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31 October 2010 @ 01:00 pm
In keeping with my tradition of only updating this blog on holidays, here are some pictures:


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05 July 2010 @ 11:15 pm

4th of July involved picnic and hiking (small amount of hiking since Costa was on foot).  It was the first time Costa had been in the woods in over a year and he was just kind of like "wow, what is this place?"  That was his expression, anyway (still not talking beyond saying 'yes' and 'no'). I think we're going to try to go hiking again this week, but this time bring the Ergo so we can carry Costa at least part of the time and go for longer.

In other news, today Costa figured out how to turn door knobs and open doors today.  Nooooo, I thought I had more time before we got to this day!

He is adjusting well to the new baby, I think.  He'll get frustrated when he needs attention from me and I'm busy with Claudia, but he still loves her and doesn't seem to resent her for taking our attention away from him.

Other news, we'll be moving mid-August since Matthew is transferring schools and I think we may be buying a house!  It's a manufactured house on rented land, so we'll have to pay a monthly lot fee, but even lot fee + monthly mortgage payment will be around the same price as renting an apartment, so it should turn out to be a good investment, even if the house goes down in value (which manufactured homes have tendency to do).

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03 June 2010 @ 10:03 pm
Had photos taken tonight!

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Things are going pretty well!  Claudia is such an easier baby than her older brother was.  The first two days she slept most of the day and then stayed up most of the night (not so good), but last night she slept really well, so I'm hoping that will be the new pattern. It's still better than Costa, who slept poorly both day AND night as a newborn.
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31 May 2010 @ 01:26 pm
Claudia Simone was born at 2:41 am this morning after three hours of insane labor.  It was an attempted midwife assisted water birth, but the midwife didn't make it in time and the birthing tub only had a couple inches of water in it by the time she popped out.

She's 10 lbs 4 oz (the exact same birth weight as her older brother!) and 23 inches (I think Costa was 22 in, but I'd need to double check).

She's definitely a much quieter baby so far than Costa was.  She actually sounds like a newborn when she cries (Costa just skipped over the newborn cry and went straight to screaming at the top of his lungs).

Costa seems to love her.  We let him hold her and when we took her back he immediately signed "more".  Unfortunately, she didn't seem to enjoy being held by a toddler so much.  Costa also kept coming over and rubbing her head and kissing her cheek. 

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05 April 2010 @ 09:33 pm
This Easter and last Easter:

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I feel a little silly because I meant to announce this months and months ago, but Costa will be getting a little brother or sister late May/early June!
02 February 2010 @ 10:57 am
It's getting interesting with the sign language that Costa knows.  He's started randomly signing "dog" when there is no dog in sight.  The first time he did this was a few hours after we had gone on a walk and he saw a dog.  When I asked him where the dog was, he pointed in the direction that we had gone on our walk, so I think he might have just been trying to talk about what he saw earlier.  But the thing that confuses me is that half the time he signs dog, and I ask him where this dog is, he points up.  It's starting to make me wonder if he has an imaginary floating pet dog or something.

In any case, he certainly seems to think about dogs frequently.  That is what makes baby sign language so awesome, I would have no idea of what was going on in his head otherwise. (Matthew and I were both late talkers, so it could be awhile before Costa begins speaking, making the baby sign language that much more crucial)

Last night I think he was trying to tell me a story. He repeatedly signed "dog" "lion" "dinosaur" and "up" (though not necessarily in that order).  I'm sure if he knew the signs for more verbs, it would have been a great story.
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23 January 2010 @ 11:23 am
This morning Costa had his typical breakfast of waffle and peanut butter.  Somehow, all the peanut butter ended up on his head and in his hair.  Of course, giving peanut butter to a toddler is never a mess free affair, but he's never smeared it on his forehead like that before.


I'm afraid I've exposed Costa to too much TV.  He doesn't seem to pay much attention to the TV at all, but if I dare to mute the volume or turn it off, he immediately looks at the TV and signs "more".  I'll turn it back on and he'll immediately goes back to whatever he was doing, not paying any attention to the TV, but he's aware the second he stops hearing sound from it. (If I don't turn it back on, he starts grunting all indignantly, like "how dare you not turn the sound/TV back on!" which is pretty cute too.)  I don't think it's just the background noise, because yesterday night Matthew had youtube videos playing, but that wasn't enough, the volume on the TV had to be on too!  I turned the sound down gradually to see if I could sneak it by him and it worked, until I mentioned to Matthew, "He didn't notice because I did it gradually" (we were discussing it just a minute ago so it was clear from the context what I was referring to, I was trying to phrase things in a way that I thought wouldn't clue Costa in to what I was talking about).  As soon as I said that Costa looked up at the TV and signed "more". I really wonder if he understood what I said or if it was just a coincidence? I thought using words like "notice" and "gradually" would be out of his baby vocabulary.

Okay, if that doesn't convince you that my baby is super intelligent, here is a picture of him that definitely will:

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13 January 2010 @ 12:37 am
Today Costa signed what I think counts as his first complete sentence.  I mentioned to Matthew that I was going to go take a shower and Costa signed "mom" and "take a bath" and then he did it again when he saw me after my shower.  I didn't even know he knew the word shower, so that is really cool that he figured out the meaning of the word and then figured out that the sign for "take a bath" could work for "shower" too. 

We also taught him to sign "please" and now he does it every time he wants something.  I think it's helping to cut down on him screaming when he wants something.  

He's definitely a toddler now, since Christmas he has been crawling less and less and walking more and more.  Even though it's been a several weeks, it's still so strange to see him toddling everywhere...he was crawling for so long!  Now he just needs to start talking...
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