The Tragic Optimist

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2010 – a review mostly in pictures

2010 started out with us here A cozy house for our little family (the year always starts out cold in Minnesota) In the middle was a lot of this and a sad farewell to this but, we ended up with a better house in nearly every other way and oh yeah, there was this which …

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Hazel at 2 months, or, siblings are different

Yesterday was Hazel’s 2 month birthday, so without further ado, here’s the rock hammer for scale pictures (I’m including 2 because I couldn’t choose just one to post). Her legs are cut off at the bottom of that picture, so you can’t quite see just how long she is. So here:   Hazel is big.  …

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Hazelnut

I’m happy to announce that Hazel Edith was born early in the morning on Friday, October 15. She was 8 lbs 9 oz, which I know isn’t huge, but compared to Zoe’s birth weight (5 lbs 1 oz), she seems massive.  She’s 20 1/2 inches long. Her birth was surprisingly quick given that it was …

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6 word memoir meme

Got tagged with another meme by FightingWindmills, back a few days ago, and am finally getting around to posting this. In this one you’re supposed to write a 6 word memoir, and illustrate it with pictures, if you’d like.  Here’s the original post about it, with back story, and rules and such. So here goes …

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why I shouldn’t be relied upon in the middle of the night

Zoe woke up in the middle of the night last night – which would have been a totally normal thing, except that she had thrown up at some point. It was the middle of the night and I didn’t turn on the light so I didn’t realize it until after nursing for a bit, she …

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It all balances out?

A friend who has had a difficult pregnancy mentioned that she hopes it will be balanced out by having an easy baby. Which got me thinking about things balancing out. Maybe our infertility problems were balanced out by an easy pregnancy which was balanced out by an unwanted c-section which is balanced out by an …

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Not a technique found in parenting books

Zoe’s been sick with a cold and then a stomach virus, so we haven’t had much time to practice walking with her, since she’s been heading to bed so early the past few nights. But yesterday evening all three of us had a bit of time to play together in the living room, and Zoe …

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Mother of all Anxiety Dreams

This morning I was recounting to Chris the bad dream I had last night. It involved Chris, Zoe, my brother and I going shopping at a huge K*Mart. Chris went to buy shoes that were on sale, so my brother and I were wandering through the store when I realized that I had no idea …

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Logic

Everyone knows that you can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friends’ noses. It’s a little-known corollary that since you can not pick your child, you can pick your child’s nose. Now you might think that since you can’t pick your parents or siblings either, that you …

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