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November 5 to December 4, 2001 (31st month)

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Monday, December 3, 2001
Maeve heard Jill on the phone leaving a message for the moving company today, and Jill spelled her last name.  Maeve went and got her phone and did the same thing, "... yes ... yes ... Maeve Perrin, P-r-s-3-2-5".

Saturday, December 1, 2001
Jill taught Maeve how to call me "ornery" today.

Friday, November 30, 2001
Maeve and I were looking at the moon and stars tonight and we heard a loud car.  Maeve said it was a loud car that needed a new muffler.

Wednesday, November 28, 2001
Hilde went for her four month check-up today.  She is 16 lb 13 oz, and 25 inches long.

Tuesday, November 27, 2001
Today Jill told Maeve that Maeve used to go to Nanny's every day, because Mom had to go to "work away". Jill said that she had decided to stay at home to play with Maeve, but that it took money to play, so that's why Dad goes to "work away". Maeve corrected Jill by saying that I work to earn money to decorate, not to play. I'll have to find out where she got such a crazy idea.

Later, Maeve spent a bit of time "fixing" Jill's hair. She pretended to wet it, cut it, blew it dry, and colored and curled it. When she was done, she said, "OK, pay me".

Sunday, November 25, 2001
Maeve and I had gone to Friendly's last week.  Maeve got a drink that was supposed to have a cherry in it.  There was none and I asked about it.  First the waitress told me that Friendly's had run out.  Since most of the ice cream dishes have cherries on top, I knew the woman was lying.  I filled out a customer service comment on their website and we got coupons for another meal.  Today we went.  I asked the waitress if Maeve's drink would have a cherry, and the waitress brought six.  Maeve ate them right up.

Thursday, November 22, 2001
Hilde was grunting like a Marine today.

Sunday, November 18, 2001
During church today, Jill carried Hilde and I carried Maeve when we went up for communion.  Maeve was playing with Jill's hair.  Jill would turn around and tell Maeve to stop it.  The third time that Jill turned around and told Maeve to stop, Maeve asked, "What are you looking at?"

Thursday, November 15, 2001
Jill was talking to Maeve about Maeve's room in the new house.  Jill asked if Maeve wanted it painted, and whether she wanted more stickers of ladybugs and watering cans.  Maeve said she wanted yellow walls with pink motorcycles.  That has been revised to pink walls with yellow motorcycles.

Monday, November 12, 2001
Jill was cooking dinner for Maeve, and had some corn.  A few kernels fell out of the bowl in the microwave.  Jill told Maeve that they had jumped out of the bowl and were trying to escape.  Maeve didn't fall for it, and said that they had fallen out when Jill stirred it.

Saturday, November 10, 2001
Maeve and I stopped at a river to watch a little waterfall.  I explained to Maeve that the waterfall was there to help power a mill long ago, and that some people even use water to generate electricity.  Maeve quickly said she wanted a waterfall in our new house, and to use it to get electricity.

Wednesday, November 7, 2001
Maeve had a bottle up to her chest and told Jill that she was pumping breast milk.  After Maeve thought she had done enough pumping, she fed the bottle of breast milk to her baby.

Monday, November 5, 2001
I told Maeve that new babies are like Japanese beetles on their backs, because they just wave their hands and feet.  If we put Hilde on her stomach she can roll her head, but that is about it.  It's like a saying I once heard, "If you see a turtle on a fence post, you can be sure it had help getting there."

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