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February 5 to March 4, 2001 (22nd month)

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Sunday, March 4, 2001
We sat near the organist at church today.  Maeve got a flyer from the bulletin that had some musical scores on it and was holding that up while she sang.  Maeve gets mad when the organist stops playing and starts pointing at her.  Mom was singing part of the liturgy that doesn't have musical notes in the hymnal.  Maeve flipped a few pages until she found one that did.  I guess she didn't want Jill singing without music in front of her.

Saturday, March 3, 2001
Today we went to get Maeve a new ambulance.  The one that I had got a broken connection with the speaker wires, so the siren didn't work any more.  We couldn't find another small one, so we got a bigger one.  It is a Hummer that is configured as an off-road rescue vehicle.  I like the air horn, which the other ambulance did not have.

Wednesday, February 28, 2001
We visited Jill's doctor today for an ultrasound.  The guy said he was 80% sure it was a girl.  We got decent pictures with this one.  The pictures that we got with Maeve's ultrasounds were fuzzy, and we couldn't really tell what anything was.

Monday, February 26, 2001
In Maeve's Jeremy Fisher book, there is a part where the frog has company and tells his guests he has no fish, but he does have a grasshopper in the cupboards.  Whenever we read that part, Maeve either says, "Yummy, yummy, yummy" or "Mmmmmm".  Jill said she hopes Maeve does not end up liking to eat bugs.

Thursday, February 22, 2001
Maeve loves looking into the storm drains when she goes for walks.  Today she was showing her doll the water going down the drain, and saying, "Bye" to the water. 

Jill said that Maeve talking to the storm drain made her think of 'It' by Stephen King, where the sewer monster grabs the kids.

Tuesday, February 20, 2001
Maeve was pulling money out of mom's wallet today and saying, "Daddy".  When Jill told Maeve that it was Mommy's money, Maeve corrected her by saying, "Daddy".

Sunday, February 18, 2001
We are using the woodstove in Maeve's play room.  We have put blue masking tape on the floor around the stove to show Maeve where the "No Zone" is.  We don't leave her alone downstairs, but she is very good about keeping away from the stove.  She will point at the tape and say, "No".  When we open the stove to put in wood, she gets back about 10 feet.  Whenever we go downstairs, she says, "Hot".  If she accidentally rolls a ball or something into the "No Zone", she will bring us the leather gloves so we can get it back for her.

Wednesday, February 14, 2001
Maeve has a book that talks about a little dog going into a big dog's doghouse, and the big dog growls at the little dog.  When we read that, I will growl.  Then Maeve puts her hand near my mouth and I will pretend to gobble it up.

Today we saw a magazine picture of a baby putting it's hand in its mother's mouth.  I showed that to Maeve and asked who was eating that baby's hand.  She said, "Mommy".

Sunday, February 11, 2001
I was getting pizza ready for dinner and Jill made some comment about Dad never cooking.  I said that I provide for my family; I just subcontract a lot of the actual tasks to Mom.

Thursday, February 8, 2001
Maeve was using a dust rag to scrub the living room table today.  Jill told her to not scrub so hard.  Maeve was so intent on cleaning the table.  Jill said that she doesn't want Maeve growing up as a house slave like Cinderella.

Monday, February 5, 2001
Jill came home Friday after visiting a sewing machine store.  Jill told them that she had never sewn before, but that she wanted to be able to do embroidery.  Rather than buy the $1,700 machine that they suggested, we found a comparable machine in the classifieds. Today Jill made a little pillow for one of Maeve's dolls and practiced some embroidery stitches.  I can sew by hand, but it will be nice to have a machine around.  Jill was talking about fleece booties and all of the wonderful things she can make with her sewing machine.  I just wanted to run around the house yelling, "My wife can sew!"

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