Playtime! April 24, 2008
Aili and I have both come down with a cold. While that makes me miserable and grouchy, she seems to be in a fine mood. She’s just squealing with glee while covered with a fine sheen of snot. It’s completely disgusting.
Aili comes alive when you play with her. She can amuse herself ok on her playmat or in her crib, but she smiles and shrieks and rolls and giggles when we play together. Until recently I would amuse her, but for the first time the other day it seemed to be reciprocated. It sounds gross, but she was lying on my chest with her face above mine, and sucking on my nose. It felt really weird, and tickled, and I was laughing hysterically. And every now and again she’d stop and look at me with this big grin on her face, and then go back to it. I think she knew she was making me laugh, and liked it.
The game was over, however, when she tried to put her tongue in my nostril. EW.
I haven’t taken too many pictures lately (I know, you must be thinking that pigs are flying around outside) so I thought I’d introduce you to some of the characters we play with during the day. And to demonstrate to you what a bad namer I am. I really need to fire up my creativity.
Well, first of all, there are real friends. Like for example our new buddy Natalie, who will be one tomorrow!
There are others, but I won’t bore you. But here’s one last one: the latest addition. This character seems to be having some sort of identity crisis: it doesn’t know if it’s a worm, a snail, or a stegosaurus.
As a result, I am at a loss to give it a name. Any ideas?
Waterbaby April 21, 2008
Today we went to splash in the pool in Johnny’s dad’s condo complex. It was warm and clean and bright and … completely deserted, which worked out delightfully for us! Aili just loves the water, and doesn’t seem afraid at all. She kicks her little feet and tastes the water with her tongue. It was also the inaugural dunk of the pink tutu bathing suit! (Cutest thing ON EARTH.)
I apologize in advance for the quality of the pics; the flash made the water look funny, so I turned it off, and now most of the photos are out of focus. Johnny has promised to bring his big and impressive camera next time.
In other news, the Cat Wars continue.
For the most part, they are carrying out a petty and bizarre type of feline Cold War. This afternoon, however, Johnny decided to throw fuel on the fire and bring out the catnip.
Doesn’t she look all clean and innocent?
Today was a good day – – we tried carrots! Apparently Aili’s feelings about the taste of the rice cereal mirror mine, because we both preferred the carrots by a landslide. No wonder it was all over her face instead of down her throat!
With the carrots, however, we could hear her swallowing them. We even had to refill the bowl once!
One thing we didn’t consider with this new food adventure: orange spit-up. Ew.
Johnny is very efficient at work. Even at home he’s a multitasker: