Friday, April 26, 2013

Good vibes today, please. (And some baby cuteness for you)

We like to do things all at once here in the Kaelin household. Weddings, international moves, pregnancy, more international moves, a few domestic moves, and two people balancing self-employment (not recommended with a baby). There's been some big stress in our little family. Things are looking up, though. Whether you're into The Prayer or The Secret or just The Good Thoughts, send a little our way today, would you? Something big's afront.

Much love your way.

Here's some baby cuteness for you.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

It's garden time.

I used to write about gardening all the time. Then I spent a year and a half away from the dirt. Our garden in Scotland was prim, proper, and probably planted by people of yore -- a problem one doesn't usually encounter in shiny new America. My plot of land in Kentucky, however, is mostly a blank canvas.
Perfect Scottish Garden -- but with nothing edible.

This weekend, David and I filled our front-yard raised bed with seeds. We'll have radishes and lettuces within a month -- herbs sooner. The mint I've let go wild in the yard over the past several years is back with a plan of dominance, already making the yard smell like Derby.

I can't tell you how much I'm anticipating the first tomato.

What are you planting this year?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Scottish words for baby things.

We are trying not to be obnoxious with our use of UK terms when it comes to the baby. Some things just roll off the tongue more easily. Also, we've been way isolated since moving back to the States, so we haven't exactly heard people use the American terms.

Here are some baby-related British words we've adopted. We probably sound like jerks when you hear us in public, but we aren't really in public very often ... so I guess it's cool:


Pram.  It's just so Mary Poppins! I love taking the wee boy off for a walk in the pram.

Nappy. Diaper sounds medical and weird to me. It's much more cute to change a nappy.

Poppers. As in, I prefer the nappies that have velcro, as opposed to the poppers. Or, "This outfit has too many poppers for my arthritic hands!" Poppers are snaps, if you don't get it by now. How cute is that??

Lie-in. This is the equivalent to sleeping in, except you "have a lie-in." We don't actually use this one anymore, though, because who ever has a lie-in when you have a baby?


Thursday, April 4, 2013

We DO have friends!

We've had a rough several weeks over here. I once posted with glee about the time the wee boy went from 10:30-4am without waking. Well, that was a one-off, apparently, and it's been sleepless nights for the most part since then.

Wee Baby Boy currently seeking representation.
He's not earning his keep, but he sure is purty.
Please don't offer me sleep advice. I've already read seven sleep books, from one extreme to the other, and have heard anecdotes galore about what worked for everyone else's baby. I, however, have the most stubborn boy in the world (karma, I'm sure).

Just when David and I had pretty much convinced ourselves that we have no friends (surely our own fault for being terrible at email and unable to return a phone call), we had two people come by and visit us this week. One of them brought a craft project, and the other gave me an unexpected therapy session. It was great fun, and it reminded me how much I do like spending time with my friends.

So yeah ... if we haven't returned your email or phone call (and I'm sure we haven't), it doesn't mean we aren't thinking about you. It means we forgot how to put words together. It means we don't have hands-free headsets for our phones (my new recommendation to new parents), and the baby won't let us put him down. It means when you called us at 8:30pm, we weren't ignoring you. We were already in bed.

Blogging from the chemo lab.

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