Monthly Archives: November 2006

I have returned!

Man, what a vacation. It was great. Two weeks in North Carolina, and a full agenda:

  • Jaime’s Wedding. Okay, if you’ve never been on the outside of the wedding, let me tell you it’s way more stressful that way. Of course, I kind of used the “I’m the bride!” excuse to get out of doing a lot of things and I had my sister do my hair and I did my own make up and had a friend custom make my dress. Anyway, the wedding was great, even though not everything went exactly according to plan. It was a bit cold. I’ll have to post some pictures to show what I was wearing in (I think) 50-60 degree weather. Cold.
  • Jaime’s Reception. Thankfully, all (almost all) photographs done inside. On that note, I wish I’d had her photog for my wedding. He was WONDERFUL. His pictures were gorgeous. How do I know already? He took pictures after the ceremony, created an awesome DVD with motion and music and brought it to the reception a couple hours later. Lighting is so crucial. And skill 😉 . Oh, and doing everything twice. Three times. Okay, no more than five times.
  • Jaime & Russel opening gifts and leaving on their honeymoon. Bienvenido a Miami for them. Bienvenido a nap time for the rest of us.
  • Thanksgiving. No stress. Just yum. Since Jaime and my Aunt Melony, Uncle Jeff and cousin Zach were all gone, we fit around one table at my gramma’s. This is unprecedented (in my experience).
  • Bridal retakes. After seeing Jaime’s bridals, and looking back at my not-so-stellar bridals, Mom asked if I’d like to put on my dress and take new bridals. Good thing we didn’t get it preserved yet. My talented photographer friend Kim and her talented photographer sister Linhda (a little link love there, free SEO 😉 ) took new bridals. I’m completely in love with them. Here are Kim’s favorites: 1, 2, 3, (4th coming soon). Between the two of them, we got almost 600 pictures. They chose their favorite shots; there were 101 of those. Now the only tough part will be printing them and figuring out how and where to display them. I’m thinking a 24×36 print in my living room. With a mirror on the opposite wall. Yes, Kim?
  • Baby’s “First Christmas. Since we won’t be able to be in NC for baby’s first Christmas, we celebrated on Nov 25th. It was fun. Hayden got a lot of cute clothes and noisy toys. I got a lot of cute clothes. Ryan got some clothes and some DVDs. And perhaps the only thing someone reading this blog might actually care about: a camcorder. Now there will be sound!! And lots of it, thanks to Nana and Papa’s and Gummy and Paw Paw’s gifts.
  • A business trip. Since we were sort of near by, Ryan and I drove to Greensboro, NC so he could go visit a company they’re thinking of working with. Tax write off?

By the way, it’s really difficult to watch your little sister get married. Emotionally, at least. At the actual ceremony, I think I cried harder than anyone. Immediately afterwards, I couldn’t stop crying. In retrospect, it may be the fact that I’ve never had someone “grow up on me.” As the oldest, I left home first, got married first. I’ve always done the leaving, the moving on. It’s not that I think Jaime’s left me in the dust or anything. She lives like 30 minutes away now, tops. It’s that she’s really growing up (and this months after she’s graduated from college and got a big girl job). And as they drove off from the reception, she was gone.

Mom told me that the hardest time that we left was when I left for college. My parents thought, “What have I done?” Mom said my sister Jaime summed it up best when they were leaving the airport: “We were four, and now we’re three.” And oddly enough, even though I’ve already “left the nest,” that’s exactly what I felt then.

Actually, it was very difficult for me to leave this time, even if I didn’t cry as much as I often do. It was hard after watching Hayden bond with my family* so much and feeling so much at home there. We stayed so long that I almost forgot I had a whole life here in Utah. But I do and I’m back. For now.

*FYI: in addition to my sister Jasmine and my parents, I also have two aunts, two uncles, one cousin and two grandparents in NC (all my mom’s family). Now in Utah from my mom’s side, I have one aunt, one uncle, seven cousins, two sisters, one brother-in-law and, of course, one husband and one Hayden.

And yes, I could have blogged in North Carolina. But it was a vacation.

A crystal ball

I think it was someone in a store (or was it at church?) that recently said to me, “Isn’t it amazing to see their little personalities emerging at this age?” Of course, I agreed (must be polite!) without really contemplating what she’d said. I’ve thought about it more and more lately. I’ve decided that if Hayden’s behavior today is indicative of his future personality, I think he’ll be:

  • persistent—if he can’t get something he wants at first, try, try again. And again. And again. Then scream. And try one more time.
  • curious—of course, most babies are into everything.
  • brave—or perhaps fearless or maybe just senseless. Nothing seems to scare him (other than sudden loud noises and shots, and even then he gets over it quickly).
  • friendly and quick to laugh—we haven’t met a stranger yet that Hayden hasn’t smiled for.
  • quiet—it seems like most of the time, he doesn’t say a whole lot. He’s in a babbling phase, but he often just quietly concentrates on whatever he’s playing with.
  • and I hope loving—this Sunday I was holding Sadie and Hayden on my lap and Hayden spontaneously reached out and gave Sadie a hug. He’s never done that before!

Of course, if this morning is any indicator, he’ll be a whiny, willful troublemaker, too.

Oh, also this Sunday at church: Hayden climbed stairs for the first time! Just in time for Nana’s and Papa’s tomorrow.

The opening bell

Today officially marks the beginning of the holiday season: I ate the last of the Hallowe’en candy today.

I’m in an unusually Christmas-y mode lately. I don’t know why. But I’m excited about Thanksgiving, too—and especially about seeing my family.

More odds’n’ends:

I like this picture:And I’m grateful to have a husband that gives Hayden his bath almost every night. (Also, check out the water droplets in the photo; very cool!)

I have “Hate (I Really Don’t Like You)” by Plain White T’s (how they spell it) in my head. I like it.

Tonight I was thinking about how much I love Hayden and suddenly wanted to have another baby. Then I remembered that I already have a baby. I think I’ll take my time.

I got an offer today to do some contract work for another company for quite a bit more than I normally make. Merry Christmas to me!

Okay, I obviously need more sleep. I’m off to get some. But knowing Hayden, just some.

Mama called the doctor

Today was Hayden’s nine month doctor appointment. Here are his latest vital stats:

  • 18 pounds, 4 ounces (15th percentile)
  • 29 inches long (75th percentile)
  • 46 centimeter head circumference (75th percentile)

So, as the doctor (or was it a nurse?) said, “He’s never been a big guy,” and this time’s no different. He’s long and skinny, and everything seems to be going very well—except for sleeping and eating solids. The doctor gave us some advice, but so far Hayden’s been stubborn (yes, just tonight).

Other news:

  • I did not win the grand prize in the SEM Scholarship Contest. I did tie for second with two judges’ votes which is more than I’d expected! Here’s what one of them said: “Jordan’s is instructive and focused on where SEO techniques can be expanded on to bring long term value by becoming more intimately involved with the design of a site itself.”
  • Today at my work meeting, we learned that November is “NaNoWriMo“: National Novel Writing Month. One of the writers challenged the writing team to each churn out a 50,000 word novel in the 20 remaining days in the month. That’s 2500 words a day now. I’ve taken the challenge. I have 281 words so far, including about 25 of a plot sketch. Check my progress. No guarantees, though, since we’re going to be on a trip (not a vacation; moms don’t get those!) to my parents’ for two weeks, we’ll just have to see. I’ll give it a shot. Eesh…

Onward, ever onward, to the next nightwaking we go.

I’m a fan

Hayden really thinks this fan is “cool.” Just getting it near him is enough to make him smile! He’s a fan of . . . the fan.
He looks a bit sad here. Possibly because he’d broken the law. See the “I voted” sticker on his hand? Does he look 18 to you? I’m a fan of voting.
Hayden is a fan of himself lately. He’s discovering all the neat things he can do. For example, he can cross his fingers:

Stick out his tongue:

Stand up, sit down:

Fight, fight, fight!

I guess he’s a fan, too. Just not of the applesauce.

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And I tip my hat

Hayden’s recently become fascinated with his head. Sometimes he seems to think the best way to explore something is to head butt it. He has done this to doorknobs, the TV and the windows lately. Luckily, he’s not doing it too hard.

He’s also a little confused by hats. He’ll hit a hat on his head a few times. He likes to play with the brim of his ball cap as well: This makes me think of an old Ernie classic. I tried to sing it to my mom on Sunday, but this is clearly the better option:

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