Today we got a gate to put at the top of our (steep, dangerous) basement stairs in case someone visiting forgets to close the door. We’ve had one heart-stopping incident of the door being left open and that was more than enough. The cat can no longer get to the basement, where he had his food dish, and he is very confused. He’ll now be a strictly upstairs cat, and more than likely a bedroom-only cat. He’s old and timid. Oh yes, the stray who stayed, Milo, ended up NOT staying. I still miss him because he had such a great personality, but he was a bit much for our old cat. Milo has found a home where he’s the alpha cat and I’m sure he’s enjoying himself. Tessa says “kitty” and “meow” much less than before because there’s usually no cat to be found any more, and when he does show up, he’s silent!
So Tessa is now walking unsteadily, but very pleased with herself for learning that skill. She has 6 teeth total and many bibs full of drool to prove it. She loves getting in the car twice a day for the drive to school to bring/pick up Celia. She searches the faces of all the kids and won’t make eye contact with the teachers waving at her–she’s intent on finding her “Eeya”! She breaks out in a huge grin as soon as she sees Celia. Celia is the one who can *always* make Tessa laugh.
Next weekend we get together with the group of families from Tessa’s travel group, and I’m really looking forward to that. I haven’t seen some of these babies/children other than pictures from Clark/Colleen! Should be fun. Until then, we have a regular week ahead of us…lots of love, lots of bottles and food, naps, books, school/work, piano, gymnastics, church, etc. We are blessed!