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It’s a hot one outside! The past couple of days have been really warm; we had been hoping to not need our air conditioner before leaving Ottawa. However, Monday changed that and that evening we installed the window unit once again. It gets our room really nice and cold, cools down the other bedrooms, and dehumidifies the rest of the place, giving the illusion of it being cooler.

I took just over a week off from blogging. I truly meant to write, but it just didn’t happen. We were in Waterloo for most of the week; Andy had a conference and I stayed with family, and we both had a great time. Andy joined us on Saturday afternoon and we headed back to Ottawa Sunday morning. On the way down Spencer had his first real throw-up about 2 minutes from our destination. I fear we fed him too much in the car after lunch. He signed ‘pain’ which unfortunately looks almost identical to ‘more.’ *sigh* The trip back up to Ottawa was much better.

We have handed in our rent termination notice. I have a mover coming in Friday morning to do a visual estimate. I bought two bundles of 25 boxes from U-Haul. Our DVDs are packed. Yet still it’s not quite hitting me that we are leaving Ottawa in just over a month.

Anyone interested in helping us pack? I might be able to swing some baking or fresh tortillas for you.

Spencer is walking everywhere now. Except when he’s in his sandals. He doesn’t like them much, so he crawls more in them. However, his crawling is definitely less than 40% of the time now. So growed up!

We had his 15 month check up just the other day (though he’s 16 months today). If you have kids, how many words were they saying at 15 months? Spencer can say a few but he chooses not to a lot of the time. Even said, he doesn’t have a lot of words he can say. In the past he has said ‘all done’ ‘amen’ ‘ma ma’ ‘da da’ ‘hi’. He doesn’t use them much of the time, except ma ma, da da & hi. And how much difference is there between first born children and others, and boys and girls? Our doctor was a little concerned he wasn’t saying anything, though said the language evaluation was more at 18 months. All I can think of is ‘Gee, give the kid a break!’ but should I be worried? I have noticed at every check up for him that on the ‘list’ he is usually about a month behind in at least one, sometimes two of the items. Anyone else have thoughts on this?

Anyway, will be updating more often now, at least until the packing starts taking up too much energy. Enjoy the photos!

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Playing with the cousins’ toys.

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Playing on the deck today. ‘Look what I found mum! Garbage! Want it?’

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I spent my time on the deck blowing bubbles. It was crazy windy!

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The view I will so very much miss.

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Like all little children, Spencer, pasta, and pasta sauce equal disaster.


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  • Sherry

    I wouldn’t worry too much, Jane. It is very common for boys to learn to talk a little later than girls. Its also very common for premature babies to take a little longer as well. It all usually evens out at about 2 years.

  • Denise

    Helloooo..all children develop at their own rate. So, I wouldn’t be too concerned yet. Monica had a pretty extensive vocabulary by 15 months. Graeme, on the otherhand, is almost 4 and somedays I still have no idea what he’s saying. They say that second children tend to not speak as early, as they feel like their older sibling can do all of the talking for them and feel little need to input. I think, in general, boys are a little behind girls. Is Spencer in daycare or other playgroups? Those can promote more verbal skills. I still stand by my first comment is that all children develop differently. I would say that if he gets to 18 months to 2 years and you still feel like he isn’t verbally expressing himself enough, you should possibly look into a speech pathologist/therapist.

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