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Robert Goulet passes away  0

Posted on October 30th, 2007. About Entertainment.

Actor Robert Goulet died today, which makes me sad. While he may be best remembered for his roles on the Broadway stage in "Camelot" and "Man of La Mancha," I will always remember him as Quentin Hapsburg in "The Naked Gun 2 1/2." What an excellent comical villain he made.

G enters his fourth month  0

Posted on October 24th, 2007. About Baby Dodds.

Evan has been at home full-time during October as a stay-at-home Dad, and he has done an outstanding job of raising our boy! The only thing that made my returning to work the least bit bearable was knowing that Gabriel was bonding with his father, and that someone who loved him as much as I do was caring for him.

Little G continues to sleep well through the night, and continues to grow at an astonishing rate. We have a wonderful going-to-bed routine that involves feeding him, then bathing him, dressing him in pajamas, reading him some books, and then laying him in his crib. Evan and I alternate nights in reading to him prior to bedtime. Last night, he reached out and grabbed the edge of the page in the board book we were reading and flung it to the left, effectively turning the page! Then it became a game – I would start to turn the page, and he would grab it, swinging it back and forth until it was turned. Also, because he has been around books since his birth, his attention span is growing and he can remain focused on a book for a longer period of time.

Proof that he will be a reader (doesn’t he look intrigued?):

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I love having a family so much – it sounds so cliche, but being a mother is the greatest experience I have ever had. How much richer life has become!

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Perhaps the best year ever  1

Posted on October 13th, 2007. About Baby Dodds, Ramblings.

Tomorrow is my birthday, and I’m turning 29 years old – only one more year until the big three-oh. This time last year, I was in the midst of a residency in which I was uncertain I wanted to continue, and each progressive day seemed longer than its predecessor. Was this all there was to life? Evan and I decided to start our family a little earlier than planned, and I’m oh-so-glad that we did. Now, I have an adorable son, who will be three months old tomorrow as I grow one year older.

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Tomorrow will not involve extraordinary actions or events. I expect to take Gabriel on a stroller walk through the park, and Evan, Gabriel, and I will go to a family-friendly restaurant to celebrate the occasion. I want to take a nap on the couch with Gabriel asleep on my shoulder, and I want a big hug from Evan as I wake up in the morning. If I can have these four things, which I have enjoyed many times now, then it will be the best birthday I have experienced to date.

Back to work…  0

Posted on October 2nd, 2007. About Baby Dodds.

I returned to work yesterday after being at home with Gabriel since his birth on July 14th. It really hurt. It still does.

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