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Atay, atay, atay

Posted on 2014.07.05 at 11:27
Maybe it will be funny for Halloween this year, when I will be nine months pregnant and manatee-shaped, if I dress up as the Bee Girl from Blind Melon all those decades ago.

July 5, 2014 (1)

To capitalize on my frumpy condition.

Renovation Nation

After a month in our New York Style apartment, this past week saw a ton of kitchen activity. We now have floors and counters and a backsplash:

July 5, 2014 (3) July 5, 2014 (2)

It is exactly my vision. It looks like an outdoors patio. (It is not complete. More brick plus apple green paint to come. Trust in Heebie.)(Also the counters have plastic wrap covering up their gray-ness.)

The Last Baby

We found out that this last one will be a baby boy! I am so pleased. Knowing the gender makes the fetus into an individual that I start relating to (because I am indoctrinated with the patriarchy and but a pawn for The Man in the system, etc.)  We get to start thinking about names. I can purge a mountain of baby girl clothes.

We will be that kind of family, the symmetric kind.

The Aunt

Last week, Jammies' aunt took a serious turn for the worse. She's been battling pancreatic cancer for over a year. She's a lovely person and the whole thing is distressing. Mimi was staying with her.

Jammies made plans to spend the 4th of July weekend up in Kansas with them, to say goodbye and support Mimi. He was going to take Ace with him, to make my life a little easier.

I made plans to be Model Grandma this weekend - ply the kids with treats and movies and swimming this weekend. I even got revved up that we'd have a great time.

Then, the aunt died on Thursday. Which yes has the silver lining of not prolonging her suffering, but at the moment is just rather sad for those who are closest to her.  So Jammies and Ace are home this weekend, after all, and we will all drive up to Kansas for the funeral on Monday.

At the moment, I'm reminded of how many aunts and uncles and grandparents and parents are still living. Of how many sad deaths and funerals there are to come. Natural age-related deaths. Not going to contemplate the tragic shock kind of death.

The family

Ace has new words: "Atay!" for okay, "all da!" for "all done" being the main ones, although I think she calls her stuffed owl an "Owl" on prompting.

My favorite thing is when she mutters "Atay, atay, atay," under her breath, as though she's exasperated with the situation. And maybe she is.

Hokey Pokey is passionate, but passionate, about soccer and hockey. It is all he wants to play.  He has a soccer outfit, and asks if he can wear it every day. He explains how his other shirts are soccer shirts for complicated reasons.

"When is soccer practice?" he asks often. We tried. We signed Hawaii up for the Under 6 soccer team this fall, but Pokey, at 3 1/2 was younger than the cut-off. Pokey will have to wait for the kiddie indoor soccer season in November, which they both played in last year.

The odd thing about babies and kids is that you're always loving this person who is in a state of rapid change. The baby you loved three months ago doesn't exist anymore.  One thing that is nice about having so many babies is that all of their 15 month old stages run together, and becomes a little more tangible and concrete, even as it slips away. 

Comments:


Kelly Jennings
Kelly Jennings at 2014-07-06 03:28 (UTC) (Link)

Babies!

I am inordinately pleased about your symmetrical family! Two boys and two girls! How TIDY!

And I love that back-splash to pieces. Very cool.
heebie-geebie
heebie_geebie at 2014-07-13 16:03 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Babies!

Hooray! And thank you! I am right there with you, on all counts. Wait till you see the rest of the decorating!
Sara
panisdead at 2014-07-06 13:59 (UTC) (Link)
Congrats on the little boy!

I'm sorry to hear about his aunt, though.
heebie-geebie
heebie_geebie at 2014-07-13 16:04 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I'm very excited. (And thanks, not excited about the aunt, of course.)
"my work is loving the world"
sun_set_bravely at 2014-07-11 15:51 (UTC) (Link)
Caution with that costume idea -- when I was about 5 months pregnant I dressed up in my sock-monkey pajamas and pigtails for Halloween, but when I looked at photos of myself later, I realized I looked like a disturbing pregnant 10 year old. Not cool.

I'm sorry to hear about Jammies' aunt. My good thoughts for the funeral and trip.
heebie-geebie
heebie_geebie at 2014-07-13 16:05 (UTC) (Link)
Isn't "disturbing pregnant 10 year old" the point? I love being genuinely creepy on Halloween. :)

Thanks for your condolences.
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