Sunshiney Day

For one glorious day this week, it actually felt like spring. Abigail and I played in the backyard and walked to the park. The next day we had hail, rain, thunder, lighting, and a little snow.

I'm hoping for a speedy return of the sunshine.


Abigail saw her first rainbow today. (See some pictures of it here). She quickly learned how to say rainbow (maimbow), and proceeded to repeat her new word for about the next hour.



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Playing Piano with Daddy, and the "Goss"


Abigail is completely fascinated by the cross that hangs on our bedroom wall. She will stand at the door and say "Goss! Goss! Seees." (Cross. Cross. Please). She likes to just go in and look at it. We talk about why we love the cross - that it reminds us of Jesus and what he did for us on the cross. One day she would not take a nap until I brought the cross in and set it in her room where she could see it. We hung up her cross in her room over her crib, but she still loves to go look at the one in our room. Here are some pictures of her playing with it and hugging it.


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Pretty Piggy Toes


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Dancing Queen

Abigail looooves to dance. Here is her latest performance.

Her wardrobe was lovingly supplied by Grandpa & Grandma (thanks for the Valentine's shirt!) and Great Auntie Kathy (thanks for the cool knit socks!).


Abigail has been fighting a little cold this week. It's not seeming as bad as the last one, but she did get quite a high fever one day. She even took two naps on Monday and Tuesday! Today was a one-napper, but she did curl up on the couch for a little while (while wearing my robe).

And did I ever mention that the ceiling in our laundry room caved in? Frozen pipes. Not fun. Fortunately we have a reasonably priced plumber that we've used a few times who was able to come out quickly to fix things. Aaron insulated the (new) pipes really well, so we shouldn't have the same problem again. Now, we'll just have to see about fixing the ceiling. Praise the Lord that it was the laundry room (which is essentially a back room in the garage. Anywhere else in the house and this would have been a much bigger problem.

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I can make funny faces!


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"Happy Birthday Nana" - a peek into Abigail's communication style

The Background
Abigail primarily communicates in one-word "phrases". (Although I don't think a single word can really be considered a phrase, per se.) She often communicates her thoughts by using multiple words, but they are not usually related in any grammatical way. (i.e. she will say "Sing, (pause) Car" to tell me that she wants to go in the car to go sing at IHOP. When she asks for things, she will say either "please" or the name of the item...but never "juice, please" in one phrase. Every now and then she will put two words together to make a logical "sentence", but it seems like it's usually not very intentional.

We went to a birthday party for our dear friend Matt recently, and I tried to teach her to say "Happy Birthday". At that time, she needed me to prompt each word separately.

The Statement
A couple days ago when Abigail was eating dinner, she started spontaneously saying "Happy Birthday Nana". She said this completely unprompted, and repeated it at least a couple times. Lo and behold, Nana's birthday was just a day or two before that, but I don't remember telling that to Abigail. I ran to grab the camera to try to get a good clip of her saying the whole phrase.

The Conversation
This is what followed:

The Transcript (with interpretation)
I started the video just as Abigail was finishing saying "Nana"

MOM: quietly prompting: Say Happy Birthday Nana

ABIGAIL: untranslatable singing with dancing.
Baow! (Belle, Nana and Grandpa's dog)

MOM: Abigail, Can you say Happy Birthday Nana?

ABIGAIL: Looking around sadly because she can't see her: NANA! Nana, Nana!
(realizing that Nana is definitely not here)
Uh, dah, dah, dah. Wook (work. Because if someone is not here, they must be "at work" - that's where Daddy goes when he's gone.)
De, dah. Bampa. (Grandpa. Because we've already named Nana and Belle.)

MOM: Abigail, can you say Happy Birthday?

ABIGAIL: All smiles: Hah-Pee Hur-day!

MOM: whispering a prompt: Nana

ABIGAIL: whispers back: Nana
louder Doh. No.

MOM: Can you say Happy Birthday Nana?

ABIGAIL: singing: Do hah-pee da-ay. No-hah.
talking: Pway! pway! (Pray! pray!)(because at Matt's birthday party we all prayed for him, so to Abigail, birthdays are apparently inextricably linked to praying.)
Folding her hands, bowing her head, praying: Tooh. Dee-dut (which might mean "Jesus", but it's not always clear). Boh, bun, dee.
Spying a tasty-looking apple on her plate: Appo (apple). Nee, dow.