The Bun is Out of the Oven

This video says it all… why I love you so much and think you are the most rockin’ Daddy around. You take the best care of me and always love to be silly with me! I’m so thankful for you, Daddy! Hope you have the best Father’s Day ever. :)Kisses & Hugs, Cameron

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Dear Cameron,

You are now a vibrant 2-year old girl.  Where has my baby gone?  You will always be my baby… as I love to call you.  And lately, you sometimes call me that back.  I have been bad about keeping up with things on your blog the last 6 months or so.  Momma has been through a few rough months… and things just move so QUICKLY now that you are growing up so fast.  Everyday you do something new.

Some of my favorite memories of this stage in your life are:  singing together, enjoying nature, watching you learning to verbalize all the pleasantries (“Please”, “Sorry Momma”, “Love you Momma”, “Excuse Me”, Etc), you occasionally letting us cuddle with you, playing house under the covers, watching you be so proud of a pee pee or poo poo in your potty,  experiencing your love for animals, watching you learn to express your emotions (“happy” and “sad”), watching you put yourself in timeout (cracks me up every time), pointing out boo-boos and kissing them all better, going through all the animals and their noises together, recounting the names of all your family members and you stroking my face as I tuck you in at night.  You are such a caring little girl and so sensitive to others’ emotions around you.

Yesterday you came home from MDO with a paper bouquet for Mother’s Day.  It made me so happy.   I am so honored to be called your Mother.  Nothing brings a smile to my face more than hearing you call for me from another room or when you wake up.  As you seek more indepedence and test your boundaries (as I hope you would) we do have some challenging days.  But, everyday is worth it.  Although Momma sometimes has to remind you of the boundaries, I strive to always be patient and understanding with you.  I want nothing more than for you to remain a spirited, confident child and to preserve your childlike innocence.  I would go to the ends of the earth for you.  As another Mother’s Day is upon us, I am reminded of how grateful I am to be your Mother.  You bring out the best in me, Cameron Saville.   And, I thank God for you… every single day.

Hugs and Kisses,

Momma

Cameron’s been saying Dada  FOREVER.  She has said Momma a handful of times out of sheer desperation (usually because she wants something.)  I could even point to Hal in a picture and she’d say, “Dada!” and then I’d point to me and say “Who’s that?” and she’d say, “Dada!”  I know, so not right.  Well, finally, at 21 months, she’s calling me Momma!  Not all the time, but if I’m in another room, she’ll call for me.  Or, if she wants to jump on the bed she calls me.  Ahhhh!  She has me wrapped around her finger now, because if she does address me as “Momma” I’m usually pretty happy and accommodating to her needs!

We also started giving Cameron time outs within the last week.  Up to now, we’ve pretty much just corrected her verbally and tried to redirect her, but it’s time… for time out.  I saw her teacher put a kid in time out at MDO and I was shocked that the kid stayed there.  When I asked her about it she told me all the kids have gotten a time out and they usually stay put.  So, now I’ve been giving her one warning and then she gets a time out for a minute.  I set the timer on the microwave.  Once it beeps I tell her what was wrong and ask her to say sorry.  She usually comes to me right away with open arms to give a hug, so I know she gets it.

Cameron now has her own potty chair and we’ve been talking  a lot about poop/tinkle lately!  I don’t think she’s quite ready to be potty trained just yet, but we’re getting there.  I’m just trying to get her familiar with everything:  when she’s clean/not clean, if she went in her pants, where the poo poo goes and giving her time to practice on the potty at times when I know she normally poops.  She’s gone in there once & I made a super big deal about it to get her excited.  Anywho, we’ll see when we’re ready to move on with full-on potty training.  Probably on a long weekend when we have no plans.

Cameron turns 21 months tomorrow.  Our little baby girl is well on her way to being 2 years old!   It has been so long since I’ve blogged her changes, so I just wanted to share and get some things written down for us to remember.  Lately, Cameron loves to say:  “Bless You!”, “Thank You”, “Love You” and “NO!!!”.  What a great combo, huh?  If I sneeze from another room, she will scream, “Bless you!”  She is still an outdoor girl at heart and loves feeding the ducks, playing with rocks/sticks and pointing out the dog poop in the backyard for us to pick up.  She’s definitely has the nurturing gene; she loves to take care of her babydoll and enjoyed tending to her nephew Cole over the holidays.  She would take him his bottle or pat his head if she thought he was upset.  She still loves to eat (sometimes it feels like she’s eating ALL day long) and will say, “Num Num!” if she’s really enjoying something.  In the mornings, she’s started kicking our bedroom wall through the crib slats to wake us up.  Once she hears us up and about she stops and just chills, but she won’t stop kicking until she knows for sure that we’re out of bed.  This week, she started singing the ABC’s.  And the other new game is pointing to every single thing in a room and asking, “Whas dat?”

Things have been pretty crazy around the Saville House since the Fall:  Cameron was getting sick almost every other week (and sometimes us too), some home renovations, my switch to the Mac (and back to the PC) which caused a serious lag in my blog updating and the holidays of course.  We ended up keeping Cameron home from MDO because  we wanted to enjoy the holidays illness-free.  She goes back the first week in February and she’ll be going for 2 days instead of 1.  This will give Momma some much needed “me time.”  Although I don’t really make resolutions, I have decided that in 2009 I will make myself more of a priority.  If some things have to slide, that’s OK.  So, onward!  My goal is to backtrack and put up all of Cameron’s “Best Monthly Pics” starting back at Month 15 where I stopped, because I want to have them to look back on.

Hoping everyone is having a great 2009 so far!

Pulled this from another friend’s blog and I thought it would be a nice kickstart to more blogging in 2009!  You know it’s been too long when wordpress has a whole new interface than the last time you logged in!

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before? I guess I wasn’t too adventurous, b/c I can’t really think of anything.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I think I quit making resolutions a couple years ago.   I do set some “lofty goals” for the year though.  Like, if nothing else, these things must happen by the beginning of the next calendar year (i.e. filing, Cameron’s baby book, etc.)

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Both of my sisters-in-laws had baby boys:  Darby had Noah and Sylvia had Cole.  My cousin had Graham.  Christy had Jude.  Lan-Ting had baby Johnny.

4. Did anyone close to you die? Yes, my Aunt Anna passed away over the summer.  I went to AR for a few days for her memorial and it was my first time away from Cameron.

5. What countries did you visit? None.  Unfortunately,  we haven’t even attempted out-of-state travel since Cameron’s been born, but, we will eventually.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? Calm in the midst of the storms.

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Probably Cameron’s 1st Birthday – 4/17.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Hmmm, not sure.  I hope I did a pretty decent job as a Wife and Mom.

9. What was your biggest failure? Going through 4 weeks of bootcamp, and working out consistently after that, only to fall off the wagon a few months later.  When you have a small child (and run around after them all day), sometimes it feels like everything is standing in the way of your best intentions.  I fantasize about getting up early or staying up late to work out, blog, scrap book, etc, but sleep usually wins!

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Yes, the past 3 months have been full of illness.  Cameron’s was virtually sick-free for her first year of life, but since starting Mother’s Day Out in the Fall, she has been sick nearly every other week… and then sometimes we catch it too.  These kids are germ factories!

11. What was the best thing you bought? I’ve really enjoyed my iphone.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Cameron.  It was so fun to see her hit all the big milestones over the past year.   We still get excited when she does something new.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Government and Wall Street.

14. Where did most of your money go? We redid our floors, but aren’t quite done with that yet!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Mad Men – every Sunday night.  Come back Mad Men, I miss you.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008? Sad to say, I Kissed a Girl by Katy Perry.  I used to hear it EVERY morning driving to bootcamp at 4:45.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? I was probably more optimistic last year.  Between being sick off and on and the current state of the country,  I think I’ve gotten a little bitter for my liking.
ii. thinner or fatter? Thinner.
iii. richer or poorer? The same financially.  Richer in life.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Spent quality time with Harold, sans Cameron.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Knit pick.

20. How will you be spending Christmas? Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning at home.  And we’ll spend a few days with family in San Antonio throughout the holidays.

21. How will you be ringing in the New Year? Probably at home, like the last 3 years!

22. Did you fall in love in 2008? Just continuing my love affairs with Harold and Cameron!

23. Who was your hero? Harold.  He goes out everyday and works hard to provide for our family.

24. What was your favorite TV program? MAD MEN!

25. What was something you needed to do and didn’t get around to? Ugh, filing, organizing closets, my list could go on…

26. What was the best book you read? A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle.  Best fun read was sTori Telling by Tori Spelling.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery? None.  The only time and I can really “jam out” is when I’m driving by myself (which is pretty much never!)

28. What did you want and get? A new coat.  I don’t have it yet actually; it’s on its way!

29. What did you want and not get? The Kindle, but I’m waiting for the new model to come out in ’09.  Also, new glasses.  I must make an eye appt!

30. What was your favorite film of this year? Didn’t see many.  I really liked The Other Bolyn Girl and Iron Man.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? My Ma popped in for a surprise visit from SA.  And I had dinner with Harold and Cameron.  Harold came home early with my favorite dinner from California Pizza Kitchen.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? If I had gotten some big tasks done that loom over my head (see #25).

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? Sporty chic  (AKA jeans and a nice t-shirt!)

34. What kept you sane? Harold walking in the door each night and doing bath time with Cameron.  And, most of all, Cameron sleeping 12+ hours every night!

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Still Jake Gyllenhal.  And I’ve always loved Reese Witherspoon too, but for some reason it just pisses me off that they’re together.  It’s like it’s TOO perfect!

36. What political issue stirred you the most? The BAILOUTS!!!

37. Who did you miss? Friends that I don’t get to see very often – those close and far.

38. Who was the best new person you met? The new babies in our family.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008: Things can get easier, but can also present new challenges, so just enjoy what you have and what’s happening right now.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year: I have no idea, but this year sure did fly by… almost scary how fast it went.

I’m severely overdue for a post and plan on getting my act together this weekend.  But, until then, here’s a big picture post with all of our recent fall fun:

Picking out pumpkins at Whole Foods:

Last Sunday afternoon we went to the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center for their “Goblins in the Park” Halloween event.  We realized this year that it was probably more suited for an immobile baby or a preschooler, but Cameron enjoyed wearing her bee costume and running around.

Halloween Morning.  My baby really looks like a little girl here.  I almost shed a tear when I saw this picture download from the camera.

Outside before the trick-or-treaters came:

Looking for Mr. Frog:

Cameron and Daddy:

If you ask Cameron to do “Happy Feet” she starts dancing around:

A little more silliness with Daddy while waiting for the festivities to start:

Momma loves her busy little bee … stinger and all!

Cameron and her buddy Zac handing out candy to the trick-or-treaters:

We’ve all been sick over here.  It started with Cameron waking up in the middle of the night Wednesday with a fever and crying.  I spent Thursday coddling her.  By Friday, she was still running a fever and very congested so I got her in to the Dr that afternoon.  Diagnosis:  cold and a mild ear infection in one ear.  Treatment:  10 days on an antibiotic, saline drops, humidifier at night and lots of TLC.  By Friday afternoon, I was feeling like hell.  By Saturday, Hal was sick too.  We spent the weekend watching more Noggin and Playhouse Disney than seemed possible.  And Cameron also developed a sore throat and cough on Saturday.  I thought maybe we were coming out of it last night, but not 30 minutes after I get a dose of Nyquil in me, then Cameron is up/down for the next hour and a half.  Hal is back at work today, but he sure doesn’t sound good.  And my little muffin has diarrhea from the antibiotics.  I’ve been giving her a probiotic and plenty of yogurt, but I sure hope it doesn’t last for 10 days.  I can’t really complain, because this is her first ever cold, but MAN, it sucks when you’re all sick!  We’re going to Dallas this weekend for a family get together of sorts, so I guess we’re thankful it happened last week rather than this week.

Cameron turned 17 months on 9/17 – last Wednesday.  I hope to get her 16 month picture post and 17 month update done when we’re all feeling better.

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  • Our Little Pumpkin November 1, 2009
    Here’s our little treak-or-treater last night: And last year:   And, the year before: Such good memories!  Hope you all had a blast yesterday.  We did!  🙂
    bunintheoven

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