August 20, 2012
Now that Evan is “big boy,” I’m trying to clear out my garage for the bigger toys he uses, like a big wheel, wagon, push toys, etc. It’s a never-ending cycle!
If you or a friend is in the market for some very gently use, very clean, very nice baby gear, please let me know! Post a comment here and we’ll figure out how to go from there (I think you have to provide your email address but only I can see it.)
All photos are of actual items, and I’ve tried to link to manufacturer sites for all the specs on items. I’m happy to arrange a mutually convenient Indianapolis area for you to check things out. My home is smoke-free, and everything is in outstanding condition. Only the Papasan chair was previously used (my sister’s two girls).
FAO Schwarz diaper bag: Brand new — tag still attached! Five interior pockets, two insulated interior bottle pockets, easy access key fob, eight exterior pockets, back panel secure zipper pocket, cross-body adjustable strap as well as non-slip stroller straps, matching changing pad with pocket for diapers and wipes. $30
Baby Papasan chair, with vibrating seat. Folds flat for easy transportation. The dangling toy is missing, but you can clip or tape one on yourself. In good condition; machine washable. $40 (used by my nieces and Evan)
Graco Silhouette swing: quiet, with adjustable reclined positions, six speeds, songs and nature sounds, and removeable mobile. Laguna bay pattern, machine washable. Includes an supportive insert for newborns. Pristine condition. For more information see Graco website (not the same pattern): http://www.gracobaby.com/Products/Pages/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductID=1762256 $60 (Used by Evan)
Ergo Baby Sport carrier, rated the best, most comfortable carrier by Baby Bargains, and I agree! Can be used front, side or back. Includes a sunshade in a front pocket. Black. Also included, the infant insert (cream), required for babies who are less than four months old. In great condition; machine washable. For more info (not the same color): http://www.ergobabycarrieronline.com/sport-ergo-baby-carrier-blue-p-4.html. $70 (Used by Evan)
March 1, 2012
These are some videos I’ve been meaning to post for ages — they were some new skills I caught on video in December. Now this stuff is totally old hat. He’s now cruising furniture like a madman. Forbidden items, like my iPhone and remote controls, continue to be the greatest motivators!
February 29, 2012
While we were in North Carolina visiting my parents (Grammy and Paca to Evan), we were trying to keep him going for a few more minutes so I could eat my dinner before his bedtime. We pulled the jumper over to the table and put in a very sleepy boy.
February 28, 2012
Evan’s been home sick for two days with a fever and lots of congestion. Yesterday the doctor said maybe he has an ear infection and gave us some antibiotics. He seems a little better this morning, so I hope he can go back to school tomorrow.
On Sunday, he was still chipper enough to have some fun with me on the other side of the end table.
February 27, 2012
Evan is, as my sister says, a well-celebrated boy! We were in North Carolina for the week before his birthday, to celebrate with my parents (and avoid the Super Bowl craziness in Indy), then had the Johnsons over for dinner on February 9. He wasn’t feeling great, so the festivities weren’t all that joyous, but then we had a small party of close friends over the following weekend. So, he had finally figured out what to do with the cake by the time that party rolled around. It still took two attempts, though, as we were too close to naptime and the applause and encouragement from the crowd sent him right over the edge.
August 17, 2011
I expect that only my mother will watch all nine and a half minutes of Evan getting his first taste of peas. And even she may lose interest … But, nonetheless, here it is, documented for posterity. There are some funny faces!
August 14, 2011
I’ve been lucky enough to be able to bring Evan with me to work thus far, but the Bring Your Baby to Work program ends at six months. Many have asked what he will do, and apparently my plan to leave him at home with an open box of Cheerios has not been well-received. So, I’ve lined up Day Nursery if that box of Cheerios thing doesn’t work out. Day Nursery is the oldest child care provider in the state of Indiana, and is one of the few non-profit child care agencies in the Indianapolis area. They have seven locations, including one very near our house.
Monday will be a very emotional day (for me more than Evan, I suspect), as we begin this new chapter — one where we are now separated more than 40 hours a week. I am not sure I have been separated from Evan for a total of 40 hours in his life!
But, it must be done. I am not in a situation where I could stay home with him all day, every day, and I’m not sure I’m the kind of person who could do that on a social and intellectual level, even if I could do it on a financial one. I look at child care as the beginning of school — eventually he would be going to elementary school, so we’re just starting his education early.
To keep myself from becoming a sniveling wreck, here’s what I’ll be focused on come Monday:
- I’ll be able to wear jewelry and high heels again since I won’t be toting him around the office any more.
- My walk to the office will be much faster, since I don’t have to load up all his gear and push the stroller four blocks.
- Someone else will change five-sevenths of the diapers (and probably most of the poopy ones!)
- I will be able to use the gym in my office building during my lunch hour (I’ll get back to you on whether that really does happen!)
- I will be able to focus on work at work, which means I’ll be able to focus on Evan after the workday ends. (Again, I’ll get back to you on how much work I still do at home!)
- I won’t have to tell my coworkers when I’m going to the bathroom so they can listen for his cries if he wakes up.
- I will no longer narrate all the activity of my day for Evan’s benefit. (I may still do it for my own benefit, but I’ll try to break that habit.)
- Evan will continue honing his great social skills (he’s closed a lot of client deals in the last three months) and will make lots of new friends at Day Nursery.
- Most of all, I know that Evan is ready for the next stage in his development, and it demands more time, interaction and experience than I have at the moment. The great teachers and assistants at Day Nursery will work with Evan every day on all levels of his development. He’ll have other kids to interact with, and this environment will offer him a great stability and continuity that will enable him to thrive.
Even with all of those great points, I’ll still be wearing waterproof mascara on Monday. I can’t imagine not seeing this face all day.