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The new friday night watering hole

May 17, 2008 11:37 am

So it used to be that on a Friday night, you met up with your friends at the local watering hole, ie the bar. Well we have a new watering hole, and this once contains, well, water! We took Jace swimming again at the Arlington Boy’s and Girls Club for their family swim night. While there we met up with a number of friends and their kids. Even stranger is the realization that it is a small small world after all.

When Steve came back from his epic bike ride to Mexico, he needed a place to live. He found a guy in Arlington, Jan, who was looking for a short term roommate. (Jan is from Belgium). We we ran into Jan at the family swim with his wife and two kids. Okay, small world but not that strange. Except it turns out that Jan knows Kate and Jeremy (who were also at family swim) because their boys went to daycare together. Then Steve asked Jan where he had been working and he responded Millenium. Well we know one guy who used to work there, Zach, but he just moved to The Netherlands. Turns out Jan knows Zach too.

Skiing Weekend

March 10, 2008 9:10 pm

The weekend of my birthday we took our annual trek up to Sunday River, Maine to go skiing. Last year I missed out, being pregnant. I was a little nervous about going this year but decided we should give it a try. What was the worse thing that could happen? Jace crying all weekend?

Well I am happy to report that honor went to poor Miss Eleanor who had a little fever and was probably trying to push through a tooth or two. She was a sad little kid but she survived. Everyone else had a fabulous time including Jace. Friday morning Steve drove up with Scott, Charlotte and Virginie so they could get an afternoon of skiing in. Kelly and I followed later in the morning with a nice leisurely lunch at Pizza Hut to give Jace a break from the car ride.

Once we got to Maine, Kelly, Jace and I fulfilled our duty of scouting out seats at the bar and waited for the skiers and Matt and Ellie to arrive. After couple of beers, we were allowed to check into our condo. Despite being rather pregnant, Kelly (and Scott) offered to sleep on the pullout couch mattress on the floor while Steve, Jace and I got one bedroom and Matt, V, Charlotte and Ellie got the other one. We really appreciated it as Jace goes to bed at 7:30 so it was nice to have a quiet spot to put him down.

The next morning I got to ski then, after lunch in the condo, Steve took the afternoon skiing shift. We managed to hook our ski ticket up in such a way that we could switch it from one jacket to another. Horribly illegal I am sure but we got to sell our extra ticket as a result. The next morning I was back out on the runs although skiing a little slower and much more sore than the day before. Turns out when haven’t skied in almost 2 years and haven’t really worked out in a year and half, skiing is really hard work! While I was hitting the slopes, Steve and Jace decided to try out cross country skiing together. Jace had a great time up in the frame backpack, entertaining himself by trying to take his mittens off. Kelly followed behind to scoop up the escapees.

After lunch we headed back to Boston and the snow that had fallen there. Jace was happy to make a pitstop at Scott and Kelly’s for a little snack and to check out their newly painted nursery for baby-to-be while Scott snowplowed the driveway so Steve could get his car out. Boston actually got much more snow than Maine did that weekend. Skiing on icy slopes didn’t help with the sore muscles but it did bring back memories of night skiing in New Jersey when I was in high school!

I would say the weekend was a great success. The condo was a little small for all those people but everyone was a good sport about the whole thing and I would do it again next year.

Check out the newly added pictures for a shot of Jace ready to hit the slopes.

What’s for Dinner?

February 15, 2008 4:50 pm

Last night Jace slobbered on some zucchini sticks and ate one container of pears, a couple of spoonfuls of hummus and 1/3 of a rice cake! How did we get to this point?

Well, after realizing that Jace was only interested in eating solid food if he thought it was his idea, I did a little research on line. I came across a fairly new phenomenon call Baby Led Weaning. It’s name is rather a misnomer as it isn’t about weaning your child from breastmilk/formula but rather, letting your child learn to eat solids at their own pace, on their own terms. It seems to be most prevelant (atleast online) in the UK but I have also seen it mentioned on some US websites and newsgroups. Essentially you start giving your child steamed vegis and soft fruits and other easy finger foods on their highchair tray and let them explore and learn how to eat them on their own. Knowing Jace had eaten part of a rice cake before, we started with that and steamed zucchini. I am not sure how much of the zucchini he ate (although his diaper the next day showed some of it definitely got eaten) but he totally chowed on the rice cake. After a couple of days of this, Steve tried giving him a spoonful hummus while he was sitting there. Jace ate it. Food, from a spoon!

Next we decided to try an experiment. Since April managed to convince Jace to drink from a bottle the first day he was there, we thought we would see if we could elicit some more of that April magic. We sent him to daycare with a container of squash, full expecting that most of it would come home. Wouldn’t you know it, he ate it all. The next day, she tried again. Apparently this time he didn’t want it until she gave all the other kids spoons, then he was more than happy to have his spoon, food and all.

We are taking it slowly, but I am so excited that he is finally learning to eat. Who knows, maybe some day he will sleep more at night as a result.

Giant Playdate

February 10, 2008 11:29 am

After the success of our playdate with William, we decided to host a giant playdate. Kate and Jeremy came over with their two boys, Thomas who is 3 and Benjamin who is 15 months and Adam and Ashley came with Oliver, who is 16 months. This one was probably more for us than Jace although he certainly enjoyed the older boys even though he really didn’t interact too much with them. I’m sure as he gets older he will look up to them and follow them everywhere, much to their frustration.

As well as catching up with friends, I had an ulterior motive to this playdate. I really wanted to see what Oliver and Benjamin got into at our house, so I would have an idea of some of the things we would need to babyproof. Oliver was the most adventurous of the two and was fascinated with glowing blue and red buttons on my computer. Which of course meant it got forcefully restarted and turned on and off. Gotta figure out a way to hid that! Thomas actually loved to ball popper toy that my brother and Mandy got Jace for Christmas and boy did those balls go everywhere. We definitely need to block the gaps under the entertainment center as it is really hard to get things out from underneath.

Playing at a Playdate

11:12 am

Julia, William, Jace and I have had many playdates since the Jace was about 6 weeks old. However, the last one was the first time they actually really played together rather than just sitting/sleeping/eating while their mommies chatted. Jace really wasn’t quite sure what to think. He is used to sharing toys at daycare with Tyler but seeing somebody playing with his toys was a little unsettling at first.

But after a while he decided it was okay and started to play.

And eventually Jace felt comfortable enough to go after the same toys.

Jace is a little bigger than William but I would say William definitely held his own. We look forward to many more playdates in the future. Next time we will probably head over to Julia and Nicolas’ so Jace will get a bunch of new toys to explore for an afternoon.

Jace’s food preferences

February 4, 2008 12:21 pm

We’re beginning to see an inverse relationship between what’s good for a person and what they enjoy…

Food item Level of appropriateness Jace’s opinion
Baby food – squash Made for babies Hates it. Gross
Baby food – applesauce Made for babies Hates it. Gross
Baby food – pears Made for babies Hates it so much that he actually made himself gag and vomit before it got past his lips
Guacamole Varies in appropriateness, depending on what ingredients are in the guacamole Mixed results. Loved the guacamole with the most seasoning
Popcorn Choking hazard (I made an effort to mitigate the risk by manually separating the fluff from the kernels) Yum. Loves it
Hummus Excess salt (as exists in the store-bought variety) is supposed to be very bad for babies Loves it. Wolfs it down.
Empty beer bottles Empty bottles don’t provide much sustenance, and droplets of beer probably not appropriate. Absolute favorite

Snap, Crackle, Pop and their brother Glop

January 12, 2008 10:45 am

There’s a reason that Snap Crackle and Pop never talk about their brother Glop. Seriously, the dude is a total flop.

We’ve all known since childhood that once S, C and P have all passed out from sitting in the milk too long, Glop is the guy that comes in and writes on their foreheads with a permanent marker. What we didn’t know, and is only just now coming to light, is that Glop has a day job, and he’s involved in a massive underground recycling operation. After the soggy leftover Rice Krispies from millions of kids have been poured from their millions of bowls down their millions of respective drains, the glop is recaptured, repackaged, and re-branded as Gerber Baby Rice Cereal. Babies who happen to be aware of this scheme and know the provenance of their mush are about as eager to eat it as you might expect.

I know that this is true, because Jace told me so, by putting his slobbery lips tightly together to prevent anything else from going in, and blowing out to eject anything that might have already sneaked into his mouth, going
Pffftthwwwbbbbbthbbbththbbbbbfffttttt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Where has my baby bird gone?

January 8, 2008 9:57 pm

We started Jace on “solid” food a little after 5 months. The first couple of days he was confused then figured it out and was like a little baby bird, opening his mouth and chirping for more. It was very cute! After about a week and a half we tried oatmeal and he had a really hard time with it. I think because it is stickier he had a hard time swallowing it and it made him gag. After three days of him repeatedly gagging on it, I decided to switch back to rice cereal. Problem is he now associates solid food with gagging so he won’t eat ANY!

Eating at this point is really just practice since all his calories really come from milk but it is a little frustrating knowing that he CAN eat it, he just has a hangup. We are going to take a break for a little while and try again. I’m sure he will learn to eat solids before goes away to college.

Where’s Bullwinkle?

9:54 pm

While we were in Colorado, Jace’s second cousins, Jackson and Nicholas came over to visit. Since Steve’s mom is the oldest of 11 and Jackson and Nicolas’ dad is the youngest, they aren’t much older than Jace. Jackson is 5 and Nicholas is 2. Their mom Renee brought us a few things the boys had grown out of, mostly winter hats. Our favorite has to be this one.

We are now wondering when Bullwinkle will show up to keep Jace company.

Let it Snow!

January 6, 2008 10:55 am

The forecast for when we were out in Colorado was for snow showers on Christmas Day and Thursday. Very little accumilation. 8″ on Christmas day and 6″ on Thursday later there was a lot of snow on the ground. We decided to introduce Jace to the fun things you can do in the snow.

He played in it      

He went skiing     

and tried sledding

At least he got to enjoy the snow, because we were unable to go skiing ourselves since the temperature at the ski resorts was 10 degrees with about -40 with the windchill!

(C) Steve and Heather Leibman, 2007.