Julianna is so cute these days. I don't mean to say that she wasn't cute before, or that she won't continue in this cuteness pattern. Or to insinuate that my other two cherubs are equally adorable, because they are. But Julianna is still so recently verbal - and she's still at that glorious point where she can really only agree with us, so she seems to be an uncommonly agreeable child.
She was outside yesterday, late afternoon, and playing with the big kids. Jessie discovered that you can take wet sidewalk chalk and use it as a serious paint, and since we had Glennys and Caroline over, it was a painting extravaganza out there. Everyone had fun, but Julie got disgustingly gross, and by the time Glennys carried her into me, she was coated in thick blue ooze and there was no choice but to toss her into the shower. I'd have given her a bath, but she's still pretty freaked out about it, so the best choice is just to get naked along with her and hold her screaming, writhing body in the shower. After we got all cleaned up, I got her out, and put her in a diaper and t-shirt and laid her down for a nap.
I was happily assuming that'd she'd nap for 45 minutes, maybe an hour. Julianna is an uncommonly regimented sort of kid, she put herself on a schedule very early on. For the most part, she naps for about three hours between 10:30 and 2:00, roughly, and then goes down for the night around 7:30 or 8:00. But occasionally, she'll get up earlier from the first nap and require a restorative little cat nap somewhere around six or so, and then go down closer to nine or nine thirty. But with the nice weather, and the sun being up so much later, plus it's Sunday and there's no real schedule at all, I didn't realize how late it was. She actually went down to sleep around quarter of seven and slept like a rock until close to ten.
Then she was AWAKE and just delighted with herself. She had missed dinner entirely, and was so clearly awake, I couldn't make her go back to sleep. So I got her up and she, Marc and I just hung out. She had dinner with Marc and we watched Loony Toones and built with her blocks. She's so adorable and so perfectly happy. But it was after midnight before she finally wound herself back down, and I'm exhausted this morning.