First Word, March
On March 6th, for the very first time, Mommy understood
a word I
said: "uh-oh" (which sometimes sounds like "ah-ooh,"
"ah-oh," or "eh-ho"). It happened when I was in the
bathtub. I kept dropping a rubber ducky over the side, and every time it
dropped, I said my word. It was so exciting when Mommy finally understood
I've since found "uh-oh" to be a
very useful interjection. It seems that when I'm around, things are
constantly falling onto the floor. (I like to throw them, too.)
First Sign, March
On March 15th, I used my hands to sign in American Sign
Language (ASL) for the very first time. The sign I used was "more." Mommy asked
me whether I wanted more toast, and then she pointed to the toast and
waited. She waited so long that I began to think that she'd never give it
to me, so I made the sign in return! Then she started screaming and
cheering and clapping... and then she gave me more toast!
When Mommy, Papa, and Cameron do the sign, they cup both
that the fingers are all bunched together, then turn their hands toward
each other and bump the tips of their fingers together. I can't quite do
all that yet, so I pat the
back of one hand with the fingers of my other hand [right].
I had another signing breakthrough on March 17th (St. Patrick's
Day). I was on the floor and really cranky because Papa got me down from
the high chair too soon and just wouldn't understand that I was still
hungry. So I tried making the sign for "more," and eventually Papa
understood me! He put me in my high chair, gave me some Cheerios, and then
called Mommy at work right away. That night, we all went out to Red Robin
||We celebrated Easter (March 27th) for two
days. On Saturday, the Cascade Ridge neighborhood had an Easter egg hunt
(Mommy helped organize it). It was raining and I had to wear my rainjacket, but I didn't care. Trudy
painted my face like a bunny, I entered a coloring contest by scribbling on
paper, I ate cookies and lemonade, and Cameron held my hand [left] and helped
me find lots of colored plastic eggs in the grass (but they wouldn't let me eat the
chocolate Kisses inside).
On Sunday morning, Cameron and I found Easter baskets
that the Easter Bunny had left us. Cameron's basket had lots of chocolate
candy in it, which looked tempting, but I was happy with the flop-earred bunny,
yellow chick, woolly lamb bookmark, and
Easter board book in my basket [left]. Later, after I'd changed into my
Easter dress and bonnet [above], Grandma joined us for Easter
The Oranjeschool hosted a Koninginnedag party
on April 30th. (Koninginnedag celebrates the birthday of the Queen
of the Netherlands.) There were treats to eat, music, and games to play. I was
dressed all in orange [left].
April 30th is also Mommy and Papa's wedding anniversary,
and that night Cameron stayed with me for 2 hours (his first time
babysitting) while they went to dinner. Cameron is a good babysitter; he
fed me dinner and played with me, and I had a great time. Before I knew
it, Mommy and Paper were home again!
Fifteen Months; Many More
I saw the doctor on May 4th. He said I weighed
22 lbs 13 oz (50th percentile) and was 31 3/4 inches tall (85th
percentile). That means I grew 1 1/2 inches and gained 1 pound in
three months! I had to have three shots, but I only cried for 1
When I became 15 months I was able to say uh-oh and bye-bye
("bah-bah") and sign for milk, more, and book. By the end of May
I 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. I was also making
the animal sounds moo, baa, foof-foof (dog), quack-quack, and
cocka-doodle-doo ("tck-a-doo"), and I was making the ASL signs
for flower, diaper change, all done, bath, and tree. I can also say,
I like to sing "La, la, la, la" along with the
Song (we sing it every week in my class) and "Ee-ay-ee-ay-o"
to Old MacDonald.
I discovered that if I point at things Mommy and Papa will tell
me the words for them. I'm giving my index finger a good workout!
piques my curiosity!
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