*My brother decided to go to a Hallowe'en party in his town (and take the baby - I think the plan was to let my sister in law sleep for a while). He dressed himself up as Ignigikot (a character from Aqua Teen Hunger Force, a strange cartoon my brother is quite fond of) and dressed the baby up as Err. It was a very simple costume - just printouts of each character sized properly, and the one for Err taped to the baby's Snugli and my brother carried the larger one.
They won third place for "best group costume."
So my niece has won her first trophy. He sent a picture of her lying next to the trophy, looking at it.
* I think my brother is really enjoying being a dad.
* He also says she's already focusing on, and reaching out to grab, toys and stuff. So I guess that's a good sign. I have little understanding of the "developmental milestones" babies are supposed to hit (and I know there's a lot of variation - my mother says I was talking and walking early, and I spoke in full sentences early, but my brother took a little longer)
*Feeling really wiped out this morning. I tried to do my usual workout, did 50 minutes of it and quit. I may have to ask my doctor if I need to dial back a little on working out until my blood pressure stabilizes. Also my ears are ringing worse again. (I don't know what my bp is this morning. There just isn't time to take it in the morning so I've decided an evening check will have to do.) I really need to write up a list of questions for when I see her again: is ibuprofen okay if I have a headache? What about Mucinex if I get a cold? How much caffienated tea is it okay for me to have? Just how draconian do I have to be about sodium? Is the slight sore throat/dry mouth I have going to go away, or does that suggest I need a different med? and now, How much should I exercise until things stabilize?
*This time next week I won't be driving to work in the dark. A giant "Yay" for that. I've been extra careful to put the porch light on - while I'm not super-lightheaded, I notice I'm less agile on my feet than I was recently. And while I probably wouldn't seriously injure myself falling down the three steps from my porch, I'm unwilling to test that out.
Yes, it means I'll be going home in the dark some days but that somehow feels less bad.