Daughter
So we haven’t written about Night Night lately, but bedtime continues to be one of the most important moments of the day. Lately, I’ve been slightly sensitive because you’ve been wanting Mom to put you to bed instead of me. The main reason is because Mom sings songs you love, most notably “The Baby Song” (aka Hush Little Baby) and Frére Jacques. I have learned them, but the ritual was already ingrained by the time I learned them and you tended to prefer the original. So, I became the option you would settle for. Historically, we used to both love bedtime together. I’d sing you woefully inappropriate Pearl Jam songs— a band you’ve loved since you were born, dating back to this amazing lullaby CD set (pictured) given to you at birth by Auntie Amanda and Auntie Vogel. 
Well, last night I started singing you the baby song after we came home from the Bastille Day party. You said “no!”, which isn’t uncommon because I rarely sing the song the same way as Mom. But this time, something magical happened. You said “Daughter.” I was stunned. I hadn’t ever heard you say that word before, much less realized how much you like when I sing you Pearl Jam songs (other staples include Elderly Woman Behind A Counter in a Small Town, and occasionally Better Man). 
Now, these songs couldn’t be less appropriate to sing to a child, but alas I don’t really know lyrics to any appropriate songs. Still, knowing you love hearing them really made my night. It was a cool, magical (and yeah, potentially illegal) moment. 
Thanks for sharing it with me.
Love,
Dad
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Daughter

So we haven’t written about Night Night lately, but bedtime continues to be one of the most important moments of the day. Lately, I’ve been slightly sensitive because you’ve been wanting Mom to put you to bed instead of me. The main reason is because Mom sings songs you love, most notably “The Baby Song” (aka Hush Little Baby) and Frére Jacques. I have learned them, but the ritual was already ingrained by the time I learned them and you tended to prefer the original. So, I became the option you would settle for. Historically, we used to both love bedtime together. I’d sing you woefully inappropriate Pearl Jam songs— a band you’ve loved since you were born, dating back to this amazing lullaby CD set (pictured) given to you at birth by Auntie Amanda and Auntie Vogel. 

Well, last night I started singing you the baby song after we came home from the Bastille Day party. You said “no!”, which isn’t uncommon because I rarely sing the song the same way as Mom. But this time, something magical happened. You said “Daughter.” I was stunned. I hadn’t ever heard you say that word before, much less realized how much you like when I sing you Pearl Jam songs (other staples include Elderly Woman Behind A Counter in a Small Town, and occasionally Better Man). 

Now, these songs couldn’t be less appropriate to sing to a child, but alas I don’t really know lyrics to any appropriate songs. Still, knowing you love hearing them really made my night. It was a cool, magical (and yeah, potentially illegal) moment. 

Thanks for sharing it with me.

Love,

Dad

Dear Princess Roarke, this photo was taken in the park - you are looking at  a squirrel and the squirrel is scared and about to go up a tree. You really love chasing birds and squirrels every time we go to the park. You also love to run around the park and Dada and Dadi love watching you doing that. We really love spending time with you! 
Dada  
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Dear Princess Roarke, this photo was taken in the park - you are looking at  a squirrel and the squirrel is scared and about to go up a tree. You really love chasing birds and squirrels every time we go to the park. You also love to run around the park and Dada and Dadi love watching you doing that. We really love spending time with you! 

Dada  

Poser!

Yesterday we went to a Bastille Day celebration at Auntie Kim and Uncle Romain’s beautiful home. You of course charmed everyone at the party, but what was most impressive was that you posed for a photo. I snapped the shot on the left, then I called your name and asked you to smile for the camera… the results are on the right. 

It was a random request to which I wasn’t sure how you’d react. It was pretty cool to see you actually respond and pose. Who knows? Maybe you’ll actually start cooperating for your weekly photos now too.

Love,

Dad

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Vocabulary Update

It’s been a while since our last vocabulary update. You’re basically fully conversational now and I felt the need to document the timing. You have a few things in particular that you love to say that I really want to document for you:
"Bless You” - The first time you blessed me after a sneeze was in late May or early June. It blew my mind. I meant to write a thank you post about it, but never did. Now you bless people so often it’s pasé. In fact, you blessed me earlier today when I was putting you down for bed and burped. Yeah that’s right, you bless people after sneezes coughs and burps. It’s adorable. 
“Thank you” - You’ve been saying “toon toon” for a long time now. It was one of the first things you new daycare teachers commented on (you’re a peez and toon toon girl, and apparently they don’t get a ton of those). The reason I’m listing it is because you’re using it like a WASP. You’ll be drinking your dood and when you’re done, you’ll simply say toon toon impatiently until someone comes and takes your cup from you. It’s said with such impatience that it comes across more as a command. Wow, that transition from city girl to Upper East Side city girl happened fast!
“Hold you?” - One of the things you definitely haven’t sorted out is the whole object pronoun thing. In fact, when you want to be picked up, you say “hold you” because you are repeating having previously heard us say “do you want me to hold you?” You’ll sometimes ask for help as “help you” because you hear us ask you that. It’s adorable… but also we have to fix that ASAP, k? Your parents are both Majors in the grammar police force.
"Raisins" - If I had to guess, this will be the first word you learn how to spell. This is mostly because you ask for raisins every single day of your life, and in our effort to avoid letting you accidentally see them or hear them uttered, we have resorted to spelling them out. I feel like we’ve begun an arms race related to the means in which we’ll code references to raisins and you’ll decode them. I also sense you have the upper hand.
“Baby trying” (with finger pointed) - This is hands-down my favorite Roarke-ism. Every single time you hear a baby crying (walking into day care, walking into the pediatrician), you point at the child and say “baby trying”— meaning “that baby is crying” (your C’s are still T’s). It’s hilarious because the one thing any parent of a crying baby hates having pointed out is that their child is crying. It’s a lot of stress. This doesn’t stop you from publicly shaming them in a way that is too adorable— and too accurate— to possibly take offense to. It’s hilarious and I laugh out loud when I even think back on all the times you’ve done it. 
Anyway, you’re getting so old that your language development is impossible to quantify. Still, having frequent sayings is human nature, and documenting those is a fun game. What someone says regularly is a great insight into them as a person. So, I hope knowing this stuff is fun and helpful down the road.  
Love,
Dad
UPDATE: Actually, I can’t believe I forgot my actual favorite Roarke-ism: "Mommy’s Juice." After planting this seed for a few months, it’s been amazing seeing it come to fruition. You point at any wine you see and call it Mommy’s Juice. It still makes me laugh— and Mom cringe. Now that’s a gift!

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Biting the hand, foot, and mouth that feeds you

Although you’ve been doing really well at pre-school, it hasn’t been all smooth sailing. In fact, Mom and I were both pretty annoyed to hear that your first week there, you contracted Cocksakie Virus (commonly known as Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease). It turns out the school had a few confirmed cases and sent an email out to the parents, but because you hadn’t “officially” started, they forgot to inform us. Lo and behold, I got an email pointing out a rash we had seen that morning saying it looked like the virus. I took you the the doctor and confirmed you had it. It also explains why you were so sweaty a few days prior when I woke you up (I assumed the AC just wasn’t set low enough in your room). 

It’s a testament to what a tough cookie you are. You had no complaints at all, even though you had sores in your mouth and a brief fever. You just battled through it without saying anything— as has become your MO

Of course I had A LOT more complaints when I got it from you. In a weird series of coincidences, my foot had swollen from some insect bites, so when I started feeling bad while we were traveling to LA for Uncle Chin’s wedding (why your Dada & Dadi were in town to watch you), I assumed it was an allergic reaction. I ended up missing most of the activities for the wedding as a result. It seems I did a lot worse with the virus than you did. I guess that’s no surprise. You’re totally more like Mom than me in that regard. For that, we’re both lucky!

Love,

Dad

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"What is that?"

Lately, you ask “What is that?” (pronounced izdat in Roarkian) all the time. It’s so amazing. I know parents talk about this getting annoying— and I’m not saying it won’t— but I’ve loved the first couple months of this. You basically point at anything / everything and ask izdat. Mom and I then get to explain stuff to you all the time. 

A sampling of things you were pointing at while izdat-ing just this month: a pile of laundry, litter, image of a rhino, every 5th bird in the Central Park Zoo aviary, a price tag (God I hope you understood the answer to that one), a business card…. The list goes on and on. 

You were born to a nerd Dad full of information that generally has no other chance to come out. I have a feeling you’ll get bored of this game before I do. For now, I’m loving it and am happy I still have all the answers….

Love,

Dad

Summer Zoo Trip
You’ve been to the zoo before, but you’re getting old enough to appreciate them much more. There’s still a 50% chance that at any given time, your favorite exhibit will be a staircase you can repeatedly walk up and down. Nonetheless, we thought you’d appreciate a zoo visit at this age, so we took you to the Central Park Zoo last weekend.
We saw sea lions, penguins (Mom’s favorite), lots of birds and a few monkeys. You seemed to really enjoy yourself. I’d say your favorite exhibit was the penguins, although you of course love birds (“birdies!”). Hilariously, you had no interest in the owl, which in non-real form has always been a favorite (from your favorite necklace to the “hoot hoot” you announce at every walk through Fort Green park). 
We also picked up a Leopard while we were there, so you and Bunny have company. So far, you’ve been keeping him close, so he may have made it into the Inner Council (sorry a show called Game of Thrones is big now and will no doubt be forgotten by the time you read this). At the very least, he’s getting a lot of kisses….
Love,
Dad
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Summer Zoo Trip
You’ve been to the zoo before, but you’re getting old enough to appreciate them much more. There’s still a 50% chance that at any given time, your favorite exhibit will be a staircase you can repeatedly walk up and down. Nonetheless, we thought you’d appreciate a zoo visit at this age, so we took you to the Central Park Zoo last weekend.
We saw sea lions, penguins (Mom’s favorite), lots of birds and a few monkeys. You seemed to really enjoy yourself. I’d say your favorite exhibit was the penguins, although you of course love birds (“birdies!”). Hilariously, you had no interest in the owl, which in non-real form has always been a favorite (from your favorite necklace to the “hoot hoot” you announce at every walk through Fort Green park). 
We also picked up a Leopard while we were there, so you and Bunny have company. So far, you’ve been keeping him close, so he may have made it into the Inner Council (sorry a show called Game of Thrones is big now and will no doubt be forgotten by the time you read this). At the very least, he’s getting a lot of kisses….
Love,
Dad
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Summer Zoo Trip
You’ve been to the zoo before, but you’re getting old enough to appreciate them much more. There’s still a 50% chance that at any given time, your favorite exhibit will be a staircase you can repeatedly walk up and down. Nonetheless, we thought you’d appreciate a zoo visit at this age, so we took you to the Central Park Zoo last weekend.
We saw sea lions, penguins (Mom’s favorite), lots of birds and a few monkeys. You seemed to really enjoy yourself. I’d say your favorite exhibit was the penguins, although you of course love birds (“birdies!”). Hilariously, you had no interest in the owl, which in non-real form has always been a favorite (from your favorite necklace to the “hoot hoot” you announce at every walk through Fort Green park). 
We also picked up a Leopard while we were there, so you and Bunny have company. So far, you’ve been keeping him close, so he may have made it into the Inner Council (sorry a show called Game of Thrones is big now and will no doubt be forgotten by the time you read this). At the very least, he’s getting a lot of kisses….
Love,
Dad
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Summer Zoo Trip
You’ve been to the zoo before, but you’re getting old enough to appreciate them much more. There’s still a 50% chance that at any given time, your favorite exhibit will be a staircase you can repeatedly walk up and down. Nonetheless, we thought you’d appreciate a zoo visit at this age, so we took you to the Central Park Zoo last weekend.
We saw sea lions, penguins (Mom’s favorite), lots of birds and a few monkeys. You seemed to really enjoy yourself. I’d say your favorite exhibit was the penguins, although you of course love birds (“birdies!”). Hilariously, you had no interest in the owl, which in non-real form has always been a favorite (from your favorite necklace to the “hoot hoot” you announce at every walk through Fort Green park). 
We also picked up a Leopard while we were there, so you and Bunny have company. So far, you’ve been keeping him close, so he may have made it into the Inner Council (sorry a show called Game of Thrones is big now and will no doubt be forgotten by the time you read this). At the very least, he’s getting a lot of kisses….
Love,
Dad
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Summer Zoo Trip

You’ve been to the zoo before, but you’re getting old enough to appreciate them much more. There’s still a 50% chance that at any given time, your favorite exhibit will be a staircase you can repeatedly walk up and down. Nonetheless, we thought you’d appreciate a zoo visit at this age, so we took you to the Central Park Zoo last weekend.

We saw sea lions, penguins (Mom’s favorite), lots of birds and a few monkeys. You seemed to really enjoy yourself. I’d say your favorite exhibit was the penguins, although you of course love birds (“birdies!”). Hilariously, you had no interest in the owl, which in non-real form has always been a favorite (from your favorite necklace to the “hoot hoot” you announce at every walk through Fort Green park). 

We also picked up a Leopard while we were there, so you and Bunny have company. So far, you’ve been keeping him close, so he may have made it into the Inner Council (sorry a show called Game of Thrones is big now and will no doubt be forgotten by the time you read this). At the very least, he’s getting a lot of kisses….

Love,

Dad