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September 18, 2009

It’s that time again

Filed under: Babies — admin @ 10:24 am

I’m delighted to announced to you that Dave and I are expecting our second child! The baby is due around March 24th.

You can follow along our journey at my pregnancy blog.

9 weeks old

September 14, 2009

Seven Years

Filed under: Love — admin @ 8:26 am


Today marks seven years of being married to my amazing husband, Dave. I am deliriously happy with our relationship, and I feel so incredibly lucky to have the fabulous life I have with him.

Babe, I love you. Here’s to many happy returns of the day. xxoxox

September 5, 2009

Raising Cain: A Must-Read

Filed under: Books — admin @ 1:25 pm

I’m halfway through Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys. I would strongly encourage anyone who has a son to read this book.

It is an insightful and interesting read about the challenges boys face as they enter adolescence and approach manhood. The authors expose some of the obvious and not-so-obvious problems that boys are up against as they grow more independent in their world.

From the Amazon.com review:

Boys suffer from a too-narrow definition of masculinity, the authors assert as they expose and discuss the relationship between vulnerability and developing sexuality, the “culture of cruelty” boys live in, the “tyranny of toughness,” the disadvantages of being a boy in elementary school, how boys’ emotional lives are squelched, and what we, as a society, can do about all this without turning “boys into girls.” “Our premise is that boys will be better off if boys are better understood–and if they are encouraged to become more emotionally literate,” the authors assert. As a tool for change, Kindlon and Thompsom present the well-developed “What Boys Need,” seven points that reach far beyond the ordinary psychobabble checklist and slogan list. Kindlon (researcher and psychology professor at Harvard and practicing psychotherapist specializing in boys) and Thompson (child psychologist, workshop leader, and staff psychologist of an all-boys school) have created a chilling portrait of male adolescence in America. Through personal stories and theoretical discussion, this well-needed book plumbs the well of sadness, anger, and fear in America’s teenage sons.


18 Months!!

Filed under: Henry — admin @ 10:46 am

Henry is now a year and a half old. Here’s an update.

  • Weight: 24# 4oz (28th percentile)
  • Height: 33 3/8″ (81st percentile)
  • Head: 19 1/8″ (73rd percentile)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – he’s going to be skinny, tall and have a big brain, just like his Daddy!

18M Growth Chart

18M Growth Chart

He is meeting his milestones right on time. He has all sixteen of his milk teeth. He is only missing his 2nd year molars. He has a few words, and is learning more each day. He says “hello”, “truck”, “ball”, “more”, “cat” and “dog”, though they don’t always sound right. He’s also just started saying “no.” It’s actually really, really cute. When he sees an elephant, he puts his arm over his head and says “woooooo”. When he sees a cow he says “mooooo”. And he knows to roar for a lion.

He’s smart, figures out pretty quickly when you’re trying to deceive him in some way. He is very independent and strong-willed, likes to do things for himself. He is a good eater most of the time, eating a good variety of foods and impressive quantities when it’s something he really likes. He loves his evening bath and has a good time splashing and playing with his toys. He likes to chew on his toothbrush; we’re still working on the brushing part. He helps pick up his toys when we’re done playing. He loves to throw things away in the trash can and he shuts open doors. He loves dogs and kitties. He is a good sleeper, sleeping from 8 PM to around 7 AM. He hasn’t started climbing out of his crib yet, but he looks agile and potentially tall enough to do so soon. He loves to climb and he loves to roughhouse. He likes to watch the airplanes at the airport, and always points to the sky when he hears one.

It is practically impossible to change his diaper with only one person. He throws a major fit. Sometimes he decides dinner’s over early and gets down before I think he’s finished. I always worry he’s going to starve but he manages to survive. The damage he’s done to our property has been pretty minimal so far, but I can see the writing on the wall. He broke one of my pairs of glasses a few months ago while roughhousing. It was my fault for wearing them while roughhousing. However, last weekend he pulled on the curtains in a room and pulled the rod support out of the wall, with at least one or two screws ripped out of the drywall. And he’s recently started banging his trucks against the walls.

He’s had tubes in his ear since June and we’re happy to report that he has had no ear infections since then. During the one airplane ride he has since taken, takeoff and landing was a cinch. His health has been pretty good, only a few colds here and there since we knocked out the constant ear infections.

All in all, everything is going just as well as one could hope. Henry is a healthy, happy, bright child who is the light of our lives.

Playing with Trains


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