Well, a lot has happened since the last post. Here are some highlights.
Last Tuesday (10 January), it was too cold and rainy to take the kids to the zoo as planned. So, we ran by the local Wal-Mart and got some fingerpaints so that E would be entertained. She enjoys fingerpainting, though – at times – she seems to view the paint as something in which to soak her fingernails. Fortunately, the paint is constituted so that it is clear until it touches specially-coated paper. This is the greatest invention since the computer.
Wednesday (11 January) we finally made it over to the zoo. The Gulf Coast Zoo is somewhat small, but it’s a great bargain at $10 for adults. (Admission is free for kids under 3). The zoo has a nice group of animals. C (12 months) was most impressed by the monkeys, while E (26 months) enjoyed the ducks. We bought some pellets to feed the ducks, so they followed us around the zoo. Mom & Dad took lots of photos.
C does not seem to be the most-adaptable child. She doesn’t like us messing with her food. Nonetheless, the time has come to wean her off formula. We started by gradually increasing the amount of cow’s milk and gradually decreasing the formula. That has worked well; she’s now 100% on cow’s milk. It’s nice not to pay $32 for double-cartons of Enfamil any longer.
This week’s project has been to get C to start holding her own food. We have some “Mum-Mums,” which look like tiny surfboards. C’s motor skills aren’t up to putting smaller things in her mouth, but she’s doing well with Mum Mums.
E is progressing on her potty training. I won’t go into too much detail, but she’s showing an understanding of “#1.”
A final note is that E is learning a lot of new words. One of her favorites is “no clothes,” when she sees a picture of anyone (human or animal) without pants and a shirt. Also, she likes the word “bowtie,” after seeing the reindeer Bob in one of Sandra Boynton’s books. E likes to play with my tie when I come home from work. C’s favorite word is “Dada,” which is – of course – just fine with me 🙂