Monday, October 22, 2007

Two Quick Things

Just a couple of blog notes before our babysitter arrives (yes, we got a babysitter and she's terrific!)

1. I totally knew it, for once: Dumbledore is gay! I didn't see that part coming about him having fallen in love with Grindelwald, but I remember figuring out the gay thing after Book 6. Isaac and I were totally googling "is dumbledore gay?" but couldn't find other people out there to back us up.

2. Also, we watched 28 weeks later last night and I discovered a side benefit to having a baby. Isaac can't pretend to be a scary zombie anymore and scare me in bed. Don't want to wake the baby - excellent zombie protection! Go Laura Jane! Reason 1,324,678 to have a sweet baby.

Speaking of Laura, she's waking up, and I should try to get her to sleep some more...happy baby...


Sunday, October 14, 2007

someone figured out how to smile for the camera...




My parents and my brother came up on Saturday for a nice day visit! Laura mostly behaved herself...although she required carrying when we went out for our little walk up to Central Park. At least someone else was there to push the stroller, not like some days when I have to carry her AND push the stroller.

I have taken a lot of nice walks along this route, walking west up to Central Park, and through the park a little going south, and then back home again. Often I go past the Frick, and read their admittance for children under the age of 10... Boy is this a case of the grass being greener. I've been to the Frick exactly once before, and never experienced any burning desire to go there again. I mean, I really enjoyed it, but it was also great to go during the time that you could pay what you wanted. But now every time I walk past there with the baby, I'm just dying to go in. I fantasize about the guard making an exception for me and my sweet and angelic infant, so well contained in the Baby Bjorn. A chamber music friend of Isaac's crashed at our place last night, and going to the Frick was pretty much the only thing I could think to suggest for him to do. Oh well...I'll either go by myself sometime, or wait ten years.

Okay, time for bed, Laura's been asleep for hours, and hopefully will stay that way when we tiptoe to the bed.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

LJ update

Well, things are great here at Chez Laura Jane...the apartment is a mess, and I guess I'm a little bit of a mess, but we are very happy in our messiness.

Some stuff about life with the baby...

1. Laura loves to sleep. Thank you GOD. I can honestly say I have not really felt that crazy sleep deprivation that I was expecting. Yes, there have been some bad nights, but I'm not sure that there were ever two in a row. I'm so lucky.

2. Getting out of the apartment is important for both of us - it's good to get her some daylight to keep her circadian clock set, and it's good for my mental health.

3. The New Yorkers who love babies the most are the grandma-types who I see on street corners and at the supermarket. Every time we are waiting to cross the street, some nice older lady is telling me what a sweet baby I have.

(By the way, what is the appropriate response to such a statement? I sometimes say thank you, and then feel weird, because it's not any accomplishment of mine to have a cute baby. I mean, I suppose she would be less cute if I didn't bathe her, but probably not by much. Most of the time I either say "mmm hmm," laugh nervously, or adjust the baby's clothes or blanket while making some silly baby talk. Let me know if you have any other ideas for what to do...)

4. Pubs are actually very baby friendly restaurants. Also, deserted Asian restaurants during the weekend brunch hour.

5. Drinking alcohol again is awesome!

6. I have gotten obsessed with Tim Gunn since I have more time to watch TV right now. I want him to throw away everything in my closet, and get Carmen Marc Valvo to give me a dress.

7. I have to go back to work soon...

SO, here are some pictures of our sweet girl - she started smiling a long time ago...and she's almost laughing. I keep hearing one little "ha" but she hasn't quite made it to "ha ha" yet.



We went to Maryland at the end of August, and Laura Jane got to meet cousin Lucy. Lucy loves to tickle...



Also, we managed to take a picture of LJ crying with pretty much every member of the family. She really was quite happy on this trip, but you wouldn't know it from the pictures.