|running down the driveway|
|exploring at the Children's Garden|
|fun on our friend's porch swing!|
|ringing in 20 months with a bang--2 ear infections & the stomach bug =(|
but making the best of the doctor appointment by ripping up the paper!
|this boy LOVES sandboxes|
|his "Oh!" face! He loves to pour water on his head &|
tries to do it to the girls too, who are NOT fans!
Isaiah is still our little explorer and wanderer and the other day at the park he just decided to conquer this big grassy hill and made it all the way to the top. Of course then he was stuck and too afraid to come down so I had to go rescue him! He's been kind of funny at the outdoor pool. He loves the pool and is very brave and repeatedly puts his whole face in the water, but then gets unexplicably nervous at times walking around the splashpad area. Isaiah has big feelings and when he's happy he's really happy and has contagious belly laughs, and when he is sad he is really sad! As I was looking through pictures for this post I noticed that I have WAY more pictures of him crying/melting down that I do of the girls, and I think it's because it just happens more often and sometimes over the most ridiculous things. Isaiah and I have been spending a lot of quality time together at night as I attempt another round of our co-sleeping night weaning plan. It has been going pretty well and he's had multiple nights recently where he has slept from 7/7:30 until about 5 before waking up and needing help falling back asleep. I'll take it!
|getting dirty (probably as a ploy to get to go in & "wash hands"|
|happy girl bouncing on mommy's knees|
Avery is putting two words together pretty consistently and is pretty insistent with helping us understand what she is saying when we don't get it. She has quite a screechy "no" these days and the other day she said no and crossed her arms. We have no idea where she got that from! Avery likes to pretend to make food for us and when you ask her what it is you are guaranteed to hear her say "noodles" because she loves a book we have from my mom about babies eating noodles. She knows the book too and will pretend to get noodles in her hair and on her nose and in her toes too. Avery is obsessed with babies and everywhere we go she asks if we are going to see babies. She is sooo sweet with any babies we do see like at music class and is very very gentle with them, softly touching their hair. It is pretty cute. She is also pretty into her "Humphrey dog" as you can see in this video.
|our little thumbsucker =)|
|another happy bouncing baby (er...toddler!)|
|Super Ellie & her sidekick monkey!|
|just a stunningly gorgeous pic of Ellie!|
|and an extra pic that captures her truly cheesy smile!|
(she LOVES getting to ride on the front bike seat with me!)
And just as Avery is obsessed with babies, Ellie is obsessed with baby dolls. She loves her babies and likes to bring them with her wherever we go. She also gets pretty territorial about whichever baby she is into at the moment and this has led to her new favorite phase "No, Mine!" She has totally overgeneralized it and will say it when she just means no sometimes, but she does have the most developed sense of ownership I think. Last night we gave them new water cups and this morning Ellie knew whose was whose despite the fact that she & Avery both had red cups, just with a different lid. We were surprised! Ellie is still the queen of snuggling and thumbsucking and she is still in a mama mama mama phase. When she's not being clingy though she is super fun to play with. Ellie has started to pretend to cook in their play kitchen and she and Avery in particular like to pretend to grab food from a book and take and share bites of it. It is pretty adorable. Ellie has generally been pretty anti-wrestling, but over the last few weeks she's been coming around to it and latched onto a new game where she likes to ride on Isaiah's back. =) Avery tries to entice Ellie to ride her back, but 90% of the time Ellie says "No. Aya (Isaiah). Back." It's adorable. If you've been following us on facebook you've probably already seen this video, but it's so cute it's worth watching again!