Audra and Josie have had a lot of fun playing together lately. Josie continues to build up block towers for Audra to knock down, and they've started doing puzzles together too... sort of. It consists more of Josie attempting to do a puzzle while Audra tries to grab and taste-test every piece that she can.
Back when Audra was first born, our go-to activity to calm her down (besides nursing or walking her in the carrier) was to put her on her change table. Now she almost always HATES it with me, and will just scream (in an almost amusingly angry manner) whenever I set her down, although she does a lot better with Ryan now (i.e., I hear belly laughs from the both of them when he changes her). So now my replacement go-to activity for her is to give her some food. This kid loooves food. She calms right down (well, besides the excited arm flapping) as soon as I put her in the high chair, and she just attacks any food I put in front of her (including green pepper, sweet potato, carrot, pear, and pulled pork for this week). She's also starting to learn how to drink out of a sippy cup - she's quite interested in drinking from it, but hasn't quite figured out how far back she needs to tilt her head yet.
We also had friends over last weekend (including their three kids), which gave a fun little peek into our future of being able to get our kids together with other kids and have them entertain each other and have fun. Josie was running around with their younger daughter, while the older daughter took Audra under her wing as Audra tried to follow the other kids around and play with them :) She did great during dinner (albeit using her hummus more as a face scrub than as food), and was perfectly content in the carrier with me as we made s'mores around the bonfire afterwards :)
[There is that middle finger again...]
[She likes to blow at us, and, when I'm not calling her "Audra Mae" (note: not her real middle name), I like to call her "dude" or "little dude"... I'm so imaginative with nicknames ;) ]