Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Meredith's Two Year Old Stats

Yesterday, we took poor Meri to the pediatricians for her two year well baby check up…something I have been dreading. The doctor's office is a place of stress for Meredith, and has been since day one.

But this visit went surprisingly well! No shots, which I'm sure helped, and Otto was there to be an example. She was wide eyed and very somber, but did just what the nurse asked with no tears.

Her stats:
Height: 34.5 inches, 64%
Weight: 25.2 pounds, 47%

I'm happy with those numbers! She is a fantastic eater, doing well eating a variety and a LOT of it. And her hair/nails just don't quit, she's getting enough:)

She was horrified when Dr Elliot did his exam, but she tried SO hard to be brave. Horribly cute and sad at the same time. When he checked her ears, however, all efforts to tolerate left the building, and she actually blew her nose on him in self defense. But, when everything checked out beautifully, all was forgiven and she even accepted a toy and shook his hand. BIG progress, y'all.

And, on a funny note, she totally spelled her name for the receptionist. O-t-t-o!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day

If you've read my blog for more than a minute, you know that I love using holidays track my kids growth. So you bet today I requested pictures!
Look at those sweet babies! Absolutely my favorites of all time.

Otto has hit a stage where he will tolerant pictures, but the smile is completely fake. It took quite a bit of chasing and bribing to get a few decent shots of our handsome guy.
My first baby!
Meredith, on the other hand, is LOVING the camera right now. Posing is her jam, and sometimes she asks to take selfies to send to Chris at work.
Swinging is her favorite!
But this 'trick'? NOT my favorite. Wild woman.
Her hugs, however, big favorites. Nothing better than chubby little arms wrapped around your neck.
You are the sweetest of babies, Meri Mae!

Happy Mother's Day!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Meredith is TWO! (Fossil Rim Wildlife Center)

The Saturday following Meredith's birthday, we took a family trip to Glenrose to visit Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. Keeping with the theme that Otto and Meri had picked for her birthday, Dora the Explorer, we were excited to go on an 'animal safari'. 

But first, we started her day with a roomful of balloons, and a decorated breakfast table. 

Because the littles were adamant about the theme, I tried to incorporate a few more of the characters, but failed miserably. I tried appliquéing a t-shirt for the birthday girl, but somehow cut a whole in it! Ugh! I didn't give myself enough time to start over, therefore, no shirt. Lesson learned, sorry Meri. 
I also made a backpack to match Dora's. Backpack is Meri's favorite character…but she's not at all impressed with the one I made. Sad. Otto loves it though and has been proudly sporting it and all it's pink and purple glory wherever I'll let him. 
She did love her new baby, and there was bacon, so breakfast wasn't a complete loss. 
And Fossil Rim was fantastic! The animals are very well cared for, and aren't shy at all about coming right up to your car for treats. 

There were several species of exotic deer, zebras, giraffe, and wildebeest. The cheetah and rhino were kept in enclosures for safety.
The giraffe was probably the most thrilling part of the drive, so neat!

Otto helped out by driving. 
Halfway throughout the park, there is a rest area where we stopped for a picnic lunch and cake.  Meri picked this cake herself and was SO excited about the chocolate icing.
After lunch we walked through the domestic petting zoo, where Meri was brave enough to pet the goats! All that practicing at Minky's house has worked;)
Then it was back in the car with the windows down, and half a toddler out the sunroof. There's not much better than celebrating a birthday and spending quality time with each other. 
We ended our day in Fort Worth at the Clearfork Food Truck Park on the Trinity river, with some delicious food and great views.
We are so grateful that we got to spend the last year with you, Meredith! Looking forward to so many more! Happy Birthday sweet girl!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Meredith is TWO! (East Texas Gators)

Meredith's birthday fell on a Thursday this year. The kids and I were in Lindale for an overnight trip, as Chris was in Orlando for the week with work.  We gave Meri the choice between going to the Caldwell Zoo, or East Texas Gators…and what did she choose? To the Gator farm we went with Minky and Michael!

Being a related to me, she wasn't keen on touching the reptiles. 

Otto, however, wanted to hold everything. How gross is this King snake? So, so gross.
And an albino python…no sweat, hand it over. You better believe I was panicking over this…last week someone ran over a rattle snake in our neighborhood, I don't want Otto comfortable with picking up any snake he sees.
The chinchillas and this rabbit Meri loved. Soft and cuddly just like our sweet girl!
Minky has great ideas, there was so much to see and do! And she brought a picnic lunch complete with cake!
Meri had Uncle Michael light the candles twice, she was so impressed by the fire. 
And Otto was impressed that Uncle Michael ATE alligator! He wouldn't try it himself, but keeps mentioning it to me weeks after. 
Feeding the geese the lunch leftovers!
A house just her size! And an entire playground full of pebbles, thrilling!
They even had a bounce house, good day in Meri's book.
There are 54 alligators, most quite large, that live at East Texas Gators. All but one were 'nuisances', and caught in the surrounding areas lakes and ponds.
Walter, left side of the below photo, is the one alligator that was donated to the center. He is 52, and was hatched from an egg by a wildlife biologist who lived in Marshall. For the first 48 years of his life, Walter lived in a pond in the biologist's back yard. Not my idea of a cuddly pet for sure, but to each his own.

Otto insisted that Meri NEEDED a Dora the Explorer party this year, so we're going to count this as a trip to Crocodile Lake, okay? Stay tuned for our celebration when Chris got home!