No, not those three little words. These three:
Yes, it's officially official. Faith has progressed from the tadpole dance scoot to crawling like a normal child to using those two little twigs God gave her. Admittedly, her gait looks as though we've slipped some booze in her bottle but nonetheless she's on two feet most of the time.
So what's with the signs you ask. Well, if you're like me and awake way too early on weekend mornings and tend to cry when someone even thinks about dropping their hat, you may enjoy Good Morning America's "Your Three Words."
This is one of my favorites.
This weekend's segment may or may not feature this video, starring Miss Faith Lindquist.
SHE CAN WALK, people! And we're so, so happy. Our baby girl is growing up :)
|Not bad for the Lindquists.|
We planned to depart Thursday after work around Faith's bedtime so she would sleep the all the way to Cedar Rapids where we were spending the night, but at the last minute I decided to work a half day and leave at Faith's naptime/2:15. I don't wanna call myself a complete genius but Nic Jr. slept until 5:30 p.m. when we woke her up to shove some snacks in her face. (Didn't want her to overnap - if such a thing is even possible - and not sleep that night).
|The bag is empty...what do we do now?|
|Avery, Norah and Faith. No suspicious bubbles = success.|
|Duh warning: Not for Kids!|
The next morning we were up at 6 a.m. and out the door by 7:30 which is basically miraculous for four adults and three kids. Despite only a few stops (our car runs on Casey's breakfast pizza - weirdest thing) we made good time and got to our destination of Hampshire by 11:15 a.m. Plenty of time for an hour drive into the city for a 1:20 p.m. start time right? WRONG-O. When our friends kindly informed us that we would probably arrive in the 3rd of 4th inning, words from the book seen above flashed in my brain. I used every trick in my Mom 101 book to entertain this girl for the next hour.
|One of her finer moments. You don't get to see images of the carnage she caused. RIP Cheerios.|
First things first. Order 5 hotdogs. Yes, 5.
|Faith was just as shocked as the next guy.|
We also attempted some family pics. Here's why I say attempted.
|Actually this was Jamie's pregnant wife Sarah's purse. Apparently he doesn't realize there's a shoulder strap?|
-Rob stole Faith's ice cream dessert at the Mexican restaurant
-Avery and Faith held a screaming contest in the Walracks back yard.
-We apologized to our host friends a lot.
Faith didn't realize we were on vacation so she slept in til 6:45, just in time for some morning toons.
|Picture Rob next to her doing the exact same thing.|
|Good thing she's cute.|
|Lola "I-refuse-to-acknowledge-the-presence-of-your-camera" Walrack. One of Howie's former girlfriends.|
If I could do thought bubbles for these two, Faith would say, "What the hell are our parents thinking? We can't swim." Norah would reply, "Probably, Go the F#$% to Sleep." Just kidding. Babies don't swear.
|Avery, Sarah, Me, Faith, Norah and Amy!|
|Thank you to Iowa State for introducing us lovely ladies to these men, who all are/will be great dads.|
As for the outlet mall, we "won" some great stuff. (That's what my mom always says at auctions).
-I got a $7.50 pair of darkwash jeans from the Gap Outlet.
-Rob got a pair of Iowa State shorts from Nike Outlet.
-Faith got a gloworm from Toys R Us outlet and clothes she didn't need from the Carter's outlet. I tried to purchase a shirt on sale that said "Big Sister" for Faith, but Rob wouldn't go for it. For clarity purposes, I am NOT pregnant. Just got a little baby fever that's all. And more cowbell isn't doing a damn thing for it.
Our vacation wasn't about to end without stopping for ice cream, so we went to McD's for a couple shakes. Faith finally learned how to use a straw, therefore I got little ice cream. Oh well. Vacation with this baby is not so bad. Hmm, where to go next?
Faith's 1st birthday party was chaos, fun, standing room only, colorful, Mexicana, messy, goodness.
I let the pictures do the walking, which Faith is also very close to doing. Yay/OhNO!
|Party guests wrote messages for Faith to read when she's older and received their lovely picture parting gifts.|
|My sticky note Happy Birthday sign. Faith enjoyed it for 3 weeks after the party as I was too short/lazy to take it down.|
|One month, six month and nine month pics.|
|Her baby book as well as - you guessed it- a complete binder put together by my mother were on display.|
|These balloons weren't exactly the colors I wanted but nonetheless gave all the little kids neck cramps.|
See who was there! In order of appearance: Aunt Bobbi, Grandma Cindy, Aunt Ashlie, Cousin Kylee, Great Grandma Alice, Rob's Cousin Brad, his Wife Alicia, their Son Brayden, our Godson Bentyn, Swingset setter upper Lance, my Uncle Joe, Grandpa Bud, Aunt Kris, Aunt Mary, Aunt Donna, Grandma Jocelyn, babysitter Hannah, Gnarly Cousin Kyrin, Cousin Cameryn, Aunt Nicki, Cousin Kalli, Auntie Rach, babysitter Mandy, yours truly, Uncle Chris, Papa Stevie, bald-headed Jackson, Cousin Cam again -that girl moves, Granny Janny, the birthday girl, more me, Elena the funniest 5 year old ever, the back of Audrey's head and Howie!
|Faith's cousin Cameryn celebrates her birthday just 10 days before Faith.|
|Kylee gets ready to float away as Rob Lindquist shoves his face full of food in the background. (You're welcome hun).|
|Party planner extraordinaire, Miss Rachel McNamara. |
|Faith and Aunt Ashlie, my trusty balloon separator.|
|Crazy runs in the family, folks!Thanks again to my mama for hanging those lovely curtains you see here the day before the party.|
|My adorable helpers, from left, Audrey, Elena, Miranda!|
|Howie loved it!|
|Here is the special illustration I had done for Faith's birthday card from e Custom Cards.|
|Here is a larger version of what was inside that box.|
Faith shaking her butt to the tunes of her activity table from Aunts Rachel and Ramey.
Faith playing with her toys from Granny Janny.
Faith mailing some letters in her mailbox from Uncle Chris and cousins.
Faith taking money out of her purse from Aunt Cari and refusing to talk to her grandma on her fake phone.
Faith helping people on the bus from Uncle Aric, Aunt Nicki and Cameryn.
Faith swinging in her swing on her swingin' swingset from her Grandma Cindy and putter together, Lance.
|Teaset from Grandmas Mc and Finch. This probably won't come out of the box until Faith's terror threat level drops hence the Google image.|
|Saucer on swingset from Grandma, card (that will never ever be thrown away) from Aunties and shoes from Sara and girls.|
|Sleepy little violet from Liam and his parentals, Jeremy and Brynn|
|Shoes from Aunties - they pretty much spoil Faith rotten.|
Last but not least, CAKE!
|Homemade cupcakes baby! And the buckets in the back - purchased at the $1 spot - held the taco toppings.|
|The calm before the storm.|
|And she's in!|
|What I couldn't do at our wedding, Faith did for me.|
|Guilty. As. Charged.|
|Til next year.|