Yesterday, for example, we discovered that Alice can open a package of teddygrahams all by herself. It was a toy when it was packaged; now it's a mess.
This last week we also discovered that Alice can climb stairs. She used to contentedly hang out on the bottom two steps, which was totally fine. One morning, I was reading in the kitchen and she was roaming around and playing. I realized it was quiet--always a bad sign. And then I heard toys clanking around upstairs. What a speed demon! Since then, she's obsessed with stairs, and I'm glad I had already a gate laying around to put at the bottom of the staircase.
Unfortunately, there are stairs leading to our pantry, which was converted from an old staircase that used to go up to the attic. Her love of stairs and getting into everything means that her favorite place is now the pantry. So many cloves of garlic to detach! So many sweet potatoes to lick! So many baskets of goodness to empty!
Speaking of licking. She was into licking for a few weeks when she was 3 months old, but we seem to now have a resurgence of this habit. Shoe! Lick. Watermelon! Lick before chomp, chomp, chomp. Plastic container! Lick.
Over the last week, Alice has been walking more and more. She figured out how to stand without assistance from an object other than the floor, and she often walks 5-10 steps before falling. She's not very reckless, which is good, and she's only bruised her head once. Today.
Oh, and she's still obsessed with spoons. If the dishwasher is open (which we try to avoid), she'll go through the silverware and pick out all her spoons and the teaspoons. I guess she's not really into metal spoons yet.
Alice has finally figured out how to bear crawl (the best way to crawl when wearing a dress). Now she does it when she's not wearing a dress, too: https://youtu.be/4UVHeC4zmdw
Lastly, on a sadder note, our bird Houdini passed away this last week. He had gotten sick in March and never fully recovered. His time with us was too short, but we sure did love having him around. Alice really loved him. She would go to his room and make high-pitched screeches (imitating his chirp) and click her tongue to call for him. We're glad we got a few videos of her interest in him and talking to him before it was too late. Here's one of them: https://youtu.be/VfhdMxIfc98.
On to the pictures . . .
|Starting to stand unassisted|
|This is how I feel about my first time wearing a tutu I was given.|
|I grew on me, though.|
|And I especially liked it once the shades were added.|
|Destroying my first fort.|
|Grandma Lori sent me some hats for the summer. Hooray!|
|I love looking out windows.|
|Another walk to the grocery store with Mom (while Daddy takes the car to work)|
|My second fort|
|You know, this applesauce makes a nice stool.|
|Mom (Linda), you'll find this funny . . . I guess with the warm weather the French bread rises much faster . . .|
|All Hail the Queen of Broccoli, my favorite vegetable!|
|"You see this ziplocked bag? I bet you one of my pacifiers that I can get it open."|
|I love my daddy and I miss him every day now that he's gone more often. |
Every time I see our family picture, I say "dada!"
|We hadn't really paid attention to how much she was working on this bag of graham cracker bunny things . . .|
|. . . until this happened the next day. Isn't that the guiltiest face you've ever seen?|
|She ate quite a few of them, perhaps because she hadn't eaten much of her breakfast.|
Our Garden (plus cute photo-bomber)This year our garden is doing great so far! It makes me look like I have a green thumb.
|flowers, herbs, beans, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and kale|
|Grape tomato. Last year it got so huge, and it's well on it's way already. Yesterday I had to tie it to the porch because it fell down.|
|The first time my peas haven't just suddenly withered and died.|
|I gave up trying to keep her clean and just let her crawl, have fun, and get some really dirty legs.|
|Also the first time my beans haven't just dried up and died.|
|Two almost full-sized cukes!|
|My shadow waved at her, and she waved back and then tried to capture my shadow hand.|
|She LOVES eating watermelon. It's amazing how much she can fit in her little tummy.|