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, January 4, 2010

Hats and Pet

As you can only imagine, New Year's Eve for a single mother and preschooler is not exactly filled with a trip to Times Square to watch the ball drop. While we may not have had the usual festivities, we had hats!



We had Happy Birthday New Year's Eve hats:







We had Magician New Year's Eve hats:





We had Painting New Year's Eve hats:





And then we had Pet:



Pet is a new addition to our household and is, thankfully, a nice stuffed plush Guinea pig courtesy of Ikea (and $3.99). After the big New Year's Eve hoo-ha, cousin Bonnie, Eliza and I braved the wind swept river to venture to the Redhook, Brooklyn Ikea. We love Ikea. They are Swedish: they let kids like Eliza ransack the toy section and no self-respecting Swede would ever raise an eyebrow when Eliza hoists her bottle at the age of almost-four.

Eliza has never really taken to stuffed toys. Normally she finds them kind of creepy. But not Pet! And yes, she has named him "Pet." This should not be odd to those of you who know that my cat was named Cat.

Pet and Eliza had a wonkingly huge breakthrough today:

Eliza ate four bites of banana and then she shared the rest with Pet (yes, she placed Pet exactly where you see him).

Oh I know some fine readers are saying "puh-leese, her first bites of banana were at age almost-4?" Why yes they were! Sure the average 24 pound 15 month old scarfs down a few bananas a week, but this little 26 pound almost-4 year old ate her first banana today.

Eliza may never try another banana as long as she lives, but today, January 4 2010 is the day Eliza and Pet shared a banana!

14 comments:

Natalie and Abigail said...

Love, love, love the picture of Pet and the banana. I'm kind-of wondering what the rat would have looked like...

Major congrats on the banana eating. Woo-hoo!!!

I think those pictures of Eliza are beautiful. She photographs so well. I think she is so beautiful.

Happy New Year!

Barb said...

Good news all around, and I love all the hats! And Pet is a brilliant name!

mel- said...

Congrats on that banana! One day these kids need to meet each other... Maybe they will rub off on each other since they seem to be polar opposites! ;-)

Hat pic is so cute... Happy New Year filled with bananas and new foods...

SpeasHill said...

Yay! The day Becca eats 4 bites of banana, we'll be wearing party hats, too! Congrats!

Tasha said...

Go Eliza! Woo hoo!!

Laraf123 said...

It's your blog and your wonderful daughter--you get to write about anything you wish! Good for Eliza for trying the banana! My son went "off" bananas a year ago and tears up anytime I suggest one for a snack!

Robin Elizabeth said...

Yea Eliza! Bananas are great.

Jason said...

She may have the dietary habits of an 18-month-old, but she thinks like a pre-schooler -- our 3-year-old has a stuffed bear named "Mr. Bear."

Darling as always, Eliza.

Kiley and Matthew said...

Yay for bananas! I love the pic of Pet.

Anonymous said...

if i were nearby i would help you, if i were a man i wud propose to you that is how much admire you ,alas I am a mom just like you to a micro preemie..born at 27 wks ..you r are the best,how do you do it? I get tired of my almost 3 feeding issues ..and I am married so i do hv tiny bit o help...hats off to you wonderful mom

BusyLizzyMom said...

Way to go Eliza. We also mastered banana's at agge 4, it was one of our worst foods. Pet seems like a great addition to the family, the fact that you don't have to clean out his pen is even better.

Sara said...

Hooray for bananas! Congratulations, E and Pet!
(And mama, too....)

xoxo
Sara and Maggie

Anne, Eliza Grace's mom said...

Anonymous,

Thank for the very kind words!

(... now if you happen to find that man willing to propose send him this way!)

Proud preemie mom said...

I love this. And how like Eliza Grace to share that banana.