Thursday, May 22 2008
View LYNNABEL's food & exercise for this day
I spent what finally felt like a good chunk of time with Ellen last night and this morning, mainly just talking and smiling and helping her work on rolling side to side and holding objects. She is getting most items in either hand to her mouth with fairly good precision. She hasnít rolled over for several weeks, but she is good at scooting her body around by using her feet to turn herself while on her back. She is doing lots of cooing and bubble blowing. A few snorts of laughter, but Iím still waiting for full-out giggle. I thought a few times this weekend about how to make sure that I donít short-change Ellen. Its sometimes easier for me to focus on Will, but I really donít want to lose precious time with Ellen so I need to make sure to create the time and activities for her that I do for Will. I keep seeing different family members in her face Ė baby pictures of my father, my face, Willís, my mother and grandpa. She is beautiful.
We took our annual trip to Two Harbors last weekend. Traveling with children this young isnít really easy, and often plain-old not fun, but we had a great time once we arrived. I took Will swimming in the hotel pool 3 times, and Steve took him to the beach with Ripple. We had to divide and conquer since Ellen is taking at least 3 naps a day (as well she should since she wakes up at least twice a night, sometimes three times). I could have gladly stayed there another day or more. We decided we would stay longer next time, and get a different type of room next year. I also realized how much more thought and planning I need to put into packing for us. So, good lessons that should make future travel a bit easier.
I am worried about my mother. I am glad I get to see her soon.