I kinda feel bad because, though of course I miss him for the sake of just him, the person, at the moment I'm really really really looking forward to his return also from the standpoint of Another Person To Help Look After The Kid And Entertain Him When He's Pissed Off About Nothing Obvious.
D was slightly... pissy today. I don't know what it was, but you know it's gonna be a bad day when he's fresh from a nice nap and a good feed and he's already upset about something, and you can't figure out what it is. And I could distract him into giggles of pure bliss for minutes at a time by doing things like
He also seemed extremely hungry today, desperate to eat even before the customary 2 hour mark. I introduced him to carrots today, which seemed to be a hit, especially as I couldn't seem to shovel spoonfuls into his mouth fast enough at "dinner time" tonight. By the way he's developed what looks like little red pimples on his belly, extending out a bit to his chest and groin, and he even has one on his cheek and another on one forearm. It doesn't look like any kind of rash, just scattered pimples, maybe from all the belly time and pivoting around on his tummy that he's been doing lately? I dunno. But if this is instead a sign of some killer flesh-eating disease that I'm not aware of, it'd be fabulous if y'all could let me know. Thanks.
In the bits of free time I got while the little one was napping I did manage to spend some time playing with The GIMP. I've had a lot of people tell me about this free, open-source program that's supposedly just as good as Photoshop, and since it's, well, free and even Photoshop Elements costs a good $100, I figured I'd at least give it a shot. I still wonder about going the PS route, as it's so much more popular and thus there's a lot more knowledge and support for it, but I'm not sure I can justify that cost yet. I did read that sometimes you can get Elements for free bundled with an electronic purchase like a scanner, so I'm wondering if that might be a possibility when we go shopping for a printer (as we may go for a scanner/copier/printer combo as we did when moving here). Anyway, the program's kinda confusing in part b/c there seem to be multiple ways to do essentially the same thing, but I'm kinda starting to figure a few things out. I followed this tutorial to create this after D went to bed tonight, and I was surprised at how simple the steps really were and don't feel quite so intimidated whenever I read the word "layer" in a tutorial anymore. Yay for progress.
EDIT: Damn. Ok, glad I posted about the pimples. I guess we'll cut back to just cereal for a few days and see how it goes.