 25 minutes just trying to keep him happy, and he did get used to it eventually.
While I was at the restaurant having a fabulous girls' night out, Oscar got the kids to bed and I peeked on Tyler's crib camera. You can see in the picture that he was thoroughly exhausted.
The next day we celebrated Liz's birthday with cake at our house before going out to Black Angus. Tyler helped Liz blow out the candles before we cut it up and let the kids dig in. Allison made a nice mess and would happily eat the cake from my fingers but had no interest in feeding herself.
11 months and still busy being cute!
August was hot and sunny so Allison needed to start wearing a hat when I'd take the kids out in the stroller. The difficulty was stopping Tyler from yanking it off.
Tyler enjoyed drilling with daddy!
This girl's smiles are just irresistible!
Allison played with baby Ruby in church that day, which was super cute. They kept squealing at each other, clearly carrying on some secret conversation. At one point Allison even grabbed Ruby's hands and tried to make her clap.
She's just such a sweet, happy little baby!
Nibbler enjoys making it difficult for me to put my towels away
On August 14th Allison finally found the perfect motivation to crawl - herself! Her first little forward scoot was towards the mirror in our bedroom. Later that day she chased Tyler's old crawling turtle. I think it was due to a combination of having something slow enough to chase, not wearing pants and thus having more traction in her legs, and inspiration from watching baby Ruby crawling around in Relief Society.
First time moving horizontally across the floor!
He also enjoys being in the stroller with sister, but getting him to stop bugging her is always a challenge.
Sweet in pink
Tyler builds some interesting stuff when daddy plays with him. One evening they made a parrot temple and a people temple.
One night Tyler noticed it was dark outside and said "the sun is taking a nap." We responded by singing "the sun has gone to bed and so must Ty" along with the rest of the song "so long, farewell" from Sound of Music.
A practical use for junk mail!
That evening Tyler took a bath and played with shaving cream Oscar made into the shape of Sideshow Bob.
Someone enjoyed her dinner! Allison is finally letting me feed her puffs and other food that's not pureed on a spoon. She's still not self feeding, but it's some good progress.
Tyler watching the garbage trucks!
Allison playing with daddy's face in the kitty hole
This girl is all about toys that make noise.
Muggleborn but still magical!
Allie missed her daddy cuddles, so she took comfort on Nibbler instead.
Oh the sweet smiles on my girl!
She was sure happy when daddy got home. She saw him putting his luggage in the car and shot him a beaming smile.
We took the kids to the park the next day, and she was just smiling and doing her great little cackle laugh while daddy pushed her on the swing and made silly faces at her.
It's much harder to keep an eye on Allison in church now that she's on the move.
Allison wore the red dress to church this past Sunday but then spat up on it so much that it started to smell. Fortunately I'd brought this spare green dress to church to give away to a friend with a baby a few months younger than Allison, but it still fits her, so I changed her into it. Later I noticed three other babies in the room were also wearing the same shade of green. Allison must have gotten the memo and decided to spit up on the red dress intentionally so she could fit in with the rest of the babies. ;)
She'll stick toys in her mouth, but not food. Silly girl!
I'm not yet ready to accept that it's time to stop dressing my children in summer clothes...
In late August it suddenly turned into fall after a week of high 80's temperatures. For the last day predicted to be in the high 70's, we all went to the splash pad at Forest Park for our Family Home Evening activity. The temperature was low 70's, but there was a chill wind, so Allison didn't last long, but she thoroughly enjoyed the water before she started turning purple with cold.
I'm not yet ready to accept that it's time to stop dressing my children in summer clothes...