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This was an extremely busy week, with a lot of hard work and good news. The biggest news was that late Wednesday night, I received an email from my research adviser, informing me that the article we wrote together was accepted for publication in the journal Law and Human Behavior. The article is about some research I completed the second year of my doctoral program, and it is very exciting to have it published in one of the top journals!

In fact, everyone had a big accomplishment or reached a milestone this week. Kira had a last session with 2 clients on Friday, with 2 clients left to close out, which will then bring her practice to a close for the rest of our time in El Paso. She is sure to begin again once I’ve graduated and Baby #3 allows her to leave his side, but in the meantime looks forward to the time away.

Avey lost her second tooth yesterday while eating cake at a birthday party. If you’re going to lose a tooth, I think that’s probably the best way to do it! In a rare moment of maturity, Avey also agreed to clean her room, finally throwing away dozens of little knickknacks and doodads she has accumulated.

The big news for Carver is that he now has a big-boy bed! I put together a bunk bed we had purchased for the kiddies, so that we can free up some space for our upcoming resident, and Kira bought a mattress. We were not sure what to expect for Carver’s first night trying it out. We let him crawl around on it during the day, and get familiar with the setting. When bedtime came, we were prepared for a long and tedious night of attending to him, with Avey complaining the entire time about Carver making noise. In preparation, we put Carver to bed first, and planned to sneak Avey in after he was finally out. To our surprise, the plan worked perfectly, and Carver, after just one visit from his mother and father, passed out! He needed us only once during the night, when he woke up a little disoriented, but he had some water and laid right back down. To top off the whole night, he slept in an extra 30 minutes too (which for us is about 5:30)! Maybe we should have done this a long time ago, although we are somewhat torn; It is a hard thing to allow our son to grow up.


Carver has been doing a funny thing recently. He did this last night too. When I put him to bed, he lays down and sometimes tells me before I leave that he “want[s] Mom.” I will tell Kira, and she will go in and tell him goodnight, and he usually goes to sleep. Sometimes, though, he forgets to ask me to get Kira. For instance, last night, I put him to bed, and left. A few seconds after closing the door, I hear him calling for me. “DAAAaad!” I go in and ask him what he needs. “I need Mom,” he says. As smart as he is, he must not quite understand that if I can hear him from the living room, his mother can too.

#Happenings #LittleGems

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