Sixteenth month update: Sofia turned 15 months old on April 29th. At her May 4th doctor appointment she weighed 22 lbs 13 oz (50th percentile) and was 31 3/4 inches tall (85th percentile); in total she grew 1 1/2 inches and gained 1 pound in three months! On April 29th Sofia was able to say uh-oh and bye-bye ("bah-bah") and sign for milk, more, and book. By the end of May she had added the English words baby, cookie, nose ("no-oo") mouth ("owf"), eye, banana ("nana"), peek-a-boo ("ah-boo"), fishy, kitty, out/down ("dow"), ball, car, clock ("tick-tock"), cheese, apple, and binky. She was also making the animal sounds moo, baa, foof-foof (dog), quack-quack, and cocka-doodle-doo ("tck-a-doo"), and she was making the ASL signs for flower, diaper change, all done, bath, and tree. Also in her repertoire: "Oh, no!" (To view spring photos, see Sofia's Album.)
Blast from the past: From May 18th to the 23rd, Jan visited Vlissingen to attend a gymnasium (Latin and Greek high school) reunion. Although the visit was short, he enjoyed seeing many schoolmates from 33 years ago, as well as family. He also enjoyed the short respite from parenting responsibilities, although there was a price to be paid: upon returning from Holland he instantly caught a bad cold from Sofia (which Amy and Cameron had avoided).
Mother's Day, May 2005
Cherry blossom time: From April 9th to the 16th, Sofia and Jan kept each other company while Amy and Cameron visited Washington, D.C. Their very busy itinerary included the Capitol Building; the Supreme Court; the White House Visitor Center; the National Archives (to see the original Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights); the Library of Congress; Arlington Cemetery; George Washington's home at Mount Vernon; the National Gallery of Art; the Smithsonian museums of Natural History, Air and Space, and American History; the Bureau of Engraving and Printing; Ford's Theater, including seeing the show Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; and the memorials of Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Navy. They also visited the Spy Museum, Union Station, the Old Post Office, and the Ronald Reagan Building; saw a concert by the Latin band Grupo Fantasma at the Kennedy Center; spent a morning in Georgetown; and did see the cherry trees in bloom. Whew! They had a wonderful time, but no wonder they returned exhausted! (To see photos and read more, see Cameron's Album.)
New music: Cameron was very excited in April to turn in his rental trumpet, which he'd played for almost three years, and receive his very own gold brass-bell Bach Stradivarius 37G. Although it is previously used, it's in great shape and has a pleasing, mellow tone, and Cameron loves the way it plays.