Mommy and Daddy were once babies too
Benjamin & Sarah's Babyblog is a collection of notes on our children's development and experiences as well as occassional links to information on the Web of personal interest as a parent.

November 2004 Archive


Enough of this bland baby food

Sarah today reached for grown-up food. She had a taste and didn't make funny faces. In fact, she wanted more, and more. Of course, it was all licking, she doesn't have any teeth yet.


How do you solve a problem like... Moo!

Today was cold and rainy. We re-discovered in our pile of videotapes a copy of The Sound of Music. It seemed like a good one to watch on a day like this.

Early on the movie, there is a scene in which the Nuns in a convent discuss Maria, the singing Nun, star of the movie. When Benjamin saw them on screen, with their black-and-white attire, he very matter-of-factly interrupted: That's a cow!

Mommy and I exploded in laughter.


Designers vs. Toddlers

From way up high in the clouds, design observers declare the recent movie The Incredibles to be the crown achievement of movie making, the must-see, the superior alternative to such contrasting garbage as The Polar Express.

Our son didn't get the memo. As we reported here just a few days ago, the flick mixing Xmas with trains was the biggest hit with him. Based on that success, this past weekend we tried taking the kids to the movies again. After all, Benjamin had been infected by the neighbors' enthusiasm to see what he calls The Credibles.

About 30-40 minutes into the movie, he had had enough. He was telling the kid on the seat next to him about The Polar Express, you know what, is a train!, then announcing a passage from the Baby Mozart video: in a few minutes the dragon will say "Blah!". While Mommy and I could have continued watching, we realized that this movie had not really captured our attention or imagination thus far, and leaving it unfinished wasn't really that bad. We'll get the video when it comes out.

Benjamin has spoken! So designers, shut up and listen.


Sarah laughs!

Finally we managed to get that uncontrollable, from-the-belly laugh out of her.

She made me really work for it--very much like her brother back in the day--by laughing just when I made some rather hard physical contortions and noises. It was all worth it.

BTW, Benjamin says we live in Silly Island.


Ear infections and Tubes

Yep. Benjamin has suffered long enough with this never-ending otitis. The specialist recommended tubes, and in a couplel of weeks, he'll have them.

He's been tested for hearing and diverse allergies. His hearing is fine and no allergies that could cause this recurring problem were found.

This procedure is the most common surgery performed in North America on children under 4:

Still, the procedure is considered controversial and there's little consensus among doctors on whether it's really necessary. Studies have shown that some children who've had recurrent ear infections are a little behind when it comes to school readiness. But somewhere between ages 2 and 5 the connection between chronic ear infections and decreased school readiness disappears... Children with chronic ear infections eventually perform on par with their peers who didn't battle ear troubles in the first few years.

As for the use of ear plugs:

...there was a fascinating study a few years ago where children with ear tubes were monitored for ear infections with swimming...On average, wearing the earplugs doesn't seem to make a difference.


First time to the movies

Today we took both Benjamin and Sarah to a movie theatre. It was the first time for both of them. Sarah slept through most of the movie, but Benjamin really enjoyed The Polar Express.

I was a little worried about several things: some mildly scary scenes, the movie is 92 minutes long, the uncanny valley theory (after reading the stupidest review of the movie), and last but not least, the incredibly high volume of loudspeakers in today's movie theaters.

Benjamin loved every minute of it. He was in awe and his eyes glued to the screen, and he was still talking about it before he went to bed. Now we know that he'll enjoy the book, and eventually the DVD.


Weekend in CT

For weeks we'd been looking forward to this last Saturday and Sunday, hoping to take Benjamin for a day out with Thomas (the Tank Engine), and then spending some time in Mystic, only a few more miles up on I-95.

We had a false start on Friday evening due to car trouble, and ended up coming back home that night. But we were not going to let that stop us, so we rented a car online, picked it up first thing the next morning and headed out for a fun day that we knew Benjamin would be very excited about. He had a blast.

For Sarah, this was her first trip if I'm not mistaken. She doesn't really care for steam engines and trains and all of that, but she really loves being outside and about, so she had a good time too.

The next day we were in Mystic, where we visited the beautiful Aquarium with the baby beluga. After lunch we went to the Seaport to walk around, get on board of a whaling ship and just enjoy the nice weather. Before heading back, we confirmed that there is indeed a Mystic Pizza, although we didn't have time to stop and eat there.

We needed this time out with our kids. It's incredible how notorious a positive effect it has on Benjamin's mood. He is definitely happiest when the four of us are having fun together. We leave you with a collection of photos of the last couple of weeks, including Halloween and our CT outing.

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