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Into My Fourth Decade

Every year on my birthday, I do some reflection. And, for the last several years, I've also taken some self-portraits.

As I turn 40, I don't feel the angst I would have expected. Many cultures believe that happiness is not a constant state, but rather, it is an average, a summary, if you will. I've got a lot going for me right now: a considerate, supportive husband; healthy, thriving baby; enthusiastic friend network; close family; and creative inspiration (if not always the time to follow through).

Yes, there are some areas where I'd like to improve, such as taking off the pregnancy weight (39 pounds yet to go), but that's an achievable goal and, when taken into perspective, a minor concern. I'm still waiting for the all-clear from my doctor to get back in the pool, so I can resume water aerobics. When that happens, I expect to have better luck.

But overall, yes, I'm happy on this, the beginning of my 40th year.



Me with KFP on My Birthday
Me with Kung Fu Panda on my 40th birthday.
He actually looked at the camera on this one,
which is my favorite pic!



OOh! Camera!
KFP seems fascinated by the camera.



Outtake - Foot Closeup
In this outtake, you get a great view of KFP's foot!



Outtake - Serious KFP
KFP looks super serious in this one.



Outtake - Cool Hands
KFP is fascinated by his hands.



Moral:
Happiness accumulates.


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jongibbs
Sep. 8th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday! :)
java_fiend
Sep. 8th, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
Happiest of Birthdays to you, lady. I hope you enjoy your very special day!!!
msstacy13
Sep. 8th, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
What they said.
And may the next forty being even more fun than the first forty...
:)
firesign10
Sep. 8th, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
Happy, happy birthday!!!! Many happy returns!
beautyofgrey
Sep. 8th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday - these are gorgeous shots!
alycewilson
Sep. 8th, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Took me a while to find the right angle. I'm glad KFP cooperated.
creature_girl08
Sep. 8th, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!

The second photo is especially awesome to me because KFP has his head held straight up. That neck control is getting better.
alycewilson
Sep. 8th, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks! He's working on it. I think it's difficult because he has such a big head!
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alycewilson
Sep. 8th, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's easy to be happy when holding him.
millysdaughter
Sep. 8th, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!
alycewilson
Sep. 11th, 2010 02:48 am (UTC)
Thank you!
jvowles
Sep. 8th, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
You definitely have a winner in that kid. :)
Happy returns!
alycewilson
Sep. 10th, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
I agree; he's amazing. Since he's hitting so many developmental milestones early, when he's only on time with one of them I think something's wrong!
ksleet
Sep. 8th, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
I think he's more fascinated by his right nostril in that last pic. :D

Happy birthday, Alyce!
alycewilson
Sep. 10th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
LOL He is thrilled to have discovered his hands. Or rather, to finally have some control over them. They are often covered in drool from being shoved in his mouth.
dreamchaser
Sep. 8th, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!!!!
alycewilson
Sep. 10th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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alycewilson
Sep. 9th, 2010 04:49 am (UTC)
Thanks!
fourzoas
Sep. 9th, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
alycewilson
Sep. 9th, 2010 03:06 am (UTC)
Thank you!
teflon_tim
Sep. 9th, 2010 03:11 am (UTC)
Happy birthday! W00t!
alycewilson
Sep. 9th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Have some cake!
drippedonpaper
Sep. 9th, 2010 08:45 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday! I hope it was WONDERFUL!!!
alycewilson
Sep. 10th, 2010 01:48 am (UTC)
It was. Thanks!
trillian4210
Sep. 10th, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!!!
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