Saturday, January 26, 2013

Busy Saturday

Here's some of what happened today:

  • I tidied up the inside of the car.
  • C worked on her make up assignments for the three days of school she missed this week.
  • Both big kids did Kumon workbooks.  We are so behind on checking them.  
  • We went to lunch at the cafeteria and then did loops on campus.  I pushed Baby T in a stroller, my husband rollerbladed, and the big kids scootered.
  • We took a box of stuff to Goodwill.  I'm keeping back some baby clothes that I would normally have given to Goodwill, as there's a family expecting twins that we'll be giving stuff later this spring.    
  • I did some grocery shopping.
  • We had curry for dinner:  Patak's rogan josh sauce, some baked chicken from the freezer, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, and broccoli and carrots.
  • My husband and the kids are working on an apple pie (store crust).
  • Baby T is sleeping and I am taking a break.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Bank account

The mail came and I opened a check which turned out to be a $50 prize for D for winning 2nd place at the county fair's math bee.  C and I agreed that D will probably want to deposit the check in his bank account and C said that she'd like a bank account, too.  I told C that if she can get $100, we'll open an account for her, too.  

Sick day

C is having a second sick day today, but I think she'll go back to school tomorrow.  She's been working on her loom and her needlepoint kit.

Morning nap!

Baby T is starting to have a reliable morning nap in her bassinet, rather than just taking random cat naps.  This is very exciting!

Baby T is also giggling.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Too soon?

I don't want to speak to soon, but Baby T appears to be developing a morning nap.  Woo hoo!

She's also been playing with her fingers.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Here's some of what's happening:

  • Baby T and I barely got out of the car today.  We took my husband to work, picked C up from school, drove her to the dentist and then drove her back to school.  In the afternoon, we picked D up from school for speech therapy (he's working on fluency and th), hurried back to school to get C and then picked up D from speech therapy.  Soon after we returned home, I took C's temperature and discovered she has a fever.  
  • Baby T is developing better and better control of her torso.
  • C has been glued to You Can Weave!, a book I bought her probably for her 9th birthday, around the same time I got her a small wooden loom.  (I had a plastic Fisher Price loom as a 6th grader and loved it dearly.)  One of the interesting things about C is that if you hand her a craft book with lots of directions, she is actually pretty good about reading the text and figuring out how to do projects.  
  • C has been very effusive about her love for Baby T.  She feels deprived if she doesn't have a chance to hold Baby T.     

Monday, January 21, 2013

Sitting, sort of

Here's some of what's happening:

  • Baby T stays balanced for a bit when she is put into a sitting position.
  • I lent a friend several "So you're going to be a big brother!" books.  It occurs to me that nobody writes books about how "Cupcakes are delicious!"  Indisputably enjoyable experiences don't require that sort of support.  

Friday, January 18, 2013

Third baby

One of the unexpected features of having a 10-year-old, a 7-year-old and an infant at the same time is that I am occasionally on the receiving end of parenting advice from the big kids.  The big kids are really good with Baby T, though, so I generally take their input meekly.  

Thursday, January 17, 2013


Here's some of what's happening:

  • I've been watching Doctor Zhivago while feeding Baby T.  I've read the book (in English), but this is the first time I'm seeing the movie.
  • Our undergraduate neighbors are stuffing their trash in our recycling.  That would be no big deal, except we still have quite a few Christmas boxes patiently waiting to go out.
  • C had book talk today.  It was her turn to bring snack.  My husband supplied her with homemade pumpkin muffins with pecans and cinnamon sugar on top.
  • Baby T has started cooing.
  • C loooooves holding Baby T.  

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Baby T progress

Here's some of what's happening:

  • We've been having morning lows around freezing.  Baby T and I haven't been walking lately.  It'll get warmer soon.  
  • Baby T is moving her head to follow the mobile.
  • Baby T has been razzing and vocalizing.
  • Baby T has reached the diaper model stage, with milk-white skin and big blue eyes.
  • The big kids are getting to be very proficient backseat baby managers, handy with the fireworks app and the pacifier.  
  • C drew up a petition for her classmates to sign, in which the signatories asked for my husband to make pumpkin muffins with cream cheese filling for the book talk tomorrow.  (The book talk is sort of like a book club for 5th graders, complete with treats sent by parents.)  C got 10 classmates to sign on.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Tea for C

Here's some of what's happening:

  • C has gotten very fond of tea.
  • We've been keeping the kids' scooters in the car trunk and they've been able to scooter around campus several times.  My husband has been able to rollerblade with them.
  • The cafeteria has reopened!
  • Less than 4.5 months until we move!  We've been in the duplex 6.5 months.

Breastfeeding in Japan

I know this is probably going to attract some bad spam, but there's a very good post here on breastfeeding culture in Japan.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

D's Christmas break

Here's what D wrote for his school composition on Christmas break:
Over Christmas break I went to the zoo, [our big city] Park and I went to the boling ally.  I also played boling with water bottles with a little water and got bored.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Here's some of what's happening:

  • The big kids helped clean out the car yesterday.
  • The big kids have been doing an Avatar:  The Last Airbender marathon.  
  • D got his before school haircut this morning.  
  • It's raining hard today.
  • My husband and the big kids went bowling this afternoon.  I walked over a couple blocks to Burger King with Baby T in a sling for coffee after a lengthy debate with myself over whether to take a stroller (the universal carrier or the one with a rain cover?) and whether to try to make it the 10 blocks to the campus coffee place, the problem being that it would be awkward to push a stroller and hold an umbrella.  A sling, umbrella and a very short outing proved successful. 

Saturday, January 5, 2013


Here's some of what's happening:

  • We are celebrating my husband's birthday this weekend.  Yesterday, he and C and D went to The Hobbit (keeping expectations moderate).  C hadn't realized that it was going to be a three-parter and was disappointed the story didn't go further.  I will see it eventually and am especially interested in Smaug, the dragon.  
  • My husband and the kids put up Baby T's crib in his office yesterday and she slept in it last night.  I don't want to speak too soon, but I think she is sleeping through the night.  We get her down for the night sometime around 11 PM, go to bed ourselves, and see her next sometime after 7 AM in the morning.  It's been like that for four straight days.  We've done the nursery/office configuration before.  When we lived in residence in Washington, DC, D spent the first two years of his life sleeping in a crib in my husband's office.  
  • The new house we're (hopefully) buying in the spring has four bedrooms (or three real bedrooms and one bedroomish room that will be Baby T's nursery).  Despite the large square footage, there are no "extra" rooms, so my husband won't have a separate office.  The master bedroom is quite large, so we may wind up curtaining off a corner of it for an office.  We've also discussed the possibility of putting exercise equipment in there, but we may need to have a word with a structural engineer to see if it is wise to put that stuff in a second floor bedroom.  I know that a multitasking bedroom is not very restful, but we don't have a lot of options.  There would be some hope of eventually claiming the childrens' bedrooms as office and gym space.
  • We got a new changing pad for Baby T and my husband is making crepes for dinner tonight.  We got chocolate cheesecake to celebrate his birthday.  

Thursday, January 3, 2013

School is coming

Here's some of what's been happening:

  • We got Baby T a scrapbook and two kinds of glue at Michaels.  We also got D a new pair of school shoes.  
  • McDonald's peppermint mocha is actually pretty good--not too sweet.  It's also rather cheaper than at that other place.  I cannot, however, recommend Burger King as an alternative to Starbucks--much too syrupy.  
  • Baby T is starting to be able to take advantage of the Jumperoo.  She was dancing from one foot to the other just now.  
  • We had a delicious panang curry chicken with veggies for dinner tonight.  
  • D has just switched calendars.  Here are some highlights from his notes on his 2012 calendar before I drop it in the recycling.  D noted Fat Tuesday, Easter!, school holidays and return dates, days at camp, the "transit of vinos" (i.e. Venus), "Distroy brige," happy birthday mom!, our move date, C's birthday, the fair and my induction date ("wa!" and "in mid October the baby may be born").        

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year

Here's some of what's happening:

  • D is starting to read The Fellowship of the Ring.  
  • My husband and I caught up the big kids' scrapbooks this afternoon.  It looks like it was probably 1.5 years ago when we last updated them.  I keep a drawer of possible material (photos, awards, drawings, birthday cards, letters, etc.) and we periodically add new stuff.  Some time helps in the editorial process, to figure out what is important and what isn't.  I sifted and organized the materials and my husband did the formatting and gluing.  We'll be getting a first scrapbook for Baby T in a couple of days and then we can start her baby book.  For being a third child, she has quite a nice assortment of greeting cards and other materials.  
  • Baby T is just starting to grow out of her 3 month outfits (she'll be turning 3 months old in just over a week).   
  • With two days of treatment (shampoo the first day, baby oil and shampoo the next day), I've pretty much eliminated Baby T's cradle cap.
  • C is starting to do stuff with the microwave.
  • C saw me putting some oil in my rice cooker (the internet says that adding some oil prevents boil-overs) and asked for permission to play with some vegetable oil and water.   
  • The big kids go back to school in about a week.  
  • We're past the halfway point (I hope) in our time in our current apartment.  Our closing date for the house we hope to buy is in the second half of May, so we're getting closer to the time when it wouldn't be crazy to start getting ready for the move.