So, I attempted to have a little heart to heart. But, as you can see by these photos, A Squared has learned the fine art of "Tuning Mama Out" from her sweet Daddy. She's a quick study, as you can see his tried and true techniques in the photos. (1) Feign interest in what I have to say; (2) Attempt to distract me with a coy look; (3) Begin to tune out my voice because of thoughts of dinner; and (4) Become completely distracted by the television. Congratulations, Audrey, you have successfully mastered the art! J, you have a star pupil on your hands!
The pediatrician asked us to keep trying to get them used to eating from a spoon. It actually went pretty well until they decided to help us by pushing the food in with their hands. So, to distract them, we gave them each a spoon to play with. This only led to them trying to feed themselves by putting their spoon into their mouths. But, eventually, they got the hang of it. So, dinner time is a little longer, a little more messy, but definitely more fun in our house now.
They grow up so quickly!! Already in the exersaucers??? Thanks to Aaron and Andrew and their parents, the girls got new toys this week. Maggie is still debating whether or not she likes it, but Audrey, being the wild and crazy adventurer that she is, took to it like a fish to water. She loved it, and I almost believe that she felt pretty grown up standing there in her exersaucer! Last night, while Maggie was taking a nap, I pulled one of them into the kitchen and popped Audrey into it while I was making spaghetti and meat sauce for DD. She entertained me the whole time with fascinating stories and culinary tips. When DD walked into the house, she immediately took credit for the hot meal waiting for him!
The dogs love the girls. We'll see how long that lasts, since Maggie is getting better and better at grasping. When they lay next to her, she entwines her fingers into their hair. She doesn't pull, but I'm waiting for the day when I hear a yelp from one of them. Also, Avery has taken to bringing her toys to the girls. I'll play catch with her and, instead of returning the toy to me, she'll plop it onto one of the girls and nudge them with her nose to get them to participate. It's the cutest thing.