Over 40 mama — Adventures in poop, patience, and first-time parenthood


Bug mugs
August 2, 2008, 6:57 pm
Filed under: photos
Fuzzy bear

Fuzzy bear

One of many afternoons in the old house

One of many afternoons in the old house

the bug in repose

the bug in repose

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10 years ago today…
August 2, 2008, 5:28 pm
Filed under: milestones

I drove from Wall, South Dakota to Rock Springs, Wyoming in my trusty Mazda. I had sold almost everything I owned to move from Minneapolis to San Francisco.

The first leg of the trip, from Minneapolis to Wall, was fraught with anxiety and regret. Leaving my family was the hardest thing I’d ever done, and now I was going some gazillion miles and 2 time zones later? What was I thinking???!

After spending the night in Wall, the only hotel room for miles around (thanks to the Sturgis rally that was happening in the eponymous town), I felt refreshed. As Spot (the name of my aforementioned Madza) climbed his first mountains on a back road in Eastern Wyoming, I felt a new sense of exhilaration for the prospects of my life ahead. What would it bring?

I was excited for all the newness and opportunity. I loved the communities to which I’d been introduced. I loved the music out here. And the people doing cool stuff with technology and nature. I had dreams of starting a company or making a movie – of maybe meeting Mr Right and what the heck, even having a baby? Whatever. I was 33 at the time, and the possibilities seemed as endless as that windy, sun-dappled mountain road.

On that journey, I listened to a bunch of cassettes (lol remember those?!) – Seefeel, Queen Latifah, and Dif Juz. Just last week, I found the Seefeel disc when we moved into the new house. I’d forgotten about it, its significance, and that this week was such a big anniversary. I put it on yesterday and said a prayer of gratitude for the last 10 years. The new sheen has worn off, and there are now plenty of rusty bits and broken dreams here, and it’s easy to forget the bigger picture. But, while I still have plenty of dreams, I did sort of start a company and I did make a little tiny movie. I also get to enjoy the communities, the music, my husband, and the coolest little bug on the planet. May the next 10 years be full of creative expression, good health, spiritual connection and prosperity…



Milestone: Opposable thumbs!
August 2, 2008, 1:40 pm
Filed under: milestones

The bug has figured out how to hold things in her hand and not let go! Perhaps this is her Taurean side, or maybe it’s just what 15 week olds do when they realize what those funny little pegs that stick out of their palms are for. Either way, it’s yet another example of her natural tenacity.

It’s been so funny to watch her start to understand what hands do. For about a week, she would hold one set of fingers in the other hand, sort of like she was wringing them with worry. Before this, she just stuffed them in her mouth. Now, when we put a toy in her lap, she swings super wide, pulling her arm way out to the side and up, like a tiny baseball pitcher before she gets it. SOoo cute. Hope to post a video soon.