I finally uploaded some more pictures to our flickr site (you can see them by clicking on this picture).
The last two weeks have been very long with Eleanor being sick and me (lody) being a bit ill as well. We finally figured out how to get Eleanor to take her medicine. We have to give the dropper to her. Everything in her hands goes in her mouth, so we put the dropper in her hand and it goes in her mouth. Babies are crrrraaaaaaazy.
I've been working sudoko puzzles. The problem with them is while I'm solving them my mind is constantly singing the "onetwothree-four-five-sixseveneightnine..." from Sesame Street. Then there's never a place for the "ten...eleven-twelve."
A couple of years ago we lived in Malvern and I was shooting a lot of Kodak T-Max Black and White film mostly because it was cheap and I could process it in the sink at home and we didn't have a lot of money. I shot a lot of rolls and didn't get them all developed before we left for Indonesia. When we got back I rediscovered these rolls and had them developed. The last photo and the next few are from that set.
Today's pic is from one of these rolls that I apparently shot twice. The entirely accidental double-exposures made for some interesting juxtapositions (the word all artsy types love to get a chance to use). This is one of my favorites. It's one of the few pics of myself I actually like, mostly because I seem to have captured that smouldering, male-model, boy-band, album-cover look. That, and it makes it look like I'm thinking of stuff, but it's unclear what.
Eleanor loves these rings from her rock-a-stack. Unfortunately, right now she has a cold. That is why the video ends the way it does. She had her six month doctor visit yesterday. She weighs 17.5 pounds and is 26 inches long. Her doctor said that she is "perfect." Then she woke up at four-thirty morning with a fever and a bad cold. Yuck When I called the doctor, the nurse said that they usually suggest waiting two days to see if a fever goes away before coming in, but since it was supposed to snow/ice tomorrow night I should take her in tomorrow if she's not better. I didn't think that I understood her right as I was standing in front of the open door relishing the springish breeze. After I hung up I checked the weather. What do you know, it is supposed to ice/snow. How bizarre.
-Today I ran into old OBU friends at the hospital. Sam Wenger among them. Long time no see. You never know who will be wandering through there (or who I'm allowed to speak of by virtue of the rules created by the Health Information Privacy and Portability Act , HIPPA, for short [not to be confused with COBRA, the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconcilliation Act, or the enemies of G.I. Joe]).
-When your baby cries it feels like she's stabbing at your soul.
-Some have deduced by clever sleuthery and I'll be attending the Wilco Concert in Fayetteville on Mar. 18th. I'm very excited and my good friend Matt Cleveland, and oft-seen-of-late acquantence, Mason, will be there as well. If you're there I'll look for you. Especially you, Brock.
-The conference you saw Eleanor packing for in Atlanta was very enjoyable. We learned more about a group of Baptists who are doing interesting things (this same group pays the bills for our friends Shane and Dianne in Slovakia; see linked blog).
-I just don't think that good ends justify bad means. Especially if those means are torture. Cheers to those who will stand up and write something about it.
-My good friend Brandon, from whose wedding this series of photos originates, is not feeling well. He's sick, but fortunately not nearly as sick has he had thought. Good deal. I think this will be the last of the photos from his wedding. Next, we'll be moving to some photos a great deal older... Tune in tomorow to find out what... or when...
For the first time in her life, Eleanor is ingesting foods that I have never ingested. She likes bananas, but doesn't care for the rice cereal or chicken. She learned quickly what a banana is and gets excited when she sees them. She will fed herself bananas, but not anything else. She does prefer her left hand at this point. Matt pointed that out tonight. Thanks to Aunt G, we discovered that Eleanor loves Peek-A-Boo. Although, if you wait too long (more than two seconds) between the peek and the boo she sometimes gets startled instead of giddy.
We went for a walk on a mountian bike trail on Sunday. Eleanor loved it. She kicked her feet and giggled with glee at the sight of the holly and the ivy. She loves being outside.
Tonight Matt sat Eleanor in her little chair and put his little keyboard in her lap. She throughly enjoyed playing it. She would even sing along as she played, sometimes hitting a note on the keyboard then matching that note vocally. I thought that was fun.
Tomorrow is Eleanor's half birthday and the day I get to stop taking blood thinners. We are going to celebrate by going to Arkadelphia (Matt's off work since he's working Sunday).
Eleanor now weighs 16 pounds and 10 ounces.
We leave for Atlanta on Wednesday. Let me know if you have any how to keep babies from screaming on planes advice.
I'm sure all of you will want to watch the two minute video of Eleanor "eating" rice cereal. You can find it by clicking on "Moving Pictures" on the right.