Friday, January 30, 2009

Haiku-Tu on Friday

this box inspection
is serious business, no
mistake about it

(No, I didn't forget to do my usual Tuesday haiku. It's just that I only got around to uploading the photo for it this morning. So here you go.)

Monday, January 26, 2009

Back outside the box

Back when Soren was a wee sprout, I read about this playgroup for babies called Outside the Box. We went to a couple of sessions back when he was 2 months old, and then I started working nights not long after. Since playgroup was (a) kind of expensive, (b) held on Saturday mornings (one of my rare and precious opportunities for uninterrupted sleep) and (c) more about baby-parent interaction at that age than baby-baby interaction, and he got plenty of the former at home for free, we stopped going.

However, now that the lad's a bit older, and I'm no longer greedily hoarding every available sleepable moment, I thought it would probably be fun for him to start attending again. So two weekends ago, we rejoined the group. The "sensory activity" for that session was finger painting, though that's something of a misnomer. A more accurate term would be body painting slash paint eating. ;) Observe.

We stripped the kids down to diapers and set out a nice spread of clean white paper.

Ooh, what have we here?

Soren immediately picked up the paint trays and tried to eat them.

Can I paint you now, mom?

Splat. Naturally, as soon as he'd managed to acquire a nice layer of paint on himself, he came back over for a hug. (The mom sitting next to me had worn a white shirt and fared even worse.) ;)

This past weekend was supposed to be "regular curriculum," which consists of lots of interactive songs (Wheels on the Bus, and the like), plus some playing with streamers and rattles and balls and stuff. Instead, we did just a few songs, and then the instructor brought out a huge bin full of old cell phones and remote controls (batteries removed, of course), for a sort of technology extravaganza. Which, on the one hand, is kind of "oh great, the very things I don't want him chewing on at home" but on the other hand, I guess maybe it takes some of the mystery out of these things for him. The surprise (or maybe not so surprising) winner of the day was the old-style phone with a cord and everything. The kids were all fascinated by that one. ;) "What on earth is this crazy looking contraption?! Why, I've never seen the like!"

Anyway. It's silly, but it's fun. And Soren seems to have a good time, so that's reason enough to keep going, at least while we still live here. :)

Friday, January 23, 2009

Soren's first hike

On Tuesday, Shay & I took the kids for a little hike at Eaton Canyon. To be fair, it was more of a trail stroll than an actual hike, but it was still quite a workout playing pack mule with our 20 lb cargoes.

Soren's sun hat was in one of the other diaper bags (not the one I'd brought along), so he wore mine til we got into the shade. Shay said it looked like I was carrying some sort of strange anthropomorphic backpack.

Obligatory over-the-shoulder photo. It was the first time I'd carried him on my back, and it was kind of disconcerting not to be able to have an eye on him all the while. Not long at all into our hike, he stopped babbling, and I had to ask Shay if he was still okay back there.

In his defense, it was past his usual napping hour, and I guess the combination of a nice warm back to cuddle against and the comforting sway as we walked along was just enough to put him right out. He slept through all the exciting sights - several dogs, a few trail joggers, and even two horses!

Soon, Shay's daughter was chewing and sucking on the side of her backpack, building up a nice little puddle of drool, so we figured it was a good time to stop & feed the kiddos (and ourselves).

Refreshed, we got ready to make our way home. Shay handed Bella to me so she could readjust her pack, resulting in another must-photo moment. You can see Soren's learned well how to mug for the camera, but I think Bella couldn't get past my big floppy hat. ;)

A fine time was had by all, so we'll be sure to return again soon.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Climbing Fiend

Our little man is a climby, climby son-of-a-gun. If he is physically capable of clambering up on something, he will do it. He especially likes to climb on us - trying to get up on the coffee table or over the back of the couch or...taking a header into the wall. Goober. Today he was in his crib, and I returned from the other room to find him standing on his seahorse, trying with all of his might to squirm out onto our bed. (He eventually managed this feat...yeah, no more leaving him in the crib with the side rail down!)

This boy is going to be a handful.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


he won't remember
this inauguration I'm
sure, but we did watch

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Future Recycler

Soren seems to have a promising career in his future as a recycling expert. He's already practicing his book pulping skills.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

9 month checkup

Soren had his 9 month checkup today. He got a clean bill of health; he's still got a little lingering cough from his cold last week, but the doctor said his lungs sound great. All the residual congestion is up in his head, apparently, so that's good. :)

Mister long & lanky, at 30" tall and weighing just over 20.5 lbs, is at the 90th percentile for height and the 50th for weight. The doctor was very pleased by those stats, so we must be doing the right thing with his various foods.

At this 9 month visit, Soren wasn't due for any immunizations, but since he and I had our flu shots 4 weeks ago, he was due for his booster. So the poor little weasel didn't catch a break there. BUT! He was a total trooper and didn't cry at all. The nurse seemed to be expecting some kind of explosion from him, since she had me hold him on my lap, locking his legs between mine, bracing his arms close to his body; he was holding the book they gave him at the start of the visit though, chewing on it some, so rather than take it away and brace his arms better, I let him keep it for the distraction...which totally worked. He jumped a little but didn't make a peep. Such a good little boy.

Anyway. Check the other blog in a day or two for updated growth charts, if you're interested in that sort of thing. ;)

Haiku-Tu on Wednesday (again)

such extreme bedhead
and zoolander impressions
were ne'er before seen

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Cornbread Conquered

Cornbread: 3
Sue: 1

After three failed attempts, I finally gave in and had Tom bring home some milk so I could try using that for cornbread (as specified by basically every cornbread recipe ever) instead of yogurt, sour cream, or water, which is what I'd tried thus far. Lo and behold, milk is apparently the secret ingredient. I've made the SuccessBread three times now, so I guess you could say the score is even, but I've followed the same recipe every time, so I'll just count it as one.

1 cup each - cornmeal, flour, MILK
1/3 cup each - melted butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar (though in my most recent attempt I backed off on the sugar and added a little honey instead...tasted just as sweet and delicious, and I'll probably back off further on the sugar next time) (Oh yeah, and you can use vegetable oil in place of the butter, if you're so inclined)
1 tsp salt
3.5 tsp baking powder

Bake at 400 F for 25-30 min.

It's a crumbly, very sweet cornbread. Super delicious.

Next I want to try to make the corn mush like they serve at Mexican restaurants sometimes. I found a promising recipe yesterday, but I have to pick up some ingredients for it, so perhaps I'll try it later this week.

Monday walkabout

Yesterday, for the first time in over a week, Soren was feeling well enough for us to take a little stroll. I grabbed my camera, put the boy in a long-sleeved shirt, stepped outside, immediately returned indoors and changed him into short sleeves, went back outside, strapped him in the stroller, and headed for Old Town. Apologies to my friends in cooler climes, but it was frickin' warm out yesterday. And bright, though McSquinty refused to wear his sunglasses. I flipped the stroller backwards until we were in the shade.

We wandered for a couple of hours, me taking pictures, Soren sitting quietly for a while, then starting up a stream of chatter. We stopped at the gelato place for some lemon sorbet (for me, but he did get a few tastes). We went to the Apple store and drooled over the pretty electronics. We saw a guy with two crazy-long dreadlocks hanging down below his butt; the rest of his hair was cropped short, but he had one dread on each side of his head, like some sort of Luxan. Eventually Soren fell asleep, and we made our way home.

It was nice to get out of the house for a little bit. :)

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Lessons in Regurgitation Avoidance

Note to self:

If the kiddo's not eaten much all day, on account of feeling cruddy, try not to let him gorge himself nursing right before bed. It's all going to come back up, and that makes everyone sad.

Yeah, like funny "ha ha"

Yesterday I took this picture of Soren.

Something felt familiar about it, but it took me a little while to place it. Eventually I realized that it reminded me of a picture I took of Leo almost 4 years ago.


Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Mayor of Snot Town

Poor little Soren managed to pick up a cold and has been pretty congested for a few days now. He had a little fever for a couple of days too, but that seems to have gone away today. Still a little wheezy, still coughing some, but he's on the mend.

It's been so freaking great not having to go to work at night! Love it! Once the little weasel's feeling better I'll be able to start taking him out and about again.

Little Reader

loves his "gallop" book
the pictures move when you turn
the page! super cool

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Progress of all kinds

Poor Soren's having a bit of a rough time right now, on account of the three teeth he's got cutting through the gums at once, all on top. His other central incisor and both laterals are all coming in. As long as he stays well distracted he's fine, but he gets pretty sad in the evenings and hasn't been wanting to sleep in his crib as much (would rather have the comforts of sleeping on one of us). He hasn't been too feverish or anything else though, so that's good at least.

He may have learned a new sign. Last night, I'm pretty sure I had him signing "more" while I was feeding him his delicious canteloupe sorbet, which he adores. He may, however, think that it's not the sign for "more" but rather the sign for "canteloupe" since he kept doing it today while grimacing through his chicken and spinach. ;) "No, woman, I don't want more of this crap...give me the good stuff!"

He's becoming very good at throwing things. He can bounce a ball away from himself. He was crawling back and forth across the floor last night, holding onto his rattle all the while. He's trying to climb up and over things and has pretty remarkable upper body strength, practically doing pullups on the tops of the baby gates. He is more vocal and expressive and fun with every passing day.

Friday, January 02, 2009

2008 in Review

I keep hearing people say how glad they are that 2008 is over, but in all honesty, it wasn't all that bad of a year for me. Here's a brief recap of the good stuff from last year.

January: Spent most of it playing Guitar Hero III on our new Wii. Awesome.

February: We took a fun weekend trip to the Bay Area, where I hauled my 7-months-pregnant butt up and down the hills of San Francisco. Also, we moved out of our crappy apartment and into a nicer one in the apartment complex right next door!

March: I got my beautiful, beautiful dSLR and had my super fun baby shower. Also, my maternity leave started.

April: Soren was born!

May: My parents came down for a weekend to meet the boy, and then FarmerMegan was here for a week. Also celebrated 2 happy years of marriage. :)

June: My little sister got married. Soren got to meet his other grandparents on that trip, as well as a bunch of friends.

July: I discovered I actually liked yogurt, and I got to see the second X-Files movie. SisMegan came to stay with us for a couple of weeks (super helpful, since I went back to work this month too).

August: Soren's first laugh. Soren's first plane ride (for his second trip to Oregon). Bacon cups of awesomeness. Masters thesis finished and bound! Got to go shooting for the first time in over a year.

September: OSU broke USC's winning streak...again. Take that, suckers!

October: I started crock pot cooking again, and Soren figured out how to crawl.

November: My parents were here for Thanksgiving. Soren learned how to stand & cruise. I made homemade pasta for the first time. And let's not forget it was the first presidential election I was able to vote in and not be depressed about the results!

December: Soren's first Christmas, and my six-month tour of vampire shift duty in the vitamin mines drew to an end.

Sure, the sleep deprivation was pretty brutal at times, and things weren't super awesome all the time, but all told, 2008 was not a bad year at all. I hope 2009 is even better!