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Pork Pie Thighs

January 15th, 2013 Eric

Happy New Year, Peeps!

Here we are, 2013. Seems weird to say that. But what seems weirder is the fact that Eloise is now 6 months old! Time really does fly. You would think that all that lack of sleep would seem like the days move like molasses; and some days they do. But it’s mostly been a fun-filled 6 months.

One of the best things is to see just how different she is from Frances. Frances was fiercely independent from the get go. She was also extremely persistent and determined to do things on her own. It’s one of the reasons why I think she crawled right at 6 months and was walking before her 1st birthday.

Sisters

Sisters

Eloise is a different animal. She wakes up in the middle of the night for no reason other than to be held. And that’s fine, BTW. It sucks for us, but she melts away any ill feelings when she lays her head on my shoulder and goes back to sleep. Who could deny a loving shoulder when needed? And even when she wakes up in the middle of the night, she still doesn’t sleep late. It usually doesn’t matter if it’s 7pm or 9pm when she goes to bed… It’s always a 5am wake up call for us. We can’t seem to figure it out. We think it may be an enthusiastic train horn at that time, but trains go by all the time, so who knows?

Frances sleeps like the dead. It’s 12 hours for her, and don’t wake her up before then or you get either A: the stare of death, or B: the most confused look a 2 year old could give. And the hair is awesome. Think Nick Nolte mug shot great.

So let’s move on to some milestones. Eloise is finally getting teeth, and she’s not pleased. In fact, she’s pissed. But I suspect she’ll get used to them soon enough when they completely poke through. I think we are about there. And yes, we figure that’s also one of the reasons why she is getting up in the middle of the night. It’s not our first rodeo, you know.

She’s not quite ready to crawl yet. She has the determination. She can pivot left or right and roll over to get where she needs to. It’s her legs that fail her, but I think it will be soon. I can see the wheels turning, and when she figures it out, look out! 2 mobile kids in this house will be our ruin.

She went for her 6 month appointment and we found out she is almost 18 lbs and is 26 inches long. Frances at that age was thinner and taller, and I suspect that is why she crawled a little earlier. Eloise and her pork pie thighs just aren’t long enough yet.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m pretty scared of this Flu “epidemic” everyone is predicting. Frances brings home EVERYTHING from day care, and I know it’s a matter of time before the flu follows her home. She’s already gotten Roseola and a wicked cold, which, thank you very much, I caught both as well. What say you? Adults don’t get Roseola? Oh yes they do, especially if they never had it when younger… And let me tell you, it sucks. Sucks big big. The extremely itchy rash was the topping on the 7 days of aches and fever. And you know what I got in return?.. A cold like a week later. Which lasted 3 WEEKS! Thanks, Frances. You are the best.

Speaking of Frances… Cross your fingers, but it looks like we are about to turn a corner on potty training. The key was to just put panties on her and clean up any accidents. So far, as of this past weekend, she’s been asking to go potty with very few accidents. It really looks like she is getting it. Momma and Dada are so very very happy.

Eloise is also eating food now. We’ve tried carrots, sweet potatoes, pears, and apples. Mostly we mix it in with her rice cereal and she loves it. She is still breast feeding, and hope to go as long as possible.

That’s it, folks. Another year has begun and we are happy to share it with everyone. Keep checking in!

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