#microblogmondays – on Tuesday: In the spirit

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One thing I really want to do with my kids is celebrate the Advent season. Beyond just a countdown with the chocolate, because we’ve been doing that since Simon’s first Christmas at 5 months old. A friend recommended the Jesse Tree for advent. Simon is a little young, but he likes the stories and this might also work as a good transition back to bedtime stories instead of bedtime TV in January.

But this month we have been reading stories about the lineage of Christ, and Simon’s understanding is…interesting.

On creation and the fall of man:

Me: Simon, what is sin?

Simon: Sin is a spirit (I think he means Satan) that took all the apples and put everyone in time out.

On Noah (promise/rainbow) and Jacob (ladder):

Me: Simon, what is God’s promise?

Simon: When he climbed the ladder and saw God.

On Jesse and David:

Simon: And David’s daddy told him to the giant. And he took a rock and threw it like this and the giant fell down.

And every story /question session ends with: And now can I have the treat chocolate?

We are getting there.

If you are interested. this is the book we are using: The Advent Jesse Tree: Devotions for Children and Adults to Prepare for the Coming of the Christ Child at Christmas Next year I hope to make ornaments to go along with the symbols. *affiliate link.

#microblogmondays – ice skating

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Last night we went to Manhattan. While we were getting bundled in to outerwear Rob asked me how much we were going to regret this (post light dinner and they did nap, but still an evening trip). I said probably a lot. But that’s how memories are made.
We went to Bryant Park, where the Market is in full swing and the free ice skating! I took Simon a couple of weeks ago for his first time on skates. This time he got to wear his new skates for the first time. He fell a lot, but I think 60% of that was because he wanted to lick the ice off his hands. He did really well. The video doesn’t do him justice. I’m so glad we went and had fun and didn’t let the fear of a melt-down keep us home. Also, it’s a HUGE workout to skate while holding someone up.

PS – We also bought a case of chocolate to include in Christmas presents.

#microblogmondays – rite of passage

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IMG_2780We never through it would be Caleb who gave us this one. I always assumed Simon would fall or jump off of something a little to high. I’ve been saying for almost 2 years it’s a matter of “when not if” we head to the Emergency Room. But I really thought it would be from a playground accident.

I heard a cry in the middle of the night. Then a different sound. At first I thought Simon was up and talking. But it was Caleb with a deep barking cough between crys and labored breathing. I fed him and realized how hot he felt. There was a fever. It was a few minutes while we debated calling the off-hours doctor or just taking him in first thing this morning. The doctor on call heard the cough over the phone and said get thee to the emergency room for a dose of steroid that baby has croup. Dr. N asked our nearest hospital, I named two, and he told us where to go. Rob called for a car. It was cold and raining.IMG_2775

We made it to the ER, it was quiet, nothing like on TV. This hospital has a pediatric waiting room, triage, and treatment area (do all hospitals have this?) We were seen quickly. Caleb never did cough in front of a nurse or doctor. His fever was down, we got our steroid and took a cab home. I heard the cough at 3:30, we were home at 6:20. As a parental milestone, it was smooth sailing and everyone is FINE. Next time it will probably be the scary one.

Caleb – months 8 & 9

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Wow! nine months. On the outside longer than inside, which is truly spectacular to me. This month brought one major change which is mobility! The last monthly update was September 16 and on September 18 we went to the Child Lab for Caleb’s first day in the movement study which is crawling and later walking down paths and through tunnels. That was the first week he was able to army crawl across a room multiple times without complete exhaustion. And that day was pretty exhausting. Over the past two months the army crawl has been perfected. Over the last couple of weeks there has been some rocking on hands and knees and maybe a couple of real crawls, but then a drop to belly for speed. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he skips true crawling altogether. As of two weeks ago pulling up to stand has been a key feature. And last week I found him sitting up in bed crying in the middle of the night as he’s figuring out how to go from prone to sitting in his sleep and can’t quite figure it out while awake. There is no cruising yet and any steps taken while holding my hands are pretty forced (by me) and uncertain. I’m in no rush for walking though – except that it will make the playground much easier.

These last two months have brought out a love for the playground and the swings. We’ve done a few slides, and are finding that he doesn’t like the roughhousing and being thrown around nearly as much as Simon did. Maybe a more timid child? Babbling is all the time and the laughter melts my heart.

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Caleb loves to eat and having a child who will eat a whole banana in one sitting blows my mind continuously. Simon still won’t eat a whole banana at one time. He’ll eat pretty much anything and likes both veggies and fruits. Caleb also shows a preference for whole foods over purees. There is a constant discussion with daycare that I don’t care how much he eats (they only do jarred food before 12 months) or if he eats at all as long as he takes his 10 oz of pumped milk. Despite eating all the food he’s a skinny squirt and about a pound smaller than Simon at the same age. So the calories from the pumped milk are important. I was sending 12 oz to daycare, but now I’m starting to freeze the extra 2 oz so I can maybe stop pumping a few weeks before 12 months. We are nursing 4-6 times a day. And unfortunately a lot overnight over the last month. I don’t know how long we’ll go past a year. I want to go until two, but also not…

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Sleep was awesome before all the crawling starting. Now we are up at least two times a night and usually 3-5. About once a week I see Every. Single. Hour. over night. I’m blaming the motor stuff and hoping that maybe it’s also teeth as we have none yet. It’s not awful (ok it is awful, but I’m trying for optimism) but I look forward to eating and waking during the day and sleeping at night. A lot.

The other big happening, and it’s related to mobility, is that Caleb is not full on into Simon’s things. Because of course big brother is the most amazing thing and I need whatever he is doing right now. Simon does not thing this is so awesome. The behavior problems that didn’t really happen last winter are showing up now as I predicted. We are working on sharing and distracting and “I don’t care what he just did YOU DO NOT hit/bite/kick/sit on your brother!” But there are glimpses of brotherly love and the hint that they will play well together some of the time someday soonish.

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We are in the awesome stretch of baby to toddler-dom. I think I might be crazy for planning on a Christmas tree.



15 pounds 15 ounces, 27 inches tall

6-12 month or 9 month clothes, size 2 diapers when in disposables