This'll be fast because I'm supposed to be sleeping (yes, you guys hear that a lot). (EDIT: Blogger has been a nightmare with pictures, so this is anything but fast...indeed it took twelve hours to post this...I did sleep part of the time, though!)
So, after provoking huge amounts of anxiety in me about the 'no talking' thing, Hallie decided tonight to mix things up a bit. Again.
Tonight, she started practicing her 'b's again and repeatedly said "buh-buh" every time I pointed at Big Bird. She also said something that sounds a lot like "whassthat?" nearly all evening. And she tried to say "chair" (going over to her high chair). It came out like "chuh" but we'll take it. "It's Telly" (again, to Telly, on the television, naturally) came out very clear.
Is this proto-talking a phase? The not-talking a phase? Is she just not interested in telling us stuff one day, and interested the next? Much as we used to want to get into our wonderful old dog, Bailey's, head and find out what she was thinking about (we used to say to one another: 'boy I wish she could just talk to us for one day; I have so many questions to ask her'), we now feel the same way about Hallie (though want to communicate with her even more).
So, who knows? Like everything else, she seems to be doing things her way. Do they conform to typical development? Deviate from it? Who can say. All I know is that she'd be giving me a bunch of gray hairs if I didn't already have them!
And, because I've been a neglectful photo poster, I'm adding in the pics from this past weekend's concert.
This one is of a very cute Hannah and Adam.
In this one, Hallie is making her french-fry eating debut. Doesn't this look a lot like a normal lunch? We're not quite there yet, but we'll make it (although we did have a bit setback today when it was accidentally confirmed to us that Hallie is indeed cow-dairy intolerant. That seems to be at the root of a lot of upchucks in our past).
And in these two, Hallie is engaged in a very engrossing game of 'oh-no-peek-a-boo' with Adam and Hannah. She doesn't quite get that you cover your eyes in peek-a-boo (though she does use things like blankets to cover her head). Instead, she clasps her cheeks. Anyway, she thought this was hilarious and cracked up the entire time.
LATER: Since Blogger is being annoying, I guess I'll write more while I wait for the pics to finally post.
Anyway, Hallie had a super time at the concert and we were thrilled about the fries. And the mamas had a pretty great weekend, all totaled. Friday night's birthday dinner was FABULOUS (it was at a great new-ish restaurant called James that we'd been meaning to try but haven't had the opportunity to since we rarely go out anymore. The best part is that James, along with numerous other fine dining establishments, is located three blocks from our house. So, even though it was frigid out, we were able to walk. I love living in Philly for that reason.
Saturday's concert obviously rocked, and we got to spend time with our niece Megan who is getting help from Sharon on a school project.
And on Monday, Ellen (Hallie's first friend and nurse from the ICN) came over to babysit/spend time with Hal while we went out for Restaurant Week (to a very excellent place we'd been before, called Meritage. They have a great wine list, though we obviously did not choose from its very choicest offerings).