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.