Again, sorry no picture this month. Evelyn’s speech is really improving lately. She has started saying more and more complex sentences. Tonight at bedtime she said “Avery sing lullaby to me and Avery too!” She’s also started stuttering, which I find really strange. About a week ago she suddenly started saying the beginnings of all her words 3 or 4 times every once in a while and now half her sentences begin 6 or 7 times. Avery did this too for a little while, so I don’t think it’s a problem, but it sure can be frustrating sitting there for 10 seconds while she gets going!
We found Strawberry Shortcake on youtube not too long ago and Avery started saying things smell like strawberry shortcake. Now everything smells like strawberry shortcake to Evelyn. She says “smells … stobbyshotecake!” She also still says “gesso” and I think my favorite time that it comes up is after she’s had a complete meltdown of some sort (she’s doing more of those lately too) and finally we get her calmed down a little and ask her if she wants dinner or something and she says between post-sob gasps for air, “yah, gesso.”
Evelyn loves the pool! We had our first swimming experience this month with some friends and Evelyn loved it. It was some of the hardest crying I’ve seen from her in a while when we had to get out. She wasn’t interested in the floaties and only wanted in if I would hold her, but when I held her and twirled her around in circles in the water she giggled and giggled. I think she’s going to love her Grandma and Grandpa’s house.
She also likes kiddie pools and fountains. It’s been really hot here the last few weeks, so we’ve done a lot of water activities. There’s a fountain downtown in Budapest that’s ground level so it’s easy to play in. It’s just a square of jets that shoot up into the air and it’s all flat with the ground so you can run through it. When it senses weight near it, sections stop shooting water, so you can actually walk through it dry, but the kids aren’t heavy enough to register most of the time, so they can play in the water too. It took Evelyn a little bit of time to trust the giant water walls, but after a while she had a good time.
Right now Evelyn loves to wear dresses and do anything Avery wants to do. Her favorite food is any kind of fruit. She goes crazy for fruit. She really likes baths and bubbles and nursery at church. She loves to paint too. She’s wearing size 2T clothes, but a lot of the pants are still too long for her. She’s kind of a little Hungarian girl. She loves sour cream and túró rúdi (the favorite Hungarian treat) and cucumbers.
Evelyn has always been a good little helper. She gets diapers for me and she’s really good at cleaning up her toys. Probably better than Avery actually. She and Avery help me with the laundry and they both like to set the table. Sometimes we have creative table art with bowls and cups when they help.