Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The end of the year...

First and foremost, allow me to apologize for this recent hiatus from updating the blog. With the holidays in full swing and coming to a close, it's been difficult to set time aside to get thoughts down here, even though I've had time off. Having kids is definitely a full time job, and I never doubted it for a second! Nevertheless, I've found a little bit of time to get everyone up to speed at the recent goings-on at the Camero home.

As the year comes to a close, Isaiah is nearing the 11-month mark. We can hardly believe that he's just a month shy of being a year old! Seriously, where has the time gone? Our second bundle of joy, whom we JUST brought home not too long ago, has really grown into a little heart-breaker! His personality is starting to surface more, and is most apparent on his "good" days. He still has days where he doesn't want any part of anyone but Mommy, but hopefully those will start to taper off.

He's very much into cruising around the house, and has made attempts to stand up on his own, and has even taken a step or two. He isn't quite as adventurous as Makenna was at this stage, although he did start this cruising phase before Makenna did. He also finally learned how to really crawl, but will still do his combat crawl every now and then since he's much faster at doing that! Isaiah has also become a lot more chatty as of late, and will sit in his crib and talk to himself before each of his naps. He's learned how to clap his hands, knows the sound a lion makes, and even has his own little dance he does in support of defense during a football game (Miami no less)!

Makenna has also made strides in her development as of late, and never ceases to amaze us, on a near-daily basis! We've done our best to help her along as she grows more into the toddler phase. We're just about ready to put her in a "big girl" bed, as she looks so cramped in her crib. She hasn't started to climb in or out of it, thank God, but when she's in it, she just looks like she's outgrown it.

Her latest milestone is that she started using her potty seat! She actually started using the toilet the day after Christmas, when we put her Elmo potty seat in the bathroom. Now when she has to go, she'll let either one of us know that she has "pee pee" and will immediately start taking off her clothes! Once she goes, she gets super excited, and while we praise her for her recent achievement, she asks us to do a dance for her, which we gladly do for her, especially if it'll keep her motivated to continue using the potty!

The other day, Kenna surprised us both when she started reciting the alphabet on her own, while playing with an alphabet puzzle she received for Christmas. We've heard her say the individual letters before, and she still doesn't know all of them, but what got us this time was the fact that she held a letter in her hand, and then told us what it was! I think she got up to the letter G, and then told us some other random letters! Talk about a jaw dropping moment!

For now, as this year comes to a close, we're both enjoying this time off with each other and with the kids. This has been a tough year with both kids requiring a lot of individual attention, although we didn't expect it to be a cake walk! As they both continue to develop, both Enz & I just sit back in amazement, and to this day, we still can't believe how blessed we are to have such wonderful children! We can't wait to see what the new year has in store for our family! Happy New Year to all! May the new year bring you peace, love & happiness!!!

One of Isaiah's new rides...

Makenna figured out the whole "gift opening" thing this year...

Happy Holidays from the Camero's =)

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