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April 5 to May 4, 2002 (36th month)

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Saturday, May 4, 2002 - Maeve's 3rd Birthday
Maeve and I went shopping for party favors for her birthday party.  At one store, we found a fake owl that is supposed to scare birds from gardens and such.  I thought this would be a great companion to the pink flamingos.  We hung it up in in the front of the house, and Maeve named it Dukie.  Jill had a similar reaction as she did to discovering the pink flamingos in her yard.

Georgia and her parents came over for Maeve's party.  There was only Georgia, Maeve and Hilde, but I told Bret that was about enough kids for me.  Any more kids and I think it would have been a lot tougher to deal with.
 

Tuesday, April 30, 2002
Hilde went for her 9 month check-up today.  She was 28.5 inches long and weighed 20 lb 4 oz.  She's grown 1.75 inches and 1 lb 3 oz since her 6 month check-up.
 

Monday, April 29, 2002
Maeve woke up at night and called to me that she needed a diaper change.  I said I would be in in a few minutes, but I fell asleep.  The next thing I knew Maeve was on my bed with a new diaper and her wipes.
 

Sunday, April 28, 2002
Maeve was singing, "Rain, rain, go away, come again another day."  I said that is silly because people sing that every time it rains.  If I were the rain, I would want to say, "You sing that every time I come.  When should I come back, or do you just want a drought?"  I also want the rain to replace the pool water that was drained in preparation for winter.  I got Maeve to sing, "Rain, rain, fill my pool."
 

Saturday, April 27, 2002
Hilde is pulling herself up on furniture. Jill said she wasn't ready for Hilde to grow up that fast. Maeve was walking by after going to the bathroom, and said, "Come on, Dad, let's go back to the garage." I said I am more than ready for Hilde to grow up, and I would love to have two kids going to the bathroom by themselves and wanting to go back to the garage.
 

Thursday, April 25, 2002
Today was "Take Your Children To Work" day. Jill brought Maeve and Hilde. Maeve has been to work with me a lot, but always on the weekend. Jill had to park far out in the parking lot, and Maeve told her that I always park right up by the door. Maeve also didn't understand why they had to wait at the guard station, because Maeve and I just walk right in.
 

Sunday, April 21, 2002
I sometimes get calls about problems with the CVS website on Sunday mornings.  We were supposed to become new members of our new church today.  The phone rang and I had Maeve answer it, in case I would get called in and miss the new member service.  Maeve ended up hanging up on the caller.  The QA manager called me back on my cell phone.  She said she was making a note next to my name, "Secretary is hard to deal with."
 

Saturday, April 20, 2002
Hilde stood by herself without holding onto anything else for the first time today.  I thought she was going to fall and rushed to catch her, but she was fine. She just looked at me, wondering why I was rushing around.
 

Thursday, April 18, 2002
Maeve is leaving stickers on everything, like spray paint vandals "tag" stuff with their name or whatever.  Maeve put a sticker on the back of Jill's pant leg, and one on Hilde's arm.  They keep popping up all over.
 

Sunday, April 14, 2002
Hilde was yelling in church, and Maeve started yelling back.  I told Maeve that she had to be quiet, and she pointed out that Hilde was yelling.  I explained that Maeve had to be a good example to Hilde.  Maeve put her finger to her mouth and shushed Hilde.
 

Friday, April 12, 2002
Hilde is fully crawling now.  She is doing well at finding her way around the house.
 

Friday, April 5, 2002
Hilde plays peekaboo.  She will pick up a towel, napkin or blanket and cover her head and face.  Then she lowers it to see us, then puts it back up again.  Maeve hid, but not until she was 1.5 years old.  I've never seen someone as young as Hilde do the peeking.
 

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