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Master 0 has a new ally in the the baby world. An ally to turn to when older siblings become a bit too much. Little J is the handsome son of our upstairs friends and exactly one month younger than Master 0 (Mr. 4 reminds me that boys are handsome and not beautiful). I think J and Master 0 will be a force to be reckoned with – watch out big brothers and big sister!

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Posted on May 24th, 2009 by Our Mutual Friend and filed under Uncategorized | No Comments »

Birthday fun

We were excited to help a good friend celebrate her 3rd birthday last week!

The birthday girl
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Backyard fun
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A great time was had by all!

Posted on May 24th, 2009 by Our Mutual Friend and filed under Uncategorized | No Comments »

One month

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Master 0 had his one month check-up on Friday and he was declared quite healthy. He officially weighed in at 11lb 9oz and has grown to 23 inches long which puts him solidly at the 90th percentile for both. He is beginning to smile much more reliably (although we’re still working on a good picture to share) and is fascinated with his own reflection. His brothers continue to shower him with affection and he is impressively tolerant of his adoring kindergarten fan club when I pick up Mr. 6 every day!

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Posted on May 23rd, 2009 by Our Mutual Friend and filed under Uncategorized | No Comments »

Taking care of the little brother

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Posted on May 23rd, 2009 by Our Mutual Friend and filed under Uncategorized | No Comments »

Thunk, thinked, thtop!

There is a dialog that has now been repeated at least thrice in our house.  I shouldn’t appreciate it, but I do.  It is sibling annoyance distilled, with the touch of mastery, down to its most sublime essence:

6) I’m thinking about something…
4) Don’t think  about me!
6) I’m thinking about you.
4) HE’S THINKING ABOUT ME!

Sadly, the last couple days, there’s been far too much practice of sibling annoyance, so we’ve brought back a surprise favorite around here: a great book with a really terrible cover.  One of the great ideas from this book is the “wise appeal”, a formula for child-initiated conflict resolution.   The wise appeal has four parts: “1) I understand that you want ___, because ___.  2) I have a problem.  3) I want ___. 4) Can we ___?”

Here’s a recent true-life example of an effective wise appeal: “I understand that you want the purple marker to draw your robot’s legs.  I have a problem with that.  I need the purple marker for my drawing.  Can you let me have the purple marker now?”  “How about in two minutes?”  “OK!”

However, even the wise appeal can go wrong (true transcript):

6) I’m thinking about something…
4) Don’t think about me!
6) I’m thinking about you.
4) I understand that you want to think about me.  I have a problem with that.  I don’t want to be thunk about. Can you… 6) Thunk isn’t a word.
4) [deep breath [God bless him]] I understand that you want to think about me.  I have a problem with that.  I don’t want to be thinked about.
6) Thinked isn’t a wo…
4) I WANT YOU TO STOP!

The good news is, having two lawyers in the family should really help pay the bills in our senescence.

Posted on May 23rd, 2009 by Our Mutual Friend and filed under Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Getting stronger every day

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Posted on May 14th, 2009 by Our Mutual Friend and filed under Uncategorized | No Comments »

My nerve cells told me.

Ever since I went to Isaac’s preschool class and taught them about white blood cells and antibodies, Mr. 4 has been fascinated with the cells in the body. He loves to talk about how macrophages eat up germs and how the white blood cells work to keep us healthy. He was very excited to learn that there were all different kinds of cells and that have different jobs. Particularly the nerve cells. Yesterday when we were on the train, Mr. 4 almost got off at the wrong station – an unusual occurrence for these train savvy kids. I quickly reminded him that this was the wrong stop. He told me he almost got off but then his nerve cells told him to “STOP” and he listened to them. Good job nerve cells!

Posted on May 14th, 2009 by Our Mutual Friend and filed under Uncategorized | No Comments »

A day at the park

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Mr. 6 building a machine out of the sticks he could find. I’m not sure exactly what it does but I think one of the sticks is an ion cannon.
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Mr. 4 making off with a friend’s digger.

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Master 0 sleeping through it all.

Posted on May 14th, 2009 by Our Mutual Friend and filed under Uncategorized | No Comments »

A smile?

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Posted on May 8th, 2009 by Our Mutual Friend and filed under Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Two weeks

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Posted on May 8th, 2009 by Our Mutual Friend and filed under Uncategorized | No Comments »