you say it’s your birthday

Filed under:family,landmarks,photos — posted by nathaniel & nicole on May 23, 2007 @ 9:53 am

So there I was, only 364 days old (doll)…

… when suddenly my world turned upside down!

AUNT SAMANTHA! (we love Aunt Samantha. she was waiting for me when I woke up.)

As you can imagine, today is an exciting day. I’ve already gotten so many lovely emails and text messages from family and friends all over the world; I’m verklempt, totally knotted up…

Ouma and Oupa also arrived last night, and I’m looking forward to seeing them again (promise to upload pics soon). In the meanwhile, mommy gave me my first ever birthday present, which daddy helped me to open (including the sequel to my favorite book, The Gruffalo!).


More soon from the big girl: 1!

i speak Welshish AND Academese

Filed under:landmarks,photos,random — posted by nathaniel & nicole on @ 9:42 am

OK, so this is a bit late, but that’s what academics do. Like Ross Geller once said, “Yeh, like, when was the last time HE got a conference abstract in on time!? HA!” (See my friends video.)

Hit up my first conference on Consciousness in Wales, something I’m slowly coming into… Below are some pics of the surrounds, along with titles of my fave papers.

“Who needs a womb with a view: Postmodernist Postfeminist Postnatalist mediations on the (un)importance of looking at things before you put them in your mouth.”

“Consumption and Subversion: thinking the between of candy and coffee.”

And finally, “On the Boardwalk: Judaic traditions and their (non-)existent Welsh interrelations, or, Flock of Seagulls: re-birthing Benjamin in Aberystwythian penny arcades.”


Filed under:landmarks — posted by nathaniel & nicole on May 9, 2007 @ 7:16 am

Altho we have not been able to get her to repeat it since, Sid said her second word about 5 times on Monday night. She pointed at a painting of a little furry thing on the wall, and exclaimed “Cat!” followed by many giggles.

(She also says “no” and “ow,” because she likes the “oooh” sounds her mommy thinks, but we are discounting those because we don’t like the former, and the latter is less a word than an exclamation… “Hello” is uttered at least 2 dozen times per day lately…)

hello (on tape!)

Filed under:landmarks,video — posted by nathaniel & nicole on May 2, 2007 @ 4:31 pm

OK, so it’s not the best “hello” she’s said yet – often she actually manages to do the full “h” sound, and doesn’t go up at the end, so you can really hear it enunciated properly (like mother, like daughter); but we thought it was great to finally get something on video – and it’s in context, so you know it’s real, people! Click to play.


helloooooo (world)

Filed under:landmarks — posted by nathaniel & nicole on April 29, 2007 @ 8:02 am

It’s official. Sid’s first word is “hello.” With the “h,” even. We’ve been hearing attempts at it for a while now, (grrlah!) but she’s finally got it down, and has said it 3 times in the last 12 hours. And in context (mostly to inanimate objects, but at least on their arrival). Now we just have to catch it on camera….

Disclaimer: she also does say “ma!” for just about everything, and “dadadadada” sometimes when I repeat “daddy” to her often often enough, but they’re kind more all-purpose, and not said correctly, so we’re sticking with hello.

beep beep, hi!

Filed under:family,landmarks,photos — posted by nathaniel & nicole on April 9, 2007 @ 10:18 am


Excuse me, pardon me, excuse me, new driver here, I have a learner’s, excuse me, coming through, sorry, whoa slow down there, mommy….

My first vehicle! Thanks granny and gramps.

Originally uploaded by ma & pa.
see more of my latest pix here.

happy st patty’s day

Filed under:family,landmarks,photos — posted by nathaniel & nicole on March 17, 2007 @ 5:15 pm

See pics from Sid’s first St Patty’s – the parade in Dublin, no less! – here.

“I looked so cute in my green outfit that even strangers took photos of me.”

clap handies

Filed under:landmarks,random,video — posted by nathaniel & nicole on February 22, 2007 @ 7:39 pm

A new video for my fans!

clap handies

PS i now have six teeth

Filed under:landmarks — posted by nathaniel & nicole on February 18, 2007 @ 7:42 am

The better to bite you with.

Oh, and I kind of like granny apples a little bit.

homeward bound

Filed under:family,landmarks,photos — posted by nathaniel & nicole on January 20, 2007 @ 10:08 pm

So so sorry for the lack of contact lately, oh, all my wonderful fans. You see, besides from my (and my two chief administrators, Professor Mommy and 3-years-til-Dr. Daddy) being horribly jet-lagged (even still) and slightly sick for a time, we’ve just been desperate to get in some reading and writing.

would you like me to read to you, mommy?
would you like me to read to you, mommy? (mom&dad might’ve helped)

The trips to NYC and Florida (thank you to granny and grandpa, and ouma and oupa, respectively) were simply divine. Aunt Sam and Uncle Emy get madd shout-outs too. You can see many-a-photo of good times on flickr. No time to surf? Here’re a few highlights Prof. Mom insisted on:

new year’s and grandpa’s birthday (he’s OLD!)

play dates with tylor and aunt samantha / uncle emy

girrrrrrl power!

and… starving myself before christmas dinner

And, coming up, thanks to the extremely generous Ouma Harriet, I am going to experience my first two weeks of summer, EVER. We leave for South Africa on Monday – art for us!


Filed under:family,landmarks,photos — posted by nathaniel & nicole on December 26, 2006 @ 7:11 pm

After a wonderful few days with my parents and their friends, then with our “other” family for Christmas, Sidonie is feeling a bit mis with a bronchial infection 🙁 We’ll have to take it easy with my sister and Aunt (and their spice – plural of spouse) in Florida, hoping that some of Sid’s shining dispostioin will shine through her illness… There are over 20 new pix of the angel up on flickr. Check them out.

See more pix on flickr.

super duper Sidonie Christmas Surprise

Filed under:landmarks,random — posted by nathaniel & nicole on December 25, 2006 @ 3:37 pm

Click here. I swear you will not regret it. Sid had an amazing first Christmas Eve with our “other” (Italian) family. Pix forthcoming.

not a (my first) cookie

Filed under:landmarks,photos — posted by nathaniel & nicole on November 29, 2006 @ 11:17 am

It’s a sugarless teething rusk, but I still love it.

not a cookie

Click here for more recent piccies.

Now We Are Six (Months)

Filed under:family,landmarks,photos — posted by nathaniel & nicole on November 24, 2006 @ 11:41 am

i'm too cute for this shirt
i’m too cute for this shirt (although i do appreciate it, Linda)

In the words of Chrisopher Robin, aka Alan Alexander Milne:

When I was One,
I had just begun.
When I was Two,
I was nearly new.
When I was Three
I was hardly me.
When I was Four,
I was not much more.
When I was Five, I was just alive.
But now I am Six, I’m as clever as clever,
So I think I’ll be six now for ever and ever.

Mommy and Daddy got me building blocks and other li’l toys to celebrate on my 6-months birthday, which is also my first Thanksgiving! And oh, there is so much to be thankful for.

57 morehampton road - in front of the tree donnybrook village
57 morehampton road – in front of the tree – and Donnybrook Village (our ‘hood)

the dodder river seagulls in the city!
the dodder river and seagulls in the city! – both within 8 mins walk from our place

ballsbridge village - 10 mins away irish overcast days!
ballsbridge village – 10 mins away – and Irish overcast days!

daddy, make it talk! and who can resist a face like this?

dolphin! and pretty in pink!

do you think the red or the yellow tastes better? and i come gifting bears
(me likey the presents)

i’m a big girl – first time at the table for dinner in my own seat!, and
Not sure there’s enough food here for me. What are you guys having and where’s the Turkey?

Thanksgiving Dinner!

The countdown begins: 3 weeks and 2 days til I see Granny and Gramps, 4 weeks and 3 days til Ouma, Oupa, Auntie Sam and Uncle Emy. CAN’T WAIT! (And, I won’t complain about more presents, I think…)

I speak Dublish

Filed under:family,landmarks,photos,random — posted by nathaniel & nicole on November 18, 2006 @ 12:10 pm

We slowly are getting settled into our place.

photos: “sitting sid, in the dublish living room” and “my bedroom, my bed, my sleep. go away.”

And I’m learning the finer points of high living.

photos: “feeling so high in my chair (well, not really mine, but for now)” and “my rightful place in the world!”

Not really used to the food or eating habits of these strange peoples just yet.

photos: “you can shove as much as that stuff as you want in my mouth, i know it’s not boob.” and “the aftermath”

But the scene is hot.

photos: “sidonie in autumn” and “too much apple juice!”

And, two more photos for good measure.

photos: “baby soup” and “my first art fair”

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