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January Recovery

2015.02.18
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This is what a rockin' New Years Eve looks like for us these days. And I couldn't be more content to spend it with these two.
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Praying for a healthy and peaceful 2015!
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Stylin' while riding in Grandma's blue van.
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All of us got sick in TN the week after Christmas. It started with Craig getting diagnosed with the flu, and then Lila, Eleanor, and I all got a weakened version of the flu (thanks to the flu shot, I believe). So, we didn't leave the house as much as we expected to while visiting Maryville. It was wonderful to have extra help from my parents and we certainly got lots of quality time together snuggling.
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still so sweet and happy, even when sick. Craig was quarantined most of the week upstairs in my parents' loft, so this must have been after he was feeling better.
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sick girls playing with Grandma's toys
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Mommy's best friend Amanda gave Lila this Anna doll and matching dress from "Frozen." Lila was a bit too shy to actually put on the dress at first. It took her about a week, but she finally warmed up to it and now loves to wear it with her matching doll.
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Finally all feeling better, we were able to bust out of the house just a few days before returning to MS and visit the Ripley's Aquarium in Gatlinburg.
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high five to Mr. Penguin
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Daddy went back to MS early to fly to Vancouver to present at the MLA conference. The girls and I stayed in TN for a few more days and then made the drive back to MS with my mom. Here, Lila drew a picture of Daddy on her drawing board, and I thought this was pretty amazing for a 2yo! Budding artist!
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We made it back to Hattiesburg just in time for Lila's first class of the semester back at the USM Children's Center. She had a new teacher, Miss Nicole, who has replaced Miss Hannah while she's on maternity leave for 9 weeks. Nicole is awesome and really focusing on articulation with Lila. Lila is speaking so much these days--stringing sentences together and speaking in paragraphs non-stop. It's really just some articulation issues we're still focusing on, certain sounds she can continue to improve. She's made such AMAZING progress and is such a hard worker. It just blows my mind to think how far she's come in just the last 7 months since turning 2.
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Playing with some new Christmas toys
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making pancakes with Grandma before she returns to TN
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Eleanor trying sweet potatoes (a real favorite) for the first time.
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At this point, she was still getting the hang of it, pushing the food out a lot with her tongue.
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stern Lila
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happy Lila, always ready to help clean!
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7 months old on Jan. 9, 2015. 2 bottom teeth, sitting independently for longer and longer stretches, eating solids. Lots to keep her busy!
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Lila has been having a blast making "cities" and "robots" with Daddy with her new block set.
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trying carrots
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Grandma and Grandpa Southwood installed this birdfeeder outside our kitchen window, after Lila really enjoyed watching the birds at their house this past summer. In the fall, we really didn't get a lot of activity, but suddenly, the birds have really discovered our birdfeeder! It's so fun to sit and watch the birds while we eat our meals, counting them and talking about their colors. Sometimes we'll have 20 birds at the feeder or waiting their turn in the tree next to it.
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Lila's school was meeting on T/TH in the fall, which prevented us from attending our favorite Mommie & Me Toddler class that we loved so much (it meets on Tuesday mornings). But with her regular teacher on maternity leave, Lila's school is only meeting on Thursdays for awhile, so this gave us a chance to return to the toddler class. She remembered all the activities right away, especially this favorite of sorting the balls by color.
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Had to snap a picture here as this was the longest stretch of time Eleanor had sat up by herself. Up to this point, it would be maybe a minute before she would topple over. But here, she sat up for a full 10 minutes. And she's never turned back!
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Exploring more of her new Christmas toys--an ice cream set from Aunt Chris to complement her favorite kitchen toys.
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Another proud creation!

In the middle of all of these activities, we added probably 2-3 visits to the doctor's office each week. 3 of us (thank God not Eleanor) were sick with various infections that required 2 rounds of different antibiotics each, and then Lila has gotten a strange skin rash on top of everything. So, it's kept us busy most of January and into February. Thankfully, I think we're all mostly on the mend now!
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We were all sick most of January with various illnesses--not the healthy start we wanted for 2015!
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