Thursday, April 30, 2009


The sky was all lavender when I was walking back from the pool this evening. It was really pretty.

Day 22

He's become a lot more civilized in his dealings with books, lately. Not that I trust him completely to resist the urge to rip & tear (I mean, he is only 1, after all), but I've been letting him play with books under supervision. Even (gasp!) library books. I know, it's a risk, but I'll take it. He really enjoys flipping pages and watching them. It's quite cute.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


I was right. It was a molar. The upper right-hand one, now protruding through the gums and everything. Poor little guy. Hopefully though, this means the worst is now behind us for a little while. Til the next one comes, anyway.

Day 21

He had just set his ABC snail a-playing and was all pleased with himself. He slept a lot better last night and seems to be on the mend.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Day 20

it is just about
the cutest thing ever, you
playing with leo

Monday, April 27, 2009

Day 19

Poor little guy. Yesterday afternoon/evening, and last night, were rough. He had a little bit of a fever and was generally feeling crummy. He hardly wanted to eat anything all day, and was napping only fitfully, but a late nap in the evening revitalized him enough to wolf down a big serving of sweet potatoes quite happily. Then he had a nice bath and got ready for bed. I've been brushing his teeth for him and then letting him hold the toothbrush himself for a little while (NOT allowed to walk around with it, however), which he thinks is great fun. After story time it was off to sleep, but only briefly; he & I were up most of the night out on the couch. I'm pretty sure he's cutting his first set of baby molars. Which means we've many more nights of this to look forward to?

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Day 18

We took Soren to the park yesterday. It was really hot out - even the rubber playground surface and all the plastic playground equipment were scorching - so we didn't stay too long. But we had a good time.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Day 17

For a long time he's been amazed and entertained by the sounds we can make by blowing across bottles. Now he's starting to try to figure out how to make the sounds himself.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Go to sleep!

Soren seems to be participating in some sort of nap boycott these days. Oh, he'll go to sleep in the car or in the stroller, but getting him to take a nap at home has become a difficult thing. For me. Tom, on the other hand, seems to be able to rock or bounce the boy to sleep with no problem. Try as I might, I just haven't been having the same level of success. He's obviously tired (eye-rubby, crankypants) but I can't get him to actually settle down long enough to fall asleep.

Used to be I could just nurse him to sleep, but lately all that milk manages to accomplish is perking him back up. Even at bedtime, I've had to resort to just nursing him until he's got a full belly and then handing him over to Tom for the actual putting-to-bed. For a year I've been the one who could reliably knock him out with the magic of breastmilk. It was my superpower. Now it as if Wonderwoman woke up one day and discovered her Lasso of Truth just made people laugh at her. Blagh.

Maybe Soren just takes after his dad. This afternoon, I was able to get him to nap (finally!) by holding him still on the bed - which pleased him NOT AT ALL at first - and singing his favorite song (Wheels on the Bus) until he chilled out and fell asleep. (Not that I have to hold down Tom now and sing to him in order for him to go to sleep...but when he was a wee lad himself this was apparently an effective method.) Who knows? Maybe it's just a phase. In any event, I would like very much to get a handle on things so I can get this kid napping regularly again. At least he's been sleeping better, and for longer stretches, at night; with any luck we'll get his daysleep fixed too.

Day 15

Caught a few quick photos before the splashing began in earnest...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Day 14

Still hasn't quite got a handle on the whole sippy cup concept, this guy.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Day 13

He wasn't so excited about eating dinner at dinner time last night. But about an hour later, he deigned to eat some food. And eat. And eat. Tom spent about another hour feeding him. Here's the messy-faced aftermath (really pretty mild as far as messy faces go), as he's finally done with food and on to looking for some kitties to torture play with.

No pick! No pick!

i know it looks bad
but i'm pointing to my nose
like you asked, honest

Monday, April 20, 2009

Smarter every day (and some other stuff)

Sometimes it feels like we go to bed, and then in the morning, Soren wakes up smarter. In just the past few days, he's added another sign ("eat/food"), learned to point to his nose and ear when asked, and learned to go find his soccer ball when asked. It's really pretty amazing.

I've been endeavoring to take at least one picture of him every day since he turned one. I have, of course, started similar photo-a-day projects in the past and then failed to keep up, but I think I'll probably be able to follow through on this one for a whole year. I've been posting the photos to Flickr and DPC, but I'll see about starting to put them up here as well, a day delayed perhaps. Here's yesterday's.

We went into the city yesterday morning to check out the Dupont Farmer's Market, which was, to be honest, kind of a let down. Granted, I accept that a fair bit of my disappointment is related to the fact that we've lived too long in a place that doesn't really know the meaning of "seasonal produce." There just wasn't a lot to be had at this market (a ton of lettuce, some mushrooms, dairy and meat goods, and a few root vegetables), compared to the bounty of produce to be had out west. It was also way too crowded for the stroller, such that even if we did want to pause and look at something, we were likely to be blocking someone else's way. So that was not so great. I'd consider going back later in the growing season perhaps (with Soren in a backpack), but I still doubt it's worth the trek all the way into the city. In a few weeks the farmers' markets closer to us will be opening, so we'll probably go check those out instead.

Anyway, the above picture is from our metro ride home yesterday. Soren was being as cute as always, waving at all the other passengers and looking out the window. He propositioned one lady for milk, in sign language, though she of course just thought he was saying hi. ;)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Soren's first haircut

Much though I like them, Soren's little curls were starting to get out of hand. It was time for a haircut.


Our little savage.

So I took him into the kitchen, set him down on my lap offered his preferred distraction (yaaaaaay boob!) and set to snipping. Took a little while because he ate quickly and was then wiggly, plus the scissors are not as sharp as they once were, but I think the finished product is perfectly acceptable.

Tada! Freshly sheared.

And from the left...

...and now from the right.

Some touching up will likely be required, but I'll save that for some time when he's a bit drowsier. Or, you know, asleep. Not bad, though, for my first attempt at barbery, if I do say so myself.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Playing in the curtains

Banana Fiend

This little guy sure does love bananas. I've mentioned before that he can finish off a whole one in a sitting, with minimal "accidental" dropping of banana bits over the side of his high chair or down into the seat. He devours them with gusto. And I think I might be ready to call "nana" as his first word. It is slightly misused (he seems to want to call all food "nana") but he says it with intent. This morning he woke up saying, "Nana? Nana? Nana. Nana? Nana!" and making chewing motions. Silly little guy.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


this is what you call
angelic, i believe, my
sweetest sleeping boy

Friday, April 10, 2009

Haiku Backlog

Well, wouldn'tcha know, things got so crazy with the move that I stopped doing my weekly haikus. Let's play catch up.


oh my tiny goof
you make us all laugh so hard
with your silliness


bye-bye kisses from
bella as we head out on
our big adventure


welcome to d.c.
little man; better get used
to wearing jackets


you are starting to
really get this walking thing
down, impressive sir


yawning his way through
move-in day, how he slept that
night...a miracle!


oh noes! who brought a
bear to the white house south lawn?
oh wait, it was me


hanging out with his
kitty friend is great, also
way too cute for words


one year old today!
where oh where did the time go?
passed by in a blink

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Birthday boy (part 2)

Here he is eating his cinnamon crumb cake muffin. And then, at the end, some signing!

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Guess who found her camera

And just in the nick of time, too! Here are two videos of the birthday boy, taken this morning...

More to come! I'll be making some cinnamon crumb cupcakes later for the birthday festivities.

Weekend Excursion

Does my almost-one-month of DC metro area residency qualify me to hate on the tourists?


Yeah, I didn't think it was quite enough. After all, toting my big camera into the city, I'm not terribly distinguishable from a tourist, myself. Oh well.

Can I at least gripe about the savages on the metro this past weekend? Holy cow. On Saturday we decided it would be fun to ride the train into the city, meet up with Max and check out the Smithsonian Natural History museum. We neglected to account for the fact that Saturday was also the day of the big Cherry Blossom Festival parade (I didn't even know they had a parade, but I guess I shouldn't be surprised). We were getting on the train one stop from the start of the line, and it was already packed by the time it got to us. Yikes. With each consecutive stop, more and more people crammed on, far more than were exiting. We had Soren's stroller tucked into a little nook, and soon Tom & I were smashed up against it. Then the fun really started, when Soren hit the trifecta of the meltdown derby - tired (nearing his usual naptime), hungry (not as much breakfast as usual that day) and angry (we took away the pen he'd been playing with).

He started fussing, then progressed straight to outright screaming. Suddenly we were those parents, the ones with the screaming baby on the crowded metro car. It was really, really great.

Fortunately, he calmed down pretty quickly, once he remembered that he had an audience. He is, if nothing else, a complete ham; his desire to smile at strangers thankfully outweighed his desire to continue screaming, and soon we were arriving at our destination.

This, of course, presented us with a new challenge - how to get off the now packed train car while the next horde of crazies tried to cram their way on. Oh, the conductor kept reminding people to please wait, let others off the train before trying to board, but if you think for a moment that anyone would actually comply with such a request, you'd be sorely mistaken. Savages. I cannot imagine what it must have been like on Inauguration Day. No thank you, to that. Don't even hand me anything like that.

Eventually we got back out into open air, found Max, grabbed some lunch while we waited for the parade crowds to dissipate, and then made our way to the museum. Yay, Smithsonian! It was pretty neat (though, of course, crowded). I'd like to go back (say, during the week, after the Cherry Blossom Fest is over) and look around some more. Soren finally passed out in the stroller after we'd been inside for about three minutes, had himself a nice long nap, was happy as a clam upon awakening. All in all, a fine day, but I don't think I'll be attempting a city trip under such circumstances again any time soon.

Check back later for more on today's...birthday boy!

Monday, April 06, 2009

Here you go, ML

Yesterday, we finally took Soren to play on some swings. Of course, my camera battery ran out after we'd been there for approximately two and a half minutes, but I got a few cute shots anyhow.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Growing boy

Soren has been eating a lot these days. He's up to a whole banana in a sitting, usually for breakfast or lunch, though last night he had one for breakfast and one for dinner. He loves bread. He is not particularly thrilled about eating things off spoons anymore, but he'll do it without too much of a fuss. He is finally figuring out how to extract liquid from his sippy cup, though more often he'd just rather carry it around and chew on it.

He hardly ever crawls anymore. If he falls down, he just gets back up and keeps on walking. Yesterday afternoon we were coming home from the grocery store, him in the front pack and me all laden down with the groceries like a pack mule. We got off the elevator and started down the (looooong) hallway, and I thought, Hey, I bet if I let him out of the pack he'll just follow me down the hall. So I let him out, and boy oh boy did he think that was the greatest time EVER! Giggled continuously as he tottered after me down the hall, swerving like a drunken sailor, falling down a few times but always climbing right back up, grinning and giggling all the while. Today we walked down to get the mail together, and I only carried him while we were in the elevator and a little bit in the lobby.

Also today, he seems to have figured out how to kick things. Like his tiny soccer ball. So. Freaking. Cute.

I seem to have misplaced my little digital camera (the one that takes videos). I know it has to be around here somewhere, but I have not been able to find it! So, sorry about that. If it doesn't turn up soon I'll figure out some other way of getting videos up for everyone.

That's about it for now. Happy Friday, all. :)

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Reunion (Part 2)

I was going to wait until I had a picture of Soren & Tom together to post alongside this one, but since a couple of you have asked now...

They're doing better.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

My little April Fool

No foolin'

So, tomorrow Soren & Leo & I will have been in DC for a month already. A month! It's gone by really fast. Not a huge surprise, of course, what with the first few weeks of running around, getting an apartment and a car, painting (and painting and painting), unpacking, organizing, and so on.

I've fallen way behind on my photo-taking (and -uploading) since Tom's been here, but I'll work on remedying that. Between running after the wee lad (literally) and learning how to be all domestic and stuff (chores: not just for the weekend anymore!), I have been a tad busy. But Tom's been at work for two days now, and we seem to be starting to establish at least some semblance of a routine, so I will likely be out and about with the camera again soon. Plus, it's supposed to be sunny tomorrow, and there's this whole thing with the cherry blossoms*, so perhaps Soren & I will go into the city tomorrow and take some pictures.

Speaking of Soren, he is officially a toddler. Toddling all around the place, getting into everything. Just when you think you've got the baby-proofing under control, they make some additional leaps of advancement in their motor skills. Lordy. It's fun though, don't get me wrong. Watching him walk around, all pleased with himself, carrying whatever latest treasure he's discovered, is damn near the cutest thing ever.

All right, I should get back to the boxes while the little guy's still napping. Hope all's well with everyone. :)

*As a side note, the cherry blossoms seem pretty and all, but I am not yet sure what all the fuss is about. To be fair, I haven't been down to the Mall yet while they're all in bloom, so that may well be spectacular, but honestly? The tulip trees are waaaay cooler. Somebody should give them a festival.