The girls are talking!!!  (I think that deserves multiple exclamation points, don't you?)  It seems that as they've started to talk, their mother has stopped writing (blog entries, that is).  My apologies for another long post, but I'm hoping the craziness of work this summer will subside a little this fall.  Back to the exciting news... in addition to "nyum, nyum," Zoe can now say:  hi, moooooore, nana (banana), and Dada, and Mama, (John is thrilled that she is now distinguishing us, but I … [Read more...]

I guess opposites do attract

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“Did someone poop, or did you cook broccoli again?”

Needless to say, John isn't too fond of Zoe's breakfast of champions:  steamed broccoli (along w/ eggs and toast).  Zoe, on the other hand, likes it so much we found that she had stored some in her "bee-bo" (belly button) for later. The girls had lots of outings this week, visiting both zoos (Sophia loves the people at the zoo, and Zoe keeps asking for "more" animals).  Zoe's favorite at the "new Zoo" was the prairie dogs (I guess she takes after her Mama), while the flamingos seemed to be … [Read more...]

Walkie Talkies

Well, I have a lot of catching up to do (warning:  this is a long one!), but in summary...it's all about walking and talking these days.  The biggest news is that Zoe is now walking!  She started about 10 days ago, just before her 16th month birthday.  One day she was still walking 4 or 5 steps to get to us, then the next day she'd go to something else on her own, then she was crossing the kitchen floor (hard tile, yikes!), and then suddenly she was walking across the whole house (which of … [Read more...]

Swimming like fish

We started swimming lessons on Saturday, and they both loved them!  We weren't sure what to expect since neither one of them had been in a body of water bigger than a bathtub (and just recently moved up to that).  I had packed two separate bags thinking we would each take one into our respective locker rooms, but when we arrived at the Midtown Y, they said we could go into the "family locker room."  We got to get ready in our own little room with a private shower (guess things have changed since … [Read more...]


The girls' imitation skills have really improved this week.  John taught Zoe to give him a little "Raise the Roof" which she loves to do, and Sophia has picked it up, too.  Sophia surprised me one night when I brought Cheerios in to Zoe and she made the little "O" shape w/ her thumb and pointer.  She's also been copying me when reading their sign books:  she can do "cheese" and "ice cream" and "drink."  I hope she'll actually want those things some time soon.  She was also really funny one … [Read more...]

These (feet) are made for walking!

It was a big day today (besides it being Aisling's birthday).  Zoe took her first unassisted steps (to get to her teacher Jennifer!)  Toward the end of the week, she had been standing without hanging on more and walking with just one handed support.  Yesterday, it looked a few times like she was considering taking a step and then she did lunge a couple of times to some furniture, and then, suddenly today, she was doing it!  It's of course still much faster to push the cart or crawl, but she … [Read more...]

Oahu photos

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Hello Dolly!

The girls have really been into their dolls lately.  Yesterday, they were hugging and kissing their different body parts with their Hugs and Kisses book.  They are still getting the hang of it though; Zoe baths Athena tummy down in the tub, and Sophia gives Stella the sippy cup to her lips and to the back of her head!  One of Zoe's favorite things is to play with her Little People and wooden doll house dolls.  She can sit for quite awhile putting them in and out of of their various chairs.  She … [Read more...]

All Done!!!

Both girls have started to regularly use their sign for “all done.”  Sophia is very adamant, waving her right arm to tell us she doesn’t want that book, doesn’t want that song, doesn’t want her sister to be listening to the book, etc.  She even told me to stop teasing her that she was a “manipulator!”  Her action is similar to the wipers going “swish, swish, swish,” but has its own insistence.  She even uses it at night to tell me when she doesn’t like the song I’m singing to her (which is guess … [Read more...]