We left our shoes out last night for Sinterklaas to fill them with treats or as it turned out $5 bills. (I learned that the Dutch celebrate St. Nick's Day on December 5th instead of the 6th). Maybe a new tradition for our family?
We also got pies today because I a) worked in rehab in Roanoke instead of Radford and was so close to the pie shop I could not say no and b) I have a cold (so does Evelyn, but she didn't get any pie). Pie makes everything better.
Evelyn tried to get me to stay in bed today. It almost worked.
Evelyn is 10 months old as of yesterday. We did our photo shoot first thing this morning because honestly I have started to dread taking these pictures. The child can't/wont stay still and is usually too interested in some other something to bother looking at the camera. Oh well - I think I managed to get a couple good ones.
Evelyn has gotten very good at pulling up and has started cruising along the furniture.
Favorite foods include puffs, cheerios, yogurt, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, and pears. Maybe carrots too but I think that is just because she has a hard time telling them apart from sweet potatoes. Green vegetables are the worst, but we keep trying.
Sleeping is still just one day at a time. Naps in her crib (when at home) are practically nonexistent. But she does go to bed between 6:30 and 7:00 so that gives me a few hours before I go to bed to get stuff done. Sleeping through the night is still the exception rather than the norm, but it seems to be becoming a more frequent occurrence.
Evelyn and I went to Target to get started on some Christmas shopping. We even got a few people finished which is good. It is nice now that Evelyn is big enough to sit up front in the cart, but she doesn't always like to face forward.
Earlier today we facetimed with Nate over lunch. Nate got his iphone back in September but this is the first time we have done facetime while he is at work.
I ran my half marathon this morning! My time was 2:07:06 (9:45 average pace) which is a personal record. That really surprised me, but I felt great the whole race. It was awfully cold, cold enough that Nate and Evelyn stayed home until the very end. And despite the fact that they weren't there to see me run, I could not have trained and finished the race without them.
My parents and sister are here for an early Thanksgiving so my dad and Meredith decided it would be fun to run the 10K race. They both had good times too.
32 degrees. That was the temperature when we started our last hike this morning. But the sun was shinning and there was little to no breeze so we said bundle up and let's go! We got off to a little bit of a rocky start however when Nate was getting Evelyn in the carrier and said "wait, is she wet?" Sure enough in the three minutes it takes to drive to the trailhead from our house, Evelyn has soaked through her diaper. And changing her was no small task due to the many layers she had on, but better to change her in the car rather than on the trail.
Peak #7 - McAfee Knob
McAfee Knob is the most photographed part of the Appalachian Trail and is the highest peak in the Catawba Valley.
Tinker Cliffs in the distance
Nate and Evelyn taking a little break. Nate carried her in front on the way up in an effort to make sure she stayed warm. But it wasn't real comfortable so he switched to her to his back for the hike down.
At the top
Nate and Evelyn, me, Ashley, and Brandon. We did it, all 7 peaks!!
Evelyn passed her 9 month check-up with flying colors. The doctor was a little behind schedule but Evelyn was very content to people-watch in the waiting area.
Evelyn weighted 17 lbs 0.5 oz (28th percentile) and was 27.5 inches long (40th percentile - the doctor wondered if maybe this measurement was wrong since she fell off her growth curve a little but the doctor wasn't worried). The doctor was also very impressed with how well Evelyn sits and balances.
After the appointment, we got lunch before we were supposed to get our convertible car seat checked. This actually ended up being rescheduled for Thursday, but Evelyn and I still enjoyed our girls day out.
This is right after I told her she couldn't eat the table. She actually was very well behaved at the restaurant.