Saturday, May 24, 2008

It's Official...

TN is a toddler. Laughing, running through the house, tripping on unexplained objects, talking a mile a minute (as long as no strangers are around), growing out of clothing so fast I'm surprised there are clothes in the dresser that still fit her and now... riding a tricycle. Ah, yes, we have graduated from walking to peddling in a rapid fashion.

So, we bedecked the child in a tricycle helmut, which came with knee pads and elbow pads. Quick guess: Which objects in this list are the most popular with TN? That's right, one cannot travel inside or outside of the house without wearing the knee and elbow pads. Thanks, once again, Sesame Street marketing. We appreciate your due diligence in protecting our children. FYI: Do not wear the helmut inside. When you fall flat on your face, that little piece sticking out...well, it does bad things to necks. So, the new rule is: no tricycle helmuts in the house. We learn these things eventually... as new parents...

Here are pics of beautiful TN, who turns two in only nine days time.

Monday, May 12, 2008

100th Post!

If you've stuck with me alllllllll this while, congratulations! You've just started reading your 100th post. And, how nice that it coincides with Mother's Day. Happy Mother's Day to all of you new, up-and-coming, waiting, and been-there mommies!

Last year on Mother's Day, Terry woke me up with a gift... blue bibs. I laughed at him, cajoling his choice of blue. So confident was he, that our new bundle of joy would be a boy. Ahhh, only a few weeks later brought us the gift of a precious baby girl.

This year I had my baby in my arms to celebrate with. Off to Fasika to have Ethiopian food for lunch with Popop and Gramma (aka, grammy, granny) who weren't fishing (whenever you ask, TN will tell you confidently that they are fishing). We met another mommy there with her Ethiopian children and it was nice to sit and talk with her and her son for a bit.

It has been an extraordinary journey and I thank you all for your love and support. Being a mommy is even better than I thought it would be. TN is the most amazing child, laughing or crying, sleeping or awake. It's amazing to hold hands with my daughter when we walk down the sidewalk, or practice going under the blanket to be in the dark, and then out of the blanket into the light. It's a joy to see her stand up! No hands! And then so big! all as she is precociously perched on her bicycle seat. As much of an effort as we put into making her safe, she finds ways to climb onto furniture and toys in a most unsafe way. But, the smile on her face as she reaches towards the sky is enough to light up a stadium. Little does she know that she does so much more than that by lighting up our souls.

Happy Mother's Day!

Monday, May 5, 2008


A few weeks ago, we took a trip to the MN zoo to see the animals and visit with our friends J, A and E. TN and E had a great time playing together, but mostly checking out the animals at the zoo. Here's a few photos from our trip.

The classic stick-your-head-in-the-hole picture. Instant farmer, just like that.

Smile at the goats! Or, enjoy being really high up on top of dad's shoulders.

Looking for wolves.... or quiet contemplation.

Addis Ababa Time