Long break there, huh? This holiday season was crammed with almost everything, except the computer/telephone/internet. I was profoundly sick (wasn’t everyone?) over the Christmas break — even ended up in an Urgent Care Center with a pneumonia scare. If pregnant, pneumonia can be pretty dramatic, so I didn’t want to take any chances. I had a nurse that works for Shaun’s dad listen to my chest first, and she sent me in. As luck would have it ?? I waited so long in the waiting room that the crazy coughing fits I had actually dislodged (or cured!) whatever was clogging me up. I did not have pneumonia, just an ugly cold that seemed to require at least 22 hours of sleep every day. Thank God for in-laws that facilitated that!
Ruby has had some great days. We have struggled for probably the last few months with the Terrible Twos (which I was convinced would not happen to us until we hit ‘em) — getting our footing with discipline, with changing sleep patterns (crib to bed), and with her being a little person with extremely specific views of the world. The last week or so, though, she’s been easier to understand, easier to be with. She’s amazing — an amazing spirit, and an amazing amount of work. We look forward to 2007 as a year of continual discovery with her.
And, we can’t wait to meet Baby Fanning II. More specifically, GET ‘IM OUTTA ME. Oh, Little Boy, I love you, but fuck-a-doodle. Yyyyyoooow. Shaun and I are trying to figure out what bed-rest would look like when I have about 4 weeks or so to go — mostly so that I can cut down or eliminate the pain meds in time for his birth. I have a great community of families on The Hill here that can provide us with meals, and certainly friends who will visit and help with Ruby. I have had days where I have taken 3-4 pills, and my goal has been to only take two. I can move my “office” upstairs to the floor that has the bathroom, Shaun can do pick-up and drop-off, and on weekends we will just do LOTS of stories and chatting and curling up while Mama doesn’t move. I realized today I am in a home stretch of sorts — 22 weeks down, 18 to go. Thank you for your virtual support and good thoughts, Internet. I have felt it, in the best way, in my otherwise fiery pelvis.
How do you like the new masthead? Thanks, as always, to Jeff, the most delicious person currently living in West Hartford, Connecticut.
Question as I move forward into the new year…? I have enjoyed using a song lyric as the title of each post — but it isn’t without its difficulty. Are you into it? Do you enjoy it? I would love some comments to see if you even notice it. Do you like a post’s title to sort of tell you what it’s about — or do you like seeing the lyric and guessing the song or trying to find the connection? I would love to have a “thing” that I do on Fannfare, something that sets me apart, just not sure if that’s it. What do you think? Feel free to comment or to email me offline. I have loved the folks I have met through this site and hope to continue meeting you and having great discussions as time goes on.
Tonight Shaun and I are cheek to cheek on the couch — I guess we will watch the ball drop before heading up to bed. I wish you all a prosperous and peaceful 2007, full of love and friendship and wishes-come-true. Do get in touch, and take good care.
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