One huge milestone Ty hit that month was learning how to say "yes" or "yeah." He'd been able to say "no" for a long time, but instead of responding in the affirmative if say, I asked him if he'd like some yogurt, he'd just repeat "yogurt." This made an enormous difference in his communication skills and our being able to teach him to understand the differences between appropriate and inappropriate behavior.
Here are some of the interesting things we find Tyler doing in the morning after he's woken up. It's tempting to leave him there because he typically plays so nicely with his toys.
Allison is a great solids eater, but she has some pretty clear preferences. She only likes food that is perfectly smooth. Purchased baby food is perfect, but homemade has too many chunks. Applesauce isn't even smooth enough for her. The only things I can blend up for her that I know she'll eat are sweet potatoes and bananas. She also hates seasonings, salt, or oil in her vegetables. She hates tart and other strong flavors. I have to add baby cereal to applesauce to make it more bland for her. However, she LOVES savory food. She grimaced while trying each new fruit, but she never had a problem with vegetables or "complete dinner" baby foods. The only fruit she likes is banana, and she particularly hated plums the first time she tried them. I found I could get her to eat any fruit eventually as long as I mixed it with banana and baby cereal, and as time's gone by she's become tolerant of those fruits on their own (even plums), but she always prefers they be mixed with banana.
I wish we had a playground in our area. Kids are always playing in the streets here, and cars come around the corners going way too fast. It was hard to get the kids to understand that they need to run in the same direction as traffic, not against it. They'd run at top speed in this wagon and would have been hit head on by a car coming around the corner. Rarely do I see another adult out watching. This is why I was out supervising.
Allison looks so sweet in pink!
Here she is living up to the message on her shirt - "laugh, smile, and be happy!" This was when she started being able to sit up very solidly. She'd crash hard when she did fall over, but I started letting her sit up like this without being there or having a pillow to spot her. She wore a lot of summer clothes that month since this past April was Seattle's hottest on record.
Too much cute! She's already engrossed in books.
My little cherry flower.
Here's Ty guy talking to granny and grandpa then handing the phone up to baby sister so she could talk to them too.
Bubbles on the porch!
Sweet daddy's girl!
Will there ever be too many cute pictures of her? I think not!
Tyler got to ride the fire engine during "Comcast Cares" day in Oso, WA. He went up with Oscar for their annual service project.
Tyler started occasionally speaking in complete sentences in April.The first really significant one I heard was
Me: "Tyler, where are you?"
Tyler: "I'm upstairs, mommy, looking for kitties."
I was thrilled when Tyler first said sorry of his own accord. We were both walking to where I keep the bubble machine, and in his exuberance he slid and fell down onto my feet. I didn't say anything since it didn't hurt in the slightest, and I wouldn't have told him he needed to apologize, but to my surprise and delight he said "sorry, mommy." Now he apologizes all the time when someone gets hurt whether he caused it or not. One time he said it when a box of bags fell off the fridge onto my head. He's very polite, even when he's being disobedient. "Tyler, go to your room!" "No thanks!"
One day I accidentally left my keys in the car, so Oscar drove home from work to bring them to me. When he left a couple minutes later Tyler said "see you next time daddy!"
Their first trip out in the double stroller!