|(We just relaxed.)|
|(Working on sitting.)|
Hint of exhaustion #1: Ellie took a nap. If you've met my child, you know that she does not believe in naps. Naps are for wimps. She can sleep through the night, but no naps for her. She normally cat naps two or three times a day, for less than thirty minutes.
|(Cashed out in my lap for an hour. I read Harry Potter.)|
Well, my little one napped today. Twice. In my lap.
She was completely out, so I started to set her down. Oh, the tears. I held her some more, and she was asleep again.
|(Don't think I'm happy without Mommy.)|
While awake, Ellie has made a new discovery: her voice. Her ability to vocalize is improving, and she now squawks at a volume that no eleven pound person should be able to produce. The squawks have an emotional range from joy and elation to misery and deep turmoil. If she expresses herself via this new noise when you're holding her, look out for your eardrums.
When I decided she looked cute with her elephant, I got some squawks.
|(Help! Elephant on the loose!)|
|(Wait, it's okay, I got him. Take that, Mr. Elephant!)|
But my favorite squawking now comes early in the morning. I wake up and nurse Ellie, and a bit later Matt wakes up to happy squealing and squawking, because Ellie has a lot to say these days.
And I'll simply say this: As tired as I've been, as exhausting as the past year of life has been, Matt and Ellie make it worthwhile.
I'm sure Ellie would agree. Loudly.