Sunday, May 29, 2011

First Kiss and Peeling Cucumbers

Lauren loves to kiss herself in the mirror. She's been doing this for a month or so now. Every time she sees herself in the mirror, she excitedly scoots up to the mirror on her knees and gives herself a big smooch, leaving saliva and handprints all over for mommy to clean up.

But tonight, she gave her first real kiss to someone other than herself - and it was her Daddy! And I happened to have my camera around when it first happened.

Lauren did her first clap tonight as well!! Its not a full clap, but a half clap (where one hand hits the other hand), but its her way of clapping for now and we couldn't be more proud of her. Once I get it on video, I'll post it. Finally we are starting to get some gestures!

She said "mama" first (actually its the only word she babbles), gave Daddy her first kiss and waved for the first time on command to her sister. Lauren shares her first inchstones with everyone in the family and we all continue to cheer her on. 

Of course, this can't only be a post bragging about Lauren, so here is some new tidbits about the other child. Kayla has learned how to use the vegetable peeler and has become very proficient peeling cucumbers.

Her French and Mandarin vocabulary is now larger than mine and she is teaching Steve and I new words every day like pineapple in French and rabbit in Mandarin. I am working on getting Kayla to sit still while eating and to wipe her own bum... she is 4 and she is fully capable of doing it, but she insists that I be her designated ass-wiper. She'll sit on the toilet and yell "Mommy come wipe my bum" at the top of her lungs and won't stop until I do it. Pee or poop it doesn't matter. She likes her ass wiped professionally. I should get her one of those Japanese toilets that gives you a spray of water and a light blow dry for her birthday.

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