The Tragic Optimist

Zoe at 20 months

Things she likes:

  • yogurt
  • books, books, and more books
  • swings
  • slides
  • bananas
  • mangoes
  • dogs (from a safe distance)
  • cats (close up and personal)

Things she does not like

  • diaper changes
  • mornings
  • you don’t even want to know what morning diaper changes are like
  • shoes while in the car

Things that make her laugh a big full-belly laugh

  • tackling mom or dad or otherwise seeing mom or dad fall down
  • watching her penguin fall off the counter
  • playing ring around the rosies
  • playing hide and go seek with grandpa
  • dad wearing Zoe’s pants on his head (to be fair, it was pretty funny)

Words that she says

  • mama, dada
  • hi, bye
  • glasses (“ga-go”)
  • milk (“meh-meh”)
  • banana (“anana”)
  • jacket
  • kitty cat
  • dog (“doh-doh”)
  • blanket
  • duck (“quack-quack”)
  • outside
  • please
  • cheese
  • socks (“gocks”)
  • car
  • (possibly others that she’s said only once or twice)

We visited the zoo today with Grandma. The monkeys, otters, birds, and fish tanks were a big hit. People watching was nearly as fun. She seemed to really like walking around and looking at everything.



  1. Sounds like she’s quite the adorable little lady. Can’t wait to see her again this week!

    P.S. I’d probably fall down laughing if I saw Chris with her pants on his head too πŸ™‚

  2. I love the first picture of her!! It makes her look like a handful, but in a good way!

  3. Wow, those are some great photos! It’s great that you are writing all of this down. My son says gocks, and loves to knock me over too. lol. πŸ™‚

  4. chrisgwinn

    Anya, remind me this weekend and I can give a demo.

  5. liz

    cheese, bananas, and glasses — sounds like she has the essentials down!

  6. OMG she is so cute!!! THanks for posting some pics, I love them .


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