Thursday, October 29, 2009

Back in the Saddle Again

We are (finally) back in the recording studio again! It's a little bit more crowded in the little studio though!

It's a good thing Edgar has a pretty late bedtime. Still...these sessions push his bedtime just a bit. He's done pretty good at both sessions so far, but does end up screaming tired by the end.

Still, it sure makes us feel more alive to be back working on our album! We are mixed 3 of the 12 songs we recorded. Hooray!

Hooray for a rock and roll baby!

More fun with cousins!

Today was another fun day spent with the Gillas cousins! We are sure glad they moved back closer (they used to live 4ish hours away!)
I think Emily's girlyness is wearing off on Edgar. He kind of has cleavage in this photo.
Garrett and I climbed to the top of a rocket ship at the Evergreen Space Museum! We spent the day exploring the Space Museum, Air Museum, and watched Wild Ocean at the Imax. The babies were very well behaved (=

I LOVE parks with baby swings. Edgar loves, loves, LOVES to swing. Evergreen has a particularly awesome playground.
Love this boy!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Ed in the Bed


The Story Behind the Sleeping arrangements:
Now, I certainly don't expect a baby to sleep through the night. But...my baby still wants to nurse every 2 hours. And, when I first put him to sleep, he wants to nurse every 20-30 minutes for the first few hours! Our solution to Edgar's colic and nursing needs in the early days was to take him to bed with us. Once I learned how to nurse lying down, it was almost as good as sleeping through the night! (For those of you with worries about crushing baby, studies show that parents do NOT roll over on their baby unless they are drunk or taking medication that makes them sleepy).


Current Events:
Part of me LOVES sleeping with my baby. I love the closeness. I love waking up with him staring lovingly into my eyes and patting my face. I love snuggling with him. I LOVE not having to get up out of bed to nurse him at night! But...as you can see in the above photo, my baby is a bit of a bed hog. There just isn't room for all three of us to sleep well. I sleep pretty well, but Alex doesn't sleep so well with an Ed in the Bed. My very loving patient husband has spent many nights on the couch or air mattress when Edgar decides to jump and kick in his sleep.

Also, we are paying for a gym membership that neither of us is using, because we are SO exhausted every morning. We need to do something differently.

The Plan:
Phase 1. Last night we moved our bed into Edgar's room, next to his crib. We are all still sleeping in the same bed as usual...but now we are conditioning him to sleeping in his room. I expect this will last about a week.

Phase 2. Alex and I will continue to sleep in the bed in Edgar's room, and I will continue to nurse Edgar to sleep lying down...but when he is asleep I will move him to his crib. I have no idea how long it will take before Phase 2 is successful.

Phase 3. We will move the bed back to our room. I will nurse Edgar in the rocking chair and put him to sleep in his crib. I may sleep on the air mattress in his room for a while while he adjusts to our bed being gone (and not hearing our sleeping sounds).

Phase 4. We get our bed back. Edgar sleeps happily in his crib. He doesn't nurse every couple of hours, and we all get better sleep.

Hmm. It definitely sounds too good to be true. Still, this is the best plan we could come up with in light of my refusal to let my baby lay in his room alone screaming his little heart out.

Unfortunately, the literature and classes that support co-sleeping, sharing sleep, the family bed, or whatever you want to call it--these sources suggest that your child will let you know when they are ready for their own bed--when they are 4, 5, 6, 7, 8...or older. That doesn't work for us.

And, the literature that has tips for getting baby to sleep on their own are usually vehemently against co-sleeping.

Is there anyone out there that lives somewhere between these two camps? Has anyone else gone through something similar? Any tips for helping baby leave the soft familiar family bed?


DISCLAIMER: I am posting about this, against my better judgement. My better judgement is reminding me that (1) people have VERY strong opinions about how/when/where babies should sleep and that (2) by inviting advice I will most likely just receive criticism.

But, I really would appreciate advice that jives with our do-whatever-works-for-you mentality about raising Edgar! You are, of course, welcomed to criticize me. Just know that I will likely ignore any advice that I don't like! (=

Fun with Pappa Lester

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A Tale of Two Zoos

Last weekend we took a last minute trip to Utah in the hopes of meeting Edgar's new cousin. Alas, apparently Cal takes after Tayva's family, because he is 9 days late and counting (love you Tayva!). So, instead, we spent some time visiting the Case Family Zoo and the Hogle Zoo, in the hopes of distracting my very pregnant sister-in-law.

Edgar did pretty well on the car trip down. We stopped at a park on the way down and got some wiggles out...


Yum...old banana and grass!

Our visit to the Case Family Zoo was lots of fun! Edgar particularly enjoyed the interactive exhibits:
Grandpa Lester's face (ooooh! what a fun nose!)
The doting great grandparents.
And all of his Aunties and Uncles---especially Silly Auntie Can-Can and her bling.

We decided to steal Tayva away and distract her. First stop: Hogle Zoo!

My favorite part was our ride on the new "Conservation Carousel"--basically the coolest carousel ever!
Alex and Mr. Giraffe (Alex is impersonating Julie impersonating a giraffe.)

The sexy Stefanie and Kaylee on their jungle cats

The radiant Tayva on her Zebra

And me on Miss Lady Bug!
Pappa Lester and Edgar had a grand time with the Baby Bjorn. There was much dancing and silliness.

Edgar tried the drinking fountain for the first time. Only afterwards did we discover that this water was VERY warm! (weird?!?)


The trip was too short. We didn't get to meet Calvin, but we did really enjoy our time with family.
It was a long trip home, but the boy did very well. We stopped for a break at a rest stop and wanted to reward him with time in his jump-up (his favorite activity). We tried hooking it up to the park pavilion, but his poor little feet didn't touch the ground! It was a hoot! We fixed it with a piled up blanket underneath and fun was had by all. Some lady looked at us very worried and asked if we needed to call someone for help. "Nope," we replied, "just resting on our long car trip!"
I can't wait till Christmastime to go back and play some more! I Love you my crazy family!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

6 Months of Cuteness; 1 Year of Floodlessness

October 13 marks Edgar's 6 month birthday, and our 1 year anniversary of The Great Flood.

I can't believe my baby is 6 months old! He is definitely out of the newborn stage...it makes me a little bit sad...

We celebrated with Edgar's first taste of food other than mamma's milk (as far as we know...we do have some sneaky Grandmas and Aunties).

(Ummmm...whatcha doin' Mom and Dad? And why are you grinning at me??)
He seemed to enjoy the mashed banana! I fed him a couple bites with my finger, and then put it on his tray and let him explore. It was great messy fun!

Here Edgar has refined his signature "Wizard Move" that he began 2 months ago. It's pretty impressive (=
This baby plays hard all day. He is a little ball of energy--he goes and goes until he collapses at naptime or bedtime. He's not even crawling yet--but he sure manages to be moving all of the time!
The other day we were watching some Vintage Sesame Street on YouTube (a favorite evening past time), when Edgar fell asleep on dad's lap in front of the computer! Poor little guy was wiped out!
I love this Kiddo!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Children's Toys...a Moral Dilema

I made a fantastic Goodwill find the other day: a vintage Fisher Price Activity Center--I totally remember this from when I was little. I'm sure I spent enough time staring at it that it is permanently ingrained in my memory. Edgar is loving it (=














So..."what's the dilemma," you might ask. Here it is: There are so many toys out there, that I really only want to buy toys that are (a) super rad, and/or (b) nostalgic from my childhood.

But...does buying mostly awesome old-school toys rob my child of a shared nostalgic experience with his peers in 20 years? Is he going miss out on fond memories of Leap pad and Zhu Zhu Pets?
Or...perhaps my generation is so focused on awesome vintage toys that they WILL be the nostalgic toys for another generation.
What do you think?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

No More Monkeys

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I look really lovely in this video...but Edgar is so darn cute, I'm sharing it despite my hair (=

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Killing the Radio Star

Video 1--"Sad Songs Say So Much": Edgar was having a grand time in composition class with his dad...until he hit a sour note that really upset him...

Video 2--"Who's the Fairest One of All?": Edgar discovers the mirror at Grandma Carmichael's house after his bath time.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

It's Autumn Time, It's Autumn Time

I love fall. I'm a sucker for the transitional seasons...Fall and Spring. I think I love them because they are so full of promise and hint at wonderful possibilities. Spring hints at the possibilities of warm summer days, new outdoor adventures, and lazy days in the sun. Fall hints of cozy winter fires, new academic adventures, and curling up with good books. Whether those promises are actually realized when Summer and Winter get here is another thing all together.
Anyway, our family has been taking lots of opportunity to enjoy the mild fall weather--we are loving the cooler days!
Playing with cousins...









Playing at the park.



























Bath time fun followed by warm snuggley jammies.



































...and ninja moves.