Jen
by Karla ° Thursday, April 26, 2007
My friend Jen recently moved to England and I can’t even begin to explain how much I admire her sense of adventure. Jen and I used to work together and let me tell you, that gal is loads of fun to be with. I would love to tell you stories about all the fun we used to have, but they usually involved drinking too much red wine with funny names like Lilly Pilly and Fat Bastard and then me getting pushed home in a shopping cart, and that makes me a very embarrassed.

Jen had to take an unexpected flight back to Canada because one of her friends died suddenly. I’m so very sad for her right now. I never quite know what to say when someone dies, which is funny, because one of my very own kids died so you would think I would be all svelte and smooth and comfortable with the whole death thing, but it still makes my head spin with sadness when someone’s life is so cruelly cut short and there just aren’t words in the English language that seem fitting other than I’m So Very Sorry. And even then, they seem so inadequate when compared to the overwhelming grief she is feeling.

Despite her hectic schedule, she is coming over today to meet Nate and maybe, just maybe, his balding little cherub head will be able to put a smile on her gorgeous face.

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It helps me to know that everything happens for a reason, even if it's a reason I'll never be aware of. I will pray for your friend.
Posted by Blogger Jules :  April 26, 2007
 

hello

i am sure Nate can put a smile on anyone's face, he is so adorable. My son is 11 weeks old, and I was wondering if I could ask some advice. In last few pics Nate seems to be really comfy in his seats. I am looking around for something like those.....would you recommend them, are they comfy, easy to use, how old can a baby use them....

Hope you don't mind the questions,thanks a lot. |Have a nice visit wiith Jen
Posted by Anonymous Emalene :  April 26, 2007
 

Hi Emalene
Congratulations on the new addition to your family!

We *just* started to put Nate in an exersaucer and he can't use it for very long time because his upper body strength sort of gives out and then he does a face plant onto the front on the seat.

The bumbo though is great. As long as your little man can hold his head up, otherwise, he might need a little extra support from mom or dad when using it. But for us, the bumbo has been awesome because Nate shrieks and screams when we try and put him on his stomach so it has helped him build more strength in his neck. I would totally recommend a bumbo.
Posted by Blogger karla :  April 26, 2007
 

Thank you very much for the quick response...I will get one, he'll love being able to look at his siblings. He doesn't like being on his tummy either- but he goes for the sad moaning and groaning that makes me feel really bad..

His brother and sister (they're twins...20 months old...yes I'm crazy) spent a lot of time on their gym thinge, a rocking (Graco) chair and their blue chairs (the same one Nate has).

Unfortunately, they still feel those items are 'theirs' so it would be nice to have something different, that they won't jump into the minute we take him out.I never bought them an exersaucer...so I might try that as well.

I must say again (I have been lurking forever now) that Nate is very cute and he seems all full of personality and joie de vivre...so you are clearly doing a fantastic job!!!
Posted by Anonymous Emalene :  April 26, 2007
 

Most of the time, just some sort of verbal expression of condolence is enough, I think.

I'm guessing that he will work his magic on her!
Posted by Blogger Gina :  April 26, 2007
 

Karla,
I just went though this... one of my girlfriends some killed himself at 15.... It was as anyone can imagine just awful.
What words can you say?
I said “Bella, when i heard my momma heart just imploded for you, oh, how your heart must feel”
And that was it. We held each other and she put her head on my lab.. i said nothing, every once in a while she would say something, i would answer but mostly i just rubbed her hair and held her hand. I learned it from a story, i cant find it on the web but the jest is that a man lost someone and pole would come over and sit Shiva with him, on person came and spoke and talk about g-d’s will and better places and all that. The man was glad when that guy left than some one came over and said nothing just sat alas when he left the man was sad to see him go...

erika
Posted by Anonymous uumomma :  April 26, 2007
 

It's always hard for me to know what to say too. When my dad died, hugs with no words were best.

re: Fat Bastard. Christi and I just drank a bottle of it Monday night. I wonder how many people drink it just for the name like we did. It was a good wine in it's own way.
Posted by Blogger Julia :  April 26, 2007
 

I know seeing Nates face will cheer her up.
I just lost my 40 year cousin to cancer last week and I too was feeling very down. I stopped by here last week and saw Nates picture and it put a smile on my face. He just melts your heart.

I am so sorry for your friend. I know how hard it is. Hugs
Posted by Blogger Tammy :  April 26, 2007
 

I'm so sorry about your friend's loss. But nothing takes your mind of tragedy like the warm smile of a little baby boy...and Nate's smile is gorgeous! Hope you have a good visit!
Posted by Blogger Cate :  April 26, 2007
 

I too am sorry for your friend..but you do know how she feels...and that could definitely be a comfort to her. And I am CERTAIN that Nate could being a smile to her face. He is a doll.
 


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