September 17, 2002
Every day, we notice that Sasha is doing new things. In the last few days, he's been using his hands to grab things and pull them closer. Usually closer to his mouth, so he can lick them!!! We have a little toy with many legs that we hang on his seat, and i noticed that he pulled it down (held up with Velcro) so he could get it closer to his tongue! He's been verbalizing a lot more, too. We repeat back his "words" to him and ask him questions. Sometimes he replies with sayings such as "arrrr goooooo" and the like. There are a few phrases that he repeats from day to day, so they obviously mean something to him... we're still working to figure out what. Of course, NONE OF THAT is reflected in the pictures below.... they're mainly Sasha sleeping!
Saturday, September 21st | 5:29pm Sasha's also been getting better at holding his head up. For those of you who don't have babies, their necks aren't strong enough to support that big (brain-holding) skull, at first.. so getting to the point where your baby can hold their head up on their own is a milestone. We can now hold Sasha in a sitting position, and though he will wobble a bit, he generally holds his head up on his own, while looking around at the world ("what exactly are you trying to prove?" he's probably thinking). Sasha's been watching his Baby Mozart video, and getting brain stimulation. His Baby Bach video had a lot of low end distortion, so we've sent it back for a replacement (darn eBay!!!). On the 19th, I met Lisa after her Baby & Me Yoga class at Jivamukti around 3:30 (ah, skipping out of work early). We ran a few errands (darn Spring PCS!!!) and then went to Battery Park (ya know, the area at the tip of the city, where you view the Statue from) for a free evening outdoor concert from the Kronos Quartet. We opened up our Chinese Food to realize that they gave Lisa Chicken with Cashews, rather than Shrimp with Cashews (darn cheapy chinatown takeout!) so Lisa walked back towards the big buildings just north of Battery Park to look for something to eat. I played with Sasha, who was laying on his blanket in front of ours ... enjoying himself: talkin' and smilin' and sticking his tongue out.... being a good boy while we waited for the sun to go down and the concert to begin. Lisa returned and we ate and after a couple of speakers to thank all the sponsors (ah, so that's what Starbucks is doing with .0000000035% of their profits) the show began. Who knows if Sasha noticed being at a concert but he got to hear the music and enjoy a few hours under the stars. Towards the end (darn Accordian!!!) he got a bit fussy, Lisa took him off to the side and spun him around as he looked at the lights off in the distance. Yep, where else but Manhattan could you see a free concert from the Kronos Quartet?!?! And have your 12 week old hear a Steve Reich piece? (oh, did i mention that none of this is shown in the pictures on this page!?!?! ) : ) We figure that all of that crazy chamber quartet music was sure to get a few synapses firing, or at least really wear him out. Ok, who can say Sigur Ros!!?!