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  1. Monday, May 02, 2022:
    Maia's Art Day   Notable artwork from the month of April    One afternoon, under the watchful eye of the babysitter, Miss Laura, Maia decided to make cutout bunnies. She painstakingly outlined and then cut each bunny, as well as clothes and shoes that could be folded onto the bunnies.     Here is a self-portrait Maia made that matches the clothes she was wearing that day:     So many bunnies holding hands:     The Easter Bunny is here hiding eggs. Notable hiding places include a bird's nest and the trunk of a car:     These bunnies just ran a race and received trophies:   
  2. Wednesday, April 27, 2022:
    Ian Year 1 Battle Report    At one year of age, Ian is 22 pounds and has 3 front teeth, two on top and one on the bottom. He is an excellent crawler, raiser, and supported stander/walker. He's been going up stairs for weeks and is now comfortable going down stairs the right way (feet first rather than bodysurfing).      He hates being on the changing table and cries excessively when the world is not revolving around him. For most of his public-facing time though, he's super happy. Ian likes waving at people and swaying back and forth in his high chair. He says many syllables and particularly likes "DA". We can't tell if he is legitimately saying the word, "DADA", or if he's just lucky stringing syllables together in the right ...
  3. Monday, April 25, 2022:
    Ian Day              
  4. Friday, April 22, 2022:
    Maia's Art Day  Here are pictures that Maia drew during the month of March.     "Daddy Bunny is going to work for a meeting. His car has a moonroof. He is dressed fancy but you can't tell because he's facing the background."     These are the days that Original Bunny gets home-schooled in my office while Maia is at pre-school.     A short series about bunnies playing sports.     The Berenstain Bears sitting around their dinner table.     One afternoon, the family spent an hour sitting around  our  dinner table drawing different monsters. 7 of these are by Rebecca and I while the rest are by Maia, who decided that having an extra eyeball is pretty ...
  5. Monday, March 28, 2022:
    Ian Week #48 Battle Report  Ian is 11 months old!     He can raise himself up to a standing position at the coffee table and maneuver around it, crawl very fast, and ascend stairs with ease. Going down is still prevented since he prefers a heads-first approach.   He has no teeth (Maia had her first at 8.5 months) and no words, although he just learned to form the word "Ohhh" so it sounds intentional. Now we can pretend to feed him fun facts and have him say "Ohhh" as if he just learned something new. He loves to eat: carrots are in decline in favor of carbs, yogurt, and bits of food off the adults' plates.   His phase of screechiness never went away fully, and it becomes his go-to mode when annoyed or tired. He gets...
  6. Friday, March 25, 2022:
    Maia's Art Day  Here are some of the pictures that Maia created during the month of February.     In the left picture, the bunny is receiving a 2nd place trophy. On the right, is a fine representation of Olaf.     Maia went through a phase where two people were having birthday parties together, with one older than the other (The first party was for Elsa and Anna). Here, Ori and Ku (from  Ori and the Will of the Wisps ) are turning 4 and 2 respectively. This also functions as a low-budget colour-blind test.     Maia also makes maps. "The blue is the water, the red is lava, the yellow is beach, and the green is trees."     Maia painted this bunny after watching  ...
  7. Wednesday, March 02, 2022:
    Ian Week #44 Battle Report  Ian is now in the age range where the photo letter blocks don't quite work because no one expects any parent to actually follow through and take a picture every single week.     In the above picture, his pajamas are only half on because he tends to crawl away or roll over completely before we have a chance to finish putting them on. He hates being on the changing table and refuses to cooperate in any basic baby logistics.   Ian crawls just fine now and likes making laps around each room (whose door we haven't shut) to see what's new. When he's completely bored of the main floor, we do the same routine in the basement. He decided to tackle stairs the other day and got up 3 before falling backwards into m...
  8. Friday, February 25, 2022:
    Maia's Art Day    A fancy bunny going to a ball.     This bunny lives in a burrow with a chimney. He is lighting the campfire with his carrot.     Here's Maia's reinterpretation of one of Rebecca's paintings from one of many trips to Pinot's Palette.     This rainbow-y pencil extravaganza is inspired by a jigsaw puzzle we have featuring a range of coloured pencils in a row. Notice that her rainbows are always coloured in the right order. 
  9. Wednesday, February 23, 2022:
    What's Maia Up To Day    Maia is solidly in the four-and-a-half year age range. She has been going to Kids Under Construction preschool since last September and loves it. (She sometimes tells us when one of her classmates acts out, but she likes to note that SHE has never had a time-out there). She's learning a lot of things I didn't learn until kindergarten, although she's also started incorporating the dreaded "like" as a pause word when she's talking.   Her latest passion is to make signs and books by copying the words out of existing books. She wanted to have a bunny yard sale in her room, so she recalled the specific Berenstain Bears book with a Yard Sale sign in it and copied it down. Her letters are legible, which is more than I ...
  10. Monday, February 07, 2022:
    Ian Week #41 Battle Report  Ian is now 41 weeks old, just 11 weeks away from a full year (also, the longest year of my life).     Ian is the loudest child ever birthed. He sometimes wakes up crying. He cries when we put him on the changing table to change his diaper. He cries when we don't get him out of his carseat fast enough.   He started truly crawling at 39 weeks, which is great for being able to better entertain himself, but worse for keeping things like electrical cords out of his reach. He loves to pull himself on the coffee table, only to let go and bash himself in the face on the way, resulting in crying.   He likes playing with anything that has wheels most, followed by toys that make noise or motion. He ...
  11. Monday, January 10, 2022:
    Ian Week #37 Battle Report  Ian is 37 weeks old and 19.2 pounds large.     He is the loudest baby I have ever been related to, getting bored easily with whatever's directly in front of him and immediately shouting or shrieking for change. We have a few toy zones set up around the house to rotate through. On the plus side, his naps are longer (2 per day, morning and afternoon, sometimes up to 2 hours) and he's less likely to begin each nap by reverberating reality.   Ian loves to eat and is learning how to eat by himself (puffs are best, bananas are great, and carrots usually end up squished all over the place). Much of our day as a family is spent sitting around the dining room table for meals and it's nice that we don't always ...
  12. Monday, January 03, 2022:
    Interview Day: Maia Edition   Wisdom at age 4 and a half      This is an update to  Maia's previous interview .    What is your favourite color?    "Pink!"    What is your favourite movie?    "Frozen 2."    What is your favourite food?    "Chocolate."    What is your favourite drink?    "Chocolate milk."    Who is your favourite bunny?    "Original Bunny!"    What is your favourite activity?    "Building bunny towns."    What do you like to play?    "Mario Kart, even though I...
  13. Wednesday, December 01, 2021:
    Ian Week #31 Battle Report    Ian became 7 months old on Thanksgiving Day and currently weighs over 18 pounds (Maia was 16 at the same time). He wears size 3 diapers and 6-9M clothing and can vocalize "da" and "ma".   Ian is rolling over now and usually travels 1 - 3 Ianlengths (Imperial measurement) from his original position. He uses rolling more as a method of getting things than transporation, but seems eager to start crawling as soon as possible. There is still a little patch of missing hair on the back of his head where he wiggles his head vigorously against the carpet when excited.   He eats solids in the form of mixed pastes and loves eating more than many adults. However, each meal usually ends in crying when he wants to ...
  14. Monday, November 08, 2021:
    Stuff Maia Says Day    Maia: "I want to go to the grocery store with you but I also want to see who wins the Technical Challenge!"   Maia: "What does a bunny like to eat for dinner?"  RU: "I don't know. What?"  Maia: "No, I want you to make the joke."   BU: "And that's what eating at a restaurant is like."  Maia: "We should do this ALL the time!"   BU: "Ian keeps dropping food under the table."  Maia: "You should clean that right now!"   Maia: "Daddy, don't clean this up yet." (minutes after building something with blocks)  BU: "Why would I do that?"  Maia: "You always clean things."   BU: "Why don't you ever play the Special Cup?"  Maia: "I ...
  15. Wednesday, November 03, 2021:
    Offspring Comparison Day    The one on the left could sit up easily at 27 weeks, while the one on the right is too unwieldy. However, the one on the right has better natural camouflage with our updated decor and can reach the decibels of a lawnmower. 
  16. Wednesday, October 20, 2021:
    Songs of the Enrichment Jungle: Amanda the Panda    The Enrichment Jungle has returned to the living room since Ian was born, with a few new faces in need of songs. Here is the first new Enrichment Jungle song in four years, about Amanda the Panda.     The eighth notes are swung, obviously.   Other Posts in This Series:  Volume I  |  Volume II  |  Volume III  |  Amanda the Panda   
  17. Monday, October 04, 2021:
    Ian Week #23 Battle Report  Ian is now 17 pounds and 23 weeks old. He sleeps through the night most nights and is slowly learning to take a formal afternoon nap after about 30 minutes of absolute outrage.     He loves to eat solids, and is equally pleased with being at eye level with the rest of us while eating. He can down three ice-cube-sized blobs of purees without batting an eye, and may soon be participating in competitive eating contests.     He is not quite rolling over yet, but can roll  out  of different positions. He can also tilt his head all the way back while on the floor to see what's above his head -- he looks kind of like a whale that's about to open his mouth wide and aerodynamically swim through...
  18. Wednesday, September 22, 2021:
    What's Maia Up To Day  At age 4 1/3, Maia has become the coolest little girl I know. She has tons of empathy, and will often save parts of her dessert to share with Rebecca. She also likes making cards for people's birthdays.     She has gotten totally used to having a little brother now and will help out with small tasks like bringing a stuffed animal to calm him down or picking out his wardrobe for the day. She recognizes when he needs our attention and will play or read quietly until our attention can be redirected back to her again.   Her favorite foods are chocolate, bacon, and mac and cheese, with runner-ups being grilled cheese sandwiches, pesto, and whatever I'm eating for breakfast. Her favorite physical activity i...
  19. Monday, September 20, 2021:
    Ian Week #21 Battle Report  Ian is 21 weeks old (almost 5 months) and weighed 16.6 pounds at his last weigh-in.     He is currently in the phase where he enjoys bored banshee shrieking to the point where it sounds like our upstairs level is infested with pterodactyls. He's always kicking and can press his legs against walls to lift up his entire body and rotate 90 degrees. He holds toys, flips out when he accidentally throws them away, and has started contorting his neck backwards when he knows that a TV is on behind him.   Ian's sleep training went just fine and he currently sleeps through the night (or at least for an uninterrupted 7 hour stretch). Nap training is less successful -- he'll commit to 20 minute snoozes throughout...
  20. Wednesday, August 25, 2021:
    Ian Week #17 Battle Report  Ian turned 17 weeks old this past weekend and currently weighs 16.2 pounds.     He is quicker to smile than before, but still fusses quite easily. The transition from fussing to losing his cool is almost a vertical slope. At that point, only Rebecca can calm him down.   He likes sucking on our fingers and listening to toys that play classical music too loudly. He hated the vibrations from my trumpet but enjoys the two songs I sing / hum repetitively at bedtime.   Since the beach trip earlier this month, Ian has started mostly sleeping through the night. I put him on for up to an hour in the evening and have him in his crib by 10 PM. He either wakes up around 2 or 3 to eat or makes it to 6...
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