Ok, I know I’ve been delinquent in keeping you updated with news and pics about our latest addition. Where do the days go?? During Aili’s afternoon naps I’ve been napping too, so it seems that there’s just no time to blog. Forgive me for this delinquency; I’ve posted a bunch of pictures – although they’re probably not in chronological order – so you can see what we’ve been up to.
At the bank. I regret that this is not a video, so you can’t see that my delicious husband is actually rocking the car seat by flexing his calf muscle.
Gotta love those sexy cyclist legs!
The problem with being married to a sexy cyclist, however, is that you occasionally get the “Honey, I’ve crashed and am going to the ER” phone calls. Ironic that the least superficial person I know would end up visiting with a plastic surgeon twice in six months.
Although it was a scary time for me being at home with two small (and sick) children, somehow he managed to keep most of the damage inside his mouth without losing any teeth, and is recovering quickly.
Here are some funny face pics of Mr. Tomi. This is right after the bath, and if you click on the pic to make it full-size, you can see that his hair is actually curly when wet! How did my Asian baby end up with curly hair???
This is what it looks like when you have two small children in the house: packs and packs and packs of diapers. I actually went back today and bought 5 more packs. Aili is very predictable and has a very low diaper consumption rate, but Tomi burns through them like they’re candy!
Aili has been a fantastic big sister so far. We haven’t seen any signs of aggression or acting out… but then it’s only been three weeks so we’re just waiting for the other shoe to drop. I suspect we’ll see more antics when the novelty wears off and she realizes he’s staying.
In the meantime, she’s been very interested in the baby (she calls him ‘Baby’ and won’t say his name). She likes to help with burping, diaper changes, and bathtime. She’ll also rock him when he’s in the car seat or in his bouncy chair, and even shares her most prized possession, her green blanket. A true sacrifice!
She also likes to help out with other non-baby related chores, such as (un)folding laundry, cleaning the bathroom, and cooking. Note the apron.
We have noticed a lot of differences between Tomi and Aili when she was his age. By three weeks, she was sleeping 4 – 5 hour stretches, but she also cried inexplicably for long stretches. Johnny would walk her in circles for hours, trying to get the noise to stop.
Tomi, on the other hand, doesn’t cry very much at all (*knock on wood*). He goes from dead asleep to screaming with hunger in a few seconds, but all he needs is a snack and he’ll settle right down. We have experienced very few inexplicable crying bouts, and all were very short. He does, however, like to eat and eat and eat… and eat and eat some more. It’s his one skill, and he practices it every hour and a half or so. Round the clock.
As a result, as you can imagine, I’m not getting a tremendous amount of sleep, and certainly not in consecutive hours. I have been assured that someday he will start sleeping for longer stretches, but to date, I haven’t seen any evidence of that. In his entire life he’s had ONE stretch where he went without eating for three full hours. ONE.
All that eating also makes a baby fat, and Tomi is no exception. He is gaining weight at an exceptional rate, growing out of clothes he’s never worn, and is sort of shaped like a snowman. One big round ball for a belly with a smaller round ball on top for a head. He is now almost the weight that Aili was at 2 months: 12 lbs.
Mr. Tubs at naked time. Much as he thinks he’s wasting away between meals, I think we can all see that there is NO danger of that….
Look at that big round belly!
Contemplative baby considering how much respite he’s going to give her before demaning lunch #4.
Now THIS is what makes a tired mommy happy:
This ALSO makes a tired mommy happy – a two-week-old taking a bottle. Hurrah!
Proud papa. Johnny is absolutely over the moon with the new shape of our family. I love seeing him so delighted with his life. He keeps planning when he’s going to take them skiing, and wants to buy a soccer ball for Aili, and is envious of the guy up the street who is taking his 11-year-old boy to Whistler Bike Park.
All in good time, my darling….
To truly cement our suburban family status, I finally caved…. we sold my beautiful blue Subaru and bought ourselves a minivan instead. It makes sense, but it’s still a minivan, and I still carry some reservations about being a minivan mommy. It’s a bit older (2004 Honda Odyssey), but it was a good price, is a dream to drive (yes, a minivan can actually be fun to drive!) and most importantly, it is a great fit for our family’s needs. We can carry 2 kids, both strollers, the dog, groceries, gear, and STILL have room to spare!
(Don’t tell Aili that it has a DVD player installed on the ceiling.)
Here I am in front of the new (gold. ew.) minivan.
With our new double Joovy Caboose Ultralight stroller! (Highly recommended. That thing is fantastique!!)
Happy man surveying his minivan. In fact, he’s so happy with it that he says he can see himself only driving Honda Odysseys for the rest of his life. Perhaps that’s jumping the gun a teensy bit, but suffice to say, he’s thrilled about our purchase!
Aili is clearly in the middle of the 18-month ‘language explosion’ and is gaining new words everyday. She continues to be my absolute joy, even when I’m my tiredest.
Little Ms. Pretty after a shower.