Thursday, May 29, 2008

When He Wakes

When Soren's just coming out of sleep, he arranges himself in a posture that is, quite frankly, frickin' adorable.

His fists come up to his ears, and he raises his elbows above his head. He draws his heels in close to his little baby bum and arches his back in a biiig stretch. His little chin juts out, and he purses his lips while raising his eyebrows as high as they'll go without actually opening his eyes. Sometimes his tongue pokes out just a bit. It is insanely cute.

Trust me, I'm the last one who ever suspected I would one day be gushing about baby stretches. Can't seem to help myself, though. ;)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Happy Fun Times

I mentioned to Tom yesterday that I think Soren is starting to look less like a baby and more like a little boy. I mean, he still looks plenty like a baby, no doubt. But I'm starting to see the early shades of what he's going to look like as a toddler and little kid, I think. Not so much "generic baby" anymore. It's subtle, but very cool. :) There's an increased expressiveness in his face, I guess.

He's also beginning to get a lot more vocal, and I don't just mean he cries a lot. There is a lot of really cute cooing and babbling that goes on when he's awake and alert, along with the usual flailing of his arms and legs. He's smiley a lot, as well, which is enough to turn me into an adoring puddle of goo.

This morning, I woke up to discover that Soren and I had been lying asleep next to each other in the exact same position - flat on our backs, both arms up above our heads. Pretty funny!

We're still working on the signing. His preferred method of letting me know he needs his diaper changed continues to be persistent bawling, but a lot of the time now he calms down almost immediately once he's on the changing table, and he gives me his excited face when I give him the "all done" sign afterward. So he's definitely starting to put the pieces together.

Bathtime is still probably his favorite time (with the possible exception of mealtime); playtime in the morning and evening is not far behind. He's a big fan of soaking in the warm water, starting to see the value of splashing in it, too. He's spending some of his tummy time looking over the back of the couch, propped up on his arms, holding his head up like a champ. Other tummy time activities include pseudo-crawling across the bed, scooting himself along by pushing his feet against our hands, leaving a drooly little slime trail in his wake as he coos excitedly at his progress.

Seven weeks and one day old. Hard to believe he's been around this long already. Feels, at the same time, like we've had him forever.

Monday, May 26, 2008


My buddy FarmerMegan came to town last week to visit us. We've been friends since the 6th grade, but since she went and married a farmer and moved to the waaaaay northeast corner of Oregon, and I moved down here, we only get to see each other once or twice a year anymore. So it was super excellent having her visit!

In high school and college, we would often invent little "quests" for our general amusement. If something seems to want exploring, we're up for the task. This past week, our explorations were for the most part culinary in nature. We went to A'float Sushi, where you sit around the sushi bar and pick what you want off the little boats that go floating past. It was quite fun, and I'd always wanted to go there but never had an excuse. (Tom ate there long ago and got sick afterward, so he - understandably - doesn't have the highest opinion of the place.) We stopped in at The Melting Pot and had some fondue! It's quite the expensive place if you go there for the full dinner, but you can do the "cheese and chocolate" thing without breaking the bank. Our cheese fondue (we picked the "Wisconsin Trio" - fontina, butterkase and bleu cheese, with shallots) came with 3 kinds of bread, green apples, cauliflower, celery & baby carrots. Our chocolate fondue (we went for the "Yin & Yang" - swirled milk and white chocolate) had strawberries, bananas, tiny brownies, rice crispy treats and pound cake, marshmallows rolled in Oreo cookies, marshmallows rolled in graham crackers, and a slice of cheesecake! We went to Whole Foods to find "unusual beverages" and walked away with Yumberry juice and pomegranate wine. (The Yumberry juice, we determined, was not especially yummy. Megan's assessment - like a combination of grape juice and tomato juice, a description I found surprisingly fitting. Oh well!) Soren, of course, went everywhere with us, either in his stroller or the front pack. Such a good little lad.

Our non-culinary adventure involved, of all places, the Pasadena City Hall. They recently finished a major renovation and seismic retrofitting project on the building, which included a re-landscaping of the little garden/courtyard area. There's a big fountain back there, and some benches, and it's in general just a pleasant little place to go sit. While in the courtyard, we were looking up at the building and spotted a spiral staircase leading up the middle of the main center dome. Megan wanted to see if we could get up there and look out. We took the main elevator up to the third floor; I'll have to go back and get a picture of the inside of the elevator, which had all its original operational mechanisms still in place next to the modern array of buttons. Very neat. On the third floor we found no staircases up to the dome, but a modern-looking elevator that went between the third and fourth floors only. So we took that one up, and walked out into the cubicle-land of City Finance, where we amused a couple of bored workers by asking about the dome. They told us that, unfortunately, all of the building's 3 domes had been closed off as a result of the renovations; a few years ago, you used to be able to get up there, but not anymore. There was, somewhat oddly, a square-shaped spiral staircase in the center of the finance department, apparently for the sole purpose of enabling someone to look out the windows near the ceiling. So I stayed with the stroller while Megan climbed up to have her look, and we considered the quest a reasonable success. :)

At any rate, it was a great week, and I'm so very glad she was able to come visit. I'm already looking forward to next time!

Friday, May 16, 2008

mai brane, let me sho u it

I shoplifted yesterday.

Not intentionally, of course. I was at the grocery store with the boy, after our daily campus walkabout, shopping basket hooked over the handle of his stroller. I pulled a container of cranberry juice off the shelf, decided it was probably too heavy to put in the basket, and stuck it under the seat of the stroller. Naturally, I had completely forgotten about it by the time I got to the checkout, only realizing what I'd done when I was putting things away in the car.

So I went back in the store, stood in line again, paid for the juice, and walked out. Leaving the juice at the checkout counter! This time I was only halfway back to the car before I noticed.

How awesome am I? Answer: Very.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

More videos!

This and even more cuteness up at Flickr.

Sunday, May 11, 2008


Strong little feller, holding his head up already.

Thursday, May 08, 2008


One month old today. Look out, world.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Cinco de Mayo

Today is quite the day. Today, Soren is 4 weeks old, and Yaya is 75 years young. Happy birthday, Yaya! Happy 4 weeks in the world, Soren!

My parents were down for a visit this weekend. Yaya & Gram Gram were here too, and everyone had a grand old time fawning over this little boy of ours. Many photos were taken (some by me, even more by them), and we were treated to delicious foods every day. I'm really glad they were able to come. :) (And not just because of the delicious foods.)

So, another week. Soren is growing so fast. He's up above 11 pounds now, and he's getting really good at holding his head up for little bits at a time. Strong like bear, that boy is! He hasn't settled into a definite pattern of sleeping and wakefulness; it still varies pretty widely, day by day. But he's getting more fun and interactive when he's awake (and not upset about something). He has his fussy periods, for sure, and we're getting the hang of how to deal with them. We've started introducing a bit of sign language into his daily life (signs for [diaper] change, milk, and "all done" so far), even though it's still pretty early for him to even begin to comprehend it. Just like the rest of his language acquisition, it'll take time, but the claim is that babies can physically sign before they can physically talk, and I'm all for giving him any communication tools we can, as early as possible.

All right, that's it for now. Going to make myself some lunch while the little boy is sleeping. Happy day, all. :)