March 26, 2013

Passover, kids' edition.

We shared a Seder meal with friends last night.  Years ago, I'd participated in a Passover Seder in a synagogue that opened up a meal to non-Jewish people interested in learning about this traditional meal.  Last night's Seder dinner was much more lax, yet still full of symbol and meaning.  It ushered us into remembering the story of Passover and the deliverance of the Jews from Egyptian slavery.

But here's a not-so-accurate, yet amusing version told by some kids.  I wouldn't quote them on it, but hopefully you'll enjoy their take on Moses and the Passover...alien included.

March 22, 2013

nine months.



Although he's not crawling forward, he has discovered that he can travel a little by pushing himself backwards.  You'd be surprised by how far he can travel across a floor just by sliding backwards and pivoting in circles.  But mostly, he really likes to stand/lean.  He will hold his arms up to you, as if he wants to be picked up by you, but all he really wants is your hands to support him so he can "stand."  You could try to make him sit, but he just arches his back or goes stiff as a plank, so he can't bend to sit down.  And since he doesn't walk, he just, stands or leans, if you prop him up against something.  But he's as happy as a clam.

We're adding spices to food now...cumin, turmeric, curry, cinnamon.  So fun.  He's loving it, but I think he just loves eating in general.  I've read that if a baby doesn't want to eat anymore he will spit food out or turn his face away or lean back into his chair.  He's never done any of those things.  He just keeps opening his mouth when you put a spoon up to it, even if he's cranky.  He's not so keen on water.  He'll definitely knock away a sippy cup if you try to put it anywhere near his mouth, but he will not say no to a spoon full of food.

And we've completely transitioned to cloth diapers, finally.  I wish we could have done it sooner, but there are soooo many options and I got overwhelmed and was hesitant to spend all that money before I knew for certain what diapers we'd use.  After finally getting out to a cloth diapering workshop, I knew what I wanted to try, bit the bullet and ordered my "system" of diapers and accessories.  It's taken a little time to transition, as most of the system is made up of 'prefolds' that are folded and placed into a cover, but we've gotten the hang of it and it's pretty normal now.  Our trash output has drastically gone down without a bag full of diapers to toss, which makes me happy for the sake of the earth.  We even use cloth wipes and homemade wipes solution.  Call me eco-conscious or granola, but I'm just discovering a world of natural, homemade cleaning products, and I like it.

I don't know if it's a universal baby thing, but this kid is fascinated with technology.  He will lunge for a laptop or cellphone, over playing with a crinkly giraffe or a multi-coloured piano. Maybe it's cause he sees big people playing with these things, but he definitely wants to get in on the action.  Makes me nervous for when he'll be asking for his own cellphone at the age of two.

As of his nine month check-up, he's 21 pounds.  He is a good-sized turkey.  Every once in a while, I'll look at him and notice that something has changed, like how his round baby pot belly isn't so round anymore having stretched out a couple more centimetres in the past few months.  I wonder if it's a universal parent thing to feel both excited and sad for your growing infant. I'm excited to see the milestones of growth and development that each month brings, but I'm a little sad to see those teeny baby moments, like how he used to fit into my forearm when I held him or how he used to gently coo at you, fleeting away and becoming distant memories.  But one thing will always remain the same...that is the bountiful joy and laughter that this little human brings into our lives.

March 20, 2013

March 19, 2013

teddy bear.

After last Tuesday's Matty the Sloth video, I decided to attempt to do a weekly Too Cute Tuesday post.  I say attempt because if you know me, you know that committing to be consistent with something is a bit of a challenge for me, like new year's resolutions or this blog.  Why cute things?  Cause there are a lot of cute things out there and "too cute Tuesday" is nice alliteration.

So here's another 'ugly' but cute animal video, with a nod to St. Patty's Day.  Porcupines may not be the cuddliest of animals, but the cute factor comes from the sounds it makes while chomping down on his corny treats.


via Cute Overload

March 18, 2013

he loves swings.


and it's his daddy's birthday today!

March 16, 2013

toy stories.

A fascinating photo project by Italian photographer, Gabriele Galimberti, featuring kids from all over the world with their toys.  Whether proudly displaying their one prized possession or a collection that filled their room, it's clear that all children share a love for play.




via A Cup of Jo

March 12, 2013

matty the baby sloth.


This is one of the cutest things I've seen in a while.  We love sloths.  Actually, my husband loves sloths, so it's fun that this little guy is named Matty, too.  I've grown fond of them because of his affinity for them.  They're pretty up there in the 'ugly but cute' animals category...along with French Bulldogs.

I'd like to say that we've been to this sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica and, unfortunately, did not get the same treatment by any sloth.  Matt felt a little shafted that he wasn't able to hold a sloth but he did sneak a little touch with some baby sloths in a box while the staff wasn't looking.

And if you just can't get enough sloth adorableness, there's a Sloth Appreciation Society.

March 11, 2013

owl spotting.

Snowy Owl at Boundary Bay Regional Park, Tsawwassen

March 9, 2013

comical kids.

Kurtis Findlay, an acquaintance from our time at Urban Promise Vancouver, has created a comic strip about the cute things his kids say and do called "Kids, Eh?"  What makes it funnier is that we know these people and that these are actual situations and happenings.  These kids come up with some really cute stuff.

"Naked Surprise"

"Best Hiding Spot Ever"

"Poo or Pooh?"

March 8, 2013

it's inevitable, i guess.

Me: I tried giving Ezra steamed sweet potato in chunks.  He was able to gum it and eat it.

Matt: Hmm.

Me: That means I don't have to puree all his food now.  He can start eating more lumpy and mashed foods.

Matt: Worst.

Me: What?! Why?

Matt: It means he's growing up.

(Awwwwww.)

March 4, 2013

Kimberley, BC.