Huxley Zelsnack

Sunday, October 28, 2007

First flight

Huxley and I went to the Medical Decision Making conference last week. Go us. If you had told me, when I only had Turing, that I'd be taking a 6-week-old kid to a conference and feeling like it was a vacation, I would have gaped at you. However, just a 6-week-old feels like a vacation compared to a 6-week-old and a 2-year-old - humans are so adaptable! This isn't to say it wasn't exhausting, because it was, but it was nice to do something different and we managed by ourselves just fine - in a city I know and around people I love.

The trick for the airplane was taking a small shoulder sling. (though I am the worst parent ever for taking my kid in an airplane pre-vaccinations?) Huxley slept most of the time (though he had one freak-out per trip). I also hauled him to listen to some talks in the big wrap. While both carriers are comfortable and great, it turns out I'm not actually used to carrying a baby all the time and my back got *really* angry. We made it out to far more of the conference that I anticipated and I met a lot of people, so it was totally worth the effort.

The strange thing about Huxley that made the conference/traveling a bit difficult is that he doesn't always want to be held. With Turing, it was like he lived on our laps for the first three months. Sometimes, Huxley will just fuss until you put him down and then he'll be happy. I don't know if this is entirely his own preference or something we've encouraged by not being able to respond to him all the time (see: 2-year-old) thus making me more adamant about having Huxley sleep with us (which he seems to like). He also, sometimes, just needs to be mad for a little while, especially right before falling asleep. It is like crying relaxes him.

Turing has been doing a great job sleeping in his big boy bed - 50% of the time he sleeps through the night on his own. Maybe 30% of the time we (as in Daddy) need to go in and give him a hug in the middle of the night and he only ends up in our bed 20% of the time. And on those nights, more like 4AM than 1AM. Not bad since he used to always end up in our bed at 1.

Huxley went through a huge cluster feed last night (every 1.5 hours) after a while of only getting up twice per night. I guess this makes sleeping The Issue in our house (options for Issues: sleeping, eating, temperament). Turing will eat nearly anything - the only thing he has consistently rejected is things with feta. Yesterday, he ate cauliflower with eggs and an entire serving of mustard greens for dinner. This is the kid who will eat an entire box of cherry tomatoes on the ride home from the CSA box. And Huxley has been a championship nurser so far. Both of them seem to be in good moods most of the time. So, sleep.

And now, to bed for mommy.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

A little smile

Nothing like the big smiles I've been giving lately, but this was about 10 days ago . . .


Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Me and Mommy

Me and Daddy

Monday, October 15, 2007

Mommy's fancy wrap

Mommy ordered this fancy wrap from the internet because she fell in love with the fabric. Then the nanny's sister made us two more carriers which are also exceptionally nice. We totally have options! This one is totally comfortable and totally hands free - Mommy's back doesn't hurt and Huxley just sleeps.

Meeting Grandpa Z

Monday, October 8, 2007

Comfortable lump

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

New camera

Mom is playing with the new camera. No flash on a rainy day! A good day for napping.

Swings are lovely

Look what we found in the basement! Happiness is a little rocking motion.