By Hass :: July 29, 2005 @ 05:54 AM
Josie has had a big week of learning big skills.
1) Scooting: Sustained purposeful forward propulsion. It's kinda like crawling but without the graceful fluid motion. She can raise her body up in push-up-like stance with all of the strength and precision of the first day of a junior high sports team try-out. (no, she didn't make the cut) and in a seprate manouver, she uses her legs to create forward thrust, sometimes it looks like military training as she crawls through the mud under the barbbed-wire. More often though, she just looks like a fish that had too much tequilla the night before and is now trying to walk home.
2) Bottle: She's holding it on her own now. Not quite consistently, and not quite with perfect aim, but she does grab it with both hands and thrust it toward her face. Her low standards of success mean any opening counts as a victory.
3) Interaction: Fun fun fun all the time time time. Everyday is leaving Hass with less time to play on the computer as Josie demands more fun and games. Hass is even starting to feel a little trapped in the world of cooking, cleaning, and laundering. But he has made three different kinds of jam to preserve bounty of summer until is is really needed for the winter.
4) Sitting up: not even close.
By Hass :: July 25, 2005 @ 09:48 AM
Josie was kind enough to schedule mapgoblin for her official 4.5 month photo shoot yesterday. She even smiled and cooperated through several wardrobe and set changes
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8:30 a.m. and we're on our fouth onsie of the day. Two open-air peeing incidents, and one leaky pooper. One load of laundry in the wash already. All three changes have happened in the last 3 hours, at this rate, we'll go through 1 onsie an hour and exhaust our clean slothes supply about 3 a.m.
Lets hope for the best.
By Hass :: July 19, 2005 @ 07:42 PM
. . . is a day that's too warm to take the baby out.
The weather has turnned hot, putting the smack-down on our regularly scheduled walks into town and run/walks around area parks. It has even greatly curtailled outdoor walks once we get to a destination. So we're making lots of trips to malls, which all seem to be the same place, but they are air conditionned. If anybody knows of good cool destinations for a 4 month old who likes to keep moving, and easily gets heat rashes we'd love to hear them.
Yesterday, was a hellish day on the toothing front, the crescendo came during a sustainned rage around 3 p.m. Hass abandonned the homeopathic toothing relief drops, and reached for the Oragel. Seconds later, all were happy, and we went out to the mall.
•In the Background
Typo, running on Ruby on Rails, quite quite cool. It's been a very geeky and domestic summmer. I finally cleanned up and tweaked out my desktop, considering posting a screen shot of that too.
By Hass :: July 18, 2005 @ 07:02 AM
Josie made her first trip out of New Jersey and into the big city of Nueava Yorka yesterday. Our fears of a fussy baby were hushed during the drive in where Josie slept for the entire trip, and didn't even wake up until after we parked. Our 2 hour visit with my sister( in town for the weekend) was graced by J-bug's first restaurant experience which was also an absolutley mellow calm baby experience. It was a great trip for everybody, and a tremendous suprise for parents who had expected the worst. Josie's capstone achievement was napping for the entire trip home.
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We're back form Josie's 4 month dr's visit. Actually we were back on Wednesday morning, but there hasn't been a scant momment to post. As she had her shots and there hasn't been too much fun since. To reccap:
The boring details:
• 25.5 inches (90% percentile)
• 15lb 8 oz (90% percentile)
The exciting story:
We all cried our way through the shots, all three of us, Josie, Hass and Dr. Silverman. With a flustered look, the good Dr. admited she hates this part of her job. Her look said the hate was different from an ordinary hate used for traffic or brocolli, but was more of the special reserve hate that only make an apperance at times of personal crisis or national strife. It was an ugly scene for Josie, tears beyond belief, and screams that rattled windows. Josie didn't have the monopoly on screams though, I can only assume that their were patients in other rooms also getting their shots because Josie wasn't the loudest screamer. The sounds of terror echoed through the pleasantly decorated and child friendly hallway of the office, with it's brightly color coded rooms (we were in the greem exam room). If a happy place of first world medicine can sound this despondent, I can only imagine the abject horror of a Romanian orphanage.
Hepped up on Children's Tylenol, Josie maintained a low-grade fever and high-octange rage. Her moods seemed to shift between pure shrill screams and full blown meltdowns. The shrill screams most closely resembled microphone feedback, with a consistent high pitched wail at exactly the same frequency that human hearing is most capable of hearing. An added bonus of the way babies and parents are designed is that when picking up a screaming baby, the source of the scream now moves to within inches of picker-upper's ear. Total nappage for yesterday came in at just under 2 hours, spread across 4 naps, two of which were in the car. A perfect recipe for an un-happy camper. And she was teething.
A new day.
Josie logged her longest continuos stretch of sleep last night, coming in 8 minute shy of 11 hours. And today all seems right with the universe.
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Took Josie out for a noon time jaunt into town (post office run, and we're looking for a bike lock for the jogging stroller). Seems it was too warm and bright for her today, and she began to resemble a wilted plant. We first sought refuge in the shadow of a bridge, which also made for some fun lighting for a photo shoot. Next stop "On a Roll" a nifty little local eatery, where I was invited in by the proprietor. Josie and I hid out there and called in Mommy for an Evac. 15 minutes later we were home with a tasty to-go lunch. 15 minutes in the AC, and Josie had perked back up and it was time for another photoshoot.
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No new photos to report from this week, but we do have a host of photos from Last weekend's visit from Aunt Natalie.
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How wet is too wet?
How tired is too tired?
How long is too long?
How hungry is too hungry?
How thirsty is too thirsty?
We went for a long run in the rain. 7 miles, impressive huh! Okay most of the run was a walk, but still a couple of lessons were learned.
2) There are a lot of nifty little places in Mo'town including a smoothie place, emmm smoothies.
4) The rain, not so much fun for 4 month olds to hang out in, even if they are properly equiped in an all weather stroller. They still come home wet, which prompts mommy to ask questions, "was she wetter than this and you just towelled her off in the driveway?"
5) The rain fly on the stroller is dual-use, it also serves as a parachute. A delightful treat to slow everybody down in the rain, cause nobody is trying to get to where it's dry.
6) If you start an adventure with legs that feel like trees, firmly planted in the ground and every step is a struggle to wrench them free, it is only going to get much much worse.
7) I'm older than I've ever been, and now I'm even older. And now . . .
Morristown is too far.
By Hass :: July 05, 2005 @ 08:33 PM
Shortly before 9 a.m. on July 3, 2005 a catastrophic breach of furniture security occured. This is the report of an independent investigative body charged with finding out the facts of went wrong and how it can be prevented in the future.
In this commison's view, a single baby taking a single poop was responsible. The Cuban government and CIA did not have any roles, although those alternatives were not fully investigated because a little bit of Cuban rum has a way of turning an investigation into a fiesta.
Figures 1 & 2 offer a detailed explanation of the incident.
The commision finds no explanation for the distant sound travel observed during the incident. The poopie was sighted several seconds before the sound reached the room, similar to the flash of lightning, followed X seconds later by the sound of it's crack. At least 18 seconds passed between when the poop was first felt seen and felt and when the farting and swooshing sound was observed. The commision does not believe this evidence supports a multiple poop theory. Although a few cheap drinks could persuade the commision to issue new findings.
Furthermore, this commision recommends exile for the baby, and the placement of waste absorbing litter 3 inches deep throughout the apartment.
By Hass :: July 05, 2005 @ 08:10 PM
She says life is like a windshield
It ain't no rear view mirror
The only way to get where you're goin'
Is find that higher gear
And keep it Rollin'
We've found a simple solution (pronounced: piece-meal temporary fix) for teething. The downside, that solution involves keeping it moving. Yesterday, Josie didn't nap for longer than 30 minutes, meaning a mid-day meltdown followed by a persistent agitated state. The solution for everybody's sanity? Hitting the road, 80 miles and 5 counties later we had coaxed Josie into a 40 minute nap, and the meltdown remained at a low simmer.
This may warrant a post of it's own at some point. . . . Cole and I have never had a good July Fourth::
2001: Morning of the migrane (First time I saw Cole cry)
2002: 101°, Hass sent to buy air conditioner, Cole has stomach bug.
2003: The moved from Brooklyn to South Orange, 85°
2004: 1st trimester pregnancy, the day of dry heaves.
2005: Day of crap naps
Today went a little better, but there wasn't any slowing down. Josie spent about 90% of her waking time out and about, 1 trip to Home Depot/Asian grocery store, 1 long walk to the grocery store, and a 90 minute walk/run in the Jogging stroller.
if you drop below 50 mph, the baby loses it, keep on movin!
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Josie and Hass made it out for Josie's first ever Jog, and Hass's first Jog in over a year. it was as good as it gets, nobody was foolish enough to run the whole way. And Josie was excited enought to sleep most of the way.
Nicole Joined us for the second day of jogging, all are well, but the stairs leading up to the apartment have gotten much much longer.
By Hass :: July 01, 2005 @ 09:29 AM