2 Years Old!


“We did it!” (as Dora and Boots would say.) 2 years old. What a beautiful, strong, smart and funny little girl we have on our hands.

She is just a joy to watch explore and grow, talking now so much it’s hard to keep track of the new things.

Some to note are:
- “Dada so shiwy” (and now Dada is “Daddy”)
- “Hi sweetheart” (picked up from Aunt J’s visit)
- When I say “Hey Penny, you know what?” She says “I lub you” (also progressed from “I wuv you”).
- “Be careful bubbie”. (got that one from Mommy)
- “Again?”
- “Whadeewant!” (when pointing to something she wants. Picked up from me asking her “what do you want”?)
- “Mommy help?” and “Help me?” (for the first time to Poppy and Jessie this past weekend, to button her jacket, so cute)
- “Some some?” (for the body lotion or hand sanitizer on her changing table)

She understands the concept of upside-down.

Here she was trying to put the valet key in the glove compartment lock. I told her it was upside-down and she turned it over! I was impressed.

Here she was trying to put the valet key in the glove compartment lock. I told her it was upside-down and she turned it over! I was impressed.


“Mommy sit, Petty sit, Dada sit.” She will do this when we are all together (obviously) and it is really very sweet. Like she’s taking inventory that we are all accounted for.

She has taken a big liking to her “lankies” (blankies). She likes to sit on the couch with her “Petty lankie” and my “Mommy lankie”). Or she will get all cozy and pretends to sleep.

She often askes for it at naptime. But will get upset if during her sleep she moves and the cover get messed up.

Look at the dark little head peeping out.

Look at the dark little head peeping out.

Penny loves to sing! She sings all the time. She knows so many of the standards: The Alphabet Song, Watermelon, Ba-ba Blacksheep, If You’re Happy and You Know It, Happy Birthday, Wheels on the Bus, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Twinkle Twinkle. The list goes on and on. She really is on tune. She may not know all the words but she hits every note.

It’s quit impressive. We’re excited to see how this talent progresses.

She will also take a word that she’s just heard or an abstract sound (like bum) and then sing it to the tune of one of the songs in her repertoire.

She sings songs from Dora, such as “Grumpy Old Troll is Getting Married” (she’ll ‘freestyle’ to this tune, too) and the theme song, particularly the “Swiper no swiping” portion, and then follow it up with an emphatic “Oh Man!”.

She also started saying “Oh man!” now when something happens that warrants it, like dropping her spoon or tipping over her milk cup. It’s quite funny.

We have a new game we play, she calls it “Booida, Booida?”, we call is “Boinga, Boinga”. She sits on our legs which are resting on the coffee table and we bounce her up and down. It’s a nice little workout and she just loves it.

Penny can pretty much walk up stairs without holding on. We let her do it on the 2 stairs we have in the house. The outside stairs still need some practice.

We get full-blown “big squeezies”, now with the added grunting sound effect. Adorable. This combined with kisses (“mwahs”) are just the best ever!

What a year we’ve had with this wonderful creature that we get to call our own. How did we get so lucky to have such a blessing? We are forever in awe of this little lady and are overwhelmed with love. Happy Happy HAPPY 2nd birthday our beautiful baby. We love you always and forever and ever!

2 Year Checkup

Penny had her 2 year doctor’s appointment this morning, and Gabe was able to join us.

She stood on the scale for the first time to get weighed and measured.

In the past she would lay down on the scale, but she’s a big girl now and not a tear the whole visit!


She weighs 27 pounds, 4 ounces and is 34.5 inches tall. Up an inch and almost a pound and a half from her last visit only 2 months ago. Growing like a weed :). Both height and weight are 75th percentile.

Head is growing well too – making room for that big ‘ol brain :).


Reading with Daddy while waiting for the Doctor.

The doctor still hears Penny’s heart murmur but because she is growing so well she sees no reason for concern. She said it could just be something that she has, that causes no issues.

Penny was so good! No tears, she let the doctor look in her eyes with the light and listen to her chest and back. And then she spent the rest of the appointment literally jumping around the exam room in her diaper. I wish I had a video but thought it rude to whip out the camera while we were talking with the doctor.

General diagnosis is the we have a happy, healthy, smart kiddo on our hands, and we agree!



Marin County Fair

This past Saturday we went to the annual Marin County Fair at the Civic Center.

We started with the Carousel.

She was fine until the ride started and her horse moved up and down. Then it was a mad dash to get off and into my arms.

We still had fun going round and round and waving at Daddy.

Gabe and Penny watched some of the other rides:

Then we headed off to see the animals. On our way we took a picture in front of the Ferris Wheel:

And got Penny a friend:


We found the Agricultural Area that had all sorts of farm animals to see.



^^Look at that chicken’s funny hairdo!^^



^^Look Dora, sheep!^^

And cows, that Penny kept calling “Puppies!”:

Plus we pet a baby goat:

It was getting really hot so we found the Baby Tent they had set up. So convenient if you have little ones who need to get out of the sun, not to mention Mommies and Daddies who can use a break, too.
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We topped off our afternoon by sharing some ice cream:
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^^Some for Dora, too.^^

It was such a fun day! We were so glad we went - it will definitely become a yearly tradition. Maybe next year we’ll choose a seat on the carousel that doesn’t go up and down :).


Penny got her first “scrapies” last week at Ana’s. She tripped while they were walking to the playground. She has now entered the boo-boo knees and elbows phase, which I guess lasts years :). Let’s just wait until she starts riding a bike :). Thank goodness for me-um stickers!