Friday, September 27, 2013

Nugget (Month 6)

Dear Willa,

It's been six months since you changed our family dynamic with your beautiful presence. Half a year. It seems like a lifetime ago, and I wonder what I did with all that time I had before you were born. I remember thinking in those early weeks that six months felt so far away. Yet here we are.




Yesterday I left for a work trip making this the first time I've been away from you overnight. When the time came for me to kiss you goodbye, I was definitely choking back tears. I'm sad not to be with you today, but I keep reminding myself that it's not that big a deal. It's six months, not your actual birthday. Still, every milestone in your first year of life is important. Thank goodness for FaceTime so I can still see you and talk with you and Daddy.




Speaking of my work trip, it was at this conference last year that I first spoke your name out loud to someone besides Daddy. Your dad and I had agreed to keep your name a secret from everyone except immediate family. But I was riding the high of just making your pending arrival public news, and when one gentleman asked me about names, I couldn't help myself figuring I didn't really know him and might not see him again. We hadn't officially decided on your name, but Willa was at the top of my list so that's what I told him.  




Last month we started you on rice cereal. Now you've added vegetables and fruit to your developing palate. You've had squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, green beans, apples and peaches. And you love every bit of it. Seriously, you have not turned away anything we've tried to give you.




You've started army crawling. I love watching you see something you want and pull yourself on your stomach to get to it. Mostly you go after Cooper. Sometimes he'll allow you to play with his feet and sometimes he gets up and moves so he can enjoy his bone in peace. Don't take it personally. That dog gets overly protective about his bones.




You cut two teeth this month! I didn't even realize it until you grabbed my finger one day and stuck it in your mouth where I felt that first tooth. Then it all clicked into place, and I retroactively figured out why you had been so crabby recently. I have to be careful to make sure you don't chomp down with your teeth on my fingers now.




We've reached the beginning of the separation anxiety stage. Earlier this week when I dropped you off at daycare you started to cry as I walked out the room, which just adds to my guilt at leaving you for three nights. I hope you're having fun with Daddy and Cooper. I miss and love you, baby girl.

Love,
Momma

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Baseball

What baseball legend hit a record three consecutive home runs in a World Series game - on the first pitch thrown by three different pitchers?

Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, for the New York Yankees, in game 6 of the 1977 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jackson hit a record five home runs in the series.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tuesday Trivia: Baseball

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What baseball legend hit a record three consecutive home runs in a World Series game - on the first pitch thrown by three different pitchers?

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Mentally Prepared

This week is a big milestone. One every first time mother dreads... the first night away from her baby.

I have a big trip for work that will take me away from home four days. That's not just one night away from my Nugget but three. I'm going to be gone so long that by the time I come back she'll be starting school. 

Okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration.

She will have probably forgotten me and think I'm a stranger by the time I finally get back.

A few months ago, when I committed to this trip, I knew what it meant, and I was okay with it. It's an important trip, and I'm still glad to be going. But it doesn't make it any less hard.

We went down to College Station last weekend for the A&M-Alabama football game and left Willa with my sister. Because I was not mentally prepared for the dreaded first night away yet, we drove back almost as soon as the game was over.

When I told John that I expect to be a complete mess on this work trip being away from my baby girl, he replied that he thought I was mentally prepared.

I am mentally prepared for this trip. Prepared to be a mess.

Thank the sweet grilled cheebus for FaceTime.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: U.S. Constitution

How many amendments to the U.S. Constitution were proposed in the Bill of Rights passed by Congress in 1789?

12. The first two proposed - dealing with the number and apportionment of the House of Representatives, and Congressional pay raises - failed to be ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures. The remaining 10 were ratified and became the Bill of Rights.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tuesday Trivia: U.S. Constitution

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How many amendments to the U.S. Constitution were proposed in the Bill of Rights passed by Congress in 1789?

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Book Review: Defending Jacob

Defending Jacob by William Landay

Defending Jacob is about an assistant district attorney whose son is accused of murdering a classmate. As the trial unfolds, the ADA Andy tries to find out what really happened to prove what he's believed from the beginning... that his son is innocent. 

I've been putting off writing this review because I kept trying to think of something else to say about it besides that I didn't like it. Let me try.

The characters were flat caricatures and it was hard to sympathize with Andy, the protagonist of the story. 

Yeah, that's about all I can say about it. Needless to say, I don't recommend this book. Let's hope the next month is better.

Next month - Sutton by J.R. Moehringer

Disclosure: No one paid me in any way, form or fashion for this review.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Cities

What city is known as "the city of a thousand minarets"? How about "the city of a hundred spires"?

Minarets: Cairo, Egypt; spires: Prague, Czech Republic.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Tuesday Trivia: Cities

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What city is known as "the city of a thousand minarets"? How about "the city of a hundred spires"?

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Meteorology

What are cirrus clouds - the thin, wispy clouds high in the sky - composed of?

Ice crystals.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tuesday Trivia: Meteorology

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What are cirrus clouds - the thin, wispy clouds high in the sky - composed of?