in one of the pictures you can spot one of the gifts he got: a “Fridge Phonics” thing that says all the letters and the sounds they make. he’s really been into learning letters lately, so this thing has been great (a little duct tape over the speaker makes it easier for the grownups too). before he got this he knew a handful of letters, his favorites being A and O for some reason. now he knows about half of the letters if you ask him “what letter is this?” and nearly all if you say “point to the __.” somewhere he picked up that M is for Mama, so I taught him that W is for wooch (our dog’s knickname), D is for daddy, A is for Alice, etc. of course he gets the letters for wooch and mama confused, an insists that a 4 is an A. it’s certainly very cool to be able to sit down with him and teach him stuff, and I’m amazed how well he picks up on things.
but Alice is not to be outdone, as she’s a fast learner too. she has definitely learned that if she screams, she’ll get what she wants, especially when it comes to interacting with her brother. for example, she’ll start to crawl after one of Caleb’s toys that he’s not playing with at the moment. he’ll spot her going after it, and he’ll whine at her and go get it before she can. but then she wails at a volume that would suggest she’s been stepped on or something, so she’ll often be quickly picked up and soothed and given a toy. now that we’re realizing that she’s usually fine, and just screaming to get what she wants, we’re starting to tell her “no” which she sometimes listens to. now that she’s crawling she’s getting into the dog food and pulling cords, so we’re teaching her what “no” means more and more. so far she’s not too stubborn, but she’s definitely more vocal and active than her brother was.
in other Alice news, her hair is growing faster now, and it’s just long enough to curl a tiny bit behind her ears, so it looks like she may be a curly-head too! oh and spealing of curly-heads, Caleb got his first non-grandma haircut the other day at wally world. he did great (thanks to mama, cartoons, and spray bottles to play with) and now it’s really short and super cute.
the other day Caleb got into his head that he wanted his clothes off, maybe b/c Alice is almost always only in her diaper. so we let him run around in a diaper too, and he thought that was pretty cool. seeing both of our babies crawling around together in diapers definitely brings home the fact that we’ve got 2 tiny kids still. they’re getting to the age where they can play together more and more, as Caleb will get down and crawl with her. she knows exactly what the game is, as she lights up and tries to go after him. it’s so cute how much she adores him, as she always has her eyes on him, and is often content to watch him do his thing. he’s not very good at sharing unless he’s told to, but I imagine that he’ll be working on that for a while now.