Monday, January 26, 2009

Not a Box!

Sebastian discovered the wonders of big boxes this weekend. He climbed in and out of it, he threw balls and other toys into it, and he pushed his truck up and over. In this video he pushes the truck across the box and then clambers up and over it himself. He did this yesterday for about 45 minutes straight.

He also started to play with his hipster boy doll, Pip, a Christmas present from Uncle Carl, Aunt Kim, and cousin Danica. He had previously ignored Pip entirely, thus feeding into all our stereotypes about boys and cars and girls and dolls. But this weekend he picked up the doll, carried him around, talked to him, and took his shoes and hat on and off. Pretty cool!

On Saturday we visited the Children's Museum of Manhattan on the Upper West Side. Sebastian got to run around, explore the giant Lite Brite, feed letters to a giant alligator, play with pretend food, and steer a NYC bus. We got there just before 10 and had a grand time for an hour or so. By 11:30, it was getting crazily crowded and we fled in search of food.

not a box! from B. Avery on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Very Busy Spider

In the last week or two Sebastian has started bringing us books to read to him - he walks up holding it outstretched for our attention - and just this past weekend he started backing up and sitting into our laps while carrying a book. His new favorite book is Eric Carle's The Very Busy Spider. On Sunday I read it to him 4 or 5 times. In a row.

The Very Busy Spider from B. Avery on Vimeo.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Christmas 2008 (better late than never)

I finally managed to sort through and post our pictures from Christmas. There are many more in the online album.
Sebastian with his new Richard Scarry books.
Demonstrating the art of unwrapping.
animal magnets!
Haba blocks!
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Sunday, January 18, 2009

game day

Sebastian is clearly very excited for the Steelers' playoff game today.
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Wednesday, January 14, 2009


I took Sebastian for his first haircut on Sunday. It will surprise no one to hear that he hated it. He started wailing as soon as I sat him in the chair, and he wept and sobbed and clung to me for the entire 3 minutes that it took. So sad.

We went to a place near here called Snip-its, that specializes in children's cuts. The staff blow bubbles, hand out toys, have tv monitors with kid's videos, and reward each child after the conclusion of the cut. (Not that any of these tricks made any difference to our son, of course.)

He looks good with his hair trimmed a bit - we left the curls in back, but trimmed away some of the strands that were contributing to the unfortunate mullet/fauxhawk look.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Sebastian has a new favorite word: JUICE! We started giving him watered down orange juice when he was sick and we were worried about his fluid intake. And then we continued because he just loves it. Loves it. He'll chug his entire sippy cup.

This past Sunday morning, Steve opened the fridge, and Sebbe pointed in at the oj container and said "juice!". (okay, so it was more like "jui") Now he can't stop repeating it. When I gave him his milk this morning, I swear he said "where's juice?"

Awesome. :)

Sunday, January 4, 2009

January adventures

At the new Greenburgh Public Library, a wonderfully light-filled new building

In Cold Spring, a Hudson River town north of us

At Dia: Beacon, a contemporary art museum

At the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium.

We've had a wonderful first week of 2009, and have kept ourselves very busy.
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Thursday, January 1, 2009

At the Museum of Natural History

I've been off from work all week and have been loving my time with Sebastian. He and I went to a baby gym class at Great Play twice, visited Steve at his office in midtown Manhattan, had a playdate with some friends, and visited the Natural History Museum (Steve played hooky and came with us!). We weren't sure if Seb would appreciate or even enjoy the museum, but he really loved it. He actually looked at the animals in the exhibits, he was fascinated by the various videos, and he ran around everywhere. I'm not sure he "got" the dinosaur rooms, but Steve really liked them. It was a great trip!
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Feeding myself!

Last Sunday, Sebastian finally figured out how to grab his spoon and navigate it toward his own mouth. He attacked his yogurt and blueberries with gusto. He was so proud. (So were we.)
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