Introducing: Stella Moxie King

  • Posted on April 20, 2008 at 8:57 am

We are so excited to announce the arrival of Stella Moxie King, born April 16th, 2008. She weighed in at a whopping 8lbs 15oz and 21 3/4 inches long. She has a head of long reddish-brown hair and big blue eyes like her daddy.

After an unexpected C-section both mommy and baby are doing fine.
Stella Moxie King

Here is a link to some additional pictures.

Our Child’s Birth, Live on the Interwebs

  • Posted on April 10, 2008 at 6:15 pm

Larry is going to twitter the labor and birth of the baby.* Well, he’s going to try, although I have my doubts that when things get really heavy that he’ll want/remember to do it. (What I mean is, he’s supposed to be my Labor Coach–I need him to coach me, not type messages into the phone every five minutes. So we’ll see.) Even if the updates are not every five minutes, he’ll definitely have the birth announcement and a little picture of the baby whenever she finally arrives. For those of you unfamiliar with Twitter, it’s a useful web application for staying in touch with friends and family. You can create little 140-character messages that people “following” you can see. Sort of like a mini-blog. Or stalking.

Any hoosier, you can follow the twitter labor and birth updates over there —> to the right, see it up there, at the top of this blog? Or better yet, come on, don’t be a laggard, be a first mover! Sign up for twitter yourself! Here’s the link: Sign up, and then you can “follow” LAKing, Larry’s handle on twitter. You can even choose to receive text messages on your phone every time he twitters. You can leave the house, go to the movies, go shopping, or even get a pedicure while I am laboring. It’ll be like you’re right there.

*he really wants to AUDIO RECORD the labor and birth. My response was: are you fucking kidding me?

Millionaire Slacker

  • Posted on March 5, 2008 at 8:06 pm

I am a complete SLACKER. It’s been far too long since I updated the blog. But for a good reason: besides the whole growing a baby thing, I’ve won several online lotteries!!! Lotteries that I didn’t even enter! It must be the internet lottery fairies signing me up for all these great contests. I’ve been spending my days and nights dreaming up how I am going to spend all my winnings!

I’ve received these winning notifications in my inbox. Just look at all these fabulous prizes:

  • Mark Dulle, Online Coordinator for THE BRITISH LOTTERY, informed me that I won 590,983.00 British Pounds from BRITISH ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY.
  • I was notified by Mr. Marcus Green, that I won £500,000.00 and a new Model Range Rover car in the Range Rover Automobiles Lottery.
  • Then, I won ANOTHER Range Rover from the ONLINE LOTTERY SWEEPSTAKES PROMOTION just a few days later!
  • I got an email saying that I won a lump sum pay out of Euro (One Million Euros) from the Euro Millions Lottery Winners International E-mail programs.
  • I won a total sum of£516,778.00 (Five Hundred and Sixteen Thousand,Seven Hundred and Seventy Eight Pounds Sterling) from UK NATIONAL LOTTERY, Sweepstakes International program.
  • Most recently, Mr. Mou Xinsheng from China wants me to receive money on his behalf. This one is definitely the most cryptic of all messages, but it could be promising!!

Can you even believe how lucky I am? I am so busy though, I haven’t had the time to contact these lottery programs to claim my prizes. If anyone wants to claim them on my behalf, I would be glad to forward you the email addresses of the esteemed gentleman that originally contacted me. There are some great pointers on collecting the prizes on this website, with examples on how to engage in a long, meaningful dialogue with the scammers lottery managers.

Whoa, Mama

  • Posted on January 29, 2008 at 9:25 pm

A little update on the pregnancy…

Everything is still going well! I don’t have gestational diabetes, nor am I anemic. Yay! I joked to the doctor that it must be all the hamburgers I’ve been eating, and she sternly said “that’s not the course of action I recommend for anemia.” KIDDING, Doc. Then she told me not to drink juice or soda, because they are loaded with calories. No problem, as I have a slight obsession with Pellegrino, the snob’s water. Screw soda. I drink about 4-5 liters of pellegrino a week.

The baby had a bit of a growth spurt, I think, because people have told me I look like I have “popped” this week. Um, people also told me this in November, in December, and the beginning of this month. How much can one person pop? Today at the dry cleaner, the cashier asked me when I was due, and when I told her I’m not due until April, she asked if I was having twins. I have 10 weeks to go lady, and I am not having twins! And I’m measuring perfectly normal! I think the baby is just hanging out high in my belly. I can feel arms and legs moving around under my belly button. I’m pretty sure she’s doing pilates in there. Or maybe she’s dancing…

I’ve also been having some strange dreams, but not the puppy-dog nurturing maternal dreams that the books and websites talk about. Nope, not so much. The other night, I dreamt that the baby came out at the doctor’s office. She could already talk and she also knew sign language. I played with her for a while, but I decided that she wasn’t quite done, so I put her back in. Oh my god, can you even imagine? I wonder what that means? Probably that I’m not quite ready! I need more time to get the nursery in order, and read all the books on how to be a mommy, and teach Larry how to change a diaper.

And because I’m sure you’re all dying to see this giant belly of mine, I’m sharing a picture:

30 Weeks!


UPDATE: Not Quite As Cold

  • Posted on January 24, 2008 at 9:17 am

She returned my coat to the nail salon. THANK YOU. I was half-expecting there to be an apology note in the pocket, and a gift card to starbucks or a $20 bill, you know, for my troubles. But as my co-worker reminded me, I should be thankful just to have it back.

So Cold

  • Posted on January 23, 2008 at 11:23 am

Dear Person Who Took My Coat at Modern Nails in the Pentagon City Mall:

I hate you. That was my only maternity coat, and the only coat I own that fits over my baby belly. Now I have nothing. It is cold. You suck. I know it was probably a mistake, and you will hopefully soon realize that you have my Gap coat and not your Land’s End Coat. An easy mistake, because they are both red. But you did not look at the label when you picked it up, and you just grabbed the first red coat you saw. Mine was on top, yours was hidden under another coat.

RETURN MY COAT RIGHT NOW. I am very angry and very cold. And I do believe that Karma will get you if you don’t give me my coat back.



Quite an Improvement

  • Posted on January 21, 2008 at 6:38 pm

Did I mention that I moved? I’ve been super busy around here, but I unpacked the last box today and it’s really feeling like a home. We have almost everything organized and decorated except for Larry’s office/studio and the nursery. And we have a huge pile of boxes in our corner. (Anyone need some cardboard? Please? Anyone?) It’s been hard the last month and a half, packing, moving, unpacking, organizing and decorating, all with a little person growing inside me. But having an actual house makes it so rewarding and exciting.

I loooovvve my new house. I’m not going to post my new address on the internet for the whole world to see. That would be like inviting over 6 billion strangers to a party, or leaving a sign on the front door that says “rob me” when we go on vacation. duh.

Here are some pictures though–I will share that much with you.

New House

Living Room 1

Dining Room 1

Kitchen 3

Master Bedroom

Nursery--Under Construction

Even more pictures here on my flickr page.

20 Weeks: The Big Ultrasound

  • Posted on November 21, 2007 at 9:22 pm

It’s a girl!

I had the big ultrasound today, and my intuition was right! There’s a little girl in there! I’m so excited, and it seems so much more real now–a daughter. I wonder if she’ll be a blondie, like me.
Butt Shot


Side View

Of course, I would have been just as happy with a boy (and I would have gotten used to the soccer and baseball and basketball games). As I’ve been telling people all along when they ask, I just want the baby to be a boy or a girl, not both, not neither, and not one that wants to be the other.

I’m the oldest in my family, so having a girl first makes sense to me. Having a boy first does have it’s own advantages, though. If he has a younger sister, he can beat up any boyfriends and be that cool protective older brother. He can watch football with his dad. (But wait, can’t boys do that stuff even if they aren’t first born? hmmm…) Well, there’s no use thinking about that now! The first born is a girl. Maybe she can watch football with her dad.

Everything else is just peachy with the pregnancy so far. But I do miss wine. And sushi.

Soon You Will Be One Of Us

  • Posted on August 15, 2007 at 8:40 pm

I try not to blog about work. But I just have to mention that Larry is taking a job the same Large Unnamed Consulting Company that I work for. We’re going to be a little family of consultants.

Welcome aboard, honey. You are now one of us.


  • Posted on May 26, 2007 at 10:33 pm

Larry received his Masters of Science in Information Architecture and Interaction Design from the University of Baltimore this past Friday! Congrats, hubby, you big smarty pants!

His parents and sister came to DC from Indiana for the graduation ceremonies and to do a little sightseeing. After the ceremony on Friday, we all ate dinner at Amiccis in Baltimore’s Little Italy. We then had dessert at Vaccaro’s, an amazing Italian pastry shop that serves the biggest servings of gelato that I have ever seen. It was a great graduation evening, even though all the Italian food and dessert put me into a food coma.

Lookin' all smart

Cream Puff Dream