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14 months

14 months has been both amazing, in terms of language development and interactions with others, and the death of the nap.

It’s hard to keep up with her rapidly expanding vocabulary, but here’s a sample. Yes, no, no more, done, more, apple, mama, puff, cat, dog,  bock-bock (chicken), book, la la la (the singing pigs), whooo (what the owl says), and milk. She probably has several dozen more hiding in her now constant babbling. It’s so fascinating to watch her figure out this talking thing!

On the other note…the last three days Darwin has taken one 30 minute *or less* nap each day. I have cajoled, bounced, let her cry on me, walked, sung, taken her in the car…she’s having none of it for naps. Now, on the upside she’s also asleep before 8 (one night at 6:30), so our evenings have been kind of relaxing, but she’s clearly not ready to be a napless little monster. Any nap strike stories in solidarity would be most appreciated.

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Rosy cheeks after a 30 minute nap

Other sweet anecdotes include…Darwin now comes running and throws her arms around my neck when I hold it my hands to her…on Saturday we went on a hike with Opa and he handed her two leaves. She carried them with her for the next hour and they are currently sitting in our car…she is eating again, and eating well – tonight she chowed through a pile of tofu…she blows kisses constantly…she gives the best cheesy grin ever, particularly when asked if she wants to nurse.

I love this kid.

Good Days

I find myself driven to write when I’m feeling depressed, overwhelmed, or when some big event occurs, like Darwin walking. I’m actually sitting at my desk at work and just realized that today is a good day without being anything particularly special. Lots of little things contributed to my current good mood, so I thought I’d write them down to remember later.

  1. Darwin went to bed at 6:45 pm and didn’t wake up for good (3 or 4 sleep/cranky nurses overnight) until 6:45 am. I thank daylight savings time. She woke up in a good mood.
  2. My lovely wife made a crock pot pie that needs only be turned on this afternoon before we leave the house after lunch. It will be amazing and I’ve been thinking about it ever since she told me.
  3. Eating raw cloves of garlic appears to have staved off the worst of a cold I started getting three days ago. I can breathe!
  4. One of Darwin’s aunties came over yesterday afternoon to play with her and I was able to get a bunch of stuff we don’t use anymore put up on a free gifting economy site. Step one towards making our office usable: check! (Best part: gifting things to people who could really use them, like a single mom just starting out on her own)
  5. I have had a cup of coffee from work, which is akin to drinking caffeinated jet fuel. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
  6. I’m reading about programming languages. Seriously. Nothing puts me in a better mood than focusing on code.
  7. Piggybacking off that one, Leah’s adviser/our midwife who is amazing has taken me up on my offer to design a website for the new birth center they’re working on in our area. So yeah. Wish me luck with that one! Codeacademy here I come!

On a slightly lower, but vitally important note, please remember to be kind to one another. I’ve seen some really hurtful words posted online recently, directed towards individuals who are vulnerable and asking for support, or looking for a place to vent and find common ground with difficulties. We can hold each other up, or we can tear each other down. I love that this blogging community is primarily the former. It is one of my deepest hopes that we can keep it that way.