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Grandmas are the best!

2014.10.19
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Grandma Southwood came to stay with us for a few days at the end of September while Craig was in Chicago for a seminar. Here she and Lila make a spider pumpkin project for Halloween.
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We are so blessed to have the most amazing preschool speech-pathologist we could ever want as a Grandma! Even though she's retired, we're still putting her to work, and she's so wonderful and encouraging in her work with Lila. And Lila doesn't ever think of it as work--it's fun playtime with Grandma!
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Two girls watching "Frozen." As I mentioned in the last post, we finally allowed Lila to watch a full-length movie a few weeks ago, and she's completely Frozen obsessed now. Craig and I catch ourselves humming or singing the songs around the house, and Lila will say, "No sing Let It Go, Daddy. All mine."
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While Grandma S was here, we took the girls to the Mississippi Pecan Festival about 30 minutes away in rural Mississippi. There wasn't much to it, unfortunately. The highlight was probably these horse-drawn carriage rides from the parking to the festival. Lila got a close-up view of the horses behind us.
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one of the kiddie rides at the festival.
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All dressed up and ready to go to church with Grandma!
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Having a silly playdate with Abigail, 5 weeks younger than Eleanor.
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a new morning ritual: Lila reading books to Nor in our bed.
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She loves her playdough!
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transfixed by something on TV
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Lila loves to be a helper around the house. She was helping Daddy assemble his new work bench, but she got a little boo-boo in the process. So, she brought out her chair and books and supervised the remaining work instead.
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It's done!
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Saturday morning pancakes
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Finally a slightly cooler (80s) day when we could all return to the Zoo as a family.
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Craig was trying to get some work done outside in the shade on our driveway, but it wasn't long before he had visitors.
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Eleanor loves to "stand" and put weight on her legs. Slow down, girl!
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This baby loooooooves her Glow-worm.
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Over the past few weeks, I've gotten into the habit of letting Eleanor nap on my chest in the afternoons while Lila naps. I know it's not the best habit, but she'll only nap 30-40 mins at a time in her crib (I'm at least starting to get her on a schedule and using the crib lately!). But she'll sleep for 1.5-2 hours on my chest, and it's just so cuddly and nice to have that quiet bonding time with her while Lila has her long nap. I know it's not the best idea long term, but I also remember how short this window is when they nap on you and I want to just enjoy this as long as I can.
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Getting better at tummy time! Eleanor rolled over from back to front (really out of the blue with very little practice rolling onto her side). She did it 3-4 times over a period of a few days. And then she hasn't done it since then. I don't know if it's a strange fluke or she forgot how to do it, but she's been rolling onto her side again more recently.
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4 months old on October 9!
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4 months old: smiling, laughing, cooing lots, rolling over, sleeping 11 hours through the night. That's why they call this the "golden age" of babyhood.
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Grandma Carey came out to visit us for a few days in mid-October. She couldn't wait until Thanksgiving to see the girls again, and who can blame her?
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She loves these slippers, Aunt Cathy!
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Grandma working with Lila in the cul-de-sac on her tricycle. She's mostly got the hang of it!
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I don't feel any teeth yet, but Eleanor is definitely wanting to chew on anything she can get into her mouth.

We also visited the pumpkin patch with Grandma Carey, but I have too many pictures of that to include in this post. Next time...
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A post book-ended with visits from Grandma Southwood and Grandma Carey.
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