The Year in Review: 2004

Here’s our year in a nutshell:
   We had a baby.
   That’s pretty much the news.
   Oh sure, we did a few other things this year. But most of them had to do with the imminent arrival of the baby, to be honest. (Possible exception: a short jaunt up to Montreal, our last as a couple for a while).
   Sophie Jean Coker arrived on June 27, all 8 pounds and 11 ounces of her. She’s everything we imagined a baby would be and more, just as curious and hungry a little girl as there ever was. She’s the spitting image of her dad.
   Rachel very reluctantly returned to work at the newspaper in late September. Eric has been home with Sophie during the day and Rachel’s with her at night. We don’t see each other much, but it’s nice knowing she’s with a parent all day long. And we already have a fabulous baby sitter.
   We’re quite simply different people than we were before we met Sophie, as are our parents. Who would have guessed Rachel’s mom, who grew up Catholic, would one day be called Bubbe?

Eric’s top albums:
1. Keane: Hopes and Fears
2. Ron Sexsmith: Retriever
3. Fastball: Keep Your Wig On
4. Bruce Hornsby: Halcyon Days
5. U2: How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
6. Bob Schneider: I’m Good Now
7. Drive-By Truckers: The Dirty South
8. The Finn Brothers: Everyone is Here
9. John Fogerty: Deja Vu All Over Again
10. Hanson: Underneath

Rachel’s top albums:
1. Keane: Hopes and Fears
2. The Corrs: Borrowed Heaven
3. U2: How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
4. R.E.M.: Around the Sun
5. Mark Knopfler: Shangri La
6. Lucy Kaplansky: The Red Thread
7. Scissor Sisters: Scissor Sisters
8. Richard Shindell: Vuelta
9. Alison Krauss and Union Station: Lonely Runs Both Ways
10. Bruce Hornsby: Halcyon Days

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