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Saturday, August 26, 2006

The Lydster, Part 29 Girlfriends


From the pictures I've shown, you'd think Lydia was a bit of a loner. Untrue.

One of the benefits of three trips to Binghamton is that Lydia got to see her friend Kay, twice there and actually once in Albany. Their mothers are great friends, in each other's weddings (as was I), and the girls are only a couple months apart, so I think the mothers really wanted the girls to bond, and it appears that they have.

Of course, that only goes so far. When we were at our house, I was reading stories to them when Kay got on my lap. Lydia sulked. So I had to put Kay down, put Lydia on one lap, THEN put Kay on the other. And occasionally, there were sharing issues. But they seemto really adore one another.

I've never been sure: is this a hug or a chokehold?


Lydia with three of her five-year-old cousins at the Olin family reunion.



This picture in response to those who claim that I only show my daughter smiling. (But the picture at the top happened soon after this one.)



Don't mess with this child.


Love you, daughter of mine.
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Before we had Lydia, the Kix cereal registered trademark used to bug me. But now, "Kid-tested, Mother-approved" is starting to really offend. It maintains the stereotype of the caring mother and absent father. Feh.

7 comments:

David said...

"Mother Approved"- I also find this very offensive. Same with Robetussion (Dr. Mom) and basically any house hold product that maintain father's as a secondary parent. I was a single father for years and it always bugged me.

Anonymous said...

Hi Roger!

Love the tidbits and the great photos!

I can relate to the peanut thing. My girl was at day care, hovering around 2 years old. I got a call from my husband (who was away on a business trip) that daycare had called to say our daughter was having an allergic reaction -- HE said not to worry. I didn't at first, until I talked to another "new" Mom. She wondered if I was going to go get my daughter. I started thinking and called Day care...and that uncanny sixth sense took hold...."GO!" I went to get her, and like Lydia, face so swollen, eyes were slits....even with the bendryl the provider had given her at the advice of our physician. I started crying......Long and short of it...the allergist said peanuts are poison. She is really fantastic about it though... always asks if her candy, cookies, etc. has any peanuts, and knows the yellow bags of M & Ms and most orange wrappers are also off limits.

The allergy is becoming more common apparently. I sometimes blame myself as there are some theories that seek to prove that mothers impart the sensitivity....I ate a ton of PB when I was carrying her. PP

Anonymous said...

My word, she's beautiful, Roger. Mike R.

Anonymous said...

Hey Roger,

My girls had allergies as kids still do I think. My youngest grandson (almost 7) has allergy to peanuts. Found that out when I fed him a sandwich and his lips turned red.

There are so many things with peanut butter in them - or just plain peanuts- or made on equipment with other things that contain peanuts.
You'll have to read the labels well. Lydia will have to tell evryone she can't have peanuts....my grandson says it all the time!

I experienced some allergic symptoms and my eyes puffed up...so I know what you experienced with Lydia. Benadryl didn't work, neither did a cortisone injection. So the doctor suggested I carry an EpiPen.

Rosemarie

Anonymous said...

I always enjoy the photos ... and I want to thank Rosemarie for finally getting the spelling of Benadryl right!

David Brickman (longtime, part-time copy editor)

BTW, I also have a lot of allergies, however PB is not one of them - I eat it all the time with good health results. Tomatoes, not so much.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about Lydia's scare. Glad to hear things are well, but we've got to keep in better touch!

Things here are basically well, although we've been laying low with various levels of colds (wife and kids) and what seems to have been a low-grade flu for well over a week now for me. I think we're within a few days of coming out of our respective bugs all the way around, though - maybe just in time for the next of our rainy weekends!
Dave

Anonymous said...

hi roger,
how scary! I'm glad Lydia is OK. I hope the allergist says that she's not allergic! But if she is, i'm glad you caught it and now have the epipen!
Janna