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High Maintenance

The kids are keeping us especially busy these days. Hakan’s crawling has kept us on our toes, but what’s worse is his climbing – he moves his way around the house, and when he runs into something solid, he figures he can just go over it instead of around it. This includes toys, walls, the couch, etc. He seems to love to stand, but it gets us a little nervous for when he falls. 

Here is a little more footage of some crawling, after he and Carver were getting to know each other a little:

Carver has been eating better lately, thank goodness. To give you a picture of what it has been like, I’ll describe what happened a few days ago. After much effort in vain, Kira finally convinced Carver to climb into his high chair for a meal. He requested a plate of nachos (“machos”), so Kira put them together and handed it to him. He turned his nose up at it and simply shouted at all of her attempts to get him take a bite. She tried offering other foods: “Would you like some hot dog?” and so on. After simply screaming at her over and over, Avey asked him, “Would you like to scream your lungs out?” Carver replied defiantly, “No! That’s not food!”

Thank goodness Hakan has been more receptive to nourishment:


Hakan likes to grab the spoon with which we feed him, and lick it off himself. Either that or he smears it across his hair and then drops it onto his pant leg. We’ve learned to have two spoons on hand so that we can trade him after every bite. He is a mess once all is said and done, but at least he likes food!


Kira feels much better as evidenced by her energy, mood, and attitude. She can’t taste food very well because her nose is still stuffed up pretty bad, but it’s nice to have her nearly recovered.

I am staying busy with all that’s left on my dissertation. I am about 145 pages in, and I’ve still got a long way to go.

Avey is still a super star at school, and has been a very good helper at home most of the time. She took a reading test at school a couple of weeks ago, where the minimum passing ability is reading 60 words per minute. She took the test and read 126 words in a minute. She recently started correcting the punctuation and grammar on the instruction sheets her teacher sends home. So proud of that girl…


Have a pleasant week!

#Happenings #LittleGems

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