nothing like some vocalizations to ring in the new year

1 Jan

Our feeble attempts to get dad home from work:

Warning: do not watch on a full stomach.  Happy New Year!

6 Responses to “nothing like some vocalizations to ring in the new year”

  1. phantomdiver January 2, 2013 at 8:03 am #

    I am very, very partial to my grandbabies, as you might imagine. However, occasionally—just really every now and then, and not all the time, by any means—I think yours might be just a tad cuter than . . . shhhh! I never said that!

    Okay, she really is awfuly cute! And I am suffering from a severe case of withdrawal from grandchildren. We were going to go see them on Dec. 26, and I came down with a horrible case of the flu that I still have, unbelievably enough. And says that one is infectious from the flu for a week after one is symptom-free. And I am not going to the doctor for a stupid virus that he can’t do anything about and then just infect everybody in Harrisonburg with this dratted bug.

    So anyway, I miss my grandchildren soooooo much! And your little girl is adorable!

    • annaojesus January 2, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

      I am so sorry you have the flu!!! That is the worst, and not being able to see your grand babies must be absolutely horrible. Do you have someone taking good care of you? Great wishes for a speedy recovery!

      I don’t know…I just saw one of the pictures you posted of a grand baby. Of course I’m partial to my own, but looks like she definitely has competition. Yours are lovely! Thank you for thinking Ari is adorable. We can’t get enough of her. I’m starting to look into babysitters so I can study for the boards and I’m getting really sad…

      • phantomdiver January 3, 2013 at 10:58 am #

        I’m on Day 9 of this wretched flu. I know I’m 56 and not in tip-top shape, but it seems to me that anything that lasts this long is either what used to be called a “childhood disease” or something terminal. I get fever! Then I get chills! Then I get nothing! And congestion in my nose and in my chest! And sometimes there’s some really icky . . . well, never mind, I know you aren’t my doctor. But really, it does remind me of those two measleses that I had about 50 years ago. I can’t remember which one was which, but they both lasted quite a while, seems to me.

        Anyway, Ari and Charlotte do look similar, which is probably why we both think they are raving beauties. Rosie’s kids are also gorgeous, but they look different. I love seeing how babies look like both parents! Yours sure does! Charlotte, well, I think she looks just like her mom and her mom’s mom. Not sure that my son has anything to do with her genes. 😉

        How long do you have to study for your boards? And where are you going to find daycare? I’m not volunteering, mind you, what with being wildly sick and anyway in need of some serious time with my own grandchildren. Just wondering. I definitely wish you all the luck of the world with that. It can be so hard to leave one’s precious little bundle with somebody else!

      • annaojesus January 4, 2013 at 12:09 am #

        I am so, so sorry about the flu! It’s a terrible disease, and it seems to get worse every year! I can’t imagine how hard it must, but it’s good of you to stay away from the little ones for the time being. They must miss their grandma something fierce!

        I’m flattered if you see any of me in Ari! She is daddy’s girl for sure! And of course Rosie’s kids are beautiful–no choice there!

        Ahhh, the boards. Don’t have a clue what we’re gonna do. Most students study 4.5-7 weeks and treat it like a 9-5 (or really like a 7 to 7, 6 days a week, if they’re really crazy 🙂 ). At this time, I think it’s most beneficial if I just put it off until the summer when she’s a little older and we can better afford the care. I have to go back to make up some rotations April-June, so I might try to buckle down and take the boards in July…we shall see! Thank you for the well wishes!

        Feel better!!! Sorry I can’t do much to help at the moment :/ Perhaps now would be a good time to settle down with some good old movies? Anything with Jack Lemmon?

  2. Daniel Broe March 3, 2013 at 12:37 am #

    I read the article and I am happy to you have a baby. There is no greater joy in life. I’m the father of three. Their mother is a physician. All of our kids came after we both were past 40, in the mid-1990s. We were told she would have trouble conceiving. We had twins via in vitro (she was 40), which came to us a miracle. But then at 43, she and I had one naturally, two years later, completely unplanned. But having to become a parent at 27 isn’t rushed. It used to be normal..

    Where is the science today, as compared to twenty years ago?

    • annaojesus March 3, 2013 at 10:18 pm #

      Thank you for your comment and for being happy for us–we could not be more thrilled! I’m so happy you and your wife were similarly lucky. Three children! We can only hope 🙂

      You’re right, it’s pretty crazy that having a kid in one’s 20s seems young for certain populations, though I think the average age for first child around the country is around 25, up from 21 a few decades ago. I wish there were more resources for young mothers, or maybe just more encouragement to have kids before things are completely settled, because it does seem to make more biological sense.

      Thank you so much for your thoughts!

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