Recently (along with some progress on the mobility front), Cristina has become increasingly verbal, from quiet to extremely LOUD. It seems she's sounding out words, from what we can tell anyway. And even further, it sounds like she's saying
I know, I know...this is something that every same sex couple who are parents deals with eventually, but I had to scratch my head and say, "how are we going to explain this to our daughter one day?"...when we "think" she can understand the concept that she has two fathers (Daddy and Papa)...and that while she does have a biological mother, she is not her parent, as Bill and I are her parents. This is not anything new, but it's new to us. So hence, we are trying to figure things out.
So...in the spirit of sounding out words and especially ones that have parent/family references, Bill and I have started the practice of "announcing" the arrival of Daddy and Papa -- particularly when we enter the room and she sees us for the first time after a long spell away from her. For example, I come home from work after not seeing her since 7 am, and Bill will say, accompanied by lots of pointing and motioning towards me...
"Who's that, Cristina??
That's PA-PA, PA-PA, that is PA-PA!!"
And vice versa when Bill will enter the room. I know, sounds silly...but we're trying to work it out on this end. Maybe we'll come up with something better soon. Suggestions welcome!
Funny sidebar though...is that we think she's mostly remembering Chloe's name, as she seems to look right to Chloe when we say our dog's name. Oh, to have a dog's life!...it must be Chloe's undeniable cuteness, which isn't saying so much about us.
Anyway, tidbit of the day...lots of talking and lots of crawling! Life has once again changed. For the good!