My dozen readers are probably wondering what the heck happened to their 13 months update. Between work, various bouts of the sick, and travel, it just didn't happen. Sorry! That said, here's the highlight reel.
Athena is now walking, talking, signing, and throwing her first temper tantrums. Yeah, temper tantrums. At this point, they're small and kind of funny because they're usually when we're around the house and she's bored and wants mommy or daddy to do something for her and we're not cooperating. She'll burst into tears, lie down, and kick her heels on the floor. So far my reaction has been, "Sorry sweetie, I can't do what you want because I don't respond to tantrum. Look - a distraction!" Then I shake a toy or get out a book and start reading to myself til she gets curious and wants to see. Hopefully she'll learn quickly that pitching a fit is the least likely way to get what she wants. I think she's just a tad frustrated at the moment because she can't communicate as well as she wants to.
But we're getting there! She now says Mama, Dada or Papa, Kitty, Uh-oh, and Bye-bye. She calls Pepper "Papa kitty" and thinks all of the cats are the greatest thing ever. Heck, even Leeloo has realized that Athena is the resident cat-treat-dispenser, so she's going to have to suck it up if she wants the Greenies. She has even let Athena pet her once or twice. Athena also has full mastery of "all done" and "more" in sign and does several things on command - blow a kiss, wave bye-bye, high-five.
Mommy is still the alpha and omega, but Daddy plays her favorite game: flop on the bed. This involves pulling her up to standing on the bed, then letting her fall slowly backwards to sit and then to lying down. She giggles like mad, then pulls up to start over. I'm pretty sure Daddy could do this for an hour before it would bore her.
As for events this month, Athena had her 12-month well-baby checkup. She's developing totally normally, and she's no longer relentlessly average. She's a little shorter than normal. I'm okay with that. Basically, everyone assumes she's advanced for her age, when really, she's pretty normal. Still, she gets treated like she's impressive, and that's just fine by me. She is impressive, and the whole world is welcome to reinforce that. (It certainly worked out well for me as a kid!) Athena also had her first dentist appointment. Her teeth are coming in normally with no crowding. Dr. Rabitz office in Willow Glen was totally awesome, and Athena charmed everyone as she toddled out, waving bye-bye to everyone as she left. She doesn't need to go back til she's 2 1/2 unless there's a problem, so that's cool. Apparently babies don't need to worry about tartar build up every six months. Nice!
We had a totally awesome time at DunDraCon
. We checked in Friday and Erik made it into the Friday night L5R game, so Athena and I hung out with Jeff and Bit. On Saturday morning, we both made it into Aaron's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy game, and that was made possible by Elizabeth's offer to babysit for us. For this we're eternally grateful. Saturday night I played in the Mutant Saga game while Erik had baby duty. On Sunday, Erik ran his annual Seventh Sea invitational. Sunday night we had dinner at Eddie Papa's
with John and then hung with the peeps in the Team Volare room. We finished with our annual bacon breakfast orgy with the Schluntz family.
This was the moment of impending doom though. My tummy was a bit off, so I abstained from the bacon, opting for a cup of water instead. Before 3 p.m., it went to Sean and Logan barfing. John called Becky to warn her what he might be coming home with. She escaped to a friend's house. Before it was over, Erik, Sean, Logan, John, Elizabeth, Autumn, and myself had all gotten sick. The baby escaped this fate. There are few stranger moments than dealing with a happy perky toddler while feeling an overwhelming need to lie down or barf. While I lay suffering in bed on Tuesday, I learned that my new favorite word ever was "daycare." For hours, they took her and kept her happy and entertained while I tried to sleep in peace. It totally worked and I was ready to be Mommy again in the evening.
On February 23rd, we went up to my mom's house for a luncheon/grandma's birthday/chance to see Kattie visiting from Sweden. We had a lovely time, and this was when Athena decided to get confident about walking. Sure, she took her first unsupported steps on her birthday, but after that, she never went more than a few tentative steps before deciding the walking thing was no good and she dropped back to a crawl. At my mom's place, she just kept going. She walked around the table. She walked into the kitchen. Everyone else was saying, "She's getting good at walking." And we replied, "Yeah, as of today." That night we took her to Gaskell's where she got to wear her pretty blue dress one last time. Only now, instead of being the shoeless wonder, I decided to see if she'd let me put shoes on her. Figuring this would end in screaming, I slipped them on. She didn't mind. She didn't even mind when she started walking around. Let's just sum up February 23rd as being one of the more surprising days in recent history.
This past weekend we drove down to Disneyland for one final use of our Annual Passes. It'll be a while before we renew, but it's been a great year of trips. We stayed at the Howard Johnson
on Harbor this time and I was once again reminded that I really like that hotel. They provided a really nice crib for Athena and had it set up and ready for us when we checked in. This was a godsend as we drove down and arrived late on Thursday. In the mornings, Athena would wake up and peer over her crib at us in bed and say, "Mama. Mama. Ma ma ma ma ma." I'd go scoop her up and bring her to bed with us and kiss her. One morning she kept rolling side to side to kiss each of us. It was heart-meltingly cute. Many "mwah!" kisses later, we got up, got dressed, and hit the park.
Out side enjoying the patio at the hotel.
Sit, then stand, then clap!
Enjoying Disneyland with Daddy.
Listening to the piano player.
Loving the big marble in Tomorrowland.
Teacups with Lorelei
So that brings us to day 405 since Athena arrived to share the world with us. Life is good, if a bit exhausting. This weekend has little more than an annual vet appointment for the cats scheduled as a must-do, and that sounds pretty good.