Monday, January 26, 2009

Fun facts of the day

So you know I am a numbers geek, right? I recently came across a site (from another blog I read) where you can find out how many people in the US share your name. Well, sort of, they make an estimation based on census data of how common your first name is, how common your last name is and assuming there is no dependence between the two names (not really true, since Amanda is probably more likely to be combined with Smith, then say, Wong). But I digress....

Amanda is the 80th most popular first name in the US. There are 1,142 people in the US who share my full name. I know at least one of them shares my city because I've accidentally picked up her prescription before :-)

PB's name is shared by only 76 people - isn't he special?

304 people share Lucy's full name, but only people have Lily's full biological name. Only 1 person has what would be her full adopted name (i.e. same first name, PB's last name).

So, I am officially the "commonest" member of my household. Probably in more ways than one.

You can find out how many of you there are here:

Thursday, January 22, 2009

I missed it!

I just got back from 5 days in CA for business.

Apparently, while I was gone, Lucy became a fully mobile baby. Otherwise known as a rambling machine of destruction. But a pretty cute one.

She totally figured out the crawling thing and is perilously close to walking - she'll stand on her own for a few seconds when she doesn't realize that she has let go of something.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

obsess much, Amanda?

Here is an article from the New Yorker (via Broadsheet) that tells us a little bit about Barack and Michelle, before (OK, only right before) he was a politician. I like the photo, but more than that, I really like what they say about each other.

Check it out, if you're so inclined

Monday, January 19, 2009

Maybe Obama is dangerous...

Not in an "OMG, he is going to take away all my money and make us the Socialist Republic of the United States" kind of way, but in another way.

I've been watching / reading some of the (seemingly never ending) commentary on his inauguration, and one theme disturbs me - the idea that we are a "post-racial" America, this notion that because we've gone and elected ourselves a black president that, poof, racism is gone. It's all very self-congratulatory. But here's the thing.

Racism is not gone until young black men are pulled over at the same rate as me.

And poor, black children get the same education as my friend's kids who attend very white, very ritzy, suburban schools.

And no one thinks to ask me what race Lucy is - like it's any of their flipping business anyway.

And equal opportunity is no longer necessary.

Racism isn't gone until it's no big freakin' deal that our president happens to be black.

Of course it's wonderful that I got to pick between a black man and a woman in my primary, and I am proud as hell that we actually did elect Obama. We have done a lot to address race issues in our country (probably more than most of the European countries that like to point their fingers at us for being racist) and we've come a long way in the last 50 years. 

But we need to realize that this isn't the end of racism - it's just (hopefully) the beginning of the end of it.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

When did I get so sappy?

I cried (in public) at the hearing on Wednesday. I also cried when I left the girls yesterday afternoon.

When did I become so much like my mother?

Thursday, January 15, 2009


for all the wonderful comments about Lucy (and for those of you who delurked on the post before that). I am going to makea good faith effort to include all of your congratulations in her baby book. I say good faith because said baby book has been purchased but never written in. Yet.

And, believe it or not, she was born with those cheeks :-)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

So you know what this means, right?


yes, that's right, Lucy is legally ours!!!! The finalization hearing went well - more questions than I was expecting but our magistrate was super nice, my family was there, and two of my dearest friends also came out (one was our attorney!).

Get your fill while you can - I'll either password protect this or remove the photo soon :-)

Monday, January 12, 2009

Ahem... you in the back

Rumor has it that today is the official delurking day for 2009. So, I'm asking you all to please delurk, just for one day, pretty please?

I love to see who is reading and also check out new blogs, so please comment away!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Ahhh, the humanity

Lucy has suddenly decided (as I think I mentioned previously) that she is NO LONGER WAITING FOR ANYTHING DAMMIT. I don't know how or why this is happening - it could be developmental, maybe she's teething, maybe she already hates being the second child. Who knows?

But really, if that's my biggest complaint, then I am one lucky mama. Though I gotta admit the That does make me want to scratch my eyes out sometimes.

That said, I keep forgetting to catalog all of the wonderful! amazing! adorable! things they do. Like:
  • Lily is forever kissing Lucy and hugging her (but this does happen with more frequency and with a raised eyebrow in our direction she knows we are watching)
  • Lucy is a great mimic. She makes sounds that are pretty good for her age and will gleefully repeat anything. Like "shit". Because I am a GREAT mom. For the record, she also still does the "yeah, yeah, yeah" thing, and will mimic mama, papa, Lucy and her own names. She took a stab at saying Gibson today, too.
  • Lily wipes Lucy's nose the same way I do - pushing back on the center of her forward and doing it as quickly as possible. She fed Lucy for the first time this weekend and it turns out she also does that universal baby feeding thing where you open your mouth when they do to try to get them to eat. One of the cutest things ever. She is really into feeding Lucy right now - offering her parts of her own food and everything.
  • Lucy kisses. Big fat sloppy kisses. Mostly me and my mom, but also carefully selected baby dolls.
  • My parents got us a digital video camera for Christmas, but I fear that all of our videos will be exactly the same - essentially Lily screaming "I illy, I illy" at the top of her lungs because that's what she does everytime we start taping - she wants to see herself on the camera. In a similar vein, "irror" is one of her newest words* because she wants to see herself whenever we tell her she looks cute. I have to admit we have probably created the vanity. Perhaps I need to cut back on telling her she is the cutest little human EVER?
  • Lucy LOVES my dad. Like lights up every time she sees him and actively prefers him to anyone except PB and I - yeah, my mom really loves that one.
That's all I've come up with for now.

*along with fire, but that's for another post.

Language development

So Lily talks nonstop now, which is really cool and fun. You know, especially when said talking involves multiple "No way, mama"'s and "I pooped"s. But this post is about some verbal mistakes that I think are adorable. To wit:
  • Our dog, Gibson, is is referred to alternately as "Gyspum" or "Gibsmum"
  • She calls syrup "sirpup"
  • Because we visit one Mexican restaurant WAY TOO often, she uses "diya" for quesadilla.
  • Oh, and today she thought one of the waiters was named "Hola" because he said Hola to her and we kept trying to get her to say it back. Everytime he left our table, she'd say "Where's Hola?"
  • She adds an a or ia ending onto any words that she uses to address others, like Mamia, Paaia, Grammia, Grampia, and "Lucy's real name"-ia.  

The first four are just cute pronunciation things. But the last one, I think could potentially be her puzzling through the relationship between her nickname (which ends with an ie sound) and her full name (which ends with an ia). I think maybe she is "formalizing" everyone's name by adding an ia sound to the end.

Or I could be making way too much of nothing. In any event, like a lot of things she does, it's damned cute.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Cruisin... and miscellany

and not like that terrible song from Duets.

Lucy cruised for the first time tonight... in the bathtub! She is also talking MUCH more now - still not real words except to mimic. She's also starting to be angry for the first time. While she used to get sad when she was bothered by something, now she curls up her little fists and screams until her face turns red. It's actually kind of funny because she does it when nothing serious is wrong - if she's really, truly upset about something, she still falls back on sad.

Lily learned the word "lost" today. She keeps telling us her binky is lost. She also is a big fan of Wii apparently - today she said, "I play wii. I wii, Mama".

Things are good around Chez Psychic - still on track to finalize Lucy's adoption next week. Lily's adoption worker visited for the first time today and says their goal is to finalize by end of March.

We also had a lovely visit with Lily's extended birthfamily on her dad's side. They are very sweet people and it's amazing how natural it is to interact with them. A good time was had by all!

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Please stay this sweet

Yesterday, my mom texted me (yeah, I know, my mom texted me!!!!!) and said that she asked Lily if she was Grandma's girl. Lily shook her head and said, "No, I'm Mama's girl."

All together now... Awwwwwwwww.