November 30, 2006
Next stop... Mars!
For Finn's birthday, his rocket scientist relatives Auntie Sudi and Uncle Clintie gave him a mini rocketship to ride around on. (Apparently this is how Eileen Collins got her start as a child?) Up until recently, his legs have been too short to reach the rocket's appropriate scooting potential. But those Hazen legs have grown and he's now vrooming his rocket all over the playroom. Thanks, Auntie Sudi and Uncle Clintie! He just loves it.
November 29, 2006
Oh, Sean Preston...
You are so your father's son. Here you are, not even 18 months, and you're already pawing at Paris Hilton. Papazao would be proud.
What Lisa's up to, November edition
This month, my HOW article on 37signals hit the newsstands. You can read the article here. The site I designed for the 30th anniversary of the National Center for Lesban Rights launched. We made several changes to Pilates-Pro and launched their enewsletter. I'm very close to launching mystery writer, Sara Paretsky's new site. (But don't want to jinx anything, so I'm not linking to it yet.) I also wrote a bunch of enewsletters for Chronicle and product reviews for SheFindsMom. Coming soon: an article for HOW on the innovative CD packaging design for Beck's new album (I know! Beck! How perfect is that?), another article for HOW on the anniversary of the Pentagram Papers and a site promoting the New Standard Revised Version of the Bible for Harper Collins San Francisco. (And the early stages of discussing a site design for designer, paper lover, celebrity wedding invitation designer and Baggermaniac Margot Madison.)
Is this thing on... ?
Finn is nothing if not a cutup. Here he is holding his play phone up to his ear, saying "hello? hello?" He also uses everything from stuffed animals to cookies to play on the phone.
This morning, when I dropped him off at daycare, two of the girls were already there, and seated at the breakfast table. As soon as Finn was clicked into his highchair, he immediately started entertaining them. He first made sure he had their attention by flirting with them--giving them big smiles and waving. Then he started putting anything he could find on his head. (A patented baby way of warming up the crowd.) He finished with shaking his head from side-to-side, giggling.
His little comedy routine was a total hit. All three kids were sitting there, laughing their heads off. If Francesca and Kira stopped laughing, Finn would start over again. I think we've got an emerging class clown on our hands (and Daddy to thank for that!)
November 28, 2006
Finn was lucky to have not one--but two--grandmas here this Thanksgiving. This gave him even more people to wow with his emerging Frankenstein walk, growing vocabulary (most recent entry "No!" said with a pointed finger), husky laugh, and mischevious pranks (pulling the register grate off and throwing all his toys inside). It's clear that Finn really loved spending time with his Nana and Gamrene. And cranberry sauce. Finn also discovered that he really loves cranberry sauce.
November 21, 2006
Here's Finn in the Sonics warm-up suit that his Uncle Mike and Auntie Julie bought him. It's early in the morning, so he looks a little groggy yet. But let us assure you that he warmed right up after he got his breakfast.
November 19, 2006
Walkin', yes indeed.
Here's Finn traipsing back and forth across the sunroom. He's only recently (as in the last coupla days) gotten good enough to start and stop and stay standing, though at the end of this trip, he does hit the deck. There are actually two favorites on display here: his new favorite pasttime--walking, and his new favorite toy--pens, which you can see he's clutching the whole time...
November 15, 2006
Here's Finn peeking from behind this new modern chair. He thinks playing peek-a-boo is just about the most hilarious game around.
November 14, 2006
Look at this friendly little guy in his footie pajamas. He's quite the miniature goodwill ambassador, waving "hello" and "buh-bye" to everyone from the grocery checkout person to his daycare pals.
Here are some of the other words he knows now:
* "Mama" This is used to address me, but also Shawn, and sometimes even his favorite adult friends, like Lisa J.
* "Mamamamaaaaaaaa!" This is different from "mama" as it is used only in duress or when he's reallly ticked off.
* "Da-doo" This is what he calls Daddy when he's not calling him "mama."
* "Ba-ba" For some reason, Finn calls all dogs "Ba-ba."
* "Ba" For ball.
* "Uh-oh" Often said after he deliberately chucks something off his highchair.
* "PREZZEL!!" Often screamed when he sees a pretzel.
* "Peez! Tankyu!" An attempt at "please" and "thank you" when he sees pretzels.
* "Up" Then he points up.
* "Ooooh!" Not really a word, per se, but he loves to point at things and marvel in their "oooh"-ness.
P.S. That's a pen in his mouth. He loves pens and there has been many a tantrum when I've taken them away from him.
November 13, 2006
Auntie Julie and Uncle Mike visit
We were very lucky to have Auntie Julie and Uncle Mike visiting from Seattle this weekend. It was the first time we got to show them the house and the first time they got to experience Finn as a crazy toddler (verses the little guy who needed to be carried around everywhere). We had a great time visiting a bunch of different Chicago places, but mostly visiting local restaurants. Thanks for visiting, Uncle Mike and Auntie Julie!
P.S. This is Finn's way of saying "Noooo! Don't go!"
November 08, 2006
It's a big day, Babymaniacs!
Finn was so excited, he went and slathered himself in avocado. First, the Democrats take both the House and (fingers crossed!) the Senate? Rick Santorum* is out? Nancy Pelosi is house leader? (We've loved Nancy since our San Francisco days!) Then, the news that our very own Britney is finally leaving that no-good K-Fed?
Friends, a (great) new day is dawning.
UPDATE: Rummy is stepping down, too? Is it Christmas?
* This is the first and the last time you will see Rick Santorum's name on this blog
November 07, 2006
Connor, Finn and Emma
Everyone into the dog bed!
November 01, 2006
We had grand plans for Finn's Halloween costume this year, but anything that required a hat or anything attached to the head was swiftly rejected by our muse. But we figured we had a natural with Charlie Brown. So even though he had to wear a heavy coat while we went trick-or-treating with the neighbor kids (costume=one-year-old in heavy jacket?), I think Finn had fun, even if it was just watching the big kids scramble up to houses to get their candy. Although we didn't get candy ourselves, there's enough leftover candy here to continue to tempt me from my weak commitment to my low-carb diet.
Here are some fun photos from Finn's first real Halloween.