Sam had a wonderful time with his Cousins Martin and Jenny and Baby Malte! He was really sad the morning that they left. Sam was a little bit shy the first night and some of the first day that they were here but by the end of their visit he was sitting on the couch between his cousins and he was doing his very best to sign "baby" and say all of their names. It was so wonderful to see Sam enjoying spending time with other people.
The first day they were here we walked to Jesus Green playground which turned out to be not really as good of a playground as the Ravenswood one that is actually closer by. But it has an idyllic setting by the river. Sam climbed on a very high ladder. Then it was time for lunch at the pub. We were table number 17. Sam really liked playing with the plastic table number, especially dropping it through the cracks in the picnic table. It was good weather so we sat outside. Sam also got to see a swan and boats on the river.
That afternoon Sam and Malte played a bit on the floor together. I wasn't paying close attention but H. said that Sam was very tolerant of Malte taking some of his toys and banging him a bit with the pink tube toy. ;)
Other highlights of Martin, Jenny, and Malte's visit included:
- Martin teaching Sam the names of the fingers in Swedish (he became obsessed in no time and still loves to hear and say them)
- Cousin Jenny's reading of God Natt Alfons Åberg (mine paled in comparison afterwards, we had to hide Alfons for a few days)
- Cousin Martin's rap interpretation of Mr. Brown Can Moo
- Sam's first special Easter meal (he liked the beet-dyed eggs pretty well)
- Sam's first retelling of an event. We were sitting down to our Pennsylvania Dutch Easter dinner when he started talking about "17." Turned out he was telling us about our visit to the pub!