9:30 PM: What a day! And for Randall it's not even over yet. Elisabeth caught the bus this morning, and Randall left for his first class of the semester shortly after that. I decided that I would take advantage of my part-time status and take the day off of work. It started out as a pretty slow morning, and I even joined Sophie in her morning nap. For the rest of the day though, even if I wasn't doing RTI work, I was doing lots of house work. I got tons of cooking and cleaning done (even if the majority of the cooking was for Sophie). I was frequently interrupted, so my work wasn't terribly efficient, but it sure was satisfying.
Tuesday is Randall's long day. He has three classes plus worship, and he's usually done at 6:30 and would normally be home by now. He's meeting with some people in the congregation tonight, so he's not home yet, but he should be soon. Tomorrow, he'll be finishing off his paper. I've had to be careful getting on the computer today, because it is surrounded by multiple piles of books and articles. I don't envy him at all. I talked to him a couple of times today. He sounded so energized by being back on campus. Being home with the girls all summer was hard for him. We all crave stimulating adult company and being home with kids all day is isolating.
Today was Sophie's first day off steroids. I honestly can't see much difference yet. Just walking around exhausts her. I don't know how much she weighs right now, but it's got to be hard for her to move around and manage her own body. She was really sweet and patient today. She was often willing to wait to read a book until I had finished whatever I was working on. As long as I explained what I was doing and promised I would attend to her, she would wait. One fun development we've discovered in the last day or two is that she's starting to memorize her books. With some of the books we read over and over to her, if we read the first word in the sentence, she can finish the sentence. It's pretty neat! And I lavish her with praise when she does it, so she's really proud of herself.
Randall's home, so I'll sign off for tonight!