When I moved over to this new template (which I loooooove, by the way), it became immediately clear to me how long it had been since I’d posted anything about the kids. The most recent picture of either of them that pops up here was at least a year old. Way overdue for an update, and let’s start with Veronica.
I see so many people in her. She’s got my eyes, clearly, and she has Sarah’s feet. She also has her bisnonna’s nose, I think. But then there are these other subtle ways that she looks like members of our family. She doesn’t look too much like Teddy – except when she’s sleeping and then the resemblance is uncanny. When she’s really involved in something, she looks like Sarah as a kid. Sometimes out of the blue she’s a dead ringer for my mom. And when she’s laughing, she looks like Sarah’s mom. Genetics, man. Crazy stuff.
She’s not walking yet, which is fine. Easier to keep track of the two of them when they’re not running in separate directions 24/7. I'm pretty sure she can walk, she just doesn’t. You can trick her into standing for a minute at a time, but the second she realizes you’ve let go of her hands, she drops. She’s starting to get chatty. We can get Mama, Dada, and Teddy (Tetty!) out of her. She’ll also do croaky Uh-oh (which is more often Oh-Uh). And for the first time this morning, when Teddy was trying to steal a toy away, she went, “No no no no no no no no no no”, so there’s that. She also has some go-to sounds. “Ye ye yeeee” and “OOOOoooOOOOoooOOOOooo.” I guess what I’m saying is, she’s mostly inarticulate. (She gets that from her father.)
She gives great smiles. Teddy too. Teddy gives a thousand watt, I-couldn’t-be-happier grin when he’s really happy. Veronica has this subtle little smile, and it can be a little hard-won sometimes, but it melts my heart. Great laugh to boot. She’s only just progressed beyond that baby laugh – that “huh! huh! huh!” goofy-sound. When she really gets going, she sounds like a kid. She’s growing up quick. It was the same thing with Teddy: from zero to six months, time passed normally – but then I put him down for a nap one day and when I went to wake him he was two. We don’t have any babies in the house anymore. It strange. Time for another one, maybe. Or maybe not right now. Let's talk about it next year.