cananny -your boys are SOOOOOO adorable! Are "Thing 2" and "Thing 3" identical?
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Seraf the bracelets are something DP wanted. its part of the mexican heritage ( since they are half and so is she) she had one as a baby so she really wanted them to have one too) I love them!
Esenbee.. no they are not identical but do have some similar features.. Gage has much more Dainty features... where August has a longer face and diff eyes :) Im glad they look like siblings
Isa..so sorry about bed time.. all i can say is be consistent.. and hopefully its a short phase!
So we got a call last week to see if we wanted to take the girls we had before ( the 8 week old and 18 mo old) i guess the aunt lost custody they have been in 2 more foster homes and now they are looking for a perm placement.. as the parents are not doing what they are supposed to be.. and they may terminate their rights.. the girls are 1 and 2.5 right now.. I had a really hard time saying no... because i know we could be the stability they need... dp really wanted us to take them... but the social worker and I really talked and decided now is not the time.. it was sad but the boys need alot of attention and im not sure i could divide my attention between 5 babies! I just hope they find a stable loving forever family!!
Escher- thank you for checking in. Have you talked to your son about the new baby coming and it’s his turn to be the big brother? I have a friend who just weened their toddler when a new baby came. They actually ended up having the non-nursing parent sleep with the toddler for a while. Good luck navigating that balance.
Cananny- I can’t wait to hang out with you and your boys!
AFU- Aiden is growing bigger every day. He will be 2 months next week. He is the most super chill relaxed baby in the world. I feel a bit guilty sometimes because it’s so easy but then I say, “nah, I deserve this.”
Starling, I don't think I've shown you my bike. It's a bunch of scrap bikes and scrap lumber hooked together. It took a few hours of dreaming, a few hours of elbow grease and $26 worth of parts. I was on the fence between this style bike or a sidecar when last you posted about bakfiets and I decided that this was what I really wanted (we have a bike building bug in our house now, so I may build a sidecar, too). The back bike is total scrap. It has 3 functional gears and only 1 brake, but it's flat here and I only go about 5 mph, so the brakes are fine for here. Oh, and the steering is a rake handle, a wire clothes hanger and 2 pieces of innertube. I get a lot of comments riding around town. Nearly all are positive. My recent favorite is, "That's so ghetto it's sick." You don't have to play the video, I just couldn't get the computer to take a still shot.
I love it, seraf!!! You're so crafty, good job! I've always wanted a cargo bike, and finally a couple years ago found a used Counterpoint Opus semi-recumbent tandem, which has one person steering in a standard bicycling arrangement, but then a smaller front wheel, above which is a seat where the stoker sits, recumbent style. I removed the "boom" from the front where the stoker's pedals were mounted, replaced the seat with a big bin, and currently use it for hauling stuff around town. My plan for when baby is still too small for the original stoker's seat is to install a narrow rear-facing carseat instead of the bin... I can't find a pic right now, but I've seen folks do this with the Bilenky Cycle Works version of the same frame, and it seems quite safe. I'm *so* looking forward to cycling with my kid! Thanks for sharing about your bike.
Granite, that sounds awesome. I'm sure you've thought about it, but there could be challenges with putting a helmet on a small baby. Soren started riding at 10 months and had trouble in seats that came high enough to touch his helmet. It forced his chin down. At 10 months he was big enough that it was an annoyance rather than an airway issue. Anyway, I'm excited to see what you come up with.
Helmets are mandatory here, and so I asked a baby-hauling cyclist friend what she does... And she says that while she bought a special super-narrow infant carseat to put in her bike trailer so that her baby and her toddler could ride in it side by side, she doesn't put a helmet on the baby because the baby's neck isn't strong enough to support the extra weight, even though she's now 10 months old (she's a little one!). As the kids are mostly enclosed within the trailer, my friend has never been hassled by the cops for this, but she thinks I might run into trouble if I had an unhelmeted-baby in an infant carseat secured into my already-very-unusual cargo bike. I might need to be looking for a tiny helmet! Or sewing a shade/privacy cover for the baby, so that the lack of helmet is less noticeable. Personally, I feel like it'd be safe enough without the helmet, what with the carseat, the bike frame, and light/slow traffic of my small island city. (Annnnnnd as I type this, I can imagine DP disagreeing... Hmmm...)
Charlie is 2 months old. He had his checkup today. 12# 6oz, 24 inches and 100th percentile for head size! Takes after his mom with the giant head. I like to say, 'big head, big brain." I no longer have a bike. I used to commute on bike and it was kind of scary for me and people were so mean I don't think I would ever do it again. If we move somewhere more suburban in the future, I would definitely be more excited about bike riding. I like those Skoot bikes. I was amazed when I saw a 4 year-old riding a real bike.