Tuesday, September 24, 2013

C and Baby T's birthday

C is doing a countdown to Baby T's birthday, which is in just over two weeks.

More standing

I've been seeing Baby T do some more momentary standing.  I believe she's letting go of whatever she's holding onto and then slowly, carefully plopping down.  I've seen her do it several times today.  She's also made some attempts at crossing from one side to the other of her crib.  She's getting in a lot of cruising in her crib and playpens (we borrowed a second one for upstairs).  

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Megan McArdle gives pep talk to the Millenials

Here's a nice little piece by Megan McArdle, reassuring the Millenials that life has always been tough.  I like this quote at the end:
 Most people in the generations before the millennials had to struggle. They were afraid they wouldn’t be able to make it. They, too, were woken up in the wee small hours by their own economic terror. The reason your parents’ lives look so carefree to you? Well, in part because Mommy doesn’t usually tell little Timmy that she’s having night terrors over how to get him outfitted for school if the old minivan finally gives up the ghost. But mostly because all this was taking place when you were 6 years old. And everything adults do looks easy when you’re 6.

Business plan

Hey, entrepreneurial types, have I got an idea for you!  How about starting a drive-thru convenience store, so customers can procure basic survival stuff (eggs, bread, milk, Baby Tylenol, etc.) without stepping out of their car?  It may sound over the top, but there are times when that's just what a person needs (like when a kid is sick or asleep, so you don't want to take them into a store).

I suppose that a vending machine setup and some sort of touch screen ordering mechanism would do more or less the same thing.

Come on, guys!  You can do it!


C decided that for her dinner tonight, she would wrap sausages in leftover phyllo dough and bake it.  She also put fig jam and nuts in some of the leftover phyllo dough.  Awww.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

C's favorite Old Testament verse

For her CCD homework, C is supposed to write out her favorite Old Testament and New Testament verses.  C chose Job 39:19-25 as her Old Testament verse:

Do you give the horse his might?  Do you clothe his neck with strength?Do you make him leap like the locust?  His majestic snorting is terrible.He paws in the valley, and exults in his strength; he goes out to meet the weapons.He laughs at fear, and is not dismayed; he does not turn back from the sword.Upon him rattle the quiver, the flashing spear and the javelin.With fierceness and rage he swallows the ground; he cannot stand still at the sound of the trumpet.When the trumpet sounds, he says 'Aha!'  He smells the battle from afar, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Feeding the pre-toddler

I was reading a very interesting web article on feeding the 12-month-old.  Here are some quotes I pulled out:

  •  I tell parents that one good meal per day is the expectation, and their job is to balance out the diet as best as they can over time.
  • The most common mistake I see here is too few fresh fruits and (more commonly) veggies. Catering to a toddler’s tastes or whims is usually a bad idea, as well. I’ll occasionally hear, “All he wants to eat is macaroni and cheese, so that’s what I end up giving him.” Going back to the infant pureed veggies is a nice trick that works for many parents. Pureed carrots as a dip with unsalted bread sticks is a fun toddler hors d’oeuvre. Pouring a jar of pureed veggies into pasta sauce is another way to hide them in the diet. 
  • Most pediatricians recommend a diet for toddlers that does not restrict fat or cholesterol. 

Baby T's feeding

Here's some of what's happening:

  • Baby T and I hosted two mommies, two toddlers and a big standing baby for a playdate in T-ville (the playroom off the kitchen) on Friday.  Baby T loves other babies and toddlers and attention in general.  In church, in fact, she has a bad habit of squawking until the other babies or toddlers pay attention to her. 
  • D likes neatening up Baby T's Little People sets.  Baby T, on the other hand, likes messing them up.  
  • Baby T is obviously entering into a new phase of her gastronomic life.  She doesn't care to nurse for more than a few minutes when out and about (she's been known to bite to demonstrate that she's done NOW), and she has been shortening some of her less essential feedings.  This is very noticeable, as in the old days, she wouldn't stop sucking of her own accord.  
  • I've got a sippy with water fastened to her stroller for walks (it's still HOT), and she is very competent with it.
  • I offer her solids probably three times a day, but it tends to be 1) a bagel and a cup of water in the stroller 2) a real baby/toddler meal at home with several different kinds of foods (tonight it was baby peas, slices of avocado (mostly tossed), Cheerios and plain yogurt with lots of fat) 3) pizza or grilled cheese or pancake similar at the cafeteria with cafeteria veggies that will probably be ignored, then tossed.
  • There was a brief window where she was avidly eating the steamed veggies I put on her tray, but she's suddenly over that.  
  • I serve most solids as finger food, but reserve the right to spoon in gloppy stuff (like yogurt).
  • She is surprisingly enthusiastic about the yogurt.  It's Brown Cow plain yogurt, the kind with the cream top.  It's surprisingly mild for plain yogurt and I seem to remember that D also liked it at this age.  
  • Putting the best face on Baby T's switch in dietary preferences, I think it may be because she is making a point of eating higher calorie food.  I was just looking up how many calories a 12-month-old is supposed to get (Baby T is 11 months old) and they're supposed to get 1,000 calories a day!  Holy cow!  No wonder Baby T doesn't have the time of day for mixed veggies (38 calories for 1/2 a cup of peas and carrots).  Given the tiny size of her tummy and her need to get in 1,000 calories a day, she can't afford to eat much of that low-density stuff.

More weaning

Baby T has been cutting down on her breastfeedings, rather than hanging on until I pull her off.

Me:  Baby T is downsizing me!

Husband:  You're not pizza.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Cruising well

Here's some of what's happening:

  • We got our new stainless steel microwave and trim and my husband installed it.  It's so pretty.
  • Baby T is cruising well and stands with the merest hint of support from a single hand.
  • Baby T loves her pizza and she had some grilled cheese sandwich today at the cafeteria.  It seems like you can't go wrong with combinations of bread, cheese and tomato sauce.  
  • Our car started emitting burnt oil smells yesterday on the drive home from school.  My husband discovered it was leaking oil.  We had to miss CCD last night and he had to get a ride to the grocery store for some diapers, milk and some oil to put in the car to get the kids to school and the car to the mechanic's.  My husband got it to our mechanic this morning and we cadged a ride home for the kids from some friends.  I also missed a school event tonight.  Tomorrow, my husband will be walking the kids to some friends for a ride to school and hopefully the car will be back home by the end of the day.  We miss the car very much, especially since our neighborhood grocery store has been closed, and we only have gas stations and mini-marts near campus now.   

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Baby T's first (???) joke

I was about to take Baby T out of her crib when she moved away from me and pulled up on the opposite side of the crib.  I changed position again to get closer to her and she moved away again, roaring with baby laughter.  Baby T may have made other minor efforts at humor before, but this is definitely one of the first times, and maybe the first time she's laughed so loudly at her own joke.

(I ran off to blog this right after it happened.  I can now hear little grumbly noises coming from Baby T's room.)

Sunday, September 1, 2013

T's bedtime

For a long time, Baby T's bedtime has been around 9:30 PM.  This is not ideal, because it conflicts with both C's and D's bedtime and by that time, I'm totally wiped out.  However, on Friday night she went to sleep around 8:30 PM.  On Saturday, she went down around 8:15/8:20 PM, but woke up again around midnight , which meant that we didn't get back to sleep until nearly 1 AM.  Tonight, she went down around 8 PM.  Fingers crossed.

I would love an 8 or 8:30 PM bedtime for Baby T.  For a long time when he was a little guy, D went to bed around 6:30 PM (!!!!) and then got up at a normal time in the morning.  I'm not asking for that, but a little more evening would be nice.