Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Day 83

I almost let Monday go by without a SorenPic, but I ended up remembering at the last minute and snapping this one during his first wake-up of the night, sitting on the couch. He'd just fallen back asleep with his little hand curled around my finger, and while the flash of my little camera didn't wake him, I was taking the picture upside-down and left-handed, so there was a bit of motion blur and not the best light balance. Hence the Photoshopping to look a little more like a painting or drawing.

Day 82

Sunday we hung around the homestead. Watched some soccer, did some chores (though not as many as needed to be done, probably), caught up on some rest. Pictures taken before bed consisted of two mediocre shots and this goofy one, so it seems goofiness will win the day.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Day 81

Hmph. I let Friday get away from me without taking any pictures. It was a hot, humid mess of a day, and we spent an unfortunate amount of time out in the heat running errands. But then we came home and had tasty burgers for dinner with the new (indoor) grill I bought, so it wasn't a total loss. ;)

Here's Soren doing his hillbilly impression, playing with Tom after dinner. Even he knows he's a messy lad; while on the changing table for his most recent diaper change, he kept requesting a bath. And now I'm off to oblige that request.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Day 79

Thursday was the first day this week with nothing on Soren's social calendar, so we stuck around home and caught up on some rest. I figured it's been a while since I took any pictures of him in the bath, so that's what we did for his photo-of-the-day. He sure does love his bathtime.

Day 78

Wednesday was my birthday. Whee! I took Soren to a playdate in the morning, and then spent most of the rest of the day trying to get him to nap. As a special birthday present to me, the U.S. men's soccer team pulled off a surprising victory against Spain in the Confederations Cup semifinals (thanks, guys!). I guess that's what I get for being such a hardcore, longtime soccer fan. ;)

I kid, of course, but I am developing more appreciation for the game, and the win was quite exciting (Spain is ranked #1 in the world, after all, and Tom says that the US's #14 ranking is "charitable, at best"). In celebration, here's Soren drinking some rice milk and wearing his new puppies-playing-soccer pjs. Photo taken using the sweet new flash diffuser Tom got me (along with a couple other nifty accessories for my camera).

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Day 77

Tuesday morning we had another playgroup at the library. The theme was RED. We came dressed in red, and the kids had a bunch of red toys to play with. Here's the red-clad lad playing with a red barn.

It was another single-nap day with a long stretch of sleeping at night. He was out (with one very brief interruption) from 8:20-4:00 on the dot. And then up til 5:15. Well, I got him back to sleep by 4:30, on the couch with me, but as soon as I tried to put him back in his crib he was awake and chipper again. Ditto half an hour later. Finally had to resort to bringing him back to our bed, where he flopped around for another 15 minutes or so and then fell asleep. Blagh.

In weaning news, he's down to nursing just once a day, in the early morning (usually after 5 or 6, when I just need that little extra bit of sleep). He seems to have settled on rice milk as his breastmilk substitute of choice. He happily guzzles that stuff down, while he turns his nose up at cow milk & soy. So that's good.

Day 76

Monday we went to a playgroup get-together in the morning (video to come...requires some editing for length before I can upload it). Soren napped for a bit more than an hour in the early afternoon. After dinner we went down to the pool for some family swim time. We got back a little after 8, got the boy ready for bed, and settled him down with his pre-bedtime rice milk. He barely finished 2 ounces before passing out. He then proceeded to sleep all the way until 4am, uninterrupted! Of course, then he was happily awake and didn't want to go back to sleep until 5, but when he finally did, he slept for another 3 hours. It was really quite a lovely contrast to how our nights had been going lately.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Day 75

It was a pretty mellow Father's Day around here. We watched the U.S. men's soccer team beat Egypt (and knock the snooty Italians out of the FIFA Confederations Cup semifinals, thanks to some help from Brazil). Soren & I ventured out in the early afternoon to pick the lad up some new pjs. It's been too warm at night for his flannel footie pajamas, but he gets cold feet and belly when he wears his 2-piece pajamas, and all his lightweight footie 'jams are now too small. So! Off we went to the mall, where we found him some nice new sleepers, and there were even a couple of super cute soccer outfits on sale, so we got those as well. A successful outing!

Here he is at nearly 10:00 last night, dressed in his freshly washed new pjs, stubbornly refusing to go to sleep. Little punk.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Day 74

Just some Saturday evening no-pants soccer in the living room. You know, the usual.

Day 73

Friday was laundry day. Soren must have thought the clothes had sat in the dryer too long, because he insisted upon pulling them out of the basket, fluffing them (i.e. flinging them around), and then putting (most of) them back in. Ah, my little helper.

Day 72

Thursday morning we ran some errands and then went over to a friend's house for a playdate. It's a good group of kids & moms; the kids are all Soren's age, give or take a month or two, so they're all at about the same developmental stage and play well together. At one point, Soren stole J's toy (J is a little boy just a week younger than Soren), at which point J tackled him to get it back. The two were all smiles throughout. While we were over there, it started pouring down rain. An hour later, as we were leaving, it was back to warm & muggy outside. Such an odd place, the southeast.

Day 71

Wednesday was warm and rainy. We hung out inside for most of the day; we did venture out in the evening in an attempt to meet a friend of Tom's for dinner, but he was delayed too much. Home again, picking up pizza on the way. Mmm, pizza...

Soren likes to climb up on the couch & poang chair, then climb down again. And then back up, and then down. If there are remote controls sitting on the back of the couch, you can be sure he will snatch them up in an instant, the little sneak. Of course, if you should try to snap a picture of him sitting in the grown-up chair, looking just as cute as can be, he will instead lunge for the camera, resulting in the photo you see above. ;)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Day 70

Soren was a good little napper today! He slept for 2 hours in the morning and then another hour and change in the evening. Here he is looking somewhat bleary-eyed. Further proof he's actually my child - I end up looking stoned in just about every photo I'm in. ;)

Day 69

Monday we had playgroup at the library. They have a nice big, empty meeting room that we can use, perfect for letting toddlers run wild. Soren had a good time playing with the other kids, though it was a constant challenge to keep him from drinking everyone else's drinks. I'm not sure why other people's drinks are so much more attractive to little kids than their own. ;)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Day 68

Sunday was another lazy day. Tom & Soren went out erranding while I went for a swim. The boys came home with a new Wii game (Tiger Woods PGA Tour '10), which we played for much of the afternoon and evening. Soren napped during the first hour or so, but after he woke up, he had a grand old time giggling uproariously at us while we swung the Wii-motes like golf clubs. (He also thinks the swinging of actual golf clubs is quite hilarious.)

Here he's showing me how long his tongue is. And you, of course. In case you were interested.

Day 67

Saturday morning I had a great horseback riding lesson. Really excellent. The rest of the day was spent getting caught up on some Tivo-ed shows and not much else. Of course, Tom & Soren found some time to play.

Day 66

Friday I made beef stroganoff in the crock pot, and we had Max & Agnes over for dinner. I also roasted up some asparagus and made the most delicious brownies on the planet, and our guests brought over a tasty salad, so it was a fine spread. Soren provided the post-dinner entertainment (as well as the pre- and peri-dinner entertainments), and was a fine good sport in spite of being up a bit past his usual bedtime. Here he is happily fleeing after stealing one of Agnes's sandals.

Day 65

Let's see, this was...what...Thursday? Thursday. We were supposed to have a playgroup outing at River Farm, a former George Washington estate (and owned, before him, by several fancy-pants colonists). Alas, the forecast called for more thunderstorms, so the outing was postponed til the end of this month. Not that we actually got any of those promised thunderstorms, but oh well.

Once again, I didn't get around to taking any pictures until later in the evening - I certainly wasn't going to photograph the hairball incident - but here's the lad cuddling with Tom on the couch before bedtime.

Thursday, June 11, 2009


I left the room for just a minute to go to the bathroom.

Upon my return, I discovered that Leo had hacked up a hairball on the couch.

And Soren was...eating it.

Day 64

Yesterday was a better day in almost every regard. I only say "almost" because I've been dealing with this stomach thing and wasn't feeling so hot yesterday. But Soren was an excellent and cooperative little eater, had 2 good naps, and was on the whole much more pleasant company. Horray!

We got out for our evening walk a little later than usual, and Soren still needed a bath before bedtime, so we figured we'd skip the stroller, make it a somewhat abbreviated walk, and see if we couldn't tire Soren out a bit by letting him hoof it. On went the puppy pack, and away we went.

I want to stop here and say again how nice it is to be able to consistently have family time in the evenings, now that Tom's been working a regular 8-to-5 type job. Dinner together at a reasonable hour, time to visit and relax or have our walk before bedtime...it's just great.

Anyway, back to the walk. It was nice out, so we were far from the only ones making our way around the loop. Soren had lots of smiles and waves and chatter for the people and dogs we passed (especially the dogs). And he just kept on walking. We were watching for signs that he was getting tired, but he trooped on for about half a mile, unfazed! I don't think he's ever taken so many consecutive steps in his life. It eventually started sprinkling on us, and Soren was perplexed by the drops hitting his head. He kept reaching his hand up, trying to figure out what was falling on him and then magically disappearing. It was pretty funny.

Shortly after the rain started, it appeared that our mighty walker's steam was finally starting to run out. Tom picked him up and carried him for a little while, and then he got to walk again the last little bit into our building and down the hall. I'm amazed he's not all sore-legged today, but then again, kids are pretty freaking resilient.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Day 63

It's frustrating how Soren can be SO good so much of the time and then turn around and become an absolute pill for a little while. After being such a good sleeper Monday night, he woke up first thing Tuesday morning determined to be an ornery little turkey all day. He kept signing for food but then pushing away everything I tried to feed him with an obstinate little "No." Breakfast turned into a screaming fit during which he nearly aspirated his oatmeal. Wheeeee. Then I couldn't get him down for his morning nap (scream scream scream, flail flail flail), so I hoped he'd just fall asleep in the car when we went out to do some erranding. Alas, he did fall asleep in the car, but not until AFTER the errands were done and we were on the way home. While we were out he was a crab and a half. The rest of the day continued much the same way. I finally got him down to a second nap later in the afternoon, and then when Tom came home Soren apparently decided he'd eat some dinner if Dad fed it to him. Grr. He mellowed out in the evening, eventually, and enjoyed a little balcony time, as you can see above.

We had one hell of a storm in the evening. Soren & I had gone out to pick up Tom's shirts from the cleaner, and then pick up Tom himself from the metro station since we were already out. When we left the apartment, it was still quite warm and muggy outside, but I could see some dark clouds off to the north. Driving the three minutes over to the cleaner's, I could see the clouds coming closer, with their flashes of lightning. We parked and walked in to get the shirts, clouds now swirling overhead and the wind starting to pick up. We were inside less than 2 minutes, and when we went back outside, the wind was whipping through the parking lot, which was now fully covered by the storm clouds. The air temperature had dropped a good 5 or 10 degrees, easy. I hurried to get Soren & the shirts in the car as the first bits of rain started spitting down. Lightning flashed on all sides of us, thunder booming. The car was buffeted by the wind as we made our way to the metro station. There was a clear line in the sky, stretching from east to west as far as I could see, where the dark clouds were steadily moving southward and taking over the evening light. By the time we had picked up Tom, the whole sky was dark, and the deluge had begun. The streets were full of puddles, some of them already deep enough to send up big waves as the cars drove through.

We got home and the storm raged on for a little while more before finally petering out. It left in its wake a really beautiful sunset.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Day 62

Last night Soren slept in his room, uninterrupted, from 10pm until 4:30am. When I woke up at 3 and couldn't hear anything over the monitor, I crept in to check on him, but there he was, snoozing away quietly. At 4:30 he woke up, and I brought him in our room where he flopped around for about an hour before finally falling back asleep until Tom left for work. There were some pretty loud rumblings of thunder around 6am or so, but he slept right through them.

Before bedtime last night, Soren & Tom were playing on either side of the gate that's across the doorway of Soren's room. Tom was sticking the handle of a ladle under the gate and moving it back and forth (not unlike the sort of game we play with the cats), and Soren was just giggling and giggling. Of course as soon as I went over there with the camera, he was done playing, but I caught one more shot of him leaning back, holding on to the gate and laughing.

(You can also see his little chin wounds here, too. Poor fellow. The one on the right is his dry skin spot, but the one on the left is from where he fell on the cat scratching post last week sometime. Good thing he's so young it'll heal up completely. I mean, matching mother-son chin scars probably aren't as cool as they sound...)

Monday, June 08, 2009

Day 61

Soren turned 14 months old yesterday. Time continues to fly!

Here he is playing with the Tivo remote (yet another of his favorite pastimes, when he can manage to sneak the remote away from us). He's very helpful, changing the channel when we're in the middle of watching something, or setting everything to slo-mo/rewind/fast-forward, or even - on occasion - doing things like recording an hour of the Weather Channel for us. He's got his own remotes that he's allowed to play with, but for whatever reason, they're just not as much fun as the Tivo remote.

Day 60

This weekend we began the night weaning in earnest. It's not easy, but it hasn't been quite as bad as I expected. It takes a little longer to get him settled and back to sleep when he wakes up in the middle of the night, but he hasn't been pitching enormous fits like I thought he would. We also (unintentionally, at least on my part) ended up mostly day-weaning him as well. Saturday morning I left the house relatively early (9am) to go to my horse riding lesson, and when I got back around lunch time, he was already down for his nap. Then when his afternoon nap rolled around, Tom put him down, so no pre-nap nursing that time either. So now we're just down to mom-milk in the morning and before bed. He still asks for it in the middle of the day but has, for the most part, been content to take water from his sippy cup instead.

And here's a picture for you that has nothing to do with any of that. ;) Just a silly close-up of the lad.

Day 59

Friday we did our usual running around, erranding and grocering and such. It was a little drizzly, but not cold at all. We seem to get a lot of warm rains out here.

I didn't get around to taking any pictures until very late in the evening, hence this blurry one of Soren asleep on Tom.

Day 58

Sorry, got a little behind with my posting there. Let's see if I can't get caught up.

Here's Soren caught in the act doing one of his favorite things - trying to play with the computer mouse. If we walk out of the room without remembering to move the mouse away from the edge of the desk, we'll frequently return to seventeen new opened browser windows and a bunch of highlighted items on the desktop with the notification "Are you sure you'd like to permanently delete these 11 items?" Little rascal.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Day 57

I turned around yesterday to see this cheeky monkey sitting upon our freshly-delivered box of produce for the week. Fortunately, the box is quite sturdy; he didn't crush anything. ;)

We had one heck of a thunderstorm last night. Around dinnertime it was so close and intense that we had near-simultaneous streaks of lightning and incredible cracks of thunder. The rain was coming down in sheets at one point. Soren was unfazed for the most part; he jumped a few times at some of the louder thunderclaps, but he'd look to me for reassurance and grin when he saw I was laughing about it. Loki was asleep or hiding. Leo hung out with us for a while by the open balcony door before deciding he'd had enough.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Day 56

Sometimes toward the end of a walk, or earlier (depending on his mood), Soren gets bored and starts chewing on his feet. In this picture, it looks to me like he's saying, "What? Don't judge me, lady." Hehe.

He's been continuing to do pretty well with the sleeping in his own room, for the first half of the night anyway. Last night he even slept through a little bit of a thunderstorm. I think his other two molars are coming in, so he's been a little more wakeful this week than last week, but all in all it's not so bad.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Day 55

Soren loves being out on the balcony, looking at all the birds and people and passing cars. He's starting to point and wave, and of course he's forever meowing at the birds. He's started recognizing dogs as being something other than kitties and says "fffuh-ffuh" to them. ;)

Day 54

We went for a walk around the apartment complex grounds before dinner, since the weather was so pleasant in the evening. It's about a mile loop around all the buildings, and almost any time of day you pass other people out there walking their dogs, so there's lots for the little Sir to see. I think we'll start trying to take family walks in the evening more often.