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May 30, 201409:38 AM
Joie d'Eve

Living, loving, laughing, and learning in the new New Orleans

Happy Birthday To My Baby

Georgia turns 2.

Georgia

“I can’t say that it will last forever,” I wrote a year ago. “Georgia turned 1 yesterday (how did that happen so fast?), which means that any minute now, she will be yanking on the wires to Elliot’s Xbox and scattering Ruby’s crayons across the room and copying them and following them and otherwise being an adorable toddling nuisance. But for right now, it is pretty great.”
 
It is not often that I can see into the future with such clarity, but I nailed that one. Georgia turns 2 today (how did that happen so fast?) and has spent much of the past year destroying things, putting hazardous items into her mouth, pulling on wires, throwing toys everywhere, and generally being an adorable toddling nuisance. 
 
Her latest pastime is to scale the sofa and flip the lights off and on repeatedly. When removed from the back of the sofa and reprimanded, she screams as if the world is ending for approximately 45 seconds – and then abruptly shuts up and starts attempting to climb the sofa again. Yesterday, she stood quietly next to me while I chatted with my husband, and I thought she was gently patting me with love, but actually she was drawing on my nicest pair of seersucker pants with a red marker.
 
In the past year, she has created messes big and small, thrown numerous tantrums, and required one ER visit when we could not rule out the possibility that she had swallowed a magnet (she hadn’t). 
 
She has also learned how to shake hands, can sort of sing parts of lots of songs, and goes absolutely out of her mind for chocolate ice cream. She loves Cookie Monster and Curious George, she has 16 teeth, and her hair is a crazy mess when she wakes up. She likes to put various things on her head: hats, of course, but also pants and paper bags and cardboard boxes. Her favorite food is probably black beans and rice, with any kind of pasta a close second. She hates milk. She talks constantly. She gives great hugs and blows kisses and has everyone single person in our family wrapped completely and entirely around her adorable little finger. In short, she is perfect. 
 
And now she is 2. 
 
I can’t accurately predict what the next year will look like, not really. I can foresee more tantrums and more laughter. I can foresee frustration and joy. I can foresee more messes and potentially more ER visits but also more fun, more discovery, and love – so much love – from every corner of the family. I can see the rough outlines of the evolution of our family, even if I don’t know exactly what our lives will all look like a year from now.
 
But for right now, it is pretty great.
 
 

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Eve is further proof, if any is needed, that New Orleans girls can never escape the city. After living here since the age of 3 and graduating from Ben Franklin High School, Eve moved to Columbia, Mo., where she received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Missouri School of Journalism and became truly, unhealthily obsessed with grammar.

She had originally intended to strike out to New York City and work in the cutthroat magazine industry there, but after Katrina, Eve felt a strong pull to return home, to her roots, her family, her waterlogged and struggling city – and a much more forgiving work atmosphere that would allow her to skip a routine of everyday makeup and size 0 designer label business suits and enjoy the occasional cocktail or three with an absurdly fattening lunch. She moved back home in January 2008 and lives in Mid-City with her two daughters, Ruby and Georgia; her stepson, Elliot; and her husband, Robert Peyton.

Eve blogs about the joys and struggles of living in post-Katrina New Orleans, the unique problems and delights of raising a child in such a diverse and challenging city – including her experiences with the public education system – and her always entertaining and extremely colorful family.

Eve has won numerous writing awards, including the Pirates Alley Faulkner Society Gold Medal, the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence award for column-writing and Press Club of New Orleans awards for her Editor’s Note in New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles and for this blog, most recently winning the award for "Best Feature Affiliated Blog."

She welcomes comments, advice, empty flattery, recipes, drink invitations and – most especially – grammatical or linguistic debates.

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