watermelon and hiccups

Posted in Life in general with tags , , , , , on Sunday 10 May 2009 by amanda

Kieran tried watermelon for the first time today, and loves it 🙂  of course he does…both his daddy and I love it!  he basically had no choice.  

Liam also gets the hiccups at LEAST as often as Kieran did as a newborn, which is to say daily at a minimum.  Poor kid – they wake him up, but don’t bug him too much as long as he’s being held.

Also, forgot to post this before, but Liam is STRONG.  Newborns are NOT supposed to be able to lift their heads, but as soon as he was born and put on my chest in the labor room, he lifted his head up.  Ola and I were both like…”that’s not right!”  He’s already contorting his little body around like a baby much older.  It’s crazy.  We’re supposed to be in that stage where you could leave him on the changing table if you wanted to, but nooooo we have to watch him already.  🙂

We went to the park today for Mama’s Day, which was awesome.  We chased Kieran around and held Liam…it was breezy, sunny, and perfect 🙂

Oh, and I have my Crim Law final tomorrow.  Augh!

Liam Aidan Adeyemi Aganga

Posted in baby, family with tags , , on Saturday 9 May 2009 by amanda

Liam was born on Tuesday 28 April, 2009 at 7:43 PM.  He was 21.5 inches long, weighed 8 lbs 14 oz, and has a headful of black hair and beautiful brown eyes 🙂  We came home last Thursday and have been settling into a convoluted but nice routine since then.  

Ola’s home until the 18th, but I have finals on the 11th and 14th, so we’re keeping busy.  Kieran is doing really well with this strange new little creature in the house – he likes to touch Liam’s hair, and generally poke at him.  Otherwise he ignores him.  Kieran has taken this opportunity to leap forward developmentally in some ways…he’s chattering and talking more, and the other day added “ball” to his vocabulary.  Still not too many words, but he’s slowly adding them!  Kieran is also starting to “help” with laundry, loading the dishwasher, and putting things away.  It’s incredibly sweet and *very* helpful to mommy!

Liam is still sleeping most of the time, except at night when he wants to eat every 2 hours and then sometimes hang out…silly babies – they get so confused 🙂

Pics are up on the Flickr site and on FB, and I’ll post some here soon.  However, I’ve been so delinquent in putting his birth up here at all I figured I should do it without pics before he turns 1 🙂

off the map

Posted in Life in general with tags , , on Saturday 18 April 2009 by amanda

i’ve been pretty much off the map lately, and that’s not likely to change.  I’m trying to finish up with school (I’m writing this as I take a quick break from Civ Pro outlining), hoping that I’ll get my finals done before the baby comes, struggling to spend time with Ola and Kieran, and wishing that the apartment would get itself straightened out so I don’t have to worry about it! 🙂  I’ve also had some unexpected extra doc appointments (no worries, just extra time and energy there…) which have taken up some of the little free time I’ve been banking on to prepare for finals.  At least I’m done withe legal rhetoric, which is a huge relief, although I miss my class. (yeah, i see them at lecture but it’s not the same). 

so – we’re all fine here, and have pretty much no life outside of our immediate issues (baby, work, school).  

okay, back to work!

Iowa allows same-sex marriage!!!

Posted in Life in general with tags , , , on Friday 3 April 2009 by amanda

Yaaay!  Of course it’s being challenged, but hurrah for the Iowa Supreme Court – I’m not done reading the opinion, but so far, I LIKE.

Here is the opinion.

Here is the Des Moines Register Article.

Here is an awesome list of why gay marriage is totally wrong (not written by me).

1) Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.

2) Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.

3) Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven’t adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans.

4) Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn’t changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can’t marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.

5) Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Britney Spears’ 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.

6) Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn’t be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren’t full yet, and the world needs more children.

7) Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.

8) Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That’s why we have only one religion in America.

9) Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That’s why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.

10) Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a ferret has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.

because i said so.

Posted in Life in general with tags on Thursday 26 March 2009 by amanda

Video of a man (Ryan Moats) detained by police after running a red light while rushing his dying Mother in Law to the hospital.  Notice how the cop really doesn’t care.  


i am going to freak out on somebody.

Posted in Life in general with tags , , on Wednesday 25 March 2009 by amanda

WHAT THE FUCK.  I guess I missed the boat, because apparently the law school library is not a place to study, it’s where you hang out with your friends and have great conversations, people stop by to talk about how they accidently flashed people, and you have lengthy cell phone conversations.  I’ve gone from a great mood today to virtually homicidal, because there has been a series of about 8 instances (8!  seriously!) just this afternoon where people cannot figure out that when you’re in a library, particularly a law school library that you SHUT THE FUCK UP OR LEAVE.  

okay, i’m done venting.

almost.

right now i hate those people.  if you are one of them, i hate you.  i can’t get my paper done because of you.  

i also now understand that it’s my job to invest in earplugs, not your job to leave when you want to talk, so the rest of us can have what a library is supposed to be – a quiet study environment.

jerks.

and another thing

Posted in Life in general with tags , , , on Sunday 22 March 2009 by amanda

if you’re considering law school (or even just grad school) with kids, it’s a huge plus to have a supportive partner.  seriously.  i can’t say enough about how much having a supportive partner has helped me keep my sanity this year.  i find it’s a very different and (for me) more difficult time commitment than working full-time with a baby.  i can’t quite say why…but I know that I have a very hard time tearing myself away from my family to go study.  I guess when I was done with work, I was done and could just go home.  Now, there’s always more to do with school.  it’s not impossible, of course, but having a good support system makes a world of difference…better yet if your partner works “normal” hours (mine doesn’t, but he still is awesome).