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Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Lydster, Part 60: Lydia is Five

Gordon also asked: "How's the Lydster?"

Well, her birthday is today. I wrote a letter to our Bradley birth instructor this week indicating how important that childhood education was for us. (The birth story, BTW, is here.)

We're planning her birthday party. This will be her first one that wasn't ice cream and cake with the family. Meanwhile, she's been to LOTS of fancier gigs of her friends. It's not a matter of competition, but on the other hand, this one at least, we thought we'd do something at the local museum.

The invitations have turned out to ber more of a chore than we thought. She wants to invite her old friends from day care, some of whom we have no contact info. Meanwhile, she's decided that she doesn't want to invite a couple of her new friends because they recently took her stuffed animal without permission. Her mother suggested that she just not bring the stuffed animal; I say that she's got to speak up when that happens and complain to them and, if necessary, to her teachers. Someone told me kids don't hold a grudge; I'm not convinced that's true with mine.

I was tentatively pleased about the news on the peanut butter allergy front. It'd be nice if, one day, she had one less allergy, since it's about time for the daily sprays to deal with her pollen allergies.

There's a working dog on our bus every morning. She's gone from making sure that I'm between her and the canine to hurrying past it; this is progress.

There's an open house in Albany for kids entering kindergarten this weekend, with registration starting on Monday. Someone suggested that this will make life easier; I'm not convinced. Since we live in walking distance of her school, I'm still not sure how I get her to school and get to work on time. (And by "on time" I'd settle for within a half hour, as opposed to 2.5 hours.) The buses run infrequently to Corporate (frickin') Woods, and kindergarten starts late - 8:45 a.m. Don't know how other parents who both work outside the home deal with this stuff.

Lydia is either going to take her first train ride or first plane ride this year; I haven't decided.

Any specific questions?



Alan David Doane said...

Happy Birthday, Lydia!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday, Lydia!

Uncle Mike

Anonymous said...

You are besotted with that child.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations to all. Alan

Anonymous said...

HAPPY 5TH Birthday, Lydia!!!!

Auntie O

Uthaclena said...

Once more around the sun! All the best birthday wishes to the little one!

Anonymous said...

5! Wow!!! Good for you on the public school thing... hey, I'm a product of Albany Public Schools and didn't turn out tooooo badly!!!!! (and I didn't have the transition problem going from Jr. High to High school that one of my friends experienced ~ she'd been in a semi-private setting until 9th grade! What a shock mixing with the "whole" community!) Anyway, have fun!

J.A. Fludd said...

Enjoy the Lydster's childhood while it's here, Rog. Don't miss a moment of it. Whether you feel the time pass quickly or not, it will never come again.

Powell Family said...

Happy Birthday! Have a GREAT day!!!
Uncle Dan, Aunt Tracy, Adriana, and Alexa!!! Have a GREAT day!!!

Make sure you put down (and discuss) the severe peanut allergy when you register her for Kindergarten. You might consider getting copies of a note from the doctor and EPI pens, to make sure they take it very seriously. Should also communicate with her teacher in the fall, and probably send in lunch/snacks to be on the safe side.

Anonymous said...

Hi Roger - Glad to see your going to do the sane thing and send your child across the street to that beautiful school. I think they have an afterschool program there that should help you with child care (although I understand that they generally have far fewer "seats" for afterschool programming than students at the its important to inquire early and know what the deal is...and if there is a "list." There are also usually a few parents in the area that are willing to pick up other people's children and care for them for a while. Parent networks are important here.....Keep in mind Montessori children get out sooner so that parents whose children go there might also live in your neck of the woods and would be able to pick up Lydia.

Good luck!


Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! Fun times.

Anonymous said...

Lydia is 5. I can't believe it. How time does fly. I realize this the older I get. I think she was about two years old when I met you. I also am getting older. If you remember when I was interning I was worried about losing more hair. Now I'm getting the gray ones.


Anonymous said...

Happy birthday, Lydia, and much happiness to your parents!

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

How time flies! Happy 5th Birthday, Lydia!

Anonymous said...

My, how time flies! Gee, it was only...what? 22 years ago? That my
oldest was 5...

Tell her I wish her a very happy birthday!


Anonymous said...

Congratulations, and Happy Birthday to the Lydster!

As they say on Winnie the Pooh, "Many happy returns of the day!!!". ;-)


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday.


Anonymous said...

Re: Lydia. What a gorgeous photo, and a lucky child to have such great parents.



Anonymous said...

Yikes, Roger. Nice to have you post this.
My eldest is turning 30 in two weeks. Who's old?

Anonymous said...

WOW!! She's beautiful and I think she keeps you young or at least young at heart.
Happy B'day Lydia.
Warmest regards,

Leslie said...

Happy 5th Birthday, Lydia!


Aunt Leslie

Anonymous said...

Little Lady Lydia ~ is absolutely beautiful
congratulations daddy's miss birthday girl
~ it's all about the baby
amazing how a baby changes everything
Namasté ~ ~^j^

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Lydia! What a beautiful girl. Time does fly.

I am very lucky to be able to watch my friends' children grow.

And I think she will have lovely walks to neighborhood schools!

Jennifer Jensen

Kim Andrews said...

Happy Birthday Lydia!

The eyes of her father
the smile of her mother
beautiful, baby!

Another milestone lies ahead
So much to look forward to
My love to you three!

Anonymous said...

Give her a BIG Happy Birthday hug for me !


Anonymous said...


You don’t look old enough to have a five year old.



Fred Hembeck said...


Belated birthday wishes to Lydia!! Trust me, though--the parties only
get more hectic!!

I'm pretty sure the con is April 5th, a Sunday. It's that weekend in any event--Lynn and I will be there, and we sure hope to see you!!


Anonymous said...


Sorry i am sending belated wishes. I hope Lydia's day was filled with pleasant suprises!

We had our first "kids" party this a bowling alley.

See you in May?



Anonymous said...

Lucky is the man....
who has such a beautiful 5 year old daughter.

My girls love their Dad as I'm sure Lydia loves you.

I'm sure you are the apple of her eye. And I bet she knows how to get you to say "yes" when she wants something special. My girls certainly do and they are much forty years !

Anonymous said...

Hi, I hope you're still even remotely speaking to me... I have been a little more crazy than usual. We have less people at work (no surprise), and no reduction in the workload. It's not fun, but at least I have a job....

Anyway, I meant to send you a March birthday wish and then saw Lydia's B-Day announcement and realized I missed your day. I CAN'T believe it's been FIVE YEARS! She sounds very sophisticated, and I think she'll be fine in the Albany school system. My first niece went to private school and the second the Buffalo public system, and guess who's a better adjusted and loveable person?? (Do you remember my niece Cara--she stopped in the SBDC office--about my height at 12, wearing Goth but essentially a really great kid????). She went to college at Temple in Philly and is now a speech therapist for children. She's just really grounded and a real person, versus Jessie (my older niece) who took the debutante route and just doesn't have the depth of understanding and caring. Anyway, as long as Lydia has a solid grounding at home, she'll be fine and will have a wealth of experience.

I was also perusing your blog tonight (came home to work early as it's my b-day tonight--the internet Nazis at work blocked your blog from my work computer), and I happened to see your ode to Jesus Christ Superstar.... had to say we lost the original album somewhere in our intercontinental travels but bought the DVD and watch it every spring in some bizarre (and really loud and off-key) spring rite of passage. I actually note something new in it each time I watch it...I'm thinking it was a bit more deep than the average rock opera of its time, which is why it endures. Anyway, it was a surprise but not surprising to see your defense of JCS. :)

Well, I have to eat dinner.... Take care, and I'll try to stop by your site more often and add my 2 cents!

Happy birthday to you and your amazing daughter!