March 31, 2010

Another pic because I'm lazy

Actually I've been traveling so I haven't had time to write a post, so here's a pic we took today at Miloh's first Seder...he got all dressed up for the occasion.

March 27, 2010

A little music interlude from Miloh

The other day Staci bought Miloh the Skip Hop Funky Farmyard. Today she wanted to add a little something to Montessori it up a bit. So she attached a bell that she got from Etsy. Miloh instantly took to the bell and he had a tough time deciding whether to play with it or to look at himself in the cow mirror that came with the farmyard. In the end the bell won out. We have about 14 minutes of video of this but I decided to play nice and cut it down to under 2 minutes.

My next video will be him staring at a grape.

March 26, 2010

I took a photo Friday

Someday I'll actually have time to process my RAW images and I'll updatemy images.

March 23, 2010

BFFs for ever

We were a bit aprehensive when we first brought Miloh home because we were unsure of ow our dog Kalli would handle a new arrival. She has always loved children, let them grab her tail, hug her and lean on her but you never know how dogs will react to a permanant member of the house.

We did have a plan to help the transition. When we went to the hospital to have Miloh we sent Kalli to the spa that she stays in...we didn't name it the spa that's what it's called. The day after Miloh was born we brought a blanket that he was swaddled in to the spa so Kalli could smell him.

Then we had him in the house a day before we brought her back.

The first day she came home she was mildly interested in Miloh but she was more interested in the bone we got her and the new toy she got. Day two she understood what was going on. Kalli would refuse to be in any room other than one Miloh was in.

We started off with Miloh in a Pack 'n Play at the foot of our bed. But you know how things are and the next day it moved to Staci's side of the bed. The only problem is Kalli slept on the floor on that we moved her to the floor on my side.

The first night she was fine but on the second night Kalli would not sleep on her bed. Instead she slept right next to the pack and play. But we realized she wasn't trying to get into her spot because that's not the area sh slept. She just wanted to be close to her new buddy.

As time passed she got more interested in him. When we first got Kalli she'd wiggle like crazy when we came home...but she expects it now and the wiggle is smaller. However if Miloh is away that crazy wiggle makes a return appearance when he comes back home.

She is so sweet with him licking his feet and face. She also hangs out by him when he poos, but that's for other reasons. When Miloh's doing tummy time Kalli is usually around. If he is wailing uncontrollably because we didn't get a bottle to him on time she'll come find us and give us a look.

She really cares for him and it makes us so happy. But we do realize there will be a time where she's no longer our dog but his instead. And when he's old enough she'll be sleeping in his room instead of ours...she already wants to make the switch.

March 22, 2010

Week eight in numbers

There was something really cute that happened between Miloh and Staci this week, but we forgot what it was. I know we're going to forget a lot of things that happen with Miloh but this was the first that really just escaped our memory. I thought we had written it down but we didn't.

And the bottle count went down drastically because he's getting more in each bottle.

March 18, 2010

Gear Thursday: Cloud B Twilight Turtle

If you read my Random Shorts post a few days ago you may remember that we have a new routine that we've been doing to get Miloh to sleep. One of the things that we bought to help is this Twilight Turtle nightlight. I'm not even exaggerating when I say this is one of the best things's so cool and soothing that Staci and I want to get one for our room...

It's actually rather simple but so nice. It's a soft turtle with a hard plastic shell. On the shell are cutouts of when you turn the lights on the constellations shine throughout the room. You can change the color of the lights to green, blue or amber. The green and blue are the brightest and it's reminiscent of those glow in the dark stars but a lot less hassle and a lot less permanant.

It's incredibly soothing and it shuts off in 45 minutes just as your baby (hopefully) falls asleep.

One thing I'm really digging is that 8 real constellations shine on your ceiling and walls...I think that will be cool for Miloh when he's will be a learning tool.

There are two other styles of night light including a lady bug and a  sea turtle, which is even cuter than this turtle and which some of the money goes to a conservation charity.

March 15, 2010

The Ides of Miloh

Today is what I hope to be the first day of a tradition. I'm not sure what I'll call it...Staci calls it Miloh day while I'm thinking the Ides of Miloh.

Either way it will be a day that Miloh and I hang out.

I've always had a thing for the Ides of March that started when I had to read Julius Cesar. I was instantly intrigued by the name...not the whole Et tu, Brute part. But had no idea what the Ides were...later I found out it was the 15th of some months and the 13th of others...its not just a March thing.

Fast forward to my first job in a real career. 4 months in I got my first promotion...the day was March 15...the day seemed even more auspicious.

Later that year I was discussing with a friend the pros and cons of taking your birthday off of work...she was a fan of not working...I was cool with working. But the conversation got me thinking...maybe I should find a day that I don't work every year...a day for myself.

So I picked the Ides of March...or if it falls on a weekend I take the Friday or Monday of. I think I only worked one March 15 since I started working...but I remember it was for a photoshoot...not sure which one but I'm thinking it was good.

And now I have Miloh so I'm extending the day to him. I'm spending the whole day with him...which this year is a nice break for Staci. I plan on keeping up this tradition...I'll pull him out of school to observe our little holiday.

I hope he likes the tradition and the time spent. And I hope he extends it to his college years and further...because I think everyone needs a day like this. For a lot it's their b-day...for me it's today.

And it reminds me a bit of that Visa commercial that asks "When is the last time you went to the aquarium...with your daughter...on a Tuesday?" The question might not fit exactly, Miloh being my son, but the idea is what it's all about. I'm not a fan of putting an ad up for free...but the campaign is really nice so I'll make an exception.

March 11, 2010

Miloh's first real roll

Miloh had his first full on roll today...yeah it's super early. It might seem cruel that we were laughing but we really wanted him to work through it.

It was unexpected so Staci grabbed her phone just as he started...we missed the first little bit...but it's awesome anyway.

I should explain a bit what was going on because it's a bit hard to see. As he started to roll he had a tight grip on the blanket. He wanted to roll but also wanted to keep ahold of the blanket. In the end he got both...but it still made him cry.

The video was shot with a phone so it's bit dark. I might try to work on that later.

March 9, 2010

Miloh on a roll

This is actually a test to see if I can email video to my blog. But if it works you'll see video of Miloh starting to roll over today.

My original post said he rolled to his belly, but I heard wrong. He's been rolling to his side where he gets stuck and then sucks his thumb...that hasn't been caught on video yet.

March 8, 2010

Random shorts

Miloh hates the sound of velcro...he winces every time he hears it when we open his sleep sack or a diaper bag. 

My favorite thing he's doing right now is grabbing my finger while I feed him. He holds on so tight that his fingertips turn white...but of course it's a kind of soft grip. I love it.

I also like that when he wiggles he often makes a fist and kind of punches. He finally connected a few yesterday.

Staci's favorite thing is that she can burp him by just rubbing his back instead of patting it...and she love that when she does this he lays his head right in the crook of her neck.

She also loves that he recognizes's actually really cool that he recognizes us and our voices.

I got nothing for four.

Before Miloh was born I heard someone say "he's not as wrinkly as he was a week ago." I'm not sure of the context, it could have been TV, a tweet or a friend. But it's true about Miloh. I wish I had a picture to go along with that but I haven't taken photos in a few days...and that bums me out.

We finally figured out the sleep thing. if you remember my Sweet Child O' Mine post we were having trouble a bit ago. I truly think my paradigm/stress level/attitude shift helped him calm down, but we also learned he has acid reflus so he's on meds for that. Plus we have a new routine that maybe I'll post about soon...but the gist is we now know how to get him to bed before he's over tires which for some reason makes him unable to sleep.

Until yesterday either Staci or I would sleep in Miloh's room when it was our time on duty. Now we have a video and audio monitor on while we're downstairs or asleep etc. It's a bit freaky not being with him.

March 4, 2010

Gear Thursday: Coocoi Babywrap swaddle

Miloh is a huge fan of being's pretty crazy how much it calms him. I had the opportunity to review the Coocoi  merino Babywrap.

Once I got Miloh in he loved do I know? He didn't squirm and he conked out.

I had to move my reviews to an annex site so click here to check the whole thing out...

March 3, 2010

The post in which I write a letter to Mother Earth

Dear Mother Earth

I'm not sure how you work. Are you like Santa where you know what I've been thinking and doing? If so then this won't come as a surprise.

You know I have a lot of respect for you and all...and I'm not sure if I ever said the 'L' word but you know...I kind of dig you.

In the years we've been friends you've stayed pretty much the same it's just me who is different. Our relationship has been changing and I think it's at a point where we just cut the ties for a little while.

I know it sounds cliche but it's not's me, really it is. Someone came between us and his name is Miloh.

When Staci and I first learned we were pregnant we were dead set on raising our child in an environmentally friendly way. We had plans to use cloth diapers from day one...we even got a new HE washer and dryer so cleaning them would be better for you.

Then we heard that cloth diapers are hard to use on super little kids, partly because of the size of the babies partly because of the amount of changes and partly because of the consistency of the poo.

So we decided to only use disposable for 6 weeks...just until we get things down and things get stable. Well we're 6 weeks in and the disposables are still going strong. We have moved from Pampers to Earth's Best but I know that while they say they are your best the are only really Earth's better because they don't biodegrade.

We still plan on doing cloth diapers...we're thinking we'll start at 3 months.

Then there is the dishwasher...we run it a lot...and by a lot I mean at least 6 times a week. We tried washing bottles by hand but it just wasn't working for us. There were too many to wash. And before I go further I gotta admit the bottles are all plastic so that's not good, right?

But back to the dishwasher...I'm not convinced it's worse than hand washing...something tells me it might not be...but it's often run with only bottles in it...sorry.

And to add insult to injury we're not using earth friendly dish soap right now. We tried for so long but our dishes looked like crap...the plus is that if you ever come over you'll notice our dishes are sparkly...

Another reason the dishwasher is on is that Miloh likes the helps him sleep. And really that's what matters...I'd rather him sleeping to him wailing so if I have to do a little harm to you, Mrs. Earth, to have him feel comfortable I'm cool with that.

Next there is the little matter of the full refrigerator of food I threw away last week. I hate throwing out's such a waste and I know there are starving kids in China and such but we just haven't had time to cook what we bought. Plus friends brought over food so maybe you should be blaming them. Because without them we might have eaten what we had.

Who am I kidding? We would have just had popcorn.

There is also all the crap we're buying. We were good in that we borrowed a lot of stuff. One of those being a lamb swing, but maybe we didn't need second. The thing is Miloh loves sleeping in it (with the dishwasher on) and it became a pain to lug it up and down the stairs.

I'm not saying we can't be friends some day, I just think now isn't the right time.

Maybe next year we can reconnect, are you on Facebook? Maybe then we can get together and laugh at how we were pulled apart. And hey, if you come over you can have a drink from one of those sparkling glasses.

One thing though, if you do come over then don't look at our garage...we're getting a new car soon...and it will be a bigger car...but I am looking at one with good gas mileage.


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March 2, 2010

March 1, 2010

Miloh's first month in numbers

I wanted to get this out today but to be honest I'm a bit I 'm hoping there are no typos. Here is Miloh's first month in numbers. You can click the image to see it larger.

Took awhile... Here's an infographic of MF's first year

I finished this about a year ago just for my personal use but thought I'd share it. It's a visualization of MF's first year in n...