Course, I heard it first from my mom. But, no, I knew better. "I have to get some things for dinner and for the weekend," I said.
Well, folks, you'll either end up with way more in your cart than you planned on, or a two-year-old with a concussion.
Despite what you're thinking right now, it wasn't my fault (besides disregarding those warning signs on the shopping cart). I just put M in the cart, turned toward the crackers for about 2 seconds, then turned back to see her falling flat on her back and smacking her head on the floor.
To make a long story short, she couldn't walk, threw up a couple of times, and was pretty disoriented. The biggest concern with a concussion (after the initial scare of cracked scalp or bleeding in the brain) is re-injury. If she gets a second concussion before this one is healed (4-5 weeks), it can mean pretty scary business.
So, M is basically on bed rest/house arrest for a while. Poor girl.
Saturday morning, 7 am: I'm getting ready to go on my run, and Millie begs to come along in the stroller. Hmmm...okay. I'll just shave a few miles off my plan and push the extra 50-60 lbs instead.
7:40 am: We run by yet another yard sale. Something in this one catches Millie's eye.
7:42 am: My conversation with the yard sale lady ensued.
"Is that scooter for sale?"
"How much will you give me for it?"
"I only have a $5 bill with me"
7:43 am: Best moment in Millie's little life (besides that one when I gave her life...)
The best part? That $5 scooter has kept her happy for at least 10 times longer than her 3 second attention span is usually up for, AND has only run over her sister twice. I'd say it was a good investment.
Speaking of her sister, Alice is quite the walker/climber lately. This is what she does while Millie is riding on her scooter.
They are so lucky to have each other, and I am so lucky to have them.
Did I get your attention yet? I'll address that in a minute! Hold your horses. Chicago first.
B had a conference for work in Chicago last week, and I previously served a full-time mission there for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so I wanted/begged to go with him. And Alice made the point that she would be really hungry by the time we got home (she just likes her mama's milk I guess), so she had to come. Millie, on the other hand, didn't make enough of a convincing argument, and she costs a plane ticket. Yep, she stayed home.
We had a marvelous trip! We got to see just enough without getting overwhelmed or over-exhausted. Alice was a dream (I hate to say it, but it was very uncharacteristic of her), as was Millie at home (I guess they liked being only children).
The Sky Deck of the Willis (Sears) Tower
Willis (Sears) Tower
Alice crawling into a suitcase
What she thinks of Chicago Pizza
It was really fun to get to spend some extended alone time with Alice--something I had with Millie, but I've missed with my second-born. She has such a different personality than Millie, and I loved every minute I spent with her in Chicago. It seems to me that every developmental stage has come earlier with Alice--maybe because I'm not so wrapped up in every moment like I was with my first. Alice has started saying words! What?!!? I thought it was crazy when she was saying "uh oh" a few weeks ago, but now she's saying "ball" "daddy" and "baby". I must say, she's got the cutest little voice I've heard in a while.
Millie is also at a really fun stage. She's so independent these days, and learning so much. Yesterday, we went on a walk, and she said, "Mommy, stay close to me! I don't want you to get hurt!" That's very characteristic of her present stage--picking up on everything and comprehending a whole lot. I only hope I can keep up with her.
Well, as of two days ago, the child is officially crawling. It seems to me that the wonderful phase of sitting happily without mobility, didn't last nearly long enough. Oh well, she sure is a cute little mover!
*We've been house hunting. . . for the past 6+ months. We look at houses pretty often, but haven't found anything that suits our fancy. That, and we love our ward. So who knows when we'll actually move. Most likely it will be before Millie goes to college.
*Barney is rocking it at work. The company is launching a new company, so he has his hands full with new and exciting experiences.
*I am still training hard for a triathlon in April with my brother John E, and hopefully a half-marathon in June.
*Millie grows up every day. Her vocabulary is also growing significantly, along with her command of the English language. Here are some of our favorite recent quotes:
After I finished praying one morning, she said, "good prayer, sis!"
Me: Millie, does that peach juice taste good?
Millie: tastes like chocolate chips!
Barney was driving and sped up to try and shoot the gap. Millie exclaimed, "Woah! This is crazy!!"
*Alice is rolling like crazy, sits up like a champ, scoots backwards, and says "yaya", "dada", and "baba". She still spits up 15-20 times a day and is learning/being forced to sleep better. I'm taking her in for her 6-month check up tomorrow, so we'll see if the doctor agrees with me that she's got acid reflux. She still cries a lot, but when she's happy, you've never seen such a bright, joyous child.