Rose really enjoyed hanging out with Nonni and Robert and showing off her new moves. While in California, Rose also experienced her first dip in a pool and her first walk on the beach. Here are some pictures from the trip.
Rose has made some other transitions this month, too. She is now down to one nap a day, and has finally learned to make her naps last almost two hours and sometimes longer. At night she sleeps from 7pm to 7am, like clockwork (unless I've just jinxed us). She is able to communicate a lot through sounds and signs. She can talk about balls, birds, airplanes, trees, the potty, babies, shoes, flowers, water, dogs, cats, squirrels, Dada, and her favorite sheep. And she's able to understand even more. When I say, "Let's go change your diaper" she marches down the hall to her changing table. Like her parents, she loves eating. Some of her favorite things right now are hot dogs, asparagus, peanut butter, scrambled eggs, oranges, tomatoes, pinto beans, cucumbers and salmon. Now that she's on the move, the apartment grows small quickly, so we're constantly looking for new adventures. If a stormy day keeps us inside too long, this is what happens:
Why is her shirt off? Because after she shoved a handful of her first taste of chocolate goldfish into her mouth and chewed it into a pulp, she spit the huge gooey brown wad all down her shirt in disgust. Why this face? Because she really wants to play with something she's not allowed to have - like a knife - and she doesn't understand why she can't.
So to avoid these moments, Rose and I have been on some fun adventures. Our go to activity, weather permitting, is to head across the street to Jamison Park to play in the water fountain. On the really nice days, it's a total zoo. But on the slightly overcast days, it's perfect.
Here's a funny one of Rose accidentally dunking herself.
To counterbalance the urban environment of our neighborhood, I've taken her to Forest Park a few times to walk on the hiking trails. We don't get very far yet, but we're working on it. Water continues to be her favorite thing right now, so she is drawn to the river and the waterfalls. And not so interested in the flowers or trees.
I'm happy to report that after spending last weekend at Grandma and Grandpa's, Rose seems to have overcome her aversion to grass. I wouldn't say it's her favorite thing, but she is willing to walk on it and doesn't cringe and squeal when she falls down.
And I'm ecstatic to report that at her quarterly hip check-up, Rose got a good report. Dr. A said her hips "look more normal than they've looked so far." "And that's a good thing?" - I asked nervously. "It's a great thing!", he emphatically replied.
I'll leave off with some other pictures from the past month and some videos of what her walking looks like today.
Making fish sounds at the fish picture on our apartment building:
Loving my first attempt at homemade meatballs:
Hanging out with her favorite buddy, Sheepers.
Here's a walk we do a lot to Tanner Springs Park to check on the ducks.
And here's her new trick - doing what mom does. Note the tongue at the end. Silly girl.