Life has been incredibly busy here lately. Claire is developing at a rapid pace! She is barely 7 months old but thinks she's a lot older. She is crawling all over the house! We have to be really careful because she will pick up the smallest thing out of the carpet and put it in her mouth. We never had to worry about that with Jack so this is just making up for it! Speaking of putting things in her mouth... She is eating everything she can get her hands on regardless of whether or not it is on the "list" of appropriate foods for her age. She loves yogurt, puffs, cheerios, and every fruit and vegetable, including broccoli!
Jack is doing well for the most part. The seizures have crept up again, the first one causing a nasty bump on the head. He also stopped breathing again Saturday morning. We are prepared for this by having oxygen, suction, and monitoring right here in the house. Aside from the medical stuff Jack has been doing some incredible stuff. He has been vocalizing quite a bit. It started just before Christmas. I asked him what Santa says and he said "ho ho ho". It was really cute. Since then he has been making all sorts of animal sounds and just today he said "banana"! We are so excited to here these beautiful words coming out of his mouth! He's also using a lot more imagination in his play. He loves to play with the toy house but for some reason the mommy always has to go in the kitchen and the daddy has to go on the couch... I can understand the mommy in the kitchen but the daddy on the couch?? Who knows.... He has also gotten in to Dora the Explorer. I am happy to move awa from Blues Clues a little but he on;y wants 3 episodes of Dora. A woman can only take so much!! Philip took him to Borders and Target the other day and he was able to pick out a book at Borders. He chose "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" and remembered that there was an episode of Blue's Room that features the book. He has been sitting down with the book and his dvd player following along as they read the story on Blues. The next day I asked him if he wanted to go to the store with the train (Wegmans) which he usually loves but he shook his head no. I asked where he wanted to go and he signed "Store Red Letters" (Which is Target) I asked him what he wanted to bu at the store with red letters and he signed "Store Red Letters Book Again". He wanted to go to target and buy a book again! It was so cute that he remembered his special trip with his daddy! We ended up going to Wegmans anyway. He is really showing us how smart he is.
The biggest news for our family centers around Philip right now. He interviewed with IBM in early December and was offered the job on the spot. It took HR a while to get everything finalized but now he has officially accepted the job and we can tell the world about it! He will be completing his PhD this Friday and will be starting his new position with IBM on March 1st. The job is in Yorktown Heights, NY which is wonderful. We are so happy to be staying in NY state so Jack can keep his medical coverage through medicaid. The only downside is the cost of living in Westchester county. Right now, as a family of four, we are growing out of our house and need a bigger place. I have to take a step back sometimes and realize that it is not normal to find a house that is $2,000 a month and get excited about how cheap it is. We will be living in a neighboring county where the housing is a little more affordable but Philip will have a little bit of a commute. So we will be enjoying our last few weeks in Ithaca by visiting with friends and stopping by all our favorite locations including Purity, The Boatyard, Jillian's Drawers, Collegetown Bagels, and New York Pizzaria. We have made a wonderful home for ourselves here complete with great friends. It will be sad to leave this place behind.
I am going to be a little more on top of this blog by posting more pictures and videos. I hope everyone will check back and see what crazy things life is bringing to our home.