My baby’s standing

Yes… all you moms out there are asking yourselves: What standing?  Isn’t he 9 months old?  Wasn’t he doing that back in January?  

My little guy pulled himself to standing in his crib today.  He did it twice in a row, so I know it’s not a fluke.  I’m thrilled.  He’s so cute: holding on for dear life with all his muscles tensed, screaming the house down.  Ok… the screaming part wasn’t the best, but he was adorable standing there in is Barbarapapa outfit.

I don’t know if it’s being over-tired, being older, being a second time mom or what, but I’m mellowing.  

All our friends and neighbors have babies the same age as us and these babies are a crew of walking, cruising and crawling fanatics.  I half expect to see these kids driving their parents cars around the neighborhood.  I’m finally ready to let my guy sit on the hardwood floor without fear of him toppling over and giving himself a concussion.   He’s officially crawled (at our house, two forward crawls = crawling), but he can’t replicate it. Mostly, he wiggles himself backwards and rolls around.   

I find his efforts adorable and fantastic and haven’t the slightest concern or care that others are already so mobile.  In fact, I am secretly a bit happy, as I haven’t had to baby proof the house again.

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French women really don’t get fat

I haven’t read the book, but I have certainly heard enough about it when it was first published.  The concept sounded ridiculous to me.  I always figured that French women were thin because they didn’t eat any of the great French cooking and food that was around them.  Whether it was will power, cigarettes or just plain starvation, I didn’t spend any time trying to figure out.  

Well all that to say, that after a month in France, I’m down 6lb.  That’s completely incomprehensible to me and certainly not due to any restraint or effort on my part.  Cheese and wine were an integral part of our vacation.

We’re back

Tired, but back.  A month of traveling with an infant and pre-schooler should is enough to give anyone a few more gray hairs, nevertheless, I’d recommend it to anyone and everyone.  

While away, I realized that I’m not yet much of a blogger, if I travel and don’t bring my laptop with me to give updates.  We were trying to pack light, and still had way too many bags.  Hauling a 5lb laptop with me everywhere was just one too many things.  I tried to keep track of tips and tricks we discovered both through great foresight on our part and through sheer stupidity on our part.  

Unfortunately we’re away again for another week this week, to visit a sick family member.  My only worry for this trip is that I’m going to haul as much crap as I did for my month in Europe as I need for a week in Canada.