Wendell is going be 2 soon! His vocabulary is growing by the day. Right now, his favorite word is "bun" or occasionally "bay bun," meaning his belly button. For most of the past year, his comfort thing has been to suck on one thumb and hold his belly button with the other hand. When he's not tired, he has become our class clown - he loves making people laugh. I'm not sure he really knows what coffee is, but he knows he gets big smiles when he comes up to me and crows, "Coffeeee!", even if it's before I've had my first cup. He makes Rigel smile by kissing his belly button. He now has most of his 2-year molars - the last one is just starting to poke through. Maybe once that's over with, he'll go back to sleeping better.
When Neil grows up, he wants to be "a scientist who studies everything." He's still quite interested in dinosaurs and pterosaurs, and he makes his hands into little pterosaurs by bending down the pointer and ring fingers and sticking the other fingers out to be the wings and neck. The pterosaur hands sometimes talk for Neil - "Pterosaur says, 'I want a cookie!'" He makes up nature trivia about animals that exist only in his head, like "snapper spiders". He told me all about how there were 10 different species of snapper spiders, each a different size, and some are venomous, but others aren't.
Zinnia has renounced most girly things and decided that she wants to be a boy. When I asked her about this, her reason was so that she could grow up to be a man and not have to take care of anything. Ouch! She's been drawing a lot - filling up multiple sketchbooks - and every picture has a story. I've been trying to write some of them down, but I know I'm missing out on many.
More to come, but for now I'm getting too sleepy to write much more...