For Father's Day, Mommy and I made Papa a special
breakfast. In the afternoon, we went to the Buckingham's house to celebrate the
high school graduation of Jeff and Kyle Buckingham. It was a warm, sunny day, so
Papa let me splash in their newly landscaped waterfall. Eventually, I took off
all my clothes but my hat and sandals and climbed right in [below right]. It was
First splash in a pool
|Lucky Joseph: his mom got
him a kiddie pool early in June, and on one of the first hot days of the
summer, she invited me over to play in it with him.
I'm a big bath fan. I love playing in my bathtub, and I
don't mind water in my face (probably because Papa has never been careful
to keep it out of my eyes when he washes my hair). So I l-o-v-e-d
the pool! I put on my swim diaper and swim suit and splashed and
danced with noisy enthusiasm.
Joseph wasn't as sure about it, especially with me
making such a commotion [below]. He was happier when I climbed out of the pool
to explore, and he could spin his pool balls without the risk
of a wild woman getting his face wet.
First trip to the zoo
Mommy, Papa, Cameron and I made our first trip to the
Woodland Park Zoo on June 24th. We spent the afternoon visiting the elephants, lions,
tigers, gorillas, and orangutans. I recognized animals that I'd seen in my
books and Baby Einstein videos [right].
I enjoyed getting out of my stroller and walking through
the park. Cameron is an old pro at the zoo, and he showed me around
I liked the zoo a lot, but all that walking made me
tired—and we didn't even see all the
animals! Fortunately, Mommy and Papa bought an annual family pass,
so we can go any time we want and see just as little or as much as I can
I'm excited to go again!
17 Months Old, End of June
|I continued to average a new word a day through the month of June.
My new vocabulary included the English words juice, shoes, cereal, hippo, up, and
rock; the Dutch words auto, vis, kaas, kikker,
aap, olifant ("olie"), and buiten; the
language-similar words ice/ijs, circle/cirkel, octopus ("oh-pus"), hello/hallo
(pronounced "allo" like the French),
and water ("wah-kah,"
which has some people believing that Papa is giving me vodka); the sounds for an owl, horse, bee, donkey, elephant, snake,
lion, and bird; the ASL sign for airplane, and the sign for help, which is
very, very useful. I also like to play peek-a-boo and say, "I see
you!" (pronounced "iz-a-boo"). After
months of using the word "Mama" to denote not only Mommy but
also Papa and Cameron, I finally figured out how to call Papa by name. (I
still call Cameron "Mama.")
Although Mommy and Papa haven't set up a kiddie pool
like Joseph's, they did get a small sandbox for me to play in on our deck
[left]. I accept it as a interesting challenge to spread the sand as widely as
I can, including into my clothes and diapers.
|In June I decided that it is very nice to snuggle and
give hugs, and I like to give kisses not only when asked but sometimes
just because I feel like it.
I also began to enjoy "helping" Mommy and
Papa; for example, I like to put my binkies away in a drawer after I wake
up. I also like to try holding a
kleenex to my nose and blowing, and picking up a toy phone and
Cameron taught me about circles, and I like to
find them and point them out everywhere.
Finally, I began to try my hand
at what Mommy and Papa call "tantrettes" (mini-tantrums). The
best tantrette is when I collapse flat onto my back on the floor and cry
Unfortunately, Mommy and Papa mostly ignore them.
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