flumpie: (Eeyore - Lonely/missing)
Yesterday we found out that your dad will not be coming home next week. He is going to have to stay in Iraq for several more months. Naturally, our first thoughts were of how much he was going to miss you. I'm pretty much the same and the house is pretty much the same - but you change every day!

After hearing this sad news, you actually seemed to crawl for a little bit - you finally figured out to put your backside up in the air and you scooted a bit.

After that, the mail lady brought a big package filled with some activity toys Emmy and I had ordered for you. You were enchanted with your pop-up piano thing and the musical zebra we added to your activity gym, and the Winnie-the-Pooh ring stacker.

And then we went to post to go to a meeting about why our soldiers aren't coming home on time. You wore your pink onesie that said, "My Daddy is a Super Hero".

We sat in front of some soldiers who had come home a few days ago and now are being sent back to Iraq. They were very sad. But they smiled and played with you. And one soldier even asked to hold you for a while.

Then, when we came home, our neighbor Tom came over to lower your crib. I'd been waiting for when your dad came home, but you're starting to figure out how to pull up to a stand and I didn't want you to flip yourself out of your crib the way your big sister did when she was a baby.

And then, today, ... I think you and I just had our first official conversation!

You were having lunch - mandarin oranges, rice, and ham. After eating a lot, you started turning your head away from the spoon.

So I said - and signed - "Are you finished?"

And you emphatically nodded "Yes" more than once. In the past, your nods have only been singular and you have stopped nodding since we came home from Seattle.

I was shocked.

So I asked - and signed - "Do you want more?" - in the same tone of voice I'd used before.

And you turned your head away.

"Are you finished?"

Emphatic multiple head nod.

You're pretty smart, sweetie!


flumpie: (Eeyore - Loves Tail)
[Poll #767399]


In other news, you're learning lots of stuff every day.

You learned to nod your head yesterday. You don't know what it means, but since it seems to make Mom and everyone else very happy, you do it all the time.

You love to sing. Loudly. But you only seem to know one note.

And you're finally growing more hair. But it's longest on top - like a mohawk. And it is getting curly. People say it is very cute.

flumpie: (Flumpie!)
...

we took a picture of you today. To be put onto a cookie tin. He'll love it.

When you're old enough, this picture will embarrass you.

But, until then, we all love it!

flumpie: (Eeyore - Encouraging)


He will miss us so much. And we'll send him pictures and video and try to describe to him what he's missing every day. He'll be home again in about 8 months.


Here you are with him the day before. The outfit you are wearing was given to him by his Kurdish interpreter. It shows how much they liked him that they would do such a lovely thing by giving him this outfit to bring home for you - all the way from Iraq!

flumpie: (Eeyore - Encouraging)
We're so excited for you to come that I even tried to encourage your arrival by consuming castor oil. It obviously didn't work because you're still not here. Yet the pictures we saw of you yesterday show that you are more than ready to be born. In fact, you're terrifyingly large.

Hopefully we'll be able to go to the hospital on Thursday and get you born. But that's only if there aren't too many other, more cooperative, children trying to be born.

Your daddy won't be here too much longer, so please, work with us here!!!
flumpie: (Pooh - All Friends)
Your dad is on his way home right now! In just a few hours, he'll be here.

Hopefully, you will follow soon after.
flumpie: (Pooh - Disgruntled)
Your father left today to go to Iraq. He's a very brave man and we're going to miss him so much. He's ready and eager to go because this is what he has trained to do. But I know he's going to miss all of us so much. And he's sad that he's going to miss the last part of my pregnancy with you and so much of your first year.

But whether he's here with us or someplace else, he loves all of us so very much.

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