Tag Archives: Hadley

Three days of just the two of us

19 Aug


Well, not three full days but close. Kerry had to go out of town for work on Monday and got back tonight so Hadley and I were on our own. Wow. Being the only one home is a lot of work! The first night Kerry was gone- Hadley fell asleep at 7pm and I chalked it up to a busy weekend, active day with the kids at daycare, and just being a Monday kind of evening but then she fell asleep at 7pm last night and tonight. It is almost 7pm on the dot. At about 6:57 she starts rubbing her eyes and putting her hands behind her head and then she is out. O-u-t. Sound asleep. For the last two mornings she has slept until 6:45am. Straight through until 6:45. For all you baby-less readers- I know you totally do not appreciate uninterrupted sleep and probably wonder why we talk about it so much. I did not appreciate uninterrupted sleep until I no longer had it as an option. Kerry and I spend a lot of time talking about sleep and poop and while these topics never really seemed important months ago they are highly important now. Specifically the sleep part because if Hadley sleeps, we all sleep and we appreciate sleep on such a different level now. I consciously try not to talk about poop on here out of respect for you readers but if you ever have questions- let me know 🙂

Anyway, back to Kerry being out of town (he definitely got uninterrupted sleep while he was gone). I was chief childcare person plus dishwasher, cook, laundry mat, taxi and lottery ticket buyer all wrapped into one while going to my ‘other’ job. Luckily, it was only for 60 some hours. We are both really glad he is back from his trip.

Hadley loves to play with anything she can get a firm grasp on.

081809-HV-2Or anything she can try to put in her mouth.


More to come! Happy Wednesday!

With a ranking of 414

9 May

The Social Security Administration came out with the list of most popular baby names for 2008 this week. Hadley is ranked #414- a big jump from being #900 in 2000. According to Nymbler.com– Hadley is at an all time popularity but with a ranking of 414, I don’t think she will have a bunch of girls in her kindergarten class with the same name. I realized this week that we never really posted how or why we picked the name. The story is not all the original- I picked up a baby name book when I was about 18 weeks pregnant because we had not been able to agree on any names. The only thing we could agree on is that we did not want something really popular. (Funny thing is that neither of us have ‘it’ names and have no idea what it is like to have a name in the top 25). So, when we were watching TV, I would pick up the book and start saying names out loud and Kerry would usually respond with ‘no.’ Most of the time- I would say the outrageous names from the book and then occasionally would put in a name I actually liked. The tactic was to give a string of ‘no-way’ names and then the names that I did like would be more appealing. I started with the beginning of the alphabet and would usually only get 10-15 names at a time before we would both be tired of the game. One day I was calling out names from the ‘H’ section and both of us at the same time liked Hadley. According to the book- the names meaning was ‘fields of heather’ and was of English decent.

Of course, I continued the name game for several weeks and the list changed around but Hadley was still always there. Finally, when we were in the hospital for our ‘trial run,’ we had that moment of panic that we really needed to decide on a name. That evening- we picked Hadley Ellen. Ellen was Kerry’s grandmother’s name and we liked how it sounded together but we did want to wait until she was born to make sure it was right. Now, hoping that it does not break into the Top 100 anytime soon.

Hadley turns 7 weeks tomorrow and will be spending Mother’s Day with her mom, dad, grandmom and aunt.


And, our nightly ‘tummy time’ routine.