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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Letter to Lola

Dearest Lola,

Today is your first birthday and it has been a funny old day to say the least. Your brother has been sick with the flu, it has been raining for a week nonstop, and your party ended up being postponed a week with the chaos of it all.

In your usual fashion though, you have braved all this adversity with cheeky grins and sunny smiles. Rolling through the day with aplomb, unfazed, enjoying your gifts and amusing yourself.

You’re walking and quacking and charming us all. We love you. Happy birthday sweet girl.

with endless love
your Mama

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Thursday, January 24, 2008


Ah yes I’d love to say there have been significant changes in our household. The sleepless nights have continued, with various colds, ear infections and so on keeping the kids awake. Sharing a room as well I’m sure, is not helping things. So we’re muddling through. The rains have continued too - so I’ve got to do some rethinking on Lola’s first birthday - the park probably isn’t going to cut it.

One funny story from tonight. Oliver woke up crying. Steven is working late, so just me on deck. I brought him out for a cuddle and he felt hot so gave him some motrin. Went back into the bedroom and rocked him to sleep then gently gently put him back into bed. Upon which I heard, as his eyes opened sleepily “good job Mama, good job”. Priceless!

Watching the Clinton, Obama, Edwards debate. Geez that is one smart woman.

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Monday, January 14, 2008

Tough Love

What a week. Lola hasn’t been sleeping. Between 3 and 6am for the last week she’s been restless and upset. I tell you, sleep deprivation is an ominous thing. We thought it might be the teething so were reluctant to really do very much about it. Last night she was in with me and she was fussing at her ear, a clear telltale sign. I took her in to the Drs this morning and lo - an ear infection. Poor little lamb, she’s been braving it through the whole time and I suspect she’s had it for quite a while. So we’ve got her on antibiotics which should do the trick.

Oliver is also down with something. Some viral cold flulike nastiness. Bianca picked him up from school today and we also took him in - just to check that’s all it was. What a day.

So tonight both kids have taken some medicine to help them sleep and keep fevers at bay. Thank goodness Steven and I are relatively healthy. Amen to that.

On a brighter note, Sunday was a fantastic day. Temps must have hit upper 70s and we spent the afternoon at Will Rogers Park. Truly a great day. Topped it off with a movie classic for Oliver - ET. First time Steven had seen it. I cried, of course. Take me to see any children’s movie from my own childhood and I won’t last 30 minutes before tearing up. same with Christmas. What can I say, I’m a sap.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

One step, two steps, three steps, four

Happy New Year! Can’t believe this is another one rolling in. Steven and I, had what is for me, the perfect night. Dinner and a movie. Yeah yeah, we’re getting old, I know it. But it WAS a great movie. Juno. Smart, funny, originally told and moving. I’d highly recommend it.

New Years Day saw us at the beach. Days like this I realize why we stay in California. We spent the morning running along the shore with Oliver, a warm breezy day. Such fun. I walked back with Lola. I’d kind of forgotten how far it was back to the house but I wanted to put into action two resolutions. One - to be more active. and two - to spend more time with my children - quality time. I don’t get, strike that, I don’t make enough time to spend with them, especially with Lola so it was cool, walking with her along the boardwalk - even if she did sleep the entire way.

Oh - and our best news of the new year. Lola has started to walk. 3-4 steps yesterday, today a burst of eight. Our kids. They like to make these milestones memorable. Oliver started the day after his first birthday.

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