Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Saturday, February 18, 2012

We're in Miami Feets!

I've needed a few things over the past few weeks: some laughs, a vacation, Oscar short films. Check, check, check.
Saw this on the way to work!
Had me laughing for a good 10 minutes

As for vacation, I saw a picture of The Standard Hotel in Miami and decided I just had to go. As luck would have it, Nick found cheap flights to Miami, so we booked a Valentine's Day trip. And what Valentine's Day trip would be complete without a baby? The Standard doesn't feel the same way: no kids allowed! So I was able to enjoy a spa day all alone, which was magnificent. Look closely and you can see my mojito in the top left picture.
This means I took my phone in the pool! Luckily I'm a good swimmer.

Sunrise view from our hotel - top right was my view since I didn't have my contacts in!
Party in the city where the heat is on? All night on the beach till the break of dawn? Alas. The closest we got to a party was jazz brunch with cocktails. The weather was nice but didn't hit 80 until the day we left. Ferris woke us up till the break of dawn. Parents of little babies need a different soundtrack.

Our soundtrack:
1 - We're in Miami Feets! (adapted from I'm in Miami Trick by LMFAO)
2 - Mama Got Milk (adapted from Baby Got Back by Sir Mixalot)
I like to suck and I cannot lie
You other babies can't deny
When a milk walks in with an itty bitty waist and two round things in your face
You get THIRSTY!
3 - The Babies Need the Burpies to Make Room for the Milk (original)
4 - Night Night Ferris (adapted from I Want Candy by Bow Wow Wow)

Our itinerary: lounge around, visit the beach for sunset, eat stone crab, tour the Vizcaya mansion.

And what Valentine's Day would be complete without a card for all of you!

We got set up for a beach picnic, and I propped the camera on a beach bag to take family pictures with the remote. Nice that Ferris looks away to give us some privacy. We're raising such a considerate boy! :)

Steps at the Vizcaya Mansion, a museum with a house from 1916 and beautiful gardens.
More beach photos, since I have so many favorites to share.

Ferris splashing in the pool:

Learning to climb. Note our <100% excitement.

That about sums it up! Have you noticed that since I've stopped sleeping, my mind only thinks in photos and I can barely string together a sentence? I think I need another vacation!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

8 months!

Happy 8 months to Ferris! And Happy Superbowl to the New York Giants!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

No thank you, Ferris!

Breaking news, Ferris pulled himself up to the coffee table yesterday! He is still crawling by pulling his entire body with both hands, but he's getting fast and adding a downward dog at the end. His favorite toy is the dog bone. Incidentally, Batman's favorite toy is the Sophie teething giraffe. His second favorite toy is the set of cords underneath the desk. I follow him and chirp, "No thank you, Ferris!" That's what they say at the daycare instead of saying, "STOPPPP ITTT!" I'm trying to follow suit. 


Sunday, January 29, 2012


Every day, I bundle Ferris up in a baby carrier, and we head into the subway, where Ferris alternates between flirting and sleeping. When we exit, we pass restaurants, bars, stores, banks, fantasy shops. Taxis pass us; we pass old women who carry small dogs the way I carry Ferris. How old is your baby? How old is your dog? Oh really, she can cross the street by herself? Ferris can't do that yet.

And some videos, since simply describing Ferris and his good humor would be cheating you.

Naptime, not going so well.

Ferris absolutely adores his daddy. Nick just has to walk into the room to get him smiling and laughing.

As for me, I need to work for my baby giggles.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

That point is now.

We took the 7 month picture on time, so half credit for us! At some point, I just have to admit the blog is now 90% pictures of Ferris, 10% Nick and Erica doing interesting stuff. That point is now. So, here is the fam tooling around New York. We don't go to Times Square often- when we finally did, I had to get some pictures! Ferris seemed enamored with all the lights. Then again, 7 month olds are enamored by everything, aren't they? 30 year olds, not so much.

Remember the good ol' days, when we took a nice photo with 3 people looking at the camera?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

High class problems

The year that I finally buy new snowboots (in advance even!), there is no snow to be found in New York, or even in the Midwest. For the first time in as long as I can remember, Christmas came and went without white. Even so, every day was the coldest day of Ferris's life. Har har har!!

Brown Christmas in Iowa
We saw so many people; it was exhausting and fun carting Ferris from place to place. One of these days I'll get around to organizing and sending the many pictures of Ferris sitting by the tree with people who love him...  but for now, I'll make an exception for Zoey. Little Yokozuna is almost a year old already. She has Veldhouse eyes. Can you believe these eyes glare at Ferris while he innocently gums on her toys?

My favorite, I love that her dress matches the doll's!

Our baby boy is learning out of order: he's been crawling for almost a month, but learned to sit a few days before Christmas, when Nick "took the training wheels off." Like most new skills, he's getting a mix of successes and non-successes under his belt.


This picture makes me laugh and laugh and laugh...

Don't worry, Nick caught him and all was well!

And some outtakes. Homeboy is starting to develop an agenda of his own.

Why yes, yes, it is a Christmas tux!!

We spent New Year's Eve with old friends, and had tons of fun playing games and eating Juicy Lucys. We are blessed to have people who will happily include a 7 month (!) old baby in a New Year's Celebration. Ferris woke up just in time for midnight, and sat by the piano while Erik played "Auld Lang Syne." I'm sad to see such a wonderful year come to an end, but am hopeful that 2012 will be even better.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

They're real, and they're fantastic!

If you don't get that quote, go watch more Seinfeld! I'm asked all the time about Ferris's hair, the best question being, "Does his hair just grow like that?" Yes, it sure does, with no hair gel or Rogaine.

Not to mention these lashes.....

Not a real update, but we'll see many of you soon!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Sweetheart, excitement for me is dinner without getting heartburn after.

We had some big birthdays! Ferris turned 6 months old and I turned 30. Can you believe he's already been alive 1.67% of the time that I've been alive?! Crazy!

Nick spoiled me with tickets to the opera AND tickets to see Woody Allen play jazz clarinet. If you haven't seen Woody Allen since the Diane Keaton days, check out Scoop, which is one of my favorites.

La Boheme at Lincoln Center
Woody Allen at The Carlyle Hotel

Oh, and guess who's crawling!.... And getting rick roll'd!