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Flying on an airplane

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We just got back from a trip to Atlanta for Mrs Bean’s youngest sister’s bat mitzvah, and Kai’s naming ceremony.  Kai did really well on the plane – she was complimented by a number of passengers.  On the way there, Mrs Bean nursed her on the way up, and she slept the whole trip.  When we landed, she woke up, looked around and became very perturbed (where am I???) and let a big wail.  On the flight home, she was really hungry, so Mrs Bean let her start nursing when we were on the runway – a bit too early, since we were 6th in the take-off queue.  We were worried that her ears would hurt on the way up if she wasn’t nursing, but she seemed to do alright, taking little sips as needed.

Kai got to see her grandparents and aunts and uncles again, as well as great-aunts and great-uncles, and a great-great aunt, and a whole bunch of cousins and family friends.  Mrs Bean kept Kai in a wrap most of the time at the synagogue, partly to keep too many people from touching her, and partly to keep Kai calm (or asleep).

Her pants fit so much better with one thin diaper

For the trip, we opted to use disposable diapers (seventh generation) instead of lugging cloth diapers with us.  The first time I put one on, I was amazed at how svelte Kai was – her pants fit easily and she could bend her legs closer towards her chest.  Unfortunately, her poop is more likely to shoot up her back in the disposable diapers.  It’s also alot harder for us (and her) to tell when the diaper needs changing, so we ended up (trying to) changing her every 2 hours.

Kai has also started to get the hang of inching forward when we put her on her tummy.  She hates tummy time, but I make her do it anyway.  heh heh.  She has also started to grasp at things, mostly with her right hand.  I can only imagine what’ll happen when she starts to get good at grabbing…she’s quite the curious girl!


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January 27, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Peeing and pooping. And feet.

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Peeing and pooping

A friend of ours is doing the elimination communication thing with her son, and while I haven’t gotten a chance to read up on it, I think it’s a great idea.  So, the other day, when Kai seemed like she wanted to poop, I held her over the toilet, and made the “sssss” noise…she peed!  A nice little trickle into the toilet!  I waited a while, but she didn’t poop.

Then, the other night, when we were hanging out with a bathing Mrs Bean, she made a little O with her mouth, I heard her belly rumble, and quickly held her over the toilet – success!  A stream of poop!  Too bad my aim was a little off, there was poop on the toilet seat 🙂  After I wiped her off, and sat her back on my lap she proceeded to pee on me.

We’re going to keep trying with this, and see how it goes.  I think we generally recognize when she’s about to poop, it’s a matter of getting to the toilet.  Or, perhaps we should get a little basin so we can try this from anywhere in the house, in any position.  Hovering over the toilet isn’t easy on the knees or the back.


When we sit Kai up so that she can see her feet, sometimes she’ll look at her right foot, wiggle it, then look at her left foot, and wiggle it.  Then she’ll put her feet together, and rub them against each other.  Over and over again.  She’s discovering her feet, that they’re her feet, and she can control them!  Fascinating!

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January 20, 2010 at 12:01 pm

First Real Laugh!

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Today, Kai laughed her first real laugh.  Mrs Bean and I were chatting with her when it happened, and we both gave each other delighted and surprised looks.  Previously, her laughs sounded like “uh huh huh huh,” but today she gave a full-out chortle.

In other news, she had her first doctor’s appointment today and weighed in at 10lbs 10oz!  She’s 23″ tall, and her head is 15 1/4″ in circumference.  The bean is growing quickly!  She’s really alert, very vocal and loves to look around.

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January 19, 2010 at 9:19 pm

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Kai’s first girly outfit

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Why can't I just wear gender neutral outfits forever?

Most of the clothes we have for Kai are gender neutral since we didn’t find out whether she’d be a boy or a girl before she was born.  Also, we know a bunch of people with baby boys slightly older or bigger than her, so we get some hand-me-downs from them.  After she arrived, the girl-y clothes started coming in…

I’ll have to admit, it’s a little strange seeing her so gendered.  Not that she isn’t a girl, but it makes her seem so grown up!  sniff sniff!  It also makes me wonder if she’s going to love pink and princess stuff, and ‘being a girl’, or if she’ll be more ‘gender neutral’, like I was.  Mrs Bean was girly as a kid, but I sure wasn’t, and part of me thinks it’d be so much more fun playing with LEGOs than dolls, but I also know that we’re going to have fun, no matter what activity she ends up enjoying.  I suppose I may even learn something 🙂

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January 11, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Treating Cradle Cap is alot of work

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who me, cradle cap? I'm here for the spa treatment!

Here’s what we’ve been doing:

1. Mix 1-2 drops lavender oil in 1-2 tsp oil (olive, or almond in our case).
2. Brush onto scalp.  Cover head with warm wet towel for 10 minutes or more.
3. Take towel off, and use a toothbrush and brush the scalp to remove scales.  Brush brush brush, from one direction, then another.  Dump scales on washcloth as they accumulate on the brush.  Wipe head down every now and then to remove flakes.  Brush brush brush.  This takes about 30 minutes!
4. Wipe head with wet washcloth to get the oil out.
5.  Dry baby’s head.

Total time: 45-60 minutes.  Do this 2-3 times/day.

Her head is much better now, after about a week of doing this.  Hopefully we’ll just need to do this for a few more days, then taper down to doing it once a week.  I wonder if she’s going to love or hate having her hair brushed when she gets older…

We read that a paste of baking soda and water would also work, and actually went out and got lots of baking soda, but didn’t get around to trying it.  Mrs. Bean does have eczema every now and then, and apparently cradle cap is an indicator for possible future eczema, so I’ll be watching her skin.

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January 11, 2010 at 1:03 pm

10 pounds!

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Our little scrumptious bean is 10 pounds today!  She was weighed at the midwife’s office today (our last visit! sniff!) and she measured 21.5″ long.  She was a perfect angel during the visit, and did not cry or fuss.  This evening, though, she’s been really cranky and has needed to suck on my finger or Mrs Bean’s boob almost all night.  That’s what happens when she doesn’t get a good nap.

She’s really alert, and loves staring at her mobile.  She has started smiling socially, and also loves giving people a raised eyebrow.  She loves rubbing her hands together, and is also able to use hands to pull my finger into her mouth (and push it away from her when she’s done).

Sadly, she has a terrible case of cradle cap.  We’ve been applying almond or olive oil to her head every day, and scrubbing her scalp with a soft toothbrush, but it hasn’t been very effective.  Today, we added a drop of lavender oil to the olive oil.  I think we’re going to try a baking soda paste next.  We may need to resort to dandruff shampoo!  Her poor little head is all red and bumpy.  Poor baby 😦

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January 5, 2010 at 11:09 pm

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