Rant of the Week
Here is the summary of the countdown to Jaley's momentous and scary (only for Scott and I) accomplishment.
10. Yeah, Jaley can scoot.
9. Yeah, Jaley can crawl.
8. Yeah, Jaley can stand.
7. Now, Jaley can cruise around the coffee table.
6. Now, Jaley can use her walker to get around the kitchen.
5. Uh oh, Jaley can crawl really fast.
5. Uh oh, Jaley can stand and spill our drinks off the coffee table.
4. Uh oh, Jaley can climb the stairs.
3. Oh crap, Jaley can crawl faster than I can catch her.
2. Oh crap, Jaley can climb right into a full bathtub.
1. Oh crap, where did Jaley get to now.
Lift Off - On May 5th, as Scott and I were celebrating the Mexican holiday with ice cold Corona's, Jaley took her first steps. Not just once, but three times she put together a couple of steps.
Though we are very proud of our 2nd little daredevil were aren't quite ready to have two very mobile children. Now that both kids can walk, that means that they can head in different directions. How am I supposed to keep them safe when they one runs East and the other West? So until I figure out that riddle, I think we may need to fit Jaley with a pair of weighted shoes. That may slow her just enough that I can still catch her.
Life in the Stroller Lane
First steps are by far this week's major headline, but that doesn't mean we haven't been busy with the rest of life. We live in a high growth area, the kind where groceries stores and McMansions replace replace farms and forest quicker than you can blink. But the developers haven't gobbled up everything yet, and we went to a strawberry farm right down the street from our house. Sarah and her friend, Cassie, braved the mud to pick some delicious berries for us.
And in between berry picking trips, I have been on a house painting mission. OK, only half the house. And lucky for me, it is the most boring parts - hallways, laundry room, etc. After 5 1/2 years, the cheap builder beige paint was looking a little worse for wear. Everything from four feet up was still close to the original color, but everything below that mark was a mural of peanut butter hand prints, crayon streaks, and paw prints. Let's just say the girls and the cats have been hard on the paint. So out with the old and in with the new "totally washable" paint. Will it clean up like it does in the commercials? Probably not, but I am hoping it is good enough to be worth the extra $10 bucks a gallon.
No blog entry is complete without a Jaley ear update. The good news is Jaley's ear is infection free. The bad news is their is still lots of fluid in her ear, which causes painful pressure and a top-notch ear ache. So, for now, there are no antibiotics, but we have to continue with the regular doses of Baby Advil and 3AM wake-up calls. And on the moments when we do sleep, Scott and I dream of the time when the sleep-through-the-night fairy comes to visit Jaley.
At the end of this week we are off to TN to see most of the Harrell Family. We are really looking forward to spending a few days visiting with all the relatives. But we aren't quite sure how we are going to sleep at night with all four of us sharing the same room. It is our first trip as a family of four - wish us luck.
And that is the news from the Stroller Lane. Lots of Love.