Monday, March 23, 2009

New Stuff is Happening All the Time!

Well, for example, Laika got a Big Girl Bike yesterday.  It was a very special day for Erik and Laika.  They walked to Reckless Cycles and she got a blue bike with fish and mermaids on it (YES!  not PINK! - ok a few pink features, but still).  Then they practiced a bit, and I took them out again today and she is almost caught up to Leif.  She learned today that if I shriek, "Don't run into your brother!" she shouldn't crank the handlebars 90 degrees, because this position will almost always guarantee a fall.  Most likely the fault is mine.  Instead of shrieking I need to calmly state, "If you keep your heading you will most certainly collide."

Tineke can sit up unassisted for minutes at a time!  It is still dangerous to leave her, because she will dive for things and land on her nose, or get excited and throw herself backwards.  But she is definitely sitting and righting herself when she wobbles.  This does not bode well for our Lego habit.

And, as above, she is now able to eat baby rice crackers.  I love seeing her get excited about her newfound control over her world.  She's so happy to shove something in her mouth that is actually edible.

Leif is doing really well with his reading.  He now has a list of over 100 words that he can read quickly and easily.  Things like 'thing' and 'look' and 'string' and a large handful of simple 3 letter words with reliable short vowel sounds - 'men' 'pot' 'wit' 'vat' etc.  He's getting quite into it.  We're proud of him.

And Laika still calls Friday 'Friderday' so all is well in my world.

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