Surprise! It’s a…

I was sworn to secrecy… until today.  As my daughter nears the end of her pregnancy (their baby boy is due to arrive in late December), my son and daughter-in-law recently informed us that they are expecting their second child (gender TBD) in May! (I tell you sibling rivalry never ends: For those of you new to this column, my son and daughter had their first babies within ten days of one another in January 2010.)

The way I figure it, my husband and I will be the proud grandparents of a total of 3 boys and one gender TBD by this spring.  This is a little mind-numbing. I feel like a matriarch – defined in dictionary.com as “a venerable old woman” – the emphasis, in my mind, on the word “old.” I have yet to ask my husband if he feels like a patriarch! By the way, the word “patriarch,” in dictionary.com, has many more positive definitions assigned to it. Why am I not surprised!

In any case, my son and daughter-in-law have decided not to entertain any gender information from their physician until the MOMENT OF.  I started to worry about preparing the nursery and buying the layette – What colors would they use? Doesn’t this have to be done in advance? I should have known – my daughter-in-law has a decorating plan and has everything under control. Then I remembered that back in the day, no one knew the gender before the MOMENT OF.  As one of the few admitted LaMaze failures, I didn’t know the gender until 5 hours after the MOMENT OF. My kids still grew up to have plenty of fashion sense – even though they both wore yellow for a very long time.

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Halloween Redux

I love Halloween. But since 1999 when we first moved into this house we’ve felt, well, let’s just say, “Halloween Challenged.” Because our neighborhood has no sidewalks and our house has about a 150 foot walk up to our front door, NO ONE wants to bother to make the trek – not even our own…

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Survival of the Youngest

Early this week, when a four month old infant died in his sleep at a local daycare center, I cried.  I cried for the infant, for the family, and yes, for the woman who owned the business for 14 years without incident. Her photo was front and center on the first page of the paper….

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Scary Medicine

This was NOT the topic I had in mind for today, but I just had to rant. Of late I have been bothered with annoying back pain, which is all the more annoying since it prevents me from sitting down at my computer for long periods. But all of that is not as annoying as…

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Dining Out with Toddlers: Top 10 Things You Need to Know

Face it. Americans love to eat out. I think the economy would have tanked long, long ago if it weren’t for the restaurant industry. That’s why we owe it to our children, the future of our country, to encourage the support of our eating establishments. Thus the suggestions below which were gleaned from years of…

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Diapering: The Top 10 Things You Need to Know

My two grandsons have lots in common. At 20 months they pose a myriad of challenges as we try to get them to dress, dine and sleep. For those parents and caretakers not already indoctrinated, here are the top ten things you need to know about diapering a toddler (the next two installments will cover…

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Starting Early

The appeal of my mattress has recently trumped the lure of my keyboard – just in case you were wondering where I’ve been. I usually don’t let 2 weeks elapse between blog posts, but my back has been acting up and it’s painful to sit. I believe I injured it when trying to do my…

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Making Things Better – Thoughts on 9/11

In the midst of the Vietnam War, a fictional young couple had a decision to make: Should they start a family and bring an innocent life into a world that seemed corrupt with violence?  The dilemma of Mike and Gloria was a recurring theme of the early 70’s TV show, “All in the Family.” In 1974…

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Camping, anyone?

One week after Irene, the lights are on and the streets are cleared. We were lucky. No one we know of was hurt, our house is intact and no trees were lost. Thankfully, our children and grandchildren are safe and sound as well. Unfortunately, there are still a few without power and with fallen trees…

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Before the Power Goes Out

It seems that Long Island and NYC are no longer immune to the capriciousness of Mother Nature. Earlier this week as my chandelier swayed above me and the floor shook beneath, I somehow correctly guessed I was experiencing an earthquake. Remembering past advisories, I calmly stood in the doorway of my bedroom thinking it was…

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