One of our babysitters has an umlaut in her name. I told E about it and explained what it was. Then he said what sounded for all the world like "umlaut." A friend said this didn't count because E didn't know what he was saying; however, I love the idea of "umlaut" as a first word.
I have this itch to travel. Usually D and I go away in March to Miami, but now I am toying with the idea of Maui. I've never been. But a 12-hour flight...probably not smart. However, I asked the pediatrician about plane travel for babies, and she said a long flight can actually be better because there are no quick changes in air pressure. That is, a lot of time would elapse between takeoff and landing (the phases when air pressure fluctuation can bother a baby). She said you want to nurse a baby at those times, if possible - "it's the baby equivalent of chewing gum." Anyway, because of the length of the flight, she said Maui might actually be better than Miami. "Of course, then you have to deal with sitting on a plane that long," she said. So who knows what we will do. But one thing's for sure...I need an adventure.