Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The first time I saw my alien-head daughter


Exactly three years ago, give or take a few hours, I sat down and wrote a reaction to seeing Addison for the first time. The day before, Lindsay and I had gone to the hospital and seen her amphibian features in Addison's first scheduled ultrasound.

I'm gonna re-post an excerpt from it here, to honor the anniversary of writing something publicly about our baby girl for the very first time.

Thanks to God and the Universe and Karma for keeping her safe, from that day until today. Mostly. She might be rotting her brains watching Dora as we speak, but other than that, she's safe and healthy. So is my wonderful wife. Thanks for that too.

And that $100 dollar grocery bit in the title? Never quite reached it. Not very likely now that we live in California either. When Lindsay and I got married, I was paying $.29/lb for bananas, oatmeal frequently went on sale for $.045/oz, and we regularly bought milk on sale for $1.69/gallon. Here in CA, you can double all of those prices and a lot of others too. But my neurotic desire to keep our grocery budget ridiculously low is not the point of this post . . .

This post is to say thank you because when you ask, and then you receive, you've got to express thanks.

Because this:
is now this:


Our little sea creature is growing up.

7 comments:

  1. That was super sweet. I'd love to hear more about you and Lindsay's approach to grocery shopping!

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    1. I love grocery shopping. Especially when I can go alone. It's my version of going to the mall and window shopping. Lindsay curls up into fetal position and sobs if she has to be in a store for more than ten minutes.

      If you meant how we spend money, then it's all a bit muddled, because we and Lindsay's parents all kind of pool resources since we mostly share food, but the majority expense is taken up by her parents.

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    2. My approach to grocery shopping is simple: AVOID it! At all costs. (It's a very frugal strategy, but has other drawbacks.)

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  2. She is so cute! Happy birthday to Addison! And good luck with your grocery bill. I remember in college, when I could get by on a bowl of cereal in the morning, a sandwich for lunch, and Ramen for dinner. Doesn't quite work that way when you have a spouse and kids, does it?

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  3. Not quite happy birthday, but at least a happy first-look day. Thanks for the good wishes!

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  4. I still can't believe what a beautiful, perfectly shaped (non-alien) head she had in utero. This makes me remember the miracles that came to pass so that we could get our sassy-sweet lady here.

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    1. aliens can have beautiful heads. Consider Sinead O'Connor. Back when people knew about her.

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