They're Amazing...

It's been over a year now since we've brought Katie home and each day I find her more fascinating the one before.  Janet says that folks in the 20's or 30's don't really appreciate children the way we do.  She says she didn't.  I don't know if that's true, but I find it absolutely amazing.

When Katie first came into our lives, she didn't crawl, or sit up, or show much interest in anything.  She couldn't or wouldn't hold a bottle. 

Now it's a whole new ball game.  She walks, she talks, she's the AMAZING Katie!!  Right now her favorite word is "No!!"

A few weeks ago we were in a McDonald's for breakfast, and Katie was being fairly obstinate.  Janet told her to do something I don't quite remember what.  Katie told her "No".  Janet looked at her and said "Don't tell me no!."  To which Katie replied "NOOOOOOOOOOOO!"  I had to hide my face in my napkin.

It really is funny how children go from being a spongelike blob that soaks up the money from your wallet to this spongelike little person who still soaks up the money from your wallet.  I keep telling her she needs to go get a job to contribute to the household.  But I've told our cats the same thing for 12 yrs to no avail.

She's really enjoys going for walks in the afternoons after I get home from work.   Lately she's gotten quite fascinated with dandelions and blowing on them and watching the little umbrellas fly away.  It's really interesting when she tries the same thing with buttercups.  What do you expect she's only two?

One of her favorite things is to take something that looks like a microphone and sing into it.  And she does sing. And she does sing loudly.  It is both funny and cute at the same time.  Did I mention that she was amazing.   There could be some bias there.

Take care til next time.

Jim

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We have met the enemy and they are small.

So now the weekend is over and I am back at work recuperating.  I was called away from work for what cannot be considered a small emergency.  Katie's temperature was over 102.  Janet located me via cell phone at a luncheon in which we were saying a fond farewell to one of our colleagues.

Being the SuperDad I quickly sprang into action and left - leaving the gent who rode with me high and dry. (Not really - I did make sure he had transportation.)  I left the luncheon and headed quickly to the babysitter's.  Upon my arrival I quickly assessed the situation - the Baby was crying and definitely had a temperature, you could feel it through her clothes.

She fell asleep on the way home and when I got her home, I put her to bed and gave her Tylenol. (In that order) 

Thus beginning a long weekend.

Friday it was my turn to stay home with the Katie.  We both had a doctor's appointment that day so it just made sense.

Generally speaking Katie sleeps pretty good, but since the move she has been waking up in the middle of the night.  She can't seem to get back to sleep unless she is laying directly on top of me.  Comfort for her, not so much for me.  I finally got smart last night, when she drifted off to sleep I took her back to her own bed and was able to salvage the night of sleep.

It could be that we let Katie sleep too long in the afternoon, because we have a heck of a time getting her to go to sleep at night.  Yesterday we could not get her to go down for a nap, until Janet snuggled her in her arms and let her go to sleep there.  Bad day to miss church.

Last night thoroughly exhausted from her antics and trying to get things cleaned up from the move, we lazed in bed and watched TV filtered through a two year olds laughter.  After a while we both looked at each other and began to wonder (not seriously) if we really wanted another.

I think you can guess that Katie is fine.  Just some residual ear infection stuff, her right ear is not draining right, it seems.  Will keep you updated.

Life moves on...

So I guess today is another day.  Well except for the fact that Katie hasn't slept through the night since we moved.  Did I mention that we moved?  We needed a larger and quieter place.  The place we were living in only had 1250 square feet and we moved to a 1450 square foot town home.   These probably seem like mundane details, but they were important to us.

We needed a quieter place because the although the first set was new construction, the walls were paper thin.  We could actually hear the people next door breathe.

The lady downstairs has come up four times since the beginning of the year to complain about the noise from our apartment.  Never mind the fact that we have been living there since last April.  I wonder what's changed.

Katie and I have both been sick.  It could be since we spend most of the time with each other.  We have an appointment tomorrow to see the doctor.

On to adoption news, we have changed from China to Vietnam.  Not by choice.  They have changed the rules so now we don't qualify.  It's okay,  I figure the Lord is in this and he has a plan.

I will try to keep you posted on the progress.  Hopefully more often too. <><