Friday, October 30, 2009

Minor in the grand scheme of things, but sticking with me nonetheless

This is so minor in the grand scheme of things, but I don't feel like I'm going to get over it quickly: Cassandra burned her hand yesterday. I was cooking reheating in the kitchen at the time.

A few weeks ago we checked to be sure that the oven door didn't get hot in case she was playing in there during just such an occasion. But, we failed to check the recessed inch between the oven door and the drawer under the oven where little Cassandra chose to stick her hand.

She screamed and I went right over to her, thinking at first that her hand was stuck (and also maybe getting burned). By the time I got her up, I couldn't figure out which hand it was and whether or not she was crying because it had been stuck or because it was burned. So, I ran both under cold water and tried to soothe her. She calmed down pretty quickly, but continued to cry. Two of her tiny, sweet fingers developed blisters soon after -- 2nd degree burns. Do you know how painful those kinds of burns are?!

She is so much more active than Zander was at this age. I've been meaning to write a post about their differences just because it's so interesting. At 10.5 months, Cassandra has crawled up the stairs many times -- Zander didn't even know we had stairs at that age. I know part of this is a function of how different we are with Cassandra, but part of it is also her personality and that she is the 2nd child.

Anyway, as I said, in the grand scheme of things, this burn is nothing. Her fingers will be fine in a few weeks and we will forget about it. Mostly I feel like an idiot letting her crawl around in the kitchen at all and I can't shake how much worse it could have been.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Mud Pit

As mentioned a million times before, Zander attended an nature-based preschool called Discovery Woods. He still goes there on "early release" Mondays when his elementary school closes at noon(ish). The photos below were taken last Sunday at an expansion site of the preschool while we were attending a family gathering.




Tuesday, October 27, 2009

New meaning to the phrase "puddle jumping"

Here is Zander making the most of a rainy Saturday. It started out as puddle jumping and soon became puddle splashing and then developed into puddle get-as-wet-as-I-can-ing.

As I said, this was Saturday. Sunday was the mud pit. Photos tomorrow...

Monday, October 26, 2009

Getting around town

Remember what I said about the "uh oh" clip yesterday*? Well, this one is even less exciting to general audiences if you can believe that. We, on the other hand, are quite taken with little Cassandra as if she is the first baby to ever use a walker-type device to get around town.

* Video taken same day though. (Cute outfit is a handy-down compliments of cousin California cousin Zoe, from whom Cassandra gets most of her hip, high-end duds.)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Uh oh!

I guarantee that we are much more entertained by this than you will be (unless maybe you are a grandparent, but even then...).

In related news, unless you count "uh oh," we're pretty sure that Cassandra's first word is "daddy," said as "da da." This was Zander's first word too, of course.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Bonked heads, Fire Drills, and Lock Downs

When I picked up Zander from school on the day before yesterday, he was holding some ice to his forehead and looking forelorn. The after-care teacher said he was having a rough day. Apparently, he fell twice and hit his head both times. Zander recounted the incidents to me and said he was "...a little cranky because he hadn't been feeling that well since September or maybe even August." I did my best not to laugh.

In other Zander news, he has had a few fire drills at school and even a "lock down," all of which seem to be freaking him out a bit. (This is understandable in my book -- fires and lock downs freak me out too.) We assure him that we'll keep him safe, but he asks good follow-up questions: "What if we don't smell the smoke and the alarm doesn't work?" "Can we get sprinklers in the house?""What if all the firefighters are busy with other fires?" "What if the whole street is on fire?"What if all of Virginia is on fire?" (Okay, so maybe not all of them are good questions.)

I do my best to honestly answer his questions, but this is part of parenting that just stumps me. If *I* spend too much time thinking about all the things that can happen to my family and friends, I'm right where he is. It's no wonder that fire safety/awareness is often introduced by benign and cute little cartoon characters...

Monday, October 19, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Old Fashioned Fun (as in 16th century old fashioned)

Brad and Zander (and the folks over at 4M and WPW Superhero) went to the Maryland Renaissance Festival on Saturday. (Martyr that I am, I stayed home with Cassandra in a continued effort to get her to to nap routinely.) Seems I missed quite day.

On the climbing wall...

Riding a pony...

On stage as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet...

(Apparently, soon after the photo above was taken, he ran off stage.)

P.S. Last year I went to the festival.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Who knew 'religious school' would lead to all this religion?

Zander started 'religious school' a few weeks ago. And, well, it's rather...religious.

On Friday night, the kindergartners and 1st graders enrolled in said religious school had a consecration ceremony to mark the beginning of their formal Jewish education. Being new members of the synagogue, we didn't really know what to expect. Zander somehow ended up on the bema (stage) with the Jewish equivalent of a children's choir. He seemed to know the songs and did just fine. (Still doesn't know he wasn't supposed to be up there, so don't go spilling the beans if you see him.) Later on, all of the children received their own mini Torahs to take home, along with a flag in honor of Simchat Torah. Like I said, it was all very religious. Guess we should have expected that since it was at a synagogue and all. Anyway, below is a photo taken before the service.

We couldn't take pictures during the consecration itself since it took place in the sanctuary and others were busy workshiping. (Said in a Homer Simpson how-could-they-be-doing-such-a-thing voice.)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Hanging with her new crew

Brad took this picture today of Cassandra (in front in the blue pants and pink jacket) while she was out on a stroll with the other infants from the Kissing Fish room. (Cassandra's daycare is onsite at Brad's office, so he sends me photos of her often.)

All that is well and good, but I wonder if she was offended that no one wanted to sit next to her?

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Apparently, we haven't baby-proofed quite enough

I wanted to get some cute video of Cassandra doing new tricks, but it quickly became clear that we have not baby-proofed enough. (See video below.) FYI, the plant that gets tipped over is fake.

Monday, October 5, 2009


No, that is not a typo in the title. Zander calls hand-me-downs "handy downs." And there are kind of handy in fact.

Cassandra at almost 10 months:

Zander at seven months in the same outfit (with the pants rolled up):

Friday, October 2, 2009

Postponing the Kissing Room

This is probably one of those "you had to be there" moments, but bear with me.

The room Cassandra is currently in at her daycare is called the "Sunfish" room. She will soon be transitioning to an older infant room called "The Kissing Fish." But, this post is not about how I can't believe she is already transitioning out of the younger infant room and how she will be (not) napping on a cot instead of (not) napping in a crib. A COT I said. No, it's not about that all.

Anyway, we were deciding whether or not the transition was a good idea. After talking with the sleep consultant we have been working with, I sent an e-mail to the director of the center to let her know that we would, indeed, be moving forward with the transition. However, I omitted the word "fish" and throughout the e-mail I went on and on about Cassandra's upcoming transition to "The KISSING" room.

Luckily, I had cc:ed Brad on the e-mail, who quickly clarified:

We are actually hoping to postpone the “Kissing Room” until at least Jr. High and will target the “Kissing Fish Room” for the immediate future. Thanks.