Avery’s new favorite word is “bean.” Easter is to blame for this new development as it was the cause of the introduction of jellybeans into Avery’s little world. She also learned “candy” which she used to call “nanu,” but now comes out “nany.” Interestingly, all Easter candy is “nany” while the old stand-by candies she still calls “nanu.” Easter is also to blame for the cute little dress which we took off and put on all day so she wouldn’t get waffle or ham all over it.
She’s becoming quite the little talker. She’s started stringing multiple words together to make sentences. The other day she said “Momma, bite, nanna?” which meant “Momma’s bite of banana?” About a week ago she was sitting on Grandma’s lap and patting Grandma’s tummy. Grandma said “There’s no baby in there, sorry.” To which Avery replied “uh-oh…” and then put her hands up in the air and said “Wha happen?” It was pretty funny.
She has a bunch of games that she likes and they all have names. “Cake” means patty cake, which she adores, especially the part where you say “B” in “mark it with ‘B'” which she squeals at the top of her lungs most of the time. If she says “name” it means she wants to spell her name… I say the letters and she repeats them. She really likes that game and we’ve moved on to spelling mommy and daddy recently too. She also really likes story time at the library. She was pretty hesitant at first, but after 3 or 4 trips she’s pretty happy about it. She really likes the “turn around” song and asked to sing it at home today, which was a first. She’s still also very fond of her bellybutton and you can hear her all over the house saying “button!” when she rediscovers it for the 5th or 6th time that day.
Her favorite things are going on car rides and walks in the “loller” (stroller). We usually stop at the playground on walks too, so that helps. There’s an awesome playground down the road from us that’s just her size. Everything is about three feet off the ground so the slides are short enough that she can go down there by herself and there’s two little baby swings. She loves it there and I love that I don’t have to help her around everything. Way to go Parks and Rec.
She’s also got names for everyone in my family. It took her a while to get my brothers down but here are the names we have. The exception would be Nathan. I haven’t heard a name for Nathan, yet, but she was only ever around him for a couple weeks, so maybe when he comes home this Spring that will change. Here are all our names: Mamma, Bapa, Ninnen, Nani, Jenum, and Cair. She’s funny, she knows whose shoes and clothes belong to whom, so while I’m doing laundry she says the name of the person who owns the particular article of clothing I’m folding. It’s pretty impressive how much of it she remembers.
We’re having an adjustment period of some kind when it comes to sleeping. She doesn’t wake up in the middle of the night anymore like she did last month (Two little teeth poking out one day finally explained that particularly fun period of time.) but she won’t go to bed at night and I’ve had to let her cry herself to sleep a lot recently. Then she’s exhausted in the mornings and falls asleep in her high chair at lunch. My bed is getting a little messy with all the sandwich crumbs she tracks in there as I transfer her from highchair to bed. It’s pretty cute, though, and it’s easier than our usual naptime routine.