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November 5 to December 4, 2002 (43rd month)

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Tuesday, December 3, 2002
Maeve has been practicing the songs for her preschool Christmas program. She got a printout of songs, and we have been singing them with her. Jill was reading through the printed words and saw the words "reindeers" repeated a few times. She said that would bug her if they really sang the songs that way.

She also didn't like the line in "Santa Claus is Coming To Town" that says Santa will know who is "naughty AND nice". While I have to agree that someone shouldn't be both naughty AND nice, that seems to match some other sources of lyrics that I found.

Sunday, December 1, 2002
I last shaved on November 27, and am working on growing a beard.  We'll see how that goes.

I have a programming class all week.  I asked Maeve what she thought of my beard so far.  She shriveled up her nose, shook her head and said, "If you go to class people will say, 'Why do you have that funny beard?'"

Saturday, November 30, 2002
We put up the Christmas tree today.  We had to move the furniture around in the living room a little.  I mentioned to Jill that now there is no room for the tent.

Wednesday, November 27, 2002
Hilde has had one gunky eye for a while.  Apparently I missed a conversation or two that Jill and I had about it.  Jill had discussed this problem with her sisters, who said it was probably a blocked tear duct, and she should have it taken care of soon.

She went to a pediatric opthomalogist today.  Jill and I discussed it a bit.  I thought it was the nasolacrimal duct, but Jill was saying it was a tear duct.  I got my anatomy book and found a diagram that was almost identical to the one that Jill had.  In my book, the duct was labeled the "nasolacrimal", while Jill's just said, "tear".  I think we agreed that my book was more likely to be correct.

Hilde needs surgery to stick some metal rod into the duct to open it up, and then irrigate it a bit.  No one-year-old will put up with that while conscious, so she will need general anesthesia.

Saturday, November 23, 2002
We have had a few days of very high winds.  It has blown down part of our fence, blew the patio furniture around the backyard, and blew our trash cans down the street.  Maeve and I were out running errands and I saw a shimmery blue bowling ball by the side of the road.  I brought the ball home to put in yard, along with the other yard ornaments.  I told Maeve that if Jill asks where the ball came from, to say that the "crazy wind" must have blown it there.  I don't think Jill will believe that, but it will be fun to see how long it takes for Jill finds out the truth.

Friday, November 15, 2002
Hilde woke up at 12:30 this morning, right after Jill had put her back to sleep.  I offered to try to put Hilde back to sleep.  I rocked Hilde for a few minutes, and then Hilde wanted to get down.  I put her down, she staggered a few steps, laid down on the floor and went to sleep.  I covered her up and went to sleep next to her.  By daybreak she had cuddled up with me, and then went to sleep on my chest.

Thursday, November 14, 2002
Today Maeve asked if Thanksgiving was the same as Valentine's day.  Jill explained the difference.  Then she went through a list of people, like Grandma and Grandpa, and asked Maeve if she was thankful for them.  Jill asked Maeve what she was thankful for, and Maeve said she was thankful for her blanket.

Monday, November 11, 2002
Jill got home from visiting Becky in Pennsylvania today.  She took Maeve and Hilde.  Marianne also went so she could visit her family.  I stayed home to work on some projects.  I put in the new stove, sealed the driveway, and did some work on the insulation in the attic.  It was nice to stay up late working without keeping anyone awake.

Wednesday, November 6, 2002
Maeve's belly button was sticking out tonight, and I threatened to take it.  Maeve protested, and said that she needed it.  I asked what she needed it for, and she couldn't answer.  Jill told Maeve that she didn't need it anymore, but that she would look silly without it.  I told Maeve that I was just joking.  I also reminded her about the doctor show that we saw where a lady had a bunch of fat taken off her midriff, and they cut her belly button off the removed fat so they could reattach it.

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