celticdragonfly: (Alanna 14 months)
I've been wanting to write about how things are going with Alanna.

Firstly, her speech is improving quite a bit. We keep getting new words I wasn't expecting. Miles was playing peek-a-boo with her with a towel after her bath. I came into the room and he wanted to show me - he'd hold it out to her and say "Alanna, what's that?" and she'd say "a towel!". This afternoon I went out to check on her playing in the yard with her brother and sister - she'd fallen and was crying. I picked her up and cuddled her, then she wiggled to be let down, and as I put her down she said "ride the bike!" and headed for the trike the kids have back there. A bit later I went out to speak to Jamie and she walked up holding a dandelion clenched in her fist, and said "flower!" She kept saying it, it was quite clear she knew what it was.

She's still nursing, but is in the process of getting slowly weaned. It's not that I object to nursing a toddler or anything. It's mostly that it's taken its toll on me - she has lots of sharp teeth, but it's more that I suspect it's keeping me in a hormonal state closer to pregnancy and letting various things like the plantar fascitis keep getting worse. So we nurse a couple of times a day - usually a good cuddle-nurse in the mornings - and she's getting a lot of sippy cups of milk. She's adjusting to it very well, actually.

And she continues to be an adorable little sweetheart.
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[livejournal.com profile] 17catherines hooked me on this
It's got levels. It allows me to get competitive about my vocabulary. And the longer I play, the more rice it donates to people in third-world countries.

I'm never going to get anything else done again...
Me either. This is FUN. And oh yes, the competitive streak in me loves it. The FAQ says "There are 50 levels in all, but it is rare for people to get above level 48." HAH. I have been up to 50 (yes, briefly, but still) several times.

Calling this an exercise in English vocabulary is only true if you have first clearly admitted that English "not only borrows words from other languages; it has on occasion chased other languages down dark alley-ways, clubbed them unconscious and rifled their pockets for new vocabulary." (from [livejournal.com profile] james_nicoll)

A lot of the more complex stuff I know from reading Georgette Heyer. So THERE to anyone who wants to decry the idea that romance books can be real and complex literature!


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