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Oh My Gosh February

4 Mar

We were busy. Also, we had guests staying in my computer room, so blame them for my silent blog, please. :)

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Get out of the way, Tom!

David turned one on the 24th, and we celebrated his hugeness, how he can do everything himself, how he is too big for his swaddle blankets and all his cutest outfits. At no point did he succumb to sudden infant death, choke on solid food or sacrifice his extremities to the elements, and he breast fed for a year. I call that a success!

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In retrospect, that might be how the giraffe’s neck was broken. It used to slowly move its head to music, and let’s just say it is pretty fast now.

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A closeup of David’s slipper socks, which I opted for in place of boots because he never touches the ground outside and boots are very frustrating to put on a baby.

Here are the terms I consider to be in his vocabulary, although in true baby fashion he is pretty hard to understand sometimes:

Dada
Mama
Cat
Cracker
Cheese
Uh-oh (always in a gravelly voice, thanks to my dad)
More
Get down

I think he might sometimes say “yogurt,” “Ida” or “Tom-Tom” but it’s not a sure thing. He has also said “milk” and “all done” in sign language.

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Up with the sun

He walks, although perhaps not as much as he crawls, and not as confidently. But every day the walking-to-crawling ratio is changing and I’m sure pretty soon crawling will be a thing of the past, or something he does around little babies to make them feel better about themselves.

His hobbies include taking baths.

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I love my shower curtain

He still nurses, four times per day and occasionally once in the night (when he is teething). He is showing less interest in breast milk these days and really loves his 4% cow’s milk. When he is teething I give him liberal amounts of infant Tylenol, because I remember how much I loved my epidural when I was having contractions.

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He has six teeth, four on top and two on bottom. I thought he was working on a molar last week, because he was chewing on things in that region, drooling like a hydrophobe and crying a lot in the night. But I haven’t laid eyes on it yet, so we won’t count it.

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He sleeps 11-12 hours per night and takes two naps during the day that are usually decent, which to me means longer than one hour.

If you are holding him, you can say “Lie down” and he will rest his head on your shoulder. But just for a few seconds and then he is too terribly busy again.

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Yes, he is falling down.

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Don’t worry, he loved it.

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I don’t know.

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Peekaboo!

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Watching snow

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I got this toy back out, and Dave was about as thrilled as the cats. It took him about five seconds to have it all figured out, and then he kept taking it apart. Which was very annoying to the animals!

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Tired hipster

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My aunt, uncle and parents came from California to be here on his birthday. We think they are so amazing! The rest of the pictures were taken while they were here. Uncle George and Aunt Sue came a few days before my mom and dad, and left a few days sooner.

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This is just to show that once in a while I can take a pretty decent picture with a cell phone. There is my camera for proof.

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Aunt Sue read to him at bedtime. He always pulls his hair when he’s tired.

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Cousin Adrian’s overalls

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It was nice having someone else around to get pictures of the three (five) of us. This was probably taken first thing in the morning, judging by my pajamas.

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I like this one more :)

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Watch out for Tom reading over your shoulder.

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Goldfish in the cheek

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He liked when I talked about the polar bear and growled like a crazy person in front of the other customers.

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After dinner on his real birthday he had his first-ever cupcake, which was funfetti, and his hair looks terrible because he rubbed soup in it.

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Asking for clarification

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Shopping again, poor boy. The hat from Aunt Betsy is so soft it was allowed to stay on.

So, I bought a ball pit. At one point I freaked out a little at the prospect of having 3 one-year-olds at my house (David’s birthday party) with nothing to do other than empty the DVD cabinet. Turns out the other one-year-olds were no-shows, but the older kids got some use out of it! Dave seemed mildly interested, but not enough to justify keeping it in the living room. So it’s in the basement, and might not get much attention until next winter when I think we’ll be glad we have it. I dropped Ida in and she was terrified, but Tom went in periodically and at one point lay down among the balls.

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My poor mother felt sick one day and Ida gravitated toward her vulnerability.

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Tom was similarly attracted, and with their powers combined they managed to restore her to health.

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This was the night before Dave’s party, and I took a picture because I wasn’t sure the balloon chandelier would survive until morning. It did though! Lazy cats.

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Making pizzas. Thank you, Mom!

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I did not take pictures in the middle of the party, but we did have two families from Josh’s shop and three of my friends from when I worked at the bank. Dave seemed to enjoy the hubbub and he got some fun gifts out of it. Tom slept through the entire thing on the cat tree in the living room, but Ida made the rounds.

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Ida chewed through a package of airline cookies, because she is addicted to carbs. I suppose making her wear a bib falls under animal shaming.

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Please notice my FIVE STRIKES.

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Uncle Geo

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I have been appreciating the Suburban lately.

I am stopping there because February stopped there. Perhaps one day a March blog post will show more of this lively group.

I just love when people come visit us. :)

He Is Taking Over My Blog And My House

1 Oct

Here are some pictures from the last month or two that haven’t made it onto the blog because they were not related to our trip or the piano or the crib pads. To start us off, here is Dave relaxing in the bath with his neurotic lifeguard nearby. If you come visit, be sure not to let Tom in the room when you shower because he is super annoying.

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Here are his legs after his six-month shots.

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I’m fine, really.

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I had him try on this dinosaur costume to see if there was any chance it would fit on Halloween. Nope!

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The pack ‘n’ play is back out! Seeing him play in it reminds me so much of baby Robert.

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How the mighty have fallen.

On a day with nice weather I opened the back door in our dining room and realized the neighbor’s dog has just enough space to stick his whole head between the wall and the fence. Tom was sure surprised to see a big dog head practically touching the back door. By the time I got the camera the dog had gone into its house. But Tom’s fur was still puffy!

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Peaches.

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TOTAL JOSH

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I swear this big baby dwarfs my husband.

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But Ida dwarfs him. If p then q.

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Here is one of his new bow ties from OhSweetHome. You can see Davy was in a very playful mood:

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This one reminds me of Robin.

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This one reminds me of Brain, I think. (Try to take over the world)

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Here he is ready to try green beans for the first time. I added butter and garlic and they were not great but he seemed to like them, just like his dad. Although his dad tasted these ones and thought they were terrible.

You can watch his dignified reaction:

The First Piano Post

8 Sep

Yesterday our neighbor gave us a used piano she had found on craigslist a few years ago. She had intended to restore it but never got around to it, so it has been standing quietly in her garage.20140907_172827

If you have ever doubted that Josh is super cool and smart, you should have been here to see him move this heavy upright all by himself from her garage to ours.

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Here is what we have learned so far about our new old piano:

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The Cornish Piano & Organ company was established in Washington, New Jersey in 1879. It was a huge mail order house, selling organs and pianos directly to the consumer from the factory. This allowed Cornish to sell their instruments at a lower price than most, and their aggressive financing plans helped them become a major player in the American piano industry. Both Cornish pianos and organs were usually very elaborately carved, and they were generally very good quality overall. Sadly, the Cornish factory burned to the ground in 1922 and the firm never recovered.

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A Cornish ad from 1910. $700 back then is about $17,000 now – what a bargain. Ours was probably cheaper because it looks a bit less fancy.

Because the company didn’t last very long, we can pretty much confirm that Josh’s winter project is between 92 and 135 years old! How cool is that?

I don’t know if you would call it well-loved but I would call it abused. Someone drew on most of the keys with crayon, and many of them are broken. There are some broken or missing pieces inside as well but at this point it seems like we should be able to find replacement parts with very little trouble and I think Josh can fix most of the structural problems. The wood is mostly in good condition, which is encouraging. It has not yet been determined how many mice are living inside it, if any.

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It needs to get cleaned up and come inside before winter, because we don’t heat our garage. Then Josh can work on it in the house, when we’re not playing it.

Crib Talk Part II

21 Aug

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The crib railing pad thing has failed. I wasn’t sure how it would hold up to use, but I don’t think David has ever even touched it and the ribbons are pulling away from the fabric and kind of disintegrating. So I guess I should say that the ribbons have failed. I was constantly having to retie them, just from brushing against it when placing or picking up the baby, and I think my tightening and retightening was too much for them. You can tell they are flimsy! It was for looks, people!

I have (I think) rectified the problem.

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Bam

These fat ribbons aren’t going anywhere. See the difference:

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We might even be cuter, too.

Fine, here he is.

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Babies don’t care about the things you sew for them. Good thing!

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Have I mentioned he sits? He does.

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Twilight Dave

11 Aug

The hours between the last nap and bedtime are always tricky. Here is my semi-cranky boy last night, trapped in a laundry basket because he got jealous watching me trap Tom. After deciding he liked being under it, he complained if I removed it.

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Going outside is great for cranky babies! We headed to the backyard to keep Josh company as he worked on the cars a little.

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“This was supposed to make me happy?” “Well, I thought–” “WERE you thinking, Mama?”

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“Heh, it IS pretty sunny.”

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“This lady knows her stuff.” To which Mama lovingly replies, “You’ll grow into that head, buddy.”

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He did not complain about how prickly the grass was, but it was sharp and I hated it! So we relocated to the back-back of our SUV to watch Dada more comfortably.

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Removing the dealership sticker because Mama is not being paid to advertise around town.

You can really get used to referring to yourself in the third person all the time. Or the second. ;)

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“My mom laughs at her own jokes.”

Then it was finally time to go inside and have dinner and get to bed.

Here are some pictures from today. In the past week or two David has started growling to let us know that he wants something he sees. It started with the Xbox remote, which lights up when you press a button. But now it can be applied to anything and everything. For example, this morning he wanted a coat hanger while I was hanging up clothes. And it’s not just that he wanted one; he WANTED one. He gets crazy eyes. See below.

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Happily sucking on the saline bottle, which he had been growling for.

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Then he started growling at the camera. He is not allowed to hold the camera!

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“Give me that camera.”

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Appeased with saline.

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“Give me that camera.”

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“I need that camera.”

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“Just…move it this way a little.”

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Willing it closer.

All the while growling menacingly, mind you. So I throw the kid a bone!

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My Baby Doesn’t Wear Makeup

6 Aug

My camera is just that good.

Just kidding. That doesn’t even make sense. I have been using the camera more lately, and finding tips online about editing in Picasa. Bear with me.

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I think Rosy Cheeks was feverish that evening. I edited out his bottle of lotion!

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This is my view while I’m working. I edited out a person in the field! Lol

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Our room feels spacious without any baby gear.

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“Smiling” at Mother

And this is what happens when he looks at Josh:

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I am loving his Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumper (a.k.a. the command center) because I can take pictures of him upright instead of lying down. He loves it too, and often it keeps him happy those times when nothing else seems to.  This was his first time being in it:

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I got out his high chair to see how he liked it, since I think we’ll try solid food in a few weeks. He likes anything that doesn’t make him recline.

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Agh! My camera strap :)

More pictures in the command center…these were mostly terrible because of the lighting in the living room, but I thought they were cute anyway.

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We hated having the cat thing there but there’s a nest outside that window and it seemed cruel to move it. I did move it, however. It was just way too prominent.

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Blue Eyes after a nap the other day:

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The body swaddle is merely occasional these days.

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I got some curtain hooks for his room. They don’t really match, but I like them anyway. The ball is ceramic. And now the curtains look quaint and storybookish when open.

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I was vacuuming, which was fascinating.

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This is pretty much the entire room. Perfect size for a baby I think. See his hamper?

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Get me out of here, Mama.

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Not as cute

Also, happy birthday to my cute niece Robin. I am ashamed I don’t have her gift ready yet, which I’ve been working on since before she was born.

Mr. Nursery

19 Jul

Since our boy is all grown up and sleeping in his own room, I had to address the fact that the nursery was not really ready for full-time use. Back when I was pregnant, I knew he would not sleep in his own room right away, so I had tiiiime. Well, time’s up. Time flies.

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I’m huge, Mother.

Pouf! We added some seating. I have found it highly desirable to have somewhere to sit down in his room, mostly for night feedings but it’s nice for story time too. We read voraciously.

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I wanted everything to be versatile in terms of which room it belonged in. The chair may eventually be in the living room. The pouf (ottoman) will probably stay with the kid(s), because it will probably get grubby. Both are from Target. The pouf was on clearance and it matched the curtains, which are also from Target, and I thought a big striped blob might be kind of fun in a kid’s room. I originally bought the curtains in pale gray and they were beautiful but not at all light-canceling. They are marketed as blackout, and I will say with a double layer of black bed sheet behind them, the navy blue ones are effective. It would seem that the nursery is taking on a navy blue color scheme (don’t call it nautical). Let’s pretend it is all based on the changing pad cover, which is navy with red, lime green and light blue whales on it. The truck mobile happens to match the changing pad perfectly, and it is from Dominic.

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Don’t you hate when your shirt is too tight around the thighs?

We still don’t have a dresser, but I have a white half-bookshelf that I use for his books and toys as well as pajamas and burp cloths. The remainder of his things are hanging or in drawers in the closet. We are waiting on some wall art from Aunt Steph. ;)

We hang out in his room a lot now, and it’s kind of nice to have all his things consolidated geographically rather than having stations all over the house.

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I’m allowed on the pouf, but not on the chair. Or is it the other way around? I give up.

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