Last week she fetched the toilet paper; this week she figured out the toilet lid. Up to now, leaving the lid down kept her out of the toilet. It still works for our cat, and I was kind of hoping it would work forever with Esmé, too.
Upon her discovery, she went for the toilet paper roll and started tearing off small pieces to put in the toilet. Then she discovered the sound effect of slamming toilet lids, so that's kept her from dumping the whole roll of toilet paper into the toilet so far.
Forget all those developmental milestones in the books - the real ones to keep track of are the toilet-related ones. The next big one - flushing the toilet.
How do you know you have a mosquito problem? When you catch your baby standing on the bed - fingers pointed to the top of the mosquito net. This is followed by a loud clap/smack of the hands together, then a very thorough inspection of the hands to see if there are mosquito body parts and blood on the hands.
So far she hasn't captured any, but it's fun to watch her try! (And Mommy misses them all the time, too - Mozambican mosquitoes are waaay smart. Must be the malaria factor that strengthens their reflexes.)
The grasshoppers are a whole 'nother story.
Yes, we are still documenting new favorite words. It's a habit I can't break yet, even though I know I'm missing lots of them. This week:
- Amen - As in "That was a nice prayer; now let's get on with the food!" I LOVE watching her fold her hands, but I haven't figured out the trick for getting her to close her eyes . . .
- Walk - As in "Would you stop carrying me already, Mom? I wanna get down and walk! I can get places lots faster that way!"
- Butterfly - As in "There's a butterfly in that picture! Let's sing the butterfly song! See, I can do the hand motions!" Though it sounds more like "bubbye."
- No no no no no - As in "No no no no no!" And "No" is still cute in this house.
- Me - As in "Jesus loves the little ones like me, me, me" as she points to herself.
- Hippo - As in "There's a hippo in that picture! I know all about hippos! They sing on YouTube and they start with the letter 'H'!"
Esmé's handwriting is becoming surprisingly legible. I found "ice cream" written on our shopping list board on the fridge this week in her scribble. Ms. Cathrine won't admit to helping her with it, but I have my suspicions . . .
Here is Ms. Esmé practicing her writing skills with chalk.