Eliza Grace was born on March 15, 2006, at 26 weeks, 4 days, weighing 1 pound 4 ounces and measuring just 11.5 inches long. She is the light of my soul and this is the story of our life in the big city.

Monday, May 25, 2009


Bubbles can really make the most awful day (days, weeks, months?) seem better, can't they?

Thank you Bonnie, you are the best Auntie and a life saver.



nanamarine said...

Thank Goodness to Aunt Bonnie all around. She made it a good day for all of us. There is nothing sweeter then the laughter of a little child.
My love to you both.

Emily said...

She has the greatest smile! I love her dress and am totally jealous of her nice olive complexion. My white girls don't look nearly as good in the Jungle Gem line...

Shannon said...

How sweet!

Thank you again for all your help with the Benecalorie. Its been very much appreciated.
We finally got Tristan's home health to pay for it!

Anne, Eliza Grace's mom said...

You are more than welcome Shannon. I'm glad to hear they are covering it for you.

abby said...

Please let Eliza know that we have an awesome bubble/water gun (yes, I know, how very un-PC of us) and that we look forward to regaling her with oodles of bubbles (without getting our hands sticky, unless, of course, we overturn the little dish it comes with, which we invariably do) in a couple of weeks. And you shall be regaled with a nice surf and turf dinner and a quite decent bottle of wine (which will no doubt make it easier to overturn said dish of bubble solution).

Anne, Eliza Grace's mom said...

Below are some comments from Violet, twin to Anneliese, Kai's mom, regarding Eliza's failry impressive puzzle skills. I thought I would post them (with her permission) so that it might give other moms of puzzle-loving kids a clue into maybe what's going on in those little heads:

Hi Anne,

I'm asking my sister Anneliese Truame to forward this email to you. I'm Kai's Auntie Violet, and I follow your blog...

...Perhaps I should mention that I am an artist, and I have been a teaching artist to children ages 3 to 73 for over 20 years. So here is my reaction to the puzzle video... Wow! There is just so much going on in this video! First off, I notice that Eliza is making decisions remarkably quickly--which piece to choose, where to try it, whether to keep trying with the same piece or to move on to another piece--all very seamlessly. This is a lot of problem solving that she seems to do quite effortlessly. Second, she maintains a rythym of exploring her options and doesn't get hung up on a piece or frustrated when she can't find a match. This speaks to me of persistence and patience. Third, she's using all four limbs simultaneously to do four different things--put down one piece while picking up another while spinning around with one foot while moving the puzzle around towards her with the other. This is a flexible form of ambidextrous/ambilimb coordination. Fourth, she is discriminating about where she tries a piece and if she tries it. She's using critical thinking skills and visual matching skills. In addition, she's using her past experience with puzzles in a new context. Fifth, she is capable of taking in other input such as the TV without losing sight or interest in what she is doing. I could go on, but I won't. ;-)

I guess the nutshell is... What I see when I watch this video is that Eliza has great confidence, intrinsic motivation and persistence along with very strong visual and spatial configuration skills and a highly developed kinesthetic sense such that a drummer, dancer, rock climber or sculptor would use. These are "art education" words for some of the things a little person will need as they become a big person. And incidentally of course, they are also the skills an artist needs. ;-)

Just thought I'd share,