Tuesday, October 10, 2017

I have an ambassador and a growing baby.

Y'all, I've been out of this blogging game so long I don't even know how to title my posts anymore. But I don't even care. I'm just proud to be posting again!

M2 went to her very first Bama game (at Vandy). It was a hot and humid day in Nashville, which we knew would make for an interesting experience. Though I was optimistic, I was quickly reminded that toddlers don't care where you are -- they want what they want when they want it.

As soon as we settled down, right before kickoff, she wanted to nurse. Not just a quick nurse, but the "I'm soooooooooo sleepy, I want to nurse NOOOOOW" kind. 😩 It had already been a long day for her as we drove up that day and hung out for a while before the game. In other words, there was no distracting her away from her goal. And while I'm not really shy about breastfeeding in public (in a corner usually), an already-tight, someone's-already-sitting-right-over-your-shoulders situation wasn't ideal. Nursing in a stadium -- already a hot, sweaty mess -- not my thing, so we went into Vandy's coliseum and handled that. (The people at Vandy were SO NICE. Upon arrival, they saw me with a little one and told me that they had a nice quiet place for her to nurse should the need arise. And it did.)

Anyhoo, we had a great time. Bama won. My in-laws and the kids left the stadium to watch in a cool setting. The coliseum (next door) had TVs and sitting spots in the common area. DK and I braved it for a half, then went and joined our family in the cool. We stayed the night in Nashville. DK and I even stepped out for a minute and had some adult time on the Broadway Strip.

That next week M1 was inducted as a Tech Ambassador for her school. While I admit I don't know what all that entails just yet, she is proud to be one and we are proud OF her. The kids will even wear these adorable blazers when they are partaking in their ambassador duties. 

They were inducted at the school's open house night, which also happened to be Book Fair night. That Minecraft book she's holding has nothing to do with Tech Ambassador-ship, but I guess she was so proud to have talked us into buying more from that doggone book fair (we'd already sent her with money to school 😒).

We have since also gotten her first progress report and standardized test scores, of which we're also proud. I try not to care about the standardized test scores (I have my opinions about them), but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't proud when we got hers. While she's "gifted" and makes good grades and standardized test scores, I know that stuff doesn't mean much in later grades. She's got to have the work ethic. THAT is what I pray she continues to have more than any of this.

And this little thing is growing and becoming more curious and funnier every day. We recently went for her 15-month appointment. She's in the 50th percentile for weight and 75th percentile for height. With the exception of a little eczema, she's a healthy little thing. She's saying so many words and learning new ones every day. She runs through the house following us or her sister from room to room. She loves reading, songs and "running and hiding," most of which she gets from her grandmothers. I think she's done everything (milestone-wise) before M1 so far. I care much less about that kind of stuff with this second baby, but I can't help but notice: are second babies typically faster with this kind of stuff?

She still wakes up in the middle of the night though, y'all 😡. Even though she goes right back to sleep after we pick her up, it's still no fun. I thought when I stopped nursing her in the middle of the night, that middle-of-the-night waking would cease...but it hasn't yet, y'all. Fingers crossed that at some point during this school year, I can start getting a full night of sleep.

These pictures to me are the sweetest. M1 is just smitten with M2, and I'm smitten with them both. Put them together and my heart could just burst. 

Anyhoo, YAY for another blog post. I still have lots of catching up to do, but I'm so happy to be moving forward with the present.

Hope everyone is doing well. Until next time...

Peace and love,

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