Friday, December 31, 2010

Welcome 2011

Mom and Dad rang in the New Year in traditional fashion by inviting people over for D&D and Rock Band. Then we all stood at the windows watching the neighbors send hundreds of euros' worth of fireworks up in smoke and sparkles.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Method for Transfering Information Using Sequences of Non-Repeating Linguistic Tokens

Who would have believed it? As much as you can say with one word, you can say even more with two or three. Abby wuh-wuh, more bottle milk, no apple, mommy eat this, more ducks please... the list of possible combinations goes on and on. I may have to contact a patent attorney.

Pod People

Sadie shares her pacifiers with me, so I'm returning the favor by letting her use my overstimulation pod. She cheats, though: she controls her hands.

Incidentally, that mustard-yellow spot on my blanket-sack isn't what you think. It's curry. The Indian restaurant down the block was happy to see us all there again. I looked pretty different last time Mom carried me in.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wash and Wear

My bedtime routine has been pretty well established for a while now. Drink bottle of milk, eat vitamin, wash hands and face, brush teeth, apply face cream, take fluoride. Diaper, game of "Boo!", pajamas, books, song, sleep.
Thing about established routines is, they get boring. So I'm adding a new step: soak hair. I wasn't sure Mom and Dad would be too keen, so I've been rubbing maple syrup and yogurt on my head. They tried preventing that, but I had a fallback plan: runny nose.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Abby Wuh-wuh

I fell off the pacifier wagon since they're around all the time for Abby to use. Ironically, Abby never wants to use one, even though I offer them constantly and insistently. Come on, sis, show some solidarity.

Sadie Lou Who

Daycare asked me not to wear barrettes anymore, because after I pull them out of my hair, some of the smaller inmates try to eat them. So Dad's practicing with ponytails. Why do I feel a sudden craving for roast beast?

Monday, December 27, 2010

Bye-Bye, Tree

Seems like either Mom and Dad leave stuff hanging around forever, or they get rid of it in the blink of an eye. Mom got a bee in her bonnet this afternoon and pushed the tree and its decorations into the second category. I helped by winding a string of beads... around my leg. Abby, as usual, helped by sleeping through the whole thing.

Ducks On Film

You can make fun of my outfits, take away my giant purple bunny, even step on my blue suede boots, but you'd better not deny me my 15 minutes of ducks. I highly recommend Bubbaist's videos for all your duck-watching needs.

Flat, Broke

Imagine my surprise the morning I noticed that my wheeled Chariot was limping. Riding in the Daddy Saddle wasn't so bad, but I'm glad Dad finally got around to fixing the flat. He was starting to protest too loudly when I kicked him.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Snow Business

The visiting relatives are staying at the local Holiday Inn. Dad made me walk with him there and back, in minus-ten-degree weather, through two feet of snow (my feet aren't very big), uphill both ways. At least there were ducks to watch, and cookies at the other end.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Look Out Behind You!

Red is clearly the color of the day. Even the dining room got the memo.

Until Mom took this picture, I hadn't noticed the trio of zombies on the couch behind us. The Princess Bride melted their brains, or maybe it was Robin Hood. I'm sure I'll understand how that happens when I'm a little older.

Thanks for Sharing

Figures. My first Christmas ever, and all I get is clothes. At least Sadie understands. Thanks for sharing your new cars with me, Sis.

Present Accounted For

I wasn't clued in last year, but now I've definitely figured out the meaning of Christmas. I don't want to chew on the wrapping paper anymore. The presents, though...

Friday, December 24, 2010


What do you do for Christmas Eve dinner with the whole family in Munich? Visit a cultural institution, of course: Hofbräuhaus! (It's also one of the few places open tonight.) They only had a table for 10, so Abby sat on a neighboring bench.

It was late and our food took a while to arrive, so I munched on zwieback and read the riveting tale of I Spy Letters while we waited. I tried to get Abby to flirt with the cute waiter, but as usual she fell asleep instead. We save our best behavior for restaurants, so they don't make us scrub the floor.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

New Swan Stone

The whole gang traipsed off to Schloß Neuschwanstein today. I wanted to spend more time with my cousins, but I didn't think 8 hours of it would be on trains and buses.

Here I am showing Mom the view of Schloß Hohenschwangau from one of the Neuschwanstein balconies. It's been a long time since I last rode in the Mommy Saddle, but after a long day with no nap, no lunch, and no afternoon snack, I felt I deserved whatever concessions I wanted.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

It's for the burned dinners

I made these decorations at daycare with only the most incidental of assistance from the teachers. Shh, don't tell Mom and Dad — they think they're getting an ashtray.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Just like Clementine

I've been telling Dad about the people I miss when they're not around. Oma (German for Grandma), my friend Maxim, and Maxim's Elmo doll: Out of sight, but not out of mind.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Sitting down to a meal

My babysitter invited all 11 of us to her mom and dad's house. I prefer to think it's my charm, but maybe Tina having been my cousins' au pair back in Boston had something to do with it, too. Dad wouldn't let me help with his beer, so I ate cake till I groaned instead.

Since we spent the evening at the babysitter's house, does she have to pay us?

Showering Affection

Time to clean the accumulated milk deposits from behind my ears again. Bathing in the bathroom sink was too awkward, so I'm sharing a shower with Mom, just like Sadie does. It's warm and soothing, plus the steam is helping clear the congestion from my latest cold. And there are toys, which will be loads of fun when I learn to control my arms.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Present Arms

Mostly what I remember about today is lots of naps, in lots of different arms.

This is the life.

Hand Cleaner

Blueberry jam makes kind of a mess, but I don't mind. I have a highly effective, self-propelled hand cleaner.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Sufficient Incentive

Cousins Martha and Sarah are a little intimidating, but I'll brave their rambunctiousness when brownies are on the line.

Holiday Addition

A bunch of Dad's relatives (my relatives too, I guess) came all the way to Munich to play with me. But they got cold feet at the last minute and hid in baggage claim for 2 hours. Their feet are going to get a lot colder, because it's -6 C outside and their boots are in Rome with the rest of their stuff. From left to right, that's Sarah, Aunt Martha, Ethan, and Uncle Colin riding in from the airport. Cousin Martha, Dad's shoulder, and I are reflected in the train window.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Bunny Booties

I got dressed up for a LoAHf lunch at a cupcake bakery. That's a meal worth braving the weather for — especially since I'll be riding in my cozy cocoon while Mom slogs through the snow.

OK, so I didn't get any duckies, but I'm totally rocking the bunnies.

A Sinking Feeling

Sadie tells me she took baths in the sink for her first few months too. Somehow I don't think it was quite this cramped. And my request for a duckie was summarily ignored, even though I saw at least four in the living room. The Baby Union will be hearing about this.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


At my U3 appointment, I tipped the scales at 4350 g (9 lb, 9.5 oz) and measured 54 cm (21 in) long. Plus, they let us go home afterward, unlike last time. Mom's glad, because the grown-up food in the hospital isn't nearly as good as the cafe we visited to celebrate.


Today is my U3, Germany's fancy name for a one-month pediatrician appointment. In the name of cultural sensitivity, we're being extra efficient by taking the recycling to the bins on the way to the doctor.

Monday, December 13, 2010


I got kicked out of school today for crying and acting tired. If they had let me stay, the whole class would have agitated for more nap time: mass unrest for rest. Can't let one rotten apple spoil the whole barrel. I blame Dad for leading me astray.

Saturday, December 11, 2010


Don't worry, sis. We're gonna break you outta this joint this afternoon. Remember the password: "The elephant is in the middle."

Back Where It Came From

Because I kick my legs and cough when I'm exiled to the baby cage, Mom let me sleep next to her for a while early this morning. It was less lonely, which was nice. But she was nonplussed when I tried to put my last meal back where it came from.

Thursday, December 9, 2010


I'm trying out a new fashion trend. I call it "Oxygen Haberdashery", and I think it sets off my cheekbones rather well.

Dad calls it "The world's worst handlebar mustache". Well, Mr. Mode doesn't know he's wearing my lunch as a boutonniere.

Mom calls it "Too-Small Tube Set". Boring Mom.

Dad's Wrinkles

There's nothing like sucking on a tasty Dad-pinkie when you're feeling a little under the weather. At least, not once Mom gets grumpy and takes away the real thing.

In other news, today I weighed in at 4130g (9 lb 1.5 oz). I guess hospital food agrees with me.

Monday, December 6, 2010


I've had a cold for the last few days, thanks no doubt to Sadie's daily trips to the germ swap — I mean, her daycare. Yesterday I started coughing and running a low fever, so this morning I dropped in on the baby doctor.

Now here I am, seven hours later, in the isolation cell of the Krankenhaus with a case of RSV. Do not pass Go, do not collect your clean pajamas. It's not too severe, as such things go, but they wanted to hook me up to more wires than we had at home. (And if you know Mom and Dad, that's saying something.) I don't like the oxygen tubes much, but I'll tolerate them for the tape hearts.

On the plus side, I get Mom all to myself until they send us home.

Collect all 16

I now have all the teeth any toddler should have: 8 incisors, 4 canines, 4 bicuspids. And Dad's fingers have marks from every one.

Baby Passport Photos Redux

I'm ready for my cameo on Hollywood Squares now!

Since I'm already an expat, I need a passport, which means I need a picture. Mom and Dad are pros at this after taking Sadie's passport photo. Mom picked a cloudy day (plenty of those in Munich this time of year) and laid me on the floor near a window ("no distracting shadows on the face or background"). First she put a white sheet ("plain white or off-white background") under me, but that was too wrinkly. Then a white piece of felt, but that also wasn't smooth enough. Finally a pad of Sadie's drawing paper did the trick.

Even though I was lying on my back ("nothing used to support the baby may appear") and I'm not old enough to smile ("encourage subject to have a natural expression"), I could still look off to the side ("full face, front view, eyes open"). But 28 shots later, we have some good candidates. The two in the bottom right corner of the mosaic above are our best choices; stay tuned for a report on whether one of them is accepted.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Swing Assembly

Grandma sent me a swing. Mom put it together tonight. Once again I helpfully slept through it all. Don't count on too much more of that, Mom. Unless that swing is as relaxing as Sadie says they are.

A Tangled Web

Mom opened the box that's been sitting in the living room for a few days, and pulled out a strange tree and some pretty baubles. Apparently the idea is to put the beads and ornaments on the tree, then plant it on a table in the dining room. I helped by artfully tangling the beads, and Abby helped by sleeping through the whole thing.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

General Relativity

I like to read a book called I'm a Big Sister. It's about a girl named Sara, who has a baby sister named Abby. And that's just the beginning. Book-Sara has a book-mom and book-dad just exactly like I do. Who knew other kids could have family relationships that parallel my own?

Then the similarity takes an eerie turn: the baby they took out of Mom's tummy is named Abby too. What a coincidence! And truth really is stranger than fiction: Book-dad is a mensch, but my dad is a dork.

Probably a Milk Snake

I've been growing quickly. I'm a half-inch longer and nearly a pound and a half heavier than when I was born. That must be why I'm molting.

Too Rich For My Blood

When you see a woman walking around the baby store wearing a real fur coat, you can guess the stuff's going to be pricey. But €85 for cotton pajamas was still a little unexpected. Does that come with nanny service?

Hue Grant

It started out with the bath book. Orange fish, blue fish, yellow fish. Then there were the blocks: red block, green block, white block. Now Dad's asking me for help identifying colors every day. Does colorblindness run in the family?

I fooled him, though. He asked about a red block, and I pointed to my bright red shirt instead.

Stacking Up

Bricks are a lot easier to stack when they have these pegs to hold them together. The single-peg size are my favorite, mostly because the bigger ones hold together too well for me to get them apart. Plus, now that I have a horsie, I need a lance for jousting.