Sunday, December 19, 2010

This week brought to you by the letter T....

What does the letter T stand for? Yes, T if for TEN, like the number of months I am old. Hard to believe, but I turned 10 months old this week already. I say it every week, but it has sure gone fast! I've developed so much in the last few weeks with all my newfound mobility and I have blossomed into my own little person... which leads me into my next T word;
T is also for TANTRUM.
I know, I know, hard to believe that sweet little me has tantrums already, but it's true. I mostly have my meltdowns when I'm being held against my changing clothes, diapers, and putting on my hat and jacket are the worst! I usually throw my body backwards and whine and scream- It's a lot of fun for whoever is trying to hold me down! So you can see why I didn't cooperate for the best 10 month picture:)
So usually this is what it comes to- I crawl away and stand up on something then I'm totallly happy...whether I'm clothed or not depends!

T is also for TEETH! At this point, my teeth are coming a little slower than most 10 month olds. I still only have 1 tooth, but I am currently working on other bottom front tooth. I haven't been too crabby (yet), just a drool monster and 1 or 2 low grade fevers the last few days. You can kind of see my tooth and the incoming one in the picture below...

My mom and dad celebrated their 3rd wedding anniversary this week and that meant TONS of fun with TWO of my favorite grandma and grandpa Dummer. They came to my house to babysit me while mom and dad had a dinner date. Grandma got to see what a good eater I am with big people food!

Being so mobile, comes with new discoveries...
T is for TROUBLE!
I am SO curious about Sophie Dog, most of the time a little too curious. Sophie puts up with a lot, but because I like to stand so much, I often crawl over to her and try to use her body for support to get up, and she's not such a fan of me putting my 20 pounds of weight on her belly (can you blame her?!?!) Mom and dad are constantly pulling me away from her bed and saying 'no, no, no'! I just want to love my big sis:)

I also am getting into a little bit of TROUBLE with our Christmas tree...I've actually been pretty good with it, but just the last few days there are some very pretty red ornaments I want to take off and chew on, and I also want those cords!

(I was mom's big helper when she wrapped presents though:) I haven't even tried to tear into those yet!

Today was our Spielman family Christmas and even though I was TIRED most of the time, I was a TROOPER and I got to see lots of family...
Auntie Lori put me in the photo booth and I loved all the bright lights!

Uncle David even managed to get me to stop crying...I watched my big cousins Connor and Chloe color and you know me, Ms. Independant, I wanted a crayon too:)
So 1 Christmas down, 4 more to go!
Lots more to report on next weekend I'm sure about my first stocking and present opening experiences:)
Have a TERRIFIC Holiday everyone!
All our Love,
Danika, Daren and Jamie

Sunday, December 12, 2010


Holy moly did we get some snow! While I don't totally understand what the big deal is, I did enoy my time snowed-in with my mom and dad for two whole days! We ventured out into the blizzard for a brief few minutes...just enough for some photos. I didn't know what to think of it all! Then, we (well, mostly mom and dad while I napped) spent most of the day baking Christmas cookies.
Here's a few quick pics from our weekend:)

This was our deck...Dad shoveled a path for us to walk through!

I LOVED watching daddy shovel the snow out the window while I was in the warm house. I kept banging on the glass and squaking all kinds of noises at him! 

"Look at all that snow outside mom!"

This is dad walking through our yard trying to get to the back of the house to shovel the was quite a trek! 

We hope everyone had a safe, snowy weekend! Hopefully everyone is plowed out! Stay warm this week!
Love, Danika

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Not just about me this week:)

It's late so this will be a quick one (sorry!) A few new updates with me this week: It's official, I'm a crawler and a climber! I can crawl pretty much anywhere, if I'm pursuaded enough or if I see something I really want. Otherwise, I'm not too interested in crawling because I'd rather be standing and taking steps while holding onto something! I pull myself up onto everything!!!! No really, everything! A few examples at my house are: the stair railing spindles, the ottoman, the TV stand, the coffee table, my changing table, the rocking chair, my crib, my dresser, the refrigerator, the kitchen drawers. You name it, I've got the will power to try and use it to help me stand. Most things work great, but it's the moveable things that sometimes are a bummer! For example the kitchen drawers. I pulled one out and thought it would be a good idea to use it to help me stand, but little did I know it was going to slide back in while my fingers were on it. That could have ended badly for me, or at least my fingers! and dad saved the day- which they've had to do a lot lately. No more setting me in a room to play and walking out for a few minutes...not unless I'm strapped down or strapped in something:) 
I told you last week that I'm eating mostly table foods now. A few of my new favorites that I tried this week are toast with cream cheese and tator tot hotdish (not at the same meal of course!) I've also become better with my sippie cup and I'm more interested in drinking out of it, even when it's not milk! I like water and sometimes watered-down juice. 
Well, enough about and dad want to talk about themselves for a moment:) They went to the Packer game today with Auntie Lori and Uncle Mike. They said it was cold, but 5 or 6 layers and some hand and feet warmers later, they were comfortable and ready to go cheer for the Pack! It was a good game and they had a fun time! Meanwhile, my big sis Sophie-dog and I got to spend the WHOLE day at the farm with Grandma and Grandpa Dummer. We went to church and then hung out and spent the afternoon together playing around!

Here's some pictures of our week. We hope you had as great of a week/weekend as we did! Oh, and to all my friends and family, look for a cute kid (me!) in your mailbox this upcoming week...Christmas cards are on the way! 

(Here I am, pulling myself up on the dresser in my closet. Changing me has become an adventure because I roll around and want to crawl away and find something to stand by!)

I'm enjoying my bananas and toast w/cream cheese. Yum! You cant' really tell from the picture, but the whole side of my head and my entire sippie bottle were covered in cream cheese! Clean up time is becoming WAY more work for mom and dad than actually getting a meal ready! 

I also have discovered how to use a spoon. If mom puts some food on the spoon for me and sets it on my tray I can pick it up and shovel it ( well most of it:) into my mouth! 

Go Pack Go! Dad, Mom, Auntie Lori, and Uncle Mike at the Packer Game today! 

Tailgaiting next to the stadium!

The view from their seats...The packers scored 4 of their 5 touchdowns in our endzone so they enjoyed getting to see all the action!

And I'll leave you with this one...
My daddy enjoying his favorite tailgaiting/grilling concoction, the 'bratager' (brat-u-ger) A combination of a full size bratwurst and at least a 1/4-1/3 lb. burger. It wouldn't be a Packer tailgaiting party without one!
(And mom wonders why he plopped on the bed when they got home and said 'I don't feel so good' and is now snoring away!)  

Have a great week!
The Dummers