Sunday, August 10, 2008

Addie's New Language

When I was pregnant, I always wondered how my brothers would react when Addison arrived. Neither of them have ever been around babies and they didn't babysit as kids like I did, so I didn't know if they would be too scared to hold her or if the sight of spit-up would send them running for the door. But to my surprise, my brothers have both been wonderful with Addie! They love holding her and playing with her. Ryan has to travel quite a bit for work but he and his girlfriend Meagan always make it a point to visit her every month so they can take her picture and shower her with gifts. They both couldn't believe how much she has grown since the last time they saw her! She grew two teeth, she can roll all over the place, and she has developed her own language of screaming in different pitches. When Ryan and Meagan sat down to read her a book, Addie decided she wanted to participate too. The reading session went something like this:

Ryan: Addie...you want to read your Little Lamb book?
Addie: AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
Meagan: Page one. Meet Little Lamb, he loves to....
Addie: (interrupting) AHHHHHH!
Meagan: Thats right...he loves to play!
Ryan: Uh Meg...she didn't say play...she just screamed.
Meagan: Yeah, but she was trying to say play. Weren't you baby girl?
Addie: AHHHHHHHH!
Meagan: See...she totally wants to talk to us.
Ryan: It looks more like she wants to shove that finger puppet in her mouth.
Meagan: Whatever. Lets keep reading. Page two, What games will Little Lamb play today?
Addie: (Arms waving, legs kicking) AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
Ryan: What did she say now baby whisperer?
Meagan: She is telling us what games Little Lamb likes to play.
Ryan: So what games does Little Lamb like to play?
Addie: AHHHHHHHHHH!
Meagan: Addie said Little Lamb wants to play a game of "be quiet and let us finish the book"
Ryan: I don't think...
Addie: (interrupting again) AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhHHHHHHH!
Meagan: See...now be quiet and let us finish.
Ryan: Okay.
Addie: AH!

After watching this little interaction I have come to 3 conclusions. 1) Addie has already developed a sassy little personality 2) Little Lamb is STILL her favorite book (sorry blankie book) and 3) Uncle Ryan and Aunt Meagan are going to make great parents one day (no pressure Ry :-) Addie had so much fun yesterday reading, jumping in her jumperoo, drooling all over Uncle Ryan, playing "super baby" with Aunt Meagan and fighting naps with mommy...again. I bet if she had a calendar or knew anything about numbers, Addie would be counting the days until their next visit. I know I am :-) Love you guys!

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