Paige is two, going on 13. She is alternately testing her independence and clinging to me. She is also becoming quite a talkative girl! She recalls events (and meals!) from months ago. Today she told me how she ate corn on the cob with our neighbors & their little girl last Fall (we saw them out in the yard after not seeing them for over a month during the last cold spell). Last week, she recounted how she rode the green tractor at the zoo (this also happened last Fall, with grandma & Pop-pop). We visited the zoo again last weekend on an unseasonably warm day, and Paige directed us to all her favorite things: the monkeys, the lions, the carousel, the red barn, and the green tractor! She would be so happy to go to the zoo every day.
Paige is adjusting really well to our new nanny, Allie. Allie is very creative, always singing new songs and coming up with new craft ideas. Today they made a ladybug out of paper plates and a snowman out of pre-packaged sugar cookie dough. They baked the snowman for consumption at a later date. Overall, I think the kids are adjusting to me being back at work better than I am!
I'm taking both kids to a new music class called Music Together. This class focuses more on music education, teaching rhythms, pitch intervals, and exposing kids to a wider range of instruments & all types of music. Our class last fall was more entertainment-based (although also fun!). The highlight of the Music Together class for Paige is that her friend Theo is also in the class. She gets SO excited to go to music class with Theo!
Adam is smiling all the time. He has started to babble more, although he's no match for his chatterbox sister. He's getting stronger every day. He can roll to the side, but not quite all the way over yet... any day now... He had his first cold last week, so he hasn't been sleeping well (and neither have I). But he's on the mend, generally back to his usual easy-going self. He loves watching his sister and at times yearns to hop out of his bouncy seat and follow her! Soon enough, he will be mobile, and then we'll have a whole new set of challenges. But also new joys. Here are a few recent photos.
Paige and Adam, Feb 1, 2009
Family Photo, Dec 30, 2008