Friday morning, Luke planned to leave early in the morning to play volleyball at the gym. He came into the bedroom to say goodbye and chiara and I were in bed but awake. I was groggy and chiara was using me as a jungle gym, crawling all over and up and down the bed. I said, Bye, Luke and said to Chiara, say, Bye. Luke smiled, stood at the doorway and waved good bye and then left and just as he disappeared, Chiara raised her hand, squeezing it open and shut and said, Ba Bye.
I yelled after luke, Chiara said Bye and waved her hand at you!!!
wow. i am so impressed with my little girl. She seemed to really understand what she was saying and doing. She’s done it a few more times this weekend so I know that it’s not just a random utterance.
Today we went to Long Island to celebrate Grandma Mimi’s (Luke’s mom Melanie) birthday. Chiara has been to their home many times and so has seen Nikki, their black lab, many times. But today, i think she processed Nikki for the first time. She is a bigger-than-a-baby jet black dog who walks on four legs and has teeth! Chiara stared at her with eyes wide as saucers. At one point nikki came over to where Chiara was strapped into a feeding chair, then walked away. A moment later, Chiara burst into tears. I’ve never seen her react like that to anything. It was the first time I’ve ever seen her express fear. She remained mesmerized with Nikki and craned her neck and turned this way and that in her chair whenever she caught a glimpse of her. And gradually, she became calmer around her. At one point, Chiara was standing on the ground, walking with Luke holding one hand when Nikki passed by. Chiara backed away from Nikki but kept her cool. A few minutes later she was sitting on the ground with nikki lying a foot away and Chiara was cool. She’s a fast learner!
we haven’t been taking lots of pictures lately, so nothing to show from recent days, or even weeks. Tomorrow is father’s day so I hope we’ll have some photos to show for it!