Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Wilkens Farm pumpkin patch

Sebastian and I went to Wilkens Farm on Sunday morning to pick some apples and visit the pumpkin patch. It was a gorgeous sunny day, the perfect temperature for wandering outside and eating cider donuts. Our friends Rachel, Gui, and Sonya joined us, which made it especially fun!
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Friday, October 23, 2009

fall leaves at Rockefeller State Park

My apple-cheeked apple muncher.

Dropping the leaves over the side of the bridge into the water below.

I buried him up to his waist in this pile of leaves so that he could have the joy of wading and stomping out. Such fun. We did it again and again.

Sebastian trying to catch the leaves as the wind blows them down from the trees.
There are more pictures from our afternoon at the park in the October gallery.
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pajama'd boys

Sebastian has had a cold for the last week or so, and yesterday woke up with goopy eyes as well. Off to the doctor to get a prescription for eye drops (he hates the doctor's office, and started crying as soon as I pulled into the parking lot). We have to put one drop in each eye three times a day. Needless to say, he really, really doesn't like the drops. Last night I pinned him down while Steve put the drops in, while Seb thrashed like mad and screamed bloody murder. When we finished and let him up, he ran away from us and stood in the corner of his bedroom, sniffling, crying, and glaring at his tormenters/betrayers. It was sad, of course, but also really funny. He didn't know what to do with himself and his upset, since running to one of us for comfort was clearly out of the question.

The pictures are unrelated - just my boys in their stripey pjs, giggling together.
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Thursday, October 22, 2009


At the age of almost 2, our boy can finally say his own name!! We were teasing him at lunch today - who's the baby? Are you the bean? Are you the Raabit? What's your name? - and then when we were both turned away, out it came, "Bastian!" We danced, we cheered, we applauded, we were utter fools. He said it again and again, and jumped in happiness between takes. :)

He now understands that the camera takes pictures and video that he can re-watch, and loves to watch himself on the screen. He knew I was filming him here and was eager to see the results.

Bastian! from B. Avery on Vimeo.

Mis-take from B. Avery on Vimeo.

Bastian II from B. Avery on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

I sad

Sebbe has learned to identify "sad" - as in, when the pigeon doesn't get to drive the bus, he's sad. Or when Seb throws his doll on the floor, Pip gets a boo-boo and is sad. Or if he hears a baby crying, the baby's sad. It's his favorite new discovery. We were particularly impressed on Sunday when he was able to stop, mid-tantrum, and say, "I sad." We had taken away the computer, after the fifth or sixth time watching his favorite Ernie and Elmo singing video, and he was having a royal meltdown. But then he stopped, said "I sad", and was suddenly amenable to distraction. It was awesome. (Of course, now he says it all the time, and I'm not sure he always means it - it's his favorite new "look at me" phrase.)

He has also been demonstrating an impressive degree of self-control when he gets frustrated or angry. For the past few months, he's been lashing out and hitting us, or occasionally biting, when we try to compel him to do something (leave the apartment, get in the bath, etc.) We have told him that he can't hit, that hitting hurts people, but we weren't sure the message was getting through or that he had sufficient mental and emotional control to remember. But suddenly, just last week, he started either hitting his leg, hitting his hands together, or just shaking his hands in the air when he would previously have hit us. And then he says, "I boom". And we can talk about how it hurts your hand to hit things and how it's hard to get frustrated. It's been really an amazing development, and we are impressed. (We're easily impressed. :) )

I've posted some new pictures from October outdoor play in the picasa album.