Monday, November 25, 2013

Running in Circles

A few days ago I discovered that Baby Fix-It completely cracks up when I run around in circles. Good thing, because that's about all it feels like we've been doing lately. Metaphorically, that is.

I hope our life always feels full and busy. I look forward to days of a house full of kids: running between sports practices, play dates, school, friends, family, the whole shebang. Right now, though, full and busy seems a little different. Mondays Mr. Fix-It has class (Master's Degree), I see clients Tuesday and Wednesday nights, and by Thursday we finally sit down to a meal as a family and just crash on the sofa. Lately, our suitcases are barely unpacked before we're off to somewhere else. Once weekly swim class seems to pop up again before last week's towels are even dry (maybe I'm just behind on my laundry...)

This morning I had an appointment. Mr. Fix-It had a conference call. He was going to bring me, get some paperwork signed, take Baby Fix-It home, I'd take a cab back to our place, and we'd run out the door to swim class. Then we shuffle home, pack for Thanksgiving, Mr. Fix-It runs to class until 9:30pm, I'll get the house in order, and we set our alarms for 3:30am to hop on a plane in the morning.

Running in circles.

I love it, but life sure feels crazy.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Baby's Favorite Toys 0-6 Months

If you're expecting, or need to buy a little one a holiday gift, this is a list of our favorite toys from ages 0-6 months. (I'm also working on compiling a list for 6-12 months!) When it came to babies and the registry process, I felt completely prepared with gear. But actual toys? I just wasn't sure. These are mostly things we stumbled upon that our little guy played with day after day after day.

1. Sunny Stroll Arch: BUY THIS. For serious. The arch clips on a car seat, bouncy chair, bumbo, stroller, you name it. Our baby loved this thing. Loooooooved it.

2. Sophie the Giraffe "So Pure" Teether: Most kids love the classic Sophie. This is a harder, smaller version. Baby Fix-It wound up preferring to gnaw on this one. So, if your kid doesn't seem especially into the original Sophie there is still hope. Bonus that it's small, doesn't squeak, and can be clipped on to things with a baby link.

3. Sassy Mirror: Great for tummy time. Tummy time = minutes of misery at our house. The mirror made it remotely more tolerable. Now, at age 12+ months the mirror still gets use during playtime.

4. Stack N' Nest Cups: There are a bunch of versions of these out there. This particular set seems especially easy to manipulate with baby hands. These are also a timeless toy and still get played with in our house often.

5. Melissa and Doug Crab: It's just one crab, the photo shows both sides (I know you were wondering). My Mom picked up this crab for Baby Fix-It. He wound up being a bit of a crabby baby in the early days, so this provided a lot of entertainment for me. I'd flip the sides back and forth, and often get a giggle. Or perhaps it was my "sad crab", "happy crab" faces that were entertaining. Regardless, this toy clipped on his stroller, carseat, play mat, and was delicious for chewing.

6. SkipHop Treetop Friends Activity Gym: This was a toy we were able to use from day 1. It was so amazing to watch as our baby went from noticing the toys, to reaching for them, to actively playing. By the time Baby Fix-It was sitting up (5-6 mos) this toy was packed away. Definitely worth it though, it got tons of use.

7. Wedgits: We received these in a gift bag from a baby event. Baby Fix-It LOVES these and still plays with them now. They're these soft plastic stacking style toy. We take these to keep busy during baby yoga (while I'm in downward dog) and all the other kids go nuts for them, too. Actually, I almost had a melt down when one of our pieces went missing last week. The box says for ages 2+; they work for any age in our experience.

And, because I only remembered after making the lovely collage above, I must add this guy to the list:

Ears to chew, jingle noises, crinkly feet, intriguing textures - what's not to love? Mortimer might actually rank #1 on the list. And to think HE WAS ALMOST FORGOTTEN. What were some of your baby's favorites?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Our Little Monkey Turned ONE!

When thinking about Baby Fix-It's birthday, a theme was the easiest part to choose! Our little guy loves anything animal-related but seems to just LOVE monkeys. And so, a Monkey Jungle First Birthday Party it was!

We went back and forth on the menu and venue a lot, and finally settled on hosting the party at our condo. It was tight, but we made it work.

On the menu:
Tiger's Tzatziki (Tzatziki and Pita Chips)
Babboon Butter (Chocolate Chip Banana Peanut Butter spread and Graham Crackers)
Hippo's Hummus (with fresh Pepper)

Pulled Pork on slider Pretzel Buns
Homemade Mac and Cheese

Birthday Cake
Italian Cookies

It was all quite delicious!

We filled our condo to the brim with loved ones: friends, family, and even Nana, Poppi, Auntie Julia and Aunt Brenda made the trek from Rhode Island!

And of course there was cake.

Wearing Daddy's Birthday Hat that Grandma Justine made when he was a little guy!

And there were presents too.

It was truly the perfect way to celebrate a year with our wonderful little boy!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

You Get No Say

We try to control things. It keeps us sane. But I can't tell you how many times I've said to a client, "What if you had to accept that you couldn't control this?" This usually elicits a predictable reaction.

The biggest things in life seem to come with their own time tables. Finding love, having babies; the things we yearn for the most deeply are beyond our authority.

Right now I find myself amidst another waiting game. When I step back I can see that our life is pretty wonderful, but oh those other pieces, I just can't wait.