Actually, I took pictures of Langley every day last week. I was just overwhelmed by how fast time is passing and what a joy this baby is!
Some highlights of the week:
Going on a walk every day in our neighborhood.
Langley is sitting up very well and for several minutes at a time! We still have incidents where she flings her self backwards head first, but, she's getting better.
I finally feel like I'm not drowning in school work. Yes, I only teach 3 classes, but I have 80 or so students. That's a lot of grading and prep work for a part time job. This week, all of my classes met online. Surprisingly, the students did great - most of them did what they were supposed to do- and I didn't have to get up at 6:00 every day this week!
I've finally heard some "da da's." She doesn't know what she's saying, but at least there are some consanant sounds! Every day when Josh gets home, I say "daddy's home" and Langley freaks out. She smiles her little face off and flings her arms and squeals. I like to pretend she would do that for me as well :-)
Watching the last season of Oprah. I haven't really been a big Oprah fan in the past few years, but I've watched it every day this week. PS, did you know the tax payers of Australia are footing the bill for Oprah's big trip with the audience? I'm not sure what I think about that. I mean, it's not like Oprah couldn't fund the tripl herself.
Going 2 days in a row without a long period of crying/fit throwing/nap avoiding. It's good for the soul.
Finding Langley under her bookshelf. Apparently she can roll 6 feet across the floor and slide backwards to get under a piece of furniture in under 30 seconds.
Surviving the 6 month shots. My child is a trooper. She would put most adults to shame by how well she handles shots. Cries for like 10 seconds - only from the pinch and sting of the actual shot. I think it helps that neither Josh or I freak out about the shots, so she's not feeding off that panicky energy either. [I am not scared of shots, but in full disclosure, I was panicky about an epidural...that's a BIG needle] Thankfully, no bad reactions. I've given her a couple doses of tylenol, but she's seemed fine.
Our neighbors removing their unsightly unmarked UHaul truck from their front yard.
Some highlights: Bass Pro Shop, Golfing, Mommy shopping alone, Mommy getting in a yelling match with a crazy old man at a gas station, Daddy driving in the turn lane with the hazard lights on for over a mile (passing hundreds of cars) because we were about to run out of gas. We had a good time! We learned quickly, that with a baby it is NOT a vacation, but rather a getaway. I much prefer Branson on non-holidays because trust me, if there is a rude "yankee" anywhere, they will find us and be rude. That's just how it works! But, we had some funny stories and seriously had some gorgeous weather!
Last week, we took Langley to a Volleyball game. CBC was playing Hendrix @ Hendrix. Langley has never done well in loud situations, but we have to try to get her use to it! So, we take her, there is a good crowd, the game is close, and it is loud. Of course she made the most pitiful face and cried, but we moved to the back row, I took her (Josh carried her in,) and just talked softly in her ear every time the crowd cheered. After about 10 minutes, there was no more crying and she was beyond intrigued with her surroundings! Success! She watched everything and everyone, played some with her favorite toy, and even ate her bottle for her 8 pm feeding! We were so proud of her!
Also, last week, I took her to the doctor alone for the first time. It was the first time she had gone to the doctor for anything other than a routine check up and the first time Josh had not been with us. I took her in because she had a very snotty nose and had not eaten or slept well in two days. I figured there was nothing we could do or that she could take, but I wanted to make sure since we were going to be out of town all weekend. I was not so impressed with the doctor, but at least it wasnt a complete waste of time as he went ahead and did her 6 month check-up. [I asked them not to do shots that day since we were going to be out of town -- she'll get those this week :-( ] She weighed 17 lbs and 14 oz. (75%,) is 27 1/4 inches long (90%,) and her head is 17 inches. (75%) So, we survived all that just the two of us! She still has a snotty nose, poor thing.
And finally, we took our first family getaway this weekend. I'll post more on that later!