This week has been pretty good. We're still busy and working late a good bit, but we're all surviving. In fact, Eli seems to be thriving. He has been less cranky, more willing to go in at daycare by himself (i.e., not carried in), and generally more agreeable. We suspect for the first time in a long time, his ears don't hurt and he feels pretty good. He has even stopped complaining about us washing his hair (except for the water in his face part which he still hates with a passion).
Sunday, Eli, Ava, and I went and cleaned out Joey's fish pond. Eli wanted to be my big helper, so I "put him to work" scooping water out of one bucket and pouring it into another bucket. He also helped me catch the fish and named almost all of them "Nemo". After we caught most of the fish, a couple of the bigger fish tried to jump out of the bucket we had them in. Eli happened to be standing over the bucket when it happened once and a fish hit him square in the nose. Eli didn't find it ammusing, but Joey and I thought it was pretty funny! We found a deeper bucket and moved the fish. Soon (and that is a relative term), the pond was all cleaned out and it was time to put the fish back. Eli loved catching the fish again and even wanted to pet them. I held the fish in my hands and let him touch a couple of them. It was great fun.
|Monday morning, getting dressed... Eli wanted his picture taken. That is the first time that's happened in a while!|
|Out of the blue I have a camera hog!|
Ava had some fun watching me and Eli work on Sunday, but I think she really wanted to be down and "helping". Monday morning, she woke up determined to walk. Every night this week she has worked to be able to take some steps. She still is only getting 2-3 before she falls, but she is an expert stander-upper. I have no doubt that within another week or so, she'll be running circles around me. Ava has discovered how to dance even if she has to do it sitting down. When she hears music, she'll bounce herself right along with the beat. She has also discovered a couple of toys we have that play songs including a bunny that has moving ears and bounces like she does when it sings "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)". That is her new favorite toy!
|Ava got herself vertical but she couldn't quite get the ball popper popping.|
|Didn't matter. She was still having fun and looking adorable in the process.|