Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Yesterday you turned eight months old. We keep waiting for you to crawl and to grow teeth, but you are taking your time and enjoying life just the way you are.
That's not to say that there have been no big advancements in the past month - you are now queen of the two to three hour morning nap and you have truly started sleeping through the night by our standards which means from about 8 p.m. until after 7 a.m.
Also, in the past few days you have started to imitate more and this includes clapping your tiny hands when I prompt you to do so. You are so proud of yourself and I am so proud of you that you would think we had just found the cure for a horrible disease. Imitation also includes sounds and Alex has found some pretty annoying shrieks that he knows you can copy and the two of you laugh and laugh while I just choose to leave the room smiling, but on the verge of a headache.
Food and faces are also a newer part of who you are and how you communicate. Continuing with the theme of imitation, you want to eat whatever your big brother is eating and so you have now tried your daddy's delicious soy-lime-ginger chicken and loved it (and loved being able to pick it up and feed it to yourself, you bossy little girl!). When you don't like something or are angry with how you are being treated (heaven forbid, somebody try to wipe your nose!) you have this new expression where you squint your eyes and purse your lips. I try to avoid that face at all cost.
I just love you so much!
Monday, December 29, 2008
Here are three pictures from the past week, each worth at least the proverbial thousand words:
1. Avery snoozing away during morning nap time. At night now, she sleeps on her belly, but during naps she prefers her side. Even better, because she is sleeping on her tummy at night, she is now sleeping until after 7 every morning. Eric thinks I'm the only crazy person that is sad about this because now I don't get to spend as much time with her.
2. Eric and the kids goofing around - uh, I mean cuddling - under a new sofa blanket. This image should be likened to those Russian matrushka (sp?) dolls, with the tiniest one inside the medium one inside the largest one. Or in other words, Alex really wanted Avery to sit on his lap while he sat on his daddy's lap.
3. Avery turned 8 months today and she's started to clap (a separate blog entry for that forthcoming) so that's what I really wanted to capture in a photo. Clapping is truly something new for her eight month self, but of course, I just couldn't get it on camera. Instead, I got this photo which is the utter image of her personality. I can't wait for her to read Shakespeare because I am SURE that she will 'thumb her nose' at me!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I must say, I find the sheer gluttony of the holiday a little bit sickening. I promise you that when Alex opened 2 gifts from Auntie Dawn and 1 giant gift from all 4 grandparents and 1 gift from Grammy's friend Arlynne and some of Avery's gifts, it was probably no different than an addict getting his fix. And Judah Macabee was nowhere in sight.
BUT....I would not deny the little kid his joy. And we had a lovely dinner with family (Grandma and PopPop, you were missed). And Alex and Auntie Dawn had a fun time building with the pirate Legos (and Alex kept referring to the tiny pirates as dudes). And Grandpa Howie read a story to Avery before bed (and Grammy to Alex). If I only could have minimized the gifts, it would have been the perfect start to the holiday!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
...as typed by his mommy.
I like alligators that don't bite a lot. Those ones are baby alligators. And I like my baby sister Avery.
I'll tell you something. Next there was dragons, because I like dragons. But I just like baby ones. They spit up fire, they don't breathe fire, they breathe boogers. Their bodies are different than grown up dragons.
I like my teacher Morah Eileen because she does good things that I like. I also like my friends Alexa and Rachel because I just love friends at school and everywhere because they're my friends. I even love my friends that I haven't meeted yet because I just say hi and then they are my friends and I love to have more playdates.
I just love you mom.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Today you turned seven months old. I can't say that the jump from 6 months to 7 months was as dramatic as previous months. You are still talking and sitting and are toothless, but that's the same as before. This picture shows you standing, but I really just posed you and took the picture super quick before you got distracted and stopped leaning and fell.
I guess the most dramatic difference for me is that it seems all the sudden that you are a part of the family with your own personality (your daddy loves when you get bossy and yell at me!) and own routine. You have regular naps and regular meals and your eyes light up whenever you see someone you know. You also let us know exactly when you don't like something. You are very clear in your communication.
You got to spend your 7 month birthday celebrating at your cousin Sophia's birthday party. There were lots of children running around and you took it all in. So much so that you could not eat your dinner until the party had died down. Your brother ate too much homemade buttercream frosting, got a giant belly ache, took care of business (that's the most polite way I know how to write about it) and then had a great time playing with the other children. And he is the one that you watch the most, that you always, always have a smile for - your big brother Alex who you now call LaLa.
Friday, November 28, 2008
I was having one of those idyllic I can do it all Mommy moments last week. I had come home early for a conference call that was going to run directly into focus groups. I had not traveled to Chicago with the rest of the team, but rather would be watching the groups on my computer via FocusVision (hooray for modern technology!). Since the groups started at 6p.m., right when Avery and Alex eat their dinner, I was going to cook and prepare all their food in advance and be ready to go. I had also taken out their pajamas for the night, vitamins and toothbrush with toothpaste lined up in the bathroom. I had thought of everything!
To the point that I was even making homemade baby food. Non of that jarred stuff for me! (at least not this night) While on a conference call in which I was not just listening, but actively participating (and taking notes on my computer), I steamed a sweet potato (in the microwave), peeled it, and got out the immersion stick hand mixer so that I could puree (have you figured out yet where this is going?). But it was a little thick. So I decided that I should add some water. But because it was thick, it was stuck to the mixer. With phone cradled between ear and shoulder, I took my left index finger to clean out the mixer. Without unplugging it. And with my right thumb on the pulse button.
I managed to get the phone to mute and did the above the heart pressure thing with a paper towel. For about 40 minutes. While still on the conference call. But the bleeding did not stop, so eventually I had to A] tell the team that I would be late to watching the first group, B] call Jenny and ask her to start feeding Avery until Eric got home and C] find my way to the Valley Hospital Emergency Department for the five stitches that I just had removed today, 10 days after the incident.
And I can finally type again! And Avery will be eating a lot of jarred food for the time being.
In any case, the house we were in was kind of a dump but we were with good friends eating good food and drinking good wine, so what could be bad? Bugs. Not terrible ones though. Just a giant praying mantis which absolutely fascinated Alex.
I shared the name of this fascinating creature with Alex and then tried to explain the name (the praying part, not the mantis part). I asked Alex to show me what prayer hands looked like. This is what he showed me.
Because in Alex's mind prayer hands must be related to lighting Shabbat candles. All I can write is that I feel so proud and that I have already done a big important part of my job as Alex's parent.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Luckily, I have that Leo superiority complex thing going for me. As I sat in that meeting, with the cool agency people and my colleagues from Unilever I kept thinking I am WAY more like these city folk than the people I work with.
But after today, I think I need to get back in black and stop looking like a such a suburban sweatpants mom. Time for a shopping spree!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I have a happy home life because Eric and Jenny and her sisters and her mom, Caty (a.k.a. Mama) and the grandparents and aunts and uncles all make it so easy for me to be happy there.
Work right now is a different story. There I am an island. I have no team working with me and I have an admin with major attitude who tells me she has no time for me.
So who loses in a situation like this? Frankly, it's work because it's 4 p.m. and I am ready to get up and leave for the day.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Today you are six months old. For you the day is already over, you are in your crib fast asleep wearing a pair of lion footie pajamas that used to be Alex's. Hopefully, I wont hear from you until at least 6 a.m., but I know better and expect that you will demand a bottle on the early side of 5:30. What will we do when daylight savings is over!
So in the past few days, you have started the most adorable of baby babbling and I swear you are saying 'mama' and 'dada' (or in reality, mamamamamamama and dadadadadada). It is just so cute and fills my heart with crazy immense joy and love for you - even on the early side of 5:30 a.m. This picture shows you never stopping the babbling, no matter what you are doing.
Also in the past month, you have started eating solid foods. And there are ones that you clearly like, love and hate:
Like: green beans, prunes, sweet potatoes, carrots, bananas, rice and oatmeal cereals
Love: peaches and peas (I have never seen anything like it!) Also challah, which you have every morning for breakfast
Hate: squash and avocadoes
You are very messy when you eat so each night before dinner I strip you down to a diaper. You complain and cry when I try to clean you with wipes after dinner. And you always have a treasure trove of leftovers when your daddy gives you a bath at night.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
This last one I want to include just to show you how big Alex is. I can't believe he is still only 4 in this photo. He looks like he's stretching to run a marathon (a mischievous marathon).
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Let me take the opportunity to comment on how lucky I am to have married a handsome, smart, funny, caring, loving mensch (in every sense of the word).
I love you, Eric. Bashert, baby, bashert!
Wow - 2 Yiddish words in one post, now that's something you wont likely see from me again.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
So beyond my selfish narcissistic need to be a mommy of young children that LOVE ME and ADORE ME, there is exactly one reason that I desperately wanted to have a second child - so that Alex could have what Dawn and I have, what Eric and Josh have. This is obviously the start of a beautiful friendship.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Her spirit lives on through Alex (who is named after her). Like Naomi, Alex likes to join me in singing corny top 40 songs while driving. And he's working on, although not yet perfected, her Kiwi accent.
Miss you Nomi.
And as we were walking to synagogue, Alex ran ahead, just couldn't wait to play with Jack and Steven and then it was just Eric, me and Avery (in her stroller) walking at dusk and I was thinking about just how lucky we were to live in this town. It was one of those idyllic moments where you just utterly belong, like a virtual hug.
And then in synagogue both last night and today, people coming up to us because they had heard that we had joined (love that small community feeling) and it being okay that Avery was squawking away because she was just so charming with that smile.
And then today, over at the Hillmans' for break fast. The kids just playing so nicely and it feeling like, family.
Score one point for Glen Rock!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I can't promise that I'll be good and will write every day or even every week, but I promise to put cute stories and photos and videos up whenever I can.
And here's where we start - Alex is 4 and a half,
Avery 5 months.
The stock market is in shambles and for some reason I believe an apocalypse could be on the way given the state of the roads and construction in Englewood Cliffs.
And me - No time for this right now. Took me all afternoon to even get this far.