Surprise!

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Published on: 2011.07.10

Sometimes, a baby’s milestones happen gradually. You can see them working toward something and then watch them do it for the first time. It’s still exciting, but not as exciting as when you walk around the corner and see them doing something new.

Though Rebecca has been pulling herself into the standing position for more than a month, and was able to stay sitting up if you placed her in that position, she’d never actually sat up on her own.

On Friday afternoon, my wife and I walked into her room (we’d heard on the baby monitor that she had awakened from her nap) to find her sitting in the middle of her crib. Her expression was like that of the cat that ate the canary, as the expression goes. She knew she’d just done something new and was enjoying it.

(One image after the jump)

That was pretty exciting.

Saturday though was not good for us (by comparison). Rebecca woke up at 4 a.m. and didn’t want to go back to sleep. She had some teething pain and a little fever. When she finally did go to sleep, my wife had been at work for hours and I was exhausted. Rebecca woke up to eat and play a little just after noon, but still clearly wasn’t feeling well.

I fell asleep on the floor next to where Rebecca was playing. When I awoke, she was asleep too. She had crawled onto my chest, apparently in an attempt to wake me, and fell asleep there. She woke up just for a minute, looked at me and smiled, and went back to sleep. I couldn’t go back to sleep but didn’t want to wake her, so I lay there and listened to her breathing for an hour.

Because of all this napping, I guess, she felt better in the late afternoon:

Cheesing
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But all her napping in the middle of the day meant she wasn’t tired last night. So she was awake well past 11 p.m. Her fever was gone, but the teething pain was worse.

By the time we all got to sleep, I felt like a very old man. I must have slept well because I was somewhat refreshed this morning.

***

Friday, workers did some touch up on the brick of the house to our south, and installed interior doorknobs and other fixtures. From what we can see, all that’s left for that house is adding the electric meter and landscaping. So we’re crossing our fingers that it will be finished this week.

The house to our north has a little farther to go; it just got drywall Friday. Next: taping and bedding, interior paint, and trim. Fortunately for us, its exterior is finished.

We can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. There are still two empty lots on the other side of our street, and one is relatively close to us, but work on those sites won’t be nearly as irritating/loud/invasive as the two lots on either side of us.

7 Comments
  1. Cassie says:

    What a smile! I can see both Marline and you in her face. :-)

  2. Wil C. Fry says:

    Thanks, Cassie. :-)

  3. Shari says:

    Love that expression! Sorry she is taking the teeth so hard.

  4. Kelly says:

    Wow, she looks so much like you in that picture! She is a great mix of the two of you. That smile is absolutely adorable!! I’m feeling you on the whole lack of sleep thing. I can’t wait to get a full night’s sleep again….I have been so spoiled the last couple years.

  5. Wil C. Fry says:

    @Shari & Kelly: Thanks for commenting.

    @Kelly: We think she looks like me when she’s happy/smiling, and looks more like Marline’s side of the family when she’s upset or just woke up. It’s weird.

    As for sleep; this is one good reason I can think of for people to have children when they’re younger. There are *so* many benefits to waiting, but a youthful parent can handle lack of sleep better than a middle aged parent (at least in my experience).

    In my 20s, I missed sleep all the time, and it only took a few hours to recover. Now, at (nearly) 39, I’m dead for a week if I miss much sleep.

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  7. Wil C. Fry says:

    Newsletter? Dude, I ran a newsletter in the early 1990s. Now (2010s, in case you’re keeping track), this site IS my newsletter. If you’re having trouble bookmarking a website in your browser or using RSS feeds, please contact the makers of your software or check the included Help files.

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