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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Two Months Old

Athena is two months old today and is currently napping in her swing before we head off to New Moms Group in Mountain View.

This week we learned that vaccines are hard. Friday she had her two month appointment where she weighed in at 9 pounds, 8 ounces. She's just shy of 22 inches long and is generally developing in all the right ways for a happy, healthy baby. She's strong. She coos. She smiles. She stretches these big full body stretches down to the tips of her toes when she wakes up in the morning.  She got three shots and an oral vaccine. This led to four days of diarrhea and two days of sad, achy baby. Some infant Tylenol helped with the aches, and some extra laundry is the only other real consequence. She's back to being a happy baby. Sunday night she went to her first Spaghetti Sunday at Josh and Magenta's house. There was another baby there who was only 1 month old, and I remember her being like that, but she's very different now. She is very engaged in her environment. While changing her diaper, she noticed the mylar balloon floating above her and reached out to swat at it a bit. I'm totally going to buy her a balloon to play with. Meanwhile, Kai is still the sweetest little boy ever. He kept helping her reach it and then kissed her gently.

After Moms Group today (yeah, it's been hours. Welcome to my baby life.), we went to see Rachel so that she could play with her new camera. She fell asleep *just* as we got off the freeway, so I drove around a bit, looking at properties in the neighborhood. In an ideal world, Erik would get a full-time, tenure-track position at Foothill College and we'd be able to magically afford a house that magically became available next down to the Fox/Lendvay collective. This weekend, a house on Valcartier was open. It was a 2 minute walk from their places, so we all walked over, just to see. And once again, I'm reminded of what a million dollars will buy in the area. Sigh. Don't get me wrong - it's more house than we need, but it's older, needs some updates, and reminds me a lot of the neighborhood I grew up in before my parents got divorced. It's not my idea of a million dollar house, and in Sacramento it would go for about $200k. But, it did get us to thinking. We talked to our financial advisor and we're going to talk to our favorite mortgage broker and see what we can reasonably afford going forward in the 1-3 year time frame, and what we need to save to make it possible. I picked up a few flyers as I drove and Athena slept and got an idea of what is nearby. I went over one wrong bump in the road though, and naptime was over. Off to Fox Hollow for photos!

Athena was being shy with her smiles, but she's still adorable. Rachel's new camera (Nikon D800) got a workout while we tried to coax her to smile.
I'm off to run through the shower. Athena sleeps about 8 hours every night. Just don't try to convince her to do it before 11 p.m. She's a night-owl like her mama!


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