Both of the boys are walking! It's really a sight to behold. Monkey has been for a while now, but Bear finally took the plunged while we were visiting DS's family in West Virginia two weeks ago. His learning curve since has been fast, and he learned to climb almost immediately. Just today he was walking along on top of the coffee table, which makes me nervous because it's uneven (it's really no higher than the couch, so the falling part isn't my biggest concern). I was signing "sit" to him and asking him to just sit if he's going to be up there. The little scamp just smiled and signed it back to me and went on about his business.
|Monkey kissing? the couch. I don't even know man.|
We had a lot of fun in West Virginia. Traveling seems like a possible thing now (within reason), especially since we picked up some portable DVD players for the car. We survived a trip to Boston and this one with very little trouble.
DS's grandmother remarried shortly after our own wedding, and he brought his own grandkids into the mix. They come say hi whenever we're down there, and this was the first time we've visited where the boys could play with them. There was a lot of chasing happening, which was entertaining.
|Monkey getting chased, but also, on the phone.|
|Bear stacking cups.|
We got to spend some time outside, which still isn't happening much. The winter has been long and cold and snowy this year. The forecast is finally starting to look promising, but this week it was cold and snowy again. So that weekend was extra special just for being outside. Granny's crocuses were just starting to bloom, and Monkey was fascinated with them.*
|Monkey inspecting a crocus.|
Bear liked being outside as well, but he was much more interested in getting dirty. We went to a park nearby that wasn't really great for small kids, but it was something to do. The swings (only one baby swing, but a lot of regular ones) were over a smooth pebbled gravel. Bear spent most of the time there just digging his hands into it and throwing it around. And then of course he started shoveling the rocks into his mouth... A similar thing happened the next day out on the porch, but this time it was with the dirty in Grannys flower pots. He was really intrigued with the way it ran through his hands. It was super messy, but I let it go. I've been working hard to let them discover the world, even though sometimes every inch of me is screaming against the dirty and mess and danger.
|Dirt is the best toy.|
|Having a great time with Granny J.|
I'm still trying to get monthly photos with the Care Bear, but it's harder to remember now that the months are such big milestones. The days seem very long, and yet the weeks and months just slide by. Time is a weird thing. But here is what it's like getting them now. This one was only a half month late :P
*A reminder that those I've designated as "family and friends" on Flickr can see all the boys' photos. I'm still trying to avoid full face pictures on here for now. Just send me an e-mail if you need me to add you.