Friday, May 23, 2014

Feed me!

I've seen Baby T doing a gesture where she points into her mouth, as if prompting us to feed her.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Baby T says "cake" and "shoe."

Monday, May 19, 2014


Baby T has been calling D "duck."

So cute!

Friday, May 16, 2014

No more playpen

I just watched Baby T vault gleefully out of her upstairs playpen.

Time to stop using that one and to measure the downstairs one to see if that one has taller walls.

The crib has already had the legs sawn off.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


Baby T was IDing a cat in a children's book, saying "ca!" repeatedly.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Thunder storm

Baby T keeps squeaking "No!" to the claps of thunder.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day

Here's some of what's been happening:

  • We have our sand and water table set up!  We've taken to heart the internet advice I've read and it's only a sand table right now.  C, D and T have all been enjoying it.
  • The current backyard amenities are:  sand and water table, wagon, slide, toddler seesaw and hammock.  
  • Less than three weeks of school left!
  • To prepare for Mother's Day, I got a 1/8 German chocolate sheetcake from the store and a tube of crescent roll dough.  My husband and a kid picked out a helium balloon for me. 
  • This morning, we woke up to fresh crescent rolls, half of them filled with chocolate almond paste and drizzled with chocolate.  C did it all herself, down to melting the chocolate in the microwave for the chocolate drizzle.
  • The kids presented me with a basket filled with cards (D's thanked me for giving birth to Baby T and weekly bagel runs), homemade molded chocolates, a store-bought hollow chicken chocolate for me, and a gold necklace with D's thumbprints on it (a school project).
  • The kids' want to know if we're going to celebrate Father's Day like this.  My husband told them that it's up to them.  
  • We went to church across town today and I put Baby T in the nursery and came back a couple times to see how she was doing.  In the past, she's cried the whole time she was there and I retrieved her during the homily.  Today, she was being rocked and comforted the whole time, but didn't cry.  She did start looking unhappy once she noticed me.  She lasted the whole Mass.
  • Baby T has been enjoying our Mother's Day cake.  In fact, she's been saying "cake".    

Friday, May 9, 2014

Ann Althouse on not making fun of silly baby names

Ann Althouse says:
Resist mockery. Remember: Babies are named by people who have babies. Don't like the names? Have your own baby.

Dalek toaster

Our old white toaster broke and we ordered a new stainless steel one.  Now that it's here, I find that it looks like a small Dr. Who Dalek.  (The resemblance is more menacing in real life.)

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Bad ideas in obstetrics

There's a NYT article here on the c-section rate.

I find this one quote really disturbing:
Since OB hospitalists spend all their time delivering babies, they are also expert in vaginal operative deliveries with forceps or vacuum — skills that can prevent C-sections. 
Let's not and say we did, OK?  Forceps have a lot of inherent risks.

And I don't think this is even true--the effective use of forceps is a dying skill.  (Not quoting from a disturbing forceps delivery story--everybody can thank me later.)

Friday, May 2, 2014


Baby T says "ball" a lot, often when throwing things that aren't balls.  We're thinking that "ball" means "throw" for her.