Friday, January 30, 2009
It was a Wednesday night, (the only night I ever get home before 8:30) and it was raining. Earlier in the week I had found a barely used bassinet (for my sister's baby *edited to ad that we also used this for Colin until it started to fall apart*) on craigslist and had arranged to see it on Wednesday night at 7:00ish. My instructions were to call 1 hr before I came. I'm on the subway going home I call 'Mr.E' (I don't know his name) it is probably 6:15, and I get the ring that signals he is on the other line. I prepare to leave a message. Instead he picks up and I hear "hello" and then the line goes dead. I called back and got his voicemail instantly so I knew his phone must have died. No problem I have a home number too, so I call it and I get the non English speaking grandmother who passes me off to '7yr old boy'. I attempt to explain the situation to 7y/o boy but he doesn't understand what craigslist is but agrees to have his dad call me as soon as he gets home saying it should be between 7 and 8. 7y/o boy takes my name and number and we hang up.
Next I call Sean who is expecting a road trip tonight and he agrees to pick me up from the subway (remember its raining). He picks me up wearing gym clothes and therefore does not have his wallet (this is important later). So we take the BQE to Brooklyn, but apparently when its raining the BQE is RIDICULOUSLY slow with traffic. It's now 7:40ish (would have taken 30 mins tops in good weather) so I try the cell phone again, Mr. E is in his car (therefore charging his phone) on his way home but is in the same traffic we are in and tells me to call back in an hour. No problem we'll just find a restaurant near the streets he lives on and get dinner while we wait. Following google's directions we make our way to the cross streets listed (not as easy as it sounds, I think we had to turn around twice due to heavy traffic making it impossible to changes lanes with any urgency and poorly marked road signs). I've got the handy dandy NYC map in my lap and steer us toward the subway line, assuming that where there are commuters there will be restaurants. No dice. We drive aimlessly for about 40 mins trying to find anything that looks like a restaurant in the general area, remember its raining which makes looking out any window but the front impossible. Unbeknownst to us we are either in a Hasidic or Orthodox Jewish neighborhood, not that this is a problem but I find out later that they don't eat out much.
We eventually find "Burger Bar" and figure that's the best we can do. After searching for a parking spot we go in and attempt to figure out 'the system' of ordering and paying and getting food. Most places it's fairly obvious but not here, the flow of traffic is the exact opposite of what you would expect and then you have to weave in and out of other people to find the guy who has been assigned to making your food. We order and mind you there are only about 3 families in the place (I'm the only woman wearing pants and it is noticed by everyone, I'm fine with that) but the 15 boys behind the counter move at a snails pace and are highly inefficient (if you have to walk to the other side of the place to get X why not bring Y too instead of making 2 trips). It is now 8: 30ish so we eat quickly (by the way the French fries, which were more like potato chips, were outstanding) and I call back Mr.E at home, I get 7y/o boy who is very excited and yells to his father "Dad its Becky!". Mr.E seems surprised to hear from me again and says "You're still coming!" I explain where we are and he gives me the cross streets I already have for directions tells me the entrance is on Ave XYZ and the apartment number is F7. Ok, now we have a small problem. I had $55 in my wallet, the bassinet is listed at $35 and dinner came to $21.10. I am now $2 short of being able to pay for the bassinet and Sean remember didn't have his wallet. So we set out to find an ATM on our way to the apartment. Two convenience stores later we I get cash and break a $20 so I'll have the correct change. Ok so we get to the cross streets and there are 4 corners of these street but I don't know which corner his building is on. I narrow it down to two buildings (they are big enough to house more than 4 apartments) and I walk into the entry way of the first. There is a listing of people and numbers to press on a number pad, none of which is apartment numbers so I figure this can't be it or he would have mentioned this number pad issue. I go across the street and this building has apartment number buttons but it only goes up to 6F no 7. So I call again, 7y/o boy answers and again "DAD IT'S BECKY". Mr.E seems confused that I haven't found his apartment yet and tells me "oh well its on the Manhattan side of the street" Now I'm annoyed because Manhattan is not visible from here and I have ZERO familiarity with Brooklyn, just give me the address!! So I say "well I'm standing in front of 4321 Ave XYZ is that your building?"
Mr E: "No I'm across the street"
"How do I buzz your apartment?" Because I've already been in there and there are no apartment numbers. Now it dawns on him that he left out information. Clearly he doesn't have people over very often. He gives me the code and I go in. Sean has now joined me after parking the car and it has thankfully stopped raining. We go into the elevator.. There are 6 floors (remember the apartment was F7 however I had made it 7F in my head), we get out of the elevator and Sean surveys the first floor realizing they are all A#. OK A=1 B=2 C=3 …F=6. Back into the elevator we go and press 6. Mr. E is waiting for us in the hallway and lets us into the entry/hall way. Mom is hiding in a back room, we can see her behind a curtain of sorts and 7y/o boy is now where to be seen. The bassinet looks great and doesn't have any strange odors I give him the money saying "$35 right?" to which he replies "I guess so" (strange response). He offers to take it apart for us and once the cradle is detached from the base I let him know it should fit like that and off we go down the elevator and out to the car. Well I'm sure you can figure out that it didn't fit like that. I go for the swiss army knife that's in the emergency kit to take apart the base and realize I need an allen key! After about 10 mins of struggling and we call again. 7y/o boy is giggling when he tells me his father left to take home non English speaking grandma but should be back in 15 min. ARG!
Two young men appear out of their house so I walk over and casually ask "Do you happen to have an allen Key? They respond like typical city boys "What is an Allen Key?" I explain and Guy#1 who is holding a large cardboard box says I think I have something like that… just let me take care of the squirrel in this box and I'll go check. I say "Oh never mind your problem is bigger than mine" Guy #1: "Nah, happens all the time." (where am I right now?!?)
Mr. E reappears and says he'll go up and get the key and be back down. So Sean starts reading the handy dandy map of NYC to figure out how to get home. Its now 10:00pm. Mr. E comes back and he and I get to work on the bolts that are unnecessarily about 6 inches long and we are unscrewing them with an allen key! Since we are crouched down by the rear passengers tire, Sean does not see Mr. E come back and starts complaining loudly that he can't find Ave XYZ on the map. I try to signal him with my eyes that Mr.E is here but he is totally oblivious. I eventually ask him to come hold the top and he say "What are you taking it apart with… OH HI!" In the 10 mins we are taking out the screws Sean tries to make conversation. It goes something like this
Sean: "Have you lived in Brooklyn long"
Mr. E. (curtly) "Yes, Why?"
Sean: "Just curious"
Mr.E. "Do you live here?"
Sean: "No we just bought a place in Queens"
Sean: "Seems like a nice area here"
Mr. E gives a questioning look.
Sean: "Well it's a nice street at least"
Mr. E: "Yeah I guess."
Ok so we finally get the screws out and pack it all up. Mr. E kindly gives us the allen key (although I really had one at home but I wasn't going to try to say no at this point) and we drive home. We arrive home sometime around 10:45. The end.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Some links for more info (or another bloggers spin):
http://www.healthobservatory.org/library.cfm?refid=105026 (thanks Aunt Eileen)
So the good news, not all manufacturers use the 'mercury-grade' component when making HFCS, so just because a product has HFCS doesn't mean it has mercury. If you have a favorite product or beverage of concern call the company and ask. Better yet, ditch the HFCS wherever possible (this is harder than you think, it took me 30 mins the other day to find bread that was both 100% whole wheat and had no HFCS.) Sean and I started to go HFCS-free in 2006 after I read SuperFoods Rx, (I've also read that it contributes to premature aging, that had me kicking the habit right-quick) but I do 'treat myself' occasionally.
Knowing that I very likely exposed Colin to mercury in the womb is upsetting... This just re-affirms my need to 'go green' for him. I just got back from one of the five stores I grocery shop at now in my quest to find organic produce for his baby food. All I found today was apples and sweet potatoes. I was hoping for yellow squash and zucchini since I had seen them there last time but he wasn't yet 'old enough' for them. I miss Wegmans.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
This quote scares me "The government is unlikely to start controlling the use of BPA. The United States has a long tradition of keeping harmful substances -- lead, DDT, tobacco, PCBs -- on the market for decades after scientists find adverse effects." I really hope the Obama administration proves this wrong.
Be an advocate for your own families health and refuse to purchase products containing BPA.
Friday, January 23, 2009
I have a fund raising goal of $500, and with your help I hope to easily surpass this goal. Babies need our help! Won't you be so kind as to sponsor me, and help me help babies?
Here is the link for Erin's March of Dimes page if you are interested.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
I think I confused some people with this last time so to clarify. These times represent times I had to go in and attend to Colin. If he resettled himself without crying I didn't note that.
The first column shows what time he went to sleep, the second what time he woke up, 3rd how long he slept for and 4th how long he was awake for before going back to sleep. (So column 3 is the amount of time between the first two columns and column 4 is how much time is between Time Up and the next rows Time down)
Total number of night wakings: 4 (improved from 9)
Longest stretch of sleep: 2:19 (improved from 2:15 but if you remember that was in our bed not his, this time he was in his crib all night)
Total amount of sleep 8:46 (down from 10:36)
Total time awake: 0:45 (down from 2:00)
So this is much improved. The longest time awake was 23 minutes and honestly it should have been MUCH worse, I've figured him out a little. I changed his diaper at that time and he was very awake. When I finally got him into the crib and he was asleep I stood next to him. I've noticed a patter that at this time of night he wakes up after 10 minutes and won't go back to sleep. So I stood there, and at ten minutes on the DOT, he started to stir and I quickly put my hands on him to keep him from wiggling and whispered that it was "sleepy time" he only struggled for a second and was back to sleep! He didn't wake up again until he got up for the day. I was so proud of myself (or so awake from standing around) I couldn't fall back to sleep for an hour! Oh well. I considered calling out to Sean to come stand with him, but I was afraid that in my calling him, Colin would wake up. Besides, the last couple of times I tired to get Sean's attention through the baby monitor I ended up having to go kick (I didn't have any hands because I was cradling the baby) or shove him awake so I figured I just had to ride it out myself.
More good news: he is doing very well with being put down semi-awake. In fact I think he is starting to request being put down by wiggling and squirming as if he is uncomfortable in my arms. He still needs a lot of reassurance while he is laying down, which means I'm practically in the crib with him (luckily we bought a low crib and it only comes to about my waist so it is easy to lean into), but this is a serious improvement! We/ I had been putting him down after he was totally asleep (my bad!) I'll report again in 9 or 11 days, since 10 days from now we will be on long island for a very special birthday party and likely have a very messed up sleep schedule.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
More cord issues and the paper shredder which will probably have to be moved unless I want confetti everywhere!
The bookcase doors will be getting some flexible latches from One Step Ahead. I'll let you know how they work.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
I'll post pictures of the teeth when they are more visible. For now it would be silly to try to get a picture, and it would just frustrate both of us.
By the way...where is everyone? I feel like I used to get more comments and now I feel like I have no friends! Where have all my readers gone? Is Colin less interesting than my pregnancy? Or am I discussing less interesting issues? (If that's the case stay tuned... I have some fun stuff in the works.) Anyway.. I miss you guys. I love my comments, even (or maybe especially) the ones from strangers!!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
My little baby is 6 months old! They don't lie when 'they say' that time flies!
Weight: 19lbs 13 oz (80th ile%)
Height: 28.75" (96th %ile)
Head Circ: 44.5cm (63rd %ile)
- Daddy coming home from work
- Baby Signing Time
- Sadie and Griffin (although I'm not sure the feeling is mutual)
- Putting things in his mouth
- Biting down on anything within reach
- Giving hugs and kisses
- Having air blown into his mouth (started as a trick to get him to let me use the snot sucker, he LOVES it)
- Tummy time
- The snot sucker (nasal aspirator)
HA! 2hrs at a time if we are lucky.
- He just rolled over for the first time this week (he is a little behind on this, mostly because he hates being on his belly) He can get from back to side or belly to side but he doesn't seem to know what to do with his bottom arm.
- When he wants something he starts breathing in and out really fast in a very excited manner.
- A new trick he started when he bites down on something (a spoon, pacifier or toy) he will create tension in his neck so his whole head shakes. Its funny but it makes feeding him a little slower.
- About halfway through the month he started blowing raspberries all the time.
A few more pictures just for fun..
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I also want to mention (since I've forgotten to) that Colin has his top right tooth now. He was suffering with it so long we started to think it wasn't his tooth because nothing came through, once we saw it he was all better. I really hope I have a few weeks to get some sleep in him before the second one decides to make an appearance. Oh and talk about biting the hand that feeds you! YIKES. If anyone has any suggestions on that one I'm listening. I've tried bringing him closer and pinching his nose closed (with the idea that he will let go to take a breath) but he has learned this trick and instead of opening his mouth he leaves it closed and just pulls back. As you can imagine it is quite unpleasant. I'm starting to feel abused since he also pulls my hair and scratches me (no matter how often I cut his nails).
Monday, January 12, 2009
Here is my sleep log from last night:
I think I feel asleep sometime after 11:30.
*this stretch of time he was in our bed. After him being awake for so long we couldn't do it anymore and knew he would fall asleep in our bed (we lasted 45 mins in his room and then brought him in with us and it took another 30 for him to fall asleep.) I know it isn't ideal to send mixed messgaes like this but after a week of sleeping like this can you really blame me?
Saturday, January 10, 2009
The author says it takes one of two things to help your baby sleep: crying or time. I choose time.
Friday, January 9, 2009
There has been a string of GPS thefts or attempts that I have heard about lately, so if you have one, don't leave evidence of it (including the ring on the windshield where the mount attaches, I'm guessing that was what gave us away since our mount was on the floor and likely not visible.)
In the event you find yourself needed a new window, we used Competition Glass I called them this morning around 9:00am and by 11:30 they had come to me (at my friends house where we put the car overnight) installed the new window, vacuumed up the broken glass and by 1:45 I was back home with a new window in place. They were very competitively priced since they were $40 less than the other quotes I had gotten.
Just my luck, so far 2009 is NOT my favorite year!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Thanks to a gift bag from a function at Sean's fathers hotel I was introduced to laundry dropps. I tried them out and fell in love! They are these great little packets of single serve detergent (about the size of the ones for the dishwasher) that you just toss in the washer. The detergent is super concentrated so you use less and it ships lighter. Even better there is no huge plastic jug involved to be manufactured and then tossed in a landfill (NYC doesn't recycle them at this time.) AND (if you need more incentive) it is made with the environment in mind so it's less caustic to all the fishes (not to mention the rest of the world).
The best part? It cleans like a dream! Yep, they actually WORK. Even when Sean forgets to rinse the food off Colin's bib (disclaimer: I don't think I ever actually asked him too, I just assumed he would know that... silly men!) it comes out sparkly and clean. I use the clear ones, they are scent and dye free so I feel comfortable using them on Colin's stuff.
I love them. If you would like to try them you can get 20% off your online purchase at http://www.dropps.com/ using code NEWYEAR09. Move fast, you only have until Jan 8th.