Monday, February 15, 2010

a handful of firsts

Time has been flying by here at the Hewitt house. Lose track for a day, and you never know what you'll see when you turn around again.

Scott left for an inservice training in Austin and was gone for 4 days. It was his first time being away from the babies for more than a handful of hours. Which was weird for him, but not really weird for me, since sometimes our opposite shifts mean we don't see each other for a few days at a time.

The babies were very glad to see him again--Noah busted a big grin on sight, and kept grinning every time Scott came around a corner, as if he reassured that Daddy hadn't left town once again. Lily was a little skeptical, and had to do some closer inspection to make sure he was really Daddy:

All good! Welcome home, Daddy!

After a short reprieve from illness, the babies wound up sharing a cold this past week. Lily caught it first and has borne it beautifully. Today I wiped her nose and found that her skin was raw and cracked from so many wipings--but she didn't fuss at all! She really has become a happy, independent, tolerant little girl. Here she is at the height of her cold, with matching shirt, bib, cheeks, and even the food on her face:

Like everyone else here in North Texas, we got a bunch of snow last week. The official count in Fort Worth was 12 inches, but I think we got closer to 8 inches or so. It was wet, heavy snow that stuck to everything, and it was absolutely gorgeous. I had forgotten how beautiful, still, and peaceful the world becomes when it's covered with a good blanket of snow.

And then there are the teeth. Noah has two, Lily has one (just barely), and both of them have toothy bumps. Noah's upper gum is so swollen and sore he won't let anybody near it without screaming his head off. Poor babies! They still seem to be handling it like champs, though--aside from a little fussiness and enough drool to fill a swimming pool.

In other very exciting news, the babies have both "said" their first "words"! Okay, so I had to put quotations there because there's a little explanation necessary. Lily has officially said "da-da" several times, and there is an outside possibility she has some idea what it means. Of course, she has also said "ga-ga" and "ba-ba" and a few other things, so who knows. The most exciting thing is that she has figured out how to repeat "da-da" when we say it to her. (Same goes for spitting.)

Noah hasn't vocalized anything specific yet, but he has mastered the sign for "more". (Not exactly shocking that the fat kid is the first to figure out how to insist he gets fed, and NOW.) He figured out how to "clap" (bring his hands together) at the babysitter's. Since that's pretty close to the sign for "more", I took it and ran. From there it wasn't too hard to teach him how to ask for more food--I think Noah would learn to fly if there was food involved. Now he asks for "more" in between every. single. bite of food sometimes, and sometimes when there is no food anywhere around. (But if it's not time for food, I just pretend I think he's clapping and say, "Yay!!" Poor hungry kid...)

Here's a sampling of his new talent:

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