Thursday, January 29, 2009

Checkup, Chili, Chess and Checkers

Julia went in for her 9-month checkup yesterday afternoon. I'm sure everyone is waiting on pins and needles for her measurements, so without further ado, here they are: 28 1/2 inches long; 21 pounds, 6 ounces. Just like at her previous checkup, Julia matches Evelyn's 9-month length exactly. However, Julia weighs four more pounds than Evelyn did at 9 months. That's a significant amount for a baby!

Yesterday I made chili for supper. I should've mentioned to Evelyn that it was normal, red chili made with ground beef and kidney beans. A week or so ago I made white chicken chili, and it was way too zippy for Evelyn's palate. So last night Evelyn looked suspiciously at her bowl of chili. After a bit of persuasion, Evelyn finally tried one teeny-tiny bite of chili . . . and remembered that she does like that kind of chili. Whew! I wasn't pulling a fast one on her after all!

One of the games in our board game collection is chess. Evelyn has admired the chess game for months, asking us when she can play. We've been telling her that it's complicated, and all the pieces have different rules. That didn't matter - Evelyn wanted to learn how to play. As Troy set up all the pieces on the board, he told Evelyn what their names were. Then Troy and Evelyn started their game. I have to give Evelyn credit because I think she lasted for five whole minutes. Then she said, "This is too hard!" and the game was over. Troy suggested checkers, which was a good call. Evelyn understood the concept of that game well enough to play an entire game. And she (accidentally) made some pretty strategic moves!