You might as well forget about the original list of cast members, the actors have changed. The babies that I wrote about before have all pretty much moved up to the Toddler room.
Ella is still with me though; she's crawling a litttlllee bit, walking if she can death grip your fingers, and protests loudly (aka falls out) when you make her stand on her own. She's slowly improving her mobility though, and I'm hoping that she'll be able to move up to the Toddler room soon.
I mentioned John early as being one of the newer babies in my room. He's 16 months old (I earlier listed him as 14 months, which was inaccurate). I honestly am concerned that he is physically and mentally delayed. He has a really hard time being with the other kids - he cries constantly still. He has extreme difficulty eating solid food. He still drinks three 8 ounce bottles a day, but now is on soy formula because he's allergic to dairy. We found this out the reeeaaally bad way - believe me, getting puked on is an awful experiance. He won't put his feet on the ground when you try to stand him up, instead he scissors them underneath himself. The only noise he makes is crying or whining, once in a while a grunt. I've tried to mention things to his parents, but they just say that "All children develop differentely"...which is totally true, but all of this is still a concern and it should be addressed. At the very least, he needs physical therapy to help him physically develop right now. I work with him as much as I can, but it's difficult because he's quite infant-like.
Anyway...no more sad news, here's a couple hopefully amusing stories for you:
Unfortunately for her parents, Ella's favorite things to say right now are "Hiiiiiii", "No no", "Dooogggy", "Mo-Mo" (more), and (my personal favorite) "Poooooopyyyy"...said in a very drawn out manner, at completely inappropriate times (eating lunch mostly).
For example, lunch today was mac and cheese, and I ask Ella, "Is it good?" and she replies, "Poooooooopppyyyyyy". I tell her, "No Ella, say 'yuuummmmyyy'" but all I get in reply is "Poooooooopyyyyy". Does she say it when she's actually poopy? Of course not, then it's, "Dooooogggyyyy" or "sit sit sit" (which sounds suspiciously like "shit", which would then be appropriate, I suppose).
One of the babies in my room is 10 months old; she's crawling all over the place, and she thinks that she's a year old and can walk all over the place. On Friday I was changing her diaper when the phone rang, sounding that it was an outside call. I quickly finished changing her, washed my hands, and ran over to answer the phone on the last ring...as I talked to the parent on the other end, I glance back over to where I had quickly set Katie down and realized I forgot to lock the cabinet that the diapers and wipes are in. Katie must have realized it at the same time as I did because she stood up, like a big girl, grabbed the handle and fell back on her butt...opening the door. At this point I'm not concerned...all the wipes are in closed containers, the most she can do is pull them out on the floor like big blocks.
Boy was I wrong.
The parent I was talking to kept going on and on and on...and as I chatted with jer, and reassured that her child was sleeping soundly, I watched helplessly as Katie managed to open up one of the wipe containers and pull out the wipes (like tissues) one by one (once in a while tasting one, then deciding it was gross and throwing it behind her)...until she had empited probably 25 wipes onto the ground.
As soon as the conversation with the parent was over, I ran over, scooped little Katie into the air and laughed...how could I scold her when it was my fault that I left it open in the first place, and it wasn't that big of a mess to clean up.
Learned my lesson that day though.
K, I know these weren't that exciting or funny of stories, but it's what I'm working with right now. School has started, but I'm working a lot still, so hopefully I'll be able to write in here once or twice a week.