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Busy, busy, busy!

November 20th, 2005 by Joyce

Carmen is sleeping in the swing right now. She has been in constant motion today, even in her sleep. Hopefully the swing will help her rest.

Saturday we drove out to Saratoga for the Big Thicket Association Annual Meeting. I am the BTA Treasurer. After a rough night, an early morning, and then a long drive hearing the babies complain–or worrying that they might start complaining again whenever they did stop–I arrived just in time for the Treasurer’s report. I huffed into the meeting room, stared at the crowd, and blinked. What was I doing there and who were these people, again? I don’t remember what I said but Matt assured me it did make sense. Whew, good thing.

The babies didn’t let us stay long, but we did at least visit a little bit. I want to visit Maxine and everybody again, but I’ve got to persuade the babies that they need to learn to sleep in the car. Sandi Elsik (in the plaid shirt) reminded me I never slept in the car, myself. I did bring them a couple of new toys and their Los Lonely Boys CD, and they did amuse each other for a little while by talking in their own little baby language to each other (“where are they taking us now?” they said), but it just wasn’t enough. Fortunately on the drive back we didn’t have to make any stops, although C&D made it apparent to us that they were happy to be home.

Today: . . . Carmen showed Matt that she could stand for a few seconds on her own. David probably could, if he wanted to, but he is more cautious, and instead busies himself by taking all toys out of–and them putting them back into–his wicker basket. The basket has about 30 pounds of weight on the bottom, so C&D can hoist themselves up without tipping it. (Not that they don’t try.)

. . . Matt did help David learn the art of unpacking a bookshelf. Next lesson: putting everything back?

. . . a stray cat learned that at lunchtime two frazzled parents might put out two highchairs outside to be cleaned during naptime, and that the highchairs might be full, like they were today, of chicken, oat groats, zucchini, and butternut squash. The stray cat also learned that those two parents, one of whom was cooking and the other of whom was helping a baby stand up while being climbed upon by the other, are too busy to really stop him from having quite a nice lunch, and even the supposed resident cat considered himself to busy to do anything about it.

. . . while we were cooking, Carmen was practicing standing by using David as a bolster. While David is on all fours she’ll push herself up, one hand on his back, the other high above her head as if she were riding a bucking bronco.
C&D try climbing up on each other pretty often; Carmen gets mad and complains when David tries to hoist himself up, but David often laughs and pulls on her shirt when she uses little brother as a piece of playground equipment. We tried to catch it on camera, but missed.

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Inside the Pitter Patter Catterpillar

November 18th, 2005 by Joyce


David is only brave enough to crawl about halfway through before turning around and coming back out, and Carmen is more interested in finding a way to go over the tunnel rather than through it.

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An accounting

November 15th, 2005 by Joyce

Promised I would share, and I forgot until I was looking over some numbers (Big Thicket Association budget) yesterday.

At their last checkup (October 25th):
Carmen weighed 20 pounds, 8 ounces; measured at 27 and 5/8 inches.
David weighed at 20 pounds, 10 ounces; meaured at 27 and 7/8 inches.

The weights shocked us, because Carmen still has the remarkable ability to feel as heavy as a bag of lead when we pick her up, whereas David magically levitates up into our arms.

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An accounting

November 15th, 2005 by Joyce

Promised I would share, and I forgot until I was looking over some numbers (Big Thicket Association budget) yesterday.

At their last checkup (October 25th):
Carmen weighed 20 pounds, 8 ounces; measured at 27 and 5/8 inches.
David weighed at 20 pounds, 10 ounces; meaured at 27 and 7/8 inches.

The weights shocked us, because Carmen still has the remarkable ability to feel as heavy as a bag of lead when we pick her up, whereas David magically levitates up into our arms.

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Not Quite Ready

November 14th, 2005 by Joyce

C&D are happy, nondiscriminating eaters. But we aren’t quite ready for Earl Abel’s.

David figures if he smears his food in the general direction of his face, some of it will land in his mouth . . .

Carmen’s aim is much more accurate, but she is not quite convinced that she cannot fit an entire slice of cucumber in her mouth.

They’re messy, but they’re cute, so I guess we’ll keep them.

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These Days

November 11th, 2005 by Joyce

What is it like for me to be home alone with C&D these days? Well, Thursday it looked like this:



When they got a little fussy I put on a Los Lonely Boys DVD that I picked up at the library earlier in the week. When the music started David smiled and Carmen started bouncing on her poofy, cloth-diapered butt. Their favorite song is Heaven, judging by the arm-flapping and bouncing. Who needs Baby Einstein?


Almost had an accident with a semi truck on Wednesday on the way to the co-op. Blech. Right now my paradise is a place where Central Market, Whole Foods, and the co-op are within easy walking distance. Worst thing that would happen in that case would be, what? Tripping? No such pedestrian paradise exists in Houston, though.


From an e-mail Thursday morning:

Carmen proved yesterday to Fiona that she can crawl, too, but she would rather alternate sitting from being on all fours. She moves sort of like a spirograph, around and around and around.

That afternoon, Carmen crawled a couple of feet and directly into the wall. She stopped, sat down, and started twirling and whirling again.


On the bookshelf: The Absorbent Mind. What I like best in this book by Maria Montessori (the Montessori) is her clear sense of wonder at the process of child development. Here’s a nice little piece from this week:

To know, to love and to serve is the trimonial of all religions, but the child is the
true maker of our spirituality. He teaches us the plan of nature for giving form to our conduct and character, a plan fully traced out in all its details of age and work, with its need for freedom and intense activity in accordance with the laws of life.

Nice. I started Montessori from the Start this past week, too. I think I’ll snuggle with Carmen right now and read it a bit.


Today our biggest accomplishment was a successful trip and visit to Young and Restless for some knit pants with lots of room for cloth-diapered baby butts. We have a to-do list three miles long; wonder what we’ll manage to get done tomorrow?

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We Have Crawling!

November 6th, 2005 by Joyce

Well, we did have crawling, more than the three-steps-and-I’m-finished kind of crawling, until David noticed his reflection in the diaper pail and decided to kneel up and talk to it.

Oh, well.

I just loved the sound of those fat little hands slapping the hardwood floor as he crossed the room. This is going to be fun. And the room is almost babyproofed . . . just in time.

This weekend we rearranged some furniture to separate the cribs. When C&D are napping they wake each other up. You would think after nine months of napping in the same room they would stop waking up with each other, but we have many days when we walk in to find them lying in bed, looking at each other, and wondering what exciting events (e.g., the cat walking in, sorting the diaper laundry?) they might be missing in the rest of the house.

So now a swing and crib is in the master bedroom, a crib and two dressers (mine and Matt’s) are in the babies’ room, and a swing and rocking chair in the back bedroom. A set of shelves in the living room for the babies’ toys and books and socks and hats (the two types of clothing we are perpetually losing). We’ll see how it all works. Hopefully tomorrow I can finish putting things away.

Tomorrow also the babies get to taste homemade cranberry sauce with their lunch. I think they’ll like it. They certainly enjoy the pleasures of the table, gobbling up chicken curries and spiced sweet potatoes and cold, fresh pineapples with equal enthusiasm. The cranberry sauce should be no exception. We’re still eating carefully, but we’re avoiding our usual allergy suspects and the babies’ little tummies lately seem pretty fine. Hurray!

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