I know its been a long time since my last post (believe me I’ve heard about it from some of you) so I thought I’d better put some pictures up. If any of you wonder what Stella likes to do, this is one of the main things.
And here is an update on how things have been going. We are in the middle of our third week as parents and we’re finally flying solo. A big thanks to Erica’s parents (first week) and mine (second week) for staying with us and helping out. Unfortunately, there aren’t a whole lot of wildly interesting things happening i.e. she hasn’t taken her first step, started eating solid foods, said her first words, or begun piano lessons, etc. We are starting to get used to the schedule, though, and Erica in particular is learning to live in 3 hour increments around feeding times. We took her to church for the first time last Tuesday and then to her first Sunday service. Today is her first doctor visit, so we’ll see what happens with that.
I wanted to get Erica out of the house on Saturday so we took Stella to the mall just to walk around a little bit, but still be out of the heat. This little experience provided me with a preview of what is to come-going somewhere will NEVER be easy again. Stella’s stroller (“stroller” just sounds too simple) is actually a monstrous off-road capable machine. I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer when it comes to putting things together and this stroller was no exception. It can recline, fold, and adjust in every configuration any baby in the world could possibly desire. It has cupholders and all sorts of compartments. And it is about the size of a small go-kart (read VW bug). It folds easily enough, but fitting it in the car trunk is quite another matter. In fact it basically takes up the entire trunk-no room for anything else! And I’ve still not quite mastered the turning radius as I hit a couple of innocent bystanders while trying to navigate through the ocean of 12 year old girls who shouldn’t be at the mall all day anyway. I guess I should be thankful, though, since the “stroller” will come in handy if we ever find ourselves hiking in an area with large bolders to climb over or streams to be crossed. This stroller will handle rough territory like a Hummer.