I last wrote about Abbi, leaving off mentioning how I was excited to see her open presents this Christmas. It wasn't a disappointment. She was very excited about the majority of her presents, and she really did seem grateful for the majority of them. She definitely got into "present mode" where she just wanted to open the next one, and the next one, and so on. But we urged her to take some pause and try to appreciate what she was opening, and she reacted well to that.
Another awesome facet of the Christmas season with Abbi this year is that SHE wanted to get a few gifts for people. She specifically wanted to go to the store to buy a gift for her friend Audrey, and for Cole. She looked and looked and looked trying to decide. Then once we were home she wanted to wrap immediately.
Abbi has spent more time this past month sick. Just like last month. I found myself noticing that with Cole around, Abbi seems more prone to getting sick. I'm sure that has at least something to do with the fact that he puts EVERYTHING in his mouth, and then she in turns touches most of those things. A sick Abbi is a rough kid to deal with. She's cranky and hard to please. But another consequence we notice is that the house is silent. In an eerie way, so much so that we look forward to her getting better just to have the dull roar that is Abbi noise back.
Finally - there have been more and more occasions where Abbi and Cole are actually playing with one another. This is why we had two kids. Jenn and I specifically hoped that having another child, they would have one another. To play with each other now, to help get through things in the future, and to help deal with Jenn and I when we're old. And so it starts now, with them playing together. Its awesome to watch her be so nice and helpful to Cole. Last night for instance she was very intent on wanting the help him walk. She just needs to learn a little bit of patience to go with that helpfulness.