hello? Is it me you’re looking for?

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TJ is saying some words now. Yesterday, I held him and was about to launch into a sprint, saying, “Ready! Steady!” And then he said, “Go!” With his baby mouth! I tried to coax the word out of him again, but he was looked at me like I was trying to turn him into a little Elephant Man-baby and he had to yell, “I’m a human! NOT AN ANIMAL!”

In this video, you can kind of hear him say, “Hello?” Kind of?! Yeah? But you can definitely hear Nathan yell, “MOMMY! MOMMY!” MOMMY!” There’s no question on his verbal ability, especially when he’s just trying to get me to look his way, thanks Mr. Lack of Attention.

But hey! I’m giving away a $100 Gift Card! Why don’t you go over, look at some cute pictures of my baby’s teeth and then enter to win? And what is it with teeth? My son’s favorite baby-belly-laugh-inducing game is BITING MOM or HITTING MOM.

And! I reviewed a book titled A Jane Austen Education, about a smart man learning to love Jane Austen and how that colors his life. I am a huge fan of Jane Austen and her books remind me of the time when I lived with my high school buddy Val and we would watch Julia Roberts movies and other romantic comedies. We also would watch one of my pretend boyfriends, Colin Firth, (I say “one” because the list is long, friend. Very long) emerge from the lake in Pride and Prejudice. The book I read was a nice return to those days and I opened it with this line:

It is truth universally acknowledged that a man in possession of a wide vocabulary and a thirst for knowledge would benefit very much from being deflated from his grand idea of himself.

My husband read the review and said, “You still got it, babe.” At least I still “have it” on an academic-writing level because in all the other departments, I have long abandoned it and it was very hard to type that sentence with one hand on the keyboard, the other hand stuffing this footlong chicken teriyaki sub to my mouth.

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