Monthly Archives: February 2009

fresh tiny boy videos!

I have just uploaded several Ben videos to my YouTube page.

Here’s an especially adorable video of Paul playing with Ben – and Ben playing back. Ben is now INTERACTIVE!

to new york & back

I went to NYC for the first time this week, on a whirlwind business trip. I had client meetings on Thursday. But I was only in the city for 21h, from the time I landed at JFK until takeoff the next day. During that time, all I was able to see was:

– the parts of Queens along the parkways from the airport to the city
– the parts of Manhattan along the route to the hotel
– Time Square, as seen from a few blocks south on Broadway
– the three long blocks from the hotel to the offices where meetings were held
– a few blocks of Fifth Avenue from the car on the way back to JFK

And no, I did not eat a real NYC bagel while there. I prefer Montreal style bagels. Nor did I eat any pizza. This was not a trip to visit the city – it was a trip to present a client campaign strategy.

But it did start me thinking about what I would want to see if I did go to NYC as a tourist. I am a huge history nerd, after all. But Manhattan has been built & re-built so many times that it seems the only intact historical areas are the parts of the city built in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Are there that many historical areas left to visit & study, above ground? I know that the city is constantly finding history below the ground – a wall dating to 1760 was just unearthed during a subway expansion, and a British seawall was discovered in 2005, below the financial district. But as for what’s left from the Revolutionary War, it seems minimal, and mostly in Brooklyn.

So. Where does a history nerd want to go in New York City? I will keep it in mind for the next time I am there.

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mommy & me movie review: confessions of a shopaholic

Um. Let’s put in “alcoholism” for “shopaholism” in this movie, and suddenly, it’s no longer funny. And really, the symptoms are the same. “The world gets better, for a little while,” says Isla Fisher, “And then I have to do it again, and again, and again.” So she remains in denial about her addiction, refusing to see the destruction it wreaks on her life. If it was vodka instead of Prada, this would be a tragedy. But because it’s clothes, it’s a comedy!

I actually had to explain to Ben that this was a twisted representation of 2007. “You see, monkey,” I said, “before you were born, there was NOT a credit crunch in effect. Everyone could get all the credit they wanted, and they were encouraged to buy as much as possible. In fact, the general cultural sentiment seemed to be that people deserved all these nice things. It just seemed to be implicit, that people should trade their money for happiness, and that these items would bring them joy. And in order to buy things, they were offered all sorts of credit – credit cards, store cards, home refinancing, bank overdrafts, etc. The credit issuers made money on the exorbitant interest, and kept telling consumers that it was normal to have thousand of dollars of debt. And the fact that this all-too-common problem, the need to develop an addiction to commercial shopping habits to counter a lack of joy in everyday life, was made into a COMEDY, says that we are not looking deeply enough at the REASONS that people turn to shopping. Maybe we need more joy that doesn’t come from addictive substances like shopping, or drinking.”

Ben gave me a quizzical look, and stuck his tongue out. I took that to mean that he agreed – this movie was one of the worst I’ve ever seen, on MANY levels. Badly written, bad subject, badly handled, and poorly timed release. Good physical comedy on the part of the actors; bad scriptwriting. This was the biggest pile of crap I’ve seen in a while – and I include National Treasure 2 and Ben’s diaper this morning in that category.

my son is a bottomless pit

We keep feeding Ben more – but not more ENOUGH. Ben is a growing boy. And, although he is a solid little guy, he is also not a very chubby baby. He only has one chin most of the time, and never developed any rolls of chub. I have always had to supplement with formula, and now that he is on solid food, we are finding that we keep having to add more and more to keep up with demand.

Today, Ben consumed:

– a wake-up nursing session
– a 4oz jar of banana-apricot-mixed grain baby food
– a mommy & me movie time nursing session
– a 4oz jar of peas-rice-turkey baby food
– a 4oz bottle of formula (I was at the office & couldn’t whip out a boob)
– an upon-return-home nursing session
– a 4oz jar of sweet potatoes
– half an avocado (he usually gets 1/4, but he has been waking up hungry at midnight, so I wanted to try giving him a calorie-dense dinner)
– miscellaneous rice rusks and puffs
– a bedtime nursing session

I am trying to replace the formula with foods where possible. We have also fed Ben baby yogurt before, but ran out & kept forgetting to buy more. And one of my other challenges is to start preparing dinner earlier so we can all eat as a family. Then we can start sharing whatever we are eating with Ben – provided it is pureed.

I also bought a RIDICULOUS amount of baby food on Amazon.com this month. The Earth’s Best brand was on sale, and when you add in the subscription discount, it works out to about 30% off grocery store prices. I was planning to be one of those moms who actually makes their kids baby food, but right now, I can only handle taking care of Paul and myself, plus my work, keeping the house clean, and being Ben’s mommy. I consider spending the extra cash on jarred food to be just fine because it saves me time & stress. Perhaps I will start making more Ben food when he is bigger.

Still, it seems like just yesterday that Ben was a little baby who only consumed liquids, or, at most, a little rice cereal. Now he is a big boy who eats like a champ. We are planning to roll yogurt back in tomorrow, so he will get three big-boy meals a day. I will try giving him (or having his daycare give him) his fruit and cereal (usually a 4oz jar plus 2oz of cereal) in the morning, a baby meal at lunch (ie. one of the ones with chicken in it) and a vegetable plus more fat at night (avocado, full-fat baby yogurt, etc). All this plus his nursing, and formula supplementation when necessary, and the dissolve-in-mouth rice snacks we give him to gnaw on. He must be a quickly growing boy.

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