Ansel is doing pretty well here. I would say he was in a great mood two weekends ago, for the entire weekend.
Ansel has been moving around via an inchworm sort of mechanism (up on knees, flop forward, repeat) for a few weeks, and since then has been working on improving his speed. About a week ago he started moving from the tummy/crawling position to sitting on his own. We are still not sure he always knows when he can do it. He likes to offer us toys that he is playing with, or even a little turn with his precious ne-ne, and then take it back. He makes silly sounds that delight his parents. I feel like when he is making these sounds (a screeching animal of some sort), he is happy, so that makes me happy (maybe it is all in my mind!). He seems very content when he is out and about, able to stare at anything and every thing. He does so in the stroller or the Ergo carrier without complaint.
Ansel's room is the one room in our home that is "done". So we spend a lot of time there, also because he is free to roam.
Our neighborhood is very nice. Many homes around us are beautiful. But most striking to me has been the amount and diversity of the vegetation, including many trees that are unfamiliar to me, flowering trees (in Jan/Feb!), trees baring citrus fruits, palm trees, cacti, bamboo and more! It is crazy!
Our transition here has been made much nicer by the help and company of our friends, Stephen and Monica, who, among many things, helped us find our current apartment (i.e. went to the appointments that we set up). They have already had us over for dinner (delicious!), and when Ben rushed off to Colorado last minute to give a research talk, they brought Indian take outs to our place and kept Ansel and me company. Thanks guys, you have been so great to us!!!
November Picasa album, featuring:
- Uncle Andy visiting Boston!
- Super Auntie Annie Nanny providing daycare and excellent meals in Boston!
- Boston in Autumn
- Quality time in Minnesota, with many fortuitous encounters between two young cousins
We hope that everyone is doing well! Please come visit us :)
P.S. This was going to be a separate post: Name one food that tastes better than raw chocolate chip cookie dough (Nestle Tollhouse recipe). Any answers given will be deemed incorrect.