I'm sure the last ten weeks of Valerie's life merit more than a few words and a handful of snapshots, but alas, this is what you get. (As usual, you can click on any of the pictures to go to our flickr photostream and see more pictures, or to see other sizes.)
Beginning of October: Valerie is becoming very dexterous, and gets into things we might leave unattended, such as enormous slurpees.
Middle of October: First trip on the train to visit cousins Nick and Timothy in Vermont. Surprise visit from Auntie Nan while we were there.
Late October: We all got sick. Pretty sure it was the swine flu, but we didn't get tested. No pictures of that. You're welcome.
Halloween: Valerie was the cutest barista on the block. And she got to have her first ever chocolate bar.
Early November: Played in PopPop's leaves. Devoured her first hotdog at the church hay ride.
Mid-November: Valerie took her first steps and figured out how to climb the play structure and go down the slide all by herself. GA/PC Day on Mama's back.
End of November: Thanksgiving. Visit from Grandma. Put up Valerie's first Christmas tree.
Beginning of December: First time walking on snow!