Saturday, April 18, 2015


I just realized it's been about 2 months since Bear started eating some solids. It's really only been the last few weeks he's been serious about things, though.

I'm amazed, yet again, at how much he has fed himself. We do babyled weaning and he's been open to everything so far.

He's tried, and actually eaten:
  • sweet potatoes
  • avocado
  • hummus
  • watermelon
  • rice cakes (BAD IDEA!)
  • applesauce
  • rice
  • oatmeal
  • broccoli 
  • mudajara (bulgar wheat and lentils)
  • garlic sauce 
  • tart cherry ice cream (daddy)
  • dark chocolate ice cream (mommy)
  • raspberries
  • bananas
  • scrambled eggs
  • plain potatoes
  • salmon
  • chicken
  • shredded cheese
  • yogurt
  • quinoa salad

I'm sure I'm missing a few things, but we have yet to come across something he doesn't like. I'm hoping this means I'll have a quinoa eating partner in the house!

Dear Barrett: Month 8.5


Dearest Barrett:

You are 8.5 months old now, and a friend's son described you as joyful the other day as you were in the midst of getting THREE TEETH AT THE SAME TIME. Though you've been kind of crankier and napping much less, joyful is still a wonderful word for you. You smile easily, laugh quickly.

There's more movement in your world these days. While you're not crawling, you are making an effort to move forward in a lot of ways. You try to scoot when you're sitting, and you can literally fold yourself in half to get a toy (although this has been disastrous once or twice when you've landed flat on your front teeth instead of anything else!). Standing is your thing, though you can't figure out how to get yourself there or what to do once we have you standing. You can scoot and "crawl" backwards, but not efficiently. The cool thing is that most things you're interested in come to you via big brother. He's happy to roll a toy back to you or bring you something new when you get bored. You're pretty lucky to have such an awesome big brother.

We've still been doing hikes and geocaches in the woods, which you happily tag along for. Everywhere you go you make people smile, and I love thinking about how your smile always brightens my day but may brighten someone else's, too. Babbling is a big thing for you, as is chewing on my cell phone case.

Foods are going much better these days. Some of the more interesting things you've eaten include garlic sauce, salmon, tart cherry ice cream (that was so daddy!), shredded cheese, mujadara (bulgar wheat and lentils), and dark chocolate ice cream (ok, that was me, but it was a miniscule bite). You're getting much better at putting smaller things into your mouth, which is a blessing and a curse, but very efficient for eating.

You bring so much joy to our lives, Bear. Everyone's life that you touch is better with you in it. I'm so thankful you are here to be Griffin's little brother for life, something I'll never fully understand as an only child. Thank you for loving us and letting us love you.


Mama (which you better say soon...)

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Dear Barrett - 6 months


Dear Barrett:

You are six months old. Six months! I can't believe it's already been half of a year. I look at tiny newborns and wonder where newborn Bear has gone.

You're learning so much new stuff every day. You can sit up now for quite some time - you only topple over when you reach for something far away. You can roll over both ways, though you don't really like to do so. The other day you started babbling consonants, too. I hope you'll say mama first!

Everywhere we go, I wrap you up and you catch people's eye, engaging them to smile and talk to you. You love it.

We've been doing lots of hikes, even in the cold weather. You don't mind one bit. Sometimes I'll put you on my back and we'll shovel snow together, you happily bobbing your head along with the shoveling. We'll walk around the block in weather that's too cold for Dad and Griffin, no problem. It's clear you love being outside, and it makes your nickname of Bear even more appropriate.

Your most favorite thing in the world is your brother. Griffin always makes you smile! There is nothing you like to do more than to watch him doing whatever it is he's up to - eating, playing, reading. Nothing entertains you more than watching your big brother.

Barrett, you are such a happy baby. I love everything about you, from your single dimple to your disposition to those adorable rolls on your thighs. I'm so thankful for you every single day.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Snow baby

This kid was meant to be outside. He was born to be called Bear. He never complains no matter how long we're outside; even when we're rushing between stores and both clearly underdressed for the weather, he doesn't mind. Fever, teething, growing pains...he complains about those things, but only when we're inside. We've been outside hours this month when other babies are snug at home.

Griffin and I laid him in the snow for his first snow angel and Barrett was perfectly content. We were both impressed.

Friday, January 23, 2015

A surprising parenting moment.

I promised, and I don't even know why I did so, that we could go to Jungle Java this afternoon.  It's not that I dislike the place, but it's pretty stressful. There are a lot of triggers for kids there, between food, overestimation, crowds, noise.  It's a love-hate relationship with the place.

Normally we try to go early in the morning to avoid some of the chaos, but today we saw a dear friend in the morning so it was in the afternoon. I tried to prep him to eat and drink before we go (he always wants to buy food there, which is pretty pricey and not very healthy) but he refused. Some days we last two or three hours there, but today within a few minutes Griffin was clearly tired, hungry, and thirsty. TROUBLE. 

In the midst of the chaos, a younger boy of maybe one and a half, max two, came up to Griffin to try to get him to play. He didn't talk much but smiled kindly at Griffin. At first he didn't see the little boy, but then when I pointed out to him that the boy was trying to get his attention, Griffin did something super cool for a kid: he knelt down so that he'd be at eye level with the little guy and said hi to him. I watched the way the little guy's eyes lite up, and he was instantly attached to Griffin. He tried to lead him away from me to the little kid area, and Griffin kept telling him that he wasn't allowed to play there because he was older than three. The little boy didn't mind, of course, and didn't quite understand. He hugged Griffin to get him to follow him, and Griffin was so so patient.

Griffin went back to playing for awhile, then came back, clearly still very tired, hungry, and thirsty. He began to whine and complain, being pretty unkind. We eventually left without too much of an issue, and started on our drive home (the long way, also known as the nap way in my book). A few minutes into the drive (and before he noticed that we were going the long way) he apologized, completely out of the blue. He told me he loved me and was sorry for how he had treated me early. He made no excuses, he just stated it.

Something, somewhere, is going right for us.  Gotta keep going in this direction.