Here's a post I wrote two years ago - March 2012 - but never published. Ironically, I still feel pretty much this same way. I have a hard time writing about my kids these days because the moments feel so precious, and so fleeting. But I want to be writing about them. Isn't that the whole point - the writing them down allows me to hold on to them? So here's this post, two years later.Emry in March 2012, 17 months old
I haven't written specifically about Emry in a little while. There's a reason for this. My baby is growing up fast, and I'm awfully emotional about it.
He was such a baby for such a long time.
He got his first tooth at 14 months.
He was a dedicated crawler, not interested in walking until recently.
He was a mellow and happy baby.
I loved it.
What can I say? I love the baby phase. I adore the snuggling, the holding, the way I could meet all his needs. Now if I had a colicky baby, I'm sure I wouldn't love this phase. But Emry has been a dream baby. The kind of happy, ... more
When my 5-year-old got excited over a pile of dirty ice in the corner of the Andronico's parking lot, I realized it really was time to take him to the mountains to see some snow.On Serene Lake, Soda Springs, California, March 2012This was one of those trips where the planning falls apart in several different ways, enough to make superstitious types wonder whether you should go at all, or if you should just stay home and remain in your PJs as much of the ... more
In what has become a yearly tradition, right around New Year's, Mikhail and I took a walk on the beach and figured out some words to express what we are hoping for this year.
I know it's March now, and I'm talking about January, but bear with me. I needed to let these words grow on me a little before I was ready to share them.
Besides, being on time isn't one of my strengths.
Once we figure out the words, we write them in the sand. Last year, we had this ... more
I was working on Saturday afternoon when I received an email with the subject line "We got ice cream" and this photo:My guys, February 2012Things I love about this photo:1) Elan's giant smile. He's been smiling more lately, as he comes out of post-op fog/fuss/upset, and as he sleeps better. Let me just say that again: AS HE SLEEPS BETTER. Ahhhhhh.2) My husband's mini-mohawk. His hair doesn't look like that in real life. At least, not most of the time. But sometimes when it ... more
I confess that...Sometimes the baby gets chocolate bread for breakfast.Emry, 14 months, January 2012And he really likes it.(Notice the gummy smile - Emry's first tooth has broken through so he's toothless no more!)Both my children drink bottles. Occasionally while watching TV.December 2011In the hours between 5 and 7 a.m., I frequently want to curse. Sometimes I do. Early morning is not my finest hour.I found more amazement, pleasure and simple joy in ... more
Elan actually wrote a wish list for Hanukkah/Christmas this year.In translation:angry birdspigssnow hatsoccer shirtmoneyThis list is hilarious because a) it showcases his obsession with angry birds which seems to be a fairly universal obsession for any 5-6 year olds who have been exposed to it, b) my child hates wearing hats, proven by the fact that he doesn't want to wear his "snow hat" even though it's a yellow angry bird hat, and c) he asked for "money" so that he could lend money ... more
I love coming across other peoples' art on the beach.We are having holiday hangover after two weeks in San Diego with my family. After two weeks of fabulous sunshine, football with the guys, and rolling around in a big kid/dog pile on the ground with my sister's two-year-old, her two Bernese mountain dogs, and my parents' dog, Elan is waking up in the dark, trying to get back to sleep and failing, and telling me he misses his cousin Judah.Here's what holiday hangover looks ... more
One month ago, Elan turned 5.We made a sign. He wrote his name but insisted I write "Birthday Party." And those are balloons decorating the sign, in case you're not sure. Balloons being an absolute must for the celebration.I love little kid writing. Adults can imitate it, but they can't ever quite get the adorable haphazard quality of randomly placed backwards letters and the way the whole line drifts and tilts.After much debate, I decided to have Elan's birthday party at the Y Kindergym ... more
Elan, Tilden Park, Berkeley, December 2011We are working on creating family traditions, now that we're 5 years into this whole kids thing. One is going to the holiday carousel at Tilden Park, in the hills above Berkeley.Mama, what's with all the pictures of me with funny expressions posted on your blog lately?Of course, this necessitates me thinking about when we did this or that last year. Which has me think about how little Emry was at this time ... more
Emry, November 2011Thanks for the material, kid.(Don't worry, this time it's chocolate.)And it took a bit of searching through my brain and the Internet, but here's that clip (from Baby Mama, Tina Fey & Maura Tierney).
I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving. We had a very happy Thanksgiving. The food at my husband's aunt's house was so good, I made slightly inappropriate groany noises as I ate it. We went for the traditional walk to the park, football playing in the park, and then came back to the house for dessert. It was all lovely.And then... (because you know there had to be an "and then")My husband was installing Elan's carseat back into our car from his mom's car and said, "I feel like I ... more