Looking at my recent posts, they seem very depressing, so thought I'd write something more cheerful. One thing that is important is that Anni is feeling absolutely fine. She's sleeping a bit more than usual, but otherwise she is her normal self, which means she makes a lot of fun for herself during the day. During Frankie's morning nap today, we made milk-free "chocolate" chip cookies (really, carob chips--thanks to Riley and Shelby's mom, Jennifer, for bringing chocolate chip cookies back into Anni's life!) Anni was her usual mischievous self, sitting on the counter top, trying to sneak in extra flour or sugar or baking soda into the bowl, and making a general mess. After Frankie woke up, she had a good time incorporating her beloved baby sister into several games today. Frankie loved it when Anni spun her around and around in her exersaucer, and Anni was delighted when all 3 of us hid under a sheet tent in her playroom. Then she took a plastic ring that she got recently in her "booty set" (beauty set!), and placed it on top of Frankie's head and said, "Oh, she's a princess!" When Daddy came home from work, Annika told him a story she had made up:
"Once upon a time there was a little princess. She was a beautiful princess. What was her name? Her name was Princess Annika. She had a sister named Baby Frankie. She liked to play games and have fun."
Later that night she came to me and said, "Mama Mia, I'm so sad! I'm crying!" But then I saw that she was trying really hard to hold back a smile as she asked if we could "be sad together!" So I knew that this was a new game for her. So we were sad together, until I said that I needed a hug to be happy. Then she gave me one of her wonderful, arms-really-tight-around-the-neck hugs, and then we played "happy together." Finally, we played a 3-way game of catch with an Elmo beach ball that Lauren gave her last summer. Frankie watched it all with her usual noisy squeals of delight. Tonight, Anni insisted that her daddy read her good night stories, and she went to bed in a really happy mood.
As for Frankie, today was a banner day for her. She rolled over back to front *and* front to back: the first time she's done both directions. She ate her first bowl of cereal, and did a great job. Well, I actually tried her on it once before, a month ago, but it didn't really work all that well and then she got diarrhea... But today she took the cereal like a champ, opening her mouth for the spoon like a good little baby bird, and slurping it right up. Her babbling sounds are also beginning to sound downright conversational.
So, there's also a lot of good stuff happening around her right now, too. Here's a picture of Anni playing princess I took recently: