"I should not talk so much about myself if there were any body else whom I knew as well."
-Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sick Daddy

Drew's been sick all weekend.  I don't think it's the flu (we've all three had the vaccine), but it's surely a bad cold.  He stayed home all day Saturday and Eleanor & I went to Kayla & Braeden's basketball games.  You know Drew feels bad when he sits still and naps off & on all day.  Eleanor has been her normal happy self the last few days and for that I am happy.  Drew's kept his distance, doing all he can to keep his germs from her.  That means we are in the same room, but no hugs & kisses.  (He's not a fan of feeling bad and especially disliking not snuggling & play with Eleanor.)  Tonight we were upstairs and she was in her activity saucer.  We've been trying to get her to wave to people, so for the last week we've been practicing saying "hi" and waving.  Up until now she has just stared at us.  Well, I thought she said "Hi" once, but I may have imagined it.  Tonight Drew waved to her from across the room and said, "Hi".  Eleanor smiled, waved one hand in the air and said, "Hi".  I jumped out of my chair in excitement and grabbed my phone.  I videoed for the longest time and Drew tried to get her to do it again.  I finally put my phone down and then she did it again!  Isn't that how it usually works?  What fun!  We'll see if she starts doing it with any regularity, but tonight it really seemed she was doing it with intention.  I'm the momma & I say that her first word was 'Hi' at 6 1/2 months. 
I made a batch of carrots for her today and she tried them this evening.  We can't say they were an instant hit, but she tolerated 4 or 5 bites.
Each day with Eleanor brings new things and it's such fun. 

 Baby toes.  Be still my heart. 

 Big Pam sent me three quilt kits and now I'm itching to start cutting pieces and tackle my first real project with my Grandma's sewing machine!  I had hoped to start this weekend, but a sick husband and Eleanor's grabby hands prevented that. 
 Kayla & Eleanor
 Grandpa Whimpy & Eleanor
 Sleepy baby.  And seriously, those thighs.  They are fabulous. 

 Surely she could get an endorsement deal with Dasani. 
 Here, catch this! 

 These boys deserve a medal.  Last week the focus was protecting the baby from the dogs.  We are now suddenly protecting the dogs from the baby.  Bless their hearts when she starts crawling.  They love her and are so aware of her.  They lay beside her and never flinch when she gets a handful of hair (or tail or ear or face or...).  I just sit there with them and play referee and the most either of them has ever done is lick her (which she thinks is hilarious).