Saturday, September 24, 2011

9 Month Photo Shoot

Here are a few of my favorite's from Allie's 9 month photo shoot.  It was difficult to get photos of her sitting still.  She was on the move!  Thanks Denise for some great pics!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Back To School

Every Memorial Day I get the same jittery feeling..."Summer is almost here!" 

Every mid-June I get the same relieving feeling..."School's out for summer!" 

Every 4th of July I get the same feeling of disbelief when I walk into Target..."NOOOOO!!!!  Why are they school supplies out?  Summer JUST started!" 

Every August I get the same sad feeling..."Summer is almost over." 

And...every September I get the same in denial feeling..."Back-to-school."

With every summer vacation, comes a back-to-school.  It's that time again.  It's my 10th back-to-school.  Yep!  This will be my 10th year teaching.  After I complete this school year, my pension will be vested within the state of Michigan.  I can collect retirement (if I'm still around to get it...and if there's any to get) whenever I get to the age you collect retirement at.

This back-to-school is a lot different than my past 9.  This year I have Allie.  I spent all summer with my little pal.  We were buddies.  We did everything together.  We napped, we shopped, we played, we exercised.  We were basically inseparable (mostly due to the fact that we don't have a babysitter in Boston).  Regardless, this year going back to school is going to be a little more difficult. 

I'm not sure how I'm going to make it alone?  It's me...and only me...taking care of EVERYTHING!  I know I can do it...I would just rather be doing it a different way.  I'm also a little nervous about leaving my Allie at day care. She has never been to day care.  I know she will be fine and I feel good about having her in day care.  She'll get to be away from me and around other people and kids.  This is a good thing.  But, I would just like to be a fly the wall all day and watch her.  Not that I don't trust my day care ladies (they are great!) But I just don't want to miss out on anything in Allie's life.  I made her, now I want to see her at all times.  Some parents would feel differently about this, but I guess because of my struggles to have her, I don't want to miss a thing.  I want to be a part of everything and I want her around me. 

How many days till summer?

Thursday, September 1, 2011

9 Months Old

Allie learned how to click her tongue this month.  She would watch Todd and I and then do it herself.  Allie began to roll all over also.  She would start at one end of the room and roll to the other.  Todd called it her tactical roll.  Allie has a bit of separation anxiety.  When Todd or I lave her alone in the room, she cries.  Allie FINALLY got her first tooth!  It didn't seem to bother her too much.  Some new foods she's beginning to like are peanut butter, chili, and spaghetti.  Allie is improving at drinking from her sippy cup.  She's beginning to reach for Todd and I when she wants to be picked up or held.  Allie continues to babble and giggle often.  At the end of the month, Allie and I traveled back to MI so I could go back to work.