Such a smart gal…

Solana is almost 22 months and she has truly become a little person. She repeats almost anything we say, and spends most of her days singing songs she learns at school like “Itsy, Bitsy Spider,” “This Old Man,” and “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” She also loves to read books, and we have made it a tradition to read her a book before bedtime; her favorite nighttime story is “Goodnight Moon.” She knows the book so well, she essentially reads it to us. It’s so cute. It amazes me to hear her compose sentences and thoughts that I know we haven’t directly taught her. For instance, yesterday she saw I was eating a sandwich and said to me…”I bite your sandwich. Please share with me.” It not only surprised the hell out of me that she could compose such a sentence and thought, but it also made my heart melt. I love my nee-nees!

Solana Speaks and Signs!!

Solana is now 15 months and talking like a champ. She repeats everything you say…literally. And it truly freaks me out to see how quick and smart she is. For example, this morning she was watching Teletubbies, and they started counting. Well all they had to say was “one” and she quickly said “two, thee” (she can’t pronounce her “r” yet).

And when you ask her what a puppy says, she barks; if you ask her what a kitty says, she meows; and if you ask her what a ducky says, she trys to quack. This age is so much fun!!!

She’s also got her baby sign language down. She can tell us when she’s hungry, when she wants milk, when she wants more of anything and she even knows the sign for “please”. It’s totally cool!!

Feverish Times

As soon as I heard Solana’s teacher on the other end of the line, I knew something was wrong. Miss Donna explained Solana’s temperature had reached 101. I immediately felt the obliged guilt every mom feels when something is wrong with her child, and there’s nothing she can do.

It didn’t take me long to get to the Children’s Courtyard, and to find my feverish daughter trying to make the best out of her situation…playing.

The doctor said she had a bacterial infection. He gave her an antibiotic (not amoxicylin) to kill the infection. While I’m thankful, it’s so hard to see her sullen, watery eyes look at me as if she is asking me to make it better. I hate seeing her this way. Evenso, in this instance Solana has shown strength like never before. She’s only cried minimally; nothing like when she had her bad teething episode or when she broke out in hives. God love her!! ‘Cuz I do.

Solana’s First Birthday Fiesta

This day was really fun!! All of our familia and friends came from all over to celebrate Solana’s first birthday party. The theme was Elmo…Sesame Street. We cooked hamburgers, hotdogs, drank beer, let the kids break an Elmo pinata…good times. As demonstrated here in these pictures, Solana enjoyed it as well. It didn’t take her long this time to dig (literally) into her chocolate cake. I love my baby!! She got all kinds of neat toys and beautiful clothes. Gracias to all who made this day memorable!!

Solana’s First Birthday

Solana turned one on May 20th, 2004. It was a Thursday, so we couldn’t exactly have a big party. Instead, we had a little private party…just the three of us. Braxton and I bought her a red Elmo-looking cake and put one candle on it. At first she was a bit scared and unsure. But as soon as I showed her the red thing sitting in front of her was something sweet and edible, she jumped right in…hence the red smile she’s sporting in this picture.

Solana and her first Birthday Cake

First Mother’s Day

May 9th was my first Mother’s Day. Solana gave me a little, pink beenie bear that says “mom” on it. Earlier this week at daycare she made me a beeded key chain that fits around my wrist with her name written on it.

We spent the day with Lita and Honee; Blake cooked us brunch. But Solana was the highlight of the day. Braxton took this picture of us.

Vee and Sol on Mother's Day

Solana’s First Words

It’s hard to really say what your child’s first words are, because half the time they are simply babbling when what you think is a real word dribbles out of their mouth. This was the case with the word “mamma”. Solana said this very early on, like at 8 months. Then of course came “dadda”, that she continued to say more often than the former.

By 11 months Solana was saying “night-night”, “bye”, “hi”, and “caca”…you can thank Lita for that!!!

Solana’s First Tooth

Solana got her first tooth just before Christmas 2003. Mom and I went to Kohl’s to buy Charlie a Cowboy Santa. Well, Solana and I stayed in the car, and while we were playing and laughing, I noticed this little white thing shining in her gum. I gently pulled down her lip, and there it was…the tiny, white edge of her first tooth!!!!