By the time September came around, James and the girls started getting a little stir crazy. Some of James's family still had not met Nadia, so that became a priority both because of familial responsibility and because everyone was looking for reasons to get out of the house.
James and the girls went for a few walks at Long Hunter State Park. Jessica also took the girls a couple of times. This shelter is halfway through the big trail that goes over the lake. At first, Sofia was content to ride in the stroller. Eventually, though, she would not be contained, and would try to run the whole way. Sofia loved spotting deer at the park.
James has many grandparents. This is Great-Grandpa George, not to be confused with Grandpa George. George and his wife Diane met Nadia for the first time on this trip. Sofia also got to play outside a bit and chased Cheeto the cat. James took to calling the cat Don Cheeto. Get it? No? Whatever.
James sometimes proctors ACT and SAT tests in Brentwood, a job that he was set up with by his friend Chad Humbert. On this day, James was also to combine the job with a geocache. Geocaching is a sport where people use GPS coordinates and clues to find caches. Sometimes the caches are located in interesting areas that the person who placed the cache wants people to learn about. This one was in a slave graveyard. James found the inscription flawed.
As Nadia grew sturdier and Jessica spent more time at work, cuddling became more important.
One of the ways that James got the girls out of the house on some days was to take them to the zoo, where Jessica works. Sofia could run around a bit, feel closer to Mommy, and get some fresh air. Nadia often slept during these trips. Sometimes James would feed Nadia while Sofia played in the playground.
Zoo trips were also a good way to tucker the girls out.
As Sofia grew more capable, there were more and more casualties. One day she got poop all over every toy in her bed.
Grandma Sandy and Uncle Josh came for a visit in September that is legendary.
Everyone went to see Cousin Kate in a parade!
Sofia enjoyed her time with Uncle Josh, whom she prays for every night.
Many vehicles in the parade had sirens. Sofia learned to cover her ears when a car or truck with flashing lights came by. James wasn't too bright in this regard, and Nadia was startled by the first emergency vehicle. Josh pointed the mistake out, and James moved the baby to a safer distance.
This is a whiteboard outside of the writing lab at Volunteer State Community College. The instructors put up a new quote every week that was meant to inspire, and allowed students to add their own comments. James liked the challenge of being funny. Sometimes James's responses got erased. Everyone's a critic.
Nadia had her second Down Syndrome clinic. By that point she was a bit of a bubble baby. For the most part the feedback was that Nadia was doing well, but physical therapy was suggested, as well as a helmet to help with how flat that back of her head had become.
Meemaw got to meet Nadia for the first time. It was great weather outside, so James, Sofia, and Nadia went to Lavergne to show the baby off. Nadia and Meemaw fell in love, and Sofia got to play with her cousin Abby.
Nana and Goompa let Sofia spend some time in the driveway on warm days drawing with chalk.
During another inconclusive hearing appointment for Nadia, James and Sofia explored Vanderbilt Hospital. During a search for a playground that they had spied from a higher floor, they came across this saltwater fish tank that had some of the fish from Finding Nemo, including a star fish!
Nadia's first solid eating started in September. She is much better at it, now.