Gabbie and Dominic Notes - July 2019

Mon, Jul 1

At about 11:40 a.m., CP arrived at our house with Gabbie in their new minivan. CP and Gabbie had dentist appointments this morning at a West Toledo dentist. It was Gabbie's first dentist appointment, and apparently it did not go well. CP said that Gabbie had a meltdown. The dental employees wanted to separate CP and Gabbie, which might have been okay if another family member was present to stay with Gabbie.

When they arrived, Gabbie looked fine, happy, drinking water from her new water bottle that she got at the dentist, and she ate cheese crackers.

CP stopped at our house to gather tables from us and Kim and Brent that CP and Brad will use at their garage sale, scheduled for later this week. I loaded the tables into the car. Deb worked from home today, and she had some other things to load into the van.

Gabbie remained in the van. I tried to entertain her. We shared cheese crackers. But Gabbie tried to unbuckle her car seat. She wanted out. I assume that she wanted to roam.

When they first arrived, I gave Gabbie the thumbs up, and Gabbie game me the thumbs up. Barney came outside too, and Gabbie pointed to Barney and vocalized her version of "Dog, dog."

CP left 10 to 15 minutes after arriving, and Gabbie was upset. She started crying. She looked distraught. She wanted to play with Nana and Papaw. We felt bad. But CP was going to get ice cream for Gabbie. I assume that pleased her.

Tue Jul 2

Fri, Jul 5

CP and Brad held their garage sale on Friday and Saturday. Deb left our home around 6:30 a.m., and I left at 7:40 a.m. I got to sleep at 2:00 a.m. Barney and I arrived home at about 1:00 a.m. after our three-plus hour trip away from the fireworks barrage. The fascination with neighborhood fireworks is insane. I could not take it any longer about 9:30 p.m. last night. Barney was terrified. We stopped at McDondald's at Buck Road where I got myself an order of nasty "french fries" and I got Barney two plain hamburgers. I gave him one burger at McDonald's. Then we drove east on the Ohio turnpike. I stopped at the second rest area where we hung out for over an hour in the car. I gave Barney his second burger. Then we drove east and exited the turnpike at the Route 4 exit. I re-entered the turnpike and drove home.

When I arrived at CP and Brad's, Gabbie was out in the backyard, playing with Nana in the sandbox. Rhonda was inside, watching Dominic. When Gabbie came back into the house, she was fussing, probably because she did not want to stop playing outside. She cheered up once she saw me.

The weather was hot and humid. We played inside and outside. Deb and Brianna setup the small swimming pool in the backyard in the shade, along the west side of the house. We had fun splashing around in the pool. Gabbie moved all of her sandbox toys into the pool.

Gabbie liked to throw water at Nana. A couple of times, Gabbie was super sneaky about throwing the water, catching Nana by surprise. It was hilarious. Gabbie can be wily.

While outside playing the pool, Gabbie, Nana, and I enjoyed slapping hands in high-five and low-five fashion.

We went back inside when Gabbie seemed tired. Gabbie ate a snack, and we played indoors.

Around 12:30 p.m. or so, Gabbie and I played in the play area. Gabbie dug out a container of toys that contained her toy high heels that are too small for Gabbie now, but I squeezed her feet into the shoes because she wanted to wear them.

Of course, it's slippery walking around on the wood-like floors. I hovered over her to prevent her from crashing down. She dug out a small scarf for me. She likes to dress herself and me with fancy gear.

Then Gabbie wanted to go outside. This is like last month or back in May when Gabbie wanted to wear the high heels and she wanted to go outside then too. I took her outside. It's easier for her stroll around on the textured concrete sidewalk and driveway with the heels. But we did not stay out long because the sky was darkening in the west.

We took Gabbie back inside. I helped CP and Brad move garage sale items back into the garage to wait out the storm. While I was outside, Gabbie was placed in her room to nap.

I left CP and Brad's at about 2:30 p.m., since Barney needed to spend time outside. Deb left around 6:00 p.m. for home.

Sun, Jul 7

Deb and I arrived at CP and Brad's house a little after 11:00 a.m. CP and Brad wanted to visit CP's Grandfather who was in the hospital. CP and Brad left around Noon, and they returned between 2:30 and 3:00 p.m.

I occupied Gabbie's attention until she nap time, which was about 1:30 p.m. Deb and I left around 3:30 p.m. Gabbie was still asleep. She awoke around 3pm, yelled to turn her soundbox back on, and then she went back to sleep.

After we arrived, Gabbie said my name, smiled, and came over to me and gave me a hug, and I picked her up and held her.

We played in the upstairs play room area at the tea table. We played in living room with the magnetic building blocks.

We watched YouTube Cocomelon channel educational videos for kids. Gabbie likes to act out the hand and arm movements and some of the sounds exhibited in the videos. She likes to make the animal sounds for cow, horse, dog, cat, lion, mouse, sheep, chicken, etc.

Gabbie and I played downstairs for a while. We threw the ball on the steps at each other. Gabbie enjoys tossing different types of balls around. Many times, she likes throw a ball behind her back and/or while looking another direction like a no-look basketball pass.

On the steps, we took turns stuffing the crocheted ball under our shirts. Gabbie initiated the action. She remembers that I started this last October. She giggle a lot during this goofy ball play.

Downstairs, Gabbie played with her Barbie camping RV toy and a couple other things. She still likes to play with the multi-sound musical machine.

For lunch Gabbie ate well, including a lot of grapes. We also shared goldfish crackers, of course.

All this time, Deb tended to Dominic, changing his diaper, feeding him. Dominic slept for a long time on Debbie.

At about 1:30 p.m. while we were playing with the magnetic building shapes in the living room, Deb and I decided it was time for Gabbie to take a nap. Of course, she resisted our demands earlier in the half hour for nap time.

When Deb and I both told Gabbie that it was nap time, Gabbie started to gather up the magnetic building blocks and place them back into the storage container. I though that Gabbie was being helpful by putting her things away. Deb guessed that Gabbie was going to want to take the container of shapes to her room, and Deb was correct.

When the shapes were all back into the container, I picked up the container, instead of letting Gabbie slog the container herself. I walked ahead of Gabbie, and instead of turning right toward her room, I turned left toward the play area to put the container of shapes away. As I entered the playroom area, I felt this strong tug on the back of my shirt.

Gabbie tried to drag me toward her room by pulling on the back of my shirt, and she had a good strong grip. When I said, "No", Gabbie flopped down on the ground, and the struggle began. I scooped Gabbie up and placed her into her room. She protested strongly. She cried hard with this look of extreme disappointment, like Papaw betrayed her. I was suppose to be on Gabbie's team.

I placed the upset Gabbie into her bed, and I closed the door. She only fussed for five minutes or so, and then she went quiet.

I held Dominic for a little while. He was fussy. Deb made him a bottle, which is a much longer process than what was done for Gabbie. I paced around the house. Dominic got quiet and looked around. The movement of walking and maybe the different scenes might make him relax.

Gabbie was still asleep when Deb and I left.

Mon, Jul 8

Dominic has a couple heart issues. We are still unsure about the seriousness. He has a cardiologist appointment, scheduled for later July. For a checkup, I saw a cardiologist back in the spring, a month before Dominic was born.

Sun, Jul 14

Fence building day. I arrived at Brad and CP's around 7:30 a.m. I stayed away from the upstairs area to avoid Gabbie. Brad and I started measuring the and flagging the fence area around the perimeter of their property. Brad's Dad arrived a short while later.

Jody and I both were working on little sleep. We were both out late for different reasons. Deb and I left home on Saturday afternoon at 3:50 p.m., and we arrived home at 2:10 a.m. today. We hung out downtown with friends. I got to sleep around 2:30 a.m., and I got up at 5:30 a.m.

Today's weather was sunny with no cloud cover, except for a small amount of thin high cloudiness that did not block the sunshine. The wind blew lightly from the northeast. The humidity was not high. The high temp reached 88 to 90 degrees. But the pure sunshine all day was brutal.

Brad rented double handle auger, which was a smart move. Their soil is hard clay. The areas around the home contain a lot of small to hand-sized rocks, probably as backfill or something due to the home construction.

It was difficult to dig the holes near the house. Once through the rocky area, it was okay. And when we got further away from the house, no rocks existed. It was only clay, and it was easier to dig down to the desired depth, although it was still good exercise.

We dug hole, measured the depth, and Brad used the post-hole digger at times if necessary to break through rock. Once the desired depth was reached, the post was added, then concrete, and the soil. A level checked to ensure that the post was ... level in the hole. We added the three rails and then we moved onto the next two holes. We worked two holes at a time.

We took a lunch break around Noon for an hour or so. I ate a sandwich. I was bushed. It felt great in the AC. When I entered the house, Gabbie gave me the thumbs up sign, as usual, and she led me to her tea table.

I ate lunch at Gabbie's tea table. Gabbie ate too. We both ate potato chips.

Around 1:00 p.m., Brad took Gabbie to her room for the afternoon nap. Gabbie said, "Bye." I relaxed in the living room for a bit before we went back outside.

Late in the afternoon, I finally started hosing myself off to keep cool. I consumed a lot of water, but I could tell that I was overheating. Pulse was elevated even when I took a break.

Manning the auger was heavy activity, but carrying the rails from the front driveway, around the house, and into the backyard was the hardest part, physical-wise.

A little cloud cover would have helped a lot.

Around 4:30 p.m., we finished digging all of the holes and installing the posts and the rails. Brad rented the auger from Home Depot for the day. When we finished, we returned the auger.

In the late afternoon/early evening, we attached the wire to the small fence area at the southeast corner of the house, along the driveway. We stopped after that. The low-angled sun beat us up some more. We were both exhausted.

I arrived home around 6:30 p.m. It was good, hard physical work.

When we worked outside, especially near the west side of the house, I heard Gabbie say, BAW-baw through the closed window, as she looked outside.

Wed, Jul 17

playland again

Fri, Jul 19

We finished applying the wire to the rest of the fence area. We took down the temp fencing for the dogs. We worked on a couple other things.

We started around 9:00 a.m., and we finished at about 3:00 p.m. with an hour break around Noon.

Today's weather was oppressive. Afternoon temps reached the mid-90s with dew point temps in the mid-70s, creating heat index values around 105 to 110 degrees. Fortunately, we were finished by 3:00 p.m.

We had a good breeze, but it only helped some. I didn't realize that I could sweat that much. Even within the garage, out of the sun (and breeze), helping Brad shape a rail, the sweat poured down my face.

Today's weather was worst than last Sunday's. But we finished, except for shortening three rails. Fence looked good. The dogs have a lot more room to roam.

When I arrived in the morning, I went upstairs, and Gabbie welcomed me by calling my name, BAW' baw. Gabbie said, "Shoes" which meant that she wanted me to take off my work boots, which I did.

We played for a short bit before Brad and I went outside. Gabbie got her shoes to go out too. CP setup Gabbie's water area on the deck. While Brad and I worked in the backyard, Gabbie played on the deck and yelled down at us. Occasionally, I heard BAW-baw from the deck. She flashed the thumbs up sign.

We ran out of wire around Noon. We went inside. Immediately, Gabbie made me sit at her tea table. As usual, she loaded up the tea table with plastic food and play kitchen appliances.

Brad went to Lowe's while I stayed and played with Gabbie. After Brad returned, Gabbie went down for a nap, and Brad and I finished installing the fence.

At 3:00 p.m., I came back into the house through the front door. I wanted to get a drink of water before leaving. Gabbie was not up yet from her nap. I assumed that I would leave before Gabbie got up. CP spoke down to me (split level house), saying, "Thank you." for helping install the fence. I said, "You're welcome, C." And then we heard the faint sound of "BAW-baw." from within Gabbie's room that obviously had the door closed. CP didn't know that she was awake. The youngster has good hearing.

I walked into Gabbie's room. Her long, curly hair was messed up. As soon as she saw me, she didn't say anything. She gave me the thumbs-up sign.

The thumbs-up sign has become one of our favorite communication devices in the past couple months. I'm sure that I have flashed the thumbs up sign, since Gabbie was born. I probably didn't realize that gave the thumbs up at times.

Regardless, the thumbs-up sign is a major thing now. And Gabbie added a little flair to it. Sometimes, she wants us to touch our thumbs together, and when we do, she says, "Bing" or "Boom" something like that. It's funny.

After Gabbie's nap, we engaged in major playing in the living room, the play area at her table, and downstairs. Ball playing, educational videos, etc.

Gabbie ate some dinner, but she wanted to play. Late in the afternoon, Gabbie pulled books off her bookshelf, located in the play area, and handed the books to me to take downstairs for some reason. Well, this became a thing.

I took down a stack of books, and then she wanted me to go down and up the steps, taking down one book at a time. She would hand me a book, and say, "Bye" which meant that I was suppose to take it downstairs. I would say, "Bye", take down the book, and say, "Hello" and "Hi" when I came back up the steps. I remained at the top of the steps as she handed me another book, followed by "Bye" as I went back downstairs again. Repeated often.

I finally got worn down with the fence construction in the heat and humidity and playing with Gabbie. I did not eat lunch, which was a mistake. I had to head for home.

Gabbie calls Deb "NEE-naw". When I told Gabbie that I need to leave to see Nana, Gabbie replied, "NEE-naw", and she got her shoes. I think that she thought that she was going too.

Gabbie got a little upset when I left, but as I walked to my car. Rhonda pulled into the driveway. She was going to watch the kids while Catherine and Brad went out on a date.

I arrived home around 5:30 to 6:00 p.m., super bushed. I felt a little rugged in the evening, snapping out of it at Midnight, after dozing off in a living room chair.

Our living room temp was 85 degrees. I did not install our two small window AC units, and it was rugged in the house in the late afternoon and evening. Personally, I felt better after eating and resting.

I thought about us going to Manhattan's and sitting outside on their patio. Manhattan's stays open until 2:30 a.m. on the weekend. It was still breezy at Midnight. It was decent outside, despite the Midnight temps still hanging around 85 degrees.

Tue, Jul 23

CP returned to work yesterday. Brad worked a long day today. I went up to hang out for a while, until it was time to drive to Sylvania to pick up or CSA produce for the week.

I arrived at 10:19 a.m.

I unraveled and went into the living room. The Bounce Patrol YouTube videos played on the TV. Gabbie acted out the arm motions that the BP people acted out on the video. Gabbie made the sounds too that corresponded to animals. She has learned a lot from those catchy videos. The BP people understand child psychology. They make videos with simple sets, lots of color, memorable words and sounds, and they wear crazy costumes. Gabbie enjoys the videos a lot. She says the word "elephant" even better now. She says "dog" clearly too now. Her word for "bird" is still cryptic and only understood by us who know Gabbie. She used to be that way with "dog" too until recently.

At 10:36 a.m., we went outside. Today's weather was amazing: sunny, light wind, low humidity, temps in the 70s. We all loaded up with sunscreen before going outside. CP carried Dominic on her front with D facing outward. Dominic wore a wide-brimmed hat.

CP and Dominic stayed outside for a short while. D wanted to eat, I think.

I climbed up the rock wall attached to the playground setup that I helped build in the spring. I sat inside the second story sheltered room. It's like a small fort or a tree house.

I coaxed Gabbie to climb up and join me. I used my notebook and pen as bait. Gabbie climbed the wall easily during the first weekend that the playground equipment existed many weeks ago. CP encouraged her too. Gabbie slowly and I mean slowly climbed up the wall, chatting the entire way. It was hilarious. No rush. Climb a step, look around, chatting in her own way. Eventually take another step, stop, look around, talking to whoever, and then finally take another step.

After five or more minutes, Gabbie joined me in the second story. She scribbled in my notebook. Then after a little while, she wanted down, but she wanted to climb back down the rock wall ladder, but she's better with climbing up the ladders than going down. I slid down the slide. Then I helped Gabbie down the ladder, but I placed her onto the slide and assisted her with sliding down. She liked that.

Gabbie got her bubble mower and pushed the mower around, saying "BUB-bles." As she pushed the small plastic mower, bubbles spewed out the mower.

At 11:04 a.m., Gabbie walked up the steps to the deck, which is outside the living room. The split level house config is odd to me. Anyway, Gabbie picked up her small lawn chair-like chair and gave it to me to carry back down the steps. Then she directed me to bring the chair over to the playground the equipment. Then Gabbie climbed up and onto the second story room. She wanted the chair on the second story too. I placed the chair in the second story room, and Gabbie sat in the chair but only briefly. It was pretty funny. I guess that if it's a fort or like a tree house, then it should be comfortable.

I played on the swings but Gabbie was not interested. Sometimes, she would make me get off the swing.

We went back up to the deck. Gabbie sat at her outside table. Small paint brushed laid on the table. She played with the brushes. I went inside and got the Crayola paint set. Six colors in small, plastic jars. I also brought out four sheets of stiff paper.

I placed the six paint colors onto a small paper plate. Gabbie loves to paint. She makes swirls and long strokes. She likes mixing the colors on the paper. She made me refill the paper plate multiple times. She painted all four sheets of paper. She painted for over 20 minutes, I think. I cleaned up her arms and hands of paint. When I left later in the day, I took two of the painted sheets of paper with me.

At 11:49 a.m., we were back down on the backyard. She pushed the bubbles mower again.

She smiled as she watched me swing. I swung harder than normal, and I made "wee" sounds. She seemed interested. Then she came over to me, and turned around and wanted me to pick her up to swing, which I did. I swung with Gabbie on my lap, but only very briefly. Gabbie wanted down.

At 12:04 p.m., we were inside the house for lunch.

After lunch, Gabbie dumped a box of 64 crayons onto the living room floor. She prefers to dump all the contents of anything onto the floor for playing, instead of pulling things out one at a time or as needed.

We crayoned a little, using a medium-sized notebook that was meant for Gabbie's drawing. Of course, I drew "my" bird design. Then Gabbie ate lunch. Her plate of food resided on a tray that straddled her lap as she sat on the couch. Gabbie directed me to sit beside her.

After lunch, Gabbie brought her blankie on the couch, and then she dumped the crayons on the blankie. We crayoned in the notebook on the couch.

We played on the blankie on the floor with educational cards that contained symbols and words. The cards connected like a puzzle. Gabbie said the words for many cards, such as fox, shoes, frog, and more.

At 1:00 p.m., I walked Gabbie to her room for naptime. She got into bed, and then she pulled me into bed. I sat in the bed with her, but then she started to get out of bed, and I responded by getting up and making sure she stayed in the bed, and telling her that it was naptime. At that point, Gabbie let loose with a major meltdown, screaming cry. She was disappointed in me for abandoning her. She felt betrayed. Her face had the classic downturned mouth, like a sad clown. A shocked look. I felt bed. I'm supposed to be on her side, breaking the rules.

I closed left her room and closed the door. Gabbie scream-cried, but only for a minute or two. She fell asleep rather quickly.

At 3:44 p.m., Gabbie awoke. She slept for nearly 2.75 hours. When I entered her room, she started handing me her stuff: blankie, baby doll, elephant thingy, and whatever else she had in bed. I carried the items into the living room. Gabbie climbed up onto the couch. I gave her the post-nap snack of milk and mini peanut butter crackers/cookies.

Gabbie separated the sides of the crackers/cookies and she ate the peanut butter and maybe a couple sides, but I looked into the bowl when she handed it to me, and I only saw the separated sides. I did not realize she was only eating the middles.

After snacking, we played on the floor on the blanket. She likes to spread the blankie out on the floor and play on it. We played with the crayons and the educational cards again.

At 4:31 p.m., we went downstairs. We got the crocheted ball. We tossed the ball back and forth while standing on the steps. She stood on the landing by the front door and I stood at the bottom of the steps in the basement area. Typical downstairs activity.

On last Friday's visit after finishing with the fence and playing between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m., we tossed the ball on the steps like above and Gabbie caught the ball from me eight times in a row. She threw it well to me last Friday too.

Today, she threw the ball to me in addition to rolling the ball down the steps and kicking it.

And recently, I started rolling the ball down the wide railing along the steps from the front door landing up to the first floor (the top floor). And now Gabbie likes to direct me to roll the ball down the railing, which I did today. The flat, wide railing is approx seven inches wide. She likes to be at the bottom of the railing and let the soft ball hit her. Today, I also got the giant, soft tennis ball and let it roll down the railing too. We both thought it funny.

Then back down to the basement area. Gabbie likes to stand on the treadmill. I have to lower the walking area. I cannot figure out how to turn it on. Gabbie presses the buttons. She must have seen it working. I need to ask CP or Brad how it powers on. Gabbie might like walking on it.

Gabbie put on CP's nursing shoes by the front door and she wore them down the steps and in the basement area including onto the treadmill. Hilarious.

Then Gabbie wanted my hat to wear. In recent weeks, she doesn't mind wearing my ball cap for at least a short while.

She wandered around the basement area briefly, wearing my ball cap and walking in CP's shoes.

At 5:07 p.m., we went back upstairs. We sat at the tea table. She patted one of the small chairs, directing me to sit down at that spot.

At the tea table, Gabbie brought over a lot of plastic food and toy kitchen appliances. She liked using the toy microwave and serving me food. So much fun to watch her play like that. She loves her kitchen setup and appliances and fake food. It will be fun to see if she enjoys cooking. She placed a cloth of some kind on my back. She enjoys placing textile items on me for some reason.

At 5:24 p.m., I got up from the tea table. We went into the living room. Gabbie ate on the couch. She made me site beside her again. She ate a pasta dish of lasagna or shells or something good looking. I cut the pieces up into smaller bites. She ate all of the pasta that was on her dish.

At 5:45 p.m., I left for Sylvania. Our CSA pickup is at the parking lot for the JCC in Sylvania. The pickup time is between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.

When I left, Gabbie did not fuss. She said, "Bye" repeatedly. When Gabbie says "Bye", she says it loudly.

Gabbie is almost always upbeat and positive and active. She enjoys playing.

Tue, Jul 30

Today was the first time that I soloed with Dominic, and it was the first time that I soloed with both Dominic and Gabbie. Brad was at work, and CP needed to attend a meeting with family on her Dad's side.

When I arrived at 8:40 a.m., Gabbie wore around her neck a medal that CP earned at some event. Gabbie also wore a knitted beanie/bonnet-like hat that contained long, knitted pig tails. That hat is supposedly related to the movie Frozen. Gabbie looked wild in the getup.

Bounce Patrol educational videos aired on the living room TV. Gabbie interacts with the videos by mimicking the hand, arm, and leg movements of the people in the videos. Gabbie also repeats the sounds, expressed by the people in the videos. The sounds are either words or animal noises.

Sometimes, Gabbie wants either CP or me to join her in the more interactive, dance-like Bounce Patrol videos that Gabbie enjoys. It's fun to watch Gabbie interact with the videos, and when she wants me to participate, she looks back to ensure that I'm doing each move.

Then we played ball upstairs with the crocheted ball, throwing it and kicking it.

Then Gabbie wanted to go downstairs and play. CP brought Dominic downstairs and placed him in the automated swing that plays music, which was something that was used with Gabbie, during her first year or so. This was the first time that I had seen Dominic in this swing. CP placed Dominic in the swing at 9:05 a.m., and Dominic enjoyed it. The swing contained a mobile of dangling things to occupy Dominic's attention. I would make the mobile spin around.

CP left at 9:10 a.m. Dominic's last feeding occurred at 9:00 a.m., administered by CP.

While I played with Dominic in the swing, I also played with Gabbie who played close to us.

At 9:30 a.m., Gabbie and I sat on the basement floor, next to Dominic who continued to enjoy the swing. Gabbie looked at books.

At 9:36 a.m., Gabbie sat on the treadmill, "reading" books. The treadmill was located next to Dominic's swing.

9:39 a.m. - Gabbie briefly bounced on the small trampoline, located in the basement. Then we played with the crocheted ball. Dominic chatted from the swing, making gurgling like noises.

9:51 a.m. - I got Dominic from the swing. He started to get fussy, probably wanting a change of scenery. I sat on the basement couch, holding Dominic. Gabbie sat beside me. Gabbie played with the TV remote, which did not do anything. She also likes to play with a Wii controller, pressing buttons and levers.

10:09 a.m. - We went upstairs. Gabbie played in the living room. Bounce Patrol videos aired on TV. I laid Dominic on the mat that rested on the ottoman. The mat contained four prongs that met in the middle above Dominic. Dangling things hung from the prongs, giving Dominic something to focus on. A mirror was also attached.

Gabbie draped the medal around Daisy's neck. When I let Daisy outside, I noticed the medal hanging down. Hilarious.

Gabbie said Logan's name. She continues to say the word "doggy" well. This might have been the first time that I heard her say, "Logan."

10:17 a.m. - Gabbie danced and sang to BP videos.

10:34 a.m. - I changed Dominic's diaper. That was the first time that I changed Dominic's diaper. I never changed his diaper when I visited Dominic over the previous three-plus months. I started changing Gabbie's diaper much earlier than this.

10:40 a.m. - Gabbie watched an alphabet video by Bounce Patrol. She said most of the letters.

10:55 a.m. - I fed a bottle to Dominic. He drank for five minutes, and then he fell asleep across my left shoulder at 11:00 a.m.

Gabbie entertained herself. She piled toys onto my lap as I held Dominic who continued to sleep.

11:30 a.m. - Dominic woke up and fed more on the bottle.

Gabbie wore my Ironman watch.

12:00 p.m. - Time for Gabbie's lunch. I tried to prepare her lunch while holding Dominic, but after a short while of trying that, I laid Dominic down on the mat.

12:15 p.m. - I gathered Dominic up off the mat. We all went into the play area. I sat in a chair, holding Dominic while Gabbie played nearby.

12:30 p.m. - Dominic fell asleep on me in the chair. Gabbie played loudly, dropping toys and banging on her drums and symbol set that resided next to the chair that I sat in with Dominic. Despite all of the noise, Dominic never woke up.

12:55 p.m. - CP arrived home.

1:05 p.m. - Gabbie went to bed for her afternoon nap, and she did not protest. I continued to hold Dominic.

After Gabbie went to nap, I continued to sit in the chair in the play area, holding Dominic. CP chatted with me in the play area.

At 1:55 p.m., Dominic awoke. He slept for nearly 90 minutes. He was ready to feed. I gave Dominic to CP.

CP and I watched "Letterkenny," which is a humorously crude Hulu show about a small town in Canada. CP introduced me to Letterkenny earlier this month. We watch when Gabbie is alseep.

I left at 4:10 p.m. Gabbie was still asleep. !!! Three hours and counting. I needed to go get our CSA produce a little later. I thought that Gabbie would wake up around 3:00 p.m., and I would play for 60 to 90 minutes before leaving. But since it was getting late, I left before Gabbie woke up.

This was my last July 2019 visit with Gabbie and Dominic.