The Sweet Spot

Today, I’m home with a sick baby. Yesterday morning at 9:30, she had a doctor’s appointment. Just her usual well-baby checkup. Doctor said she was fine, blah blah blah.

At about 12:30, Rina got a phone call from the day care, asking her to come over and pick the baby up, as she had a fever of 101.6 degrees. So much for Rina getting any work done that day….
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Happy Burnstein Night

Tonight (January 25th) is the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, the national poet of Scotland. Traditional Burns night dinners consist of bagpipes, haggis, merriment, and other traditional Scottish foods. We, however, celebrated slightly differently. Today, in amongst other activities, I made bagels for the first time since we had our new kitchen built. I’ve made them a couple of times before, but not since construction started, and that was more than 6 months ago, so this was kind of a big deal for me.

Tonight, we had a completely non-traditional Burns Supper. Haggis is, by kosher default, fairly hard to do due to the inavailability of ingredients (finding lamb stomach in the grocery store is hard to do anyway). So, as mentioned above, I made homemade bagels today, and we topped them with Scottish smoked salmon, to make a blend of Scottish and Jewish cultures: lox and bagels with cream cheese for dinner. I topped it off with a couple of readings from Robbie Burns’ poetry from a book I bought one time when I was in Scotland, and a dram or two (or maybe more, I lost track until I finished the bottle) of single malt from Scotland, and that was our celebration. One of these years, I’ll be organized enough to invite friends over to partake, but this year it was just Rina and me (Eliana had gone to sleep an hour before). Maybe someday I’ll also be organized enough to make more than salmon and bagels; I wanted to make shortbread this year, but got distracted enough that it didn’t happen. Ah well.

In baby news, we had formal pictures of Eliana taken today, as a) she’s as cute as a button, b) her 11 month birthday is tomorrow(!), and c) she can sit up, stand up propped against an object, and can laugh or smile practically on cue. Such a happy baby, thank God; the only times she gets cranky are when she’s tired or hungry. I’m certainly not one to blame her, as I get cranky for the same reasons….

Eliana Updates

A few quick updates, since it’s been a while.

Over the Christmas/Hanukkah holidays, Eliana achieved real crawling. Not the wiggly shuffle she’d been doing, but up on hands and knees and heading across the room. It’s almost time to put up the baby gate by the stairs now.

Then, our New Years weekend was an interesting one. Not only did Eliana have a cold that made her keep waking up sounding rattly, but she decided that, after a 4 month break, this would be a good time to get some more teeth. Four of them, to be precise. In one two-day span. Needless to say, none of us got much sleep that weekend.

This past weekend, we hit yet another milestone: standing in earnest. Anything she could lean against (furniture, boxes, people), she’d try to lean on to stand up. Unfortunately, this also means that cribs are apparently now for standing, not for sleeping. Or, as was the case this evening, standing followed by falling over, making a “thump,” and screaming. She’s been put down to sleep yet again, maybe now she’s sufficiently motivated to stay in position and let sleep overtake her. One can hope….

No time recently to process and upload more movies. Hopefully sometime soon.

Home Movie Time

I finally got around to transferring off the movies from the camcorder I bought about a week before Eliana was born. We’ve been taking random movies here and there, about a minute or two each in length. So now I get to start uploading Web-capable versions of them to share. The quality isn’t the best, but I’m told it’s about the best I’ll be able to do.

I’ve currently uploaded the first two to Google Video. If you’re reading this via email, you’ll have to go to the blog website itself to see them.
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Off to Daycare

Today we have a special guest author: Rina shares what happened yesterday as she took Eliana off to daycare.

This morning as I was driving to work, I heard some cute little noises from the backseat. I turned off the radio so I could hear these adorable sounds. Soon as I turn off the radio, Eliana gets quiet. Then I realize — she was “singing” to the music! I turned the radio right back on and the little sounds started again. What a great way to start the day. But it gets better . . .

After I dropped Eliana off at Day Care, I ran into the Center’s cleaning lady. I gave her a big smile and wave. She stopped me to ask, “How is Hallelujah doing?” I was a little surprised that she knew who my daughter was. I told her that Eliana was great — real smiley this morning. So the cleaning lady tells me that Eliana ALWAYS smiles. She visits her every day during her lunch hour just to see her smile. I’m crying just writing this. How unbelievable lucky am I?

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Two updates on Eliana, both occuring today.

  1. Eliana had her six month pediatrician appointment this morning. Poor thing had to get six different immunizations, spread between four different shots (two in each thigh) and an oral vaccine. She screamed after each one, but calmed down pretty quickly. After a quick bottle in the car, she fell asleep for a couple of hours and seems pretty normal. We’re hoping for no reactions to anything. Now she’s done with shots for another six months.
  2. I had Eliana up on a bed today, since it’s a nice soft surface and she doesn’t get into much trouble. Except now she’s figured out how to not only roll back to front, but now front to back. And she’s learning she can travel using this method. Three quick rolls later (within about five seconds), and off she went from the end of the bed. Fortunately, I knew she was gonna do it and was waiting to catch her as she went over the edge (and yes, I caught her). No more leaving her up on surfaces unattended anymore….

Day Care

Eliana started day care this week so that both parents could go back to their work places full-time. By all reports, she LOVES it there. The teachers said they’ve never seen a baby smile so much on their first day. Today, she was causing smile chain reactions; she’d smile at another baby, that baby would smile back, Eliana would smile harder, other baby would smile harder….

Mommy went to go feed Eliana, and she didn’t want to leave the teacher’s arms! Apparently she gets held a lot, and there’s all sorts of new toys to play with, and she gets read to. After a day and a half, Eliana is even sitting up better; as of this past Sunday, she’d flop right over if you tried to prop her up, but this morning she stayed upright for a good 30 seconds or so before whining (I think she was stuck upright!). Her teacher said she sat up for a minute or so today, too. It might help that so far Eliana is the youngest in the class by far; the others are already fairly mobile, and one (over a year old) is standing. So maybe peer pressure will take effect. And maybe it’ll go the other way, and they’ll all be more smiley now that our happy baby has joined them.