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June 5 to July 4, 2001 (26th month)

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Monday, July 2, 2001
It has been in the 90s during the day for a few weeks. Our air conditioner doesn't seem to be able to keep the temperature in the 70s during the day. It would seem that pregnant women don't like hot weather.

Cooler weather has returned. I woke up to find temperature in the house at 61. I was putting on pants and a sweatshirt to keep warm. Jill said it was 59 when she woke up. She said that 59 degrees in July is a beautiful thing. "Quit complaining; it's free." We just have to find thicker clothes for Maeve.

Saturday, June 30, 2001
Most of Maeve's dolls have descriptive names like Tubby, Itty Bitty, Medium, Little, Big and Sleepy. Jill asked Maeve what one of the unnamed dolls should be named. Maeve said, "Bob". We couldn't figure out where Maeve had heard the name Bob until Jill dropped Maeve off with Nanny Carol. Nanny Carol has a daughter named "Barb", and Maeve has picked up Carol's Dorchester R-deficient speech impairment. Barb is pronounced Bob. Air is pronounced Ayah. George is pronounced Judge.

I had a friend at work who claimed to have grown up in Northern Massachusetts, but she pronounced her Rs correctly. When I asked her how that could be, she said it was after great effort by her parents. Hopefully Maeve will learn Rs as part of her regular speech development, and we won't have to take special steps to correct this.

Tuesday, June 26, 2001
Maeve seems to have a love of frozen food.  She doesn't want to eat certain foods unless they are frozen.  She likes hot dogs, corn dogs, french fries, waffles, pancakes and french toast.  Fresh cooked pancakes are very inferior to frozen ones.

Thursday, June 21, 2001
Maeve has started treating me like I am her professional wrestling opponent at bedtime. She will get me a pillow and tell me to lie down. Then she will walk on my back, or climb over my head. She will stand on my back, and then just drop, so her full weight lands on my back. She seems to think she's being nice to me by getting me a pillow, when we both know she just wants to climb on me.

Tuesday, June 19, 2001
After a day of running errands with me, Maeve told Jill that the lady at the book store gave her a drink of water. I hadn't been to a book store. What Maeve was talking about was Autozone, where she had spent most of her time rearranging the service manuals. I suppose Jill would get mad if I raised my daughter to think of Autozone when someone needed a book.

Wednesday, June 13, 2001
Maeve is pretty well weaned.  She said she wanted to nurse and Jill said there was no more milk in her breasts.  Maeve took her sippie cup with milk and shook some milk on Jill's breasts to try to fill them up again.

Monday, June 11, 2001
Jill keeps jamming up walkways in the house.  For instance, she will stand in the doorway from the kitchen to the dining room talking on the phone.  Then she will ask me to get Maeve her dinner.  I can't, of course, because she's jamming up the doorway.

Today she asked me to carry Maeve down with the dirty clothes.  She was blocking the stairway so I couldn't do that.  I said, "Get out of the way, prego!"  Maeve repeated it.  I haven't laughed so hard since I saw Maeve unable to walk because she was so dizzy from spinning around.

Sunday, June 10, 2001
Maeve and I went to Home Depot. Maeve likes to look at the birds that fly around in the store. We were talking about it, and another shopper told us where they had seen chipmunks earlier in the week.

Sometimes Maeve and I just go to Home Depot to window shop and kill time. I feel like a homeless person that goes into a store or library just to stay warm and out of the elements.

Saturday, June 9, 2001
We were all laying on the bed to read books, and Jill kept talking about the baby kicking.  It's always, "Did you see that?  She is really kicking tonight."  Of course we never see anything.  So I had Maeve put her hand on my stomach and I started pushing it out.  My baby kicked better than Jill's ever did, but we had to re-explain to Maeve that only Mom has a baby in her belly.

Thursday, June 7, 2001
Jill was counting Maeve's toes, but she was using the Sesame Street pinball machine song that goes up to 12.  Jill would just count 11 and 12 as Maeve's knees or shins or something.  I told Jill that if she was going to count to 12 that she should count something that there are 12 of.  Jill asked for an example.  I thought of pairs of cranial nerves, but it's tough to show those to Maeve; she would just have to take our word for it.  So my answer was "thoracic vertebrae".

Tuesday, June 5, 2001
Maeve wanted to take a couch cushion off before sitting on the couch. She reached down between the cushions and pulled out a pacifier. She looked again and pulled out another one. She thought it was some sort of treasure chest. Jill asked Maeve what those were doing in there. Maeve said they were hiding.

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