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January 12th, 2012

my little linguist

David’s pediatrician said that most 15-month-olds say three to four words in addition to mom and dad. Not only does David know a lot more than three or four words, but he clearly understands a lot of what we say to him.

Along with his almost constant toddler jabber, David says:

  • momma
  • dad
  • car
  • dog
  • nana
  • papa
  • puppy
  • nananna (banana)
  • crack (cracker)
  • bye-bye
  • uh-oh
  • wow/whoa
  • no, no, no (he never says it just once)
  • dadid (David)
  • ball (occasionally)
  • more
  • up
  • call
  • eye
  • yay
  • wew-woh (hello)
  • oh/ow (he uses those interchangeably, meaning he never uses ow correctly, which can be funny)

He adds a new word every few days now.

The other night we had peas with our dinner and David kept pointing at his and saying, “ball.” He was really confused when I kept correcting him. Peas do look like balls, I guess.

He just turned 15 months and can identify all the parts of his face/head, as well as his belly, knees, feet, toes, and fingers (I’m still trying to teach him shoulders so we can do “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” together; his little stubby arms have a hard time reaching his shoulders).

One of David’s favorite things to do is walk around “talking” on my cellphone. He’ll hold it up to the side of his face and talk to his imaginary friend (or sometimes Nana and Papa, who he called once all on his own without me knowing) for large amounts of time. If my phone isn’t available, he’ll use his thermometer instead.

The other night Matt was walking around while talking on his phone, so David grabbed my phone and followed him. It was so cute and funny. I think it’s cute that they’re wearing matching socks.

January 12th, 2012

oh christmas tree, oh christmas tree

(Oops, I thought I published this post about a week ago … And I apologize for some of the weird formatting; my blog has ideas of its own.)

Some of my favorite things about Christmas this year (basically our Christmas in a nutshell):

  • Seeing a lot of Matt’s family in southern California; his sister and her family, his parents, his grandparents, and his aunt and uncle were all there in person. We were able to video chat with the other families, so we pretty much got to see and talk to everyone (thank you modern technology). It was seriously so much fun, and David was overloaded with spoilage and attention.
  • Watching David perform for his cousins and other admirers; this kid is such a ham!
  • THE WEATHER: We left Rexburg at a brisk 12 degrees and spent a week in the 70s. No coats! No hats! No gloves! David played on green grass in the warm sunshine.
  • Visiting the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and walking through Air Force One.
  • Taking an exclusive tour of the Disney Studios backlot and learning about the behind-the-scenes and going-ons of Disney. Rob, our brother-in-law, is an attorney for a division of Disney and could therefore take us on an employee-only tour of the Disney backlot; we walked through some of the buildings, saw some original sketches and illustrations from several Disney-favorites, saw a few costumes worn by the actors in their live-action movies (like Pirates of the Caribbean and Alice in Wonderland, for example), and so many other really neat things. David unfortunately hated the tour and was pretty much a pill the whole time (until we found the Lady and the Tramp plush dog display at the on-site store which David walked around and squealed at for 10 minutes at which time Papa picked him up and took him), but Matt and I are glad we went. Papa bought David one of the plush puppies from the display, he’s cuddling with it in his crib as I type.
  • Visiting my great-aunt Lillian (Aunt Lil as she calls herself). I don’t even know how to describe this woman. She’s old, but full of fire. She’s hil-arious; all comedy in my genes came from her. When I was a child, she and my great-grandmother traveled the world and would send us knick knacks and sweaters and dolls from their adventures. Whenever we’d see her she’d take us out to Pizza Hut and then get us cherry-dipped Dilly Bars from Dairy Queen, every single time. I have so many wonderful memories of her and I am so happy that we got to take an afternoon to see her and show off David.
  • Oh, and getting a SEWING MACHINE. Almost forgot that one. Almost. The sewing machine was my big gift and because most everyone knew that’s what I was getting (thanks to a not-so-sneaky elf), almost all of my other presents were sewing related. I now have pretty much everything I need to start sewing; 26 spools of thread, fancy scissors, cutting mat and ruler, pins, pin cushion, and on and on. I couldn’t be happier. My domesticity is going to a whole new level. Prepare yourselves for all of the sewing posts in your future.

Our trip home deserves a post all its own, I’ll save that for later.