joyful girl

we owe each other the world. the world owes us nothing.

alexandra joy fox, one day old June 26, 2008

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courtesy of daniel’s sister, ashley, who has already taken and emailed pictures as a good aunt should do, here is your first blog glimpse of alexandra “alex” joy fox, born via c-section at 2:32pm on wednesday, june 25, 2008. after 19 hours of labor including three hours of pushing, we decided that it just wasn’t going to work to push out all 10 pounds, 5 ounces and 21 1/2 inches of her. yep, we have ourselves a big girl! she’s gorgeous, and sweet and a pretty good eater, and i’m sure she’ll figure out the sleeping thing eventually, right?


June 13, 2008

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this year is one of the first times i’ve really followed politics with a passion, and while i haven’t spent hours watching political commentary on television, a couple of journalists have really stood out to me as intelligent, honest and just plain likable. one such journalist was tim russert. here is a popular short clip of him recently, explaining the political situation of last month in a clear, capitivating, compassionate way.


38 weeks, 5 days June 6, 2008

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evidently, it was a slow morning at work. here i am in all my round glory, with jen, who is due two days before me (but scheduled for an induction on monday) and bob, who was my internship supervisor. i would’ve cropped the picture, but the krispy kremes were an important part of my morning, and deserve to be seen.


June 4, 2008

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this totally made my day the first time i saw it.  i was a spelling bee nerd, too.


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what a long, strange day it’s been.

i spent most of today at the county courthouse for a trial to terminate parental rights on one of my old cases. i spent the morning going over testimony questions with the attorney, and also got to spend some time with the kids on the case, who are doing so very well in their foster/potential adoptive home. this is a case with years and years of history and roller coaster cycles, and it looked like the trial would be pretty intense. so, after taking a break for the weekly doctor’s appointment (see below for more on that) and lunch, i went back to court for the actual trial. when i got there, it turned out that the mother was in the midst of deciding if she was going to keep fighting permanent custody and adoption, or if she was going to agree to the motion. ultimately, she decided that her children need to stay where they are and be adopted. so, i didn’t have to testify. but the whole thing was extremely emotional and difficult, and ultimately good, but now i’m feeling a bit of ennui, and some relief that i’m not a caseworker anymore, and a little bit of missing casework.

but then i heard the news on my drive back from court, and today got so much brighter because it looks like yes, we really can get the democratic race behind us, and move on to fight the national campaign to get obama in office. history is being made in so many ways with this election, and i can feel my political energy returning. yay!

moving on, for those of you who only read this to get baby updates, nothing much has really changed in the past week. no more dilation or effacing, and my incredibly humongous feet are not a concern, just an annoyance. also, the doctor suggested that i take benadryl to help me get to sleep at night, so i’m guessing i looked pretty tired.  finally, is it really culturally acceptable for total strangers to touch your belly?  does this happen to everyone?


June 1, 2008

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the summer baby boom has started, and i can’t wait for baby girl to get here and meet all of her peers!  in the meantime, i am playing (and losing) too many games of word twist on facebook, and wishing that it were easier to open windows that have been painted shut.  any easy solutions out there?