inside the mind of the mom next door

Six Months

Yesterday, Hope turned 6 months old.  I know.  A lot has happened since my last post.

Playing with her ball at Arrington Vineyards

Hope can sit up.  She loves to sit in the floor and play with her toys.  Hope can turn over.  She rolls around on the floor and in her crib.  She can push her head and chest up off the floor, but her legs stay straight out behind her like an army crawl.  The opposite is true where she can lay on her stomach and get her knees up under her, but she can’t lift her upper body off the floor at the same time.  She distributes her weight between her knees and the side of her face on the floor.  She has inched along in this position – on the side of her face.

Hope started school.  She goes to Parents’ Day Out twice a week at Inglewood United Methodist Church.  She seems to love it.  She doesn’t ever cry about going or getting dropped off.  They haven’t called me to come pick her up in the middle of the day, so I guess it’s going well.  She is the youngest in her class of four.  One of the frustrating parts is that she never tells me if she likes school or what she did that day.  I look forward to the day when I get some feedback.  Until then, I will have to assume that no crying means she likes it.

Surprisingly, Hope has not been sick much since starting school.  However, I have been sick ever since.  She brought home a stomach bug one weekend.  She had diarrhea and not much interest in eating.  It didn’t affect her mood, activity, or sleep.  She seemed to be her usual self.  Then, that Sunday night, I got deathly ill.  I couldn’t get out of bed for 24 hours.  I had to postpone my first work appearance.  I have had a sore throat or coughing or dizziness or a runny nose or just general fatigue ever since.  I’m taking Airborne and Claritin D now.  Hopefully, that will at least allow me to work.

I am a self-employed stay at home mom.  I have had to work countless hours on my presentations – writing, practicing, rewriting, re-practicing, etc.  While I worked on putting those together, I had to continue to work on getting work.  I spend most of my time with Hope and doing the household chores, so my “jobs” are coming along slowly.  I thought I would have more time to work and write, but I’m not complaining.  I’ve had a steady flow of speaking appearances since October 11th, and so far each event has led to a new opportunity or at least a future invitation from the same group.

One of my newest motherly endeavors is spoon feeding.  I can’t wait to tell you about it in my next post.  Hopefully, sooner than later.

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