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November 29th 2007
No way I can top this

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so I won’t even try. You wanna read about the girls? Go here.

November 28th 2007
We are three now

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Two episodes from this morning.

S2 wants pigtails. Therefore H2 wants pigtails. I have them pick colors. S2: “PINK!” H2: “GREEN!” S2: “NO pink, GREEN!”

I try to start with H2. “NOOO pigtails!” Ok, I do pigtails for S2. H2: “Whuaaaaa! PIGTAILS!!!” Ok, I’m done with S2, I once again try to start on H2’s pigtails. “NOOOOOOOOO” – after some prompting, even “no dank-uuu”. Two minutes later, H2 is throwing herself on the floor, crying “I want pig-taiaiaiaillls…”

Ahh. Deep breath. Change of parents. K2 puts in pigtails.

An hour later, after breakfast, we’re ready to go. I open the garage and the car doors (love those remote opening doors… you think I’m just lazy? you clearly don’t have twin toddlers). Girls race to the car, S2 climbs in on the side I can see, H2 runs to the other side (all this is in the garage, up a driveway, perfectly save). I poke my head into the car, no H2. What the…? Oops, forgot to open the second door. Open the door, H2 climbs in and is very unhappy because “I want black seat!” (that’s the cow-hide car seat that they both suddenly love). S2 is already in that seat. But that doesn’t seem fair (it’s the seat on the side to which H2 ran, only Papa forgot to open that door).

So I do what everyone tells you not to do. I try to explain the situation to a three-year-old. “S2, I know you are in this seat, but you know, H2 wanted this seat and ran to this side of the car and Papa forgot to open her door – so this wasn’t really fair. Would you mind taking the blue seat?” (all of course in German, but at the same level of language and logic). S2 looks at me and says “okay”, climbs out of the cow seat and into the blue seat. H2 says “Dank-uuu, S2”. S2 says “you WELcome”.

I love these girls.

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November 27th 2007
Leaps forward

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Somehow over the last couple of weeks their ability to communicate really jumped ahead. The articulation is slowly getting better (thanks to K2’s patient work and of course thanks to our speech pathologist), but the real difference is in the way in which they communicate.

We are seeing many more (nearly) complete sentences. Many more conversations, both between them and between them and us. Yesterday morning they were discussing which song to sing:

H2: [sings “5 little ducks” song]
S2: sing again?
H2: no!
S2: sing ABC song?
H2: yeah!
BOTH: [singing] A-B-C-D-E-F-G….

And I am beginning to get a little more German (still, it feels to us as if they spoke more German with K2 then with me). The most surprising yet was this morning.

H2: Papa, meh Jogur biddddeeeee!

Getting them to say “please” and to not just say “more” but actually point out “more [what]” without being prompted has been a big goal for us for a while. Oh, and for those not fluent in toddler-German – that was “Papa, more yogurt, please”.

Also, they seem suddenly much more interested to actually play with me. They come and ask for specific games. They don’t necessarily stick with their choice for a long time (they are three after all), but it’s still lots of fun.

Finally, if they fall or something happens, they can tell you what happened (well, sort of – at least now we usually can figure it out once they try to tell us).

Pretty amazing.

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November 25th 2007
Toys, toys, toys

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K2 told me that I needed to stop calling my toys “toys” – otherwise the girls will think that they should be allowed to play with them. Ok, let’s call them “gadgets” – I’ll still think of them as my “toys”.

Anyway, as you might have guessed, I’ve got a new one, and I love it. Seriously. It’s an Asus EeePC. A tiny little sub-sub-sub-notebook. It looks much more like a toy than like a laptop, but it actually has an Intel CPU and enough horsepower to run a neat little Linux distribution. It’s keyboard is basically too small for my fingers, it’s screen is only 7 inches. But it has a solid state disk instead of a harddisk (i.e., no moving parts), is extremely sturdy and still less than two pounds. Way cool.

Did I mention that I’m sitting on the sofa, writing this post using my new toy gadget?

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