Saturday, November 27, 2010

Bryony's Birth

Here are the first few pictures:










And here's a little help with her name:

1. pronounced 'Bry-uh-knee'
2. it's a turn-of-the-century botanical name - the Bryony plant is a vine
3. it's a literature name - read the book or see the movie 'Atonement' by Ian McEwan
4. it's more common in the UK than in the U.S.
5. check out these 2pgs:
http://appellationmountain.net/2010/01/06/name-of-the-day-bryony/
http://xanthelinnea.wordpress.com/2009/08/06/name-of-the-day-bryony/
6. The Royal Navy have used it for 2 battleships:

Monday, November 22, 2010

Introducing: Mini-Madonna #2


Bryony Ann Madonna

born Saturday November 20th 2010 at 2:53pm weighing 6lbs 12oz

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Moonlit Cage


I didn't expect this book to slow down my path of reading as many books as I can this year. But I finished this one today after starting it in ... June! And, actually, I can only partly blame the book itself - I mostly blame my work; which has consumed my summer, and September, and October.

Anyway, this was a long old read for me, and my interest sort of died along the way. I didn't like it nearly as much as The Linnet Bird, which I think most critics agree is Linda Holeman's best. It wasn't bad - just sort of dragged out, maybe? I'm moving on to a totally different genre next. Assuming I'll have time to read AT ALL once Mini-Madonna #2 comes home :)

Abigail's Two Stories

At school, they have started asking the children to stand up and tell the rest of the class a quick story. Here are Abigail's two stories:

1. The monster will scare away the pumpkins. And then all the other kids run away. They just run away to there. My friends run away too. The monster follows them. They run even faster. The monster gets them and eats them all up. The monster is happy. The End.

2. Leaves grow on trees and then they started to fall down. Then it was Halloween so the leaves got on their costumes. They had lots of fun. When they got back home, they ate all their candy and then they got tired from eating all the candy. The End.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Pregnancy Progress

Mini-Madonna #2 is threatening to come early. Too early. But I am not panicking too much because Mini-Madonna #1 did the same thing and still ended up being three days late. In fact, I spent the last month of my pregnancy with Abigail anxious because I kept being told 'any minute now' and I over-analysed every movement. I am not going to spend this November the same way!

Having said that, I am 3cm dilated, I am cramping/contracting and OB does have me on modified bed-rest to make sure that Mini-Madonna #2 makes it at least another two weeks. I think it's pretty safe to say we'll be having a Thanksgiving-Turkey-Ball instead of a Merry-Christmas-Miracle. Either way, I can't WAIT to meet you my new Darling. xxxxx