Thursday, July 23, 2009

Gruppo Carlson

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Big Brother!

The baby has finally arrived! Rijder Gene Carlson was born at 10:26pm, weighing 8 pounds, and measuring 20.25 inches long. More details to come. Yippee!!!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Matthews Beach

Sorry for the crappy iPhone picture, but it's the best we've got. Still no new baby so we met some friends at Matthews Beach today. It's freshwater, but there's sand and a lifeguard so I guess that's what qualifies it as a beach.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Kidical Mass Green Lake

I thought yesterday's bike ride to the park was my last ride for a while, but still no new baby so we joined the Kidical Mass ride this evening. It was nearby (met in Wallingford and rode to Green Lake) so it wasn't much effort, compared to the previous Ballard ones.
Our Totcycle hosts promised Mighty-O donuts to the group and due to a mixup at the shop, only got part of the order before the ride. Since we had the empty Burley, we volunteered to pick up the rest of the donuts and transport them to the park. Why they'd trust a hugely pregnant woman with a bunch of free donuts is beyond me. Plus, we had to ride right by our house so it would have been very easy to make off with the goodies. The original plan was to swim in the lake at the west beach, but we ended up at the wading pool (yet again) instead and ate healthy dinners before breaking out the donuts.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Wading Pool

I can't believe this is our first wading pool picture on the blog--we've been so many times. This was our first morning visit, though. It stays hot and light until late so we usually come over after nap. Apparently the water is colder in the morning, but I just sit in the shade and let Brandt do his thing so I don't have to get wet. It was only half-filled today, if you think it looks more like a shuffling pool than a wading pool. The city is conserving water by only filling it full on the busiest days. It's a pretty organized operation: they only open it on days the forecast is above 70 and they drain it nightly and slightly chlorinate it and clean it hourly.
The gal in the background is one of Brandt's swim teachers. She was waiting for him to turn around to see if it was indeed Brandt because she recognized his outfit. I was embarrassed to think he'd worn the same swim outfit to class yesterday, but phew, he didn't. Speaking of swim class, yesterday was our last day. Some of us wrangled life jackets onto our little guys and took them down the big slide in the main pool. Brandt enjoyed climbing all the stairs up the slide and the winding ride down, but did not like plunging into the cold water. I asked if he wanted to go again and he signed "all done" and ran back to the little warm pool.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Bradner Gardens Park

My original plan of staying home with a four-day-old baby was not to be today so Brandt and I met some friends out at Bradner Gardens Park. As nice as the planty parts are, the tiling in the bathroom is even cooler. Brandt's favorite part was the big broom for sweeping out the gazebo. Of course he swept pebbles into the picnic area rather than crumbs out, but he'll be a neat freak like his father in no time--the foundation is there.
In the afternoon we went for a pedicure to see if they could hit the right pressure points to encourage the baby to getting birthin'. Actually, it wasn't even a real pedicure. The nearby affordable place is closed on Tuesdays (who closes down on Tuesdays??) so we went to a fancy Julep in the University District and I didn't want to pay $78 for the pregnancy pedicure ("Legs feel lighter! Circulation-boosting massage using camphor and menthol, hydrating paraffin, and unscented organic moisturizer. Take home a complimentary bottle of Julep Nail Vernis") so I paid $38 for "Relief for Tired Feet" which I figured was a pedicure minus the polish. Turns out it was also minus the nail trim. I can still reach my toe nails, but I had been looking forward to not having to manage one last nail trim on my own. Oh well. And at least it was quicker so Brandt didn't have to sit through too much. He actually had a great time. They had lots of books and every seat had a chocolate next to it. He was mostly busy asking for the second chocolate ("Two two two shakas?"...I don't know the sign for chocolate so we just do the Hawaiian shaka sign, figuring that's close enough) before I gave in. The receptionist does a babysitting thing for kids there on Mondays and said Brandt was the best-behaved child she'd ever seen. I don't know why, but it always makes me cringe when I hear that. Weird, right?
Our other most exciting outing lately was riding the bus to the Central Library last Thursday. The plan was to watch African Masked Dancers, but the line was so long and Brandt really wanted to ride the escalator so we did that instead. The bus ride was great. It would have been greater had Brandt not shouted "Bus! Bus! Bus!" nonstop the whole way.

Saturday, July 4, 2009


We rode down to Gasworks Park for the big fireworks show tonight. It was sooo hot today that we didn't even head down until after 7:00. Sunset was 9:10 so the show didn't start until 10:00. I was hoping to toss Brandt in a bouncey house when we arrived, but the bounce houses were HUGE and then lines were long. So we passed the time sitting on our picnic blanket, eating hot dogs and brownie bites while watching the boats.
It was crowded, but not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. And Seattlites are so nice and mellow. We were right by the beer garden, but the drinkers were all quiet and well-behaved. I can guarantee this would not have been the case in San Diego! Or Vegas. And the show was awesome. I haven't been this close to fireworks in quite a while, so that alone was cool, but the display and coordinating music was great, too. Even better than the SPARKLE shows in Santa Barbara.
So glad we rode the bikes because the car traffic getting out of Gas Works was crazy. The bus looked packed, too. The ride up Stone was still easy for me. And I still didn't have to resort to my granny gear or rest on the way up. But this might be my last long ride for a while, I'm thinking.
On Thursday we went to the Bee Boppin' Bugs performance at the Fremont library. As soon as I walked in the librarian and Nancy looked at me with horrified looks and asked, "When are you due?" "Are you going to go into labor during my performance?" Sheesh. I'm not that huge yet. I assured them I had a while to go so they let us stay.