Friday, December 22, 2006

Heya, start of the stay at home dad era

Well, Mad and I decided I should post to this blog... maybe it should be renamed if I end up posting enough?

Anyway, I've worked out a super sweet one day a week in the office part time work arrangement which allows me to stay home Monday through Thursday with our little pumpkin pop.

There was some stress and uncertainty about my work status (contract vs. employee, rates, etc.) but that mostly got resolved in the last couple days.

She's ridiculously adorable these days. In the last few weeks she's gone from a couple of tentative steps and much furniture cruising to full on walking around the house, getting up without pulling up on an object, carrying two things in her hands, walking backwards, and bending at the waist and picking stuff up. Her transformation into toddlerhood was amazingly quick and coincided well with her first birthday.

I can't remember meeting anyone who smiles and has fun as much as she does in a day. It can be a little exhausting keeping up with her, but amazingly rewarding. She is persistent and sometimes gets into an impish mood where she goes straight from one thing she knows she's not allowed doing to another (opening video cabinets, opening the kitchen garbage, trying to touch the front of the gas fireplace etc. etc. etc). It gets tiring coming up with a hundred different ways to say 'no' without just saying 'no' over and over again.

She's become noticeably more willful as well, getting upset when she doesn't get her way. She's still easy to distract, though. I wonder how long this will last?

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