This one might be a bit boring to those of you already following my every word on Twitter. But for those of you who don’t tweet, or who are following so many people you don’t actually read every post, I decided to post the week’s highlights. That way they’re a bit more permanent to me.
Watching my baby girl walking down the middle of the hall holding on to nothing is literally breathtaking.
Sophie is officially a toddler now and it’s got me feeling a bit weepy, even as I’m breathing huge sighs of relief. I had these visions of her not walking when the baby is born and having to figure out how to tote two non-walking children around with me post c-section.
Fortunately, she is more and more confident each day and now uses furniture mainly as a psychological prop as she navigates across a room. She can walk across the length of the living room without holding on. She can even stop and turn and come back without falling down! Best of all is watching her toddle after her big sister.
I love my sister bringing treats from work (she’s a shift supervisor at Starbucks). However, I’m not so sure my OB’s scales will agree next week. Mmm… lemon loaf, marble loaf, lemon tarts, brownies, chocolate chocolate chip cookies…. I’m glad she doesn’t close every day.
I love when the canticle in Morning Prayer is Isiah 66:10-14, especially if I read it while the baby is nursing:
Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad because of her, all you who love her; Exult, exult with her, all you who were mourning over her!
Oh, that you may suck fully of the milk of her comfort, That you may nurse with delight at her abundant breasts!
For thus says the LORD: Lo, I will spread prosperity over her like a river, and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing torrent. As nurslings, you shall be carried in her arms, and fondled in her lap;
As a mother comforts her son, so will I comfort you; in Jerusalem you shall find your comfort.
When you see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bodies flourish like the grass
I think I saw my first oriole the other day. He was sitting on the top of the neighbor’s tree singing, a bright spot of dayglow orange and black; but flew away before I could get the binoculars. However, he came back later that evening and was sitting in a tree on the other side of the house, again singing away. This time I grabbed the binoculars and was pretty sure about the ID: Baltimore oriole. Except the song didn’t sound quite like the one we found online.
Not quite so happy a surprise in the garden: I found poison ivy on the side fence, growing in from the neighbor’s yard. So not cool. I am allergic in the worst way! I get an incredibly nasty oozy rash that spreads all over my body. I’d just been looking up pictures of the stuff a day or so before I found it so I was positive on my id. A great disappointment because from across the yard I’d rather thought it might be roses.
That’s my girl: Bella asks me if she can have some “food”. To which I reply that she has to ask for something specific. Bella: “I would like something specific.” Where does she get that smart mouth from?
And my other girl: We found Sophie seated in the pantry, having opened a sushi rice container, one with a pretty complicated lid. There was a pile of rice on the floor and handfuls of uncooked rice going into her mouth. We had to vacuum it up. What a waste of good rice.
How cool is it that my little brother is being paid to paint a mural by an art supply store in Austin? He’ll probably kill me for posting this picture; but I’m so stinkin’ proud of him.
The light isn’t great; but you get a sense of scale. And it’s the only one that has my brother in it. I can’t wait to see the pictures of the finished product.
That’s all I got tonight, folks. Visit Jennifer at Conversion Diary for more quick takes and to learn about the connection between scorpions and feta mushroom breakfast casserole.