Friday, November 16, 2012

7 Quick Takes

1. We got a new pilot hat for our Pia Baby to keep her hearing aids in place. Does a lot for her cheeks, yes?

2. Speaking of the Pia Baby, we gave her a sign name finally. Giving sign names stresses me out because I am worried whenever we meet other Deaf people they are thinking, "What lame sign names!" Except the Doms; I didn't give him his sign name, G did that when he was born, so his is a legit-bestowed-from-a-Deaf-person sign name.

3. Anyways. Pia's sign name is SWEET P. So, you sign SWEET, and then the letter P.

4. It's happening. For my Thanksgiving contribution I am going to make apple pie with lard in the crust. Then when people say, "This pie is amazing, how did you manage it?" I will say, "A tub of lard." Last year my efforts were thwarted by morning sickness and I could not stand the smell of the lard, but this year it's game on.

5. I just finished reading the first of Sigrid Undset's trilogy Kristin Lavransdatter. It was v. v. good, and also made me realize that life back in the day was super dangerous. Lots of fires and oxes running loose trampling people and no ER's or antibiotics. I have such a cushy life.

6. Here's what I have decided. You need 3 months to recover from childbirth and be able to rest enough and cuddle enough with your baby. THEN, you need 3 months to get back into real life. So 6 months total before you should expect to even begin to have things together. Analysis: I have 2 more months to get my s*** together. Excellent!

7. Lastly, most importantly. Please, please pray for my older brother, Tom. He has terminal cancer, and has gone home with hospice care. Probably one or two more weeks at the most left for his earthly life. Please pray for his wife and three children, for peace for them, for peace and comfort for him. I thank you for your prayers.

More Quick Takes here and have a great weekend! 


  1. Hi Anne! I'm a (relatively) new reader, and I wanted to say that:
    a) I absolutely love your blog.
    b) I'm a fellow Catholic mama who is pregnant with my second baby, and YAY for Italian names! :) I love carrying on my family's Italian-naming tradition, and my non-Italian husband fortunately agrees with me. We aren't going to find out the sex of our baby, but Gianna is one of the top contenders for a girl name.
    c) I'm so very, very sorry about your brother. My thoughts and prayers will be with you, your brother and your family. I've lost far too many loved ones to cancer, and I'm so sorry for the pain you are all going through. *hugs*

  2. Hello, Anne. I saw this from 7QT and just want to let you know that I will be praying for you and your brother and his family. I can't imagine.

  3. Will be praying for your brother.

  4. I will pray for your brother, his wife and children. That must be so hard.

    I totally agree with your analysis of how long it takes to recover from childbirth. I also have instituted a no houseguests policy for the first six weeks, based on the reasoning that if I am not allowed to excercise or have sex, then why should I be entertaining overnight guests??? Keeps my MIL away.

    I have about 3 gallons of lard right now. No joke. If you want some, you can have it. It tastes way better than store bought because it was made by my dad from a pig he raised.

  5. I am so sorry to hear about your brother. I will be praying

  6. Praying for your brother, you, and your family.