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Today we went to the Please Touch Museum in Philly. Ronan seemed to enjoy it. I think he'll really love it in a couple years. It's very close to the Franklin Institute, which also allows reciprocal admission. I might have to go back there tomorrow. THEY HAVE PIRATES!
I highly recommend checking out local zoos and museums and seeing purchasing a membership will allow you to get free/reduced reciprocal membership at other institutions. We're members of the little Virginia Discovery Museum in Charlottesville. That little museum is a member of the ASTC and the ACM. So when we travel, we can visit all sorts of museums for free! Plus, we spend lots of time at our little museum, which is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. We can just hop in from time to time.
I'm also a member of the Philly Zoo, simply because we visit DH's family every other month or so. It's nice to not feel rushed at a zoo, because I know I can visit whenever I'm in the area! And the Philly Zoo membership also has a reciprocity program.
Basically, these memberships just let Ronan and I get out of the house and set off exploring wherever we are. (We also buy the National Parks pass each year.) And while the memberships do cost money, it's better than my other default--shopping. (Okay, so the Nat'l Parks pass just sends me off on wild goose chases, er . . . hikes. But there are no places up here in NJ where I feel safe hiking with just the urchin.)
Anyhow, today was fun. At some point I will have to address the banana in my backpack. It self imploded. :
One of my LLL groups did pics in honer of world BF week..
So...Thursday, I forgot to e-brake my car and it rolled into on SUV..they got a scratch, I got a dent and broken tail light (maybe more..not sure yet). t the same time that happened the car DH was driving with little Johnny shut down and started smoking which brought the fire department and everything...ughhh...so, I guess we are car shopping now.
On the bright side, work should be slow these next 2wks so I get to spend time with Johnny
Before I attempt to catch up on here, let me just say something about my kid.
He can talk!! well...a little anyway. It just didn't seem to me that he was ever going to have any words but I guess we didn't see how his brain works. We started doing a few simple signs in the last month and he loves it. He'll often say the sign and the word at the same time like we do and then point. It's like he needed a symbol to put it together.
Here's what he has so far:
fish (sign and say 'dish')
bird/duck (says duck and does sign for bird)
dad (sign and say)
dog (sign and say)
ball (sign and say)
kitty (says ditty)
mama (says, when we ask what the sign for mama is, he signs milk )
let me try (once only)
here you go (once only)
eh? (this is so not from me!)
Obviously, he mostly still babbles but he's working really hard at language and loving it.
Just a quick hello - and welcome back, hanno!
Scarlet is into everything and all over me today, she's driving me a little cuckoo. But I think she's getting her top eye teeth in now, so that's part of it. The other part is that she wants to do everything brother does and more. On a positive note, she did help me feed the chickens tonight, it was so cute, she actually got the feed into the feeder and didn't spill much. Now she's handing me books, oh I do love her so. She chatters away all day and now screams a very shrill shriek if Max takes something away from her, that drives her dad crazy.
Micah hasn't been verbalizing on his own all that much, but when he is in the mood he will mimick. Does that count, or is it only words that they use independently in the right context? Like, he will say "kitikitikiti" after I call my parents cat (kitty kitty kitty), but doesn't ever just point and say kitty. But, he does understand when I say let's go see the kitty.
He is however getting really good at following commands - when he wants to of course. But, he can follow things like:
-Put the book on the shelf.
-Where's Mommy's phone? (He goes to get it from where he left it)
-Put that back in the box.
-Can you put the blocks in the wagon? (While I am helping)
-Lay down, stand up, sit down, etc.
-Put that in the trash.
-Close/open the door.
-Shut the drawer.
-Where is your (insert whatever toy)? (He will find it)
I am amazed every day at what he grasps...ESPECIALLY since he isn't that verbal. He does say ball, ba-ba (water and sometimes milk), boo-boo (boobie), mama, ma-ma (nana), papa. Everything else is mostly mimicks, like fish, kitty, lizard, more, thanks, please, cheese (although he did say this one when he saw my camera today)....
So Johnny is sickie sickie sickie...he's had a cough and fever and rash since Friday...we actually took him to pediatrician today, who said just to do the same as we were doing except to give motrin more regularly because of his inflamed throat--poor guy.
I'm so glad I'm still BF him!!! He won't eat or drink much of anything else.
He talks a lot lol...his latest thing is repeating everything we say. but he talks a lot on his own too, usually just 1-2 words at a time but he did say, "bah-oon [balloon] up high" today much to my surprise.
For drink, we make a fist and then stick out the thumb. Pretend to drink from the thumb like a spout.
I know I no longer post on this thread, but I wanted to share with you all that Wildthing & I met up yesterday & I caught the most adorable picture of our girls, and just had to share with you Mama's. Abbygail is on the right. Enjoy!!!
Hope everyone is doing well!!! debstmomy & wildthings 4/07 girls!!!
Hey Hanno!! Glad to see you're back!!:
I haven't posted in a while cause we're doing media-free saturdays and we're limiting our online time on sundays too. Ever since then, Liam has been so much better behavior-wise, it's incredible!! And he and romi have been *gasp* kissing and hugging and even playing together!! I feel like the luckiest mom in the world lately.
As for talking, wow Hanno, Ion is quite the talker!! I'm with Kris on this one. Romi is not that verbal. She says hi, hello, dou-dou (soft - when she pets something) and maman. That's pretty much it. Liam was a late talker, so maybe it's in the genes??
I'm just glad that Zenon's keeping us company in the non talking dept :
Love the LLL pictures, by the way, so sweet!
I'm back from Atlanta, Desmond and I had fun visiting my parents, but I didn't have any internet time. I have pictures to post and a video of him playing the piano, he fell in love with my parent's piano, which they told me I could have if I could get it moved up to Maryland (I think I'll pass and get one off Craig's List or something when the time comes).
We went out on the boat, which he had fun with and he loved going swimming at the pool as well. My parents were great and while we were at the lake house I would drop him off in their room when he woke up and then go back to sleep and they would take care of him during the morning, yay!
He was a bit horrible on the flight both there and home though, he screamed the whole way down on the way there and he screamed both up and down on the way home. I am so looking forward to the 15 hour flight to India . Him having his own seat did help a lot though because he was content to sit in his seat during the actual flying parts of the flight which helped a lot.
Other then that he now has a bunch of cute things he does, he picks up anything that even remotely resembles a phone and holds it up to his ear and says "hi", it is so cute. He also covers his eyes with his hands and when you say where's Desmond he put them down. He has taken to calling me Baab (boob) rather then Mommy, which is not as cute, I would really prefer to be called Mommy then boob, call me strange and all.
Anyways it is great to be home, and online again.
I haven't posted in a while cause we're doing media-free saturdays and we're limiting our online time on sundays too.
Here is a copy of what I just posted to my local mommy group...
OMG--totally, had the scariest 5mins (that seemed like 10yrs) or my life...I'm surprised I'm not in the hospital for a heart attack.
I have a baby fence that goes all around my back deck and Johnny plays there while I cook dinner (the kitchen door opens to the deck). Well, today, it gets really quiet, so I go out to see what he's doing....the gate is moved and Johnny is NO WHERE IN SIGHT!!!! With my heart pounding glance around as I run to the front porch (we live on a busy street) and ask the neighbors if they have seen him; they haven't so they help me look all over th house, backyard, forest behind our backyard, I check with our next door neighbors because Johnny plays with there kids sometimes...everyone is looking and yelling for him. Just as I call 911 and the dispatcher says, "fire, ambulance, or police?" One of my neighbors says, "are you the boy we're looking for?" Johnny had gone up the fire/balcony stairs to the upstairs apartments (currently vacant) and was walking back down to her as if nothing had ever happened.
I have never been so scared in my life...and now my whole neighborhood must think I'm a horrible mommy.
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