I’m writing this post while camped out at my cousin’s house, since Molly is napping and our house is currently being shown. Also, my current view is laptop and belly:
Second pregnancies. So much belly, so quickly.
Anyway, on to Molly, our little sponge. Here’s an example of life with MJ this month: we were back east visiting my friend Matt and he asked, “does Molly know any animal noises yet?” Ooh, does she ever. The next 15 minutes consisted of “Molly, what does a dog say?” (“bow wow wow”), what does a cat say?” (“merow”), “what does a snake say?” (“ssssssssss”), and on and on and on (including cows, monkeys, faces for pigs and fish, elephants, and sheep), followed by “what does a car do?” (“vroom, vroom”), and “where’s your nose?” And where are your eyes? And where’s your head? And now in Portuguese, cade sua boca? cade sua nariz? cade sua cabeça?
Girl is brilliant.
Everything is still very much pointing to “this? this?” because she wants to know what everything is. She’s very curious about the world around her and picks up new nouns almost immediately. She has also been enhancing her vocab – apple (and randomly, applesauce), fish, horse, again, no (that is, no no no no while vehemently shaking her head), yes, ball, all done, Elmo, and, maybe just once, Josi! We are trying (and failing) to be really careful to watch our language around her, now that she is picking up words so quickly. The first time she drops an F bomb I’m totally blaming Lee.
The highlight of the month was a trip back east to see best friends, babies, and Ulisses! Unfortunately MJ ended the trip by getting the worst cold of her short life, which left her lethargic for days.
Trust me, I’m tired too.
But otherwise, the trip was so fun. There were SO many babies and I really do think that there’s something extra special about meeting the babies of college friends; friends who you’ve grown up with and shared incredible experiences with and now you get to meet their children and watch your kids and theirs interact. When I wasn’t squealing with joy and taking 1,000 pictures I was basically choking back happy tears. First up, Lilly! Matt and Amanda’s daughter is the cutest 5-month old and unfortunately I don’t seem to have any pictures of her (probably because Molly was *not* having either Lee or me holding her for one minute. I thought she was too young for jealousy) so you’ll have to settle for her playing in a sprinkler with other kids. And yes, she was naked. California kid, what can I say?
Oh, and she also experienced her first boat ride! Followed immediately by her first popcorn. Not sure which she was more enthusiastic about but likely the popcorn.
I’m on a boat!
Post ride snack
Next up, Sian and Jimmy and their three kids, James, Charlie, and Francesca! I was especially excited to meet Francesca since she and Molly are exactly two months apart and I was so curious to see what I had to look forward to come July (babies change quickly!). Molly had an absolutely fantastic time with all of the kids and they loved her right back!
James and Molly
Jimmy with the girls
I think Charlie wins the “who does Molly have the biggest crush on?” contest
Already up to trouble, these two ;)
And then, after a whirlwind day at the Baltimore Zoo and lots of fun with babies, we got to see Ulisses! And meet his mama!! And his nana and aunt – so basically we didn’t see Molly once we got to his house :)
Familia brasileira de Molly
Still the best manny ever <3
Even with the dire illness, it was a great trip and we are so lucky to have all of these fantastic people in our lives. All of them. The best.
Some other snaps from this month: kicking it with Josi, Sesame Street Live, and general MJ awesomeness.
Air travel. Fun for everyone.
Checking out the elephants at the Baltimore Zoo
I will hug and kiss this pole.
Sesame Street Live. Obviously Lee is the most excited.
Being fierce with Josi
Pigtails! Thanks to Auntie Sian
Oversize sunnies, very Hollywood
Ball pit action shot