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…and, we’re back

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

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So, we’re back blogging about the boy, and now, life out of my beloved brooklyn.

Binx has just turned 3 years old, and is a daredevil - enough that makes other parents gasp and pull their kids closer. Climbing bolders in the quarry; jumping off high rocks; riding his jumper at high speeds down the long driveway; and generally running around like a 3-year old.

He’s pretty comically verbal, too, but is lousy at math. Sigh.

Us: we moved up the Hudson River to Cold Spring, NY, and absolutely love the exurban life. More on that as we get it, but think of an old (rented) farm house on a pond, lots of hiking trails and state forests across the street, stars at night, Clearwater Sloop, CSA, etc.

The commute’s a drag, but seeing stars at night when you get off the train is priceless.

In the game

Thursday, August 18th, 2005

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Fascinating playtime last night while mom was at yoga. I was dangling colored rings in front of a bouncy-seated binx. He usually watches, but as his arm swings have a standard pattern and radius he usually misses the rings and starts sucking his knuckles. Mostly, it’s just a game of visual distraction. This time, however, Jasper was totally on-task. A Binx possessed.

He would miss, but immediately reset, arms wide, staring at the rings. Another miss, immediate reset, totally in the zone. i move the rings, eyes following intently, position shifts. Success brings a bright smile and squeal of delight, a bit of tug-n-play with them; then let go and get ready for the next attempt at depth perception. This easily went on for 15 minutes. Fascinating.

Maybe that’s what the Big Day of Crankiness on Tues was about - sprouting new ganglion.

Binxy-la’s sweet, sweet ride

Friday, July 1st, 2005

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Binxmobile

So, what’s my baby’s whip? We got two, foo’.

The first is for serious expeditions. The Phil and Ted’s E3, straight outta New Zealand. Perfect if you like camping, because it’s all straps, buckles and velcro, and reconfigures on-the-fly. The air-filled tires are a must for the uneven bluestone slab sidewalks of Park Slope. And the single, up-front pivoting wheel is perfect for close shopping as well as nimbly avoiding the insanely overpriced Bugaboos which litter the streets around here. E3 owners exchange knowing winks, like fans of some obscure but vastly talented indie rock band.

The second is for trips to the bodega or farmer’s market, or when traveling. The Kolcraft Universal Car Seat Carrier. The secret weapon of many PS nannys, the Kolcraft is cheap, light, and has a huge basket that can fit two bags of grocery with room to spare. And has a cup-holder tray for the pilot. It ain’t pretty, but if you have a carseat, for $50 more you get a stroller and enough extra money to fill it with beer, wine and cheese.

Barbara saves the day

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

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Tough week @ Maison du Binx. Less for Jasper, more for us

Elizabeth has been having a little cough get slowly worse, until it turned into a respiratory infection, which required a mask during feedings or other interactions. Me, my back molar started to hurt on Saturday, and it turned into full-bore full-pain infection on Tuesday night. The drugs I had were old and only gave me a massive headache to go with the full-skull throbbing.

Tuesday night, Elizabeth got a severe migraine, and nobody slept, just feeding/burping the binx and quietly moaning, watching time pass slowly across the ceiling. Depths of hell.

Wednesday, tooth comes out, E’s on ibuprofen and cephalexin, and all’s remarkably better. By Thursday, it’s an early evening walk in the park on the nicest day of the year. Lucky us? Barbara, Elizabeth’s mom, happened to be staying with us and took care of all the binx comforting, etc so we can crawl back to health with some support.

Thanks, nana!

Thank You

Saturday, June 4th, 2005

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Thank you to everyone who has written or called since Jasper’s arrival. Your notes are so appreciated, as are your lovely comments. We will be in touch individually as soon as we are organized. Things are going well overall. Binx is a dream.

est arrivée!

Wednesday, June 1st, 2005

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Picture o' BinxAfter 16 hours of labor - most of them at home, using the Bradley Method of coaching, we went to the hospital at 6:45am on 5/31. Elizabeth was fully dilated, so after a brief round of tests (and figuring out the cord-blood kit), she starting pushing. 45 minutes later, our new son Jasper Moon Gibbs Drake was born, weighing in @ 7lbs, 7.2oz

Everyone is home sleeping, eating, and inevitably, pooping. Pictures (not of poop)here

No news yet

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

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Dates, being arbitrary markers, pass. No change as of yet, but we’re not worried. Binx and E’s body is smart, and will move when the time is right…

so, what’s a binx?

Sunday, March 6th, 2005

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We’re having a bebe! We don’t know what brand he is yet, so we call him/her Binx.

We expect Binx’ arrival to have a stunning impact on our lives, so we’d knew you’d want to know all about it, so we don’t have to talk ad nauseam about it at parties.

Hence this (empty) blog.