Although I have been feeding her the entire time we've had her, as soon as she saw Kate with her kiddy spoon, she insisted on doing it herself as well. She did the typical "turn the spoon over as you approach the mouth" move that most kids do as they are learning but she remained good-natured about it. Since the sun was shining we decided to get some fresh air so we bundled up the girls (it was 55 degrees out!) and got them in our two strollers. Nana stayed behind and loaded the dishwasher, unpacked all of our luggage, sorted laundry and generally cleaned up the place which was an enormous help as I become pretty
The park was fun--Lucy enjoyed the swings and the teeter-totter with Kate.
I got out a picnic blanket to cover Kate's legs as her stroller hood was pretty substantial to cover the rest of her. Luckily, I also had a protect-a-bub in the stroller basket as well to cover Lucy. Len and I were soaked by the time we got home but the girls seemed to take it in stride. Oh, and just as we got to our front gate, the front wheel fell off one of the strollers. At least we made it home before that happened!
We spent what was left of the afternoon playing with the toys in our living room before we fed them supper of broccoli and lentil soup (thanks again to Karen for the soup today!). I managed to spoon some warm milk into her since she just will not drink out of any type of cup. She only takes her bottle at night now, refusing it at all other times. Maybe she associates it with sleep and being separated from us?
I did write to the pediatrician for more advice on this and spooning liquids was one option as was watermelon (tried that...too cold, so I will have to leave it out at room temp. to get her to eat it) as well as soups. I do keep trying with the cups everyday too though just to get her used to it.
After supper was a little more playtime but they were both rubbing their eyes and yawning (frankly, we all are!) so I started singing the bathtime song and Lucy immediately lit up and came running straight to me with her arms outstretched to be picked up! She does love her bath!
They are both asleep now with absolutely no hysterics or drama. Kate is in her crib as usual and Len had to put Lucy to sleep in our bed. He just went and moved her to the pack and play in our room without her waking up. I hope she sleeps through but I'm not holding my breath.
And finally I'd just like to say a very heartfelt thank you to everyone who takes the time to write to me. This has been a much harder trip than I thought with so many emotions swirling around my exhausted brain. I look forward every day to reading my mail and take much comfort in the fact that so many of you care enough to write words of encouragement, commiseration, advice, and support. I am keeping all of your emails and comments to read again when the going gets tough and I'm in need of kind words.