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September 17th, 2007

I didn’t take as many as I thought at Kenny’s birthday party, but here are a few, as promised…


Mama, why do my balloons keep flying away?”


“Kaitie and Kristin’s present ROCKS!”


“Let them eat cake!   I want the cookies all to myself…”

MommyBlog on Vacation

September 12th, 2007

Though I am here in the most idyllic setting possible for endless writing (both sets of grandparents to dote on Kenny, picturesque sunsets and melodic ocean soundtracks), I am finding that I have been hit with a THUMP of writers block.   Not only that, but in sacking away two novels in three days, I’m finding that even reading blogs is dull and tedious  compared to the sudden freedom and time I have to read for hours at a stretch (imagine naptimes with no laundry or vacuuming to steal away my moments! and getting a suntan to boot!).     I don’t need to read in soundbites, I can read an entire biography in a day!   Not to mention the fine wines that my dad, an unofficial yet passionate sommelier, has brought for our tasting pleasure, which mellows me out to the point of languishing on the couch with my paperbacks rather than sitting in a tidy posture at the laptop.


So rather than fight it (this is vacation, after all!), I  have resolved  to go on brief hiatus, and to return with full force after our vacation ends next week.   (And to  return to reading all of my blogging friends and catching up on all the news soon!)

So please check back next Monday, when MommyBlog returns to the blogosphere!  

(And if you’re looking for a good read, try  Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.   Awesome.)


Happy Birthday Kenny!!

September 9th, 2007

My sweet baby is TWO!  


I can hardly believe that two years have passed since the night  I first met this little human that is the exterior beat of my heart.   His serious expression when he’s stacking blocks melts me as much as his charming “can I have a  cookie?” smile.   His earnest appeals for one more book, one more story, or one more song at bedtime are hard to resist.   His rapt attention when he sees a plate full of turkey and hummus and cheese set before him at lunchtime, solemnly clasping his hands so we can pray (fast!) and he can dig in make me swallow my giggles and clasp my own hands in reverence.   His new favorite question, “Mama, Where you been?” (even if I’ve only been in the bathroom for 16 seconds)  and new favorite statement, “I don’t like that, Mama” (mostly referring to vegetables that he once ate with gusto, and now spurn in favor of bread and butter) are so funny it takes all my composure to answer then with the same seriousness he proffers them.

He is no longer a baby, that’s for sure.   He’s 100% BOY.

I have a slew of pictures to post from his birthday party as well as our family on his actual birthday, but I forgot to bring my usb cord with us on vacation (where we are presently for the next week), and I will have to post them upon our return.   Stay tuned!


September 8th, 2007

… had an unfortunate incident as we were packing up the car to go on our much-awaited vacation to the Outer Banks.   We noticed an oozing from his most recent bandage, and so we took him to an emergency vet en route to North Carolina.   And wouldn’t you know it… his second set of stitches broke.

This was no fault of ours (we kept the cone on the whole time and kept him still) or his (he couldn’t have licked it if he tried, which he did, and often).   They simply broke.   Ugg.

Now a big part of the reason that we go to the Outer Banks one week off season is because you can have dogs off leash on the beach all day.   And this champion wave runner was now going to be allowed no where near the ocean.   Or the sand.

The emergency vet removed his split stitches and bandaged him, advising that we find a vet at our destination for another surgery.   The vet we found was awesome, and removed the scar tissue and re-sewed him for a (fairly) reasonable fee.   And he didn’t bandage him.   Turns out, according to this doc, the bandages themselves may very well have been the problem, as they were constantly rubbing his ankle and irritating the stitches.   So he is now stitched and it looks so much better.   He seems much happier too, as I think the bandage was itching him to death.   But still no sand, no surf, no wild runs in the crashing ocean.   He knows what he’s missing, too, because he smells the air here.   My poor, sweet Duds…


“Mama, What-ya Doin’?”

September 6th, 2007

This is how Kenny now calls to me when he wakes up from his nap.   It used to be a series of “Mama?” calls, which became “Mama, out!” and have now morphed into the much more charming calls of, “Mama, What-ya doin’?” and “Mama, Come upstairs!”

He has become like a little scholar, asking questions (and  sometimes answering himself)  from the time he wakes up  until  the time we turn out the lights at night.   Driving in the car: “Where’s all the cars goin’?   Goin’ to the grocery store, Mama?”   and “Where’s the crickets sleepin’?” and “Where’s the moon?   He’s hidin’ in the trees.”   Eating breakfast, looking out the window: “Where’s the heron?   He must be at sum-buddy’s elses house today.”   Looking at Dudley: “Dudley’s hat off now?” (Kenny feels for his furry companion swathed in his plastic cone.)   And playing with his train set, his imagination takes flight: “Where’s Thomas goin’?   He’s in the traffic jam!   He gonna be late!” and “Look, Mama!   All the trains sleepin’!   Nap time trains in their pajamas, night-time music on!”

Yesterday he took a warming pan lid out of the oven warming drawer (one with a handle) and declared to me that it was his “suitcase” and he was “Going to work!   Going to see Daddy in’s office in the city.   See all Daddy’s friends!”

And now, aha!   I hear my angel waking up.   He is calling to me… “Mama?   Baby teddy fell out-da bed!   Wake up!   … Mama?   You wakin’ up?”

Hot Mama

September 4th, 2007

I am not accustomed these days to getting “hit on.”   There was a time, back in my prime… no, but seriously, something about the fact that I don’t get a chance to brush my hair everyday, or always match my clothes, seems to prevent guys from giving me that eye.   Ok, that and I have a tall, handsome husband and a knock-out wedding ring, so the two obvious clues that I’m married  probably has something to do with it, too.   Not that I want men to flirt with me, not at all, I’m just trying to  express that …well, it’s been a while.

Anyway, when we were at the O’s game last week, Casey and Kenny went to scout a table for us to eat before we went back to our seats, and I took our enormous platter piled with beef and beans to the  fixin’s station.   As I was pumping a little extra sauce on my carnivorous mess, a slightly nerdy guy in a short-sleeved dress shirt caught my eye.   “Wow,” he said, “You have great arms.   Do you lift?”   (did I mention that the platter was really heavy?)

“I have a two year old son.   I lift him all day.” I answered, not trying to be sassy, but trying to balance the side of beef I was carrying.

“Oh, where’s your son tonight?” he asked, in that tone that suggests that his next question is going to be something naughty.

I nodded my head at Casey and Kenny across the way.   He shrugged and raised his beer to me, then walked away.  

Geeky, yes, but it cracked me up.   It cracked Casey up too, probably because the guy was a fairly non-threatening math-y type.   Anyway, it’s good to know that these Mommy biceps are can still swag a head or two…

The Man in the Plastic Mask

September 4th, 2007

Ok, Dudley is not exactly a man, but he is encased in a plastic mask.   That is to say, today, on the day that his stitches were to be removed (ten days following his surgery for a benign tumor removal), he managed to chew the bandage just right and rip out the stitches and the skin surrounding it.   Today at the vet, I was told that he had to “start over from day one” and they put my sweet baby under again and re-stitched him, with another ten day time frame of recovery.


It’s our fault entirely.   The plastic cone he’s supposed to wear on his head wigs him out, so we “compromised” by keeping him on a leash 24/7 (including through the night) and he was doing fairly well.   Until last night when I thought Casey had him and he thought I had him, and I finished Kenny’s bath to discover that Dudley had ripped his bandage off from the inside out.   Now he had chewed on his bandage a few times before, and every-time we returned to the vet for a new one, and though he was a little behind on his recovery, the prognosis was good.  

But now he is sitting at my feet, head encased in a plastic cone, and 100% miserable.   He is not allowed to go up the stairs (so guess where Casey and I are sleeping tonight… the downstairs bedroom), not allowed outside at all without a leash, no walks, no playing, cone off only to eat.

Waaaa, again.

If all this weren’t bad enough, we are leaving for our vacation on Sunday to the Outer Banks, chosen off-season primarily for the reason that we can bring dogs on the beach then, and Dudley loves the ocean.   Oh woe, my furry gray friend.

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