Tot seems to be developing right on schedule! He still hates tummy time, so in addition to TT I lay him on my chest and lean back on the couch to let him lift his head that way. It seems to bother him less. He also roots around in his sleep if he's laying on me that way, so I know he's got some neck control, he just refuses to show me during TT. He's so stingy with his skills. He's gotten a little more open with the smiles but I still know not to expect one when I want one, only when he decides I should have one. And when he decides I should have one, my heart just melts and all the work I've done to coax one out of him was totally worth it.
Love that "Elvis Lip"!
Today we took our first walk around the neighborhood with the Expedition Stroller. It doesn't steer as easily as his Graco, but it's got great off road tires and will really come in handy when I can start jogging with him in it. MAN am I out of shape! I worked out pretty consistently until about 7 months into my pregnancy when I developed gestational hypertension and the Midwife nixed excersing and prescribed couch sitting....which I did not like. For those of you who know me, you can imagine how peeved I was at the thought of going all soft for the next few months. I still did yoga sporadically, but that was really just to alleviate pressure in my hips. Since it's been about 5 months since I've worked out, I'm having to start slower than I want. Monday and Tuesday I did some yoga and crunches (ooooh holy back pain - had to hang out on the inversion table that evening) and today after both of those, a homemade smoothie for breakfast (thanks for the Magic, Mom!), and an e-mail from Mister saying he was going to miss our Skype Date, I loaded Tot into the Expedition and hoofed it around the neighborhood for 30 minutes. 30....when I was 6 mos prego I was walking for an hour 3xs a week. Like I said - SO out of shape. But I'm working on that.
Mister's been gone for 47 days now so somewhere between 229 and 318 to go. eesh. He's hating every second of it. He's not used to being a Fobbit while deployed. I'm loving it for him, though. SUCH a relief to not have him on the front lines this time. And get this --------- if I need to, I CAN CALL HIM! HOLY SHADOOBS! 509th gals, does that just blow your minds or what?!?!?! I still can't get over how often I get to hear from him. Last time I was lucky to get 3 phone calls in the same month for periods of it. Now I've never gone longer than 3 days so far. But keep him in your prayers, guys - he's not safe by being off the front lines, just safER.
Here are some pictures from the last few weeks:
Smiling before church