Ellie is, and always has been, a very vocal child. Cami is pretty sure Ellie is starting to purposely sing when she hears music. Her voice takes on a more harmonic tone when music plays.
Until this morning she seemed mostly interested in vowel sounds, and she often holds them for long stretches like “woooooaaaaahhhhhooooowwwwwwwwoooooooaaaaahhhhh” – sort of like Eliza Doolittle’s voice exercises. When she got up this morning Ellie was in a good mood and full of chatter. I noticed she was using “B” sounds a bit. Cami said she heard it yesterday too. I started saying “Ba ba ba ba ba” to Ellie, and it wasn’t long before she was doing it too! This is the first time I have known her to really copy anything I have done. Of course I am impressed. We think she is a smarty and we love to see her progress. Now we need to teacher to say “Mama”.
Cami’s doctor wanted to avoid any possible complications with higher blood pressure, so we went in early to have the baby induced. We went in Thursday night, the 22nd of September. Progress was very slow all day Friday, and on Saturday morning they finally opted to do a c-section. So, Ellie was born on September 24th instead of October 3rd or any other date we might have speculated on. The process went very smooth and there were no complications for Cami or Ellie.
Fast forward about 5 weeks, and mommy and baby are still doing well. Cami has healed faster than I would ever have expected. Ellie has grown and filled out nicely. We just bought her a new swing, which we hope will help us get her to sleep more easily when she’s fussy. She is a pretty calm baby most of the time. This is heaven:
A lot has happened since my last post. We crossed the country in a Budget moving van and set up camp in townhouse in Cary, NC. Nearby there is a park with a lake, which also happens to be the home of some cute little turtles.
This is my fourth day of walking. My feet felt better today so I may be turning the corner on that. The heat didn’t feel as bad either. Once I get used to walking, I’ll start pushing myself to get a better workout. After seven months of doing practically nothing, it feels great to get out and move. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to do it.
The unfortunate thing is, the weather is probably going to get too hot to walk in the evenings. I hate mornings.
The other day I was having dinner at Golden Corral, and the server was very friendly and quick to ask if I needed help with anything. He had left a card on my table earlier. It had little check boxes to rate the service and the quality of the food. But, I didn’t have any way of filling it out. Yes, I could have asked for a pen, but I wasn’t quite that motivated. I would have given a good review if it had been convenient.
I’ve been staying in motels for the past several weeks, and they leave similar cards on the night stand. No pens. So, even if I were inclined to fill one out, I can’t very well do it if I don’t have a pen handy. They give me a little bar of soap each day, and new plastic cups. They even provide a bible. Pens are hard to come by.
It just got me wondering how badly they really want people to fill those cards out. I want to fill them out, but I’m too lazy to find a pen. On the other hand, if someone got mad enough, I’ll bet they’d find something to write with.
Today I found a credit union in North Carolina that was able to make a deposit to my credit union in Utah. I got lucky because they will stop offering the service on the 22nd of this month. Really lucky.
When I opened my wallet to pull out the check, a little piece of paper fluttered to the ground. It was one of two fortune cookie messages that I’ve kept this year. Both made predictions that I found interesting enough to keep:
“You will make a change for the better”
“You or a close friend will be married within a year”