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Josie is growing up faster than we ever thought possible, and will soon be moving out on her own. She's got a place lined up just across the hall from her weepy eyed parents. She'll have three roommates (a horse, an oliphant, and a giraffe; all stuffed and suspended above her crib) in her studio bedroom with views over looking the majestic backyard.
As her parents, we're required to be skeptical about any new address for the little one, meaning we don't approve of the new roommates(especially the drunk horse, and the floppy giraffe), we think she's paying way too much for the new place, and that it's filthy! But she is soo excited, and says all of the other babies are moving out of their parent's rooms. She's also stoked about the prospect of not having anybody else snoring in the room.
Josie did a trial run in the new place last night and had one of her best nights of sleep to date. 7:30 p.m. bedtime, up for a snack and diaper at 4 a.m., and then up for the day at 7 a.m.
By Hass :: April 24, 2005 @ 11:56 AM
Nothing says pissed off like a cat with wet ears. It's been four weeks of twice daily antibiotic drops in his ears and twice weekly cleanings. At first he resisted, but now his spirit has been broken.
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By Hass :: April 22, 2005 @ 06:32 AM
After hearing from another vet that the cat could stand to loose a little weight, we've switched him to diet cat food!
And as you've probably noticed by the riveting content of this post, we don't have much to report at the moment. Hass goes to work, Cole stays home, the Gato still has greasy ears, Josie grows and develops. Nobody gets enough sleep, we're all having fun, but not too much.
We're condsidering taking Josie out to a restaurant (actually a taqueria) this weekend, solely for the purpose of giving us an embaressing story to blog about.
By Hass :: April 21, 2005 @ 03:29 AM
This puts my edible cartography project to shame, but it is a wonderful idea, with some great contest entires. I'll have to try finding time to enter.
By Hass :: April 19, 2005 @ 07:06 PM
• half bag Egg noodles
• 1 can chickpeas
• 3 stalks celery
• 3 clove garlic
• 3 carrots
• 1/2 cup green olives stuffed with jalapeños
• green leafy herbs and spices
• Feta Cheese
• 1 tomato
boil egg noodles, drain, rinse cool.
smash chickpeas in a bowl, be sure to leave some whole.
saute in small oil and some chickpea water: garlic, carrots, olives.
combine everything, stir and drizzle with enough olive oil to take the edge off the chickpeas.
By Hass :: April 19, 2005 @ 03:55 PM
I think Daddy Chip is right about daddying still being odd. I know I get plenty of strange looks just walking around the burbs with the little in the bjorn.
By Hass :: April 19, 2005 @ 02:12 PM
here we are at five weeks in.
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By Cole :: April 18, 2005 @ 05:54 PM
A bit of random baby knowledge:
Babies need to spend time on their tummies, particularly since it is now taboo for babies to sleep on those tummies.
Hence, since Sprout's first visit to the Dr at 6 days old (Dr's philosophy: back to sleep, tummy to play) - we've subjected Sprout to a daily routine of tummy time. Sprout has never appreciated this effort. We usually accomplished it in increments of several minutes at a time. Generally we'd place her down on her tummy until she was writhing, whining, screaming, or some combination of the three, and then we'd roll her over so she could continue developing her world domination scheme with the cat.
Sprout has devised a way to thwart our tummy time initiative. She rolls. I mentioned previously that she had rolled from her tummy to her side/back while at the Dr's office on Friday. Honestly, I didn't expect this trick would show up with any consistency. I thought it was a fluke. I thought she was a one trick pony. I was wrong. Today we played a game of - place baby on tummy - baby rolls - place baby on tummy - baby rolls - repeat - repeat- repeat.
Here's to hoping the whole and only reason for placing her on her tummy was to teach her how to roll over, because tummy time is over now.
By Hass :: April 18, 2005 @ 10:15 AM
Looks like we've got another guest star! When will Josie return? soon.
These picks are from Steve's 41st birthday party, shhhhh it's suprise.
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He's here! he's here. But it turnned out he wasn't there.Full entry
By Hass :: April 17, 2005 @ 10:49 PM
It was suprisingly diverse photographic weekend with shoots involving: Josie, extended family, IR budding leaves and a suprise party. A few lessons were gleaned. As usual, the over-arching lesson was "Think, Think, Think!" the main thing I continuously kick myself over.
Lessons (things I coulda done better)
1) Don't shoot Infrared, then switch over to regular shots for an event. It's a tricky mental transition, from calculating bulb exposures to considering flash compensation.
2) It's a party, shoulda shot more. When was the last time I kicked myself about shooitng too manys shots and not enough?
3) Shoulda brought the lensbaby in from the car.
4) Spot metering would have helped my cause a couple times at the party, it's all too painlfully clear from looking at the reject pile. Think think think.
5) Flash, I've really got to master the flash. It's still a big mental block for me, too often giving way under or way over exposed shots. The flash shots could have been helped if I had stoped to think think think, then I would have switched to time priority and gotten more keepers instead of getting lucky.
1) why doesn't IR work with an extension tube?
2) why was a my color balance so off on a couple of the party shots? was it the combination of streaming in sun light and artifical light? yellow walss? probably could have done a manual white balance adjustment.
3) why didn't I shoot any b&w at the party? I like the look, I find it conveys the mood better.
By Cole :: April 15, 2005 @ 06:49 PM
As of this afternoon this is how young Josie rates against her peers:
Length = 75th percentile
Weight = between 50th and 75th percentile
Head Circumference = 50th percentile
That means she's taller then 75% of the babies out there, heavier then 50 to 75% of them, and you get the picture right? I can stop explaining how percentiles work?
Or, if you'd just like to see the numbers:
Length = 22.5 inches
Weight = 10 lbs 12 oz
Head Circumference = 15 inches
Not to mention, just to show off in front of the Dr, Miss J held her head up at a 45 degree angle when placed on her tummy, and - rolled from her tummy to her side (a trick her Mother hadn't even yet witnessed)
She also bravely endured a Hep B vaccination - her second actually, they (read the hospital) gave her the first booster mere days after she was born.
Her next well baby appointment is the big kahuna of visits - the start of her real vaccinations - 4 shots await her, 2 in each thigh. Should be a good time.
Next appointment: May 16th
By Cole :: April 14, 2005 @ 01:53 PM
It's been an interesting week around here. We started off recovering from the "weekend of no naps", and Josie quickly rallied to provide us two additional days of limited nappage. Things were getting ugly. Mom was frustrated, Dad got called up from the minor leagues to take his shot at soothing the inconsola-baby. And Josie? Josie just kept fussing, and not sleeping.
Last night Josie inexplicably slept through most of the night. This afternoon she went down for a nap as if it were something she did everyday, not something that she had done her baby best to avoid for the past two days. Was/is she simply overtired from two days of nap boycott? Or has she taken in enough of the world around her and simply deemed it not as exciting as she had thought? The world may never know.
The problem with Josie sleeping 7.5 hours is that we now know her ability. Knowing her ability begs the question - why can't you just sleep on a schedule already kid? Also, it further begs the question: When will Hassan and Nicole start sleeping through the night again?
By Hass :: April 14, 2005 @ 05:52 AM
Looks like somebody just slept through the night, just goes to show that every hour with a baby is a completely different one.
Now if only we could say the same for the parents who were awakened at the following times
• 1:34 a.m. :: Is that your hand? incdient
• 2 a.m. :: hmm, Josie you still asleep? everything okay?
• 4:11 a.m. :: Josie fusses, hass stands by ready to change a diaper, but the fussing never escalates.
• 4:16 a.m. :: Cole advises, she's just fussing not crying and still asleep, leave her
• 4:28, 4:41, 5:02, 5:17 :: watchful ears listen to the loud sleeper.
• 5:36 a.m. :: yep, that's crying, get her!
By Hass :: April 13, 2005 @ 08:55 PM
I'm not ready to call her bad names, yet, but Josie has become more annoying this week. Nothing too horrible going on, she just seems much more interested in looking around and whinning than in sleeping. The long stretchs of sleep and the regular naps that we were enjoying last week have been replaced with 10 minutes here, 15 minutes there, maybe an hour in the car. With that said, this is still a whole lot of fun.
Baby Acne continues, photography on Hiatus.
By Hass :: April 11, 2005 @ 08:47 PM
Here's Henry, a strapping lad from Queens making a guest apperance to promote his new book and dispell rumors about eye lash implants.
It was much tougher shooting a speedy 6 month old, than a torpid and floppy 1-month old. I think I still got a few decent shots in here. I also snuck in one josie pic. We'll have to get more pictures of the two of them together. Those should make for good embaressment fodder when they are sent off to the prom together.
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By Cole :: April 11, 2005 @ 11:03 AM
Another weekend come and gone in Casa de Hodges. Here are the highlights:
• Baby Henry comes for a visit! Pictures to follow. (oh yeah, he brought Mom and Dad with him too)
• Josie's affinity for walks becomes evident (weekend total, not including a trip to Babies R Us = 4)
• Josies's second bath, a raving success! Minimal crying, screaming, or general fusser-monkey behavior. She even seemed to have enjoyed it.
• Hassan and Nicole discover that Josie will not nap when Hassan is around, we have no idea why. Here's what we know: Nap total for the weekend = 0 (unless you count the walks, she napped then). Nap total for Monday = 1. Anyone care to take a guess on this one?
• Total number of movies watched by Hassan and Nicole = 2 (oh, we've discovered Netflix!).
More exciting adventures to come this week.
By Cole :: April 07, 2005 @ 11:32 AM
We all have our individual burdens to endure, but it seems to me that maybe poor Sprout got the short end of the stick this week. She endures the daily indignity of diaper changing and being slung over my shoulder to be burped with a maturity well beyond her 28 days, and we've discussed her hair at length before. All of these things she seems to take with a grain of salt. Today however, I think we may have reached the last straw.
Sprout's developed baby acne. I've been trying to tell her it makes her cuter, in an adolescent type of way, but I don't think she's buying it. She's off sulking in her crib as we speak, I'm not sure I can convince her to leave her room. She doesn't even want the beautifully (read obnoxiously) colored animals on her mobile to see her. I guess this is just another lesson for her to learn - this too shall pass.
Well, on a serious note...Sprout has developed some baby acne, but we were expecting that. She has also began to discover the world around her. Her swing and crib mobile which for the past few weeks seem to have done nothing more then piss her off, have begun to offer enough distraction that Mom and Dad could take showers this morning without playing the baby pass-off routine in the middle of it, not to mention eat breakfast with Sproutie watching from the swing as opposed to pearched on one of our shoulders. Luckily for us she's still sleeping great (6 hoursof sleep, up for a feed, down for another 2 last night!) even though we've had to endure some increased fussiness (likely due to the hair issues and baby acne).
So that friends and family is the 4 week update. I can hardly remember a time when she wasn't here, and as far as being pregnant (?) Was I ever pregnant?
By Hass :: April 06, 2005 @ 10:09 AM
We did a little photo shoot this morning, but when I downloaded those photos I found another hundred or so on the card from the weekend. While I don't have time to caption each shot, look out for photos of tummy time, a successful trip to the mall, and Josie's first bath.
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Flooding across the state, a dead pope, an earthquake in indonesia. Sounds like hectic days for a journalistic cartographer. Yes they are. and that makes for hectic mommy days as well. And if you see where this is going, you'll see why we haven't posted in a few days. we've got a few topics in the can, so keep your eyes open for upcoming posts on:
• The greasy eared cat
• The clean clean baby
• The ramifications of marxist theory on soil erosion in 14th century hungary.
• Baby Bjorn vs. Maya Wrap
• How you too can save $14,357
• Photographic endeavours
• Birth announcement post-mortem/address book update.
By Cole :: April 01, 2005 @ 11:54 AM
Some years ago, Hassan and I were living in Brooklyn – in a lovely brownstone in Boreum Hill, not far from the Brooklyn Bridge, the Heights, or even Park Slope. One night after we'd gone to bed, we heard a woman screaming outside. I don't remember now what she was screaming, but I do remember Hassan jumping out of bed, throwing some pants on and heading out the door. Shortly, it became obvious that the woman had been mugged, her purse stolen, and while she was righteously angry about it, she was unhurt. Hassan had been joined by a vast variety of neighbors who had apparently done much the same thing he had upon hearing the screams. This story ends with the local police zipping up the scene of the crime, and the victim hopping in the police car with hopes they could catch the crook, who had escaped on foot just moments before.
This morning, the same individual who once jumped out of bed to stop a crime in progress - watched the UPS man fiddle in his truck, outside of our house for no less then 30 minutes (to his credit he was holding Sprout the entire time). He provided titillating play by play for the entire episode until I encouraged him to change our daughter's diaper - at which point the UPS man decided he was done fiddling with whatever and sped away.
What's my point? Once we lived in a neighborhood like Boreum Hill, where a mugging while very uncommon might happen. Today we live in a neighborhood where the most exciting thing my husband could find on the street this month, perhaps even this year - is the UPS man fiddling with something in his truck. A very suburban moment.
By Hass :: April 01, 2005 @ 08:06 AM
Looks like Josie has a birthmark coming in on her right shin. It's pretty big, but I think she'll wear it as a badge of honor. We did a little research on it and found that there is a long history of distinguished people with similar birthmarks.Full entry
By Hass :: April 01, 2005 @ 06:51 AM
One of parentings little known challenges is making a sound that is sufficently soothing (shhhhhh) to put sprout at ease, while being sufficently caustic (SCCCrrrRRR) to drive the cat away. The other challenge is that when making the soothing sound, it tends to call the cat.Full entry