Oh hey, I still have a blog!
Life with a newborn (or at least a baby that acts like a newborn) is kinda tough. My hours are quite full right now (Kara, you led me to believe that this would be easy with tons of downtime), but I really do want to try to update at least twice a week.
Anyways, last Sunday was my first Mother’s Day as a mother. I made my husband take us to the zoo on Saturday (they were calling for rain on Sunday). The Columbus Zoo is one of the best in the country (Jack Hanna is the zookeeper emeritus) and I’m so excited that we have a membership so I can take Charlotte as often as she wants.
We knew we couldn’t do the whole zoo that day, so we went to the polar bears first (they are the newest exhibit and my husband hadn’t seen them yet), followed by Asia/the big cats, the aquarium, the penguins, and finally the reptile house (my husband’s favorite).
On the way out I noticed a sign that said you could see a cheetah at 3 PM at this side exhibit I’d never noticed before (Animal Encounters Village). I demanded we stop and check it out. We actually stumbled upon a penguin show in the pool on stage.
Oh, and we did find the cheetah…
Apparently the cheetah and Anatolian Shepard dog were raised together to raise awareness about a project to give said dogs to farmers in Namibia. The dogs in Namibia scare cheetahs away from the farms, thus protecting them from being killed by the farmers. The zoo publishes a book about the project called Frenemies for Life: Cheetahs and Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, which we picked up for Charlotte’s (overflowing) bookshelf.
Sunday we went to church and then went to buy my gift. After shopping we stopped for sushi.
Oh yeah, and if you guys are sick of my sucktastic pictures, I have good news. We finally got a good camera! My husband got me a dSLR for a push/graduation/Mother’s Day present, so be prepared for awesome pictures. I was actually trained in advanced microscopy as part of my PhD, so I’m trying to apply those skills (a confocal microscope and dSLR use the same physics, so hopefully it transfers). Also, if anyone has a dSLR bag they love, link me to it, please!
Oh, and we found out today that Charlotte’s eyes have developed totally normally (preemies have a high risk for retinopathy caused by improper maturation of the eye’s blood vessels, which causes blindness) and she’s being released from the ophthalmologist’s care (he’ll see her when she’s 3 for a preschool screening, but not again until then). She was 6lbs, 6oz on Monday and the neonatologist said she was growing great.