As I hinted at yesterday, I've been out of town for almost a week. Once again, I spent Thanksgiving at my brother's house in Dallas. This was the first time we'd all slept there since my niece was born. My brother and sister-in-law wound up sleeping in the living room. I figured I'd be out there, but it was nice to have my normal bedroom.
My niece is so cute! (I know, that's a real news flash). She turned 16 months while I was there. We heard he actually say "bird" at one point, although she didn't say it again. However, she clearly says "Dada" and "Mama," "Izard" for lizard as well.
Obviously, Uncle Mark is still a bit too complicated for her, but I've been joking that I think my name might be "Ticka, ticka, ticka, ticka," her word for tickle. Not that it would be entirely her fault since I was tickling her quite a bit. But when asked to point to Uncle Mark, she would point to me (sometimes faster than others).
My brother and sister-in-law left for a mini vacation part way through my trip. They'd arranged with Mom and Dad to watching my niece long ago (not that it was any big chore). That went better than we feared it might, but I know she'll be glad to see them when they get back. Those three adore each other.
But now I'm back at work. I finally am beginning to feel like I have my feet under me. Even though I was only gone two working days, I felt swamped when I came back. But things are well under control, or so I think. We'll see what tomorrow brings.