On a more positive note, Ashlyn is definitely saying words. I had my doubts. She just wasn't consistent, and I didn't want to say it was true. Now, it is official. She has changed "Dad" to "Daddy." "Dat" has become the more definite "kitty" or sometimes "catty." Every time she sees the cat, she squeals and says "kitty." I finally got that on video this morning. She also says "Daddy" constantly, whenever she sees a photo, painting, or video of him. She also says it when I am on the computer, but, hey, that's where he lives, anyway. Though she is saying these words, she hasn't been saying dog or mama. While she still gives Ranger food, she has pretty much lost interest in him. I don't know why she doesn't say mama. How fair is that? Allen isn't even here, and she says "daddy." I've never been away from the child for more than 3 or 4 hours at a time. He's thrilled, of course. Somehow Ashlyn has become a daddy's girl, even while he is on the other side of the world.
As to other new things, Ashlyn is hugging her babies and patting them. She is also drinking out of a cup and can hold it herself, even though she would prefer that I do it for her. She has also learned to remove her pants. I'm sure that her shirts and diaper won't be far behind.