For my birthday we met Brad's sister, Stacie, and cousin, Madison, at the Georgia Aquarium! It was Emma's very first trip and she was mesmerized! She loved it! She was in a stupor for most of the trip - all she could do was stare! It was a good thing that we took separate cars from Stacie and Madison - Emma decided it was time to meltdown about an hour and a half after we got there, so we took the express route in expectation of that. We hit all of the big attractions that we knew she'd love and be able to get the closest to. It was SO much fun, as you can see! This picture was just as we walked in - the first fish she saw. She kept pointing and looking at me, and pointing. She couldn't believe her eyes!
Checking out the stingrays and the sharks. And yes, I DID touch a stingray, despite being stung by one a few years ago. And no, I didn't pinch him as I had told Brad I would. ;)
Looking at the otters with Daddy.Unfortunately, we've been pretty sick around here lately. Brad had bronchitis, which he gave to me. Emma came down with a runny nose on Friday and woke up Saturday with a fever of 100.7 and a cough. Having only had one cold before (when she was 4 months old) and seeing as this was the first time she had a runny nose AND a fever, her overprotective Mama packed up and went to the pediatrician. We're SO lucky that our pediatrician's office has Saturday hours. We were only in the waiting room for a minute and the doctor was pretty quick to diagnose Emma as having a "virus." She said that it would likely last 7-10 days, with days 5-7 being the worst and most congested days. She also said we'd likely be dealing with the fever for 3-5 days. No prescriptions, no meds. Just a lot of liquids and the humidifier. The whole time she was talking I was sitting there thinking, "Didn't we JUST do this?? Didn't she JUST have 5 days of a fever???" The kid can't catch a break. Neither can her Mama.
Even more unfortunately, I now have a lot of sinus congestion and am still on the antibiotic for bronchitis. Hoping it goes away soon - it's no fun to be taking care of a sick baby when you feel like crap yourself. Ick.
Brad started back to work last Wednesday for 3 pre-planning days. His students start tomorrow. I think he's excited, but he'd never tell. ;) He gets really, really stressed out near the first day of school, and always has. He's been a little hard to live with the last few days, so Emma and I are looking forward to seeing the first day of school go ahead and get over with already!
Here are a few pictures of Emma from tonight. She was about to take a bath, hence the nekkidness. Brad was dropping her crib down for the last time because she's getting to be a big girl and we wanted to put in her crib wedge while she's sick (it elevates the head of the mattress so she can breathe better). With it in, she could likely have crawled over the top, so we lowered it. She was a good helper for Daddy! She pulled out plenty of books to read to him while he worked.
Have I mentioned that she's walking???? She'll take up to 7 or so steps on her own! She doesn't have a ton of confidence with it yet, so it's not consistent, but she's getting there! 2 more sort of random pictures. I love this first one. It's Amber, just about 60 seconds after finding out she's pregnant again! Yay!!
This last one was created by Amber's mom, Penny. She's Emma's other "Nana!" Isn't it incredible???? Thank you Penny!!