Sunday, March 30, 2008

Why Boychen will never learn to crawl

Boychen doesn't get a lot of "tummy time" around here, certainly not two 10-20 minute sessions a day as recommended by many experts. I know about tummy time and I know why it's important. Now that babies are going to sleep on their backs, a practice which dramatically reduces instances of crib death, time on the belly is even more important to help them develop the skills and upper body strength that lead to rolling and crawling. And I try, dutifully putting Boychen on his belly on his very colorful and interesting playmat (courtesy of Australian Friend) daily. But Boychen hates tummy time and starts crying - really wailing - after about three minutes. No matter what toys I present him with, however much I lower myself onto the floor to get fact-to-face with him, no matter how much Mozart that playmat belts out, Boychen wails. Which I can be hard-hearted enough to disregard for the sake of his physical development but for one thing: Small Boy comes running, yelling "Mi bruder ! Mi bruder! Nay nay hor oof!!* He doesn't like that!" and starts to try to roll Boychen onto his back.

Which is totally interfering with Boychen's development but is kind of the cutest thing ever.

I hope Small Boy is always this protective of his chly bruder.**

* Translation: My brother! My brother! No no stop that!

**Translation: little brother

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Newsflash: Swiss people have televisions!

Dear Former Mayor Dinkins: (jump to the last line of the linked story for the money line)

As a resident of Switzerland may I inform you that we have televisions and newspapers too? I live in Switzerland, and the Swiss evening news followed the Spitzer story. Not as boorishly as US cable news, I've no doubt, but we here in Switzerland live in the heart of Western Europe, not on the moon.

Love and chocolates,

As for the best review of the rest of the article, read this Bitch PhD post.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Is this the sort of thing I should keep social services from seeing?