Last weekend, Joerg brought home a little gift for her--a new little pony to add to her playhouse stable. We have been working on manners with her, so after she opened it, he asked her, "What do you say when someone gives you a gift?" She widened her big, blue eyes and replied enthusiastically, "Holy Smokes!"
I have planted a lot of new flowers in the yard this Spring. In order to save them from Anni's attentive ministrations, we have designated the purple petunias that her grandpa got her as "Anni's flowers." They are the ones that she takes care of, while I take care of all the rest of them. She has drowned those flowers, watering them repeatedly as often as she can. She has "fed" them with sand from her sandbox. She has given them I.V.'s and N.G. tubes (the tubes that go in your nose down to your stomach). She presents most of the blossoms to me before going inside. But those silly flowers look perfectly happy! So I guess gardening and preschoolers really do go together...
Anni is so disappointed that she can't pick up Frankie, and she tries pretty frequently (although that's not allowed). It's shocking to realize that Frankie doesn't weigh that much less than Annika at this point. Frankie seems to enjoy her sister's attentions even more now. Frequently, I'm about to tell Anni to leave Frankie alone when she's grabbing her arms to "dance" or using her hands to pucker up Frankie's face into a fish mouth or something that would seem to be similarly annoying, but then I look at Frankie and see that she's grinning. So they are still getting on spectacularly. Annika's been working with me to get Frankie to speak. Frankie's favorite syllable lately is, "Wah." So she will babble "wahwahwahwah!" and then look to us for a response. Anni will always "wahwahwahwah" right back to her, much to her sister's delight.
Frankie's now the proud owner of 3 teeth, and she's been trying to pull herself up. Anni's looking forward to Frankie going mobile. Well, actually she already is mobile. I put her down on the floor and go to get a drink and, magically, 10 seconds later she is in a completely different part of the room. However, she does it all with only a combination of roll and scoot.
Anyway, we are crossing our fingers that we can stay out of the hospital now that Anni will need an I.V. placed if she's readmitted. No more hospital!!!