Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A Conversation with Leila



"Lllllllllleila" That is what we hear all day long. Leila loves to say her name, and she especially loves all the "l" sounds. As soon as she wakes up in the morning she points to the pictures on her wall (all of her) and says "Llllllllleila." Me: "Yep, that's Leila." Leila: (Pointing to me) "Mama. My mama." Me: "Yep, I'm your mama." Leila: (now pointing to herself) "Llllleila. Leila! Leila! Leila! Llllllleila!" And before she goes to bed at night we'll probably hear "Llllllllleila" another hundred or so times.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


I swear - those two are like peanut butter and jelly. It is so sweet to watch them together.

On the hunt for a cleaner pasta

I am on the hunt for a "cleaner" pasta for Leila. As you saw from the previous post, Leila looooves her pasta, but that red sauce is such a pain to clean up now that the princess INSISTS on feeding all times! This afternoon I made Leila three different types of pasta, in hopes that she would love one (or all) of them without making a giant mess. I made her Deceptively Delicious mac 'n cheese, which is always a hit, alphabet pasta with small-cut sundried tomatoes (she loves 'em), snow peas, grilled chicken, a little olive oil and parmesean cheese, and alphabet pasta with a garlic-alfredo sauce. I'm really hoping that one of the two new ones will be a winner. Leila had the Deceptively Delicious mac 'n cheese and a gardenburger for dinner tonight, both of which she loved and did not make a big mess with. We'll see how she does with one of the new pastas tomorrow.

Here is Chef Leila helping me out:

Monday, April 21, 2008

I can't turn my back for a second!

And this is why I can't turn my back for a second. Watch the progression. (Note: this all took place within about 30 seconds.)

As soon as we got Leila in a bath the water turned red. It took FOREVER to get her left eye clean!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

She can use a fork!

Leila can feed herself with a fork, and she is quite good at it! We were having risotto last Thursday and she kept grabbing for Tony's fork. Finally he gave it to her, and she stuck the fork on his plate, got a few pieces of risotto and put it in her mouth. We thought it was a fluke, but we were so wrong! Ever since she's been feeding herslef with a fork and she keeps getting better and better. She also loves to feed us! Here is a picture of her eating dinner tonight:

(and she goes shirtless when feeding herself, because she rips of bibs in less than two seconds)

Little Miss Fancy

So, last night after her bath, Leila decided she didn't want to wear her bathrobe anymore. She whipped it off and put on her (my) faux fur instead. She was very upset when we made her put on her pajamas.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Fun at the park

Today was gorgeous, so we spent pretty much the entire day outside! After Leila's time in the pool we walked to the big park. Unfortunately the swings were way too hot, but she got to go down the slides with Daddy. After playing and relaxing in the shade for a while Tony decided he wanted ice cream. So, we walked downtown to Cold Stone. Tony had peanut butter ice cream, with brownies and reeses peanut butter cups. I had fat free sweet cream with reduced fat brownies. Not nearly as good as Tony's. Leila shared with me.

At the park Leila didn't want to drink out of her sippy cup, but Mommy's sippy bottle:
Let me play!

Leila's "pool"

Today's high temperature was 89 degrees and we took full advantage of it! First thing in the morning we walked to the Farmer's Market and got our produce for the week, and (of course!) a cup of coffee from Tully's. Then we walked over to the Three Dog Bakery to get Ramon a goodie and a new kong. We then walked home and Leila took a nap. During her nap I went out and got a little pool for the backyard. As soon as she woke up we took her to the backyard where she got super excited for her new pool, and even did her "Happy Feet" dance! She couldn't wait for her swimsuit and decided to hop in in her birthday suit.

Finally, she let us put her suit on!

It may not be the fanciest pool, but she absolutely loves it!

Make sure your volume is up - you can hear her say "hi" and "bye"

Leila's new site

Hi everyone! Thanks for being so understanding for my need to close the babysite. Welcome to Leila's new website! Please make sure to bookmark You can still leave comments at the end of every new entry, the only thing you won't get is an email update letting you know when a new post has been added, so check back frequently!

I hope you enjoy this new site, and if you have any questions feel free to ask!