Yes, yes, yes, I KNOW. I haven't posted in forEVER. I'm a bad "blogger". I blame it all on work and husbands, and that little red-head in the living room with the two new bottom teeth!
I've thought about posting again, even really wanted to, but just the simple act of trying to figure out where to start felt...overwhelming. Lots of things can easily feel overwhelming these days. Things like cleaning my house, getting some exercise, getting my work done on time. Not terrible on their own; they just quietly add up and add up, then - BAM - overwhelmed! Anyway, I'm not feeling overwhelmed right now, and I miss having a little record of what's going on, so I'm going to make a go at keeping up with this on at least a somewhat regular basis. no promises
So, to bring everyone up to speed, Leta will be 8 mo old at the end of this week - insert gasp here! - and she's really amazing. I KNOW!, what a cornball thing to say, but that's the first thing that comes to mind when I think about my experience with her right now. I say right now, because, in honesty, it's been a journey to get to this point, with some lows that I hadn't anticipated. Those first few months are tough, man! Even with a good baby - - just tough. I think I can understand why #2 might feel like a breeze. I want to say that the hardest part of it all was the early on adjustment to life as 3, as parents, as caretakers of a totally helpless being FOREVER. I think that by #2, you've already got that portion of it all figured out. For me (I want to say for us, but I better stick to just speaking from my perspective alone) it was a very difficult transition time from who we (TJ and I) were then and are now, as well as a massive transition time for myself. Lots of introspective musings on my new role and who I was a woman, etc. Anyway, I think all 3 of us have hit our stride now, and for the most part, are moving along smoothly and happily these days. Let's talk more about the mini!
Leta, leta, leta is just amazing! She's so smiley and fun and just has her own little unique way of doing everything. She isn't crawling yet and seems determined to move right into walking instead. She wants to stand and play, has started walking along the couch and coffee table and is constantly trying to wiggle her hand out of yours when you hold hers while she's walking about. She's got this crazy feather fluff of strawberry blonde hair on top of her head and electric blue eyes and these two silly little teeth on the bottom! She waves at everything that moves - and a lot that doesn't, loves to see her reflection, and babbles to all of her toys. She's an amazing sleeper and a short-term napper, and full of energy and excitement when she's awake. She loves her swing on the front porch, walks in the evening and pretty much every kind of food we've given her. Oh, and her cheeks are made out of marshmallows (maybe her thighs are too). We're so smitten.
There's so much more to say, but I guess that at least gets the ball rolling on this thing. Let's chat again soon, k?