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Saturday morning we decided to head up to Purdue for the football game against Eastern Michigan. On the way up to West Lafayette, I got on the Internet and bought us some front row tickets to the game which were delivered to my email while we were on the road. When we got into town, we made a quick stop at Kinkos to print the tickets, then we headed to the bookstore for a few new Purdue t-shirts. We were hoping for a pink one for Kai, but there wasn’t a huge selection in her size, so we settled on white.

When we arrived at out seats, we were delighted to find out that, not only were they in the front row, but they were padded and had seat backs. Awesome!

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Kai started the game wearing her ear muffs, I bought them for her a few weeks ago with the idea of going to a football game in mind. I wasn’t sure how loud it would seem or if she would be scared by the noise. Fortunately, Purdue’s stadium does not get crazy loud like Penn State’s Beaver Stadium, so she didn’t seem to need hearing protection. In fact, she slept through most of the game, including a Purdue Pete sighting, without it.

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During one of her wakeful moments, Kai made a Jumbotron appearance. Way to go Kai! I sat in the front row of the student section for a whole season at Purdue and still never managed to make the big screen.

I was surprised by how easy it was to take Kai to the game. Going into the event, I expected that it would be a huge ordeal, but it wasn’t bad at all. Her epic nap probably had something to do with that.

Hopefully Kai didn’t get spoiled into thinking that she will always sit in the front row for games! This was the exception, not the rule at our house, but I have to say that the front row seat provided much more entertainment for her than any other seat in the house would have.

Kai is super busy lately. Sit, crawl, stand, rinse, repeat. She barely has time to give me a second thought. I’m kidding, kind of. Kai seems to be a bit like Chris in that once she has her heart set on doing something she is extremely focused on achieving it. Kai’s latest goal is learning to walk and I bet she will achieve it well before the one year mark.

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Another thing Kai enjoys is mealtime, especially throwing food on the ground. Kai and I have many of the same favorite foods, including avocado, sweet potato, butternut squash, bananas, apples, yogurt, and of course oatmeal. I have been spending at least part of each weekend making food for her and, so far, it has been pretty easy. Pretty soon we will need to start giving her chunkier foods, which I am absolutely terrified of because of the choking hazard. I’m sure that I’m way over thinking that, we all learned to eat, right?

In the past few weeks we have become card carrying members of the Indianapolis Zoo and the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, to my surprise, the largest in the world. I don’t think Kai is getting much more out of these places than she would a trip to the mall, but Chris will take any excuse he can get to go to the zoo. We both enjoyed the Children’s Museum much more than I expected that we would, and, while I don’t think that I will vote for renewing the zoo membership until Kai is old enough to ask for it, I could handle spending a bit more time at ICM.

Kai has also been going running with us quite a bit. Unfortunately, we haven’t been running far enough to make it a good napping event. If we can work our way up to 90 minute runs and time them right, this could be perfect for tricking Kai into a reasonable length nap on the weekend. That would be awesome because, big surprise, she is so focused on standing that we have trouble getting her to nap during the day. Another big surprise, she turns into a cranky beast by 5 PM if she doesn’t nap. Go figure.

Next week Kai will turn nine months old, it amazes me how fast the past nine months went and also how different my life was nine months ago. On a macro level, I guess things are the same as they have always been, but when I consider that at this time last year I was still in India and jet setting all around Asia, my life seems markedly different. Maybe Chris will get another cool job in some far away land sometime soon. I would love for Kai to experience those adventures as well. For now, we will make the best of Southern Indiana.