Look Ma, No Hands!

There is a big post a-brewing. A storm is coming!

I can feel it swirling inside of me, almost like I will burst if I don’t open my mouth (and mind and heart) soon to spill this storm/post out. I am putting together the pieces that will make it whole. The ingredients. A little bit of processing, and a whole lot of photo uploading/writing/shedding some tears/preparing for this wild storm. Life happened BIG over the weekend when we celebrated a big age:

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(Happy 100th birthday to my Nana Jane. Today! November 18th!)

First though, I wanted to spotlight some other big life happenings. Big to me.

I was in the Huffington Post! I posted it on my mom’s wall on Facebook with, “Look Ma, I’m in the Huffington Post!” The link to the article is right HERE. It was a pretty exciting event during a pretty exciting week. Again, the link is HERE. And then..

Des is walking a little! These things tend to run in families, and in my family, we talk early and walk late. My mom walked at 23 months! I walked at 18 months. Scarlet walked at 13-14 months, but I realized soon after I met Des, that he would most likely continue this family “honor” of being very chatty, but not in a hurry to run away. (not such a bad thing) On the day before his 17 month birthday, he stood up and took a half step into my arms. The next day, on his 17 month birthday, he took three steps. In the few days since then, he’ll take up to five and six steps. He also spends a lot of time just standing, or dropping things just for the purpose of bending down to retrieve them without actually getting down on his knees to do so, like he’d previously do.

“Look Ma, No Hands!”

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I can’t wait to see him run. I’ll post a video soon.

While we were in New Jersey over the weekend for my grandmother’s 100th birthday party, my dad managed to get a photo of the five of us siblings (and our significant others) together. I do need to say that I’m the tallest of the four women by at least two inches. The other three are cheating with high heels or standing on a higher embankment.

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Together again.

For the first time in a long time, it was really hard to leave New Jersey. I felt my heart separating. I got the worst case of the Sunday night blues ever, and it didn’t help that yesterday was filled with gloomy, cold rain. I’m writing my weekend story in the next few days. My weekend story about the big age of 100.

Stay tuned later this week. Hoping you are all safe and sound, warm and peaceful, and not so gloomy on this cold Monday morning.

About Tamara

Tamara is a professional photographer at http://tamaracamera.com/, a mama of two, a writer/blogger at http://tamaracamerablog.com and a nearly professional cookie taster. She has been known to be all four of those things at all hours of the day and night. She is a very proud contributor to the book, The Mother Of All Meltdowns. http://themotherofallmeltdowns.com. After two cross country moves, due to her intense Bi-Coastal Disorder, she lives with her husband, daughter and son in glorious western Massachusetts.

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Look Ma, No Hands! — 132 Comments

  1. Eek!! You were in The Huffington Post! How awesome is that?! I’m so happy for you!

    And a very big happy birthday to Nana Jane! What an amazing milestone to reach.

  2. I can certainly understand the Sunday night blues after such a big week! Celebrations for Des, you, your Nana – across all generations. Love beginning my Monday like this – yay for you!

  3. What a great weekend. No wonder you got the Sunday blues and this rainy Monday weather probably isn't helping. Hope you have a fun week to cure your blues ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Eeeeeee!!!! Happy Birthday Sweet Nana! Wootie Woo, D! this is exciting & chin up, Sweet T! Through all the happy stuff I feel your sadness, but, there’s SO much to be grateful for! Nana is 100 & D is stepping wholy moly, that’s two cool things!!! XO, love!!!

  5. I can’t even believe it!! WHAT A WEEK YOU HAD!!!
    First of all, congratulations on HuffPo!! WOW. I’m heading over there in just a second. That’s fantastic!! I’m so proud of you!!!
    Secondly…WALKING. Oh, he looks adorable!! I can’t wait for the running video!!
    Thirdly, Happy Birthday to your sweet Nana. I love the photo of all of you together. (I’ll take your word for it that you’re tallest ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) –Lisa

    • haha, you made me laugh. I really am! By TWO whole inches, but who's counting?

      Thank you for all of your support. It's made my morning and I am really not in a good mood today, but I'm working my way there.

  6. That is a great family photo, Tamara! I find it hard to leave family gatherings as well…. in terms of walking, I'm thinking you are lucky. Mine were up and running at 10 months, which was JUST TOO EARLY!

  7. OMGOSH!!! SO many moments!!! I am so proud of you… I will head over to Huffington Post now!!

    GO DES!

    GO gorgeous family!!

    I cannot WAIT to hear all about your big weekend… big news? WHAT??? I am DYING over here!!!

    Mwuah!

    • Oh! Not really big news! Just that I have a BIG post brewing. I mean..there is news in my life (no, I'm definitely not pregnant) but in due time, it will all come out.

  8. I saw on Facebook the Des starting walking and that it was your Nana’s 100th Birthday this weekend. And was so excited for both for you. Seriously good stuff always comes in threes, so the Huffington Article to boot didn’t shock me (knew that was int he works, too), but sure did put a smile a mile wide on my face for you. Happy Birthday to your Nana. Yay to Des walking. And huge congrats again on the article. Just so happy for you Tamara!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo!!

    • Thank you so much! He still isn’t using walking as a main source of transportation, but he figured it out. He figured out that he was going to start living life on two legs, at least part of the time. And I love that.

    • No fear, Kenya! There are no haircuts in the works. I like it like this. I don't know how to tell a haircutter to keep it exactly like this..forever. I like the in between – not too short, but not long either. We shall see.

  9. Both my girls waited until after they turned 1 to walk. My neighbor’s kids walked early…around 9 months…and I was so glad that my two were just a little older! That’s when things start getting exciting…

    So glad you had such a great family birthday weekend! P.S. I love your sweater. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks! I love my rainbow sweater too! I wore it for my Nana and she totally noticed and commented on it.
      I can’t imagine babies walking at nine months. How do you even keep up with them not falling all of the time because they’re so young and little? I shudder.

  10. So much awesomeness in that post. First of all….Des has the MOST GORGEOUS hair! I love it. So happy he is walking! My oldest started walking at 18 months, and it was actually Mother's Day when she started! And…Addy started walking at 17 months. Of course, she was running shortly thereafter, and hasn't stopped since. Happy 100th birthday to Nana Jane and your family picture was beautiful!

    • I adore hearing about other late walkers. I feel like we're a special breed of people. There's so much rushing in the world. Why learn to walk until you're ready, right? Right.

      I love Des' hair! He should be a hair model. I seriously don't know how I'll be able to cut it, if I ever actually do.

  11. Oh…my…goodness…Des looks like a *choke* little boy! When did that happen?? Happy Birthday to your Nana (can I just say that I love that you call her that because I had a Nana and my mom is Nana and I plan to be a Nana)! I can’t wait to hear all about your weekend. You and your siblings are some of the best looking people around. My sisters and I play the same game with flats and heels. My one sister is under 5 feet and she ends up being the tallest with 3 inch heels. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I agree! This is a long line of Nana. My mom is Nana too and I bet I will be! Grandma sounds too old to me. Nana sounds hip. And don't get me started on Gran or Granny.

  12. My son was a late walker too (19 mos) — it's nice that it's so common in your family, so at least no one is starting to look at you funny because your kid still isn't walking! (Not sure what they thought I should be doing differently, though.)

    • Hmm..good question! My doctor said they'd consider occupational therapy if he didn't walk by the end of 18 months. Just knowing my history, I didn't think we'd get there but it would have been ok if we had. Either way you know your own kids and you know when they're just fine!! My brother was two, but he had broken his leg. I think my little sister was very late too! And we're all just fine now.

  13. That's so great! 100 years, I can't even imagine!! We actually traveled to be with my grandmother for her birthday this past weekend. She's not quite 100 yet but it was just so great to celebrate with her. And your son looks so adorable! He is up and running!

    • Thanks! Yeah, he is super excited to be where he is. He think he has superpowers, and I imagine that when you've been crawling for so long and then you find your sense of gravity on two legs? That must be awesome. I wish I could remember my moment better. Lord knows I was old enough at 18 months!

  14. wow 100 years! what a great picture of you all. I know when my sisters and I get together for a family photo- its always funny because they want to look like they are the youngest.

    We have been getting a lot of rain here too ๐Ÿ™ ready for a little bit of sunshine.

    • haha! My sisters and I love do hear people guess our age order. I’m the middle sister and I’m often called the middle sister. We’re all somewhat close in age anyway so if someone got it wrong, my feelings wouldn’t be hurt.
      Wishing you sunshine! We actually got a nice day after a cool, rainy morning.

  15. 100?? Amazing! Huffington Post?? Amazing! It really is a toss up between the two!!! But then Des almost walking, that is such a special time too. And your family is GORGEOUS!!! Love all your highlights – they made me smile and feel happy for you:)

  16. I read this earlier on the train, and I read it again just now and both times warmed my heart UP! I am so excited to see Des walking–that kind of stuff never really gets old huh?

    100 years on this planet! She is such a blessing. Happy birthday to her.

    oh and HuffPo? You have made it baby.

  17. So much awesomeness in this post!!!!
    Happy 100th birthday to your Nana!!! She is gorgeous!!!
    And – huge congrats to you on being published in yet another big place!!!!
    Way to go, Des!!! I don’t think his hair could be any cuter!!!
    Finally – I love that picture of you with your siblings and significant others – all of your sisters are almost as beautiful as you!!!

    • Aw, you flatter me so! Thank you.
      I love his hair! I want to keep it like this. It does look a little Bieber-esque but we didn’t make it that way! That’s how it’s grown.

  18. What a celebration of LIFE! 100?? That is almost too much. I love the picture of your whole family. You all look so happy, so beautiful.
    I cannot wait to read more.
    The HUFF post? WOW! You’re way too cool for me now:-) Congrats!

  19. OH..EM..GEE..you were in the Huffington Post?! That’s seriously amazing, congratulations!!! And Des is walking! What a great week. I love weeks like that where lots of good things happen…your nana’s 100th, being together with your siblings (good looking family). Looking forward to your upcoming post!

    • Thank you, Jessica, for all of that!! I hope the upcoming post doesn't disappoint. It's not like I wrote it yet or anything. I just need to channel all of the big feelings of the weekend.

  20. Wow! One hundred years is such a milestone and blessing to get to see! I can’t wait for your post about it! Des is starting to walk…that’s exciting! I think its funny how things run in families! Fours sisters…I bet high-school was interesting, lol!

  21. Aw! Happy Birthday Nana! I have a 96 year old great grandma that I still call every week. Aww all of your siblings. I see NJ had an affect on you. Maybe it was seeing everyone together. I can't wait to find out ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Your family is beautiful! I love that the little guy is wearing a Rolling Stones shirt. Awesome! Happy birthday Nana! What a blessing. I hope you and your family have a great week!

  23. Very super duper awesomely cool that you were in the Huffington! Congrats! Can’t wait to hear about the weekend post. And what a wonderful looking family. Its nice when everyone can get together.

  24. Aw, yes, lots of love to your Nana. But am I a bad person that I smiled and hugged the universe a little on that news but literally jumped up & down and laughed for you when I read the Huffington Post? Do I have my priorities in life wrong? Anyhow, yay Nana and yay Huff Post! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. CONGRATULATIONS!! I started to write this comment without having read the article, but then I realized that I was going to want to comment on the article, so to avoid the double comment, I’m going to read nowโ€ฆ..Ok back! My last meltdown was getting my parking permit, and I cried. In the middle of downtown. Not just a tear falling down my face, but the ugly, having trouble talking cry. So. I got you on the meltdown. Also, happy, happy birthday to your nana. 100 years is NOTHING to sneeze about!

    • You are so sweet! You totally could have commented without. And you do have me beat with that meltdown story. I think we all have them from time to time. I think they make the world go round.

  26. So many exciting things going on in your life right now! 100 years is amazing! We celebrated my husband’s grandmother’s 100th birthday too…it was a very special occasion. And I did see that Des was walking and it made me smile! Such a wonderful time…and a very busy time too! They get into everything…so curious!

  27. Many congratulations to your nana on reaching her centennial! That is such a wonderful occasion to celebrate. Congrats to you also on your blog over at Huffington….I’ve got the tab open and ready to read! You and your siblings look so sweet together. I know how hard it is to get together with just my brother and sister, so I’m sure that getting together that many of you must be a real feat!

    • Yes – it hadn’t happened since my sister’s wedding three years ago..and that was a big crowd! It was really special. Looking forward to more of it around Christmas time.

  28. Congratulations on the Huffington Post. Oh my! Des is standing and walking. In my family it is so totally the opposite. We walk fast but take our sweet old time to talk. Such is the case with Madison who conveniently says what she wants to say when she wants to say it. I’m happy you got to see Nana’s 100th birthday and you also got to be with family. Can’t wait to read the rest of the highlights although I saw a few pics on FB. I hope you’re having a great week thus far as well.

    • Well that's the thing! Madison can talk when she wants to, right? It's the same with Des and walking! He can do it all. Madison can do it all. Our stubborn kids! So perfect for one another. Hope you're having a great week too!

  29. What an exciting and wonderful weekend filled with all kinds of joyous stuff!

    I can’t wait to read and see more of everything. I hope you can get your grandma to tell us some secrets about how to be 100. That is just so incredibly awesome!

  30. What an awesome post! Happy Centenniel to your Nana! What an amazing blessing. You and your siblings look happy to have been united for such a blessed event! I'm so used to seeing your one sister, had forgotten you were from an entire crew!

    So freaking awesome that you were in the Huffington post and 54K FB likes…major exposure. Congrats, you deserve it!

  31. That is a blessing to see your 100th birthday and with a cute pink jacket/blazer no less! I recently met a 105 year old woman – the eldest woman I’ve ever met in person. It is both humbling and scary to meet someone who has seen that much. I can only imagine. Happy born day to your Nana!

  32. What is this thing called Huffington Post? I kid, I kid. Awesome! the site just got a little better, apparently. Well done.

    My great-grandma recently died, just six weeks before her 100th birthday. Such a strong and vibrant woman.

    Grace got her first Rolling Stones tee – it has a shot of the band in its younger days – and declared she wants the logo T-shirt next.

    • My Nana’s mother died at 99, and people say she died young. Let’s just say I was really happy yesterday, on her real birthday, that she was awake and aware.
      Never to early for your first Stones shirt.

  33. AW! Happy 100th to your Nana Jane! The photos of Des walking are adorable (as always) and what fun to see you with all of yours siblings. Sorry that you had sad separation. I cry every time I leave Denver. Every single time. Hope you're feeling more sunshiny today. And I can't wait to check out your Huff Po piece! Congratulations!!!

  34. Oh my!! You certainly did have a big week & weekend! First of all, congrats on the Huff Post. I appreciate that it was for MOAM, but more importantly it was beautifully written and I am so happy for you! Des walking is so cute and your grandma is beautiful. Love that pic of you an your siblings. Family is so important to me and being with mine make me feel so warm and fuzzy (most of the time!). Can't wait to read the full story.

  35. Hi Tamara! First let me say that I LOVE that you posted you’re the tallest. My sister and I “fight” about that all the timeโ€ฆbut I’m an inch taller than her. Des is so cute, he’s changed just since this summer! Good luck with catching up to him now! And finally Happy Birthday to your Nana Jane. 100 years! That’s pretty incredible, I’ll bet she’s got some stories to tell. Hope you are feeling better and hopefully you’ve got the pretty blue skies we do to help cheer you up!

    • haha, I had to defend myself! I’m 5′ 6″ and my sisters are 5′ 3″ and 5′ 4″! My sister-in-law is adorably petite too, although I don’t know her height. Probably somewhere around there.

  36. Go, Des, Go!

    And I love those first and last photos. What a wonderful celebration and with your whole family. I just LOVE stuff like that since family is so important to me too. I’m excited to read ALL about it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. She looks like a movie star in her earlier pictures! Happy birthday to your Nana! I SO miss the stories I used to hear from my grandparents about their younger years!

    and Oh my gosh look at little man go! you will be chasing Des VERY soon!

  38. I haven’t been blogging for a while, and I missed some big things! Congrats on the Huffington Post! That’s just GREAT! Both of my kids talked early and walked late too. My daughter was almost 16 months and then just took off running–weird! I love the sibling picture–I’m the tallest of mine too. Can’t remember when we last had a picture together, so now that’s a goal.

    • Pam, that is so weird! And hilarious. 16 months and running! Des is way too cautious for his own good. I suppose I should appreciate it, though. No scrapes or bruises!

  39. tamara, this post makes me so happy. your granny 100…100! AMAZING! and your writing in the huffington post…and des walking. i'm just so happy! really love the picture of you and your siblings and significant others.

  40. Such a gorgeous family!! And baby steps…how awesome!! I miss those days so much!! Pretty soon you’ll be turning around every five seconds wondering where he went off too!!

  41. A happy belated 100th birthday to your grandmother! Wow, what a milestone. And how awesome to get your whole family together, though I'm sorry leaving was so hard.

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