--- 1 ---After a two week (and 2 day) absence, our cars have returned to our lives! We had them shipped to CA using the shipper my husband's company told us to use and it took that long for them to go halfway across the country!! I think that is absolutely ridiculous. Now that they are here, I feel much more settled in. Driving our rental car (2012 Ford Explorer) was fun, but it made it seem more vacation-y than home-y. We have no boxes left to unpack, the walls are decorated, the beds are made and everything has a place. I've been grocery shopping twice, we've been to church twice, and baby G had a play date with two friends. I suppose we officially live in California. Weird. I do still have a few addresses to change and insurance to switch over.
--- 2 ---Do you have Comcast? This is our first time with them and I'm already annoyed. We had a HUGE fiasco with our first bill this week and I spent WAY too many hours of my life trying to get everything straightened out. We were overcharged and then our service was decreased to "solve" me asking for the reduced rate we signed up for. Then when I tried to get our service restored at the rate we were promised, I was told it didn't exist! Finally things got fixed after about 4 hours of our time. I am beyond disappointed in Comcast's shady practices, and I even went in with low expectations.
What's your opinion of their customer service? I feel like people tried to help us just enough to get by and it wasn't until the fifth person we were fully heard. I am, however, beyond pleased with our price and products--so all the hassle was worth it. We've got digital economy cable and super fast broadband internet for $49.99 plus tax. Can't beat that!
--- 3 ---G has developed quite a bit since my last milestone specific blog post about her. Regarding walking, her illness & the move seems to have set her back. In just the past few days she's got back to where she was before we moved. She will take many steps in a row, and often gets from one place to another without falling. Crawling is still her preferred method of getting around. G is getting really close to standing from sitting. She will get one leg out from under her, push up, and get the other leg half way up before flopping over or sitting back down. Once she gets from sitting to standing, I know walking full time is only a few days away. I really am not ready for that mobility!
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Here are some other things she has started doing in the past few weeks:
- Usually sleeping from ~ 8 pm - 7 am, about half the time she will sleep through and the other nights she'll be up around 4:30, eat and go back to sleep
- Napping after lunch for about 2 hours
- Nursing about 4 times a day, eating 3 meals and 1 or 2 snacks
- Drinking from a straw cup like an expert
- Teething the two outer front teeth & her 1 year molars (it does not look fun, nor does she act like it is)
- Laughing hysterically when pushed quickly on her push-cart
- Dancing with her WHOLE body :-)
- She has put a MEGA block on top of a small tower I had built (major development milestone)
- Stacks cups inside, and tries them in various order...this is such a great skill, as she is learning how things fit together with respect to size and shape
- G has some separation anxiety issues to work through, and the worst comes out if I try to spray out her diaper (for some reason that makes her super clinging at the more inopportune time!)
- She seems to like going for runs in our new jogging stroller.
- She loves playing in our new back yard.
- Give hugs, gets into the food cabinet, knows where things belong, "helps pick up," and smiles at everyone.
- Loves bath time with Daddy, or just Daddy in general. She is a super daddy's girl & loves when he comes home from work. Yesterday she even squealed in excitement when he walked in.
Words G knows (but doesn't try to pronounce, save a few):
Momma (can say)
Daddy (always says!)
teddy bear (she seems to say "deadey")
Night-Night / bed
lunch, dinner, snack, food, cheerios (breakfast), eat
hug (my absolute favorite thing right now is asking for a hug and getting one!)
water / cup
nurse / milk
belly (love asking where her belly is and she lifts her shirt and thumbs her belly with both hands, seriously so CUTE!)
Elmo (she'll point to her Elmo and try to say something but it really doesn't sound like Elmo)
Shayla (her cabbage patch doll)
phone / remote
outside / grass
car / bye-bye (she's said bye-bye before)
shoes / socks
push-cart (her riding musical toy from Grandma & Grandpa)
-she also recognizes a variety of other toy names and will bring the correct toy when asked
--- 6 ---I am very bummed, however, that our new church has NOTHING for mothers with young children. There is a great women's faith sharing group on Wednesday mornings but kids aren't really welcome. What's up with that!??! There are several things for men, women, young adults, and lots of youth group/faith formation activities...nothing for families or moms. I was just so shocked to hear a good size CATHOLIC parish (over 1000 families) has no outreach or fellowship opportunities for families / moms. I suppose this means I need to start one, eh? I know what I want to do, I'm just not sure how to go about actually starting something.
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