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It’s been a busy month. First, let me catch up some of you who have been emailing with questions. Regarding the blog, I will be referring to myself as Jane, to C as Lane and to our son as E. It might not make a bit of difference, but it’s just a tiny safety precaution. I try to update the blog as often as possible, which is turning out to be once or twice per month. “I wanna try harder, I wanna do better,” someday perhaps…

For now, we’ve been up to see and spend a week with Lane’s parents. We had a very restful time and Nonny got to spend lots of time at home with E. We celebrated Nonny and Grandpa’s 40th wedding anniversary – congratulations Nonny and Grandpa – by throwing them a surprise party. They were very surprised and really enjoyed the time with family and friends. After our visit with family, we headed up to Boston for a week of training – well Lane had training; E and I just sort of hung out – shopping, visiting the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum (highly recommend this if you’re ever in Boston), and eating out. Lane and I also had our first “date” out to a restaurant. E slept through the whole thing! And, we were able to spend a very enjoyable evening with a good friend at Harvard. We spent the weekend with friends of Lane’s in Vermont. The weather was beautiful – though, Vermont always seems lovely even in mud season – and it was great to see old friends and introduce E to them. What a fun week and also great to get back home for some much-needed stillness and rest.

Today, E and I took Nanook to the vet. I’m certain it goes without saying, but jaunts like said vet visit are much more challenging with a child. No more “sure, I’ll just run in and get that” trips to the store etc. I’m not complaining, just stating the obvious. I will admit I was nervous about going and envisioned baby-in-carrier screaming with screeching/loud barking dog trying to bite various vet staff while they attempt to examine her. However, my fears were (are you really that surprised) irrational and put to rest. Nanook, though a bit anxious, did great and E was a champ just hanging out and chewing (read: drooling) all over the front of the carrier.

When we got home, we enjoyed some tummy time. I took the opportunity to snap some photos of our lovely boy. He is almost 4 months old!

King of Drool
King of Drool
Look at the concentration...
Look at the concentration…
Success!  Superman!
Success! Superman!


the basketballthe basketball

Some of you have been bugging me about a new post – so, here is a new post on the new blog.  We are three months in to our communal living experiment and two weeks away from our due date.  So much has happened in the time that has passed. First, apparently I am hiding a basketball under my shirts and sweaters as strangers like to point out when we’re out and about.  Sometimes, folks are even more vocal. For example, the group of young men heckling passersby outside of our local library who shouted something to the effect of, “whoa, man, did you see that?  Her stomach was the first thing you saw coming around the corner.”  I wanted to respond with something about the power of women and how they all came from their mother’s belly’s, but I refrained.    

Communal living has brought unforeseen blessings and challenges.  We share food, meals, and burdens.  We are also challenged to see each other in our hardest moments and to offer grace to each other through those times.  (I had written more specifically about this, but lost it when our internet connection just went out, so summaries will have to do.)  We all have something big going on now – both joyful and painful events and it is encouraging to me to watch how each of us are living through this time.  As I type, two of our housemates are at the hospital hoping for the safe and healthy arrival of their second child.  Their first child is upstairs napping and will hopefully understand that mommy and daddy will indeed return… and will return with her new baby brother or sister.  

We have been preparing for our son’s arrival by arranging, organizing, and sorting stuff.  C and I both desire to live a relatively simple life, which is definitely made more difficult by “baby gear.”  We have been blessed with many gifts and good finds on craigslist, but it still feels like we have nearly doubled our accumulation of stuff.  I suppose we will soon learn what we really use and need and what can be done without.

And now, without further ado, I have been tagged by Kristen to obey the following rules:

(1) Link to the person that tagged you. (2) Post the rules on your blog. (3) Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself. (4) Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs. (5) Let each random person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website

Right off I’m going to confess that I will be breaking rules 4 and 5. Sorry Kristen, but I don’t know that many other people who blog (as evidenced by my short blogroll in the right-hand menu). I will do my best to post six unimportant things about myself, which shouldn’t be difficult.

1) I’m not a huge fan of coffee and am therefore an avid tea drinker. Yorkshire Gold is best.

2) I have the ability to be hyper organized and messy at the same time – a sort of Type A meets laziness. I know, this is not a positive thing.

3) I have a sweet tooth like you wouldn’t believe.

4) I have been knitting the same scarf for over a year.

5) I share Kristen’s dislike for country music.

6) I’m blessed with some of the greatest friends on earth.

That’s it for now. Stay tuned. This time, I hope to post more frequently and will post pictures of the new baby when he arrives.

So, viewing baby via sonogram was wonderful and amazing. The fact that the baby looks like an alien on these things really only throws you for a moment. So, here are Baby B’s very first pictures and the doctor confirmed that it’s a boy. We are so excited and scared as the season of parenthood draws ever nearer. We hope this blog will be a way for our friends and family to catch glimpses into our new life with Baby B.