Tuesday, April 22, 2014


So, I'm officially on Twitter! @shellyslaw - Do stop by and say hello! And if you see me making any stupid rookie mistakes, let me know!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Please forgive my delay in posting this - not much computer time these days!  haha!

Bear Notthedaddy
Born 10/11/13 at 10:13am
7 lbs 10oz
21 inches long

We are all at home (only spent two days in the hospital - quite long enough, thank you!) and doing great! 
Hope you are all well!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Update (or More Details)

Whoa you guys, where did the last few months fly off to?  I swear it was July a few days ago.

Well, anyway, I've started writing this post in my head about a million times and never have been able to get it right.  But I've got about half an hour right now and my goal is put something else up here to let y'all know what's been going on.

The biggest thing is that everything is going well!  I've been a nervous wreck this whole pregnancy (did I mention that before?!), but it has seemed like the more I worried, the smoother everything went.  There have definitely been some times that I panicked and went to the doctor and they looked at me like I was nuts for coming in because I was completely fine.  (Swollen ankles for the win!)  But no complications, no pre-eclampsia, no bedrest, no nothing.  I've been more tired and have had a lot more aches and pains and this one has been sitting on the nerves in my back for about a month now which is really getting old, but overall, my health and the health of the baby has been great!

The biggest news with a baby is always whether it's a boy or a girl, right?  And yes, I do know.  And yes, I will tell you.  Having one of each already, one of the doctors joked with us that we should let this one be a surprise.  Yeah, no, dude.  Having a baby is surprise enough, thank you!  I need as many other things nailed down as possible.  And, having one of each, we were FERVENTLY hoping for a boy!  Not that Supergirl is not a wonderful kid and that we don't love her as much as possible (she's 11 and going through puberty right now, so possible has its limits these days!).  But Wildman is definitely the easier and sweeter of our kids, so we were hoping for another snuggly little boy.  And we got our wish!  This one is a little boy.  We do have a name picked out, which I can't share here, of course, but his nickname will be Bear, which starts with the same first letter. 

And this pregnancy is almost over, too!  I'm at 37 weeks and we have a c-section scheduled for October 11th, so little Bear will be here in just a few short weeks.  We are all getting very excited.  The big kids were a little hesitant at first, back when we first told them about the baby.  We didn't wait very long to tell them, even with the risk of miscarriage, just because we generally include them in most major family things.  Wildman even regressed a little - he wouldn't sleep in his own room anymore.  (He had just moved into his own room from our room about four months earlier, so that was still a fairly recent change.)  So for several months, he slept on the living room couch like the world's smallest couch surfer.  But now, he's back in his own room and his own bed and seems to be just fine.  Supergirl is absolutely crazy about the little bitty clothes, especially the little hats and mittens and booties.  One of my friends gave us an adorable bootie and mitten set and I think Supergirl is going to put them on Bear the second he is born! 

I will definitely post an update when little one arrives and post pictures as soon as I can!  Cross your fingers for us to make it to the 11th with no drama!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Hi There!

Well, so! I really didn’t mean to be absent from this blog for nearly a year! (But then, does anyone ever intend to not write anything for a year?!)

And…well, I kind of have a big announcement….

We’re having a baby!

I’m about five and a half months along, and my official due date is October 21st.

We are SUPER EXCITED, but I’ve been really slow to tell people this time around. Since I had a miscarriage the last time, I’ve been…well…paranoid would probably be a good description. Superstitious would fit, too. Scared. (Yeah, okay, you can stop now.) But yesterday, I bought my first item of baby clothes (little hats – one of which is an EAR HAT!) and today, I posted that I’m pregnant on Facebook, so I must be starting to believe in this thing!

Also, NOTHING will make you feel your age like being pregnant.  Omg, is it naptime yet?

Anyway, hi again! I’m having a baby! OMG!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Help Me Be a Nicer Person

So help me out here, you guys.  I have a close friend at work who is driving me a little nuts.  She's a really sweet girl and I do like her a lot, but she has some annoying habits.

Is there a polite way to say:

"If you can't stop yawning every two seconds, can you at least cover your mouth?"
"This music blows goats.  If you don't turn it off, I may go postal."

Also, what is the proper response to "I just can't seem to keep any weight on!" (She's a skinny blonde, of course)?  Because here is how that conversation goes in my head:

Barbie: I'm letting myself eat anything I want, because I just can't seem to keep any weight on!
Me: *eyes narrow* *growls low in throat* *pounces on Barbie, ripping her limb from limb*

Since that's prohibited by law, and I do genuinely like the girl and would miss her if I ripped her limb from limb, I usually just stare at her and blink a few times.  Then I try to remind myself that we all have body issues, whether we're dealing with too much weight, too little weight, or weight not in the right places and her body issues are just as legitimate as mine, as annoying as they may sound to me.

Help me stay out of jail here, people. 

Friday, April 6, 2012


Hey, remember when we used to talk about books on here? Let’s do that again! Here are some books that I have read recently that stand out in my memory in a good way:

Moneyball by Michael Lewis – Yes, the movie is excellent, too. But seriously, this is a book about baseball, which I hate, and even worse, it’s a book about baseball MATH, which I hate even more than baseball. (You can also reverse that sentence – “it’s a book about math – even worse, it’s a book about BASEBALL math!” and it would still adequately convey my hatred.) AND YET! It is interesting, compelling even. I think it helps that it is a) a true story and b) an underdog story. “Everyone loves an underdog.” “I don’t.” (If you’ve seen the Hunger Games movie, you got that quote, yes?) *ahem* Back to Moneyball. The whole “Oakland A’s vs. the way baseball has been managed forever and ever, amen” is an awesome storyline. Also compelling are the notes at the end of the book, telling how much traditional baseball managers and scouts hated the book. And how they kept claiming that Billy Beane wrote the book! It’s hard to take those guys seriously when they don’t even realize that it’s an actual book, written by an actual author, and not some Billy Beane self-promotion stunt. Anyway, even though I did not expect to, I totally LOVED it. And the movie is terrific, perfectly cast. Seriously, I watched two movies in the same weekend with Phillip Seymour Hoffman in them, and they could not have been more different (Moneyball, obvs, and Ides of March), yet he was stellar in both movies and completely believable in two very different roles. What an awesome actor.

Prayer for Rain by Dennis Lehane – This is the fifth book in the Kenzie/ Gennaro series, and the strength of their storyline made me order the first, second, third, fourth and sixth books in the series from Barnes and Noble immediately. I don’t usually read series books out of order (because I am an anal retentive nerd), and I don’t know that I recommend doing that with this series, however, this is a really good book. There are lots of great plot twists and the interaction between Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro - formerly a couple, still a lot of feelings between them – make this book hard to put down.

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell – When I pitched it to my book club, my comment was, “Aliens and religion, people, what more can you ask for?” No description of this book will ever do it justice, and while I understand the title, it is the least descriptive, least helpful title ever. This book is a heartbreaker. If you’re like me, and can’t resist the books that tell you up front that they are going to break your heart (think Bel Canto, The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and What Came Before He Shot Her), then there are not words for how much I recommend this book to you. It jumps back and forth in time from a group of friends (including a Jesuit priest) who wind up traveling to another planet to meet a race of singing aliens to the Jesuit church’s efforts to get the whole story of what happened on that mission from the Jesuit priest who is the lone survivor of the mission. So yes, you know right up front that almost all of the main characters are going to be killed off. And yes, you will cry. But! The totality of the book is wonderful. There’s also a sequel, Children of God, that is every bit as good as The Sparrow, and how often can you say that about a sequel?

So tell me, what have you been reading lately?

Friday, December 2, 2011

The Days are Long, but the Years are Short

So when I posted my little rant yesterday, I noticed that all the ages in my profile were wrong. I'm *gulp* 35 now, Supergirl is 9 and Wildman is 5. (We all have Fall birthdays, so we've each had a birthday since my last post.) I just changed them, and it reminded me of this idea from the book The Happiness Project - that the days are long, but the years are short. Incidentally, I really liked The Happiness Project. I had heard of it, but I wouldn't have picked it up except that my local book club chose it as their book for November. What's funny is that I REALLY liked it - like took notes (which I NEVER do), planning my own Happiness Project - liked it. And the rest of the group (y'know, the people who chose to read it), didn't like it. In fact, several of them REALLY disliked it. It's so funny, I like this group, but I am often out-of-step with them. The books they love, I generally dislike, and the books I love, they generally dislike. Oh well, it's still fun to go talk about books.

Anyway, the idea in The Happiness Project, that the days are long but the years are short - it's basically saying that sometimes we can barely drag ourselves through the day (and by "we", I mean "I"), but the years fly by like nothing. Ain't that the truth?! I cannot believe that my kids are 9 and 5 now. It seems like no time has passed since I was pregnant, or holding a little teeny baby. When I think about how long it's been since college, or high school, or being a teenager, or my childhood - well. It's surprising, is what it is. The other day, we were at lunch and there was a tv with some news program on and they were talking about John Hinckley's request to spend more time out of the mental institution that he was sentenced to after he shot President Regan 30 years ago. And it was so shocking to me that the shooting was 30 years ago. I remember when that happened. Granted, it's the first national news story that I can remember, but holy cats! That's 30 years ago now. I remember in my mid-twenties when I realized that some of the things I remembered had happened 20 years ago and it was so surprising because 20 sounds like such a huge number. I'm having the same feeling now with 30 years. It is WEIRD to realize that something I remember happened 30 years ago. I guess it's that, in the abstract, the phrase, "30 years ago" sounds like ancient history. And when I put it into perspective and realize that something I remember personally happened "30 years ago", it's a little shocking. But, life goes on, right? I don't have a problem with being 35, I'm happy with my life and what I'm doing with it, but it does sound like a long time when I think about it. (So I shouldn't think about it, right?!)