Archive for December, 2010

A glimpse of our white Christmas- December 29, 2010

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

We’re home from our holiday travels. We were worried we weren’t going to get to see extended family because of the snow. We actually had a white Christmas here in NC.
This is us being snowed in. It was a moment of Daddy being silly playing video games (wearing a t-shirt from 1990. I kid you not, a 20-year-old shirt.  Well, almost 21-year-old shirt.) and our little girl wearing a 3 month onesie that’s too big. It was wonderful.

You gotta be kidding me- December 29, 2010

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Oh my God!  Seriously.  After all that?  Ugggghhh!  (Read about my baby name agony and the ultimate decision.)  After all the agonizing over the not-too-popular name I read this article in the Charlotte Observer.  Great.  Well, Emma, Isabella, and Ava can move over for Charlotte.  {sigh} I guess that’s what I get for over analyzing.  I’m holding out hope that it was only the most searched name, not the name everyone went with.  We’ll find out when the Social Security Administration release their 2010 list. (See link above.) At least it’s not a weird name.  I still love it, and it’s not like I can do anything about it now.

Charlotte, you’re popular!

From Nameberry
Charlotte was 2010’s most-searched-for name on the popular baby-naming website,, cementing the lead that the royal feminine variation of Charles has held among visitors to the site all year.
The No. 2 and 3 girls’ names are Violet and Seraphina, both names of the daughters of Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, which has gone far to popularize them.
Four other names on the Nameberry Top 10 for girls have risen steeply through the ranks: Eliza, Amelia, Adelaide and Imogen. Names beginning with vowels count for seven of the girls’ Top 10.
Nameberry’s 2010 most popular names list counts the number of times visitors to the site searched each name throughout the year, which we like to think gives the discerning baby namer an excellent insight into which names are attracting the most buzz. Of the 4.5 million views the name pages gathered last year, more than 11,000 went to Charlotte alone, making it the most-searched name on the site for either gender. (The site hasn’t released the most commonly searched-for boys names.)
None of the names in the girls’ Top 10 is among the U.S. 10 most popular names. Elizabeth comes the closest, 10 on the Nameberry chart and 11 on the U.S. count.
Following are the Nameberry Top 100 2010 most popular names for girls. Names with “asterisk” next to them are ones that Nameberry will continue to be popular in 2011.
1. Charlotte
2. Violet
3. Seraphina
4. Eliza(ASTERISK)
5. Amelia(ASTERISK)
6. Adelaide(ASTERISK)
7. Imogen(ASTERISK)
8. Alice
9. Isla
10. Elizabeth
11. Maeve
12. Harper(ASTERISK)
13. Ella
14. Matilda
15. Lily
16. Scarlett
17. Ava
18. Ruby
19. Stella
20. Maisie
21. Olivia
22. Clementine(ASTERISK)
23. Claire
24. Lila
25. Aurora(ASTERISK)
26. Leila(ASTERISK)
27. Willa
28. Nora
29. Sophia
30. Lucy
31. Eleanor
33. Beatrice
34. Grace
35. Cora(ASTERISK)
36. Evangeline
37. Genevieve(ASTERISK)
38. Hazel(ASTERISK)
39. Sadie
40. Josephine(ASTERISK)
41. Audrey
42. Emma
43. Poppy
44. Clara(ASTERISK)
45. Esme
46. Quinn(ASTERISK)
47. Isabella
48. Georgia
50. Evelyn
51. Iris
52. Caroline
53. Gemma(ASTERISK)
54. Arabella
55. Jane(ASTERISK)
56. Wren
57. Delilah
58. Phoebe
59. Aurora
60. Avery
61. Penelope
62. Piper
63. Margaret(ASTERISK)
64. Lola
65. Bryn(ASTERISK)
66. Chloe
67. Daisy
68. Rose
69. Annabel(ASTERISK)
71. Aurelia(ASTERISK)
72. Julia
73. Lydia
74. Celia(ASTERISK)
75. Laura
76. Hannah
77. Elodie(ASTERISK)
78. Flora
79. Olive(ASTERISK)
80. Zoe
81. Eden(ASTERISK)
82. Emily
83. Eloise
84. Pearl(ASTERISK)
85. Coco
86. Rory
87. Maya
88. Mabel(ASTERISK)
89. Millie(ASTERISK)
90. Anna
91. Kate
92. India(ASTERISK)
93. Frances(ASTERISK)
94. Mary
95. Emmeline
96. Beatrix
97. Juliet
98. Madeline
99. Louisa
100. Sarah
Nameberry ( is a baby-naming site produced by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz, co-authors of 10 bestselling baby name guides, including the newest, “Beyond Ave and Aiden: The Enlightened Guide to Naming Your Baby.”

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My Christmas Song- December 24, 2010

Friday, December 24th, 2010

My whole life I’ve listened to this Christmas song and never thought a thing about it.  I don’t know that I ever REALLY listened to the words until now.  When I was a kid my parents had the Barbra Steisand Christmas Album.  (Yes, an actual record.)  It’s really good.  I love it.  Greyson makes fun of me for this.  Joking he says, “Yentil has no business singing Christmas songs.”  I called him an anti-Semite and told him not to ruin my song.

This is my Christmas song this year.  It’s the Christmas song for all new mothers.  Merry Christmas.

The Best Gift
Barbra Streisand

The best gift
That I ever got
Didn’t really weigh a lot
It didn’t have a ribbon ’round
And it sometimes made a terrible sound
The best of all it seems to me
It wasn’t neath the Christmas tree
And yet, I guess I’d have to say
That it made all the other presents twice as gay
The best gift that I’ve ever known
I’d always wanted most to own
Yet in my dreams of sugar and spice
I never thought it could be so nice
The best gift that I’d ever get
Was sometimes dry and sometimes wet
Was usually pink but oftentimes red
As it lay so innocently in it’s bed
The best gift of the year to me
The one I hold most dear to me
A gift that simply drove me wild
Was a tiny new born child…

Merry Christmas

Changes to Christmas shopping- December 24, 2010

Friday, December 24th, 2010

The only time in my life I ever look for an elevator in the mall is when I’m shopping with my grandmother on Black Friday.  She hates escalators.  One year my sister and I forgot she gets faint on escalators and we hopped on.  Determined not to lose us in the department store, Grandma braved the crazy moving stairs.  Poor Grandma!  By the time we reached the second floor she was pale and dizzy.  We were terrible granddaughters and stifled giggles as we checked to make sure she was okay.

Now that I’ve started shopping with a stroller, I look for an elevator.  This week my friend Heather posted this on Facebook…

am I the only person that takes a stroller on escalators? people always look at me like I’m nuts. Trust me folks, I’m not gonna let him fall. And i’m not going to seek out the creepy smelly elevators in the back corner of the store or wait 10 minutes to get crammed in the one non-creepy glass elevator.

She told me how to wedge the wheels of the stroller and ride up.  I was still hesitant but, seriously, the next day the elevator at the mall was broken.  (3 days before Christmas?  Really?!)  I figure if Heather can do it, so can I.  I held my breath and put the front wheel of my Bumbleride Indie on the escalator and up we went.  I put my hand on Charlotte since we were on an incline, but she was strapped in.  Heather was right.  I totally got stank looks from people.  But, I was NOT walking all the way to the other end of the mall for an elevator that may or may not be working.

It’s like having a baby as opened my eyes to things I’ve never needed nor noticed before.  Never once have I looked for a wheelchair ramp…

Mom with Charlotte.  
I truly believe the mall near me opened these just after my baby was born because before then there were only Men and Women’s restrooms.  I surely never noticed them before…

And like an oasis in the desert, this room appeared when Charlotte was at her hungriest…

Happy last-minute shopping.


Libations with baby- December 21, 2010

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

I had to do it.  Well, I didn’t HAVE to.  But, I was not going BACK out after running errands all day long.  I was right there anyway.  I mean, what’s Christmas without a little spirit(s)?  Plus, it’s not like I could leave her in the car.  I’m not proud of it, but…

I took my baby to the liquor store.

Carrying bottles and the car seat was tough.  I stopped short of laying a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black next to her in the seat to free up a hand.  I laughed and said to the clerk, “She’s teething. (she’s not of course)  The booze will ease the pain.”  This lady just glared at me.  
Charlotte totally got carded.  I think it was the Santa hat.