Thursday, February 19, 2009

Tickle, Tickle!

This is our friend, Mei Mei. We went to the park together this week.

Mallory is crazy about Mei Mei! She is very special because she taught Mallory one of her first words. When Mei Mei would see Mallory, she would come up to her and pretend to tickle her arm and say "tickle, tickle, tickle". Mallory always thought this was so funny. Then, one day at home I kept hearing Mallory muttering something kinda sounded like..."tick-ul, tick-ul, tick-ul" and then I noticed she was wiggling her fingers when she said it. This was so hilarious, especially because she was only about ten months old. Playing "tickle, tickle" is still one of our favorite things to do. Thanks, Mei Mei!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

We wish you a very Happy Valentine's Day!

We went to the park this weekend with some family and friends. Mallory is inviting Patrick to join her in the ladybug.

She's not too sure about this big slide...

Yay! We love to swing! Mallory loved meeting her friend Lauren.

"Hat" is a frequent word around our house these days. She loves to bring me her hat so I can put it on for her. Before she hated them, but now we wear hats indoors and outdoors no matter the weather.

Random Fun Things About Mallory:

-Words she can say: hat, baby, eat, pease (please), tank ooo (thank you), ball, hello, no (for no) and noo (for nose), uh oh, bye-bye, duck, daddy, mommy, pawpaw, nini, poppa, ganny, several other family members names (in her own way, of course) and probably a few more words and phrases that I can't think of right now. She also jibber jabbers all the time, so we have lots of fun making up what we think she is saying.

-She has 11 teeth.

-She loves to eat all the time. Breakfast is her favorite meal of the day.

-At her 1 year checkup, she was 22 lbs (75th%), 30 3/4 in (90th%).

-She can sign "please", "all done", and "eat".

-She walks around all day long, sometimes in circles...

-We bought Mallory some flash cards with the alphabet on them at the dollar store. She loves to have us go through them with her and describe what's on the card. Then, we let her look at them by herself on the floor. Every time she goes through the whole pack and picks out the same two cards--G and Z. G has a picture of a "girl" and Z has a picture of a girl wearing a jacket with a "zipper". I think it's so sweet that she picks out the little girls...I think this is why paper dolls were invented.

-Mallory can count! We say "onnnne, twooooo" and pause and she says "phwee!" This is one of our favorite games.

-She blows kisses, but she licks her hand when she does it...guess it tastes good...

-She calls Elmo "LaLa" because that's how the Elmo's World song starts. She has a toy that plays the song and she loves to sing and bop her head to the tune.

-One night we heard her talking in her sleep. She said "baalll" (for ball) and then giggled. What a fun dream!

-She says "hello" every time she hears a phone ring. It cracks me up every time.

Hope you enjoyed these fun facts about our precious little girl. We are crazy about her and thank God for her and all the joy that she brings to our lives.