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Evelyn – 14 months

Due to some computer problems, I don’t have a picture this month. Sorry folks. Evelyn is getting pretty big though. I took her to the doctor this month and she’s over 8 kilos! This puts her back on the growth scale (yes!) and gets the doctor off my back about how small she is.

She eats better now. She will eat beans sometimes and lunchmeat and peanut butter and jelly. We discovered this month that she’s milk sensitive, so all the yogurt had to go. Very frustrating when it’s the only food you can be sure the kid will eat and when you know it’s your kid’s favorite. Hopefully we’ll be able to ease it back in slowly. I still give her a little dairy and she gets a yogurt once every week or two. And she doesn’t throw up anymore. Yay for that.

Evelyn is really figuring out the world. She brings me my shoes and points until I put them on my feet (very interesting when I’m say, doing the dishes…). She points at her shoes until I take them off her. Then she points again until I put them back on. She claps when she wants to play patty cake and likes to beep my nose. She discovered her belly button recently and that’s a favorite activity anytime anyone mentions it or we do a diaper change.

She also loves to participate in our hand washing parties after Avery goes on the toilet. Avery and I both have to wash hands, and she thinks she needs to be in there getting her hands washed too. Luckily I usually wash our hands in the bathtub because the sink is a little high still and Evelyn is just tall enough to get her hands up over the edge and into tub so I can spray her hands with the sprayer.

Her favorite toy right now is Avery’s doll stroller. She’s barely tall enough to see over the top and the handles are about at nose height and she goes careening through the house bumping into everything lower than two feet high. It’s hilarious when she gets going fast because she almost can’t keep up with it and her legs start flying out to the side so she looks like a penguin trying to run. We hear her screeching and grunting all day as she backs up and shoves forward when she gets stuck on thresholds and shoes.

Evelyn’s pretty much a walker now. Up until a week ago or so I would still say she crawled more than she walked, but the last couple days she’s really switched over to walking. She does the toddler walk with her chest sticking out and her arms out to the side. She reminds me of a bouncer. She still falls down a lot, but she’s getting pretty good. I love watching babies walk.

Her favorite games are “row row row your boat” and “patty cake.” She loves fruit. She really likes to cuddle and every day when I get her up from her nap she grabs all the blanket and dolly she can hold in a frantic rush of activity before I can pick her up. She likes to go places and be outside. She likes to hide in the curtain with Avery. She’s our funny girl.

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Avery had a Birthday today and she was pretty excited about it. It wasn’t super fancy, but here’s how it went.

We put up a few balloons and she colored a piece of paper that we made into a hat. She thought that was pretty cool and played with it off and on all day. We found a cute little outfit that she hadn’t worn yet to be her Birthday clothes for the day.

We had two of her favorite foods – mac and cheese and hot dogs for lunch and then took a nap (yay!). I’ve been telling her for two days that we would take her to Burger King for her Birthday, so when at six o’clock this evening it was raining cats and dogs we all threw on jackets and huddled (all four of us) under our two umbrellas and got soaked walking the couple blocks to Burger King. It was packed because it’s at the metro stop and everyone was hanging out there to get out of the rain, but we managed to find a seat and 2 seconds after sitting down Avery had ketchup on her new shirt. Obviously it was a successful dinner. Luckily the rain had let up quite a bit by the time we had to walk home.

First she opened a card from Ivan’s family, and pointed out and named all the animals on it with Daddy.

A card from Grandma and Grandpa A., Sinikka and Ezra

We had chocolate cake and sang “Happy Birthday.” She picked at her cake (what is it with my kids and not eating Birthday cake?) and then we moved on to presents. She got a crown, a fairy wings and wand set, a book (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day) and a toy stroller for her dolly. We had a hard time convincing her to leave it all behind and go to bed.

We made her take her shirt off for the chocolate cake

I'm a fairy!

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Avery – 3 years

Avery turned 3 today! She’s a very social creature. Even after spending an entire day at a friend’s house she still complains if we have to leave. She loves nursery and playgroup. Sometimes she creates her own friends. Even if there are real ones nearby. We were at the store with her friend yesterday and she suddenly got very sad and told me she had left her Abby and Rosita at home. I told her we would see them later and she could play with Stephanie right now and she seemed okay with that.

Abby and Rosita are from Sesame street and they go lots of places with Avery. When we walk to the store Avery has to hold onto the stroller when we cross the street and one day she would only hold on with her pinky. I unclasped her hand to see what she had in it that she didn’t want to drop by holding onto the stroller and there was nothing there and she fussed at me for making her drop Abby’s hand. It’s really funny to watch her talk to them while we’re on walks. “Come on Abby, come on Rosita” she says.

Lately Avery has been into boats. We went on a river cruise on the Danube last week and she’s been talking about it ever since. It was a night cruise so she liked the “dark water.” She’s been drawing boats with people in them and pointing out the dark water all around.

She also likes to make her own songs, stringing her own words and stories up with bits and pieces of songs she knows from movies or iTunes.

Funny things she says:

“My rone” This means “my own” but because I always say “your own” she things that the r at the end of your goes with own. So she thinks it’s “my rone” as in, “I have my rone lunch!”

“mines” Every thing is yours or mines, but usually mines.

“Thatswise” I think it means “That way” as in “You should trade. That way you can each have a toy.” But she uses it ALL the time and it’s a little more general. It’s like a combination of “That way” and “That’s why” if that makes any sense.

Oh yeah, and here’s a funny story from this month. We went to Austria this month to visit a friend. In Austria they speak German, which is not English, and Avery is in this stage where she thinks any language other than English is just people putting sounds together and magically understanding them. So we’re ordering dinner at a restaurant in Austria and our friend and I are doing our best to do it in German. The waiter looks at Ivan and he says something, he looks at our friend Mark and he orders in German, he looks at me and I order in German, pause, random string of sounds from Avery’s corner of the table. She, of course, thinks that she has ordered in German.

She also makes up words for other languages (including sign language). We ask her what butterfly is in Hungarian and she strings a few consonants together and throws a vowel in and she figures she’s speaking Hungarian. Occasionally she’ll ask me what something is in sign language and if I don’t know she moves her arms around in waving motions and informs me that that is the sign for whatever it is she’s asked.

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We went on a Danube cruise last Friday. It was an hour long and totally worth the $20 per adult (the kids were free) that we payed for it. I loved it, the kids loved it. Well, Avery loved it. Evelyn was just excited to play with the beverage glasses they brought around.

We went at 8:15 PM, which meant it was still light when we left and we got to see the lights all go on at the landmarks around 9:00. By the time we were done it was pretty dark. I really like the color of the sky as it gets darker, so I thought the timing was perfect. Plus, it was the earliest evening cruise, which means it was the earliest we could get the kids in bed afterward. Amazing how kids come to rule your life. Here are the pictures.

The famous Gellért Hotel and Baths

Erzsébet Bridge

Buda Castle

Széchenyi Lánchíd in front of the Buda Castle

Széchenyi Lánchíd in front of Mattyas Templom

Széchenyi Lánchíd (Szechenyi chain bridge)

Mattyas Templom (Matthias' Church) and Fisherman's Bastion

The Parliament was also, of course, stunning, but I was on the wrong side of the boat to get any really good pictures. Very sad.

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