Saturday, November 24, 2007

Gobble Gobble

Last night was Thanksgiving. I knew something was going on because Mommy had been cooking for days. And the house was so clean. She kept saying "let's read a book" and then only letting me take one book off the shelf at a time! Then all the company arrived and Adina and Hillel and I were allowed to mess up the house again.

Mommy made all these foods that she never makes (she says she made them last year but I had them in liquid form). I didn't want to eat any of them. I mostly threw them at the people sitting next to me or tried to slip them under the table to Coby. I went to bed without any complaining even though everyone else was still having fun and eating supper.

Today my aunt and uncle and cousins came over. I was too excited to do much napping. I didn't eat any of the Thanksgiving food, but who can blame me after all the cookies I ate at kiddush?

Mommy made me take lots of pictures with the turkeys, though.

Daddy has been trying to teach me that a turkey says "gobble gobble." He even switched my talking letter magnets to T for turkey and G for gobble. This morning I threw the G in the toilet, to let him know what I think of these lessons!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Things I know and love

A day or two ago I started walking much more steadily. I walk more and fall less.

The first body parts that most babies learn are eyes, nose and mouth. I know nose, hair, tongue, teeth and belly button. Please don't ask me where my ear is. It sounds too much like "hair."

I understand EVERYTHING. If Daddy asks me where my socks are, I show him where I hid them under a couch cushion. If Mommy mentions the word "book," I go straight to the book shelf and bring her one to read me. And when she says she's going to the potty I sign "bath" because I know that's where the potty is. They'd better watch out - before they know it I'll understand the words they're spelling too.

I am OBSESSED with shoes. This has been going on for over a month now. If I find Mommy's shoes anywhere in the house (only Mommy's; Daddy's are boring) I bring them to her and say "shh" and insist that she put them on. Sometimes I only bring h er one. Then she looks funny walking around in one shoe. Sometimes I bring her three and she doesn't know what to do with them. Sometimes I bring her one black and one pink. Sometimes she's already wearing shoes and has to take them off and put on the ones I brought her. (Good thing she always wears slip-ons!) Sometimes she is laying in bed and I put a shoe next to her head. She always says "thank you" and puts it on her foot, even if she'd rather be sleeping.

I've been waking up earlier and earlier these days. I used to wake up at 5:00 but now it's closer to 4:15 or 4:30. The earlier I wake up, the more I get to talk to Grandma and Zayde on the webcam! This is a much better time for them than when I usually call them and they are busy getting ready for work. They say they feel bad for Mommy, having to get up so early with me, but I think they secretly like it!

This morning was Sefi Runyan's Upsherin at the kotel. It was my second time there, but the first time we had a camera. Mommy gave some tzeddaka and snipped a lock of Sefi's hair while Jeffrey held me in one hand and Mendel in the other. Then we had some nosh. (Well, Mommy noshed and I threw food.)

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Look At Me!

Though my preferred method of transportation is still crawling (or being carried), I CAN WALK!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Fun with Friends

Today Mommy drove me to Rishon Lezion to visit my friend Eden and her new baby sister, Liel. It took SO long to drive there (almost two hours) but I slept almost the entire way. (I only started waking up when the traffic got bad when we were almost there - I woke up every time we stopped and went back to sleep when we started moving again.)

When we got there I went right over to Liel, who was lying on a mat on the floor, and said "doll, doll!" I made nice to her. She was cute! Later her mommy put her to sleep in her stroller and I kept going over to peek in at her.

When Eden got home from daycare, Mommy and I were in her room playing with her toys. She did not like that one bit. It was like Goldilocks and the Three Bears (except I'm the blond one). Someone was playing with her toys...someone was eating in her highchair...someone was hanging out in her room, and she was still there! We kind of got off on the wrong foot, and I don't blame her. She picked on me but I didn't mind.

Then we all went to the mall. When Steff went to feed Liel, she left Mommy in charge of Eden and me. At that point we ganged up on her. One of us disstracted her by dumping all the toys on the floor while the other tried to escape from the store to explore the mall. Mommy said people must have thought we were funny-looking twins - the same size, but one with dark skin and dark hair and the other with light skin and blond hair! We took turns trying to escape until Steff came back. Boy was that fun.

Then we all split up. I let Mommy push me in the stroller for awhile but then I decided it was my turn to push.

I saw a fun-looking "toy" (as I called it), a see-saw with Minnie Mouse sitting on one side, and I asked Mommy if I could play on it. She figured if she didn't put money inside I would be none the wiser, since I didn't know it could move. But she couldn't help herself and decided to put money in after all, because it was too cute to resist. I loved it!

After that I wanted to try every ride we saw - but I only got to ride four. (Mommy didn't spoil me THAT much, she only paid for two of them.) In the Garfield car I decided it would be funny to sit on the floor, which is why you can only see the top of my head for part of the time.

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Eden and I rode in a car together but by that time we were enemies again (or else I was just tired) and I tried to climb out before the ride was over.

We also went to this great play place in the mall - it was like a miniature of the children's museum in Chicago (which I don't remember because I was only seven months old), only free! We could have played there forever but it was getting late. Mommy says it would be worth it to move to Rishon just for that mall.

Back at Eden's house, Steff fed me supper while Mommy held Liel. She said she misses having a newborn. (Uh oh.)

Then we took some group pictures before it was time to go back to Beit Shemesh.

I went to sleep as soon as we got in the car and I slept the whole way (only one and a quarter hours, thanks to the late hour and Eli's great directions).