Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Amelie Barbara Kelly

Amelie Barbara Kelly was born on June 5, 2007. She was a healthy 9 pounds, which was such a relief. She had to stay in the hospital for a few days because without the pushing of a vaginal birth (I had a c-section w/ both my babies), fluid remained in her lungs that is usually pushed out by the birth process.

When I woke up, I was so eager to see her. They wheeled me into the NICU, and I thought, "Wow! She's fat!". This was wonderful...and she wasn't really fat...but she just looked SO big, compared to when Evan was born.

I stayed in my hospital room, visiting her to nurse, and was allowed to hold her pretty much as much as I wanted. But still, when the nurse brought her in and told me she could stay with me for the rest of our stay...that she was finally ALL MINE...I gave that nurse the hug of her life! It felt so good to hold my little girl, and lay back and rest with her.

Evan came in to see her. He was very excited to see his baby sister. But I think he was a bit mad at me for leaving him, because when he was brought to my bed, he started to scream! Oh well, he'll recover. And with the two of them being so close in age...I doubt there will be many jealousy issues...I think it won't be long before he won't remember a time when Amelie wasn't here.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Episcopal Church Rejects Demand for a 2nd Leadership - New York Times

"Bishops of the Episcopal Church have rejected a key demand to create a parallel leadership structure to serve the conservative minority of Episcopalians who oppose their church’s liberal stand on homosexuality." Yay for the Episcopals! :-)

Friday, February 16, 2007


So I've come to realize I'm not going to be writing any extensive, thoughtful, eloquent essays on children and/or motherhood. I just don't have the time or energy. So, rahter than waiting on the time or energy...I'm just gonna post the tiny thoughts when they come.

I'm amazed at the Spirit of children. And the patience...sometimes. ;-) Not at meal time...that spoon has to keep moving in a steady motion to keep the food coming, or my little guy registers his displeasure quite clearly. ;-) But I can be emailing someone while Evan sits in his stroller and suddenly realize time has gotten away from me..and I fret "Oh God, I've had him sitting in this thing way too long". I turn to him, and he just gives me the biggest "I love you" grin - complete with two new bottom teeth, and a full-blown, glorious raspberry! :-)He's learned how to put his feet up on the front of his stoller and really chill out. He's just so cool!

All for now...


Tuesday, January 16, 2007

life goes fast with an 8 month old!

I haven't posted here in a long while, one because I've been so busy with our little guy, and also because I was in the first trimester of my second pregnancy! Yes, we're expecting number 2 in June. :-) First trimester hormones just *kicked* my you-know-what.

Another reason I haven't done much here is because I've wanted to do so much *more* with this space than I have to date, but I haven't had the energy or the motivation (re: first trimester and being a busy mom). My niece Shelley has a very cool blog (that she hasn't had time to devote to it much lately, being the mother of two which I must admit makes *me* feel less lame). She has very interesting and eloquent reflections on motherhood, her dad (my dear brother Rick who I miss so much), and life in general. My blog 'til now has been very much like my old website, just links to stuff I like (or otherwise have an opinion on) and some short commentary by me. My brother Rick actually commented once that he would have liked to have seen my blog reflect my *thoughts* in more depth, instead of just a bunch of links.

So I hope in the near future to blog on my church's "revisioning process", our undertaking of the study of what it would mean to become an "Open and Affirming" congregation (I'm on the committee), my support of Barack Obama for president...and of course, life with baby Evan, and looking foward to the arrival of his little brother or sister. But I suspect that once I *really* have the time to reflect on this miracle, my thoughts are more likely to end up as poems on my Poetry Blog instead.

I don't think anyone even really reads this, but I wanted to put it out there that Yes, I am still alive, and yes, I still have thoughts I want to blog about. And hopefully sometime soon I'll have the time and energy. ;-)

Travelling the Road,


Reading: just finished "What we Keep" by Elizabeth Berg...hoping to get further into "The Audacity of Hope" by our next president soon.

Listening: Dixie Chicks "Long Way Home"

Stitching: Noah's Ark (but not really...not stitching anymore than blogging these days ;-)