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45 years August 29, 2008

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“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.'” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

today is the 45th anniversary of martin luther king jr.’s i have a dream speech. tonight, i am listening to the first presidential nomination acceptance speech by an african american. regardless of your politics, this is a milestone for our country. and hey – it’s only taken 45 years to get here.

i’ve struggled to process and articulate why it’s more important to me to elect an african american to the presidency than a woman, although either would be historic. i guess the best way to sum it up is that, in my experiences and exposure to the world, racism is a bigger problem in our country than sexism. i’ve seen its effects in my jobs, the cities in which i’ve lived, my neighborhood, and even among my friends. i’ve seen its effects on my own attitudes and perceptions, and it’s high time our nation faces it. it’s also time that the countless little boys i’ve worked with over the years have public role models who look like them and aren’t just athletes or entertainers. its time that my daughter can grow up in a society that is able to look beyond skin color or funny names to the real issues at hand, and the actual character and leadership ability of a person.

ultimately, i know that this election is not overtly about race. and i’m not voting for obama because of his race. i’m voting for him for many reasons, but i’m thrilled for the chance to be a part of making history in the process…


she’s finally smiling! August 26, 2008

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friday night fun takes on a whole new meaning. August 23, 2008

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warning – this post is all about the baby August 21, 2008

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our little girl is eight weeks old today. isn’t she pretty? this was her hanging out after bath time tonight. she’s pretty serious a lot of the time, but i think she’s just taking everything in around her.

it’s hard to believe that it was only eight weeks ago today that she was born. about this time at night, our little family was settling into the hospital room when our nurse came in to say there was a tornado or severe thunderstorm or some such thing. (it’s hard to remember exactly, since i was on all kinds of pain medication.) the funny thing was that she had to move my bed and the bassinet away from the window (which faced an inner courtyard, not really the outside) about five feet, since there wasn’t room in the hallway for bedridden patients such as myself. hee. we laughed until the weekend about how much safer we felt those few feet away from our original spot. (remember, pain medication makes everything funny.)

but now the hospital is a distant memory, and we’re a family in our own home, getting used to each other more and more every day. i’m finally feeling like it’s normal to be at home all day with my child, but it’s hitting me that we only have four more weeks until i have to go back to work. on the other hand, that’s almost a month, which sounds much longer.

here’s a milestone for those of you keeping track – last night she slept for eight hours! at least, i think she did. part of me suspects that maybe she woke up earlier and i got up and fed her in my sleep, but i doubt it. she’s never topped a six hour stretch before, though, and that was rare. of course, it may have had something to do with the three hour walk we took with sarain and her son mink in the afternoon – lovely, but exhausting. (note to self – the next time we try that, i must take my wallet with me so that we can stop for a frappucino at the halfway point!) also, i think we’ve successfully made the transition to cloth diapers, thanks to the simple and effective design of g diaper covers. three poopy diapers and not a single leak! (if you look at the website, you will see that g diapers aren’t cloth, but i’m using cloth prefolds inside the covers instead of the flushable diaper pads, being the descendant of solid, frugal mennonites.) thanks to lisa for the encouragement to give it a try!

in other fun news, daniel has finally caught up on orders at skreened to a reasonable level that meant he was home around 6 tonight, which was so, so lovely! he’s been working super-hard, and i’m so glad that the business is taking off, but i’m also glad that his first employee(!) is starting soon, and he won’t have to do it all by himself.

finally, my mom is visiting for few days next week, and i’m happy about that! the last time she was here, she worked nonstop cooking and cleaning and bathing the baby and basically doing everything, since i was essentially bedridden and recovering from surgery. this time, she gets to do the fun things like play with alex while i do the work i don’t always get the chance to do, and take walks with us, and go places if we so choose. fun times! (also, i think she might babysit one evening so that daniel and i can have a pre-anniversary date.)

sigh. sleepytime. g’night, dear ones!

g’night, dear ones!


there’s a first time for everything August 16, 2008

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we just got home from alex’s first craft fair, which not only was in our neighborhood this year, but was happily sponsored by skreened. it amazes me how many people you can meet when you’re holding a cute baby in a sling. it also amazes me how good (read “mostly asleep”) and content alex was being toted around a busy room. now she’s finishing up her nap to the drum circle soundtrack that is coming from the african village festival across the street from our house.

last night was another first – my first girls’ night – coordinated by my dear friend nikki – since the baby was born, and daniel’s first time watching alex around bedtime, which is not her best time of the day. but they did great, and it’s been so good to see daniel father her. when i got home, he was reading an article to her on the future of creativity while she was hanging out in the swing, and it was such a nice home to return to after a really good time feeling like a normal person with a normal social life again.

also, i just remembered that i had a bizarre dream last night that daniel and i met phil collins and had a great conversation with him. strange.


swimming in air August 12, 2008

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our girl’s favorite pastime these days is keeping her legs in constant motion, as evidenced here. also evidenced is one of my favorite baby things, babylegs. these (and the super-cool hand-embellished onesie) are from my dear friend michelle, whose own new daughter was born just a few weeks earlier than alex. we have another pair, too, from my other dear friend erica. look for those in another photo soon.


animal lover

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don’t worry – i don’t leave alex alone with the cat. but yesterday afternoon i was sitting on the couch with her dozing next to me. as usual, sufjan was trying to get as close to us as possible. since he was being less bothersome than normal, i didn’t throw him off of the couch. before i knew it, this cuddle-love was taking place. maybe it has something to do with the fact that all of her books and toys feature animals in some way?