Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Baybay & Baybee: Week 77 (1/23-1/29)

77 weeks old!

It seems that we have entered a new era: Maya has figured out that if she moves her chair over to the counter, she can get at the snacks by herself. And while her sister is busy climbing on the counters, Ella has been experimenting with temper tantrums.

"Tantrum" may not be quite the right word, but she has been getting extremely whiny and demanding at times. She gets so worked up, crying and repeating "Up!" over and over again. This behavior has been particularly prominent when she seems to be trying unsuccessfully to communicate something to us (a desire? a need? an observation?). It's sad and frustrating for us, too, but it all seems to pass pretty quickly if we can distract her. I think when she learns how to say more words, things will get easier.

It was decided (and by decided, I mean insisted upon) that Rody (the red bouncy horse sitting in my chair) was hungry, too. Therefore, he had to sit at the table for lunch.

I got my hair cut! It hasn't been this short in many years. I'm really happy with the way it looks and the babies are getting used to it. At first, they kept pointing to my head, as if to say, "Mama, where did all your hair go!?" I am happy to say that no one has pulled my hair since I got it cut.

First picture of my new haircut.

I brought the futon into the living room this week. It was mainly for me, because I was tired of sitting on the floor while playing with Maya and Ella. Turns out, a bed in the living room is a lot of fun to play on. In this picture, Maya, Ella and Rody are taking a (pretend) nap. Pretend naps have been fun for the girls in their beds for a while--they never seem to tire of it, while we narrate: "Ella's sleeping. Oh!  She's awake!  And now she's napping again.  Wait! She's not sleeping, she's awake!"

Ella didn't want to take a nap on Friday morning, so we made an apple pie instead.

Playing peek-a-boo with Uncle Guy.

 Family grocery shopping trip at the co-op.

 At the farmer's market with Dada.

We brought the dry erase board easel back upstairs this week and the girls have been going to town drawing on it. They have also been pretty good about not drawing on anything else. They ask us to draw a doggie, a bike, and write out the words Grandma, Papa, Mama, Dada, Guy, Maya, and Ella. Brett and I do get tired of drawing doggies every time they draw, but it's fun to see them filling up the board with lines and squiggles.

Some post-dinner drawing.

Maya is very serious about her art.

We had a nice visit with Spartan, Hannah, and Max on Sunday. We went up around lunch time and stayed for a couple hours. Maya and Ella had fun playing with Max's toys and we got to catch up with our friends. Max is several months younger but up and walking now, so the developmental differences between Max and our girls are becoming pretty minor. Pretty soon, they'll just be three kids running around!

The babies on the chair go round and round, round and round, round and round. The babies on the chair go round and round, all day long.

I just love this picture of Spartan and Max.

Max following Maya.

Trying out Max's rocking chair.

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