Saturday, March 28, 2009


Friday, March 27, 2009


I've been working on Nora's genealogy; it's a project I started for myself about 10 years ago, after my grandfather Harry Merl Gordon Jr. inherited a rather in-depth history of the Gordon clan from his Aunt. Our history through my maternal grandfather has been traced back to Alexander Gordon, one of the apparently most famous ancestors for people to trace their roots back to. There are books, websites, discussion groups all over the web, outlining just his lineage, back to when he was given the option of spending his life in prison, or settling in the New World, about 400 years ago. Yesterday, I was able to find a few more sites that went even further, to his grandparents, born between 1550 and 1600.

I had a lot of fun finding out new facts about the family, from Alexander emigrating from Scotland as an indentured servant, being traded and treated like a slave, later marrying the bosses' daughter. Further down the history, you start seeing some weird stuff - there apparently weren't a lot of eligible singles in Maine and New Hampshire in the 16th and 17th Centuries, there are a few "loops" in the ole family tree. Nothing so outrageous as brothers and sisters marrying, but second cousins, and I think in one case someone marrying their niece, two brothers marrying two sisters from another family (nothing wrong with that, just maybe a little weird). In all between all our families, I have over 350 records, and with the Browns I should have over 400. It's pretty impressive: for instance, on December 28, 1756, Mary Glidden and Ithiel Gordon married at the First Church of Kingston, New Hampshire. I have their parents, birth and death years, and info about all 12 of their children (I think the relative I found with 13 known children made me laugh the most, when you start naming your children Patience and Comfort, you've run out of ideas).

In my paperwork somewhere, I have a pretty comprehensive family history of the Browns as well, my paternal grandmother's family, that I'll be working on soon. [Addendum: done! I need more research though, all records from before my paternal grandmother include just her direct lineage, and none of the other children; it does however go back to the mid 1700's]

If anyone in Erin's family has similar records, I'd love to add them to the extended family tree for Nora, and maybe create a rather large and detailed visual presentation of that tree.

The software I've been using: Sierra Generations Millennium.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

March 25th, 2009

Last night, I stayed home with Nora while Erin ran to Target for a few things. We did alright; Nora started to fuss a little bit shortly after Erin left. I changed her, she tolerated that well, even though the outfit was complicated...then I made her up a bottle and gave her a snack. She just about downed the bottle, then I burped her a couple times and she took a nap on my chest while I watched part of a movie.

This afternoon, Nora spent a few hours at her sitter's house, which went pretty well. Erin went to work for a professional development conference; it was a half-day, which worked out well for Nora's first time away from mom and dad. I'm told it went well, Erin's friend's baby is a few months older and very excited to have a little playmate.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

March 21st, 2009

Erin and Nora spent a night with Grammy Tina; Nora got to spend some quality time with her aunts, as well as Erin's cousin Lauren (who hadn't had a chance to hold Nora yet). I'm glad they're home though, I missed my girls while they were gone.

Mimi Terri

Aunts Emily and Libby

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Aunt Emily

Aunt Emily came up to visit Nora and Erin today, she doesn't have long before heading back to Mississippi. So here's some picts!

I decided to experiment a little. I'm thinking that there might be a color issue with my monitor, Erin says the picts that I've retouched come-out a little too red.

The top is retouched, the bottom is not. Drop me a note to tell me which looks better on your monitor.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Pepere's Birthday

Today was Pepere Lee's birthday, and Nora got to see a lot of people today!

Here's Libby!

And here's Nick and Libby! Got you to smile Nick, at least a little. Yay me!

Bob and Debbie, friends of the family


Pepere Lee, Erin and Nora, and Great-Pepere.

Guess who made it up to visit?? Aunt Emily!! Yay!!

Nora spent a lot of time with Aunt Emily, it was their first time together. Emily lives in Tennessee and has been diligently following the blog.

Everyone remember to call her Auntie Em alright?


This one was taken yesterday by mommy, I had no idea until I went through them.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Baby Sign Language

One of the coolest things I think I've learned lately is that there is a baby-sign language that you can teach children who are conscious enough to communicate, but may not be able to communicate vocally yet, and that is standardized enough so that a child who learns them can communicate with any adult who is familiar with it. Erin says that it speeds up verbal skills as well, and I imagine that it also helps eliminate frustration that a baby may have in trying to communicate it's needs once it's able to do so consciously. [video link]

We got onto the topic a few minutes ago, as her friend's 11 month old communicates basic needs this way, and while his coordination may be a little off ( he's still a baby after all, and not even a year old!), it's close enough so that you know what he's saying. And again I find that one of the Coolest Things Ever. Because lets face it - one of the problems some people like myself have always found in dealing with infants is that communication is sometimes frustrating for both sides. Why are they crying? What do you want? Do you want food? Do you want to play? I don't know! And it turns into a frustrating, sadistic game of trial-and-error where even once you figure it out, the moment may be lost. By the time you figure out they wanted to play, now they're hungry. And upset they didn't get to play. Blah!

Plus: get this - it's apparently based upon American Sign Language. So here I am thinking to myself that hey - while we're teaching Nora to sign, maybe we can learn something too that will come in handy elsewhere. At the hotel for instance, even my rudimentary foreign language skills come in handy every now and then*, greeting German or Spanish tourists for instance. Sign language would be a great compliment to that.

March 14th, 2009

Erin's getting a handle on the sleeping arrangements, instituting a schedule for Nora that places her bedtime a little earlier each night, and has a series of rituals that are designed to prepare Nora for bed. The theory being that if we do it at the same time every night in the same manner, she'll get used to falling asleep when it's all finished. Seems to be working, Erin said she got a lot of good sleep last night, and Nora has been falling asleep on her own now.

One of her colleagues made her a mixed-cd of ecclectic songs and sounds that Erin has been playing for Nora to get her to sleep. Lullabyes, ocean sounds, heart beat. It's kind of nifty, and seems to work.

They went into Bucksport yesterday while I was sleeping to visit the friend that will be watching Nora while Erin's at work. Later we discussed what Erin plans to do this summer; it's going to end up requiring some planning ahead and extreme budgeting, but we'll be fine.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The 'rents

Erin: "Look at you, messy baby! You don't have just a milk mustache, you have a milk beard!"

Eric: "She's the kind of girl that drinks her din-ner. Woooo! 'Cause she's a ba-by, whoa whoa whoa, she's a baby. Oooooooh! She's a baby! Whoa whoa whoa whoa, she's a ba-by! And that baby is mi-ine!"

March 11th, 2009

Nora's been very clingy lately, to the point where Erin's having serious trouble sleeping because Nora simply won't sleep overnight by herself unless she is somehow on or with mommy. It's cute, but very tiring, exhausting, and a little annoying.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

March 5th, 2009

The Bangor public health nurse came-by yesterday afternoon to check-in on Nora, we had asked her to come back in a couple weeks. It's like a free little doctor's appointment, she weighs the baby and measures her length, letting us know what her growth is like.

In the two weeks since she was last at the apartment, Nora has gained 9 ounces, and one and-a-half inches in length. So yea, she certainly did have a growth spurt last week!

She has a doctor's appointment later today, just a routine check-up with her primary.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

March 4th, 2009 p2

Great product: Itzbeen. Weird name, but Erin loves it. Can't remember the last diaper change? Which breast you used last? When the last feeding was? Well, this little gadget helps you remember.

Erin: "they call it that because it reminds you how long 'itzbeen' since you last did something." Ah, right.

Another awesome product: the Fisher Price Soothing Motions Glider. Nora sleeps in it, it lulls her to sleep, it moves back and forth, side to side, at two speeds, and even plays music - an impressive selection of classical that sounds really pretty good for being electronic. Runs on D batteries, so there are no wires.

Oh, and I found the camera! Woo!

March 4th, 2009

Tina came up yesterday and took some pictures. We'd have more, including a couple cute picts of Nora sleeping, but I seem to have lost our camera somewhere between the Hampton and the apartment on Monday morning. Today continues my 'weekend' cleaning before heading back to work later tonight, hopefully it will turn-up at some point.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

March 1st, 2009

Nora's two months old! Woo!

Bigger still: her recent growth spurt seemed to have stopped yesterday, Erin noted that Nora wasn't as cranky as she had been, and was sleeping longer because she was letting Erin sleep longer. Good news for the both of them for a while. I still remember how painful bone growth was back when I was a child - not a baby, no, but old enough to remember, and it hurt. Especially in the shins for some reason.

She seems to be spending more time looking around too, and seems to be doing alright in the Pack n' Play tonight.