Big news around here - Eva has sprouted two teeth. Last Thursday night she had a rough night, and Chad and I were worried she might have finally gotten her first ear infection. Then on friday morning she was chewing on my thumb and I felt something sharp. Holy cow! A tooth!
Tooth #2 came through on Saturday, and Eva let me capture the pair:
Good work Eva! Time to get familiar with the toothbrush!
Also, I would like state my amazement at the iphone 4 for being able to take that video. That is some impressive adjustment to changing lighting and depth of field for a cellphone, huh.
We went to the zoo yesterday and Noah got to talk to some ducks.
They were just chilling on the top of the display, which cracked him up.
We went to the zoo because Noah asked to go shortly after getting up in the morning. I think we have entered a new phase where he can actually dictate what we do in a day, which is really neat. Unfortunately it is raining today and he keeps asking if we can go to the park, which may prove to be disappointing.
Speaking of speaking with Noah, there are a few more toddler speech mistakes that I want to share for baby archival purposes:
"Muskak" = music
"Upsing down" = upside down
"fweep" = sleep
"fwimming" = swimming
"misconsin" = Wisconsin, also the destination of any plane he sees in the sky
Also he has a new favorite joke that he has been telling for days:
N: Knock Knock!
R: who's there?
R: Mommy who?
N: Mommy you!! HAHAHAH!!
Two is a fun age. He really cracks me up, when he's not driving me up a wall. And sometimes he does both at the same time.
The grandbrady bunch converged on Boston last weekend for Zach's graduation (Congratulations!!). This was very exciting for us because we got to see everybody AND spend time on the train.
Of course, Dad has a fancy new camera now so we let most of the time go undocumented, since even though I totally love my iphone his pictures really are much better. We did get a few good ones, though:
Dylan and Noah and Nana checking out the new Thoughtbot office
Nana is apparently going to invest in one of those clear whiteboards for her house. I am not sure how tippy is going to like this idea.
Noah also got to try out the pool with Saba (and Dylan, and the rest of the Blumkin crew)
After swimming, we all cleaned up and got ready to go out to dinner. New BFFs Dylan and Noah liked having their picture taken.
But were more skeptical once the siblings were introduced
And the cousins...
But once the grandparents were put in charge the picture improved considerably.
The group then headed out to dinner, where Noah and Dylan managed to keep themselves confined to our semi-private room for over two hours. I was impressed. They (and by "they," I really mean "Noah," let's be honest) struggled a bit with the concept of "PLEASE do not roll around on the restaurant floor), but once I told them they could fall up instead of fall down they did pretty well.
He speaks with increasingly more complex sentences, and can be understood by most people most of the time. He can't really say the letter l or r, so "white," "light" and "right" all sound basically the same. His grammar is pretty good for a 2.5 year old, and he uses most pronouns correctly. He still has a bit of confusion about when to use "he" and when to use "she," though. He also confuses the words "numbers" and "letters," often informing us "look at the numbers there!" when he sees text. Also a special treat we get sometimes is letter of the day cookies, which he insists on calling "number cookies."
He makes a couple of consistent errors that I refuse to correct because they are so adorable. (I don't encourage them, I am just willing to wait for him to correct them on his own).
"Give it for" as in yelling "I have to give it for grammy!" as he flees the room with the iphone
"Taking for a run" as in "I am taking for a run" as he tears around the house.
"I'm am!" as in "I'm am waiting" when we tell him to wait.
"this is" as in "who's paper clip this is?" He usually knows the answer to the question, e.g. "who's shoes these are?" (Daddy's) or "who's toy this is?" (Eva), but it can be interesting when he asks things like "Who's squirrel that is?" Nobody's? God's? Our neighbors? The squirrel is his own squirrel?
He also is singing a lot, and has recently started using nonsense sounds in songs he invents. The past few nights he has been entertaining us with song and dance after dinner...
(this example is cut short because Eva was crying in her crib and he thought he could help)
So Eva went to the doctor for her four month appointment, and was declared practically perfect in every way. Her stats were:
height: 26in (95%ile)
weight: 14lbs 6.5oz (64%ile)
head: 41.2cm (54%ile)
This is excellent news for her potential to be a volleyball player and get to play with baby Provan on Aunt Sarah's future team.
After we got the go-ahead, we decided to stop torturing Eva by eating in front of her and start feeding her solids. We went with sweet potato for a first shot.
She was very excited, until she actually tasted the sweet potato. Then she was notably more skeptical.
Faces aside, she didn't push the food out with her tongue, and really seemed more confused by the taste than put off by it. She kept opening her mouth and grabbing the spoon for more and probably ate a solid teaspoonful.
She was also clearly proud of herself afterwards.
Since then we've done rice cereal with breastmilk, which we cannot feed her fast enough to keep her from squawking her complaints. We've also tried peas, which has not gotten quite the same reaction. Next up - banana! Go Eva!!