Sophie is 6

Posted: July 28th, 2015 | Author: | Comments Off

In schools everywhere, you break out the A.A. Milne for the 6 birthdays (Now We Are Six)…which is kind of fitting, as Sophie recently read The Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie the Pooh, and asked for a stuffed Pooh for her birthday – which she received. :)

She’s starting to be a bit more like a big kid, but the little one remains as well. I’ve been meaning to write down her more idiosyncratic pronunciations, for example – a little kid thing that gets especially interesting when your little kid reads like a big one. Some favorites: prentzel, popstickle, yogrit and suspific.

She is very good at committing to a bit:

Sophie’s favorite things at 6, according to her:

Food – falafel, pizza, fruit and cheese, sushi, pancakes and watermelon

Books: “that’s really hard!” Boxcar Children, Eloise books, Disney fairies books, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Shel Silverstein books

Music: the Science Fair CD, Tori Amos, Kat Wright, Robyn, Frozen soundtrack, Lennon and Maisy Stella

Things to do: “that’s really really hard!!! Go to Disney World! Eat meals! Go to Buttered Noodles and Kid City if they were open! Go swimming in the pool. Go camping. Go to burger night and summervale! Draw and read. Especially draw and read.”

Movies and shows: peg + cat, Mr. Rogers, Boxcar Children, Winnie the Pooh

Color: very bright red

Here’s a sample of her sense of humor at six: at Summervale, she asked for the face painting to be on her arm and for a turtle pooping rainbows design. That is what she got!

Happy birthday, kiddo. We are so glad to know you.

Almost 6 and almost 1!

Posted: July 5th, 2015 | Author: | Comments Off

Before their ages become official, a quick update!

We caught a cold in the first half of June that knocked us each down for a couple days and then went, but left lingering symptoms that we still kind of have? But it’s a new month, so that stuff is going to go away now because I say so. The baby also did some pretty hardcore teething – off and on for weeks and weeks and then one constant unpleasantness for a few days – and now he has two top teeth that are definitely through! More are visible. I’m glad that he is making progress, but just the teensiest bit sad to move past his perfect two teeth baby face:

Other than those minor complaints, we are having a fabulous and full summer so far. This time of year is so jam packed with fun that I can barely keep up, but I love it. We have gotten in a pool trip, strawberry picking, farmers markets, food trucks and burger nights, various parks and lots of walks.

  Also Enoch’s first taste of a creamee:
He wasn’t sure, because it is cold – but it took after a couple tastes. :) ps: note their matching shirts! I couldn’t help myself.

Enoch is pulling up and climbing things. Walking doesn’t seem far off, but we will see. Here he is looking proud of his climbing accomplishments:

He loves books now, and he asks for them over and over and over. I wonder if there is a world record for most number of times reading a single board book on repeat…
He also suddenly started to dance when he hears certain music. Random songs that seem to work for him, and also most of the catalog of Chris Dorman, local children’s musician. He sort of does it like he is compelled to do it, super seriously and intensely. (Come to think of it, Sophie used to ask us to only play Mr. Chris’ cd for her when she wasn’t busy because she would have to dance and she didn’t want to be interrupted – ARE young children unnaturally compelled to movement when they hear Chris’ music? Is there some dark magic afoot?)

Here he is doing his dance moves, if this video will cooperate:

These kiddos like each other a lot, and also Enoch is a big hugger. Behold: 
He loves peekaboo and putting things on his head:

  And ok he’s just super cute.
And now it is birthday month for both of them! We kicked things off yesterday with Circus Smirkus, which was awesome. I wasn’t sure how the baby would do, but he LOVED IT. We did need snacks and nursing and switching between me and Ryan to make it work, but that’s fine! He danced and clapped and stared. It was like magic. And Sophie loved it so much, she kept exclaiming about it in ways that made me laugh. At one point she was so amazed she yelled “are you kidding me?!” We got some side eye from surrounding people for that one, but it was genuine amazement, I promise!

Ok, the app is slowing down so maybe this post is big enough. Happy July!

9 months! 

Posted: April 29th, 2015 | Author: | Comments Off


9 months today!

And pulling to stand…even against a sliding glass door while watching his sister play outside. (He did this entirely himself, you see me spotting him in the photo just because he’s never done it against a flat surface before!) 


His favorite book is Jamberry by Bruce Degan. Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton is also Enoch-approved, and one called Farmyard Beat. All others at this point are briefly tolerated before being grabbed or otherwise ended, I think just because they are not the first three. We will get there! He does like to be read to, he’s just particular about the material. ;)


Enoch is starting to get to be more of a playmate sometimes for Sophie, which she takes great pleasure in for a few minutes at a time! She and Tavi had a play date and made a point to include Enoch by making him a color-organized “picnic” with Tav’s wooden food. Enoch enjoyed chewing on their selections. The 5 year olds were pleased, though they wished the baby wouldn’t ruin their sorting. 


The other day S&E were playing a hand holding game in the car and it was the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen. 


Happy 3/4 year! 

5 years 9 months/ 8 months!

Posted: April 9th, 2015 | Author: | 2 Comments »

Sophie and Enoch are buddies! He thinks she is very exciting if sometimes a bit overwhelming, and she is very loving and patient with him (though she does tell me she “has no time to relax these days” because he wants her attention a lot and I ask her to entertain him now and then so I can cook or whatever). Here they are watching Mister Rogers together for a few minutes. Yes, Enoch has seen a screen- Ryan says he is a different experiment than Sophie, who really didn’t until she was just shy of 2.

He is a different experiment, and a very different experience. I still rarely have free hands, but we are all at peace and happy, including the baby. :)

So, I started writing this post almost a month ago, and there’s some new news: we have a crawler!

And an eater of solid foods!

(In the photos, you can see his favorite eating method – a piece of solid food to dip in some puréed mush. In this case, a beautifully messy roasted beet wedge dipped in puréed pear with ginger. Mmm?)

And relatedly – today I took Enoch to the allergist to talk about how to proceed with feeding him, given Sophie’s allergies. She examined him and said that he doesn’t look atopic at all (meaning, no outward signs of allergy and inflammation such as eczema, sinus or cough issues, etc.) and because of that, her advice is to just proceed with feeding him assuming he is a typical baby who can eat whatever. That is because allergy testing has a high rate of false positives, and cutting foods out unnecessarily has many drawbacks, including a greater likelihood of allergy down the road. So…now I have to work up the courage to offer him eggs and nuts, and figure out exactly how that is going to go. She had suggestions about that, too, and we are developing a plan. So, that’s some exciting and only slightly terrifying news!

Sophie, meanwhile, continues to be a cool kiddo. This month I took her to her first rock concert – a kid-oriented show put on by a bunch of local bands as a benefit for a local school. It was a fun date for us, even though we both found it a little bit intense volume-wise. There were glow sticks and temporary tattoos, good music,  and we even got to watch from the balcony for a while!

We visited the elementary school this month too, and came to the decision that Sophie will try out attending art and music with the first graders there in the fall, and homeschool the rest of the time. She is excited about all of the above.

For now, she’s enjoying her art time at the studio. This is her self portrait from this week, and the expression it is based on:

A few of Sophie’s bon mots from this month:

“If we go on a journey this year, can I pick it by spinning the globe and pointing with my finger?”

“When you feel anxious, it is good to make a plan.” She proceeded to explain what she would do if pirates wanted to “bound” her up, and also how she would handle foxes who…wanted to get in the house or something? I lost the thread, honestly, but it was something like that!

“If I saw an animal in a trap, I would chew through the ropes so the animal could be free. Because maybe the hunter was going to kill and eat the animal, and if I free it, it could live. And…living life is the most important thing. Right Mom? Like, you might not be able to walk or like maybe you think words are more important than numbers or numbers are more important than words or maybe you like dancing or…but, living your life is the most important thing.”

Enoch doesn’t have brilliant sayings yet but he did make the sign for “all done” for the first time a couple of days ago, so that’s pretty cool too. ;)


We’re back! Plus one.

Posted: December 28th, 2014 | Author: | Comments Off

The blog was broken…but is now fixed! Don’t worry, we only missed updating about, you know, THE BIRTH OF OUR SON and 5 months of his and Sophie’s lives! But hey, be here now, right?


For posterity, Enoch Ambrose Michael was born on July 29th, 2014 at 8:39pm. That morning I went to my 39 week checkup and found out I had been leaking amniotic fluid for possibly a week or more, so Sophie and I went and got Ryan and our stuff and went right to the hospital for an induction. Pitocin got things going, and he was born after about 6 hours of labor. Sophie was there the whole time and it was awesome. It was really great. Kelly stayed with me in the hospital overnight while Ryan and Sophie went home for some sleep, and I got myself out of the hospital about 27 hours after checking in. :)



So, there’s your birth story redux. Here’s the Enoch rundown: he is such a friendly, happy baby. He is so responsive and cheerful so much of the time, and that’s a huge change from our, ahem, previous infant experience! He does have reflux, and despite being medicated he has to be held semi-upright for a while after eating, and he is sometimes fussy about it – but seriously, given that our last infant experience was a 24/7 scream fest this really does not seem like a big deal at all. He’s doing so well and we are all enjoying him so much. Sophie loves him and is adjusting well, though she does say there are hard things about having a baby (less attention, fewer free parental hands, more having to be quiet). She adores him though, and says she will always be with him – that if he wants to move out and live on his own one day she will live across the street. They are going to own a hotel together, she says, it’s a whole thing. He thinks she is wonderful and amusing, and he likes to hug her (sort of by leaning into her and allowing himself to be hugged).


Our arms are usually full and we are totally in survival mode, but we are happy and it’s good. Look at these sweeties!


Hopefully, you will hear from us again before he’s a year old. ;)