As you can see, my darling love was awee bit displeased during this weeks' photo shoot. Alice and I took a little trip to NC to visit my family and this is how she behaved whenever she was out of my arms. Which is funny because she has spent so much time with and adores my mom, so I thought I would be able to catch up on some of the ZZZ's I have been dropping. Sadly, no. We are experiencing a bit of 'strange environment' anxiety apparently, but she warmed up eventually. My sister's kids were on spring break so everyone was able to get a lot of quality time together. It was so wonderful to have my niece and nephew around Alice and we spent a lot of time reminiscing about when they were babies themselves and funny things they used to do. I think that is why (most) people love babies so much, it reminds them of all the babies they have known before and they see them in their minds' eye as they once were. My sister's kids were such charismatic and delightful babies who seem so grown up now compared with Alice. But as it turns out, Alice herself is quite grown up now. This week she began drinking out of a straw. Like for real drinking out of a straw, not like a few weeks ago when she was drinking out of a straw like it was an eye dropper. It started out that way, but then I realized that she was sucking out of the bottom so I put the straw back in the drink and the top part in her mouth and she began drinking and swallowing as if she had done it a million times before. Pretty neat trick just in time for summer. She also claps! It is the sweetest thing ever and you can tell she is just charmed to no end with her new trick. I wake up in the mornings to the sound of her clapping to herself in her crib. I think that half of her enthusiasm is seeing everyone else's response. When she begins every other person in the room starts too, so really one could say that her new trick is getting people to applaud at her whim. Which I would have been doing anyway, because one of the days last week Alice took a 3 hour nap! She rustled around a bit, found her thumb (!) and soothed herself back to sleep. I almost fainted from excitement and took a photo of the monitor to commemorate the magical moment. May it be the first of many (clap! clap! clap!)!
That thumb will soon be worth it's weight in gold.
Alice is enjoying a beautiful NC day on 'The Happy Quilt' that my grandmother made my parents as a wedding present in 1973.
This is Matilda. Awwwwwww.
Looking like a retiree in her cat eye glasses, floral mumu top, capris and flashy sandals, living the good life in Florida.