May 15 2014

just this

it’s been a beautiful week and we’ve eaten dinner outside every night. we’re this happy we have a backyard:
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May 9 2014


“dada? tell me a story. dada?… tell me a story, please. dada! when a kid says, ‘tell me a story,’ tell her a story.”

May 9 2014

a dose of olympia

packing her own duffel, an animal-themed parade in the rain, playing with armloads of stuffies, adult stay-up-late time, an overnight with friends, hot-tubbing in the hail, movies in the morning… thanks for a great getaway, carrie, brandon, sydney and quinn!

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May 7 2014

three sticks of butter

[mmm, butter.]

it was ultrasound day today, treated around here like a national holiday and celebrated afterwards with bakery goodies. josephine has been quite excited to see her baby brother/sister, but about five minutes in she announced, loudly, “this is boring!” ned and i didn’t think so. it’s a joy to see all those tiny baby parts coalesce into a whole being and to *see* the movements that we’ve been feeling. we are delighted to report that everything looks proportional, healthy and, most excitingly, unremarkable. just the way we like our babies.

josephine was really rooting for finding out the sex and ned and i would be happy to wait, so we compromised by having the tech look and write down the verdict. any bets as to how long that sealed envelope will stay sealed?

the baby weighs 12 ounces, so there’s lots of growing to do in the next 20 weeks. i’m happy to help any way i can. seconds on dinner? elevenses? more ice cream with rhubarb sauce? if i must.

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May 2 2014

adding on

this is happening:

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when we told josephine the news, i thought she already knew it. she’d made comments over the last few months about having a baby in the family and had even casually referred to the baby in my belly. we were lying in our bed and she was between us; it’s her habit to join us in bed on the weekends once the clock says 7. i told her we had some big news to tell her and her eyes lit up. i told her she could guess and i said, “we’re going to have…” and she said, “ice cream!” and i said, “no… we’re going to have… ” and she said, “a party!” and then i said, “we’re going to have a baby. you’re going to be a big sister!” and her eyes grew wide and she said, “are you kidding me? for real life? really!?” and i said, “yes, for real life,” and she laughed and laughed and laughed. it was fantastic.


she comes up to me and gives my mid-section hugs, whispering to the little being in there that she loves it already. she has big plans for this little brother/sister. big plans. they’re going to share a room and she’s going to teach him/her everything she knows.


i wonder if i would have gotten pregnant if we were still living in our little apartment.  i’m not sure my body would have let it happen.


i’m due september 24th. unless this baby is over a week late, all four of our birthdays and ned’s and my anniversary will be within a month of each other. and if the baby’s born a few days early, we’ll all be virgos.


josephine suggests the name kella for a girl and bidge for a boy. ned and i have longer lists (that don’t include either of those names. don’t tell josephine.)


the 20-week ultrasound is on wednesday and we don’t yet know if we are going to find out the sex of the baby. josephine wants to, i could go either way but would prefer not to, and ned doesn’t want to. i am guessing we’ll have the tech write it down and seal it in an envelope and torture ourselves with it for a while.


a few days after we told her the news, josephine gave me a hug and said quietly in my ear, “i’m so glad you let dada do this to you.”