Sunday, February 19, 2012

Terrific andTerrible Two' I am!!!!

Happy Sunday:)
It's me, Danika- The 'official' TWO year old!
I celebrated last weekend and opened most of my gifts then, but mom and dad saved one for me to open on my birthday this week....I got a bug tunnel to crawl through and I love it! It's the 1st thing I want to do when I come in the living room to play, and usually want to crawl through it before bed too!  

I had my two year checkup with Dr. Stevenson on my birthday...luckily no shots, so that made it a little more bearable on my special day. My growth continues to be steady at about the same percentiles since I was a newborn!
Here's the stats for this big TWO year old:
I weigh 29 pounds, which is in the 89th percentile for other 2 years olds
I'm 34 inches tall, which is in the 53rd percentile
My head size is in the 63rd percentile

So to sum it all up, I'm pretty average:) Obviously my weight shows what a healthy appetite I have!

"Happy Birthday TWO me!" 

Lovin' my birthday cupcake!

Of course I'm not a huge fan of being messy, so I was very careful and strategic about how I took bites:) 

So what, you ask is this two year old like? Here's a little info about me these days (not to say that the likes and dislikes won't change at any point in time:)

Likes: running, jumping (especially on my bed!) playing in my kitchen, reading books (the same 3 OVER and OVER again!) ANYTHING Dora the Explorer or Cat in the Hat, taking care of my baby dolls, singing at bedtime, building with blocks/legos, coloring, painting, playing with playdough, and my 5 'must-haves at bedtime: 2 blankets, lambie, 'oo-oo' monkey, and bun-bun...yep, I notice when 1 of them is missing! And of course, I love being independent!
Favorite foods: scrambled eggs, oranges, apples, greek yogurt (yep, you heard right!), raspberries and strawberries, hot dogs, mac and cheese, chips and dip....really, do I need to keep going?!?! I eat pretty much ANYTHING and love it! I'm just like my dad- a human garbage disposal:)

Dislikes: Naptime at home in my big girl bed (naps are pretty much non-existent on weekends!) not getting my way right away (I know, I'm going to have an eye opening to that when my baby sister comes!)

What else can I do? I can jump with 2 feet off the ground, take my shoes on and off (with a little help depending on the shoe!) I can identify most colors, but I consistently know purple, pink, red, white, orange and yellow. I say some 5 word phrases, but mostly 3-4 word phrases...some of my favorite things to say (or at least the most predictable statements said multiple times a day!) are:
 " No-no Sophie!"
"Watch Cat in Hat Mommy?!?"
"Read Dora book Daddy?!?!"
"Snack, milk please!"
"Baby diaper poopy-wipe please!"

And of course many more, but these are the ones we hear at least a few times daily!

As you know, this blog is very soon not going to be just about me! It is called 'the Dummer Family' after all, and our family is growing! I've tried to be a big helper for mom and dad as they have been washing and preparing all the things for baby. This week they washed the playmat, bassinet, and swing and then reassembled them and put them in there new permenant spots to use when baby arrives. I LOVE to push the music and sound buttons on the bassinet, crawl under the playmat and bat at the animals, and put my babies in the swing. The baby isn't even here yet and I've already heard the words " It's not for Danika, it's for your baby sister" more times than I'd like!!!! As much as I'm going to love her and enjoy being a big sister, I know it's going to be an adjustment to share my mommy and daddy, as well as all the 'things' in our house!
For now, mom and dad have been pretty good about letting me explore with my babies...I especially love to put my babies in the swing and push the bird sounds:)

We had a GREAT weekend together...want to know what we did?!?! NOTHING! I can't remember the last time (if ever!) that we haven't had anything going on. Mom and dad did lots around the house getting ready for baby and cleaning, but we still got to stay in our pajamas nearly all day and it was great! On Sunday mom had to teach Sunday school so dad and I ventured to the grocery store to do the weekly shopping and then we went to watch daddy play basketball Sunday night- otherwise we had some much needed, quality family time:) 

My baby sister is due to arrive in just 3 short weeks! Mom is still measuring small and the midwives aren't 100% sure that baby is head down, so tomorrow (Monday) mom has to go for an ultrasound just to make sure things are OK- mom's been feeling pretty good and her blood pressure is great, and baby's heartbeat is great, so those are good signs that baby is still growing and doing fine- but still an ultrasound is necessary as a precautionary measure to check and see why mom might be measuring so small.  

Well, that's about all I've got to share:)
Time to go to bed and get rested up for the week ahead!
Love ya~!
Danika and family

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Let the Birthday Celebrations Begin!!!

Hi Again!
This weekend we celebrated my upcoming 2nd birthday! I had a wonderful party with lots of family...I feel so blessed to have so many cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandma's and grandpa's that care so much about me and celebrated with me! We didn't get too many good pictures- that seems to happen when you are the hostest, too many other things going on, but here is a little look at the day...

Opening presents

Chips from Auntie Lori! 

Watching my birthday video w/cousin Madeline in my new chair... (while enjoying chips of course!) 

My great grandparents 

"My balloon!"
Attempting to catch a 'cheese' but it turned out more of a grumpy face than a smile 

I have my 2 yr. checkup coming up on my birthday Tuesday, so I'll give you a full growth report and update next week!

Baby Update....36 weeks and counting!
Here it is...the dreadful belly shot. I feel like I've grown so much faster this time, which is the norm after your 1st, but looking back at pictures I'm about the same, so that makes me feel a little better about the rapid weight gain! I've actually measured the same (33 inches) at the last few checkups, so if at next week's checkup I haven't grown, they want to do an ultrasound just to make sure baby is still growing and that things are going as plannned- otherwise I'm doing pretty good! Just the usual, but not fun, contractions here and there and tiredness!

Have a great LOVE week everyone...I know we will here at the Dummer household with lots of birthday celebrating to be had! Hard to believe it was 2 years ago already that we were blessed when Ms. Danika Jolee came into this world!
More to come next week about the adventures in the life of Danika!

Danika and Family

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Splish Splash:)

Happy Sunday!
Short and sweet tonight, but here are a few highlights from the last few weeks... Last weekend I spent some time with daddy at the farm. I got help feed the calves with papa and visit the big mama cows.

Guess what I started this week?!?! Swim lessons again! We go every Wednesday to the YMCA after daycare. Mom's been busy at work teaching after school classes, and with her dr. and chiropractor appointments, so dad was a trooper and he took me to my 1st set of lessons. Mom eventually came to snap a few pictures. I was a little hesitant at 1st, but of course by the time lessons were over I refused to get out! I splished and splashed like crazy! 

Thanks to my recent obsession with Dora the Explorer, I like to cart around my backpack on my back just like Dora does:)  

Hi mom and dad:) (Don't I look so grown up in this picture?!?! Just wait until my baby sister comes- then I'll really look big!)

As we speak, this is what I'm doing right now...scarfing down some snacks watching the Super Bowl with Auntie Lori, Uncle Mike, mom and dad. I've had a great weekend- I got to play with Granny yesterday morning while mommy and daddy went to a child birthing class, and then Lori and MIke came to play and spent the night and are here now for the football festivities.  SO, I better get back to my company... 

Baby Update: 35 weeks- 5 to go!
Baby continues to kick and wiggle in there as it grows! It's a good sign to feel the movement, but it's also causing lots of braxton hicks, insomnia, tiredness, exhaustion, and overall grumpiness for mom:) Poor dad has to put up with her a little bit longer:) Our midwives say things are going great though and baby is measuring about 33 inches, so it's on track to be about 6-7 pounds just like me!
So hard to believe we will have another little one in the house in such a sort amount of time! Hopefully she stays in there to cook at least a few more weeks because mom has LOTS of preparing to do at school before she's gone for the rest of the school year...BUT like everyone keeps saying, baby will come when she's ready and we will be ready too! Who knows, this time it could be late instead of early...only time will tell:)
Have a happy Superbowl Sunday and a great week!!
Love, Danika and family