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w August 23, 2002

Bean, Out On A Limb

Or all four, really. No, she isn't crawling yet or anything, but she is finally discovering that her legs and especially arms extend all the way into the cosmos, and it's so amusing to watch this long skinny arm come flailing across her body or the legs get kicked over to the side...possibly she is pre-rolling over, but it's more likely this is just experimentation. And I thought that didn't start until she got to college.

We tried her out in the swing we bought a good two months ago (that she promptly decided that she detested), and hello...she actually likes it now. Fickle baby. It's kind of fun, though---on the tray of the swing there are two toy attachments, and one is a spinning mirror. Well, she caught the mirror's eye and thought she would try waving at the baby she saw in it, or maybe she was trying to smack the baby in it, I don't know. Whatever the case, she was pretty chuffed about it and those arms were churning wildly. I kind of wonder what she'll do with things once she gets them. Gum them to death, I suppose.

What's the best news about this? Well, that she saw something, of course. There was nothing auditory about any of these toys, and my husband and I were staying kind of quiet to see what she would do. More than anything else, Bean's situation and experiences have really taught me not to take anything for granted, least of all vision. I don't know if I really enjoy this lesson, but it's a lesson nonetheless. She is such a character already, though. I always kind of thought a child of mine would end up being sort of eccentric, and I suppose being partially sighted can just add to the eccentricity.

On two completely unrelated topics, school starts next week for me---fresh crop of hormonally challenged 13-year-olds, and we just finished watching one of the absolute worst movies I've ever seen, Red Scorpion. It is so bad I almost wonder if it was meant to be a parody. Dolph Lundgren is pretty hunky in it, though, I have to admit. As for school, this is going to be an interesting year; I'm already feeling sort of guilty for leaving Bean during the day. If I can get through this one, though, I think it might get easier, and it's certainly not like I have to be at the office for 15 hours a day, which is a relief.
Stay tuned to see if it turns out to be a Huzzah or not.

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