It’s true, what “they” say… getting past six weeks, everything is much better with a baby–either because the baby is a bit calmer, more able to sleep, and more relational, or because the parents are beginning to have a clue what they’re doing and a little more confidence on how to do it. At any rate, life has improved around here. Alaythia keeps about a 2-3 hour rotation of eating, sleeping, and playing during the daytime, and the last few days has only awoken 3 times at night for a meal. She’s smiley during playtime, and is currently laying in my lap, staring at my face, and sometimes grabbing at me with her little hands and when something strikes her fancy she gives me a big grin (and sometimes sticks out her tongue for extra fun).
That’s the latest… I’ve started being the stay at home grad student and am able to get little spurts of work done during naps here and there, and she’s started having some social time with other friends and family who are helping take care of her so I can graduate! I’ve got three chapters of a thesis to write in 2008, a dissertation defense to write, prepare, and give in early 2009, and will [hopefully] have degree conferred by March 30, 2009, when the UW Winter quarter ends. After nearly seven full years at the UW, the Ph.D. should at last be complete.
And now, the Top Three Alaythia Pictures of the Week:
In closing I’ll share from our other “playtime” activity of the day; I swing her around while practicing our memory verse of the week (okay, it’s the first one, but we plan to make it weekly…), thanks to an idea from Elisabeth and Jason:
1(A) Therefore, since we have been justified by faith,(B) we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2Through him we have also(C) obtained access by faith[b] into this grace(D) in which we stand, and(E) we[c] rejoice[d] in hope of the glory of God. 3More than that, we(F) rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering(G) produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and(H) hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love(I) has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.