Monday, April 28, 2008


Rocking out on the couch to some Franz Ferdinand

Friday, April 25, 2008

Then & Now

What a difference (having) a baby makes.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

These Days

Clearly I'm not much of a mommyblogger. Not yet, anyway. But we're over the two-week hump now, and life has settled down considerably since we first brought our little dude home, so hopefully I'll be writing more consistently again soon. I know it's hard for those of you who are far away and itching for Soren-related news.

I figure I could give you a run-down of a typical day. After waking up a couple of times in the night to eat (about every 3 hours, but sometimes he sleeps for as long as 5), Soren's up "for good" sometime between 9 and 11. We come out to the living room and sit on the couch. He looks around at stuff while I check my email. We listen to music, and he has some "supervised tummy time," hangs out in his rainforest bouncer. He's usually awake for a couple of hours, has himself some lunch, and passes out again for a while. Some days he's awake for a couple of hours. Others (like today), he's up and at-em almost nonstop for 6 or 7 hours. (At the end of which, he's pretty fusstacular.)

At some point during the afternoon/early evening, we drive over to Caltech to have a stroll around the grounds with Tom. A daily 20 minute walkabout is good for me, and even though Soren usually sleeps through most of the visit, I know Tom likes being able to spend at least a little time with him during the day. When we come home, he's usually still asleep from the car ride, and while he naps in his carseat/carrier, I get some kind of work done or have a nap, myself. Today...not so much with the napping. He fussed and fussed, and fell asleep briefly on my chest, but when I settled him next to me on the couch so I could work on computer stuff, he woke up again and resumed fussing. So he's been asleep on my belly for the last hour and a half or so, and I've managed to get some computer work done anyhow. Didn't get to the laundry though. I guess that's what tomorrow will be for. ;)

Sometimes he sleeps while Tom & I have dinner, sometimes not. He usually has another wakeful period in the evening. Occasionally that stretches into, or lands in, a considerably late hour. Awake and chilling at 1am is always a joy, even more so for Tom than for me. ;) But the trade-off is that he'll frequently sleep for a long stretch thereafter, which is nice. Soon it's bedtime for us, and then the cycle starts again for another day. :)

So there you have it. Here's a picture Tom caught of us this weekend, having a little nap. Just the sort of thing I figure you people will enjoy. ;)

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Soren's First Saturday Night Dinner

After a couple of weeks off, Saturday Night Dinners resumed at Max's place last night. Demetri, ML and I sat in the living room staring at the sleeping baby in his stroller, while Tom & Max made:

Salt-baked fish (a European sea bass called Branzino)

(ML was very excited)

Israeli couscous with raisins and onions


Sauteed squash with onions, pepper & lemon

Dessert was a Meringue Fruit Torte cake from Porto's Bakery.

The little lad's timing was surprisingly good; he slept in his stroller from the time we got there, waking up to be fed and changed only moments after I had eaten my last bite of cake. He successfully charmed all in attendance, with the possible exception of Max's cat, Spork, who was certainly intrigued but not necessarily charmed.

Lounging after dinner


As always, a fine time was had by all. :)

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Hiccupy Boy

More photos uploaded here!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

His Video Debut

Sorry it's a little under-lit. Here's our boy at 4 days old, sitting on the couch with Dad, makin' faces.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Pingu Sue

I realized today, as I was out and about, that at 8 1/2 months pregnant...I walk like a penguin.

I do. I totally walk like a penguin. Little steps, kind of waddling from side to side as I go, big ol' belly protruding in front of me. Penguins can't see their toes; neither can I. At least penguins have that whole sliding-on-ice thing going for them. I can't say I see that as being a viable option for me. ;)

Maternity leave has been pretty great so far, I have to say. I didn't realize how uncomfortable it was getting, having to sit at my desk all day. I've been able to walk a lot more now that I'm home, too, which is excellent. My hips are really feeling better for it. (Yay!) And of course, there are the much-appreciated leisure activities. I've been making my way through the "adventure mode" in Super Smash Brothers Brawl; figure I'd better get my fill of video gaming before the little mister arrives and gives me less frivolous ways to spend my "free time."

All right, it's time for me to get some dinner together. No diving for herring, thank goodness; this penguin's having tacos tonight. More again soon, I promise.