On the other hand, we thought we might get a few years in the Northeast close to our old friends and family. Well, for those of you back east, now you have a good reason to come out and visit.
By the way, for those of you still surprised by the number of specialists the kids are seeing, no need to worry. M&M are doing quite well. A couple weeks back they turned 18 months (21 months calendar age), and they are doing a great job of catching up. Maddy is about 22.5 lbs now and Milo is finally over 20. Both kids are physically strong; usually eat like horses; they both have near 20 words and understand several others; they are adventurous and are getting more and more coordinated. Milo in particular has bizarre baby strength: he can grab onto a bar and hold onto it (hanging in mid air) for over 20 seconds -- by then he's usually giggling so much he lets go. Pretty impressive for an 18 month old, eh?
Last week the Stiles crew hosted a visit with the famous Loki Sky and his mom and dad Kat and Jesse. Loki was born and admitted to the Alta Bates NICU the day Milo came home. I've mentioned him previously -- fantastic little guy who has overcome a hell of a lot. Read his blog if you get a chance (http://babylokisky.blogspot.com/).
We live within walking distance of the beach, and both kids enjoy playing there. Maddy especially likes seeing the water and chasing sea gulls.
Not unlike Mom and Dad, the kids also get cabin fever and prefer to be outside as often as possible. Milo can now open most doors in the house, including the front door, so we have to keep it gated to keep him from taking an unsupervised dip in the fountain out front.
Few things make the boy as happy as racing around in the wagon (which is truly brutal on my back). He then likes to take it apart.
Except maybe the slide... Here Maddy eye balls the scene before making her first trip down the big, twisty slide at Franklin Park.
Maddy gives me one last smile before taking the plunge.
Doing it her way. Maddy alternately goes down upside down and backwards, head first, side ways, or the strangest, kneeling. It doesn't matter how you try and place her on the slide. No matter how often she gets bumped, she immediately tries to race back up for another trip. Milo is the same, but swings are really his thing.
09 March 2010 - Maddy on the beach.