Archive for June, 2010

Day 53

She’s learning how to nap.  After swaddling she is going to sleep pretty quickly.


Day 52

Hazel pooped on herself today.  For those not yet indoctrinated into parenthood let me reassure you, its not as bad as when you poop yourself.  If only they had adult sized moist toilets.

Thanks everyone for the PE passing congratulations.  I feel sheepish that I dragged so many of you into my multi-year drama.  It feels good, real good.

I need to post more pictures.  Lets see what tomorrow brings.

Day 51

The anxiety and anticipation waiting for the PE result was almost unbearable.  I had an hour after studying at the library for my CSL test when I was home waiting for the results of my PE exam.  I stalked the mailman around the neighborhood for most of the time but at each street he would continue away from ours.  Finally I had to leave.

The drive to South Boston for my test was agonizing.  I flew through the 3 hour exam in 1 hour.  I waited in the waiting room for my results for about 15 minutes.  I could see that Kate called but was afraid to check the voicemail.  Finally I couldn’t wait any longer.

While listening to the voicemail in which Kate said I passed, the testing agency guy gave me my passing results for the CSL.  I nearly lost it in the waiting room.  There was about 6 people in there and they were all looking at me because I had the hugest smile on my face and start to laugh hysterically.

After 14 years I feel that I finally made it.  I feel real now.  I’m still floating.


Day 50

The fussiness continues as does the wait for my PE results.

She is getting more cute by the day!

Hazel wants to thank David for her first bottle of Whisky.

Day 49

The tight swaddle helped us get her down for a long nap in the morning.  In the afternoon she slept with mom.

She’s becoming more alert with each day.  If I say her name she can track her face towards mine and make eye contact.  She smiles a lot at her mom now.

Day 48

Picture pages, picture pages, time to get your crayons and your pencils:

WX: HHH, a fast moving cold front moved through around 5pm and cooled things off nicely.  Weathermen had the front causing some major t-storms but I think because of the speed of the front, nothing materialized.  Thankfully it pulled down some nice cool air.  Earlier the heat was pushing down hard on us.

Day 47

Guest blogger signing on…

She is growing like crazy and seems more happy and engaged by the minute.  LOVE HER.  She now enjoys sucking on her hand, relaxing in her lamb swing, dancing, and going out for coffee with Mom.  Hopefully she’ll always love those last two.  She doesn’t seem to love the heat and she most certainly doesn’t love when a meal is even a second late .

To add to Andy’s little blurb about Hazel’s name, let me add some things we just read after hearing Hazel’s name mentioned in a song (Hazel, Dad is making some delicious dinner right now and the five of us, Char and Vin included, of course, are hanging out in the kitchen listening to music.  We do this a lot.  Some day you’ll have to ask Dad to teach you how to cook…I’ll teach you the desserts).  Okay, so back to the name thing…”The hazel might be said to be the quintessential Celtic tree…”  It is associated with wisdom, love, fertility, and protection from evil.

Here are some pictures of what we’re all doing right now…

Dad and Hazel (In another life I am going to have a clutter-free refrigerator)

Me and Vinny (he just got his fur cut today so he’s looking especially handsome!)

And last, but not least, Charlie.  Is there a cuter dog?  I don’t think so.


Kate (Mom)

Day 46

Words to live by:

If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

Always take responsibility for your actions.

You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose.  But you can’t pick your friends nose.

Day 44

From wikipedia:

Hazel is a primarily female given name meaning “hazel“, from the name of the tree or the color. It is derived from the Old English hæsel.[1] It became a popular name in English-speakingcountries during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, along with other names of plants or trees used for girls.

The name was the 361st most popular name for girls born in the United States in 2007, up from 465th most popular name for girls in 2006. It was last popular at the turn of the 20th century, when it was among the 25 most popular names for girls. It declined in usage in the United States after the 1960s, but has been rising in popularity since 1998. The name ranked at No. 138 in 1990 on a census of popular names for women of all ages in the United States. It also was occasionally used for boys in the United States between 1900 and 1940. It was ranked as the 99th most popular name for girls born in Ireland in 2005.[2]

It was satisfying to see Portugal beat North Korea 7-0.  Its an awful situation the average North Korean has to endure.  But, the thought of the Dear Leader gaining any satisfaction watching the World Cup makes me angry.  I hope he’s throwing a little boy fit after their humiliating defeat.  To the PRK players, they fought a hard fight, its just tragic their “leader” is such a coward.