60 weeks old!
In the beginning of the week the girls and I continued our outings together, visiting the Northampton Parents Center one morning and spending some time at the library the next day. The Parents Center was lots of fun but also a bit overwhelming because it was crowded. There are so many toys to play with, other kids to watch, and songs to sing/dance to at the end. The library trip with also fun, with a story time and then lots of playing with Legos, exploring the little house, and giving the stuffed animals lots of kisses and hugs.
Maya checks out the climbing mats and watches another little girl at the Parents Center.
"Beep, beep, 'scuse me, comin' through!"
Both girls had dry diapers the entire time we were at the Parents Center and used the potties in the big bathroom before we drove home. They really impressed me by waiting in line while other kids used the potties until it was our turn.
It's still somewhat new that they tell us when they need to use the potty. It's definitely not all the time yet, but it is exciting that they are becoming more aware and telling us some of the time. On Sunday morning Maya woke up at 5:00. I brought her into our bed to cuddle and nurse. After a few minutes, she stopped nursing and signed "water". We got up and she drank some water. Then she signed "potty". We went to the bathroom and her diaper was dry. She peed and pooped in the toilet. She signed "all done" and we went back to the bed and nursed again. After a few minutes, I told her that it was too early to be up for the day and in a minute I was going to put her back in her bed so we could both go back to sleep. And she did! I'm so glad the communication is working both ways.
Sharing the Lego table with a sweet older girl at the library.
Picking out a new toy at Magical Child in Greenfield.
Maya really enjoyed dancing to Katie Sach's live music at the farmer's market.
Lunch with Grandma.
Unfortunately, Maya, Ella and I weren't feeling well by that evening. Our noses were sniffly and I had a scratchy throat. The next morning the three of us definitely had a cold. We must have picked up something during all that fun out and about earlier in the week. It turned out to be a minor cold, mostly just a week of annoyingly snotty noses. Maya and Ella did better with it than I did. They continued as normal, playing happily despite the snots dripping from their noses. I mostly lay on the couch. Luckily, Brett didn't catch what we had and remained healthy. We were sad to not be able to make it to Asher's birthday party on Sunday, but we didn't want to pass along our germs. Hopefully we'll get a chance to see Steech, Bridget and Asher (and meet their new baby girl, Tabitha!!) sometime soon.
The sign lanugage we've been teaching the girls has started to really pay off. Maya and Ella are picking up signs so quickly now! Their sign for "more" (which they've been using for a while) has become much clearer and both girls, though especially Ella, just seems so pleased when we she signs something and we understand what she wants.
We enjoyed a few leisurely strolls around the block this week. Maya liked touching this milkweed plant growing on the side of the road.
It's hard to give hugs to your sister while eating lunch, but it's fun to try.
Queen of the block bucket! (Our little climber got up there all by herself.)
Ella took a really long nap one day and I took this picture of her when I went in to check if she was awake.
"Gotta catch 'em all, gotta catch 'em all!"
"Munch, munch, munch!"
Being helpful. (And cute.)
Enjoying the new issue of Adventure Cyclist.
Hugs aren't always mutually appreciated.
Brett took the girls on a few bike rides this week. Most have been fairly short, just up to town or around the block a couple times. It's fun to see Maya and Ella so excited to ride in the trailer. They know the sign for bike and use it frequently to let us know that they would really love to go out for a ride.
Helping Dada hook up the trailer.
Heading out for a ride!
A older man, Jim, at the end of our street unexpectedly lost his wife a few weeks ago. We found out through our neighborhood email list that he might really appreciate some help with yard work, (specifically, leaf raking) because he and his wife used to tackle it together and without her, things were piling up. Since Brett and I both enjoy raking leaves and we don't have any to rake at our house, one afternoon we walked over with a rake and some bags and went to work. The babies helped by being very cute. Jim came out of his house when we were almost ready to leave and was so friendly and appreciative. It must be so very sad to suddenly be without the person that you've spent most of your life with. Thinking about it makes me appreciate the time spent with my family even more than I usually do, and give Brett even more hugs.
So many leaves!
The girls were fascinated with the rake and really wanted to help.
Ella and Dada.
Cheering me on.
Crunch, crunch, crunch, through the piles!
Sitting in piles of leaves is even more fun than raking.
After a while, this tree stump became more interesting than the leaf piles.
Ella uses her sister for balance.
"There were two on the stump and the little one said 'Move over! Move over!'"
One of my favorite pictures from the leaf raking adventure taken by Brett.
Bonus leaf crunching video!