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Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Hulie taught Will how to say "thank you," and it is really adorable. Of course, in Will-speak, it comes out more like "Nay-noo". He's even learned how to say it in context, although I think he thinks you say it whenever you exchange items. If I give him his juice: "Nay-noo." If he comes over and gives me a leaf: "Nay-noo." It doesn't seem to matter if he is the giver or the receiver: "Nay-noo."

I love it that he's learned this, even if it's not perfected. It seems like such a "big kid" thing to be able to say "thank you". I'm amazed by this accomplishment because "thank you" is a concept, not something concrete. It doesn't surprise me that he can learn to say "leaf" because I can point to a leaf, show him what it means, and then he can mimic what I'm saying. But, "thank you"? How does his brain learn what that means and when to say it? I'm so impressed that he has developed this skill at 15 months when there seem to be lots of adults who haven't mastered the concept!

Dreaming of Noses

Last night Will started crying around 10:00, which is very unusual. So, after a few minutes, I went in to check on him. He is teething, and we were worried that was what woke him up. When I went in to get him, he was standing in his crib crying. However, as soon as he saw me, he quit crying, looked at me and said "Nose," pointing to indicate that he needed to touch mine. Apparently that was all it took, because after that encounter, he snuggled on my chest and went back to sleep peacefully.

This morning Zach went in to get Will when he woke up. The first thing Will says to Zach is "Nose". I guess the child has been dreaming of noses.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


He's willful, independent, fierce. He pitches a fit if he doesn't get what he wants, when he wants it. He screeches and flops on the ground like a rag doll. He won't eat. I can count, in bites, what he's eaten in the last twenty-four hours: three bites of yogurt, one bite of turkey, two bites of cornbread, one grape, one bite of apple and one of applesauce, two bites of peaches. He can't tell us what is wrong. We can't always understand the grunts, screeches, and pointing. Is he sick or just cranky? Do you think he's tired? Is it his teeth or his tummy? What should we do???

I'm thankful, but not for this.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


So, I know I'm a little behind on posting (OK, a week behind), but isn't this the cutest little monkey you've ever seen? Will seemed to enjoy Halloween...for the most part. The hood of his costume took some getting used to, but he eventually seemed okay with it. He didn't really "get" the idea of trick-or-treating, but he did like having three suckers IN A ROW. (Hey, it was Halloween.) I was really hoping he was going to pull his weight a little better and bring in more candy, but there's always next year.

Some of the decorations on our street were interesting to him from afar, but he got a little clingy and wanted to be held as we approached them up close. After all of that excitement, Will cashed out pretty early. This may be the last year that I can convince him to eat some spinach, have a bath, and get to bed while there are still visitors and fun outside. But luckily, that plan worked pretty well for Halloween 2007.

Note: Although Will has a box of Nerds in his hands in the above picture, he was not actually allowed to EAT Nerds. I gave them that box as a shaker and had to take it away from him once he started gnawing on it. On the candy front, he had two bites of chocolate and the aforementioned suckers.