Bigfoot


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Burger princess


Video: Shhhh


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Video: Carolyn reads by herself


Video: Cabinet Scavenger


Lazy Sunday


Believe it or not, Carolyn can be quite calm when she's getting sleepy. She usually plops herself down on a pillow that's on the floor or just on the floor itself when she's signaling that she's tired. We caught a few candid shots of her laying around.

Counting!



Earlier today Carolyn and I were playing with some sea shells - taking them out of a container, putting them into a container, taking them out of a container, putting them into a container, etc. - and, as I typically will do with her, I started counting. Nice and slowly, I said, "One... two... three... four..." and all of a sudden, Carolyn chimes in with "Bive!" then "Sesh!" then I said, "Seven", then she added "Eeet!" and "Nine!" and "Din!"

I could not believe it! She has said "Doo!" in the past (that's "two" in case you hadn't picked up on it), but this is the first time she's said a string of numbers all in a row, and she went and skipped over one through four. (On subsequent repetitions of counting to ten she did either repeat or preempt me in reciting all of the numbers except one and seven.)

Potty and counting both in one week. Next week: first novel?

These aren't the toys you're looking for


We have a potty trainer!


Yes, it's true. Several months ahead of my expectations, Carolyn has successfully used the potty four times in the last two days. We went out over the weekend to buy her a training potty, having failed several times to get her to go on the big potty. When we got to the wall of potties, she took no time in stating a preference for the Elmo potty, with repeated chants of "Emmo! Emmo!" until I pulled it off the shelf.

So we brought the potty home, and like you see in the picture above, started out by letting her sit on it with her diaper still on, telling her to "go peepee". A little while later, we took her diaper off, sat her down, told her to go peepee, and lo and behold she did it! So far there's been only one instance since when we've sat her down and she hasn't gone.

Nothing can truly express how proud a parent is at such an accomplishment. I suppose the next step is to get her to warn us before she has to go. I'm not expecting this to happen overnight, but you never know.

By the way, I highly recommend the Elmo potty. Elmo offers congratulations in several languages when you high-five him.

Yummy watermelon