Monday, October 27, 2014

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What is up?

Winter happened last week, on Monday morning it was sunny and by lunchtime it had started snowing. It's been pretty blizzardy on and off this week, I'm very grateful that I don't have to spend too much time outside unless I choose to. That said, we definitely need to make a snowman at some point.

Ross rescued the neighbours' kitten from the top of a tree the other day - at first they just asked to borrow our ladder, but then after they failed Ross offered to help. He had to climb from the ladder into the tree, and once he reached the kitten, he grabbed it by the scruff of the neck and held on tight. The little boy who owns the kitten saw this, and started shouting 'stop it, you're killing her!', but in Icelandic, so Ross a) didn't understand, and b) was kind of busy anyway trying to get down one handed. It all ended well, so that was good.

Felix has an eye infection (boo hiss), and the constant wiping to clean it is making his eczema flare up big time (BOOOOO! HISSSSSS!) And he's teething. Woo. It feels a little bit like we just can't win at the moment, but this too shall pass.

I've been working on Halloween costumes for the dudes, not that we're doing anything in particular. Henry will be a ninja turtle (Raphael, of course), and Felix will be a skeleton - Gosh I love costumes on babies. Also, just costumes in general. Yay dressing up!
I'm also binge-watching Project Runway while sewing, it's pretty interesting and makes me want to make more things. I might have to invest in a decent sewing machine when we get back to Australia.

What else? Felix is soooo close to walking, he's really confident about just letting go of things and throwing his body weight forward. I feel like Henry didn't walk until he was positive that he could, whereas Felix just kind of wades in and hopes for the best. I wouldn't have thought you'd be able to see personality differences so early, but there you go.

Hmm, can't think of all the million things I was going to say, so it must be photo time!

Mohawk
Henry and I took some photos of each other, and they turned out really nice:





Thursday, October 9, 2014

More excellent conversations with Henry

Okay, so for some backstory, Henry often takes a loooong time to eat his dinner. It's not necessarily that he doesn't like it, he just dawdles and dawdles FOREVER. Fixing that is a work in progress, but we try not to let it become too big a deal.

ANYWAY. Last night, he had eaten about half of his dinner, and we said he could leave the table after six more bites - and he knows that they have to be proper sized bites. He insists that we count the bites on our fingers, so Ross held up five fingers, one by one, for his first five bites. Then for the last one, he tried to half-ass it, and just ate a single piece of spaghetti. Ross said it wasn't big enough to make the last finger go all the way up, so he kind of held his finger half up.

Which was fine for a minute, Henry thought it was kind of funny. So Ross hammed it up, and said look, the finger is sad, he just wants to stand up all the way, he's crying because he wants to stand up like the other fingers, boo hoo.
At which point Henry's face just crumpled, and he started with these heaving sobs - he couldn't even talk, he was crying so hard. When he'd calmed down enough to speak again, he explained that the six was too sad, and it made him sad.

Seriously, that guy is a sweet guy. He managed to calm down eventually, and then ate his last bite with gusto. And there was much rejoicing.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Jokes and costumes!

Henry has started making some pretty hilarious jokes, today he recited this gem:

Little Jack Horner,
Stuck in his thumb,
A poo.

Okay, so obviously he can't quite remember how the rhyme actually goes, but he says it with such a straight face, it's like a weird little free-verse spoken word performance.

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So it's October, which means Halloween is coming up! That means that I'll spend three and a half weeks googling awesome costumes, and then do precisely nothing on the 31st. I always feel like such a faker, since Halloween isn't really a tradition in any of the places I call home... But costumes, though! Where's the harm in adopting fun holidays, especially when it involves dressing up your kids?

Anyway, Edda (being from Scotland) loves Halloween and wants to celebrate, so we might do something this year, even if it just ends up being wearing costumes at her house. My current favourite idea is a ninja turtle for Henry, and Felix could maybe be Splinter? Or Ross suggested Krang, that could be kind of amazing. I don't have a yellow jumpsuit, so I won't be 90's era April O'Neil, but the 2003 series that Henry watches on Youtube has a different looking April... Aaaaand I'm overthinking it! Let the process begin!

I went to the Red Cross market yesterday, and bought a massive bag of stuff just for me. I was hoping to find something inspirational and costumey, but I guess a bag of clothes that I will actually wear is a pretty good consolation prize.

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What else? Felix nearly has a new tooth, it's just barely poking through up the top. Also he's getting pretty good at standing up and has started letting go of whatever he's holding onto. And Ross saw him climb his first stair the other day... Fun times ahead!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Etceteras and sundries...

Some little bits and pieces about Greece, before I forget completely...

1) Greek people love babies (or maybe just Felix). Everywhere we went, he got smiles and tickles and free waffle cones. Ross got stopped at a supermarket so that some old people could chat for a while - Felix apparently gurgles in Greek.

2) We ate so much incredible food while we were there, but my favourites were the really simple bits, like kebabs and amazing salads. I rarely order salads at restaurants, but because I was trying to avoid dairy it often seemed like the safest option. Which turned out to be a great thing, because Santorini has the BEST tomatoes I've ever tasted. Flavourful and amazing.

3) It was pretty awesome just enjoying the heat. I finally managed to adjust to wearing skirts without leggings, I always feel so naked and indecent for the first couple of times, just because I'm so used to never being barelegged. But yeah, being toasty all the time is pretty nice.

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Tragicomedy from dinner the other night: We decided to have tacos, and I checked all the ingredients lists EXCEPT for the seasoning mix. Then after I'd added it to the meat, I realised it contained lactose. Two reactions: Nooooooo! and Whyyyyyyy? So I was probably more disappointed than I should have been, as I seem to lose all sense of emotional resilience when I'm hungry.

Okay, so I decided to cook up some mushrooms and onions with some spices (and no lactose!), and yay, it smelled really awesome! Then Felix woke up, and was super upset to sit in his chair at the table. So I picked him up, and while he was sitting with me, he grabbed my bowl of mushrooms and threw them on the floor... I'm not going to lie, some real tears came out of my face. Ross said I just looked so utterly heartbroken. Hilarious in hindsight, though.

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Henry's game this morning was to crush-hug Felix and I, then pretend we were as flat as pancakes. He would then pretend to pour syrup on us, and eat us up. He really is a total sweetheart.

He is also really into taking photos with the webcam. Awesome times.



Felix's eczema seems to be getting a bit better, which is good. For a while there it felt like he was the same, and so it felt really pointless cutting out all that stuff from our diets. I'm still waiting to get an appointment with a nutritionist - I'd really like some clarification on whether a peanut allergy includes other nuts, and whether he (we) should be avoiding other high-allergy foods just in case.

Oh yeah, and if you think I'm obsessing over this food thing, you are totally correct. I've had three dreams in the past week where I eat something chocolatey, then realise that I've messed up and feel really guilty. Then I wake up, and it turns out I don't need to feel guilty at all! They're so vivid that in the latest one, Dream Me even commented on the fact that it wasn't a dream this time - I'm clearly not one of those people who knows when they're dreaming.

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Argh, the weather! Today it snowed quite a lot! I mean, I guess it's not really that outrageous, it is late autumn after all. Still, that doesn't stop me from being outraged... Just not ready for winter yet - although I guess it's probably our last one here for a while, so that's a bit of a ray of sunshine.