Evelina has started to recognize our faces and to our great satisfaction the evidence of this new ability are excellent smiles when she does eventually find our eyes looking into her own. I'm not actually sure how this was possible but Katka had the amazing fortune to capture in photographs Evelina and her first two smiles ever. This was the first.
This is the second smile ever. Well, it is true that we have seen some quick smiles while she was sleeping. But that doesn't really count now does it. Evelina was kind enough to give me her first two smiles. I probably didn't deserve that but I'll take whatever I can get.
Evelina is wearing gloves here because despite cranking the heat to full blast our flat is still on the coldish side for an infant. Our old wooden framed single pane winows are no match for this years record setting cold. Temperatures were measured to be 40 degrees below zero in the Sumava mountains in South Czech. We have around minus 20 each morning in Prague.
Faces are not the only thing that Evelina can see. She has also been able to separate all sorts of objects out from the background. She still spends most of her time looking at areas of greatest contrast between light and dark but can now also focus on objects held about a foot away.
It is fascinating trying to imagine what the world looks like to Evelina. I think we take for granted that our visual cortex easily separates objects in the foreground out from busy backgrounds. I think this is exactly the ability that Evelina has just developed. Congratulations EJ!
Evelina also went to her first Ultimate Frisbee tournament two weekends ago. The Prague Winter tournament was hosted just up the hill from our house. It was a great opportunity for us to introduce her to our family of frisbee friends. There are plenty of other mothers interested in the newest member of our Ultimate community. We are looking forward to having fun with these other families at tournaments in the future.
Peaceful sleeping is still a popular pastime. I can usually help her fall asleep in the evenings when she tends to be difficult. Thankfully, when after Katka feeds her in the middle of the night she goes right back to sleep.
You got a problem with me wearing gloves inside?