Edited to add: The hat Clare is wearing in this picture came from Japan - and Ben wore it when he was a little boy.
On Monday, I had a stomachache. It was pretty bad, and I concocted an entire story where I woke in the middle of the night with a raging cash of appendicitis (thanks Web M.D.!) and had to call an ambulance, and where would Clare sit in the ambulance? And were would she go while I was in surgery? Would Ben fly back from Las Vegas? And what if I couldn't get to the phone to call an ambulance? What if I passed out? What would happen to Clare?
None of this happened. We are fine.
On Tuesday, we web chatted with Ben. It took Clare about 10 minutes to figure out that it was her Daddy in the computer. As soon as she realized it, she lunged for the monitor, trying to get to him. It was pretty cute.
Also: I gave Clare TWO baths this week. During the first one, I managed to pour water right into her mouth. She only coughed for a few minutes. Mommy of the Year over here!
Ben comes back today. I will be glad to see him. I need someone here to keep me out of my head. And to keep Clare clean.