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  1. Wednesday, January 11, 2023:
    Video Day  Here is Maia's original retelling of the classic Halloween book, "Five Little Pumpkins", but with bunnies and a special cat guest star. This was recorded in October 2022.    
  2. Wednesday, January 04, 2023:
    Ian Year 1 Month 8 Battle Report    Ian is only 4 months away from turning 2. He owns strong opinions, a loud, raucous voice, and way too many cars and trucks. His favourite foods are Belvita crackers (blueberry not cranberry orange), YoBaby yogurt, and waffles. He's gotten in the habit of throwing food on the floor when he's done eating -- we're trying hard not to react to it.   He doesn't like it when I touch his hair so his haircuts proceed at one snip per day, usually while he's distracted by yogurt. I've only cut the front and sides, enough to keep the yogurt away.   His sense of pitch continues to be outstanding, and you can always tell what he's trying to sing. He's particularly partial to "Rumble Rumble Dinosaur" which he sing...
  3. Monday, November 28, 2022:
    Counting Day  Ian is in a counting spree these days, and kind of sort of got to 20 when counting the metal rivets on a fancy chair.   Here, he is doing a census:    
  4. Friday, November 04, 2022:
    Maia's Art Day   Notable artwork from September - October      The cat is friends with the bird. It flies out of the tree to make friends with the squirrel. The mouse is scared.      Here are some mazes that Maia made in September. She wanted Rebecca and I to compete in a speed mazing competition. In the upper right one, you have to get the carrot through the bunny and into the toilet.      This is a set of switchback trails leading up Bunny Mountain, while airplanes fly overheard.      Maia drew this in kindergarten for a "What I Did This Summer" assignment. Clockwise, she swam in her cousins' pool, made popsicles, played soccer with the neighbours...
  5. Monday, October 24, 2022:
    Ian Year 1.5 Battle Report  Ian is now a year and a half old, which means he's no longer eligible for an Amazon return. I haven't weighed him in ages but you can get a sense of how big he is in the picture below (BU for scale).     His speaking skills are coming together quite well. Among his understood and understandable words are: no, bus, wheel, mail, (ba)nana, peach, whoa!, and bye bye. He can also itemize objects and count up to three (sometimes four). He still says "da da" but he also calls all sorts of things besides me "da da", like this cow on a tractor in one of his books. He can mimic words you give him, like "yogurt" and "poop".   His understanding of songs seems to be better than Maia's at this age. When he starts to ...
  6. Wednesday, October 05, 2022:
    What's Maia Up To Day    Maia is 5.25 years old this month and chugging along happily in school. She likes cats the most and bunnies the second most, and is always wearing some kind of headband with animal ears or crowns on it.   She gets up after 6:30 AM for school (bus at 7) and arrives home at 2:30 PM. Rebecca and Ian walk her out in the morning, and then we all pick her up at the bus stop. She doesn't do much "quiet time" anymore except on the weekends. We still try to get her to bed around 7 and she's usually asleep by 9. Unfortunately, the early wake-up has made the weekends longer since she can no longer force herself to sleep late into the morning.     I love exploring her room after she's been playing to see ...
  7. Friday, September 23, 2022:
    Maia's Art Day    Even at 4 (this was painted in May), Maia was better at watercolours than I ever was.      A rare crossover fiction between Bunnytown and Cattown. They are sharing near a volcano.      This is a bunny family with a baby bunny hopping in the background. You can see the action lines.      Maia drew this bunny with fancy coloured pencils at her grandparents' house.      One of Maia's first Kindergarten assignments, she decided that the squiggly line was the butt of a fish.      This is a tree at sunset. The tree was handcrafted and artisanally cut by Maia as well. 
  8. Wednesday, September 21, 2022:
    Ian Year 1 Month 5 Battle Report  Ian has made it five months past his first birthday.     He walks well and likes climbing unsafely on chairs, tables, and high beds. Things with wheels are still his favourite and he'll always point out the wheels in books, even the books most unlikely to have cars in them. He likes picking Maia up at the bus stop in the afternoon and yelling "BUH!" when the bus rolls down the street.   He still only has 4 truly visible teeth although there have been signs of other indecisive ones near the gum line. Teething as a kid that is old enough to understand pain a bit seems rough -- he'll wake up crying in the middle of the night and won't always be able to get back to sleep.   He doesn't speak muc...
  9. Friday, August 26, 2022:
    Kindergarten Day    Maia's first day of kindergarten on Thursday was a success!     She's in the Yellow Crayon class and sits at a table next to our across-the-street neighbor. She was super excited for her first school bus ride ever.   She told this story about the bus ride home: "Two girls sat next to me on the bus home. They didn't know where to sit so I told them they could sit with me!"   She also wore those cat ears all day long. 
  10. Wednesday, July 27, 2022:
    ASL Day  BU: "Hey Maia, what does this mean?"     MU: "I love you!"   BU: "And what does this mean?"     MU: "I love you with all that I am!" 
  11. Monday, July 18, 2022:
    Ian Year 1 Month 3 Battle Report  As of the beginning of July, Ian is now walking!     He consistently wakes up between 6:00 and 6:30 and will usually take a long nap around 11 AM. The 4 PM nap is either "asleep right away for an hour" or "shriek for 30 minutes until someone gets him". He goes to bed around 7, usually lying in the crib quietly for a half hour before dozing off.   Eating is still his favourite activity. Breakfast is usually a whole banana, many blueberries, 3 sausage links, and anything he sees me eat. Lunch and dinner are harder, as he's more picky when not super hungry. He tends to fixate on the things he wants so we hide the watermelon until the end of the meal and start him with a tray of healthy broccoli or a tin ...
  12. Monday, July 11, 2022:
    Weekend Wrap-up  Our first massively multiplayer birthday party experience was a success!     We hosted 8 extra kids and 5 parents on a surprisingly moderate day (postponed one day from Saturday to Sunday due to unexpected rainstorms).     Activities included the pool, water balloons, the new water table from the grandparents, a pinata, cornhole, soccer, and birthday cupcakes.     Lesson learned for next year: Pinatas are designed for adults. Reduce structural integrity before the party. 
  13. Wednesday, July 06, 2022:
    Birth Day  Maia is 5 today!     Her most recent favourite activities including drawing or painting bunnies and cutting endless crafts out of her Don't Let the Pigeon Finish the Activity Book activity book. However, bunnies have taken a slight dip in popularity -- on June 3, she said that she might not need Original Bunny anymore and that maybe Ian could have him as Ian grows up. She still carries Original Bunny around, but always pairs it with Lyla Cat, a fluffy white cat from her wall of stuffed animals.   Speaking of cats, Maia's favourite pretend game is to be a cat. She wears cat ear headbands (paired with a princess headband to be Princess Cat) and changes her name monthly. In May, she was Pussy Cat, June, ...
  14. Monday, June 20, 2022:
    Mother's and Father's Day   How Maia sees her parents      
  15. Friday, June 03, 2022:
    Maia's Art Day   Portraits of the artist as a preschooler      I particularly love the evolution from "I have exactly 20 fingers and toes" to "Drawing all the fingers and toes is boring" to "I'm polydactyl!" 
  16. Wednesday, May 25, 2022:
    What's Maia Up To Day  Maia is just 6 weeks away from being a five-year-old! She is awesome.     She's nearly at the age where I started kindergarten which means that, if she's anything like I was, 2022 will be the first year where she has strong core memories of things that go on. While her recall of events is still spectacular, some early memories (like almost anything pre-pandemic) have faded away.   Maia is always wearing a headband -- either she's a cat, or a princess, or a princess cat. She is less into bunnies these days, and her two main stuffed animals are Original Bunny and Little Cat. However, she will still interject into conversations to compare whatever we're talking about to how they do it in Bunnytown.&nbs...
  17. Monday, May 23, 2022:
    Ian Year 1 Month 1 Battle Report  Ian is now a month past 1 Year and still weighing about 21 pounds.     He is very interactive these days, and his favourite games include booping your nose with his finger, giving you something to pretend-eat, pulling up your shirt to boop your belly button, and saying goodbye to everyone and everything even when no one is leaving.   He is better at roving around the room playing quietly while I work or watch a show (he is uninterested by the TV unless there is a TV show theme song playing) and will always come over to see what Maia is doing if she's in the same room.   His sleeping schedule has switched towards a huge (2 hour) nap around noon although I still try to fool him into doi...
  18. Monday, May 02, 2022:
    Maia's Art Day   Notable artwork from the month of April    One afternoon, under the watchful eye of the babysitter, Miss Laura, Maia decided to make cutout bunnies. She painstakingly outlined and then cut each bunny, as well as clothes and shoes that could be folded onto the bunnies.     Here is a self-portrait Maia made that matches the clothes she was wearing that day:     So many bunnies holding hands:     The Easter Bunny is here hiding eggs. Notable hiding places include a bird's nest and the trunk of a car:     These bunnies just ran a race and received trophies:   
  19. Wednesday, April 27, 2022:
    Ian Year 1 Battle Report    At one year of age, Ian is 22 pounds and has 3 front teeth, two on top and one on the bottom. He is an excellent crawler, raiser, and supported stander/walker. He's been going up stairs for weeks and is now comfortable going down stairs the right way (feet first rather than bodysurfing).      He hates being on the changing table and cries excessively when the world is not revolving around him. For most of his public-facing time though, he's super happy. Ian likes waving at people and swaying back and forth in his high chair. He says many syllables and particularly likes "DA". We can't tell if he is legitimately saying the word, "DADA", or if he's just lucky stringing syllables together in the right ...
  20. Monday, April 25, 2022:
    Ian Day              
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