I'm Back!

Wow! It's been awhile since I last posted. We just got back from the whirlwind trip to the Midwest to show off Alex to friends and family. As with San Francisco, he traveled like a champ. He also officially started sleeping through the night while we were away. I think he was so exhausted because of all the running around that we did that he would tumble into bed weary at the end of the day and not wake up until morning. As I expected, being in three different time zones messed him up a little bit. But it only took five nights before he stopped waking up at 5:40 every morning. I've said it before, but I'll say it again. We are blessed with an amazingly good little boy.

Alex has started sitting up without support. He still can't get himself into that position, but once he's up, he can stay up. Until he tumbles foreward and smacks his head on the floor between his feet. Oh, what the yogis of the world would give to be as flexible as a five month old!

We have a well-rounded diet going. He is now eating bananas, sweet potatoes, carrots and green beans. Carrots remain his hands-down favorite. They are the only food for which he gives me the baby robin mouth. No that's not Baby Fishmouth. But Baby Robin Mouth runs a close second and is much cuter. Green beans and bananas are so-so, but acceptable. Green beans mixed with carrots become a little more sneaky and go down with more enthusiasm.

Another first was a visit to the community pool. Much to my distress, the first two attempts in the baby pool were met with severe displeasure. There was quite a bit of whimpering and screwing up of the face. Attempt #3 was the winner though. I think it probably had something to do with the warm load of carrots deposited in the aqua diaper right before he got dunked. It's amazing how much happier a little boy can be when the family jewels are kept warm in a nice carrot bath! So, the pool was a success and I'm excited to start a water class in another couple of months.

In other non-baby news, I've been hard at work on my novel -- another reason for the delay in posting to the blog. I figure if I'm writing, I may as well be spending my time working on the Great American Novel rather than the Great Rocky Mountain Blog. But then again, the blog actually has a readership and the novel has about as much prospect of readers right now as I have of becoming an NBA point guard. But one can dream, right?

I'm also thinking of taking up jewelry making. I found this beautiful pearl necklace. Not a string of pearls but different colored natural pearls strung together on sterling silver. As I always do, instead of shelling over my $62 for it, I thought, "Huh, doesn't look so difficult. Maybe I could make that." Kevin always tells me that I love to spend, but deep down I think I'm as miserly as the next chump. I'd rather talk about being able to make it myself than spend the money to have someone make it for me. It's great to be so confident in your skills -- at least in your own mind. "Guys like girls with skills: jewelry making skills, blog writing skills, nunchuck skills."

Anyway, glad to be back and please expect more regular posting now that the why-the-heck-are-we-in-the-Midwest-in-August tour 2005 is over. And yes, you can order the tee-shirts online.

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