Thursday, August 20, 2009

two milestones


Cate has started eating cereal. It is a very messy enterprise. Luckily, after she spits the cereal back at me, she usually also slurps it off her hands. And yesterday she rolled over! She's growing so fast!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

four months











Ok, I know this is a lot of photos. But isn't she sweet?! And she can do so many new things. She is rolling over on her side, grabbing things with her tiny fists, and trying to stuff everything in her mouth. She grabs her feet, squeals really loudly, and laughs out loud occasionally. She's still not sleeping through the night, but she usually only wakes up once to eat. She is keeping us on our toes!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

water baby

Here's my little siren of the sea. She's so good on the water. Even though the life jacket is a little big, she took it like a pro.

When we drop anchor for a rest, she's so happy to be free of all that sea garb.



Of course, all of the new sights on the boat can be surprising.

Cate also played with her pappy on a party barge.
She's even cute when she's mad.
The best kind of summer is a summer on the lake.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

woes

Today was our first day back to work. For about a week now everyone has been asking me if I was ready, and I was sticking to the positive. I was believing that words and attitudes have power and that half the battle of being ready was saying that I was ready. Besides, I've been off for 4 months now, it's time to go back.

When I got to school, though, I felt a little bombarded with the tasks of a new school year. The rearranging, the planning, the deadlines, the test scores. And probably what overwhelmed me the most was leaving Catherine at daycare for the first time. I started out okay because I had psyched myself up for it. I didn't even cry when I dropped her off. I did okay through half a day of meetings, and then I went to visit at lunch. By the time I was back at work, looking at last year's TAKS scores on an overhead projector, I was shaky. By the time I picked her up, I had tears in my eyes just to be back with her again.
It was like someone tore my heart out and gave it to someone else to watch over. I guess maybe you can function without it for a little while but it eventually gets to you. For me, it wasn't an explosive, tearful moment; it was a slow ache.

Ok, I'll stop with the weepiness now. It's just that people warn you about these hard things about being a parent, and there's just no way to prepare for it or know what is going to be like until you do it. The silly thing was that I knew she would be ok. The babysitter is a sweetheart, and I can tell that she loves all of the kids that stay with her. She's been super supportive of me, and even called me to make sure I was doing alright. I guess I'm just jealous of her. She gets to spend all day with my awesome baby. I think I may have to have a talk with her... just to let her know that she's the one who should be paying me to hang out with Cate.

Monday, August 10, 2009

now, back to writing for pleasure...

So sorry for the hiatus. I know, it's been a whole month since I've posted pics of Cate, and the grandparents have endured with only minor grumblings. So for all of your patience, I submit this video, oozing with cuteness, of Cate's first giggles.
Soon to come: Catherine turns 4 months, Adventures of a water baby, and the parents leave the baby for almost an entire 12-hour period to tackle scenic Guadalupe Peak.
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