Yes, I am posting this at 2:56 AM
Penelope had her first doctors appointment today. She’s been coughing since the flight. After a brief check the doctor confirmed what Jenn and I thought; she has a cold. Nothing to do but wait it out.
She slept today. And when I say she slept today that’s what I mean. She fell asleep in the car seat on the ride back. We’ve been trying to guess when that was. Let’s just say 12:30. At 6 PM we couldn’t let her sleep any longer. This isn’t a shift change at the 7-11. We can’t sleep while she’s awake.
Penelope was less than thrilled going back to bed after 3 hours. Jenn and I both are feeling the effects of the jet lag, and we believe, Penelope’s cold. At 12 AM she started crying. I checked her on the monitor. Still laying there, coughing, crying. A few minutes later she’s back to sleep. Rinse and repeat on the half hour until 2:30.
I mixed up some Pedialyte earlier and brought it into her room. Her diaper was wet so she got a change. Then back in the crib.
Penelope has a toy she received from Stephanie and Charlie. It has 2 blocks, each with a 1/2 of an animal on each of the 6 sides. When you line them up correctly in the frame a sensor in the block connect with a sensor in the frame. The toy plays the sound the animal makes. Penelope appears to be wired the same way. When you place her in the crib, crying and/or screaming is a certainty. The only question is duration.
As I write this I see her on the baby monitor, like a prisoner, behind bars and viewed through a night vision camera. She’s sitting in her crib, rubbing her eyes, biding her time. If she had pen and paper I’d be convinced she was plotting her revenge on Jenn and I. As smart as Penelope is she may not need pen and paper. Tomorrow will tell.
On a positive note, she LOVED the Baby Einstein video on shapes. I was struggling to stay awake after 10 minutes of circles and ovals. This is exciting because it is the first thing we’ve found that she will watch. She saw Dora the Explorer today and was intrigued for about a minute. In China track and field and Jillian Michaels kept her interest for slightly longer. I think it’s great that she is fascinated with wooden toys and fabric buses with yarn haired girls stuffed inside. But I also know the time will come when TV is going to interest her. Good to know we have something on hand. Major thanks to Charlie and Stephanie for lending them to us.
If awake, more tomorrow.