day-to-day pregnancy

[ Friday, June 18, 2010 ]

Last week Jeff had a conference in Baltimore, and Kate and I joined him on Friday night. Kate is in love with the city and I have to admit, it's paradise for kids. We didn't have time to go back to the aquarium but the Children's Museum was wonderful. Definitely worth a visit! Kate also enjoyed dinner at PF Chang's. After a big plate of calamari, shrimp, broccoli, and tofu, she still had room to order a gigantic dessert, some kind of chocolate mountain surrounded by berries. I didn't think so much food could fit into a little girl, particularly one who seems to be stuck at 36 pounds. Here she is, having a blast!

Kate graduated from pre-K this week and we celebrated with a family dinner party. At her request, the menu included lobster bisque, shrimp scampi, and white cake with pink frosting. I gave her a gold heart locket with tiny pictures of me and Daddy and she can't stop opening it. Before the party we enjoyed a graduation ceremony at the school, complete with cap, gown, and certificate. The kids performed their favorite songs and each had a little speech. Kate's part was "What I want to be when I grow up". Her statement, word by word: "When I grow up, I want to be a musical instrument... (pause)player!"

[ Monday, June 07, 2010 ]

Yesterday I witnessed the following exchange between Kate and David:

Kate: Daddy, can you pick me up very early from school tomorrow?
David: What do you mean by very early?
Kate: Earlier than early

[ Friday, June 04, 2010 ]

While I was in Southeast Asia for work and vacation, Kate went on a short trip to New York with the grandparents. She saw two Broadway shows, spent an entire day in Central Park and visited all the tourist sites. She has absolutely decided that she will live in New York when she grows up. I just nod and smile, remembering that last year she wanted to live in Paris, and the year before it was Brazil. On the good news side, the anxiety over school has eased up, perhaps because graduation is approaching and she will have the entire summer to play and travel with the grandparents. She is also looking forward to going to Japan with us for the first time in November, and spending New Year's in France. I am so happy that she enjoys traveling and that we can provide the opportunities. When I was a child, I dreamed of seeing the world. Now, my dream is to show it to her.