Saturday, August 28, 2010

Swimming debut

A reassuring kiss from big brother

Looking on longingly as Joshua plays because Mom didn't want to do extra diaper changes

Mom gave in, and Ellie's taking the plunge!

Ellie finally got to swim this month! At the beginning of the month, we put her in our little plastic pool with Joshua. Since then, she got to play in the "big" baby pool near Grandmom's house as well as the inflatable pool at Grandmom's house. The girl really likes the water, even though the pictures show her uncertainty with her firs pool experience.:-) Joshua is more and more confident in the water; he loves to lay down in it and get it all over his face.

Roll call!

If you wondered about my blogging hiatus, two words will explain it: David gone. David had training for his job for two and a half weeks, so it was the kids and me. Do you believe that I found a few things to do besides sit at a computer? We spent some time in Houston with family, and then we went up to the Northeast to see family and meet David for a weekend in the middle of his training. As Joshua has been talking more, he has been learning people's names. Each time we were around a new group of people, Joshua listed their names over and over. It took him a few minutes to learn, and then he was hooked! Each time we left a household, he would name all of the people he met in that household. Our sweet boy loves people!


New in the life of Joshua this month: lots of words and a new love for blocks and cars! We don't have much yet... just a few rubber blocks for babies and a some Duplos, but Joshua loves to build towers and push cars around on lots of different surfaces. It is so fun to watch him as his interests develop! And in case you were wondering, Joshua still loves to drum!

Friday, August 27, 2010

New perspectives

I have a lot of catching up to do, I know. We have been pretty busy this month! I have to start somewhere... Ellie has gotten a lot stronger, and she sits up pretty well on her own now! Not well enough that I would leave her sitting by herself, but well enough that she sits with me without leaning against anything for quite awhile. Now, this is our second time to walk through these stages, but the things that strike me are the differences between our kids and the way they respond to life. Ellie loves to sit upright. In fact, our girl who liked tummy time quite a bit is not very content to be all the way down there on the floor any more. She wants to sit up, see things, and lunge at them! She doesn't fall backward like her brother did; she falls forward or to the side. Maybe it is a small difference, but I think it shows some of her personality. Ellie loves this new perspective on life in the bathtub as well. I still bathe her laying in a little tub, but I let her sit for some play time at the end. You would think I had put her in a new place; it is like she didn't know the water was there while she was leaning back! As soon as she is sitting, Ellie splashes and reaches out to grab at the water. She now spends as much time as her big brother in the bathtub, and she is not pleased when I take her out!