Wednesday, July 30, 2008


We took advantage of the beautiful weather this past Saturday to go hiking with Sebastian. We drove up to the New Paltz area and went on two short hikes, one along the Hudson river and one in the Shawangunk range at Minnewaska state park.

It was a great opportunity to test out our new baby carrier backpack (the Deuter Kid Comfort II, if you're curious), which worked terrifically. Sebastian was happy, daddy Steve was happy, mama was thrilled. Sebbe even managed to fall asleep in it at the end of the day.
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Monday, July 21, 2008

new photos

I'm still working on the videos, but at least there are a few new photos here.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

change change change

Sebastian has made huge strides in all kinds of ways over the last few weeks. I'm sorry that it has coincided with my return to work, as I've been left with less time to blog and photograph than I would like.

In the realm of movement, he has fully mastered the crawl and is moving onto baby steps. He likes to walk hanging onto our hands, and he cruises around the living room using various pieces of furniture. He is able to pull himself up to standing with ease, although he has trouble getting back down. He occasionally manages to simply sit, and occasionally crouches down and gets his arms and knees down - but it's clearly a bit of a struggle.

One of his most exciting new tricks is waving hello and goodbye. He first managed it this past week and since then has managed to wave hello to daddy, goodbye to auntie Trish, and hello/goodbye to a number of my neighbors. He gets very excited (I get very excited. :) ) He seems to have grasped that he can imitate our movements, which has led to all sorts of fun new tricks.

Steve has been trying new games with the boy - passing a ball back and forth, and "sharing". Sebastian tries very hard to roll his little wooden ball back to daddy. Sometimes he manages it, and most times it goes in a totally different direction (or no direction at all). Sharing involves Steve handing a toy to Sebbe and saying "share", and holding out his hands. Sebastian usually hands the toy back, and we both applaud. Good times.

We have still been trying new foods - this weekend, we gave him corn and flounder. We have been glorying in the summer bounty at the farmers market - strawberries and blueberries and cherries, corn and zucchini, and peaches and tomatoes still to come.

He has also started to figure out books - he looks at them (Peek-a-Who? is his favorite) and turns the pages and pats them with his hands. He doesn't have much patience for being read to, however - he'll often grab the book from me and start chewing it.

We have some new photos, but they're on the other computer, which is misbehaving. I'll hope to post some tomorrow.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

8 months!

Sebastian is 8 months old! We went to the doctor for a checkup - he weighs 18 lbs and is 28 inches tall. A bit above average for height, and below average for weight. Our string bean.

He has new teeth coming in - four at once!! - all on the top. Two are already peeking through and two more are right below the gumline. He was a bit fussy last night, which may or may not be related to the descending teeth.

He has been doing something new and fascinating. He loves the long mirror in our bedroom - he crawls toward it and grins, he tries to kiss his reflection. But recently, he pulled the mirror forward and looked behind it - looking for the baby that he saw in the mirror. He did it again and again, staring at the face in the mirror and then looking behind. We were so impressed, and really wished we could know what he was thinking as he did it.

He has started vocalizing more and more - dadada and yahyahyah and ennnennn.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

video from Portland

Compliments of Carl.

Family in Portland from Carl on Vimeo.

Monday, July 7, 2008


Sebastian 1; parents 0.

For the last eight months, we have tried to convince Sebastian to sleep through the night in his crib. We moved him into it, in a separate room, when he was 6 weeks old, and we have pretty much stuck with it. Unfortunately, he is not a good sleeper. He'll wake up anywhere from 3-8 times a night, crying for us. He doesn't need much attention, often only a hand touching him and shushing, but still, we have to get out of bed. We tried letting him cry it out, which sort of worked - it decreased the frequency of his wake-ups to 3-4 instead of 6-8. But when he cries for 45 minutes and hasn't fallen asleep, or when he cries himself to sleep and wakes up 2 hours later crying, it's pretty hard to stick with the program.

While we were in Portland, we let him sleep in our bed - the nights were cold and we wanted to minimise his crying and let Popo and Grandpa and Uncle Carl and Aunt Kim sleep. He slept like a dream - waking up once or twice and easily falling back. It was incredibly seductive. We came home and let him stay with us during our first week back, since I was returning to work. And so on Thursday night, with a three day weekend in front of us, we put him back in his crib. He cried all night. He would fall asleep for brief periods but then wake up and cry some more. By the middle of the night he was just inconsolable. So we've given up - he gets put to sleep in his crib, but when he wakes up, we move him in with us.

Sigh. We tried. But clearly, Sebastian has conclusively won the first round.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

pulling up!

Sebastian has learned how to pull himself up to standing! He first managed it in his crib two days ago, but has since repeated the feat using the couch, his high chair, and various parental legs. Look out world! We think he was inspired by watching cousin Danica motor around all last week. He's also starting to figure out regular crawling (which is good, since Grandpa Avery said his first movements looked like a proto-creature, and Aunt Trish thought he was like a worm!). :)

We spent all of last week in Portland, Oregon, for a Mah family reunion. It was wonderful to see all my aunts, uncles, and cousins again, as well as my immediate family. We picnicked, hiked the Gorge, visited the zoo and children's museum, ate tons of food, and did some shopping. It was especially magical to watch the cousins play together, with increasing awareness of each other as the week went on. I have tons of pictures - 300 or so? - and will post them as soon as I can go through and edit them down to a manageable number.

In less fun news, I am back at work. Yesterday was my first day, and although I only stayed for a half day, it was very sad. I felt a bit like I was missing a limb. To add insult to injury, my work shoes, unused for so many months, gave me blisters. On the bright side, Grandma Raab is looking after Sebbe today, and early reports are good (they went for a walk, visited the pool, managed a bit of food...).