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butterflies & birthdays

twelve hours and counting... time to share a story 'cause there's nothing else to clean or cook or nest!

last week, after a morning of carousel-riding, ice-cream-eating, tiny-train-traveling, and fish-watching at the local mall, emmy and i dropped into our nearby costco megastore for a little shopping. as we were perusing the toddler dresses, another korean mom tentatively walked up and asked, "do you know... mama nabi?"

wow. i was floored. whereas i originally "met" mama nabi via the kimchi mama circle of friends, this mom had stumbled across mn's blog while reading metrodad. yet we had both become loyal readers, following every update, watching little nabi grow, and wondering what would happen next in her current quest for a new, healthier life. it was amazing how that other mom and i quickly bonded over our shared fondness of mama nabi, and we even discovered that we travel in similar circles around here. (oh, and she recognized my little ghostwriter too.)

anyhoo... while i've never had the good fortune to meet mama nabi in person, we've exchanged several emails, cards, and messages, and have probably spent a wee bit too much time facebooking one another (vampires anyone?). i'm always in awe of her strength of spirit, determination, and amazing writing ability, and think of her often... especially now. i (and many others) would love to do more for her but i know in my heart that she'll make it on her own, regardless of how many particularly nasty obstacles are tossed in her way. one day, i hope to stumble across this amazing woman joyfully sipping coffee and sharing madeleines (or duk!) with her little nabi, at a street cafe somewhere in the world... but until then, i'll be sending her lots of positive vibes, love, and support from afar.

i hope you will too.


so, any last words for a soon-to-be-mom to two? we're in the home stretch and i'm making the most of my short-term pregnancy sweet tooth while i can. time to finish packing and get some sleep! check back later this week for the grand introduction...

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14 Responses to “butterflies & birthdays”

  1. # Blogger Rachel

    Wow, what a crazy coincidence!

    Sending all my easy labor/ healthy baby vibes your way!!! Can't wait to see the baby. :)  

  2. # Blogger Superha

    accept all the help/meals you can get from everyone! you're gonna do great!  

  3. # Blogger Sarah-Ji

    Hope the recovery goes quickly! Can't wait for Kiki Lilypad to make her debut here!  

  4. # Blogger Mom 2 Divas

    Wishing you an easy delivery, and the very best with the new addition to your family.  

  5. # Blogger Beloved

    What a freaky (fabulous) thing to meet another blogger in real life and in that way! I'm so happy for you. I hope it'll be the beginning of a beautiful friendship!

    All the BEST for Kiki Lilypad's arrival! I'm thinking of (and praying for) you!!!  

  6. # Blogger Angela

    I hope you have an easy delivery. Thinking of you and sending good thoughts and warm hugs during this very exciting time, hope all goes well.  

  7. # Blogger Sandra

    I hope your recovery is quick and everything goes well. Can't wait to see Kiki Lilypad. :D  

  8. # OpenID alessandrastarr

    umm. That was me.  

  9. # Blogger Mama Nabi

    I have a feeling Kiki Lilypad is here already... I hope all are well and that you have a speedy recovery...

    And I do hope we run into each other and we can sip our coffee while our kids munch on madeleines... thank you for making my day on YOUR special day.  

  10. # Blogger halfmama

    Oh boy I'm probably late to the game and Kiki Lilypad is probably already here... if so, Congratulations! Hope you had a quick and easy delivery. :)

    Take advantage of the first few weeks of nonstop newborn sleeping. Accept all meals and help. And give Emmy lots of hugs and kisses, from all of us!  

  11. # Blogger daddy in a strange land

    Welcome Kiki Lilypad! :) Hope the ordeal was as painless and uneventful as possible. :)  

  12. # Blogger Misty Beethoven

    Thinking of you! Hope all went went, can't wait to hear from the family! Love, Maria  

  13. # OpenID xilerui

    Here's hoping everything went smoothly and that little Kiki is here safely and soundly. And that you're getting some rest.

    She's exactly two months and a day younger than C.! Wishing you all well - including the new Big Sister!

    (Oh - the Itzbeen thing? Totally worth the money) - Lori  

  14. # Blogger FingKASIL

    Mazel Tov on KL, whether she is outside or inside at this point.

    1) The first year is the toughest. After that, they play together and it gets a lot smoother.

    2) If both are crying at the same time, go to the older one first. She will know the difference, baby will be okay for an extra 30 seconds. (But only do this for the first year, too.)

    3) Let #1 "help" however, whenever, wherever possible.

    4) Give Daddy more of the work.

    Big hugs and congratulations. Hope it was a speedy delivery.  

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