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"Reet Books" (please read me a book)
"I B Carfool" (when tipping the tricycle, and righting it, she says " I am being careful")
"Daddy, Puppies" (Daddy I have pooped in my diaper)
"CWOOSH" (BFF Cruz)
Undoubtedly, there is more, and I will find the time, once again, to share...eventually!
For her second birthday, Bella received a gift of a Red Radio Flyer tricycle, from her BFF in NJ, Sophia. Right from the beginning, she was intrigued by this little bike. It took her a few weeks to discover just how the pedals work. (Or rather, had to wait a bit before her little feet actually could reach). And now, she rides it daily, in the house and out. She absolutely adores riding her bike. When she can't locate it, she looks up at me and asks: "Daddy, where's my bike, where did it go"?...here is a vid of Bella enjoying the outdoors, riding that very special gift. THANK YOU SOPHIA!!!
Friends & family are so very important in a child's life...as well as any adults. But, it is not as easy to maintain relationships, when you have a child and it seems people aren't sure how to deal with that. Perhaps because we are two Dads raising a child, people are not sure how to "relate" with us, with our family...not that it should matter, after all, we make our own life, determine our own destinies. But sometimes, it does hurt! I want Bella to have all that...family, friends, understanding, hope...and above all...unconditional love. Sure, we can provide all that, being a family....but you must know...it would be ideal to have family and friends who want to be a part of her life. Alas, I cannot, and will not "force" anyone to be a part of our lives...especially if the "want" is not there....but, I hope this rambling on and on will at least make people THINK!
Recently, Bella had the best time visiting her Grandma & Grandpa in Florida. It had been about a year since seeing them last and she was thrilled to be there. The hugs and kisses were in abundance and you could tell,the love was there...deep and unconditional!
And the best part? Besides our time with The Grandparents, Bella was able to meet, and spend quality time with her cousin Michaela. This was the first time they had met since either was born. They are a few months apart. They acted as if they had know each other for years! Of course, there was the initial "OMG, I am seeing an Alien!" moment! After that though, they could not get enough of one another. They played, shared and just had a grand ole time. Absolutely NO conflicts as children are prone to do...In the mornings, when we were getting ready to leave our hotel, all we had do was mention Grandma & Grandpa, Uncle Chris, & Michaela and Bella was at the door, ready to go!
And I promise not to take so long blogging the next time! After all, the holidays are approaching and I KNOW you all want to see Bella's Halloween costume...coming soon!
There are new pics in the slide show section of the blog, as well as the video here. Enjoy!
Lots of exciting things happening around here...will post more later, as we realize certain happenings in our lives...
Bella is growing by leaps and bounds and of course, loves to go shopping with Daddy for new clothes....Daddy probably enjoys it more...:-) She is talking a blue streak...one day, I had two sippy cups in hand, asked her if she wanted Juice or Milk...she looked at the cups, then me, with a.."what on earth were you thinking" kind of look...and shouted.."MILK"! OK OK, I thought, you get the milk...whatever you want little one."
One story I need to tell, well, don't actually NEED to tell it, but we found it pretty funny! Before reading on, I think it is important for most to understand, we love to have fun in our family...to be silly and always laugh...we create silly words for mundane everyday situations...like sneezing...instead of say Gesundheit, or Bless You, we say Gazoomba...just cuz! Anyway, our friends came to visit with their 3 year old twins...when one had to potty, we inevitably got into the "body part" discussion about our kids...What to say, when to say it, and of course, the difference between boys and girls...Well, to make a long story short, when I told them, how, when I change Bella's diapers, I always say, "We are cleaning the cooter, front to back, and all around"...their eyes popped out...they were mortified that I used the word "cooter." OUCH! I always thought it was funny! But, they truly made me think...so, I changed it from cooter to Vagina...well, our very close friend Nancy came over one day, I told her the story and she disagreed...saying we should have a "code word" for her private parts...like TaTa, or similar...because in this day and age of perverts, we should have a word other than vagina, in case we need a "code word" with Bella...I totally agreed...so, (see Poll/Question to the right). I am now calling it the "TaTa" and Bella seems to have forgotten "cooter" Vince likes the word Va-Jay-Jay...LOL! We are a silly family, but...WHEW! Lots to learn for sure! Let me know what you think!
Attempted to post a video of Bella in her little pool...(The blog is not uploading the video for some reason, so stay tuned for more...soon! (I hope). She took to that pool like you could never imagine...she loves water! Even had a mini tantrum when I tried to take her out of it...so, let her stay in awhile longer and she had a blast! Someday soon, she will learn to swim, just like her BFF Bailey!
Bella absolutely loves to try and dress herself. Even at the young age of 20 months, she can pick out her own outfits. I will show her a couple, and she points to one...of course, sometimes she is ends up in a vast array of colors ;-)
She does, however, know her left foot from her right...and yes, will put her shoes on the correct feet. Getting the straps closed can prove to be fun for her...she knows she can't do it yet, but will try and try....until Daddy secures them for her...then she stands up and is off and running. Sometimes, she will place the shoes on the wrong feet (see comment below) and looks at me with the cheesiest grin, stands up and attempt to walk in them. All the while, giggling!
MELT MELT MELT!
Times like these I really miss my Mother. When I was younger, I remember putting my shoes on the wrong feet...Mom exclaimed..."David, you have your shoes on the wrong feet." I deadpanned back; "but, Mom, these are the only two feet I have".
So, made a video, albeit a rather long one...but a few highlights of her freedom ways!
Bella loves it when Papa reads to her...she sits in his lap, listening intently as Papa reads, turns the pages and stares into the book. It is one of those times where you just wanna go..."Awww"
Well, our little one has taken it a little further...she likes to read on her own. That's right! She grabs one of her favorite books, usually near her play pen (affectionately called the "pigpen"...sits down, puts the book in her lap, turns the pages and "reads."
Not quite sure what she is saying when she has the book in her face, (she does actually say real words when not reading) perhaps a language all her own...but damn, it is certainly one of the cutest things I've ever seen any child do...and she can do it for hours....She is gonna be one smart cookie...or, rather, she already is.
and...Awww, the break I get :-)!
Here is a vid of Bella "reading"...you may need to turn up the volume to hear her! (re-edited on Saturday, for fun)