Little shoppers

Looks like Meg found a good deal
Looks like Meg found a good deal
One of the presents for Meg from Grandma and Grandpa Felty was a toy shopping cart. Meg and Spencer seem to both like it very much. Thanks for such a great present (and thanks to Grandpa for putting it together)

Happy Birthday Meg

Meg's birthday cake
Meg's birthday cake
One year ago today, we welcomed Margaret Alice Dibble-Felty into this hot, crowded world. How time flies. Now she is walking, has 5 teeth, and maybe even a few words (up, mama, and daddy). To celebrate the occasion, Grandma and Grandpa Felty came out from Michigan, and Great Aunt Betty and Great Uncle Phil came over for a little celebration. We treated ourselves to some Das Meyer cake. Meg really enjoyed the cake! And of course we got lots of packages all week long from friends and family. Thanks so much for everything!
Meg going face first into the cake
Meg going face first into the cake
Even though Meg just turned one, she frequently acts much older. She tries really hard to keep up with her brother, and sometimes even outdo him. She has become quite the daredevil lately, as evidenced by the picture below, in which she used a small chair to climb up onto the train table.
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Sledding and snowman

Spencer and  our snowman
Spencer and our snowman
We got a really great snow a couple weeks ago. We got over a foot of snow on Friday, Feb 3rd, which closed school and work for Clare. By Saturday, the roads weren’t too bad (they even plowed our street!), it wasn’t too cold, and the sun was out. So it was ideal weather for sledding. We met some friends at a little hill in Wheat Ridge. Meg seemed to enjoy the sledding. Spencer did not want to actually go down on the sled. He had fun sliding down on his butt, or throwing the sled down empty though. Sunday we met Tao at a hill close to our house, and Spencer did decide to go down on the sled there, and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately we did not capture that experience digitally (except if you consider the brain’s memory digital, which it is in a sense, since neurons either fire or don’t).

[n͋o] (snow)

Spencer likes to shovel
Spencer likes to shovel
I started this post over a year ago, and today I decided to finally finish it. Spencer’s speech has come leaps and bounds in a year. Last year around this time, he only had a few words, and had quite a bit of trouble with consonant clusters. For many months, Spencer pronounced “snow” as [no], which was quite confusing. Then for a couple months, he was producing nareal consonants, in which he made an s-like sound, but by blowing through his nose. I never got a great video of it, but this one shows it some. In particular, you can kind of see how his upper lip curls up a bit, which is a very different gesture than the lip spreading usually associated with an [s]. Of course, now he is a complete chatterbox (when he wants to be).

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Dump truck play

Meg and Spencer playing with the dump truck
Meg and Spencer playing with the dump truck
While Spencer continues to be pretty good in terms of sharing toys with Meg, he does occasionally do the thing where he only wants to play with whatever toy Meg is playing with. Yesterday while I was making moussaka for dinner Meg was playing with the big Tonka truck Ellen had gotten Spencer a couple years ago, and Spencer was getting jealous. Clare finally resolved the situation by suggesting that Spencer could push Meg around in the dump truck, which kept them both happy for quite awhile. Then at some point Spencer got tired of pushing Meg around, and wanted Meg to push Spencer around. We weren’t quite sure she could do it, but in typical Meg style, she pushed him quite well! She still has to learn how to steer a bit though.