This was a blog about my adventures with Joe. Then, along came Nia. Four years later, along came Stage 3 breast cancer. Fast forward two years, and I'm now caring for my dad while he fights his own cancer battle.
The day Nia celebrated her 8 month birth anniversary was a big day: Obama was sworn in as our 44th President, Nia's 2nd tooth made an appearance, and Nia officially CRAWLED(meaning she crawled across the floor in persuit of something)!
More and more we are getting to know Nia's personality. She's such a joy. She's a very happy girl who loves to laugh, loves her Kalli Cat, loves the color yellow, loves being outside, loves books, loves watching dogs, loves being naked... She loves standing, too, and pulling herself up to standing. Each morning she greets us with a wide, open-mouth-tongue-out smile -- and the day progresses from there. She's so open and curious. A true mindfulness teacher for Joe & I.
Over the last couple weeks, while we had June-like weather, Nia got to play in the grass a lot. She loves ripping it out by the handfuls and, of course, trying to eat it. Below she's enjoying our front yard, and at Lighthouse Field with her friend Zoe.
"For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the
faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation
relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break,
the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a
friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is
the firefighter's courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but
also a parent's willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides
President Barack Obama, Inaugural Address January 20, 2009
Big things are happening in our house all of a sudden! Nia began cutting a tooth on Wednesday and its been steadily emerging since then. She's handling it well, with only a little bit of extra fussing. I don't envy her this task & am trying to just be her doula through it all.
Secondly, Nia is getting her first vaccine today (DTaP). I'm nervous, but know she'll be just fine. We'll just nurse through it, and comfort her as best we can afterward. Thankfully, our pediatrician is only 10 minutes from home, so we'll whisk her home right after.
And finally, Nia's making big advances in crawling -- and I almost missed it! Last night I set up the video camera to capture Nia's nighttime wiggling. After her bath, when she's still naked, she usually does all kinds of gymnastics and tumbling on the bed, which I wanted to capture. However, last night Kalli Cat joined us on the bed, so instead of wiggling around, Nia focused really hard to try to get to Kalli. I was in front of Nia the whole time, making sure 1) she didn't dive off the bed head-first, and 2) making sure Kalli didn't scared and scratch Nia. And so I didn't notice the crawling till I looked at the video this morning! See what you think...