Today, I’m home alone. My wife took Rebecca to church and I stayed here. Nothing odd about that, until I started feeling strange. I realized it’s the first time I’ve been home by myself since Rebecca was in NICU. And thus, it’s also the first time my wife has taken Rebecca somewhere without me.
As with most babies, Rebecca’s verbal progress is slow and halting, often changing direction. She learns a sound, repeats it a hundred (or thousand) times, and then never uses it again. Most times when she’s verbalizing, she sticks with one or two consonants and only rarely throws a bunch of them together. According to her[...]
The day after Valentina’s visit ended, Rebecca was due back at the pediatrician’s office, as I mentioned two weeks ago. (The doctor had been concerned about low weight, and wanted to re-weigh in two weeks.) So yesterday we drove over there and weighed Rebecca again. She was 17 pounds and 12 ounces. That’s not surprising[...]
A few days ago, I mentioned we were hosting our friend Valentina for a few days. After picking her up from the airport and getting her settled in our house (she slept in Rebecca’s room), we all went to bed relatively early. (My wife had cooked an excellent supper for us.)
Three months ago, I wrote about the disappearance of my old friend Rusty Porter and his wife Becky (Rebecca). I was notified today that their bodies have been found in shallow graves in Taney County, Mo., very near the tiny town of Protem, just north of the Arkansas-Missouri border.
Contradicting my last entry, we’re actually doing something interesting besides watching Rebecca grow. Beginning last night, we’re hosting Marline’s friend Valentina for a few days. This is the first time anyone besides my family has come to see us in Killeen.
I am aware that this blog is called “My Life”; this is because I was alone when I began this blog in early 2005. Little did I know I would meet my future wife just a few months later. And now of course, we have Rebecca. So this blog, the title of which I’m unwilling[...]
I realize I’m very fortunate in many ways. One of those ways is having a baby who’s almost never ill, smiles often, plays well, eats steadily, and so on. But it’s difficult to remember this when she’s sick and teething at the same time. (One image after the jump)
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[...]
During the last few days, we’ve enjoyed ourselves. My wife had two days off in the middle of the week, so we were able to go swimming again, for one thing. Rebecca is enjoying the pool more each time, getting comfortable in the water. She splashes with her hands and kicks with her legs (and[...]