Monthly Archives: October 2012

A quiet beach getaway… with zombies?

It seemed the vacation was not quiet going as planned. For starters, we had a helluva time leaving our house. A fall parade was blocking our street, trucks and tubas and floats. Every road we tried was a no go, and it was starting to feel like we were in The Truman Show — (remember when he tries to leave town and faces all sorts of obstacles?) Finally, we headed out to the beach on a dreary, cold and rainy Saturday. Just the weather we had in mind. I seriously brought bathing suits for me and Nora — in October — just in case we had a warm spell.

We arrived to find zombies strolling the boards.

Wait, what?

Yes, you heard me right. It just so happened that our quiet family vacation took place the same weekend as the Asbury Park Zombie Walk. Not exactly what we had in mind, but kinda fun.

Yes, those are zombies… okay people dressed as zombies.

Despite the obstacles, the rain, the zombies, and our lack of sleep (thanks to teething), we had a good old time. As long as we’re together!

Yes, Nora is wearing socks on her hands. We were unprepared for the cold!

Pretty fall decorations in Ocean Grove. Reminds me of Stars Hollow. Anyone?

We got ice cream at Nagles.

We bought Nora a bear jacket and booties.

Another pic of happy Nora in her new booties

Pretty beach.

The fam.

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Apple picking fun!

Thanks to my Mommy friends for a fun outing to Dr. Davies Farm in Congers, NY. We had some adventures, i.e. trying to figure out how to carry the apple-picking-stick with us, while also carting baby strollers and/or babies in slings across the highway and up the hills to the orchard. We took turns picking the apples (using the stick thingy). I mostly got leaves and sticks when I tried, but that’s okay. The babies had a great time and Nora took a bite of her very first apple (pictured below).

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Nora update and naptime question

Update: Nora sits up, crawls, and stands while holding onto one’s hands/the ottoman/the couch. Once standing, she attempts to let go of one’s hands, as if to say, Thanks for the lift, but I‘ve got this. (We’re not quite there yet, Nora, but soon enough!) She likes playing with her toys, but she’d prefer to crawl toward outlets/computer chords/shoes. She also tends to find dust bunnies, picks them up very slowly and intentionally between her thumb and forefinger and draws them toward her open mouth. I do my best to intervene before that happens; she’s a good reminder that it’s time to vacuum again.

She makes lots of consonant noises like ba ba ba ba, ne ne ne, ma ma ma, da da da and the ever-quiet puh. I don’t know why puh is always a secret, but it must be spoken very quietly. A very funny joke is to laugh once — Aha. This gets a smile and sometimes a laugh from her. If I’m talking on the phone and laughing at something someone has said, she smiles up at me and laughs too. I don’t know what you’re saying, but it’s funny.

She likes to get really close to my face so I can just see a blurry little nose and mouth, and grab my necklace — put it in her mouth, grab my hair — put it in her mouth, grab my earrings, zipper, nose, mouth, ears, etc.

She still loves oatmeal and banana, and she’s tried all sorts of vegetables and fruits: apples, pears, peaches, mango, peas, string beans, carrots, etc. She also likes to eat puffs and Cheerios and has gotten pretty good at picking them up. She hates to have her face wiped off after eating. She’d prefer to leave prunes on her face all day. It is a fashion statement, I’ll give her that.

She is a happy baby and pretty easygoing. She likes sitting in high chairs at restaurants, craning her neck to stare at the people in the booth behind us and flirting with the waiters. She also likes to pull/rip the tablecloth into small pieces that she can then put into her mouth.

She sleeps through the night until 5:30 or 6am, although recently, she’s started waking up in the middle of the night, sitting up and crying.

Okay, and naps have been tricky lately. She’s so tired, I can see that, but she screams as soon as I put her down in the crib. She used to calm down pretty fast, but now she just sits there and cries. I don’t think she can fall asleep because she’s sitting up. She naps three times a day, and I wonder if she’s maybe moving toward two naps? I’ve tried to skip the morning nap. This hasn’t worked. I’ve tried rocking her for awhile putting her down, and that hasn’t worked. Any advice on getting an 8 month old to nap in the crib?

Here are a few pics for your viewing pleasure!

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