Monday, October 9, 2017

TRL (aka, all the requests)

Dear Goose,
Just a quick note about the cuteness overload that is you right now. You have started requesting songs! If you want us to sing The Wheels on the Bus, you will start rolling your hands expectantly. The other request we get a lot is Baa Baa Black Sheep which you request by saying "baaa baaa" and nodding knowingly. So funny.

We just got you in the bike seat last week and now you want to ride all. the. time. You bring me your helmet numerous times a day and the few times when we are actually going for a ride you start hooting as soon as you see me get our helmets. When you're on the bike, you sing. You like the little guard in front of you and you drum on it and kick your feet. Though you can't say "bike" if you hear anyone say it, ou immediately start patting your head, hoping for the helmet and a ride.

You also request chocolate by running over to the cabinet where it is (which is very high), pointing at the cupboard and signing "more." If you hear anyone say "chocolate" you run over to the cupboard and ask for some.

Friday, September 29, 2017

16 months old!

Dearest Goose,
You are now 16 months old and are the queen of NO! You do have a few other words: "that" "Dada" "Mama" "Da" (means yes) and"bye" you basically just say NO all the time. Oh, the power of no! Sometimes you say no when you mean yes, but most of the time you really just love being contrary.  You shake your head to mean no, you shout no, you repeat no no no no no no, you draw it out nooooo, you smilingly say no, it runs the gamut. You are an expert communicator!

You are just about done with 2 naps a day and are taking one longish nap around 11am these days. You're getting some teeth and are in the thick of separation anxiety, but are still basically a happy go lucky kid.

You love playing with bags and purses, bringing them everywhere you go.

You also love helmets, gravitating towards them on the playground and always wanting to wear mine and your sister's. So we finally got you your own and you are smitten. 

helmet shopping. I'll take them all, please!

You are very opinionated about what you want to wear and refuse anything deemed unacceptable. You went a full week refusing everything except onesies and pants, and it was HOT that week! But no shorts for you! Now you're on a shorts and t shirt kick and freaked out when I tried to put pants on. You also only want to wear your sandals, which may get tricky in a few weeks when the weather turns and you grow out of them. Any time I try to put on other shoes you use your NO and also scream and wriggle. I know to pick my battles and so far this isn't one to fight, so sandals it is. All. The. Time. EXCEPT when you want to wear my shoes, your sister's shoes or your sitter's shoes. Then you are very happy

You love playing in the water, both at the playground and at home. Any time I take a shower, you run into the bathroom and start tugging at your clothes, ready to take them off and get in with me. You also are very happy to take baths with your sister at every opportunity. 

You love to eat hummus, cauliflower, beans, broccoli, hot dogs, guacamole, veggie chips, oatmeal, chocolate, chicken, ketchup, peas, cheese, nut butter, blueberries and strawberries. You do NOT like squash, sweet potatoes or bananas. You want to eat eggs, but they still make you throw up.  We're hoping that clears up, you so want to eat them!

Monday, August 21, 2017

15 Months Old!

Dear Sweet Goose,
You are now 1 and a quarter! It's summertime: you have a sandal tan line, you've been swimming, you love the sprinklers, you've gotten your first rash of mosquito bites, you made it to Vermont for the annual Mommune pilgrimage, you've tried ice's been quite a summer! You also have one molar! It did not come in easily-you had nearly a whole week of very clingy fussiness, SO unlike you!

You also had your first temper tantrum this month! Wow! While it didn't last long, it was intense. I took something away from you (most likely my phone) and you were NOT having it! You started screaming, then crying, demanding to be picked up, then put down, then picked up again. You kept pushing away, then clinging close. You may have even hit me :-)  Sneak peaks into the tollder years that are coming!

You are in the midst of your first ever Bellevue/Seattle visit! You were a delight on the plane ride west: sleeping nearly two hours, happily playing with headphones and wallets, charming the folks on either side of us, discovering pretzels...fingers crossed the trip back home goes as smoothly!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

14 months old!

Dear Goose,
You are 14 months old! It's the height of summer and you have been loving all the summer activities: playground sprinkles, beach days, the pool, even putting sunblock on. You also have come around to bathtime play, though you much prefer rinse-offs to an actual bath. But you will happily play with the water and a couple cups in the tub and don't mind when I soap you up.

You are starting to sign for communication! You sign "more", "all done" "eat" "thank you" and "milk"  and are working on "water." Plus you wave enthusiastically when we ask "can you say hi?" You definitely communicate with your body! Most every question is answered with a shake of your head for "no" especially those that begin with "do you want..." You hardly ever want what we're offering. Though sometimes you shake your head when you mean yes and sometimes a lack of response means yes. We understand you perfectly almost all of the time.

You had your first pool experience this month and are a big fan. You loved splashing around and even put your face in the water! Though it surprised you to have a wet face, you weren't terribly upset by it. You just eyes the water warily and kept on splashing.

You also went to the zoo for the first time as a toddler and LOVED it. All the plants and animals fascinated you. You loved feeding the ducks and turtles, and were amazed by the peacocks wandering around. And you wanted to pull the leaves off all the shrubs. (The harvesting is a common these, you gravitate towards plants and like to rip off leaves as often as possible. A friend's herb garden left you particularly aromatic and happy).

You have very strong opinions about things, but are generally agreeable to what's going on. You still love to dump out puzzle pieces and containers of multiple products and you're often so quick that I can't clean up after you until you go to sleep. 

You are also a master climber these days, navigating the playground and all stairs with deftness. You are still not super fast, though, and still listen to me enough that when you get to the top of the slide, you wait for me to get back down on the ground to hold your hand and you slide down.

Climbed the steps all by yourself and you are NOT coming down

Friday, June 23, 2017

13 months

Dear Goose,
At 13 months, we're ready to call your first word: "hi!" You have lots of other sounds and will often repeat things that sound exactly like "all done" and "more" but "hi!" is used consistently and in the right context. You are a very friendly baby and like to say hi to many many people. You also like to say goodbye to people, so when you get of the bus or subway, you wave to the rest of the travelers. You don't even mind saying bye bye to your family or your sitter, you're pretty easy to transition from one thing to another these days.

You have all four of your top teeth coming in now, but they're coming in uniquely! The first one to fully descend is the second left of center, now the center left one is about halfway descended. And the right center broke through a day or two ago and the second right of center is about to break. All in a line. So cute! And seem to be bothering you way less!

The way your teeth are coming in reminds me of the way you were born and the way you sometimes approach things: slow and steady. Your top four teeth were on the horizon for MONTHS, but broke through on their own time and descended slowly. You started walking a few steps at a time for weeks. We hear so many stories of kids who took steps, then were running the next day. Not you. You aren't in any hurry. You love to explore things, to look at all the angles of things. You spend days going over and over the toys, putting them in a bag, walking them around, taking them out and putting them somewhere else. It's not unusual for us to put on shoes in the morning that have a toy stuffed in them.

You are also starting to finally enjoy water! Hooray! You had your first shampoo yesterday and have been okay in the bath with your sister. You also have discovered the fountains at the playground and that is awesome.

And, you're very into feeding yourself. You want the utensils, you want the bowl, you want a say in what you're eating. These days you still love sausages and broccoli and oatmeal, but are getting burned out on bananas, apples and peas. You love nut butter and eat it off a spoon from the jar: all of it is good! Berries are a hit but you do not like watermelon. Cauliflower continues to get rave reviews and you've recently started liking tempeh. I gave you cheese for the first time yesterday and you were not a fan. We'll try again with different flavors!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


Dear Goose,

You are ONE! It's so exciting! We had a lovely birthday party for you at the playground and you loved every minute of it. And then you fell asleep for the night at 6:30, perfection for everyone.

birthday cupcake for breakfast

At one year old, you are 29.3 inches tall, putting you in the 56%. You weigh 19lbs, 3oz, putting you in the 41%. You walk and run, though still looking a bit like a drunken sailor. First thing in the morning when you get out of bed, you like to waddle/run to your sister's room. You love to play with bags of things, putting stuff in, taking stuff out. You also love purses and will often be wearing at least two to walk around the house.

 with a purse and a flyswatter, you're ready for anything

gotta try on these clothes while investigating the kitchen

You still don't have any discernible words, though "ahda" usually means "yes" and you say "hi!" at appropriate times. And Dadadada is Daddy, though also just something you say a lot. And "Lie lie" sometimes means your sister and sometimes is just something you say. And sometimes "MOOOOOE!" means "more" or simply "I want to eat!"  We've been trying to sign to you, but you don't really have it yet. Sometimes you'll clap for more, but I'm not sure if you're really signing or just happily clapping. And when you want milk, you simply come up to me and pound my chest. Who needs signs or words? You communicate completely effectively! Also of complete adorableness is you waving for hello and goodbye.You make friends on every bus and train we ride and wave as they or we exit. You also wave to the bus and train when it leaves. And to the phone. 

General One Year old antics:

Friday, May 12, 2017


Dear Goose,
It's official: you are a toddler. GAH! Though even though your preferred locomotor method is walking, you still scoot and crawl occasionally. And you still seem so far off from toddler temperament! But you just want to hang with the bigger kids, so you're walking. But only in the direction you want. I tried to rally you to walk to the laundry room yesterday and after a few minutes of trying to coax you out the door, I just scooped you up which was fine for us both.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

11 months!

Dearest Goose,
You are SO CLOSE to walking! You take unassisted steps every day, sometimes 3, 4 or 5. We get very excited for you, while you seem to just think it's one more way of getting around. Your funny little one-legged crawl continues to serve you well and you have gotten much faster in the past few weeks with it. Your usual method of getting places is to pull yourself up, cruise and step a bit, sit back down, crawl a few paces, come up on your tush and turn 90 degrees, then crawl more. It's quite the combination of moves.  Your path to walking seems consistent with your personality: why rush? Whereas some kids take steps on day and run the next, you are content to be where you are. My zen baby. I am trying to take lessons from you.

 The Goose's crawl

Just standing around, eating a onesie that I will never wear (sorry Daddy)

Your top teeth STILL haven't broken through, but I seem them all so close to the surface. Any day now they will come. (I've been thinking that for 6 weeks at least). Again, I'm the one getting ahead of myself. They will come when they come. After a few months of resisting the chamomile drops, you now suck them down happily.

You have also mastered drinking water. Holy moly little Goose, it's the cutest thing! Your preferred water vessel is any of your sister's water bottles, though you're also okay with any water bottle that belongs to someone else. You drink out of straws, out of spouts and try to drink out of cups, but as soon as there's any opening, you stick your hand right in. Every time I'm drinking water, we both end up wearing some of it.

 Most of this cup of water got dumped on your shirt, but it's cool

Other favorite pastimes these days are pulling bookmarks out of books, taking Q-tips out of their box (and throwing them in the bathtub if possible), taking tissues out of their box, banging out notes on the toy pianos and Simon, taking dirty dishes out of the dishwasher and throwing stacking cups and puzzle pieces. Just today you've started enjoying putting things BACK where you got them from, but the ratio of chaos to calm is still about 100:1. It's pretty stinking cute. 

 Oh, you wanted to save your place? HA!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Adventures in the snack drawer

Dear Goose,
Your favorite place to explore and play is the snack drawer. I spied on you a little bit today!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

10 months!

Dear Silly Goose,
At 10 months, you stand unassisted for a few seconds at a time. You still only have 2 teeth, but have been boogery, uncomfortable and wanting chamomile ice cubes for a full two weeks, so more are clearly on their way. I hope several break through, you've been so uncomfortable at times for a long time!  At the height of your discomfort, we broke down and gave you Tylenol, which helped immediately. While I had hoped to be able to keep you medication-free for your first year, that's a stupid ideal to hold on to while such a sweet baby is in pain.

While we're still not 100% ready to call it, you pretty much say "mama" and "more." The way you say "more" is like MUUUH! and you say it when someone is eating and you are not eating. Occasionally you say it when you want more of something, but basically MUUUH means "I want to eat, too!"  And mama is, well, mama, and it melts my heart every time.

We suspect you have an egg sensitivity or allergy because the few times you've eating egg you've vomited shortly thereafter. We'll get you tested after you're one. If you are allergic, it's not a crazy strong reaction since you haven't had a problem with my eating eggs and you've had some things with egg in it without incident.

You still LOVE to blow raspberries and the four of us often have raspberry parties in the mornings while we're all snuggling before getting out of bed. You happily blow them at all of us and we blow them right back. Your sister blows very wet ones, which you think is hilarious.

You are still a little peanut, wearing 6 month onesies, though some 12 month pants are too short. You eat with gusto, loving berries, peas, beans, sausage and oatmeal. And milk, of course. You fall asleep for the evening between 7 and 8pm and sleep until 4 or 5ish when you wake to nurse, then go right back to sleep. On the days that I don't work (only 2!) you nurse with gusto when we all get out of bed around 7am. The other days, you have breakfast with your sister: oatmeal, fruit, beans or coconut milk yogurt while I pump a bottle for you to have a few hours later. Your naps are all over the place, pretty much because I am all over the place. On a perfect day, you'll sleep for an hour in the morning and another hour or longer in the afternoon. Most days, it's 3 half hour naps every few hours. Not ideal, but you do sleep well through the night most nights. Thank you for that, it's quite considerate.

 delicious keys!


You love to explore. You go through boxes and bags and my wallet with great enthusiasm. This photo was taken about 15 minutes after we got home, immediately after the apartment had been cleaned. You went through all the books and puzzles on the shelves, all the toys in the toy bins and finally climbed up to get the remote controls.

Busy busy Goose!

For all your exploration energy, you're really not into books at all. You nurse while I read your sister's bedtime books every night, but every time I try to read you a book just for you, you slam the book closed, and/or try to eat it. I'll keep trying, though, there are SO many wonderful books waiting for you to discover them.

hmmm, looks delicious

Monday, March 6, 2017

Nine Months Old!

Dear Sweet Goose,
You are 9 months old now! You have your bottom front teeth cutting through the gums, the one on your left is almost all the way up and the right one is about half a centimeter behind. You are on the move these days, with a funny little crawl with one leg in front of the other. It looks like you have a kickstand. You don't go all that fast, but you always get where you're going. Most of the time you'll "crawl" a few paces, then sit up and clap for yourself. Sometimes you clap even if you haven't gone anywhere, just for sitting.

At your 9 month check up, you were 28 inches long and 16 pounds.

You play peek a boo with your coat or a blanket or someone's scarf. Pull it over your face, then slam it down with a wide grin. You laugh reliably at things now: your sister tossing keys in the air, Daddy making faces at you, or bringing things to your face and then away from your face quickly, me dancing and singing with you in my arms. You still laugh unexpectedly, too, and that is so funny. Your laugh lightens any mood and usually gets at least one other person laughing with you.

You pull yourself up to standing and try to cruise. There aren't a lot of great cruising places in our house, which frustrates you. You sill stand at the open snack drawer for a LONG time, shimming side to side and exploring the drawer.

You have one dimple on your right cheek. Holy moly, is it adorable when you smile. One perfect dimple. Come on with your cute self!!!

You still love to eat and sometimes eat more than we can keep up with. Beans, peas, broccoli, cauliflower, sausage, turkey, chicken, ground beef, apples, banana, blueberries,avocado and sweet potato are all in your regular rotation, plus baby food puffs, pouches, applesauce and pizza crust. Today I was sharing a salad with you and when I ran out of sweet potato (because you ate them all, dearest Goose) you started squawking at me! You wanted more and there wasn't any more. You were mollified by some very dark chocolate, but it was quite funny how irate you were.

You're moving around so much more during the day and also at night. All of a sudden you're rolling around in bed and even sitting up sometimes. We hope this is only while you're body is getting used to doing these new fantastic things and you'll go back to being an easy sleeper to cuddle with. Well, even if not, we're still going to keep up with all the snuggles. You're so so so delicious.