Sunday morning dawned bright and clear. Ellie was so happy to be fed and changed and to play in the tent. She thought the slippery sleeping bags were hilarious.
Two exciting things happened Sunday afternoon. First, Ellie climbed the stairs for the very first time.
After Jen was whisked away, the rest of us kind of looked at each other for a few minutes in shock, and then continued with the regularly scheduled activities. We had an auction to raise money for the next family reunion and then had a program celebrating Grandpa and Grandma Camp's lives. Dad put together an amazing slide show with pictures and Mark Richardson recorded a narration. Interspersed with the slide show we (can you guess? well, what else - but we) sang! Amy played the piano and sang a duet with Uncle Bob. It was a great program. After the slide show, the "original" siblings spoke for a few minutes each, bearing testimonies and talking about their parents.
Then we had dinner and played games and talked for the rest of the night. Greg got Ellie to go to sleep around 9:30 and we put her in her stroller in a dark and quiet room down the hall from where we were playing cards. We checked on her a few times and she was doing great. Then, I just felt like I should check on her again (even though I had just checked on her less than 5 minutes before). I went anyway, and Ellie had tried to roll over and had almost slid out of the stroller. Luckily, that accident was averted, but as I was rearranging her, she woke up. Ellie played for about another hour while Greg was finishing up his card game, and then we headed back to the tent for the night. Since Ellie had gone to sleep the night before so well, I had high hopes for a repeat.
It did not happen.
We had to rock her back to sleep and it seemed to take forever. Ellie did not go to sleep until after midnight, and then she woke up at 5:20 screaming. We fed her and changed her, and then she did not want to go back to sleep. I ended up rocking her for about 30 minutes (because she was so close and she was so tired and I knew she just wanted to be asleep). Finally, I could not do it anymore and handed Ellie off to Greg. She was asleep within 2 minutes.
I did all the hard work, right?
After Ellie's rough morning, we were happy to let her sleep as long as she wanted. She woke up around 9:45, and we got her dressed and headed up to the lodge for breakfast.