Thursday, June 30, 2011


Big news around here - Eva has sprouted two teeth. Last Thursday night she had a rough night, and Chad and I were worried she might have finally gotten her first ear infection. Then on friday morning she was chewing on my thumb and I felt something sharp. Holy cow! A tooth!

Tooth #2 came through on Saturday, and Eva let me capture the pair:

Good work Eva! Time to get familiar with the toothbrush!

Also, I would like state my amazement at the iphone 4 for being able to take that video. That is some impressive adjustment to changing lighting and depth of field for a cellphone, huh.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

good morning Eva

While she is charming first thing in the morning, her hair... well... it's her hair.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Slow fall

I took the kids to play at the family gym at the Y the other day. Among other things, we gave Eva a chance to practice sitting propped by some cushions.

Noah wanted to join for a picture. He is apparently unable to pose with a normal face for a picture. Sigh.

Then he got bored.


And we begin...

..the slow fall...

... down we go...

... still squirming...

... ahh. Made it.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Hello, tree

She may be talking a lot, but she's not very selective about her audience

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Swing on

I took the kids to the park the other day and hit a new parenting milestone: two kids on the swings at the same time!

This was Eva's second time on a swing - I think it's safe to say she liked it.

Noah didn't complain much either.

And then a doggie walked by which was apparently very exciting.

Anyway, back to pictures of my little swingy baby


Heeeeeeee. :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hi Eva

Her brother seems to dominate the conversation in our family, but she is working on adding to it...

Friday, June 17, 2011

More water babies

And if it ever stops raining, we'll be in the pool again!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Hairy situation

Lately I have been noticing that Eva's hair is getting a little out of control

So I just tell myself it is adorable and curly. She gets complements on it all the time!

And then she rolls over and I see something like this

And I realize the "complements" are usually something along the lines of "oh wow - all that hair!" which could be taken in a variety of ways...

But there's just no way I could cut it, for now.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Speaking with Noah ctd.

We went to the zoo yesterday and Noah got to talk to some ducks.

They were just chilling on the top of the display, which cracked him up.

We went to the zoo because Noah asked to go shortly after getting up in the morning. I think we have entered a new phase where he can actually dictate what we do in a day, which is really neat. Unfortunately it is raining today and he keeps asking if we can go to the park, which may prove to be disappointing.

Speaking of speaking with Noah, there are a few more toddler speech mistakes that I want to share for baby archival purposes:

"Muskak" = music
"Upsing down" = upside down
"fweep" = sleep
"fwimming" = swimming
"misconsin" = Wisconsin, also the destination of any plane he sees in the sky

Also he has a new favorite joke that he has been telling for days:

N: Knock Knock!
R: who's there?
N: Mommy!
R: Mommy who?
N: Mommy you!! HAHAHAH!!
R: sigh.

Two is a fun age. He really cracks me up, when he's not driving me up a wall. And sometimes he does both at the same time.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Putting her foot in her mouth

Literally. Though if she is anything like her mother I assume she will do it figuratively as well eventually

mmmmmm toenail

Would you like some?

No? It's all for me? Well, don't mind if I do.

Baby flexibility is astonishing to me.

Monday, June 13, 2011

A future engineer?

But not the kind that goes to WPI...

He did this for about 10 minutes. I was impressed with his dedication.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

more bouncing

She is learning from the master.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Bouncy Girl

So Eva seems to have gotten the hang of the jumperoo...

Thursday, June 9, 2011


The grandbrady bunch converged on Boston last weekend for Zach's graduation (Congratulations!!). This was very exciting for us because we got to see everybody AND spend time on the train.

Of course, Dad has a fancy new camera now so we let most of the time go undocumented, since even though I totally love my iphone his pictures really are much better. We did get a few good ones, though:

Dylan and Noah and Nana checking out the new Thoughtbot office

Nana is apparently going to invest in one of those clear whiteboards for her house. I am not sure how tippy is going to like this idea.

Noah also got to try out the pool with Saba (and Dylan, and the rest of the Blumkin crew)

After swimming, we all cleaned up and got ready to go out to dinner. New BFFs Dylan and Noah liked having their picture taken.

But were more skeptical once the siblings were introduced

And the cousins...

But once the grandparents were put in charge the picture improved considerably.

The group then headed out to dinner, where Noah and Dylan managed to keep themselves confined to our semi-private room for over two hours. I was impressed. They (and by "they," I really mean "Noah," let's be honest) struggled a bit with the concept of "PLEASE do not roll around on the restaurant floor), but once I told them they could fall up instead of fall down they did pretty well.

What a great day.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Also this happened!!!!!

I think he may be officially no longer a toddler and officially a preschooler. That soft pop you just heard? My brain exploding. Time to go clean up.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Noah language update

He's a total lunatic, the proper preschool kind.

He speaks with increasingly more complex sentences, and can be understood by most people most of the time. He can't really say the letter l or r, so "white," "light" and "right" all sound basically the same. His grammar is pretty good for a 2.5 year old, and he uses most pronouns correctly. He still has a bit of confusion about when to use "he" and when to use "she," though. He also confuses the words "numbers" and "letters," often informing us "look at the numbers there!" when he sees text. Also a special treat we get sometimes is letter of the day cookies, which he insists on calling "number cookies."

He makes a couple of consistent errors that I refuse to correct because they are so adorable. (I don't encourage them, I am just willing to wait for him to correct them on his own).

"Give it for" as in yelling "I have to give it for grammy!" as he flees the room with the iphone

"Taking for a run" as in "I am taking for a run" as he tears around the house.

"I'm am!" as in "I'm am waiting" when we tell him to wait.

"this is" as in "who's paper clip this is?" He usually knows the answer to the question, e.g. "who's shoes these are?" (Daddy's) or "who's toy this is?" (Eva), but it can be interesting when he asks things like "Who's squirrel that is?" Nobody's? God's? Our neighbors? The squirrel is his own squirrel?

He also is singing a lot, and has recently started using nonsense sounds in songs he invents. The past few nights he has been entertaining us with song and dance after dinner...

(this example is cut short because Eva was crying in her crib and he thought he could help)

Noah update

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Noah the bee

Still don't know where he comes up with this stuff

Saturday, June 4, 2011


Probably not. This lasted about two seconds before Entropy took off. Eva took solace in discovering and befriending her feet instead.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Superhero glasses

He made these at school a few weeks ago, and every once in a while insists on wearing them. As long as he brushes his teeth I don't ask questions.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Water babies

So all of a sudden it is summer and hot and Noah wants to play in the water. So I dug out the classics from last year.

Of course this time around he is a bit more agile and it didn't take long before there was water everywhere and Noah was in the middle of it, so to speak.

Eva, confined to the Exersaucer, was totally jealous.

Maaaaan! Noah gets to have all the fun.

Since we have a nice big yard now, I think it's time we upgraded to the kiddie pool. Noah totally agrees.

Eva, confined to Daddy's arms, is jealous.

Seriously!?!? This is happening again!?

Even though the water was freezing (we'd just filled it up from the hose a few hours earlier) we decided to give the kid a break and dip her feet in.

She didn't complain, and instead stared wistfully at the water. So we gave in an sat her down, so she could have a better view of Noah dumping water on his head.

They had an awesome time in there together.

I guess we'll be spending a lot of time wet this summer.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Big girl

So Eva went to the doctor for her four month appointment, and was declared practically perfect in every way. Her stats were:

height: 26in (95%ile)
weight: 14lbs 6.5oz (64%ile)
head: 41.2cm (54%ile)

This is excellent news for her potential to be a volleyball player and get to play with baby Provan on Aunt Sarah's future team.

After we got the go-ahead, we decided to stop torturing Eva by eating in front of her and start feeding her solids. We went with sweet potato for a first shot.

She was very excited, until she actually tasted the sweet potato. Then she was notably more skeptical.

Faces aside, she didn't push the food out with her tongue, and really seemed more confused by the taste than put off by it. She kept opening her mouth and grabbing the spoon for more and probably ate a solid teaspoonful.

She was also clearly proud of herself afterwards.

Since then we've done rice cereal with breastmilk, which we cannot feed her fast enough to keep her from squawking her complaints. We've also tried peas, which has not gotten quite the same reaction. Next up - banana! Go Eva!!