Happy Friday! My inbox is still blowin' up with emails inquiring about Ashlyn and how I'm recovering. I've been so bad at responding to everyone in a timely fashion, so please be patient with me. But I just wanted everyone to know that I'm doing just fine. Feeling like I'm back to my old self again...ready to scale walls. *wink* But don't worry, I'm not. =)
Ashlyn's doing great too. We're getting into a routine that we're all comfortable with now. The first night after Ivy, Oli, Bett, Tony, and Wil left, she cried all night...LOUDLY, I might add! My sweet tiny daughter developed this high-pitch scream that would make the devil jump out of his skin! It freaks both Aric and me out. It's the kind that could clear a room in a heartbeat...the kind of scream that makes me shoot disgusted glances at other parents in a restaurant or movie theater. Now, I'll be on the receiving end of those glances. =/ "What goes around comes around". Anyhow, because the houses in my community are pretty close together, I had to pace and soothe her in my walk-in closet that night (in fear that the neighbors would become perturbed and call the police). I think she cried that night because there were no more aunties and uncles rocking her or passing her back and forth all day long...creating a stimuli that pooped her out by bedtime. But now, she's become accustomed to the naps, changings, feedings, and playtimes...that by bedtime, she's calm and content. Even her cries are calm and dull....no more of that ear-piercing screaming.*whew* Let's just keep our fingers crossed. The question I'm asked most often is: "are you tired"? Nope...not at all. I get the same amount of sleep as I've always gotten, just split up into two sessions. At night we go to bed for about 3 hours, get up for a feeding, watch Cartoon Network for about an hour, then she's down for 5 hours. It's pretty amazing...that girl can sleep a lot! Most times I find myself bugging her so she'd play with me.

Our house has gotten more visitors this week than ever! I anticipate it being like that for the rest of the month. I don't mind at all, because our visitors bring food!...and that helps us out a lot! Of course what Aric gets to eat is far different than what I get. He gets pizza, BBQ chicken, ribs..etc. I get Chinese Wild Chicken Soup. The first days home, I had three different pots of Wild Chicken Soup from different aunts. Oh, and with Chinese Chicken Soup, everything's in there, and I mean EVERYTHING!...the claws, the head, the heart, the liver, etc. I've been eating that for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day this week, and not to sound ungrateful, but I can't stand Wild Chicken Soup anymore. The only thing that got me to finish the last pot yesterday, was seeing the images of people getting beat down in Afghanistan for bum rushing the measly supplies of wheat. How sad. =( Reminds me of when I was little, and couldn't finish dinner...my mom would remind me of the Ethiopians, and make me watch the commercials of big bellied children who had a hoard of flies on their face and eyeballs. *shiver* Today Aric made me Wild Chicken with Ginger. WHAT A TREAT!...and I'm not being sarcastic either. I know it doesn't sound that different, but believe me, it is.

Last night, Glenda came over to watch FRIENDS, Just Shoot Me, Will & Grace, and ER with me. In last night's episode of Just Shoot Me, Finch was accused of stealing someone's personality, making it his own. Funny...because I know someone who tries really hard to be like me. I should feel flattered, and at first I did...but now, it just bugs the living shit out of me! Yeah, I know...I know...I have such a dirty mouth. Can't help it. It takes a lot to piss me off, and she's doing a great job at it! I liked her better when she was just herself, and not trying so hard to be someone else...let alone ME! And the most insulting thing is, she can't even mimic me right. DAMN!
*UGH*...enough about that. In the second episode of Will & Grace, that Sean Hayes guy did the dance routine from N*SYNC's "POP" video. HAHAHAHA I loved it!

Ashlyn's pic of the day

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