bloggy doodle

bloggy doodle (n. - blog-ee dood-l): a peek into the life of a teacher mama and police recruit daddy and their reasons for being: a brown-eyed, blonde-haired little boy and his furry, four-legged partner in crime...and coming soon, a baby girl!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Mr. Photogenic!

Highlights from our Ultrasound Album:

January 6:
10 weeks

You've got the cutest little baby face!

April 28:
26 weeks

Daddy's nose, Mama's lips, and, according to one of my students, The Undertaker's (WWE) eyes.

Foot in mouth. Hmmmm.

Project Nursery

Check out the progress in the nursery:

The valance, our first purchase, coordinates with the crib set. I love the whimsical circle-dot design!

We narrowed the paint choices to these two shades of blue. The smoky blue sure is handsome; however, the brighter blue is softer and more appropriate for a baby boudoir. And it matches the valance perfectly!

Bob and Justin thought it best to expand the closet to accommodate Hamilton's growing wardrobe.

"This should only take about a week." (Famous starting words.) The clock is ticking, guys, so get a move on!

Thanks to Laura Finnegan Johnson for this idea, posted on as "Alphabet City." I have been hunting letters for weeks. Painting will get underway once school lets out. My mom is on board as the Color and Doodle Design advisor. Patti (YaYa) is quite the artiste!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Baby Bump Debut

March 29: 21 weeks
If Hamilton now weighs one pound,
then why in the world am I packing an extra 16?

My colleagues make me feel special (and not fat) every day:

"You look great."

"Look how cute you are."

"You haven't gained a pound."

My students, on the other hand, have a different approach:

"Your belly is getting big."

"Did you have the baby yet?"

And my favorite:

"WHOA, she's getting real fat!"

Handmade Goodness

Hamilton will sport these Franny & June booties from Tommy and Lindsey the minute football season starts September 4. Go Cats!

Made from recycled plastic bottles, these organic,
eco-friendly shoes represent our love of UK football

as well as Tommy's
intense dislike of the University of Louisville.

Thank you, Tommy and Lindsey, for this special gift!

Check out the "handmade goodness" @

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

What's in a name?

Origin: Old English
Meaning: proud estate

Origin: English
Meaning: famous brilliance

Origin: Polish (derived from "Haydockski")
Meaning: Much like how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop, "the world may never know."

Monday, April 5, 2010

The list goes on...

8. I don’t care if you adored your grandmother and she left you millions, that is no excuse to name a child “Ethel” or “Mabel.” Same goes for names like “Irwin,” and “Harold.”

9. Do not dip into Greek or Roman mythology for names.

10. Do not give your child a single syllable middle name.

Imagine this: You are standing in the driveway and your child refuses to get out of the car. You are fed up. So you shout, “LEE SHEA, if you don’t get out of this car right now . . . .”

Give it a try. Practice that. It sounds like somebody just got off the boat from Appalachia. Names like Bobbi Sue, Donnie Bob, Lennie Bart, David Lee (you get the picture) create images of a life of no shoes, no green vegetables and no dental care. You must avoid this baby name pitfall at all costs.

Think how much cooler it would be to hang out the back door and scream “FOSTER DOODLE HAYDOCK, I MEAN IT AND I’M NOT TELLING YOU AGAIN: GET OUT OF THAT POOL!”

Now, doesn’t that sound classy?

11. You must also take great care when choosing the name to consider what kind of monogram you’re creating. Be careful not to create any three-letter words that can be used against the child. Much caution must be used when choosing first or middle names that start with a vowel:

Annabeth Sherman Smith

Elizabeth Layton Frasier

Brooks Allan Davis

David Isaac Miller

Who wants a pendant with the letters ASS? Who wants to wear a bathrobe monogrammed BAD? You must think these things through carefully!

12. Never, ever choose meteorological conditions for use as a first or middle name.

Misty Dawn, Misty Rain, Summer Rain, Autumn Rain, Dewdrop Dawn and the like are names reserved for use by strippers. In addition to not using these names for your own children, you should also forbid male offspring from dating thus-named individuals. It can only end badly.

Further, Rule 2 (regarding the use of mono-syllabic) middle names is violated in each of these examples.

13. Never be cute. Names like Robert Roberts, James Jamison, Alan Allen, Hayley Haydock, are not funny.

Mama always said...

Rules of the (Baby-Naming) Game:

One 'Do' and a Dozen 'Don'ts', Part One

by Patti Charron (Writer, Editor, Soon-To-Be Grandmother, and of course, Baby Name Guru)

1. Consider the phonetics. Choose a name that, along with the middle name and surname, offers a combination of soft and hard consonant sounds as well as long and short vowels. “Charron,” for example, has soft sounds. “Taylor” has a sharp T, a long A, which provides nice contrast. Similar thinking was in play when “Kelsey” and “Hayley” were chosen.

2. Do not name your child after a character on a soap opera. (I would like to mention here that the proliferation of Taylors, Kelseys and Hayleys onto the soap opera scene started AFTER you all were born, not before. You will note that each of you is quite old in the category. Most Taylors, Kelseys and Hayleys are under the age of seven.

3. NEVER EVER, and I cannot stress this enough, saddle a child with the name of a Mother Goose character or a serial killer.

4. Never add extra vowels to a name to make it “unique.” That’s just stupid. If the kid isn’t unique on his own, giving him/her a name that no one can ever spell correctly isn’t going to make a bit of difference. Stick to traditional spellings.

5. Never assign a name that is associated with a particular nationality that you are not.

6. Do not name a child after fruits, vegetables and other foodstuffs. Flower names are okay: Poppy, Daisy, etc.

7. Don’t make up names that no one can say or spell. That’s just passive-aggressive and should be worked out in therapy, not through a child.

NEXT UP: Part Deux