Today we got to stop by and see Juliana's old ayi at her new workplace. Juliana was not immediately excited to see her. It took at least 15 seconds before she let ayi hold her and 45 seconds until she was giggling and squealing. I guess she still remembers her dear old friend. Ayi, her small nephew, and Juliana ran in and out of the small shop laughing and squealing. In between runs, Juliana scarfed down two and a half little sweet-breads from ayi, seemingly forgetting we just finished dinner. Ayi noted with satisfaction that Juliana had grown taller and fatter in the past two months. We only stayed about 30 minutes, but by the time we left Juliana was crazy wound up. I think the new ayi has a good temperment for Juliana. It's good for her to visit her old ayi and have crazy fun together, but for day to day interaction, I think Juliana benefits from a more calming personality.
Several funny stories from lately...
*Yesterday when we talked to my family on Skype their phone ring. They just let the answering machine get it, but Juliana gets very disturbed when someone doesn't answer a phone. She kept pointing at the computer saying, "Phone? Phone? Phone?!" until my mom picked up her cell phone and pretended to answer it. Then the conversation shifted to "Phone! Phone! Phone!" for another few minutes. It may have been the longest ever conversation about phones including only one word.
*This morning when I was using my computer Juliana sat on my desk spilling pens and pencils all over the place. As she spread them around, she sang, "Messy house! Messy house!" over and over again. I would like to point out to her that she's the one making all the mess!
*On our way home from visiting ayi tonight, Juliana started saying, "Mama hao, mama hao" over and over. This could either mean "mama good" or be a form of greeting, but I prefer the former. I'd never heard her say that before, but she chanted it all the way home, in the bath, and as we got ready for bed. A few minutes after I left her room, I still heard her singing, "Mama hao! Mama hao!"