Devolution

We’ve encountered a strange phenomenon with our little Chatty Cathy (not sure what the boy version would be… Chatty Chester?)  In any case, words that were perfectly pronounced in the beginning, have transformed, sometimes in dramatically (and potentially offensive) ways. A sampling of the vocabulary metamorphosis: ball -> baseball ->…

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Quality Time

I recently had a great bus conversation with a respected director at work.  She shared with me her philosophy on the time her husband spends with her son when she is traveling for work.  Essentially, she stated that she can’t be upset about anything they do when she’s gone, even…

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Numbers

A few weeks ago, James remembered that we had some unused bath toys in the closet– a whole bag of colorful foam letters and numbers that stick to the tub when they’re wet.  Thank you again Rene!  We feel you smiling down on us at bath time. Jakey loves his…

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Mr. Manners

Lately Jacob has pulled out some new niceties from his bag of tricks.  He frequently uses please and thank you… perhaps with some prompting.  He’s famous at school for his signature sentence, “How do you do?”  (Based on his favorite book, this is what you say when you meet a…

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ShortFALL

There’s something about Jake’s presence that inspires my loving life partner to indirectly point out my… um… shortcomings. “Jakey, Mama is bad at putting on lids.”  Hmmm.  I hadn’t even noticed this area for development.  It does take me at least two tries to get the lid screwed on to…

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