It is very fitting that Holly's sport of choice in high school was cross country because her life has paralleled that sport in many way. Let me explain. One reason why Holly like cross country is that course is more than just going in a circle around a track and that each course she ran on was different. A cross country runner has to be ready to deal with inclines, declines, smooth ground, rocky ground, sink holes, trees and many people trying to fit on a path whose waist line grows or shrinks at the drop of the hat. Needless to say, it's unpredictable and challenging to participate in and master. As we close out Holly's first month as a resident I feel that Holly has finished her first cross country course (med school) and is now beginning her second course (residency). Of course she started off with one of the most difficult rotations, in patient pediatrics, and it has been a trying a long month for the both of us. Holly has been working 12-16 hour days and has had a few days of call (30 hours straight). She usually leaves the house around 5:30 AM and gets home around 7 PM. As you can imagine she is pretty exhausted when she gets home and treasures the few hours that she has with Karis and I. Luckily we can see the light at the end of the tunnel with this rotation. She actually has a day off this week (not too many of those so far) and we will be leaving spend the weekend with her family since she will be free on Saturday and Sunday. Let's hope that our time with family, especially the few hours on the lake that we will have, will be refreshing and relaxing for the both of us.
As for Karis, she is developing well. She loves to get on all fours and look around. It won't be long until she starts to crawl. She is talking more than ever and uses the full scope of her range while doing so. She has also begun to notice her hands and will stare at them while open and closing her fingers. Lastly, we are starting the process of introducing solid foods. The first week that I started rice cereal with her, she would look at me like I was playing a prank on her. Her facial expression was priceless. She also would choke on the cereal and get really mad at the whole situation. So we gave her a week off and I am proud to announce that she ate about 8 spoonfuls of cereal for me tonight. She is growing up like crazy. I'll try to post some pics from the lake next week.
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