We started Ruby on rice cereal this weekend and she loves it. You never would have thought that this was the first time eating off a spoon. She opened her mouth whenever the spoon got close and if I'd move it to the side, her head would follow! She understood that she had to swallow it and hardly even made a mess. She's such a good eater!! Even when I held her for the first time after she was born, right away she wanted to eat!! Ruby is just changing so fast. She's started to teethe already too. I don't know when her first teeth will actually come in but her cheeks are rosy a lot, she chomps on her fingers constantly, throws fits that sound like she's in pain, and is quite the drooler. She's so anxious to sit up, as well, and I don't think it'll be long before she can on her own. I laid Ruby in her crib yesterday for a nap and I usually lay her down awake, so she was all smiles when I laid her down but I didn't hear another peep out of her. (Was that a run-on sentence?!) When I went in to get her out later, she had scooted herself from the end of the crib that I laid her on to the other side! Sometimes I'll lay her on a blanket, walk away and come back and she's rolled a couple times to a new spot. It's fun to see her develop a personality.
And then there's Natalie. She just gets to be more and more fun everyday! When she talks, she can say 3-4 words in a row which she's done since she was probably one but now we can understand what she's saying. Many of her phrases start with "I want...." Occasionally when she wakes up, I'll hear her ask herself a question like "Where dada?" And she'll answer herself with "At work"! Right now Natalie's favorite people are: Ross, Anna, and Briella (her cousins) and Aunt Katie. She talks about them almost as much as she talks about Elmo. She's in love with Elmo and would watch his movie all day if I let her! I've really been trying to stress to her that she's a 'big girl' and whenever I call her a 'big girl', she starts to snort like a pig! She's so loving, too. She loves to kiss right now - I'm sure it's just a stage which is probably a good thing! When she's at my level, she'll grab my head and swing hers towards mine and just look at me funny or try to kiss me. She seems to understand that people (or Americans anyway) have these 14inch bubbles of personal space that they don't like people to get in. So she loves to just put her face so close to yours and then just laugh! Yesterday, she was doing that to a little girl in nursery and the girl was getting scared! She is soo helpful and seems to be very conscientious about being clean. She picks her toys up, she'll shut a cupboard door if she sees one open, I'll change Ruby's diaper and as soon as it's off and rolled up, she'll take it to the trash without me even asking, and as soon as she's off her chair when dinner's done, she gets a towel and wipes her hands off! Jordan and I were proud of her yesterday: we buckled her up to go home (from grandpa and grandma's) and she was throwing a fit because she wanted to play outside. So I said that if she wanted to play outside when we got home she couldn't cry... and she stopped (and fell asleep)! She's not perfect though and I don't want to make her sound like an angel. She sure knows how to throw a fit. She also needs to work on sharing her toys. And Natalie whines whenever she asks for something (which gets annoying!) so we're trying to work on that, too!
Also, in case you were wondering, my bridesmaid dress fit and I probably should have gone a size smaller yet. Yay!
Saturday, I turned 23. I had such a good birthday. The last 2 years I've been pregnant on my birthday. It's hard to believe that I'm only 23 and I have 2 kids! I wouldn't have it any other way though! God has blessed me with such a wonderful husband and girls, a great family and the best friends. There is so much for me to be thankful for.... but I won't go into detail because this post has gotten long enough already!