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The week started with Ben’s baptism- it was awesome! I will put up pictures as soon as I can.

I am excited- I can wear my pre-Ben jeans again. I am almost back to normal weight. Yeah!

I got new running shoes to top off the new running clothes Doug bought me- the first time for new running clothes in 12 years and of course they are blue.

My 30th birthday was spent with Ben and Doug- Ben and I had lunch with my mom- it suddenly means a lot more now and I wanted to thank her. I also got to go running- a good way to start another trip around the sun. Doug brought my favorite cup of joe and an apple fritter, and he sent flowers too. He also took me out for steak dinner, and we will top it off with “homemade” modified box carrot cake. Great day!

Perhaps tomorrow I will have cake… for breakfast!

Ben’s Baptism

We sat down with our pastor tonight (Tuesday night) and finalized the plans for Ben’s baptism on Sunday, and after the pastor left, Doug and I finalized the details for what Ben is going to wear, what we will serve for food afterwards, etc. We have a cute outfit for him to wear under Doug’s old gown and we have purchased for Ben his first Bible. We decided to get him one he could grow into instead of a board book one for babies or toddlers. Ron and Michelle have been so active in his life so far, so we decided to ask them if they wanted to be Godparents, and they are excited to do so. We discussed many times if Ben should be baptized in the Catholic church or in the ELCA Lutheran one, and the compromise we arrived at is that we were married in the Catholic church, Ben will be baptized Lutheran, his first communion will be Catholic, and he will have both churches for Sunday school, etc. Either way, I am looking forward to Sunday.


Ben as Obi-Wan

Ben as Obi-Wan and Christy and Doug as Parrot Heads

Ben in the monkey suit Sandy gave him

Our front porch this year

Simple Things

At this time in the early morning, life boils down to a few very simple things. My baby son fast asleep, looking like a sweet angel, my handsome wonderful husband fast asleep after working hard on the house all day, and a nice soft warm comfortable bed to curl up in. Ah… Happiness.

Crazy Nights

The short bursts of small cries woke me at 3am.

“Benjamin. He is hungry”.

My sleepy mind pulled the small bundle near me closer to my chest. The crying continued and increased in loudness. Any louder and he would wake up Doug laying next to me. I tried again to feed my cute little bundle, as my mind slowly gained consciousness. Apparently, food is not the answer as the crying continued, so I got out of bed to my feet to walk around, in hopes of calming him.

I was only two steps, carrying my little one with large gorgeous eyes, when another cry issued, but instead of coming from my arms, it came from the nearby bassinet.

“Who is in Ben’s bassinet?” My sleepy brain began to race. “Why, it’s Benjamin!”

My mind paused. “Who is in my arms?!?” Drawing a blank, I looked down, my eyes still adjusting to being awake. It’s Susan, my teddy bear, her face damp with milk. As I set her down and picked him up, my only thought before snuggling him close to me-

“Oh God, I am so tired, I’m loosing it! I just tried to breastfeed my teddy bear!”


Two things-

I am glad we have the pre-folded 6 ply cloth diapers so I don’t have to fold them at 3 am.

I am VERY thankful for Tracy Hogg’s book, “The Baby Whisperer” I think she should be sainted.


Ben had his first round of vaccines Monday, and it didn’t take long for some stranger who noticed his band aids in the grocery store to inform me I had made a very controversial choice in having him vaccinated. I would rather chance the teeny possibility that he face mild to moderate reactions, and the 1 in a million chance of a severe reaction to the vaccines than face the deadly threat of the things that he is being vaccinated for.

Before the vaccines, polio averaged 37,000 paralyzed and 17,000 dead people PER YEAR. Things like Hepatitis B, Polio, Pneumococcal Disease, Diphtheria, Tetanous, Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Rotavirus, and Hib (Haemophilus influenzae b) are not to be messed with.

So, if some stranger thinks that I am being a bad mom for protecting my son from diseases that have killed thousands, so be it. I would rather be that than a mom who negligently leaves her son open to debilitating and deadly diseases I could have prevented.

source- CDC Vaccine Information Statement 42 U.S.C 300aa-26 1/30/2008


have decided to continue the marriage and as such,

will not be returning any of the fine gifts to you

who so generously gave them. However, as the

rhetorical structure goes, there is also good news.

We absolutely adore what you have so kindly

given us. Thank you, many times thank you.

It will most certainly give us a jumpstart on our

initial attempts at adult lives and help us remain

that excessively happy couple you see in picture

frames for sale at the grocery store.

by Squibnocket, a card company

Yesterday was our third anniversary, so of course we had the hot and cold air ducts in the house cleaned. Of course.

Ok, ok, that was a coincidence.

Doug gave me a beautiful arrangement of flowers with roses and a lily. My parents watched Ben for us so we could enjoy the evening to ourselves. Doug took me to the Avenue Grill on 17th street in Denver. We had been there for our first anniversary, so it was nice to visit again. The food there is wonderful. I recommend it to everyone looking for a taste of heaven.

Looking back over the three years of being married, and the two years before that almost to the day we figured out we were dating, it has been a roller coaster of a ride. But what a ride!

Yeah to three!