As Violetta gets closer to 5 months, we're getting to know her likes and dislikes. Her dislikes list is really just limited to "being hungry", while her likes list is pretty much everything else. However we've learned that of her likes list, there are a some activities that are simply the best thing ever. Bath time and post-bath time are definitely at the top.This was a big week for Momma and Daddy - Violetta started "school" at Nike. Vivi was all smiles and giggles on her first day - though Momma and Daddy had quite a different experience! It is very difficult to walk out of there without her in our arms. But picking her up after work is absolutely the best part of our day! Our first day of daycare went very smoothly. We had her first outfit picked out, and a backup one in case there were any spit ups - along with a bag of bibs and other outfits for any messes she may have at daycare; all the bottles were in her little, insulated lunch pail; and her favorite two toys were ready to make the big trip with her. There were lots of smiles from Vivi, and most surprisingly - no tears from Momma or Daddy! We wanted to bring in the classic "apple for the teacher" but with a slight twist to show how sweet our little Violetta is. Since it was still so close to Christmas, we figured making Gigi's legendary sugar cookies would be a great way to
suck up say hello to all of V's teachers.
Currently there are 4 teachers and 6 babies; Violetta is the only girl right now, and one of the little boys wore a "Prince Charming" onesie for Vivi's first day. In a few more weeks there will be 3 other girls with her. The whole class - both teachers and babies - will stay together for all 5 years of daycare. With her almost permanent smile, Violetta has had no trouble making friends with everyone in her class and at the daycare center.
The babies get to play all day long: playing with toys suspended above them while laying on little mats, playing with other babies, and lots of tummy time. The teachers read stories, like "Teeth Are Not For Biting" and "Hands Are Not For Hitting". With the warmer and drier weather we've been having, the class is going outside for walks. And the best part - it's just a short walk for Momma and Daddy to stop by during lunch, or any part of the day we have free!
We also celebrated a birthday for Amelia, as she turned 1 - that's right, her first birthday after being upgraded from "Wife" to "Mom". Lil V wanted to get all dressed up to celebrate Momma's birthday, so she wore her special, super duper, pretty dress!
Violetta knew Momma would be very sad and miss their all-day-long playtime when Momma went back to work. So Vivi and Daddy went with a "back-to-work" theme for all of Momma's presents - and now Momma can show her coworkers how beautiful her little baby girl is too!
Back at home, Vivi gone from being content with stationary book readings to wanting to take the fun on the road!
Our little Peanut is showing lots of signs that she's going to be mobile in the coming days/weeks. One of her favorite play-time activities is floor swimming!
When she's on her play mat, lil Vivi is never in the same spot when we first put her down. She's arching her back and slowly migrating to the different areas on her mat, inchworm style!
Our happy baby and a very proud Daddy say "We'll see you soon in the next post"!