With a second child, the developmental milestones sometimes go by a bit more unnoticed. Of course we didn't miss out on Julie's first steps, or on the first time she said 'stupid mom!' (which she already said at eighteen months by the way, she's quite the prodigy actually ;-)), but some things just already seem more 'normal' with a second one. However yesterday something happened that was so cool, even though it might not be in the average 'milestone book', and I remembered again how much I loved this when it first happened to Rosa as well: Julie had her very first, unstoppable, bursting-with-laughter belly laugh ('de slappe lach', as we say in Dutch).
We were eating toast, and all of a sudden this girl grabbed my toast, said 'Tjonge jonge jonge' (which is something like 'Oh my oh my oh my') and then seemed to realize how funny she was saying that, because she started to laugh and couldn't stop, while repeating 'Tjonge jonge jonge' in every little break that the giant, uncontrollable laugh granted her.
Oh, how these are the moments to remember!