Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekend Open Thread

Birthday cupcake

Thanks again for all your sweet comments and well-wishes when I shared our happy news the other day. I’m excited to share more of my thoughts and experiences with you as the pregnancy progresses and once the baby is here. A big difference I’ve noticed so far this time around vs. when I was pregnant with Jackson is that it’s going by pretty quickly and I feel much more relaxed about things. Maybe all that will change as I get further along and more uncomfortable and the reality of balancing the needs and responsibility of caring for two kids under the age of five starts hitting m———— holy crap, I’m going to have two kids under five!!
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In all the excitement this week, a special day passed without my thinking of it. Last Saturday, this site turned four! Wow. I was re-reading some columns from that first month, like this one from day two, and then later, my pregnancy announcement with Jackson, and realized that a lot has changed, but a lot has remained the same (or gotten better). Many commenters are long gone, but so many of you have been reading and commenting since the very beginning and I can’t tell you how much your loyalty means and what an honor it’s been to watch this community grow and evolve. Think of all the milestones we’ve shared (virtually) with each other — breakups and marriages and moves and new jobs and babies and deaths and divorces and vacations and all the lessons along the way. People tell me they’ve learned a lot from the shared wisdom of experience here, and I feel the same way. I’ve grown up a lot in the last four years and I don’t think the evolution would have been quite the same or quite as intense if I hadn’t been sharing those years with you. So, thank you. Thank you for reading, for sticking around, for supporting each other, and for sharing your stories and experiences. Here’s to many more years together!

Finally, one more birthday I cannot forget: Happy birthday to my sister, Allison, who turns 32 tomorrow. I love you, sis, and am so proud of the woman you’ve become. Here’s a picture of us when we were babies.

Happy weekend, everyone! Enjoy your Super Bowl parties and/or whatever else you have planned.

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  • honeybeenicki

    honeybeenicki January 30, 2015, 4:24 pm

    Reading the pregnancy announcement with Jackson, I think its awesome that a) you thought he was a boy and b) thought he looked like Drew. Both of those are definitely right 🙂

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    MissDre January 30, 2015, 4:27 pm

    Yaaaayyyy! I’ve been around since the very beginning and I’m not going anywhere for a long time 🙂

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  • Addie Pray

    Addie Pray January 30, 2015, 4:56 pm

    Happy Birthday, Dear Wendy! Happy Birthday, Wendy’s Sister!
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    Also, last Saturday, Dear Wendy’s birthday, was also my quarter birthday and forgot to celebrate! Oh, wait, no, next month is my quarter birthday. I guess I just like to celebrate the 24th of each month. The 24th is a good day.
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    I’m slow at work and trying to catch up on DW; I’ve missed a lot of days, though I’ve been trying to chime in here and there. Right now, I’m really regretting all the food I ate for lunch and I’m thinking about heading home early to take a nap with Moose. TGIF!

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    Vmhines January 30, 2015, 5:02 pm

    Congratulations, Wendy! I am a long-time reader/lurker since you were writing via the frisky. I’m so happy for you and your growing family. I’m actually 14 weeks pregnant myself so I can relate to the feeling of excitement and nervousness of it all. Please keep us updated on your pregnancy. Wishing you all the best!

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    Wendy's Sister January 30, 2015, 5:08 pm

    Thanks, Addie Pray! And thanks to the best big sister I could ever want!

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    • Addie Pray

      Addie Pray January 30, 2015, 5:13 pm

      But what about that what time she did that one thing that was so embarrassing!? You know what I’m talking about. Let’s talk about that. Go on.

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        Wendy's Sister January 31, 2015, 11:56 am

        Never happened, AP!

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  • TaraMonster

    TaraMonster January 30, 2015, 5:26 pm

    The best commenters from the beginning are still around if I do say so myself! (I’m super humble. Can’t you tell?)

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    • Addie Pray

      Addie Pray January 30, 2015, 5:29 pm

      Humble and smaht, and muy good-looking.

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    RedroverRedrover January 30, 2015, 6:36 pm

    I want that cupCAKE!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Lyra

    Lyra January 30, 2015, 7:19 pm

    Woohoo! Happy birthday DW!!! I’ve been reading since the beginning too. I remember once I was reading through some of the old forums (including my own, UGH, sorry guys) and it was like a walk down memory lane.

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    • Lyra

      Lyra January 30, 2015, 7:20 pm

      Also, just for fun, we should tally how many breakups DW has helped us get through! I got through one really bad one. 🙂

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  • River

    River January 30, 2015, 8:24 pm

    I can’t believe it’s taken me 4 years to finally start commenting on here (or that it’s actually been 4 years). I’ve gotten married, moved twice, and gotten a second dog since this all started.

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    d2 January 30, 2015, 9:30 pm

    Wait, DW, Jackson and a baby on the way? That makes three kids under 5! Congratulations on all three!

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  • mylaray

    mylaray January 30, 2015, 10:30 pm

    Wow I can’t believe its been 4 years of this site! I started dating my husband 6 months before it started and I don’t know what I would do without it. I’ve learned a lot and have become much more successful with all sorts of relationships in my life.

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    Stillrunning January 30, 2015, 11:35 pm

    Wow, great news! The second one is different. I used to wake my daughter when she was a newborn to make sure she was breathing. With my son, it was, eh, he’s ok. It’s not that I loved him less, it’s that I wasn’t so worried.

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  • flamingoroom

    flamingoroom January 31, 2015, 10:58 am

    I can’t believe it’s been four years and I’m still just lurking. I enjoy your site so much. Even if I don’t always comment I always enjoy coming here. The tight-knit community is fascinating, if a bit daunting. I like sitting in the corner pretending I’m part of the family 😉

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    • Lyra

      Lyra January 31, 2015, 11:00 am

      Join us!!! We love additional voices!!! 🙂 Just grab a glass of wine and jump right in.

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      • Portia

        Portia January 31, 2015, 11:46 am

        We should have another wine drinking forum thread one of these days, that was fun!

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      • Lyra

        Lyra January 31, 2015, 12:42 pm

        Agreed! Funny what comes out when drinking wine….

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  • Cara

    Cara January 31, 2015, 1:46 pm

    Happy Birthday DW and Allison!

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      Wendy's Sister February 1, 2015, 4:15 pm

      Thanks, Cara!

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  • othy

    othy January 31, 2015, 8:04 pm

    Happy birthday DW! I still love reading this site and the community you’ve created.

    So, my super nerdy weekend has come to an end. I got to take an awesome picture with many Doctor Who folks, which was fantastic. Crazy long lines, but it was awesome to get my photo with Matt Smith.

    The con also had several voice actors, who pretty much were my childhood. Jim Cummings (aka Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, the Tazmanian Devil, among many others), Jess Harnell (aka Wakko Warner and many others), and Rob Paulsen (aka Yakko Warner, Raphael/Donatello and many many others) were all there. And they were all awesome. We went to an Animaniac panel, and Rob Paulsen sang the Nations of the World in Yakko’s voice. Later, they did a reading of the Harry Potter script using various character voices. My favorite was Pinky as Harry and Winnie the Pooh as Voldemort. I also got to say hi to all of them, and I even got “helllllooooo nurse”d at. 🙂

    Although, my favorite part was with Jim Cummings. He would do a voice recording for you. So I got him to wish my niece (who turns 5 on Monday) a happy birthday from Tigger and Winnie the Pooh. I hope she likes it and she believes I totally meet the two of them 🙂

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  • Dear Wendy

    Dear Wendy February 1, 2015, 6:07 am

    Guys! Drew surprised me with an overnight stay at our favorite B&B up north (I’d say “upstate,” but it’s only an hour and half north of manhattan; we take the train there). He booked reservations for us weeks ago and a baby-sitter to stay with jackson. He took the day off work tomorrow, so we’re going to leave in a couple hours and stay until tomorrow evening. And he booked me a prenatal massage while we’re there, too. Major husband points, he has scored.

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      MissDre February 1, 2015, 11:20 am

      Where can I find a husband like yours?

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