For Memorial Day, Joerg's Ph.D. advisor and his wife and two kids dropped by for lunch on their way home from visiting friends in Iowa. It was the first time that Annika's been able to get up close and interact with other kids (we of course made sure that the kids washed their hands, and that they hadn't been around any sick people in the last couple of days). Annika adored the 4-year-old girl, Tamar. She was practically crawling into her lap while Tamar was trying to eat her lunch. For days afterward, Anni was obsessed with the little chair where Tamar had sat to eat! We're going to try to let her be around more kids, although it scares us to death to let her get near kids, who carry so many communicable diseases. We called Chicago, and they told us to just not let her be in a crowd of kids, and to be sure that we had talked to the parents to make sure the kids are healthy, and wash her hands after she's done playing.
Some of Anni's favorite things to do lately:
--put socks on both her hands and run around the house waving her hands in front of herself like Godzilla
--lay on her tummy and push herself backwards with her hands. Not a very effective way to get around, but she thinks it's hilarious.
--make her silly face while walking (the silly face is when she scrunches her nose and eyes and leans her head back). Making the silly face while walking usually causes her to fall on her rear, which she also thinks is hilarious.
--dump her food off her plate onto the tray of her high chair. Get rid of plate. Climb out of seat restraint and sit on the tray in the middle of food. Resume eating from this position.
--take off pants.
Now for a good story:
Two nights ago, Joerg and I had just gone to bed and were beginning to drift off to sleep when we heard music coming from the baby monitor. This was not particularly surprising since Anni usually turns on her aquarium toy when she wakes up (it's a little crib toy in which fish swim around while a lullaby plays). However, she almost never wakes up in the middle of the night, so it was kind of surprising to hear the music. We were both pretty groggy, but awake still. Then she started talking, which woke us both up because she was making sounds that we had never heard her make before! It sounded like she was saying "Daddy" pretty clearly, and it sounded like she was talking to her toys. I thought, "wow, this is strange; maybe she's not so far behind as we thought in her speech, maybe she only practices it at night." This went on for a few minutes, and we were beginning to get concerned. Something just didn't sound right. It really didn't sound like Anni's voice, and Annika had certainly never made the sounds that we were hearing. There was a lot of static in the monitor (that often happens, the monitor is not the best and seems to be affected by bad weather and all sorts of things). I held the monitor up to my ear, and turned up the volume because it just didn't make any sense. Why did Anni sound so strange?At this point we were beginning to get freaked out. Then it suddenly hit me that the tune that I heard playing wasn't from Anni's aquarium toy at all. It was from her froggy toy. BUT HER FROGGY TOY WASN'T IN HER ROOM AT ALL!!!!!
We were officially freaked. Joerg and I had just watched a scary movie in which part of the plot involves hearing ghosts through a baby monitor, and this just seemed to spooky for words. Joerg stood outside her door, but didn't hear anything, so I decided to go in. As quietly as possible, I opened her door. Anni was fine--still asleep. The baby monitor was plugged in, but Joerg was still hearing the baby voice through it in our room. I tiptoed in to take a closer look, and discovered that the light on the monitor in her room wasn't on. We have special baby-safe outlets in her room, and they sometimes cause the plug to come out, even when it appears to be in. I pushed the plug in further, the light came on, and the baby voice disappeared from the monitor in our room. As Joerg and I breathed a sigh of relief, we figured that our monitor must have been picking up a signal from one of our neighbors' nurseries, although that's never happened before. I went back to sleep, but I think Joerg was up for much of the night after that.