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Sunday, January 29, 2006

One way to spend a birthday…

Watch video: Giggle Monster

Steven sleeping on his birthdaySitting on the lawn at the Getty, soaking up the sun, and people watching - ah!
Happy birthday baby!

The day began with Oliver giggling - spontaneous giggles as his father opened up his presents. This was a first and what a way to kick off the day. He is now sleeping really well - I nurse him before turning in at 9.30pm and then 3am - and the last couple of days he’s been waking at 6am. Progress. The 3am call doesn’t bother me at all - it means I get at least one 6 hour stretch - bliss! He is also sitting up fully unsupported - this expands his horizons somewhat, a happy man. Time is flying.

We then went to visit the Schindler House in West Hollywood, very interesting architecturally, but it was in need of some TLC. Practical as ever - but I have to say - it has terrible insulation - you could hear everything from one room to another. I did like the way certain walls to the outside would completely slide open, taking advantage of the Californian outdoor-indoor lifestyle. But generally, although I enjoyed the Japanese aesthetic, in this instance the ceilings of the house were too low and there was too much dark wood, for it really to take advantage of it’s great aspect and light. But hey, what do I know!

On to the Getty for lunch and some lazing on the lawn. We didn’t end up seeing any exhibits, the gardens and food are enough to merit the visit - and really, there are only so many medieval manuscripts one can look at.

Taking the day off was totally worth it. It’s funny how when you take a Friday off just to relax and hang out at home or in the city it feels so illicit.

We finished off with dinner at James Beach with Michelle, Damon and Morgan.

Good times.


Saturday, January 21, 2006

Brown eyed boy

Brown eyed boyTruly scrumptious. Yes I admit, the soundtrack of Chitty arrived and I’ve been listening to it with moist eyes. Why is it some things from our childhood just strike us to the core, stop us in our tracks and take us back to distant half-remembered moments…

In other news, O is on the verge of crawling, yes he has been on this particular verge for a few weeks now, but we’re all hopeful. Now managing to roll back and forth, although forgets how from time to time, taking us back to stranded turtle posture. He can pivot though when on his tummy, which is most exciting. The world beckons, or under the dining room table at least.

And lest I forget we’ve been trying out some tough love, letting him cry a bit at night - and I have to say, it seems to be working. Last night not a peep. A full night’s sleep for Oliver! It would have been for us too, but the neighbors were partying. Cosmic.
22nd January, 2006
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Sunday, January 15, 2006

Swingin’ it

Fun & gamesThere are a few things our boy has learned to love. One - swings. Loves them - giggles galore! It’s a discovery for him and a rediscovery for us. The more Oliver is sped around, swung, bumped or raced, the more excited he gets. We’re in for trouble with this little Tiger!
Two - Remember that song: “There were ten in the bed, and the little one said, roll over…”? Part of the joy of having a kid, is, and it’s a a cliche, but it’s true, is reliving all the things you loved as a kid. This was the first song Oliver recognized and it never ceases to rasise a smile and a giggle - especially at the part where he gets tickled “ tie a knot in your pyjamas!” Hilarity!
And lastly - our boy loves beans. Like his Mama did Heinz baked beans back in the day. Only this time they are Bianca’s delicious black beans that we all adore. She gets all credit for that one!
16th January, 2006
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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Vital Stats - 6.5 mos

Drs appointment yesterday - the belated 6 month check up, saw Oliver doing great on all fronts. He has his shots and was extremely brave I must say.
So - what’s the scoop?
- Rolling from his belly to his back, but only occasionally back onto his back, this results in some frustration on Oliver’s part as he finds himself stranded and immediately solicicts our prompt assistance.
- Sitting up with minimal support, this is safest explored on the bed where he has least chance of head butting when he falls over.
- He’s dying to crawl. He’s a bundle of energy with nowhere to go at this point and it’s driving him crazy. Wwe’re discovering the wonder of parks - lots of distractions and energy consuming activities abound.
- Language - not much going on here. The screeching has calmed down - a relief for everyone concerned - but no consonants yet.
- Teeth - no teeth or sign thereof.
- Eating and enjoying veggies & fruit - zucchini, sweet potato, squash, peas, pears and apple sauce. Almost ready to try some new things - I think avocado, beans and tofu could be up next. Also enjoying chicken. Drinks milk cold - which makes all our lives less complicated - all in all not a fussy eater thus far. And of course - no juice.
- Sleep - ah - the elusive sleep! Better. Our trip to the UK and subsequent illnesses severly put our little bear off his game, but we’re off to the races again now - only waking a couple of times. I know I need to stop nursing him in the night - but I know we’ll both miss it.
- Stats - saving the best til last! He now weighs 19.5 lbs (60th percentile) and is 28.5 inches long/tall (90th percentile) - this height thing continues to baffle us - but we’re pleased I must say!


Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Fun Times

Fun timesWell it’s now 2006 and everyone is well and happy in the TK household. Be interesting to see what this year will bring - knowing us there will be some exciting upheaval, but unlike us, we have no visibility into what that might be right now.
I have some resolutions. Some old favorites and some new ones.
1. Be there for Oliver - not just be in the room - but be present. Get down on the floor, engage, sometimes we forget the value of our time and what’s important.
2. Enjoy myself at work more. I have a good job, I like it, there’s a lot happening in the industry and we’re at the hub of it. Make the most of the opportunity.
3. An old favorite - remember birthdays and celebrate them more. Not off to a stellar start on this one, but the year is young. :)
11th January, 2006
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Monday, January 2, 2006


Hoping to avoid our son being too cool for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - one of my own personal favorite kids movies, I’m making a pre-emptive strike and introducing him to the soundtrack - especially the lullaby Hushabye Mountain (see below) I just can’t get out of my head (blame War of the Worlds believe it or not).
Got to love the Web for unearthing these finds!
Next - Bagpuss, Basil Brush, The Clangers, Playschool and The Magic Roundabout

Hushabye Mountain

A gentle breeze from Hushabye Mountain
Softly blows ‘cross Lullaby Bay
It fills the sails of boats that are waiting
Waiting to sail your worries away

It isn’t far to Hushabye Mountain
And your boat waits down by the quay
The winds of night so softly are sighing
Soon they will fly your worries to sea

So close your eyes on Hushabye Mountain
Wave goodbye to the cares of the day
And watch your boat from Hushabye Mountain
Sail far away from Lullaby Bay

A gentle breeze from Hushabye Mountain
Softly blows ‘cross Lullaby Bay
It fills the sails of boats that are waiting
Waiting to sail your worries away

Written By Richard M. And Robert B. Sherman


Monday, January 2, 2006

Happy New Year!

2006My green card arrived on New Year’s Eve - what a way to herald in the new year, a new era, new beginnings. We have much to be thankful for and much to look forward to.
2nd January, 2006
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