Sunday, November 28, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving was great! We usually don't travel anymore during this time due to the distance and the fact that we still wanted to be home for Christmas (and drive for that). So we hope each year that some of our family will come to VA to see us. This year, my mom and Bob traveled from Florida to spend this holiday with us. We had a great time...good food...and started decorating for Christmas. We had such a great time with them, and as usual, Bob helped with numerous "fix-it" projects around the house. Thanks Bob! Here's Bob reading to Addison before she goes to bed. This is only part of her nightly routine, which also includes a bath (usually every other night), brush teeth, wash hands, sippy cup of water, and read two books. Then we rock (depending on who's turn Addison says it is) and she goes down pretty easily (usually). She still sleeps through the night, which is awesome!
She still has no interest in the potty. She'll sit on it, but that's about it. We'll try again after Christmas probably (after all the upcoming travel).

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Our big announcement...

It's Thanksgiving mom and Bob came to visit from Florida! Jonathan and I had an announcement that we just couldn't keep to ourselves any we put Addison in a special T-shirt before dinner to help share our secret...
So here's my mom reading the front of the shirt...
Then she read the back...She was so excited (and so was Bob) now we can announce to everyone else too. We are expecting baby McNeal #2 in June 2011! We are very excited and still cannot believe that we kept it a secret for 8 weeks!
We actually found out around Addison's birthday (a day or two after, I think). We were very excited and then couldn't wait for our doctor appointment to confirm what we already knew! I'll document more of this in another post.
So here we are...just the 3 of us for now, but not for long. Can't wait to have another little McNeal soon! Not showing yet (I'm about 8 weeks along in this photo).

Sunday, November 14, 2010

It's Fall - bring on the leaves!

Here we are into November now...the leaves have fallen and our little helper was so excited to "help" rake up the leaves.It was too cute when she said "me do it." We just couldn't resist.
Of course after raking...she wanted to play and jump in them. She had a blast!

Here I am...can you see me?

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

We had a fabulous Halloween this year...Addison was old enough to go trick-or-treating (with a little help of course). Addison was a little princess fairy this year. We got her costume at CrackerBarrel (which really had some cute ones this year for girls). Her pink glitter shoes (her new favorite shoes) are from target and were a birthday gift from Mimi and Papa. She even kept the headband on for most of the evening! And the wings stayed on as well (I thought she would be tugging at them all night - but she didn't seem to mind at all).

We had some friends over for dinner before we ventured out into the neighborhood (Stanley street, aka Halloween street), but decided to head out just before it started to get dark (around 6:00). Addison rode in her car most of the time between houses. She was usually very independent in wanting to walk all by herself up to the houses. Jonathan and I took turns going with her, but when we got to the door (or when the homeowners were sitting on the porch), she wanted to do it and kept saying "me do it!" But once she got up to the house, she wanted to sit on the porch with the homeowners and several times she tried to walk in the front door! Haha!
After we snagged her before going in, and after a little coaxing on what to do, she would hold her bag open for candy, or reach into the bucket to take one piece. Sometimes she said "thank you," but it was off and on. She wanted to hold her bag of candy the whole time and did lots of walking. Towards the end, she just wanted to ride in her car and drink water from her sippy cup.

Here she is holding daddy's hand...which was pretty rare for little miss independent.
After it got dark, the ghostbuster car came around the neighborhood. It looks SO much like the one from the movie, so we had to take a picture!
A few days earlier, we went to a Halloween party at Dr. Apfel's house. Addison was getting dance lessons from Darla (aka Sumo Wrestler). She was really having a good time dancing around...we laughed a long time at them!

She was pooped out from all the dancing...

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Addison's 2-year check-up

We took Addison in for her 2 year check-up with Dr. Nelson today. She did great at the doctor's office...stepped on the scale when the nurse told her to, stood still while the nurse measured her height. When the doctor came in to check, she threw a book on the floor and Dr. Nelson told her to pick it up and that we don't throw books. Addison got off the bed to pick it up and said "I sorry." Kinda funny, but a little embarrassing for us too. Otherwise, Addison did great. Even when the doctor looked in her ears this time, Addison didn't put up too much of a fight (like she normally does).
Dr. Nelson commented on how well she was talking now...and she is hitting all of her milestones with no problem. She is a happy, healthy little girl! Here are her stats:

Height: 34 inches (61%)
Weight: 30 lbs. 4 oz. (86%)
Head circumference: 19 inches (70%)

So what else has this little 2-year old been doing lately?
- Her favorite thing is for you to read to her or do puzzles with her. She loves to sit in your lap while doing either of these things (which can be a little hard when trying to do a puzzle). Her favorite books seem to be anything associated with the potty (which she still refuses to use) and Dr. Seuss books.
- She also really likes to read to herself. It's funny when we catch her in the act...sometimes she'll stop and get really shy, but mostly she'll just keep on going. She especially loves to sit in her crib and raad when she gets up in the morning or before she goes to sleep.
- She still loves Elmo, but now she has shown interest in Barney and the Wiggles (much to mommy and daddy's demise). Any kind of cartoon will do usually, but these are her favorites.
- She loves to "go bye-bye" and usually associates this with school or shopping. She gets excited and helps you find her shoes, coat and hat.
- She can put her coat on all by herself...puts in on the ground upside down and flips it on over her head. It is amazing and adorable! She can zip it up as long as someone else starts it for her.
- She definitely talks all the time, and repeats (or tries to repeat) just about anything that you say to her.
- She started saying "bless you" when she hears you sneeze. And when she sneezes, she will usually ask for a tissue.
- Dinner time has become a little tough...she rarely eats anything new (we try, but she just says she's "all done" and puts her plate in the sink). Her dinner favs are mac n cheese, chicken nuggets, corn, cheese (sometimes fruit if I am getting desperate for her to eat something).
- Breakfast, lunch and snacks are never really a problem. She will try most things during this time. Maybe I should try veggies at lunch??
- She is a pretty good sleeper and has not tried to get out of her crib at all yet. She usually goes down about 7:30 or 8:00 and sleeps until 6:30 or 7:00. She entertains herself in her crib when she wakes up, so we usually let her "play" in there for about 20 to 30 minutes before getting her (especially on the weekends).

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Addison is 2!!

Today (October 11, 2010) was the big day that our baby girl turned 2! So hard to believe that just 2 years ago we were looking down at the most wonderful little blessing and just how quickly this little girl stole our hearts! Happy birthday baby girl!!

The night before her birthday, she helped daddy make cupcakes for her class. And not just any old cupcakes...Elmo cupcakes! She really liked to help stir the batter, but best of all was licking the bowl at the end!
Here's the finished product...I found these Elmo sugar shapes at AC Moore. How perfect for such an avid Elmo fan!
Here's Addison at school enjoying the fruits of her labor...she really liked the icing!

Mommy and daddy got to come help Addison celebrate with her class! We took her home a little early that day and let her play outside with some of the neighborhood kids. She had a ball!

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She is doing so much these days! Talking and becoming such a little independent person!

Here she is trying to wear daddy's shoes...

Here is our little toddler ready for school...Friday is school spirit day for the McNeal's. Anytime the Alabama Crimson Tide has a game, Addison wears her Alabama gear. Too cute if you ask me! Roll Tide!
Here she is with her new kitchen mommy and daddy got her for her birthday. She really enjoys pouring "milk" into a cup and bringing it to us to "drink it." She also likes to put her puzzle pieces in the stove. There is a place to feed her babies - the little highchair off the side of the sink - and she likes to feed her baby a sippy cup there.

Addison enjoying some of her birthday presents...coloring books and leap from tag junior books.

Another one of Addison's favorite things is puzzles...this is what she does when we are watching football on Saturdays!

And playing with her kitchen...

Friday, October 8, 2010

Addison's first haircut

Well...Addison had her hair trimmed by mommy today. Right before school, I realized that Addison really did have a little mullet growing in the back. So I took out the scissors, wet her hair, and cut off about an inch of curls from the bottom of Addison's hair. It does look so much better! But now she looks like a toddler instead of a baby! Sniff, sniff...