Why the Tree of Life?


New Things

D's doing some new things. He's really beginning to understand what we are saying and is even responding to simple requests. Today, he helped me move wet washrags into the dryer. I've also noticed that every time I tell him something is hot, he starts blowing (like he's blowing on his hot food), but he has also carried this into anything he needs to be cautious about. When he's standing on top of a table, he will start blowing as I'm coming closer to take him off. And I've seen him start blowing as he tries to grab Molly's (our cat) face.

K's imagination has really taken off. We have had the couch cushions off for over a week as he has been playing out this whole plumbing, broken pipes and sewer rats scenario. It has really become quite elaborate. He and D scoot around under the cushions 'fixing' pipes that the sewer rats have chewed open. E and I have yet to figure out where this is coming from, but it is pretty funny to watch.

After Another Night of Teething...


NO & Bye-bye

So, we had a false alarm several months back when I reported that D was waving bye-bye. Well, he really is waving bye-bye now, in earnest, starting last week. It is so interesting to see how he interprets 'bye-bye'. We get waves now whenever we leave a room or have to move on to a different object of attention.

He is also shaking his head, emphatically, when he wants to say no. You can ask him just about any question now (whether he wants something or not) and he can give you an answer. It's so exciting to be communicating! His whole body says 'no'.

Last week, after nap, as K was slowly waking up, D was sitting beside him next to his head. D was really ready for K to get up and play, and he was pulling his hair and poking his eyes, and just generally experimenting with K's head, so I decided to take D out and let K wake up a little more gently. So, I said, 'Come on, D, let's go out here...' D looked up at me and shook his head, 'NO'. And smiled. So, I started walking toward the bedroom door, 'Come on, D,' I said smiling and motioning. He just grinned and started waving bye-bye... see ya later, Mom!


Austin Nature Center

We went to the Austin Nature Center with a group on Wednesday. I took my camera, but forgot to use it! We had a great time, and the nature center is a beautiful place. They have trails, a pond area, and an exhibit of live, native animals and birds, all rescued. K especially loved the beehive. It is the first thing when you walk in, and it is between two sheets of plexiglass with a separate entrance to the outside for them. He also liked getting to feel bobcat fur and fox fur. And for some reason, he really loved the barn owls. He asked me on the way to the enclosure if they had barn owls (don't really know how he knows about barn owls), and I was glad to find that they actually did have barn owls. By that time, D had gotten hot and tired and hungry, and he was DONE. So I let him out of the backpack, and then he was very happy and walked back with us (with a few detours to pick a choice rock for sucking on) most of the way to the car. We had brought a picnic, but wisely decided to go ahead and head home and let D take his nap.