It was not until after having a child that I realized how truly special Mother's Day is, and how ridiculous it is that Mother's are formally recognized only once a year. Every other holiday is given to you at birth. Seeing what it takes to carry a baby, and the sacrifices they make (and I've only seen just over 8 months), Mothers should get recognition every week! At the very least, whenever you celebrate your birthday, you should call your Mother to thank her for the 9+ months she carried you, worried over everything she ate or drank, and avoided potentially dangerous activities like skiing during a months-in-the-planning weeklong Whistler ski trip (snowmobiling was ok though!), and not to mention the actual labored labor process. Violetta is blessed with the best Mother she could ever hope for! Mother's
Day Weekend was a really fun time for us, and we had afternoon tea at the Heathman, the same place where we had Violetta's baby shower. Violetta helped pick out some European-inspired gifts as a homage to Mommy and Daddy's European Honeymoon too. On Sunday, we went to Pix Patisserie where Vivi got to enjoy all sorts of snacks. Her favorite was definitely the coconut/chocolate homemade ice cream! And with the warm afternoon weather, we finished things off with some pictures in the backyard!
As we watch the various flowers begin to sprout and grow in the flower beds, little Vivi is sprouting up too! In fact, she now likes to greet us in the morning by standing at the railing of her crib - it looks like Daddy is going to need to lower that crib another level.
Vivi started pulling herself up on Saturday, the day before Easter. Daddy was sick with one of the colds Mommy and Vivi had been passing back and forth, but a little cold wasn't going to slow down Vivi!
Of course to celebrate, Mommy and Vivi had to have a dance party! And when Momma needed to take a break, guess who kept going? Yep, our lil' Energizer Munchkin! She loves her Mommy and Daddy need a break bouncy-bouncy apparatus!
With the next day being Easter, we also had fun coloring eggs. Last year, we weren't sure if we were having a baby girl or boy - so to be safe, we covered our Easter Egg bases...
This year, we just focused on coloring the eggs. And you'll never believe it, but the Easter Bunny came and left the colored eggs outside for little Vivi to find!
And Vivi absolutely loved her monogrammed Easter Basket from Aunt Bekah, Uncle Dougie and cousin Finn! Vivi got to thank them over FaceTime, and she and Finn had lots of fun trying to eat the phones we put in front of them!
Since our last post, the weather has been getting warmer, and we've been able to go play outside much more. During one of the sunny weekends, we took our first overnight trip to the coast, and Vivi had so much fun in the sun!
Along with the Spring weather, we've also been doing some Spring cleaning - which meant a few trips to the home improvement Daddy's toy store. To make sure Vivi would look forward to repeated Home Depot trips, we made it extra, extra fun with her own special "cart". Vivi made all sorts of friends with employees and customers riding in her magic bucket!
In what is becoming a monthly occurrence, Vivi got sick at school again! The diagnosis - another fever. Fortunately, Vivi's classroom has been only passing around fevers and nothing worse.
It was only a short-lived bug and spendings lots of time with Mommy and Daddy meant Vivi was healthy by morning. But when you're sent home from school, you need to stay home for at least one day without a fever. What was the weather forecast for the day Vivi had to stay at home? Upper 70s and sunny - was Vivi just pretending to be sick all along to spend more time with Mommy and Daddy?
It was also a big day for our little Peanut, because she ventured out into the grass for the first time. In the past, she did not like the grass one bit - and putting her feet down on it led to nearly immediate crying. But Daddy put his phone out in the grass, and the next moment, Vivi was crawling straight for it! Once she got used to the grass and realized it's very soft after all, all she wanted to do was play in it!
The weekends are our favorite days of the week because we get to spend it with our little munchkin! Here are some of Vivi's favorite activities...
Playing with her little stuffed doggie...
Vivi loves when Uncle Juan stops by, but is always sad when he has to go!
Vivi is becoming quite the "foodie" and is eating solid foods at school. Whenever we go out, she loves trying whatever we're eating: lemon tart, macaroons, parmesan encrusted toast with chèvre, smoked salmon, and on and on. She's eaten food that Daddy just tried at 34!
However, she's been most vocal about pizza, even sounding like a little dinosaur when she eats it!
Fun with bubbles!
Reading touch-and-feel books!
Momma and her Mini getting ready for another dance parties to the Rolling Stones.
Playing in her tunnel-o-fun!
Blowing bubbles with Daddy!
Being silly with Mommy!
And of course, lots and lots of photo shoots!