D.C. or Bust

August 27, 2008


Watch out DC, the Bradley family is on its way!!  We are temporarily re-locating to the DC metro area beginning this time next year (Sept 2009) and will be back in Charlotte (that’s the plan, anyways) the following year (Sept 2010).  Kirk has been given an awesome opportunity to clerk for the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit  with Judge Newman, so we are packing up the family to explore a new town (a very cool town at that, too).  Kirk and I are very excited about our new  adventure, and I think it’ll be awesome to go do all the cool things that DC has to offer.


Where did my baby go?

August 24, 2008

Then.I can’t believe a year can fly by sooo fast!  It didn’t really hit me on Zoe’s birthday that she’s no longer a baby, but it did hit me last night.  It’s amazing to think that this time last year, we were at Aunt Melanie’s family’s lake house with Kirk’s brother, Kyle, Melanie, Reese, and Davis, and I was attempting to keep Zoe happy, which wasn’t working.  Also, I was very leery of leaving the house and going into public; not because of Zoe getting sick or anything like that, but because she was so unbelievably fussy/colicky that I never knew when she would get going or what would set her off. 


So, as I watch my now little girl eat her applesauce and chicken raviolis out of a bowl with a spoon, a fork, and her hands, I really am amazed at how much she’s changed and grown up.  I definitely don’t miss those 1st several months, but wow…

Anyways… Zoe is growing like a little weed.  It seems that almost daily, she’s doing something or saying something new.  So here’s the update:  

Communication: Verbally, she says: dada (daaa..), mama, bear, duck, up (dup), stuck, hot (dot), Ollie (Ah-e), hi, cheese, juice, all done, zeke (see), dog (uf-uf), hat (dat), bad (while looking at Zeke and holding up her 2 index fingers), and this (I think; she says, “dis” while pointing to whatever she wants).  Of course, to a stranger, most of the words aren’t understandable, but I know what’s she saying.  With her signing, she also says: more, all done, eat, drink, milk, please, nap/night-time, thank-you, and bath.  She also shakes her head no and knows that a dog says, “uf-uf”, and a cow says, “oooo”. 

Motor skills: sliding by herself (see previous post), trying to jump, throwing a ball, running (well, it’s between a fast walk and a run now), walking on her tiptoes, stepping up/down while holding onto a hand, occasionally kick a ball (walking into a ball on purpose), scribbling with crayons, and putting lids on and off containers. And, 1 fun thing – she thinks Zeke is for  riding.                                                                                          

Self-help skills: Helps with putting on and taking off her clothes, brushes her hair, if you give her a brush, knows that a toothbrush is for brushing her teeth (she just gnaws on the bristles, though), attempts to use a fork and spoon, and drink from an open cup with supervision.

Cognitive: She can follow simple 2-step commands (go and get a book) or complex 1-step commands (Zoe, your diaper needs to be changed.  Let’s go upstairs.)  Can match up the circle, triangle, and square shapes in a shape sorter.  On an icky note, she’s also throwing small temper tantrums, hitting Zeke (and, occasionally a parent), and occasionally has issues with separation anxiety.  Alas, Zoe is not perfect.

I almost forgot, you can’t see in the pictures,  but Zoe now has 3 teeth!!  YEAH!  Her top right tooth finally broke through the gumline earlier this week.  Maybe she’ll have all of her teeth just when all of her friends start losing theirs. :>) 

 On a more fun note, Papa Joe and Gramma Joanie were here last weekend.  They watched Zoe, while Kirk and I went to the Smashing Pumpkins concert.  (thanks again, mom and dad!)  We had a grand time, and to get us in the mood for football season, the grandparents did a little spoiling.                                                        

Whew…sorry this entry is soooo long, but I’m done now.  Have a great week!


August 22, 2008

Zoe has learned that she can slide by herself!  Of course, Kirk and I are close by, just in case, she decides to try and slide head 1st.  Check it out!

Since these videos were taken (about 10 days ago), Zoe is now able to climb up the stairs by herself, and slide down with control!

Picture time!

August 19, 2008

Last Tuesday, Kirk, Zoe, and I put on some nice clothes and headed to Portrait Innovations to have some pictures taken.  We didn’t have any formal family pictures, and I wanted some 1-year-old pictures of Zoe.  The photographer did a great job, and although it wasn’t the most fun in the world, Kirk and I are glad we got them done.  Here are a few (if you would like to see the picture enlarged, click on the individual picture):

This past weekend was spent in St. Augustine, FL with the Bradley family.  We had a great time visiting with everyone, and Zoe had a blast meeting all of her cousins.  Pretty much, we played games, went swimming, and celebrated my nephew, Reese’s, 5th birthday!


Zoe, Amy, and Aunt Katie (matriarch of the family)






Zoe and her cousin, Abbey





(L to R): Amy, Zoe, Kirk, Melanie, Davis, Jimmy, Nancy, Reese, Kyle

Other things going on around here:

Zoe has decided to become a full-fledged toddler and loves the 3 main things toddlers do: eat, climb, and push things around.  The eating was already solved, but to help combat the climbing onto things that aren’t so safe (like the stone hearth in the family room) and to keep her from pushing the chairs and bar stools around, we bought her a couple of new toys.  One is a grocery cart, which she loves.  Not only can she push it around, but she can also take things in and out (another toddler fascination).  The other toy is her 1st chair. 

Zoe chilling with bunny. (And yes, she drags her “animal of the day” into the chair with her!)