Monday, May 8, 2017

Leilah at Three Months

This month Leilah:
  • has began to develop arm control and is starting to grab on to things like her light up rattle
  • has a stronger head and neck. Although she doesn't enjoy much tummy time, she is very strong when lifted up.
  • enjoys bath time
  • drank her first bottles while Gramma Susan babysat four half days that mommy worked (to practice for an upcoming certification in June)
  • hasn't been much of a fan of the Ergo carrier
  • slept 6.5 hours fairly regularly at night
  • smiles a lot at her parents, big brother, grandparents, and even strangers 
  • has been in 3 month and 3-6 month clothes for almost the whole last month
  • only pooped about once a week for three weeks
  • had her 1st Passover, 1st Easter, and 1st tulip festival
  • had her first round trip flight to Oakland and back. She was awake most of the first flight, but did fine and on the way back she ate and slept half the way.
  • was given her Hebrew/Arabic name at a joint baby naming with Norah Seif (6 days older). Her name is Shoshana Kelela. Shoshana means Susan (Phil's mother and my mom's best friend who was like another mother to me) and also translates to Lily (a beautiful flower and the name of Phil's grandmother who just passed away and was one of the strongest toughest women I've ever known). Kelela is my best friend Jennifer's Hebrew name (turns out it is actually Arabic) and I hope that Leilah grows up to be a strong Jewish woman like her Auntie Jen.

Big brother had to get in on the action too :-)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Leilah at Two Months

This month Leilah:

  • Has had really bad baby acne all over her face and head and neck although it's clearing up now. We hope it is not a sign of her teenage years, poor girl!
  • Started tracking us better.
  • Is growing more hair back (it was in a nice mullet fashion)... still looks redish.
  • Is sleeping 3-4 hour chunks at night and did a 7 hour sleep the other night!
  • Started smiling when you make kissing noises in front of her or when she sees those black and white animal cards
  • Is mostly so calm and just stares out the window on car trips or stroller rides.
  • When upset in the car, can be calmed by Micah's favorite Elana Jagoda song
  • Got to visit with her Aunt Cassie and Uncle Andrew. Aunt Cassie was the baby whisperer and had good luck with calming Leilah
  • Started PEPS (program for early parent support) group at temple with Mommy
  • started Stroller Strides with Mommy 3-4 days a week
  • Went on a family adventure day trip to Vashon Island
  • Had lots of time with Mommy since Daddy worked a lot of ten hour days and a few Saturdays
  • Got a lot of cuddles and kisses from Micah
  • Slept through the Purim Carnival
  • Visited Mommy's work friends at McMicken (The Lion King performance) and Hilltop (for a fun baby shower)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Micah at 4 and a half!

Half birthday cupcake!

 This last half a year in Micah's life he:
  • Is very observant
  • Listens to everything especially when you don't want him to
  • Has a sense of humor and likes to try to make people laugh
  • Loves singing and dancing
  • Reads picture books with such detail and variety of language as well as precision of known language from familiar texts
  • Favorite song: Uptown Funk
  • Favorite dance move: jump wiggle then "break dance"
  • Eats breads, quesadillas, ground beef and cheese tacos, pepperoni cheese pizza, smoothies, juices, cereal and granola, noodles with Parmesan cheese, crackers and cheese, chips,  bars, some nuts and raisins
  • He would eat energy or granola bars for every meal if possible
  • Loves preschool at the YMCA with Teacher Tiffany and Teacher Jamila
  • Best friends: Yaseen, Alex, Liam, Timmy, Alex and Espen, and Isaac
  • Went back to taking a nap at preschool (and makes for challenging and late bedtime. We start around 7:30ish and he reads to himself after we read to him until about 9 or 9:30)
  • Counts to 29 on his own and to 100 with assistance on the 10s
  • Plays war with playing cards and is pretty good with the more and less concept
  • Has authored and illustrated three or four books
  • Loves traveling and is a good traveler
  • Had many travel adventures included San Carlos, Twain Harte
  • Participated in the now famous Women's March
  • Enjoyed many hours building legos on his own and with Daddy or other family members
  • Loved crafting each month with his Koala Crate crafts and loved new books from his Reading Bug Box subscription
  • Loved getting to hold other babies like Odin, Isaac's brother
  • Enjoyed many hikes with Mommy and Daddy
  • Was hoping for and asking for a little brother or sister. Then when we told him we were pregnant he was so excited. He would kiss the baby in mommys tummy and talk to the baby. When baby sister arrived, he was so loving.
  • Has had lots of colds and coughs
  • Did swim lessons at school
  • Did two months of sports sampler at school
  • Loves Sunday school each week in Seattle with Mora Sarah
  • Continues weekly gymnastics with Coach Pele
  • Likes to use the word "actually" a lot
  • Recently began lots of potty talk with everything being about poop, farts, toots, and butts
  • Favorite tv shows: Wild Kratts, Nature cat
  • Is obsessed with Star Wars and we watched all three of the first movies as a family.
  • Is speedy on his balance bike.
cool dude with Giants lace up shoes

Hanging at the Burke Museum

San Francisco streets


At his preschool cubby

Helped Mom and Dad vote
Storm Trooper for Halloween with Yassein, Alex, Chloe, and Timmy (not pictured)

Big boy at the Horsey tree in Twain Harte

Pancakes with powdered sugar!

Helping get ready for baby sister to come

Singing and dancing this year in his school performance

His idea to make a star of David shield

A Koala Crate craft

New Years Eve with Alex and Espen

Animal adventures

No fear in the bounce houses anymore

Collecting at the pumpkin patch

Micah found our Xmas tree this year

With baby Odin on Xmas Eve

Xmas Day at the Gum wall


Family photo shoot. Photo cred: Haley

Raising a feminist just like his parents

New sister snow storm day!

Loving baby Leilah
Dinner with best bud Yassein
Nightly ritual of reading to himself. Sometimes he falls asleep this way.

Books and Paw Patrol at Chaco Canyon Cafe

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Ebb and Flow of my Writerly Life 31/31 #sol17

I remember writing a spin off of The Jolly Postman in third grade. I typed it and added pictures and had so much fun adding in other characters from various books and movies. I was so proud of that book, especially because I wrote it at home in my free time by choice. I also remember creating a lot of fun short stories as a first grader on our brand new Macintosh computer using the program Kid Pix with lots of fairies. I remember bringing these stories to school to show my teachers and my friends after my parents enjoyed them first. In school I always enjoyed our thematic writing prompts and the regular opportunities to have our writing on display or occasionally exhibited in our school's monthly newsletter for all students and families to read. It wasn't until middle school that my writerly life at school changed and sort of evaporated. I did keep a journal every night since 8th grade into college, yet that kind of writing was so formulaic and boring. It wasn't the write from the heart stuff. That stuff only really came once I became a teacher myself. 

Since then, I have done three things to develop my identity as a writer. First, I participated in the Puget Sound Writing Project at University of Washington where I wrote every day and participated in a writing group receiving meaningful feedback on the pieces I shared. Second, I started my own blog about life, our remodel, and starting a family, and then of course sharing my children's development. Third, I subscribed to various blogs like Two Writing Teachers and participated (twice now) in their March long slice of life challenge where being a part of a community of writers and writing every single day has been invaluable. My hope is that my students and my own children find inspiration in my writing life. My four and a half year old has already authored three books that he dictated to me and illustrated. I can't wait to read more!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Dentist Day Acrostic 30/31 #sol17

Drag both kids along
Enter the waiting area
Next come my X-rays 
Try not to drool
I hope the baby keeps sleeping
Silliest behavior from my oldest
Talking to my hygienist nonstop

Dentist arrives
All good he says as usual
Yay for another successful trip to the dentist! 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Time Out at School 29/31 #sol17

"I didn't go in time out today!" Our normally well behaved child randomly announced last night. "When have you gone to time out bud?" we asked. Maybe he went there the day before when his teacher casually let me know that he had a hard time listening that day. She didn't mention anything about time out though. "Was it the other day when Teacher Tiffany talked to me?" He didn't respond for a while and when he did, he let us know in a slow way, "well, it's kind of a long story." 
This is when good parents would hide their laughter and would pry the story out of him, yet that was definitely not what we did. My husband and I both laughed and seeing that we thought this was a funny thing for him to say, our son chuckled too and said, "well, that's what some people say!" Ha! He pays attention to people's conversations and to the language of books so well it's sometimes scary! We didn't really end up getting the full story and instead just focused on ways to help listen better or language to tell the teacher if she calls on him like "May I have a minute to think about it please?" Hopefully we will not be hearing about any more time out situations any time soon. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Library Holds 28/31 #sol17

I walked into our public library to quickly pick up my holds. I looked in the normal place where the V's are held and I had no books! Oh no, I thought! I know I got several email notifications that my holds were in. I scanned the shelves and sighed with relief and immediately began a small chuckle under my breath when I spotted my holds on the nearby shelf stacked high. There were only two other stacks on those shelves, so for today I came in first or second or third place for the most books on hold. 

This has become my mode of operation lately. Instead of leisurely browsing the stacks for a book that catches my eye, I come prepared. Occasionally I can spend leisurely time at our library, but now that time is full of reading with my son and helping him find what catches his eye. Now, thanks to subscribing to amazing blogs like The Nerdy Book Club and Latinxs in Kid Lit and Teaching Tolerance I enter all of their highly recommended books in my handy library app. Occasionally we are out and about and happen upon a bookstore. Now that we have been on a tight budget with only one income I just enter titles I see into the library app and boom...stacks so high I win the prize (if there was one!). I am really so grateful for these blogs and for our library!