I love Henry so much that its unbelievable. He is such a wonderful and sweet baby. 18 months is a really fun age, he is walking and running (waddling very fast?), trying to jump, and full of hugs and kisses. He likes to cuddle in the sling with me and either falls asleep in the sling while we rock or while nursing. He still nurses a lot and gets most of his nutrition that way. Recently he’s been more interested in noodles and other tastes of table food, but not consistenly and not more than a few bites.
He usually is asleep by 10 at the latest and wakes around 8 am. He takes one nap that can last from 1-3 hours depending. He likes balls, cars, throwing things, legos, and anything Zibby is doing.
He definitely understands a lot of what we say to him and he can answer questions yes or no by nodding his head. If he feels like you arent listening, he can grab your face and make sure you look him in the eye.
He makes signs for “nurse”, “all done” , “more”, and “potty”. He can wave good by and give “high 5′s” He gives kisses and hugs to me and buzz.
He can say mama, papa, nana, sister, kitty, go (he often wants us to make the tv “go”) He can also say ball, ah-choo, uh-oh, and if you say “one” he says “two”. He also has a word for peekaboo, and he can say car.
He can do the little dance that they do on Blue’s Clues, and follows along when they do it. He likes to dance to music in general. He likes to swing at the park on go on the slides.
He can climb up onto the sofa and chairs now and open the doors to the bathroom, closets, and pantry (and empty their contents) He can throw things hard and far. (potatos are a favorite) He can put on other peoples shoes and walk around in them. He can help me get my slippers on. He can deliver the remote control if you ask him nicely. He definitely knows how to turn on and off the tv, and he enjoys tv. He likes Blues Clues, Nihao Kailan, Go Diego Go and Dora the Explorer.
We let him go diaperfree at home quite a lot, though he does wear a diaper when we go out. We help him use the potty as much as we can. We still rely on cues and timing. Im happy we have done EC with him as much as we have.
I did recently get him his first pair of hard soled shoes for the park, but mostly I keep him in soft shoes, moccasins and such. He wears a lot of soft pants and sweatpants and tshirts.
Im not sure what else to say. He is a happy and sweet little boy who fits right into our family. He always wants to do what Zibby does and he is SO EXCITED when daddy comes home after work. I enjoy sleeping with him and nursing him and slinging him around. Its fun to watch him get more coordinated and independent. I am eager to have him talking more too.
I forgot that I wanted to write that he is 24 lbs and 31 inches tall.daily life | Comments (5)
Ive been feeling down in the dumps lately. Im trying not to wallow. I am trying to be proactive and active and positive. I have a lot to do, which makes me feel slightly panicky and like sticking my heels in (Im sure Im mangling the metaphor, but I cant remember exactly what I am looking for).
I convened a meeting for those in my condo building interested in starting an earthbox garden. I got the go-ahead from everyone to get it going ahead. Now I am all in a dither about how many to start with (5 or 10?) and should I start seeds indoors? Is it too late for that? Do I order online or go to the garden store? How do we make the garden look attractive and not messy or “low class” (not my words, certainly)
And we have a list of other building projects that I need to start getting estimates for. This I have experience with, but its still a lot of phone calls, getting blown off by vendors, finding new vendors, making meetings, getting proposals, weighing the options, adn then presenting them to the board.
Plus, of course, the rest of my life, kids classes, activities, my volunteer committments with La Leche League, running the household, trying to find time to spend with my husband, and the weather is ugly and teasing and I just really need spring and warmth and sun.
Hurry up April!Filed under daily life | Comments (3)
We spent the last week being knocked out with a bad cold.
There were fevers and chills and aches and lethargy and hacking coughs and now runny noses.
Its probably that phenomenon of Post Confernce Illness that happens after you spend a weekend in a hotel (and hotel pool) with a bunch of people from all over the place. We all got sick after the UWWG, and …I think after Florida, too, when we vacationed with 4 other families. Oh well. Im feeling better and thats great, since a friend invited me to go out Sunday night to hear Amy Steinberg sing. Ive missed her before, so this time Im hoping it all works out and I get to go.
So, Im trying to be more productive lately. More organized. Crossing stuff off the To Do List. I am doing better.
I have set up a Landscaping and Garden Committee mtg for next week for the building to discuss my earthbox garden idea, as well as other landscaping stuff. I got a date for the big condo meeting, and I did the budget and am working on the agenda. I need to start interviewing vendors and getting estimates for the various projects we might do this summer, and I need to take another board member to the bank and get some paperwork done there.
Oh! And I made my first listings on Ebay as a seller. I have four auctions going, and they all have bids already. My ebay name is nankilicious if you want to go check them out! Im excited to see how they turn out.
We also found a bike for Zibby on craigslist. We drove to Downers Grove on Thursday and picked it up. She loves it, its purple and pink and has princesses on it, and training wheels. The guy who sold it to me lives less than 5 blocks from the house I grew up in! Weird. So of course I drove around the old hood a little. All the homes that used to be painted brown in the 70s and 80s are all now beige or taupe. Almost every single house was beige, it seemed.
I will post pics of Zibby on her two wheeler after this weekend.Filed under daily life | Comments Off
I was asking my friend about how to garden in the city, and she told me about these things called Earthboxes, soI spent an hour or so reading the forums and then onto this site which is a blog by some folks who grow stuff on their roofs with the earthboxes and other homemade container systems. How cool! I was totally inspired.
I dont think its feasible to do anything on our roof. First of all, there is no real convenient access and there is no water or deck or anything. Our condo building has a front courtyard, but I dont know what the other residents would think about me doing this. There is at least one unit for sale, and they might think a courtyard garden detracts from the building. I dont know. Also, aside from weed pulling and watering plots as a kid, I dont have any experience with plants and I confess that I really dislike bugs and worms and stuff like that. I’m afraid I will be too squeamish to garden. There, I said it.
On the other hand, I really need to cut my food bill and I am totally behind local, sustainable foods, Im all for DIY, and I think we should all be growing some of our own foods. Plus, Id learn a lot and it might be fun to learn and do it with the kids. I promise I wont force them to do anything, so that they dont hate the experience (like I did when I was little)
I did join a CSA for the summer, and I know I will be inundated with fresh veggies, so I am also wondering if I did get start some SIPs , would I just have TOO MUCH to deal with?Id love to grow herbs and things which are really expensive to buy organic. Itd be really amazing if we could grow avocados cuz I spend a lot of money on those.
so, tell me. do you have an urban garden?Filed under daily life | Comments (3)