Sunday, March 29, 2009

babbling b's

Our boy is babbling in earnest and starting to pick up more and more language. In the past week, he's learned to say dog, duck, boat, shoes, keys, and banana. (Daw, duh, boa, shoo, kee, nana.)

And Steve and I have noticed how many words of particular interest to our small boy start with B: ball, book, block, box, boat, banana, blueberry, bread, bottle, baby, bath, bird, bye-bye, buckle, bubble, balloon...

Reading, part 1 from B. Avery on Vimeo.

Reading, part 2 from B. Avery on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

the poor man's ride-on toy

Poor Sebbe. Deprived of a real ride-on toy, he has taken to scooting around the apartment on an overturned box.

poor man's ride-on toy from B. Avery on Vimeo.

The real question is, would he actually like a real toy with wheels any better....?

Spring Break!

Last week was spring break at Columbia, so I took the week off. Sebastian and I had some great adventures together - we went for a bunch of long walks on the trail (Seb in our backpack, which he loves), to playgrounds, to Stone Barns to see the animals, to a play date at a kids gym, to a toddler art class, and to the Long Island Children's Museum. We had a grand time. We were especially impressed by the LICM, which is the biggest of the local kids museums and had lots of fun activities. They had a toddler playroom, three rooms filled with various musical instruments, a bubble-making room, a hall of mirrors, a tv studio, and many other things. Some pictures are below.

I also took Sebastian to daycare for part of Wednesday and Friday so that Steve and I could have fancy lunch dates, which was wonderful and lovely and novel. We visited Momofuku Ssam Bar, which is a very hip new restaurant in the city, and X2O on the Hudson, which had some of the best cod we've ever tasted.

Sebastian has started eating like he used to - back in the good old days before our February illness set him off on a food strike. In the last 4 days he's surprised us by eating fish, black and white beans, creamed broccoli, sweet potatoes, grapefruit, beef with mushrooms and red pepper, zucchini, and spinach. Mashed potatoes and cauliflower still got a big no, as did mamma's lentil soup. But it's wonderful to have some hope of getting veggies into our boy again and to watch that belly expand.
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Monday, March 9, 2009

boy finds mud

Nothing is better than mud puddles in the springtime. Yay for splashing!

springtime mud puddles from B. Avery on Vimeo.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

pictures from the Bronx Zoo!

More pictures in the Sebastian photo gallery.
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Saturday, March 7, 2009

weekend fun!

Friday we went to a toddler art class in Hastings. I was a total failure on the photography front, as I was busy running around after Seb and getting covered in blue and red paint. But we had a grand time playing with some new friends and new toys and making a painting together.

Saturday was a beautifully warm spring day here. We spent the morning outside at the local playground - digging in the dirt, banging on the metal bells, and sliding down the slides. (I was really surprised that when we arrived at the playground Sebastian immediately picked up a stick and went to play the bells - we hadn't been at the playground for months and yet he remembered that trick!) And in the afternoon we all went to the Bronx Zoo!

The zoo wasn't very crowded by New York standards, but there were still a lot of people there. And it was smaller than we expected, and definitely felt like it was in the city. But Sebastian was very attentive and really liked seeing all the animals - he watched them move, pointed at them, and said "Da!". It's sort of his universal phrase.

He saw ducks and said "boat", which was understandable and awesome. We saw lions and tigers and bears, monkeys and baboons, eagles and owls and vultures, and lots of deer-like creatures with very odd names. Oh, and sea-lions, which scared Seb.

We took some pictures - none very good, unfortunately - which I'll post tomorrow.

Friday, March 6, 2009

peekaboo with Grandpa and Popo

Last night Sebastian and I skype video-chatted with my mom and dad on the computer. Sebastian is very familiar with the video and with their faces - he smiles and waves at them, and shows off toys and new tricks for them. Yesterday he played peekaboo with them - the computer was on the couch, and he crouched down so that he couldn't see the screen (and they couldn't see him) and then would pop up and giggle madly. Grandpa and Popo of course laughed and cheered and clapped, which brought many repeat performances. It was so neat.

I do wonder what he thinks about these strange virtual people who live in a white box. What will he think or do when they show up to visit in May? I can't wait to see.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Hide and Seek!

Sebastian plays a hiding game with us in this video. (The videographer starts off with the camera tilted, but quickly realizes her mistake. Oops!)

Hide and Seek from B. Avery on Vimeo.