I feel like I should do one more blog post before my new job starts (on Monday!) and my schedule gets a little less, um, free of activity. So I figure a nice little update on what’s been going on around here is in order.
Just to give you some evidence of how quickly infants develop, Annie has added some new things to her repertoire just since my 8-month post last week. Almost as soon as I hit the “publish post” button last Wednesday she started saying “mama.” Mind you, she doesn’t just say it to me, but at least she’s getting the word out now. And in addition to waving, she now points her finger up in the air, as if to say “number 1.” I think she’s practicing to support the UK basketball team in the upcoming SEC and NCAA Tournaments. She will also fist bump you if she feels the spirit. Oh, and if you give her a high five she thinks you are hilarious.
I love love love watching her little personality take shape! She’s so social and happy. I really hope she stays that way because she truly is a joy to watch these days. We really won the lottery in the baby department, I’m here to tell ya.
We have also recently moved family meals from the living room couch, where David and I have been dining for four plus years of marriage (don’t judge, it’s comfortable) to the dining room table. Annie sits in her highchair and enjoys little bits of what we are eating and other finger foods. She was getting so cranky playing on the floor while we ate on the couch and never got like that when we went out to eat (and she sat at the table with us in a highchair) that I finally caught on to the fact that she wanted to be a part of what we were doing. So now we have a happy baby while we eat and the time David and I spend talking to each other instead of watching the same local news stories for the third time in a row is doing us some good too.
|Sort of doing the "Number 1" point.|
|Just to prove she doesn't always look delighted. I just don't usually publish the sad face pictures.|
I have been greatly lacking in the reporting on the adults in the household business on this blog. I guess I figure Annie is more interesting (and adorable) than we are. But I know some of you would probably like to know what is going on with the other two members of the household, so I will try to do better with that. David’s work has been doing really well. Working in construction, sometimes the winter months can be a little slow, but this year has been a completely different story. The company David works for is really growing and the jobs have been steady, and we are really grateful for that. He celebrated a birthday earlier this week too. It was fun to watch him celebrate with baby girl for the first time. I kept thinking of how fun it will be in the coming years to go shopping with Annie for Daddy’s gift. I expect David’s twin (aka Annie) will really get into that.
Yours truly –
The biggest news with me is, of course, my new job. I will officially begin my work in the non-profit world on Monday and I could not be more excited. People keep asking me if I am nervous and I suppose that is a reasonable question. I mean, I am completely switching gears here and starting a whole new career. But I feel no anxiety or nervousness at all. I am just ready to get started. Ready to see what lies ahead. Ready and hopeful to have found a job I actually want to go to in the morning. It’s sad to say, but that will be a dramatic change for me. A change I am so excited to have.
We are traveling to Indiana this weekend to visit David’s parents and I am sure Annie will enjoy some quality time with her Nana and Papa. She had her first overnight stay by herself at Grandma’s last weekend and I think everyone had a great time. We are so fortunate to have such doting and loving grandparents for our daughter. Although, that’s the kind of parents they have always been, so we should expect nothing less I suppose. It is so fun to watch her relationships with them unfold.
Until next week! Happy weekend, everyone…oh, and “Go Cats!”