There’s no doubt about the boys excitement about the baby. Every morning they want to say good morning to my belly and give microsaff hugs and kisses.

And now that they can feel the kicking, it’s hard to keep them away.

Ethan keeps talking about how he really wants to meet him but knows he’s too small to come out yet. This pregnancy has also led to some rather in depth discussion about the ins and outs of where babies come from (and Ethan isn’t one to be deterred from an interesting topic) which has led to some rather in depth discussions between the mommy and the daddy about exactly how you explain to an almost 6 year old how babies end up in mommies tummies and how they get out. And it’s funny how direct answers are so well accepted by kids but hedging never works. I’ll leave it at that.

Ethan also wants to know exactly how things work when it’s time for the baby to be born – where will we go, where will he go, when can he come meet the baby, when can he feed the baby, when can he hold the baby. He’s interested in developmental milestones. And most especially when will the baby be able to sleep in his room. I’ve tried to explain exactly what the sleep schedule of a newborn is but he seems undeterred. We’ll see what he thinks in a few months.

Posted on January 11th, 2009 by Our Mutual Friend and filed under Uncategorized | No Comments »

Tell me more about white blood cells

Ethan received a rather cool book about the body for Christmas. I had added it to his wish list after seeing what great reviews it had and Grandma and Grandpas got it for him. He’s spend hours reading it and last week asked me to tell him about white blood cells. Good choice given my specialty (turns out those years in graduate school are being put to good use). He wanted a better book that had more information and better picture so I dug through my first year med school textbooks and came across my histology atlas. While I took down the Christmas tree, Ethan asked question after question about different types of cells and their functions.

He’s now moved on to Immunobiology (an excellent immunology textbook I highly recommend – if you’re a very interested 6 year old or maybe a college student). I think I may have him do my fellowship for me. He’s has another year so I think he’ll be ready by then.

Isaac meanwhile is hooked on The Way Things Work. He’s not really reading yet but spends his entire quiet time studying pictures and diagrams and then asking about the words when quiet time is over. He’s sounding words out but his brain seems to be more engineering and puzzles and a little less words. It’s so fun to see them excited about learning new things.

Posted on January 11th, 2009 by Codename Freelancer and filed under Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Scenes from a snowy Sunday afternoon




Hot chocolate followed. Is there a better way to spend a snowy afternoon?

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Happy 2009!

He comes so very quickly Before you know he's here Then welcome January The first born of the year

Happy 2009!

Originally uploaded by dsaff

Posted on January 1st, 2009 by Our Mutual Friend and filed under Uncategorized | No Comments »