Well, today I spent a significant portion of the day cleaning vomit off of a child, disassembling and cleaning vomit off a carseat (by hand in a sink at work), drying the parts, reassembling, and reinstalling the carseat. Then I drove home. Removed the carseat, disassembled it, ran parts of it through the wash and soaked other parts in a sink, dried everything again, rereassembled, and then rereinstalled. I sincerely hope I do not have to do that again tomorrow. I have just finished consuming an assuaging blizzard. KrisDi also had one.
I haven’t posted in about three weeks, I think. In that time, Chilkat has not grown appreciably larger, but I believe her personality has. She has stronger opinions, is less easily distracted, and is more stubborn about getting her way. She frequently gets it into her head that she wants to go outside. She signals this to us by bringing us our shoes and hats, and occasionally finding KrisDi’s jacket and yanking and yelling insistently. She also tries to put her shoes on KrisDi’s feet, for some reason. KrisDi was in the kitchen the other day, and she felt a small person come up and hug her leg and start trying to lift. So she looked down and lifted up her leg. And Chilkat put a tiny little Cookie Monster shoe on her big toe. God help us when she decides she wants something out of the fridge and we don’t know what it is. She gets awfully (vocally) agitated when she’s not getting her way.
She’s more expressive. She makes some hilarious faces sometimes. She makes a good “What the hell are you talking about?” face, but it’s unpredictable. Ska Yo Yo got her to make a rock and roll sneer. While watching hockey about a week ago, we got her to make an angry face, complete with clenched and shaking fists. She has figured out two things about that face: (1) It has something to do with being upset. (2) It cracks up her parents. Now she’ll often do it when we ask her to, and she’ll occasionally do it randomly just for laughs, and she’ll occasionally do it when she’s pissed off. Like when she’s getting a diaper change she doesn’t want. It’s a flipping riot. She’s a heck of a kisser now.
She’s growing more coordinated. She does an amazingly good job of lifting the bowl and drinking the remaining milk when she has finished a bowl of cereal. We gave her an opportunity: We set up a small camera on our tripod on the shortest setting (which is just the right height for her). She took lots of pictures, and was delighted when she got a picture of her mother. She would kiss the preview on the camera. She actually took a good picture of us, but the first picture of me was a little embarrassing (although it makes me laugh a lot).
She likes to help. She knows that when the dishwasher is open, she needs to close it. Her father is clearly incompetent. He just can’t keep that thing closed. Especially when he’s trying to do the dishes. She likes to throw trash out (but she can’t lift the lid yet). She also likes to help with the laundry (by taking clothes and putting them in the machine). KrisDi had her help make lemon bars yesterday, by handing her pre-measured cups of flour or sugar and asking her to dump it in mixing bowls.
Aside from that, Ska Yo Yo and Tufty came to town for their 10th anniversary (happy anniversary!). They spent two nights with us. I spent one day hung over because of it. We missed out on Humber‘s perfect game on Saturday because we wanted to be able to hang out with them when they came back from Vancouver. We spent a lot of time table curling. And drinking. And reminiscing. It was fun.
We have a trip to Chicago coming up in the very near future. I have two days of GD&T training on a Thursday and Friday, and then we’re extending through Monday for pizza, Italian beef, beer, and family.
I hit my five year anniversary at my work today. It’s been the longest employment I have maintained for the last year and a half now. I’ve been working there nearly a sixth of my life.
We, of course, have been taking lots of pictures.
- March food (much belated)
- Pictures of Chilkat and some random stuff
- Chilkat in lederhosen and some random stuff
- Table curling with Ska Yo Yo and Tufty
- Chilkat’s photo session and pictures of Chilkat during the photo session, completely uncut
- Some baseball, and some Chilkat making faces, and some random stuff