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Looking forward to

Monday, January 19th, 2009

One of the things I’ve decided to do with Lucy is to live in the moment.  I remind myself this each time I worry that there are dirty dishes in the sink, dinner to make, or laundry ready to come out of the dryer.  I’ve decided to embrace being home with her and to not worry that I’m not “working” or we’re not “doing” anything.  Reading books curled up in bed is doing something.  Dancing to Ella and Louis is doing something.  Playing pick-a-boo is doing something.  And doing these things with Lucy makes both of us happy.

Another part of living in the moment is not spending too much time looking forward to the future.  I don’t want to be so excited about her first real words that I miss how she plays with sounds – not just ga-ga-ga, ma-ma-ma, but also clicking her tongue against the roof of her mouth and squealing as loudly as she can.  I don’t want to be so focused on signs that she might crawl soon that I miss how she managed to turn herself 90 degrees to grab that toy just out of reach.  She’s growing fast, and I don’t want to be so focused on the future that I forget to see her now.

But, as we were sitting on the floor – playing pick-a-boo and folding laundry, I got thinking about all the things I want for her.  It seems like an appropriate time to think of the future – tomorrow Barack Obama will become our 44th president, and I find great hope in that.  So here’s a list – not exhaustive, just top-of-mind things that I hope for Lucy:

  • that she will enjoy a good adventure
  • that she will be comfortable with who she is
  • that she will sleep the whole night in her crib (do I wish this for Lucy or for myself?)
  • that she will enjoy cooking and being in the kitchen with her parents
  • that she will find learning and school stimulating and exciting
  • that she will embrace trying new things
  • that she will share what she has
  • that she will always know she is loved, no matter what, just because she is.

And I’m looking forward to…

  • her first dance class
  • sleepovers in museums and science centers with her
  • taking her (and Eben too) to visit some of my favorite places
  • watching her play with her friends
  • getting to know Lucy as she grows

Tomorrow, I’m looking forward to the Inauguration!

And now for something new

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

It’s a Thursday, around noon as Lucy and I sit here writing this post.  This morning we had some smiley time when she woke up, a little tummy time after breakfast, and we even managed to weed out all of the maternity clothes from my closet (woo-hoo!).  It’s been a great morning, and I’m hoping that Lucy is looking forward to a nap very soon (although, like her mother, Lucy doesn’t love naps).

And the exciting thing is that all of our days will look something like this from now on.  I had my final day of work last Friday and am officially staying home with Lucy!  It was a tough decision and it was not a tough decision.  My mother tells me that not all babies want to be held all of the time.  I don’t know about that.  I only know that Lucy does.  And while we had some great daycare options, they just can’t hold her all day long.  I know I have to learn to put her down too (and I can definitely lay her down more than in July), but it’s nice to be able to be here and be the one to hold her.

We certainly have lots to catch up on from last month.  We had wonderful visits from super-helpful grandparents (and an aunt) and two nice trips down to the lake house.  I’m sure we’ll post pictures soon!  She’s growing so fast!

OP Eats Locally

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Today was a fun day in the Myers household – Eben and I picked up the first installment in our CSA (community supported agriculture) Spring farm share. We were pretty excited! Our CSA comes from Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance and we’ll pick it up at the local coffee shop – Enrico’s Tazza D’Oro. Safi is also pretty excited about this new routine because she gets a walk down the hill to pick up the food!

So what yummy food did we get, you ask?


  • 1 dozen free range eggs
  • 5 pounds of potatoes
  • apple cider
  • cheddar cheese
  • sprigs of rosemary
  • spinach
  • potted parsley

And what did we make?


We made an apple cider and rosemary glaze for our chicken and sauteed up some garlic and spinach too.  Later this week we’ll put the potatoes to work with some cheese, bacon, eggs, and rosemary for a frittata.


Saturday, February 9th, 2008

Many people ask us if we’ve talked about names for OP, to which our typical response is along the lines of “Yes, but we’re not telling anyone about it.” Our policy has been to keep this particular discussion to ourselves. OP’s name will be what it will be, and we’re not particularly interested in hearing anybody’s criticism of our name ideas. That said, we’re open to suggestions (of course, we retain the right to reject them too). Our general guidelines are:

  • One first name, one middle name
  • No more than 5 letters each
  • Nothing too unusual
  • No major unpleasant associations
  • We must like it
  • Bonus points if it is meaningful to us in some way

That’s pretty much it!

On thing I can say: OP’s name will be relatively short. Recently, a pair of bloggers that I regularly follow brought their own child into the world. Their child’s name, while inspiring, is much longer than OP’s will be. She sure is cute though. Congratulations to Alice and Cory, and welcome Poesy Emmeline Fibonacci Nautilus Taylor Doctorow!


Sunday, November 11th, 2007

Welcome to the Octopus Pi blog, where we (Laura and Eben) will record our journey to becoming a larger family (by one… we hope).  You may be asking yourself “who or what is Octopus Pi?  Some kind of transformer?  A mathematical cephalopod? A manwich-induced hallucination?”  For now, Octopus Pi is our codename for the 11-week-old fetus that has taken residence in Laura’s uterus.  Why Octopus Pi?  I dunno, cephalopods and math are cool.  Maybe.

In any event, welcome!