Eating a french fry, with Anthony's reflection in the background. I didn't take a picture of it but we took the kids for a walk today in a new stroller. I bought it from a mom on my board, it's going to just be for walks around the hood because it doesn't really fold up but boy do I like it. It's a double and they have to sit next to each other and we were worried but we walked to the DQ and back today and it went great! Maria was poking at Anthony the whole time and he was just rolling his eyes at us but he was good. The way he was looking at me reminded me of how our dog used to look at us when our cat would bug him.
In Cooper's shirt. She just has one little tooth, on the bottom. She is starting to flop over as if she was maybe going to crawl. She doesn't do anything except that and today she was sitting on the table while Laura and I were sitting there and she flopped BOOM on her nose!
You can see in the one picture she is a little fretful today. She probably is sick of sleeping so badly. Mike says he can feel a tooth coming in on the bottom so maybe that's it. But that's her first! I was thinking when I was up with her in the night, I am going to have to let her cry and scream. You should hear how loud she gets in the night! She starts out kind of meowing and then two seconds later she's like THE HELL? HAVE YOU NOT HEARD ME? COME AND GET ME! It's crazy.
We went for a walk at the canal today. It should be easy. There's a parking garage that you can park in and it walks you right out onto the canal. The path behind the zoo is open and it's really shady. It's nice out. BUT then I got there and it was super crowded in the convenient parking garage, I walked on the path behind the zoo out but then my sense of symmetry got to me and I thought we should walk around the block, which is much sunnier, and it was steaming hot by the time we got halfway through and Maria hates being in the sun so I ended up carrying her for a while. At least she gets fresh air, I tell myself.
Sitting in her chair, eating Goldfish. She is a remarkably good eater, considering she has not teeth. Ha, right as I typed that she coughed LOUDLY on her fish. It freaks me out but she has to learn to eat, I guess. Maybe she'll never get teeth and speaking as the one who breastfeeds her, I say fine by me!
She is cute but man she does not like to be on her own. If Mike puts her down, she's fine but as soon as she sees me, she starts whining to be picked up. I try not to make eye contact with her, I told Mike today, and he said she's like those celebrities that don't allow their help to make eye contact. Ha! So we're calling her Tom Cruise. Maria and Anthony and I went to a party today at my friend Jenny's house, it was her second son Henry's second birthday. He is super cute - we gave him Play Doh and a Target gift card. Jenny and I both live in small houses and so I was trying to bear in mind that I didn't want our gift to take up too much room! Anyway, Maria did well at the party, she ate a soft pretzel and some baby food and a teensy bit of banana cake, which she loved. God, she's cute, right? Sometimes I can't believe how cute and smiley she is.
Friday morning. She was only awake one time last night (this morning) to eat but she kept up an hourly crying check in before that. Last night when I was listening to her cry I was thinking maybe when she starts moving around? Maybe? Ugh.
Mike is home today so we have been hanging out. I just took a nap! He took Anthony for a nice walk - we were going to go to the Zoo but since Anthony was up from 3:00-6:00 or something we're afraid to put him in the car. I mean, we don't want him to fall asleep on the way back which he surely would. But this way, they got some sun/exercise, he didn't fall asleep, and Maria and I both took a decent afternoon nap! Maria and Mike and I went to the playground by our church today and Maria had her first swing, she liked it. It was funny to see the kids at that school and think maybe in five years she'll be going there. It feels far away. There was a nun from church there and she took Maria and hoo boy, did she cry! She probably feels guilty for being such a bad girl, I told her. Ha. No I didn't.
...at Mike. LORD she is a nasty thing! Mike's mom was here today and stayed with the kids while we went to church together. Maria was wretched, from what I can tell. It's so hard because Anthony gets kind of freaked out when Maria whines which is, basically, all the time. I am trying to put her down and leave her on her own but I don't get much time to do it without making Anthony crazy(er). It's challenging, to put it mildly.