Thursday, May 31, 2012

Congratulations, you have an awesome baby

Nora's impression of NYC.

This post was from early May, but I never finished it. I will post about Boston in the next week, that was a very fun trip and Nora was her usual doll self.

Time to brag about my little girl. She is such a charmer. She has a very intense, thoughtful side, and it usually takes her a few minutes to warm up to some one or some thing (she needs time to process, to figure it all out). However, once she knows what is going on, she turns on the charm like it's no one's business. She now can wave and point, and has starting making this rediculous open-mouthed surprised face (see right) which she knows makes everyone laugh. It's hilarious.

So naturally she was a main attraction while we were in NJ/NY. We took her to the nursing home where my grandmother's sister lives and Nora was the belle of the ball. Everyone flocked to her, kept asking questions about her and basically stared at her until we left. Of course that was to be expected - babies and dogs are always big hits in nursing homes. What was more surprising was how people in NYC reacted to her.

Nora used her baby flirting skills on the train from Jersey to Manhattan, smiling, squealing and waving at everyone on the (packed) train. In New York, tons of people stopped to smile and talk to her. Homeless people, teenagers, NYC cops, even trendy Manhattenites that would normally never deign to look at tourists, all stoped to see Nora. One guy in a business suit even yelled at me "Congratulations, you have an awesome baby!"

It was amazing to see how much everyone really loves a baby. I mean, I think she is awesome, but I'm her mom. I can now see how parents become immune to their children's shortcommings. It's hard to think that eveyone is just being polite when you hear how amazing your kid is on a daily basis. ;)

(cell phone) Photo Dump of NJ/NY:
Sitting at the table like a big girl.
Enjoying Dunkin' Doughnuts for the first time. That's right, we fed her sugar. My family is Italian and Nora gets a taste of pretty much EVERYTHING (obviously only baby-safe items).

One side of the building in Jersey City

Fun with GG


Foggy night

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Shipping Up to Boston

I planned on writing about nj before going to Boston, but between work and illness, it just didn't happen. So we are in Boston now. My training wraps up today and Rob came in this morning, so the fun begins this afternoon. We are going to Cambridge.

Oh, and this happened this morning. Love it!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A terror as old as life itself...

We are back from The Old Country (or as you may know it, Jersey City) in one piece. I'll write a bit about the trip later this week, but for now I want to address The Hunger Games. I tried to ignore the fervor. I assumed that even though everyone else said they loved it, I wouldn't. Post-apocalyptic action stories written for middle-schoolers just isn't my bag, right? WRONG. I finally caved and read The Hunger Games while in NJ last week. Then I read Catching Fire. Then Mockingjay. All three in five days. So I may have come to the party late, but I did show up and that's all that counts.

Surprisingly enough, my favorite quote out of the whole series was not about any of the major themes of the book, but rather a line about pregnancy. So as not to give anything away to anyone left on the planet who hasn't read the book, I will just say that a character at some point in the book said this and it summed up how I felt when I was pregnant:

"When I first felt her stirring inside of me, I was consumed with a terror that felt as old as life itself. Only the joy of holding her in my arms could tame it."

Since my first Mothers Day is fast approaching, I can't help but reflect a lot on the last year and a half, from the time I found out I was pregnant to today. So that quote of course struck a chord with me. Because even thought I wanted a baby, I planned on having a baby, I hoped I was pregnant; when I found out I was pregnant, the first emotion that registered was terror. For so, so many reasons. And truly, when she was placed in my arms, so many of the things I feared just went away*

This was taken last week in New Jersey. I love this picture of my girl and me!

*note: I said many went away, not all. And some new ones popped up, but of a completely different ilk. But I digress.