Thursday, July 30, 2009

Dems night out.

Wednesday night our democratic committee hosted New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli for a reception. We had a great turnout!

Town of Mohawk Supervisor Candidate Wayne DeMallie, Mrs. DeMallie, and Democratic Committee Treasurer Margaret Simonds:

Mayor Ann Thane:

Fourth Ward Supervisor David Dybas:


A number of Fulton County Dems joined us. Thank you to the Crystal Ristorante for a lovely spread, and to Comptroller DiNapoli!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Love you Grandma and Grandpa, a Dani guest post.

Dear Grandma and Grandpa,

Mommy said that I could post to her blog tonight so I could tell you both how much fun I had during your visit.

Grandpa, thank you for putting together my big girl crib! I love it.

Grandma, thanks for letting me try teething cookies--they are so yummy! Mommy let me have another one tonight, and I didn't share, not even with Daddy!

Grandpa, I love your hugs!

Grandma, it was fun to play outside with you! You are so much fun! Ahhhh-choo!I miss you already! Love, Dani

Monday, July 27, 2009

So much can change in six months!

Dani at 3 weeks:

Dani at 7 1/2 months:
I tried to make the pose nearly the same.
Here's Dani "walking" with Grandma:

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Dani's only been crawling for one week--but look at her go! video

She's having so much fun with my parents!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Great-grandma's, day two.

So many visitors today! Everyone wanted to come over and see Dani! From Gram's friends to family, we had a ball.
Great-grandma is having so much fun with Dani!


Dani went from not crawling last Saturday, to tearing around the house today, a mere 6 days later!


Took lots of great video but having trouble with the uploads, more tomorrow!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Road trip!

We headed out yesterday to Connecticut to visit Great-grandma! After an hour-long stop in Albany for B to attend a court conference in federal court, we got back on the road.


Having a bit of trouble with my internet connection..GAH! More later.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Fun with Grandma and Grandpa!

Grandma and Grandpa B are in town! Grandpa got up with Dani super early just to enjoy some quiet time!

Dani and Grandma:

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Expect many more pics and video to follow! So much fun!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Like father, like daughter.

Behold the power of the remote. Could Dani be more like her daddy?
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Vampire baby returns, albeit briefly.

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My folks fly in tomorrow night. They are going to have a blast!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

On all fours.

Dani crawled, really crawled for the first time today. She moved her arms and legs in tandem, and just moved across the floor, in a forward direction. Until now, she could get across the floor in any direction other than forward. She wouldn't do it for the camera though. This is the best we got on film:


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Dani says, "I told you once I could crawl the cats would be my friends."

Party time!

We went to a first birthday party yesterday, and Dani got to see lots of other kids, and had a ton of fun. Here she is, all dressed up and ready to go, in an adorable outfit my cousin Robin gave us.

Fun in the play-Jeep:

First time on a swing:

Fun day.

Friday, July 17, 2009

BFFs no more.

It's over.

Friends no more.

It was good while it lasted, but it just wasn't meant to be. Some girls just can't always stay friends forever, I suppose. Anyway, Dani, who mere weeks ago loved talking Tigger, cries at the sight of him. I turned him on this morning and he start to turn his head and talk, and Dani just bawled. She was a bit fussy, so I chalked it up to morning fussies.

So tonight when I came home, we had some more tummy time, and I had her on my lap, pulled out Tiggy and she just lost it. Even when I was holding her and Tigger was switched off so he was quiet, she couldn't even look at him without shaking. Tigger clearly done my baby wrong!



In other news, Dani's going to crawl for real any day now. She is making solid efforts, as seen here. She can spin in circles, which is the cutest thing ever. I think she's waiting for grandma and grandpa's visit to master it, just for them. Here is tonight's attempt.

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As an aside, to the many folks to reached out to me recently with friendship and support--thanks. Mom, sorry I was a little bitchy on the phone last night; rough day; love you much!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

During the happier time earlier in the week...

(Dani trying a pickling cuke. She gnawed on it for about a minute, then chucked it on the floor.)

It's been a long week. The fun parts have involved a visit from one of my best pals, Tara. She came over to visit, and then we went out to dinner. Dani had a great time with her!


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Some local craziness going on, where suffice to say, the entire city I live in, well perhaps I exaggerate, at least those those who read certain local political blogs have been directed to my facebook page, and an old blog of mine, and my silly local paper is going to run a cover story on anonymous bloggers and attempts to out them, in which many disparaging comments will be made about me. Only in my town is that actually news. Most interestingly, the faux outrage stems from a glib comment allegedly made by me which stated, essentially, that neighborhood opponents of a certain project shared one little brain, and that one local restaurant was not fine dining. Oh, the horrors! Those comments have apparently lead to a weeks (or perhaps months) long hunt for the anonymous blogger, with multiple blogs previewing that the blogger's identity would be announced live on local radio today.

I actually learned about most of this (that the blogs that had my pictures and links to my personal info) when I got a call from the newspaper this afternoon. Fun times. I thought I got out of the fishbowl when I didn't run for re-election!

Just a working mom, enjoying my marriage and baby. Nothing to see here.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

B is for bad parent.

"Send help--my mommy's clueless!"Good parenting decisions abound this weekend.

You've already heard about the puff incident. I'm on Big Man's sh*t list.

The fun, truly, never ends. We also had a "Caddyshack" bathtub. Yep. I didn't dare photograph it. Yesterday morning, Dani dropped a deuce, so I decided it was bathtime. I ran a bath, and put her in the bouncy chair while I got everything ready. Since she'd just gone poop, I didn't check her diaper, and just let it fall to the floor, as I put her in the bath. I noticed she was a little stinky, but just figured she'd ripped one or something. After about 15 seconds, poop starts floating to the surface! (oh the horrors). I am, of course, alone. I pull the naked kid out of the tub, wrap her in a towel and put her in the crib, while I dump the poopy tub into the big clawfoot tub, try to get all the poop to go down the drain and then sanitize the baby tub and refill, all while hoping that naked Dani is not continuing to poop all over her crib, as she's been undiapered and naked through this project. Fun times, my friends.

We had some fun with kitchen utensils, until gagging ensued. At least she didn't hurl.
(What can I say? Worst. mom. ever.)

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She's one happy kiddo, though, despite my cluelessness! Unfortunately the happy laughing video won't load, so trust me. She's happy.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

When good puffs go bad.

Dani got her second tooth, so I decided it was time she partake of the puff. I bought the Target brand, and figured she'd be all set. (After all, the other baby was eating them at 5 months!). She digs the first one, so I decide to capture baby's first puffs on video.

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She initially was perplexed but seemed to enjoy the puff. She spit out the first puff, and as you can see I gave her another. The video abruptly ends because I threw the camera, ripped the top off the highchair, and nearly ripped off my fingernail in a frantic effort to dislodge the puff from Dani's throat. (Don't tell daddy.) Holy scary moment!

Needless to say, we enjoyed some safer food after that.
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Dani and I hit the farmstand today, so we are going to have fresh peas and sweet corn with dinner! Woo hoo!


I love summer. I'd sell my right kidney for a pool, though.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

New tricks!

Summertime, and the livin' is easy:
Busy week! Big Man has had the last three nights off so, for the last two, I didn't even do anything on the computer, just spent some quality time with my sweetiepie!

For her newest trick, Dani, when placed on a blanket on the floor will roll herself up like a burrito. We have yet to catch it on video but Big Man assures me it is super cute! He walked out of the room for a second and came back to this...she can get in, but then can't get out!

Dani is seriously going to crawl at any moment, which means I've got to start cleaning the house, and the floors, more often!
Grandma and grandpa are coming to visit on the 22nd and we are so excited!!!

Yesterday, Big Man took this video:

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Every day it's a little more fun.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

All was well.

All was well when I posted two hours ago. Lots can go wrong with a 7 month old and two hours.

Big Man took Dani upstairs to feed her and put her to bed. He yelled "run a bath" and was laughing hysterically. When he layed her down on our bed, I guess she projectile vomited straight up, and it all landed on her face and our bed. Big Man cleaned her up, and got her in the bath, giggling as he described what I had missed. I thought we should give her some liquid before she went to bed, so we had a water/formula mix, which she promptly tossed all over Daddy. Oops. Maybe it's because she's still teething? She was happy and smiley, so I think she feels fine.

The better to eat you with, my dear!

Somebody woke up with a tooth today. Lower left!

We went to David and Gail's for the 4th. Lots of BBQ and friends and family. Dani had her first bounce on a trampoline.

She was very happy to be the center of everyone's attention!


Gail, helping Dani to bounce:

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Today, we bought a big girl booster chair from BJs. Something we can take places easily.All is well!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Long weekend, yee hah.

Looking forward to the long weekend. It's been a rough week. Between not feeling great and work being crazy, I haven't had time to do much.

Dani has gotten even cuter as you can see:

Still no teeth, but I am happy to report that she can now crawl backwards and sideways, just not forward.

Lots of fun things going on this weekend, so I expect lots to post about, but for now, all you get is this teeny video Dad!

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I'm beat, so that's all I got.