Friday, December 28, 2012

One-baby band (in a box)

Grady's cousins sent him his favorite Christmas gift so far -- the band in a box.

Grady likes to play his instruments while sitting in the box, the turkey.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Reporting in for Christmas

Merry belated Christmas! Grady the Gus found Christmas to be, generally, quite to his liking. He's been dealing with another round of sniffles and fever, and Christmas was the first day that he seemed truly on the mend. He was almost able to face the day without ibuprofen!

Since he's still little and has no idea what's what, he slept in. On Christmas morning! When I was a kid... well, let's just say we made some compelling arguments that any time with "A.M." in its name was clearly morning. I mean, obviously.

The Halekas men just getting warmed up, all dolled up in a handsome sweater and fleecey snowman jams:

We started with stockings, as one does, and that brings me to the next thing, which is that everyone keeps thinking this is Baby Grady's first Christmas, because he was so very little last year. He didn't even help open his presents. Can you even believe this nonsense? 

This year, he was an old hat at presents, having recently had a birthday. His preferred technique involves the teeth. He may have learned it from those bozos in the back. (Yes, Mr. Puppet is back in his green winter jacket. It matches his new green flowered collar.)

He thinks his Pop-Pop is a pretty neat guy. They like to chat, and jam, and such.

So then he carried Pop-Pop's gift around for a while while wearing his new Guatemalan back-pack. Mr. Puppet supervised.

Geems gave Grady the coolest blocks with magnets in them. They are all Earth-friendly and sustainable and non-toxic and etc. The box they came in is also nice:

He didn't finish opening the final few gifts (the books) until evening. Pacing is important when you're a baby.

And just in case anyone was wondering, air travel is not Baby Grady's favorite. His displeasure began early, in the security line. So I nursed him in the Ergo while in line. Then I had to take off the Ergo to send it through the x-ray machine. So, yes, I carried my baby, in my arms, latched to my boob, through the metal detector. TSA made no complaints, though as I approached, a monitor-guy called out, "We need a pat-down over here!" And for a moment I thought I was going to have to fend off a pat-down with my exposed breast, which, even in the Bay Area, is something. And then I would definitely end up on the cover of TIME. But a TSA woman replied, "Why? She's just carrying him." And all was swell. No idea what that was all about. Maybe I could have kept the Ergo if I'd gotten a pat-down?

The flying was a mix of unhappiness, adrenaline-crash napping, watching Cat in the Hat, and (my non-favorite) total meltdowns in which there was screaming and wrestling and furious removal of socks and shoes. If I weren't a mother to one Baby Grady, I would have watched in horror, thinking that was clearly the worst thing that could possibly happen. And, I mean, it just wasn't. It was awful, yes, and I really wished I could make things more comfortable for him, but also there were moments when he was not screaming. And that was a-okay.

To recover, he had to sleep on his face for a while:

Friday, December 14, 2012

Holiday card outtakes: little dude edition

After Jasper confessed to me his lack of love for the baby's red skinnies, I asked him, well, which pants do  you like on the baby? I mean, do you even care, or is this a thing where I should ignore you? (And I will probably do some of that anyway, honestly, but I like to do my research and make my inquiries and fully flesh out a situation regarding the opinions of my baby's daddy.) And he said: normal ones. that make him look like a little dude.

And do I even have to tell you that I knew exactly what he meant?

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Holiday card outtakes: hipster baby edition

Jasper told me the other day -- and I paraphrase, for no reason other than the fact that I cannot remember what he actually said -- that he's not really in love with the baby's red skinny jeans. But you've never even seen them on him, I countered. But yes, he had, he claimed, in Monterey. (But no, he hadn't.) And then it became clear that Jasper did not know the difference between the baby's red skinny jeans and the baby's faded-red chinos. And then I died a little due to the knowing of these things:
  1. My husband cannot tell the difference between two entirely different pairs of pants, simply because they are in the same color family
  2. My baby owns both these two pairs of red-color-family pants
  3. I would have to tell you about it, because otherwise what am I even doing here?

So then I ignored the fact that Jasper couldn't tell the red skinnies from the washed-red chinos, because that was really too big of a chore in that particular moment, because what I was really trying to do was get a holiday card underway and these things have deadlines, you know?

Since I was asking, he told me: he does not like the red skinnies because they make the baby look like a hipster. (Which they totally do.) I find dressing the baby like a hipster to be amusing, because he is a baby and there is nothing hip about a baby and also we are the opposite of hipsters, whatever that is. I mean, I still sometimes wear bootcut jeans for gosh sakes. We don't even have Instagram. We don't even know whether Instagram is something that you have or something that you do.

None of the pictures came out cute enough for a card anyway, but they are cute enough to share with you, my four readers. Enjoy.

Friday, November 30, 2012

More post-birthday fun

We haven't had a very exciting week -- Baby Grady's been feverish, it's been rainy, Jasper spent half the week in Colorado, and well... we've just been treading water, really. So, I give you a surfeit of pictures from happier times. Baby Grady playing with his new birthday toys last week: