A recent unexpected development was that she just figured out what our first names are and how to use them. That day, she walked out to our front door and called, "AAAAAAAANNNNN!" in the general direction of her mommy. She's occasionally using both of our first names, particularly if the "mama" and "dada" calls aren't working effectively enough.
Madeleine's imaginative play has taken off in the past few months. She plays a lot with her baby doll: changing its diaper, putting it to sleep, feeding it, having it blow bubbles, etc. She puts together her interlocking blocks and declares them a boat or a cat or a dog. She draws "cats" and "dogs", one of which looked almost intelligible recently (which I'll choose to believe was not a mistake). Ann and I have both had fun taking her to My Play Place, a cool toddler play area just a few blocks from us with all kinds of interesting toys and arts & crafts.
This quarter also included Madeleine's first trip to the zoo, trips with Mommy in a new bike seat, an Easter egg hunt, a couple trips to the ocean, and lots of splashing at the water table (yes, midwesterners, it really has gotten warm enough for that here already). And, of course, Maddy helped us pick out our new chicks and enjoys watching, feeding, and hanging out with them.
And, finally, here is the latest Maddyspeak translation guide:
- "feep" => "sleep"
- "hawlk" => "help"
- "fing" => "swing"
- "fide" => "slide"
- "bay-bay" => "baby"
- "pookie" => "peek-a-boo"
- "shish" => "fish"
- "Ah-ah" => "Ana," her beloved babysitter