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So does this mean she’s a toddler?

It’s been hard to catch Talvi’s longest walks on video, but she’s doing 10-15 steps at a time now. Here’s a glimpse:

Baby Video

Monday Morning

Was it hard to face your desk this morning? Are you singing the workday blues? Talvi too.

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Stepping out

Talvi’s 11 months old today. And over the last week, she’s gone from take-a-step-fall-down to take-two-steps-fall-down to totter-along-fall-down. We’re not exactly sure when she’s “walking” as opposed to just “taking steps.” But she’s close. Take a look this morning:


What T’s up to

Talvi is just racking up the new tricks. They include:

  • Drinking from a straw.
  • Blowing at things to try to move them. (She learned this from the mobile that hangs above her changing table, but she seems to have generalized to any object, preferably hanging from the ceiling.)
  • Lots of receptive language. Ask her if she wants water and her eyes (and hands) go right to the water bottle. Ask her to point at your teeth, and you’ve got a mouthful of baby hand. Ask her where her dog is, and, well, watch out Montie.
  • Climbing stairs. She did the whole set of outside steps today without any hesitation.
  • Some proto-words. “Mmmmm” means Mom and/or milk. “Rwaaawa” seems to be water. And as of tonight, we’re pretty sure that “Ra ra ra” means book. Why does “ra ra ra” mean book, you ask? Well, “A cow says moo. A sheep says baaa. And three singing pigs say la la la,” or so says the Sandra Boynton book. “La la la” becomes “ra ra ra” in Talvispeak. And “ra ra ra” seems to have become the word for any book.
  • Her standing unassisted is still far from rock steady, but that isn’t stopping her from trying this walking thing. She only gets about half a step before falling down, but she’s a pretty determined kid, so it could be soon.
  • And as of tonight, she now gives “kisses.” If you ask her for a kiss, she leans in, lines up her mouth to yours, and makes a little pucker face. It’s just about the cutest thing you’ve ever seen.
Baby Family Seattle


So picking up from where we left off: After Portland, we headed to Seattle for a week. We had a great time, visiting Patrice’s store, introducing Talvi to the Corbins (who Kesa used to babysit), visiting with my Zipkin/Klingbeil cousins (twice in one weekend), meeting Fred*E’s new baby Genevieve, and hanging out at Tanya and Dave’s and watching Talvi and JJ (whose clothes Talvi’s been wearing for months) figure each other out.

We also had a great day in the park where oodles of friends and family came out to see us and to meet Talvi. It was a wonderful trip. And after two weeks away (and a totally wrecked sleep pattern), it was time to head back home. Luckily, we were greeted by a big furry dog who was very happy to see us (though Montie was very clear that he and Uncle Budge had a great time while we were gone).

Here are some pictures of the Seattle leg of our trip:

Baby Brooklyn Video

Another milestone

Talvi’s been slowly extending her ability to stand without holding onto anything all week. She’s up to about 20 seconds (though capturing it on film has been a challenge). Here’s a solid 8-second stand, though.

Baby Brooklyn Video

A typical Saturday morning at the zoo

Baby Portland


After our week in Bend, we were headed to Seattle. But how to get there when you have a baby who’s not a big fan of car rides? Well, you plan your trip around the baby’s naptime, of course.

We left Bend as Talvi was ready for her late morning nap and had a peaceful 3.5-hour trip to our midway point: Portland. We dropped in on the Putnams–Lexi and Jesse and the kiddos, Miette, Sebastian, and the newest addition, Soren.

We made a quick stop at the nearby park, had dinner all together, and then, just as Talvi was getting sleepy, piled back in the car for a sleepy 3-hour drive to Seattle. So, all in all, a very successful strategy. Here are some pics of our afternoon with the Putnams.

Baby Bend Family Travel


After a slightly disastrous flight home from Vermont (entirely Delta’s fault–Talvi was a total peach), we were home for a couple of days before we got right back on a plane and headed to Bend, Oregon to visit Kesa’s parents.

Bend in summer is quite spectacular. It’s warm and sunny during the day and cool at night. And most importantly, it’s dry! No humidity at all.

In Bend we discovered that grandparents’ interests (more baby!) and parents’ interest (more sleep!) align perfectly. So every morning, when Talvi would wake up at 7, we’d go dump her with the grandparents and get some much-needed rest. (Actually, I should note that we had discovered this when we took a mini-vacation to a lake in NJ with my parents earlier in August, only to rediscover it in Bend.)

Not only did we get to sleep in, we also went out three nights in a row! Neither of us could remember the last time that’d happened, but it almost certainly was before Kesa got pregnant.

Other highlights of the trip included a visit to Fields Farm (Kesa’s cousin’s organic farm), where Talvi ate raspberries and tiny cauliflower and god knows what else; a visit “backstage” to two of the twenty(!) craft breweries in Bend, thanks to Cousin James; floating down the Deschutes River in tubes; taking a hike with the cousins; and having the whole crew of cousins over for lunch.

All in all, it was a great start to our west coast swing. Here are some pictures.

Baby Travel Vermont Weddings

Weekend in Vermont

Alright, we’re terribly terribly behind, I know. Sorry :-/

So to back all the way up to late August, Talvi took her first flight–a very short one–up to Burlington, VT to attend the wedding of our good friends Chris and Laura. She was great on the plane and we arrived with no problems.

When we showed up at Hertz, they sent us into the garage to find our car, which turned out to be….a pickup truck! The bed smelled like manure and the radio was tuned to NPR, so we thought it was quite the Vermont experience.

The wedding itself was at an absolutely stunning location looking out over Lake Champlain. Talvi borrowed a dress from her Tia Lo (Dalen), who we think wore it to her 1st birthday. Talvi wasn’t quite 8 months and it just fit over her chubby arms. But she looked great and it was a beautiful day. Here are some pictures: