A sigh of relief, and then the nail-biting continues.


I realize it's been almost a month since I've posted. No worries, I've got plenty of adorable O photos to share.

It's been busy. Really, really, no-one-should-ever-be-this-busy busy. Between the end of the semester, tri training ramping up, one brief trip for a conference and one coming up in two weeks, and trying to get my uncle's house cleaned out, we haven't had a minute to spare. Training has been interrupted with life, and life has been interrupted with lots o' work.

Our first tri is in 3 weeks. I'm excited. Not only to do the tri, but to have my life back, my time with my daughter back, and my friends back. And I'm tired of asking people to babysit. We'll still be training for two more tris, but at least we can be more flexible with our schedules.

I've completed my last semester of coursework, forever. THAT is the sigh of relief. But I'm already biting my fingers thinking of the work that has to be done this summer. I've got to write my area statement, which is generally about 120 pages of lit review in my subject area. And, I'm still trying to manage a massive 5-year research study in about 20 hours a week. It's all pretty overwhelming.

But, I've got the most delightful girl in the world to brighten up each and every day. She's trying to walk now, and getting better at standing. She still doesn't have any interest in crawling or scooting. She wants to be on her feet. She points and says "da" about everything. She babbles incessantly, and screeches with glee and fury. She's eating all sorts of delicious foods, but blueberries, raspberries and yogurt melts are her faves. At her 9 month appointment, she was 80th percentile for length and 40th for weight, so she's getting leaner as she stays long. I can't wait to NOT have to come home from work, see her for 1o minutes and then turn around and leave her. Although more work to be done means she'll be gone another day a week now, and that makes me sad. I miss her whenever I'm away, but sometimes I'm too tired to really enjoy her when I'm around. Working's a drag, man!

But, I bet y'all miss seeing her even more! So without further ado...

Ophelia terrorizes Raleigh's cat

Raleigh and O, waxing poetic about toasted oats

Those glasses lasted about 30 seconds.

Mother's Day photos with daddy