Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Two firsts

Yesterday Brandt pulled himself up to standing for the first time and today he got to his knees for the first time.
I was starting the think he'd skip normal crawling all together because he can move so quickly using "the wounded soldier," but I have renewed hope now that he gets up on his knees. He was on his knees for the longest time on his very first attempt, but I couldn't find the camera. So here instead is a picture of him kissing himself in a mirror. He's been kissing the baby in the mirror every day since they first shared a kiss a week ago. Sometimes he's a little over eager and head butts the baby in the mirror and gets a nice red mark on his head.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Punky power!

We're in LA for the weekend to celebrate my dad's birthday. Today we hit Larchmont Village to check out Punky Brewster's new baby store, The Little Seed, so I could get Brandt a new hat. I love his Baby Naartjie hat, but sometimes it's good to mix things up a bit. Here's a pic of Brandt in Punky's store wearing his new green hat and holding his new Under the Nile eggplant and mushroom.
You can also see his week-old elephant shoes. I lost one of his orange shoes over a month ago and finally broke down and got him a new set. The remaining orange shoe is now his favorite chew toy.
But back to The Little Seed: Before I had a chance to say "Idontneedabag" the gal handed me our purchases in a cute little sack made of twine. But holy patchouli was it smelly! I should have thought to donate to one of the hippies at the farmers market three doors down, but I couldn't even make it that far before I had to toss it. Note to Punky: get different bags.
And a trip to LA would not be complete without a visit to Ikea. I got two bookcases and am so excited about them, but at the same time all I can think about is the cardboard I'm going to generate! On Friday, Brandt and I trekked the remaining carload of cardboard boxes to the recycling center. But now between the packaging from the bookcases and the boxes of books I'll empty, the garage is going to become a mess again.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

It's not easy being green

Our garage is being overrun by recycling. Proof: the pile of bikes is dwarfed by the pile of recycling. We've got broken down boxes from the wedding, the move, and the baby--that's a lot of boxes. This city surprisingly *does* have a recycling program, but I always forget to put out the bins and since it's the same day as trash day, I worry that if I set everything out, the trash guys will assume the overflow is for them.
I see the irony in driving 20 miles to North Las Vegas to the recycling plant, but I'm worried the pile is going to crowd my car out of the garage soon. We combined trips, but by getting gas on the way home, so that didn't feel particularly green. And we were nearly sideswiped by a Wal-Mart semi (the way people drive in this city!) shortly after leaving the recycling plant, which would have been the antithesis of green.
I wasn't able to fit everything in the car, but I put a pretty good dent in it. Hopefully Dan will be impressed when he gets home from Louisiana tomorrow night.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Little swimmer

Brandt had his first swim lesson today! I had originally wanted to take him to the fancy-ass Australian Swim School (those aussies know how to swim, after all), but now that we're a single-income family, I'm making do with the classes at the local community center. Plus, two of his friends are in the class. And it's walking distance from home.
Brandt thoroughly enjoyed the half hour in the pool so I consider the lesson a success. The teacher had hoped all the babies would learn to kick and blow bubbles, but I don't forsee that happening any time soon. We signed up for two sessions so that's five weeks of bi-weekly fun!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Volunteer work

Brandt and I folded calendars at the Family to Family Connection this morning. My ulterior motive was to get my calendar early so I could register for next month's classes before they fill up. This month we missed out on Tooth Fairy Says and Healthy House. Thank goodness Recognizing Rashes still had a spot open for us!
No other babies volunteered today so Brandt made do playing with the baby in the mirror. At home he likes to smile at and then kick or head butt the baby in the mirror, but today he took things a different direction--he spent a lot of time kissing the baby in the mirror. It was very cute. And probably a little unsanitary...maybe we would have learned if making out with mirrors is OK or not in the Healthy House class.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Movie night

I can't remember the last time I went to a movie. I think it was Super Size Me a loooong time ago. "See a movie" was on my list of stuff to do before the baby arrived, but we never got around to it.
Tonight there was a preview of Ricki Lake's The Business of Being Born at UNLV and babies were welcome! The movie was so cool and Brandt had fun the whole time...phew. B's wearing a "Born at home" onesie, but I couldn't get him to sit up straight so you could read it. He's actually tipping over in this shot, too. Babies are just so hard to pose! Oh, he's also sitting on the spot he was born just to be extra cool.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Papa's birthday

Dan's too busy working to celebrate his birthday today, but Brandt and I took time to play on the deck the birthday boy recently built in the backyard. Hopefully we'll have time to buy him a grill to put on it this weekend. And then Brandt can eat his first meat.
Brandt hit the 9 month mark two days ago and had his 9 month well-baby check. He checked out just fine, but I forgot to ask if the doctor thinks B's paws are on the big side. I had my spiel all prepared, too: Now doctor, we're prepared to love an 8-foot tall baby, but we'd like to know ahead of time if that's likely to be expected of us.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Party animal

Brandt's friend Geddy turned one today. I can't believe how old these babies are getting! I wasn't sure what to expect of a first birthday party, but it was just like an extra large playgroup with the dads watching football in the background.
Brandt played in a pen with a bunch of other babies. For the most part it was all good, but the fun was punctuated by the walkers falling on the crawlers...or the crawlers tripping the walkers, depending on your viewpiont.
Brandt had a blast playing in Geddy's exersaucer and walker and made friends with a babyless chick. Actually, we had to wrest Brandt away from babyless chick come leaving time. They seemed mutually enamored.
For the last week, Brandt's been getting progressively better at getting himself from laying down position to sitting up position. Before now we've had to prop him up.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Puke Skywalker

Today was supposed to be the first day of the rest of my life. I was supposed to think back laughingly to the time when I had two babies and bask in how much easier everything is now. I was supposed to get so much stuff done now that I only had one good baby to manage. But Brandt had other plans and started puking hourly last night at 9.
Even sick he's the perfect little baby and slept through the whole night--he didn't even wake up to vomit. Of course I stayed up most the night watching him and cleaning up around him. He napped most the day, but of course was perky and smiley for the doctor. The doctor joked that Brandt has a bleeding ulcer from the Dominic stress of the last two days, but other than that didn't say what's going on and just wrote a couple prescriptions to treat the symptoms. Dan's coworker diagnosed it as rotavirus, which I guess would be good because he's less likely to get it again and it's got a pretty cool name.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

World's worst babysitter

More of the same today. I thought Dominic would be more used to us after yesterday, but no dice. In fact, he even got screamy during walks this time...which I discovered inside the library, doh!
Yesterday I brought both babies to a playgroup and that seemed to distract Dom from his worries (plus, the other moms took turns holidng him and that let me pay a little attention to Brandt) so we tried that strategy again and hit a playdate at TJ's.
Brandt was awesome and slithered around on his own the whole time so I could hold and comfort Dom (and again the other moms helped with him, too). Brandt's independence earned him a cut on the forehead, but that didn't slow him down at all. He was way more interested in the dog toys than the baby toys and that's what he and TJ are sharing in the photo. Silly boys.
We are so glad our babysitting career has come to an end. Brandt was a very sympathetic co-babysitter and cried every time Dominic cried. Needless to say, he's cried more in the last two days than he has in his whole life.

Monday, January 7, 2008

The extra baby

My first year not slaving away in the CNET trailer during CES and what how do I end up spending my day? Babysitting eleven hours for a booth babe. It sounded like fun when a gal from my birth class called on Saturday and said she needed an emergency babysitter for Monday and Tuesday. Unfortunately, baby Dominic was not into the idea.
Dominic was chill if I took him out for a walk so I spent most of the day carrying Brandt and pushing Dominic in his stroller. I must have walked over ten miles. We'd walk for a couple hours and then visit the house for food/bathroom during which Dom screamed nonstop. Poor little guy! I guess Brandt would probably act the same way if he had to hang out with a stranger all day for the first time. By the end of the day he got a little used to us. I swear he was happy and playing just moments before I took this picture.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Abominable snow mouse

While Dan was busy digging the car out of the snow this morning, I tossed the mouse out the back door into a snow drift. He instinctively knew to make a snow angel.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

First snow

We drove to Mammoth yesterday and Brandt got his first look at snow this morning. He seemed pretty impressed by it. It was pretty stormy out all day so Brandt didn't get to actually play in the snow today, but he got to hang out in the lodge and act cool while Dan and I took turns snowboarding.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year

Here is a six week old picture for the holiday card I never made. It was too early, hot, and sunny for the mouse to smile at the camera so I kept hoping we'd make it out to try again, but it didn't happen. And then I got lazy and didn't get around to doing anything with the first batch of pictures. Very indicative of my lazy state of mind for 2007. But how lucky am I that it's so easy for me to find a good resolution for 2008? Let's see if I become less lazy...ha.