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Filed under: news,photos — by Lauren on August 27th, 2010 @ 8:49 am

Speech! Speech!

Filed under: baby's progress,news — by Lex on August 13th, 2007 @ 9:31 pm

A little over a week ago, Anya spoke her first official word. Drumroll please…

And the winner is: More!

If Anya eats the last Cheerio, grain of rice cereal, or other bite of tasty food whilst in her high chair, she will often now say “more” to indicate she’d like — you guessed it — more. She generally pronounces it something like “mowuh.” And to make a cool thing even cooler, Ani usually signs “more” while she says it.

“More” joins “Uh-oh” as a Frequently Heard Anyaism. Originally, Anya had mastered the sounds of “Uh-oh,” but not the appropriate context or usage. This past week, she’s started saying “Uh-oh” in situations where it really applies (though she still sometimes just says it for fun).

What other words does Anya speak, you ask? Good question.

She days “duck” — uniquely. She generally says it in a sort of growl, and usually eschews the “k” consonant sound at the end: “Duhhhhhhh!” She loves to exclaim it in our duck-themed bathroom, or when playing with one of her rubber duckies. When asked to find her duck, she knows exactly what to go for.

When Anya’s thirsty, she finds her mommy and says: “Mih! Mih! Mih!” while aggressively signing milk.

When she’s full, or bored with whatever she’s playing with, or frustrated with the slowness of a diaper change, Anya will sign “finished” quite clearly. When she’s hungry, she’ll sign “eat.”

And while she hasn’t perfected “Mommy” or “Daddy,” she does know which sound goes with which parent. “Ma ma ma ma” and “Da da da da” are the versions she uses.

Besides being able to find a duck, Anya also knows what you’re talking about when you mention “monkey,” “water,” “cheese,” and “Cheerios.”

And perhaps MOST AMAZINGLY OF ALL, Anya actually dictated this very blog post. Dah dah dah dah blooo.

2 pieces of good news

Filed under: news,symptoms — by Lauren on August 5th, 2007 @ 8:42 am

#1 – I am going back to work in September! A fantastic part-time teaching position in the Manalapan school district (where I attended elementary and middle school) more or less fell into my lap. It’s a resource position in a 6th grade classroom, teaching only two periods in the afternoon. I wouldn’t need to be at work until noon, and I’ll be able to leave by 2:30. I’ll get to spend the whole morning and most of the afternoon with Anya, but I’ll still be able to teach. My mom is going to watch her two days a week, and we enrolled her in one of the local Goddard Schools for the other three. A lot of what I’ll take home from my salary is going to end up paying for day care, but that’s okay. I don’t consider the real benefit of this job the money; it’s more about getting my foot in the door so that when I’m ready to go back full-time, I already have experience with the district. The job doesn’t provide any insurance benefits since it’s considered a .372 position, but it is on a tenure track and it applies towards a pension. I’m very excited about this, and I think day care is going to be a positive experience for Anya.

#2 – Anya is finally back to nursing 100% of the time! No more formula! I’m still taking the medication that had been upsetting her stomach, but it doesn’t seem to be bothering her anymore. We decided awhile ago to try introducing breastmilk on post-medication days very slowly, one breast, one feeding at a time. We started with the last feeding of the day and worked back to the morning feeding. Well, as of last weekend, we finally cut out the last bottle of formula, and Anya has been doing wonderfully. Poop Watch 2007 is officially over – and I hope I never need to see my breast pump again!

Anya Goes Both Ways

Filed under: baby's progress,news,video — by Lex on April 28th, 2007 @ 9:18 am

Anya is truly on a roll. (Speaking of which, Mmmmmm…. hot dogs.)

Anyway, today’s exciting news is a development of Anya’s from yesterday, when she rolled from her back to her tummy for the first time. This video shows a recreation of yesterday’s “first” enacted this morning.

We’re so proud! She’s been in serious training to reach this milestone. The babyproofing project will be started and completed this weekend!

6 months update

Filed under: baby's progress,news,photos,thoughts,video — by Lauren on April 19th, 2007 @ 9:55 pm
6 Months Old!

It’s hard to believe it, but Anya is 6 months old today! As cliché as it sounds, where has the time gone? It really feels like she just got here, but if you look back at our posts from when we first brought her home and compare what she was like then to all of the things she can do now, it’s pretty amazing that she has grown so much in such a short time.

Anya continues to explore all of the things her body can do. She loves to shake things to see what kind of noises they’ll make. Tapping is another favorite for her, and she especially loves to bang on Lex’s computer (it’s very funny; we’ll get a video up of it soon). She grabs at everything; no plate of food is safe around her. Charlie is also a prime target. The other day she grabbed his tail and pulled out a fistful of hair. To his credit, Charlie didn’t even flinch, but if he sees her reaching for him now, he runs away. We’ve had to move Anya’s infant tub into the big tub instead of the counter or the floor because she discovered the joy of kicking her feet to splash, soaking Mommy or Daddy. She can sit for several minutes unsupported, but we have to stay close by or put pillows around her because she can topple over without any warning. Jumping is big for her, too, whether it’s in her Jumperoo or just in someone’s arms.

Anya is working on becoming more mobile. She still rolls from tummy to back like a champ, and is SO close to rolling from her back to her tummy – she just needs to swing her legs the rest of the way over and she’ll have it. She’s actually showing some interest in it now and gets a little frustrated when she wants something but can’t roll to get it. Most of the time, though, she ends up distracted by her feet and stops trying to roll to play with them instead. Anya will spend a little more time on her tummy now instead of immediately rolling over, and she’s been making some attempts to crawl, but since she’s not pushing up on her hands and knees yet, her efforts are pretty fruitless. She looks like she’s trying to swim on the floor, or she’ll pull one leg up to her chest, which ultimately causes her to flip over onto her back or spin around in a circle. We’re not in any hurry for her to crawl yet – baby-proofing our house is going to be a nightmare. Maybe we should just move!

Lex and I have both marveled recently at how Anya is becoming a real person. She is much more independent – she can play by herself for at least 10 minutes, if she’s in a good mood – and she certainly expresses her opinions when she likes or doesn’t like something. We love it when she giggles in delight over something (the song “Shaky, Shaky” by the Wiggles is a favorite of hers); we’re not as huge fans of the whining that ensues when she’s less than thrilled. She loves to cuddle and touch our faces, and when she comes in for a hug or lifts her arms to be picked up, I melt. She’s starting to babble consonants – we’re hearing some m’s and b’s, but mostly she’s whispering pa pa pa. There’s also been a blowing raspberries renaissance, especially since her tongue surgery.

Nursing and diapering Anya still present unique challenges for us. Much of the time when Anya eats, it is without incident. In fact, she will often refuse to nap and wait until it’s time to nurse to take a quick snooze. It’s particularly nice when she holds my hand, or gazes into my eyes and touches my face. Some of the time, however, I could have Anya arrested for parent abuse. As I said, she loves to tap, but during nursing she goes to town smacking me repeatedly on the chest. She also has a cute little move that involves squirming left to right with her whole body while having her mouth securely attached to my breast. And let’s not forget the ever-constant battle between me and Anya’s hands, which are determined to make their way into her mouth while she nurses. We’re still having many of the same diaper struggles we were having at 5 months, although she’s added two new tricks to the arsenal – lifting up her head and shoulders (like doing a sit-up), and sticking her hands into the diaper. I hand her something before taking the diaper off to keep her busy, usually the bottle of saline nose drops, which for some reason she finds very exciting.

Ahhh, sleeping…Well, she’s been in the crib since we came back from Tucson. The first three nights were pretty rough; one of us had to stand by the crib and make physical contact with her for about three hours total each night or she screamed. On Sunday we gave up and decided to try letting her cry herself to sleep (using the popular Ferber method). It’s been very traumatic for me, but it is working. The first night she cried for more than an hour, the second for 35 minutes, the third for 25, and last night just 15. Each night she’s been waking up less and going back to sleep more quickly as well. I wouldn’t recommend this technique to anyone except as a last resort, which is where we were. On a more positive note, she’s completely swaddle-free now, courtesy of our trip to Tucson. It was just too hot to swaddle her there. (see Lex’s post below for more sleep details)

The big news of the day is that Anya tried her first solid food today. Lex was very excited to be the first person to ever feed Anya solids. We went with rice cereal, mixed with a lot of breast milk. She did a great job and seemed to really enjoy it:

It’s been a great month for Anya. We won’t know how much she has grown physically until Monday, when she has her 6 months appointment. I’m estimating she’s at 27 ½ inches, and close to 18 lbs. We’ll be sure to post an update then.

April baby

Filed under: funny,news,photos — by Lauren on April 6th, 2007 @ 1:33 am

I know I’m a total dork for doing it, but I entered a picture of Anya in Hudson Baby’s Baby of the Month contest for April.  I purchased a bunch of 6-9 months clothes from them through Amazon recently, and they started sending me weekly newsletters with discount offers.  I noticed their contest when I was checking out their website, and since the prize was a $25 gift certificate, I submitted the picture of Anya with her pre-surgery tongue sticking out (as seen in the previous post).

Turns out that even without the bias of being her mom, she’s pretty cute.  She won!

Nervous Daddy Update

Filed under: doctor,news,thoughts — by Lex on March 27th, 2007 @ 9:52 pm

Anya takes a trip to the hospital tomorrow morning. She will be getting her tongue clipped, which will be a fairly painless procedure, and should help her avoid tongue-induced social awkwardness (“Why can’t you eat an ice cream cone?”) and speech impediments down the line.

It’s a 30-second procedure, but it’s still surgery. She will be put in a little baby hospital gown, and she will be put under anesthesia for about a minute.

There’s no recovery; she’s good to go the second she wakes up. Her parents should be good to go several hours later, when their hearts slow down a bit.

So, what’s up?

Filed under: baby's progress,family,friends,funny,news — by Lex on February 14th, 2007 @ 2:45 pm

On behalf of my wife, Dana Victoria Kaplan Rubin, I would like to say “What the heck?”.

There has not been a Baby Blog entry since January 22nd. What is Anya up to?

How big is she, 6’5″, 6’9″ with the Afro?
How many blocks can she knock down?
How is her vocal percussion coming?
This is like America, circa 1980, before CNN. We do not know what is going on.

Much love,


Jake and Dana, thanks for writing.

Babies take a lot of time. We got lazy. We will get back into the blogging habit.

Since our last blog post, Anya’s smile and laughter have become daily occurrences. She is this|close to rolling over and it’s possible that she will buck trends and roll from her back to her tummy before mastering tummy-to-back.

Additionally, Anya’s taken her first plane flight. She took a vacation to Tahiti to get away from us for a little while.

No, the three of us took a trip to Los Angeles. On the flight to LA, we experienced Anya’s bedtime ritual, which involves crying for 45 minutes some nights. And interestingly, in the air, crying babies actually stretch out time — 45 minutes = 45 hours.

It’s strange.

I also experienced potentially the most horrible five minutes of my life, when I took Anya into the airplane bathroom to change her diaper.


It is too small. Either Anya hit 6-feet in there or the room is TOO STINKING SMALL. I was trying to hold the diaper bag with my body, pressing it against the side of the room, while fitting in with it and Anya as we squeezed into that tiny room. It took a while for me to notice that I was pushing the diaper bag into the nozzles that activate the sink, soaking the side of the bag. It took me a while to notice that the toys Lauren had tied to the strap on the bag were dangling in the airplane toilet. And it took me a while to notice I had Anya’s head ever-so-slightly smushed against the back wall of the bathroom.

It took me no time at all to know that I would NEVER EVER do that again.


Instead, after hearing the same advice from multiple people, including both sets of Anya’s grandparents, we changed her over our two seats during the flight back to New Jersey. That was way, way, way better.

In other news, Anya’s vocal percussing is excellent. Her snare needs work, but her cymbal crash is awesome.

A big, unexpected change

Filed under: news — by Lauren on December 5th, 2006 @ 1:10 pm


As of this morning, I am no longer an employed teacher. I am now a stay at home mom. A homemaker. A housewife.

I’m really putting that Masters degree to good use.

All sarcasm aside, Lex was offered a fantastic position with Demand Media which comes with both a significant pay raise (yay!) and less flexible hours (boo!). Among other things, Lex is going to be developing comedy content for some new websites – something he was born to do – but with the demands of this new job, he is not going to be able to watch Anya Haley during the day as we had planned. We discussed our options and felt that since we don’t want to put her in outside daycare at this time (she’s too young), we didn’t think it made financial sense for me to go back to work full-time.  Nannies are very expensive, and the majority of my net pay would have gone to paying one.

I am going to look for some part-time work, just so that I have something to do for myself.  I’m also looking at activities I can do with Anya, since I don’t want to spend all day in the house with her every day.  That said, it’s kind of exciting to know I’m not going to miss any of the big things that she will accomplish in her first year.  I was here for her first coos and smiles, and now I won’t miss the crawling, talking, and all of the other big milestones.  Plus, Anya and I will get to go with Lex to California on one of his trips so she can meet our friends from LA!

A step in the right direction

Filed under: baby's progress,news,photos — by Lauren on November 13th, 2006 @ 8:23 pm
This morning we hit an important milestone. At 6:30 am, after a disastrous diapering fiasco, Anya needed to take an impromptu bath. This bath was a big deal because not only did Mommy do all of the bathing by herself for the first time (with Daddy providing moral support), but this was also the first bath with no tears from Anya OR her mom! Hooray!

On a totally unrelated note, yesterday Anya and her Daddy enjoyed the Eagles’ victory over the Redskins together:

Daddy's Little Eagles Fan 2 Daddy's Little Eagles Fan 1

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