Archive for January, 2010

Six (!!!) Months

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Its hard for Lars and I to imagine life without Bjorn.  He’s added so many complexities to our life, but in the same sense, he’s made it crystal clear where our priorities are in this crazy world.  And tomorrow he’s six months old–we’ve all made it to the six months mark for better or for worse (mostly better), and this kid just continues to amaze, humble and endear us.  Its impossible not to love him with everything we’ve got.  We give in, Bjorn.  You’ve got us wrapped around your chubby little pinky finger.

Here are a few recent photos to celebrate his half birthday.

Bjorn showing mom how all toys should first be tasted before use.  This toy is thanks to his friend Gracie

Bjorn showing mom how all toys should first be tasted before use. This toy is thanks to his friend Gracie

Bjorn and his favorite dad.

Bjorn and his favorite dad.

Flashback:  Bjorn in August 2009

Flashback: Bjorn in August 2009

Bjorn and entertains the idea of becoming a zookeeper.  Too bad he appears to have killed the penguin and he mainly just eats the elephant.  Also, that donkey looks like its got a drug problem.

Bjorn and entertains the idea of becoming a zookeeper. Too bad he appears to have killed the penguin and he mainly just eats the elephant. Also, that donkey looks like its got a drug problem.

Making sure he knows how to appreciate the finer things in life.  Like chips and salsa (not pictured).  We realized not to long after taking this photo that he is a grabber and we put him right next to the knives.  Cheers to making it through the next six months!

Making sure he knows how to appreciate the finer things in life. Like chips and salsa (not pictured). We realized not to long after taking this photo that he is a grabber and we put him right next to the knives. Cheers to making it through the next six months!

Tomorrow we celebrate his half birthday by flying to Boston to meet Gracie!  So excited to see everyone on this trip, which also includes a sojourn from Ginny & Co.  Woohoohoo!   After this trip, Bjorn will have been to all the four corners of the United States.  We are kind of fudging it on “the south”…Arkansas counts as the SE, right?

Besos!

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

So, Bjorn has taken to giving us besos, lately.  Open-mouthed besos.  Not really sure if he’s trying give us some love or trying to eat our face.   The noises he’s making would appear that he’s channeling a velociraptor…so, really its a toin coss.  Giving us love or eating us alive.

He also seems to like when I lyp sync to Lada Gaga.  I wonder if its my facial expressions or if he really just likes Lady Gaga that much.  I should do a test and have Lars lyp sync to “Bad Romance” and see his reaction…what a little diva-in-training he’s turning out to be.

Next weekend we’re off to Boston to visit Gracie (and Kate & Steve).  We are glad they are still friends with us after we may have inadvertently gotten them banned for life from Yosemite thanks to a master internet detective. Hopefully the trip to Boston is epic enough to get them banned from there, as well.

And because what’s an update without recent, photos, here are some photos of Bjorn at his recent Baby Club meeting and just being adorable in general.

Charlie & Bjorn Rockin' and Rollin'.  Okay, mainly just rolling.

Charlie & Bjorn Rockin' and Rollin'. Okay, mainly just rolling.

Isabella, Trixie, Lars, Bjorn, Charlie.  The Line-Up.

Isabella, Trixie, Lars, Bjorn, Charlie. The Line-Up.

Farmer Bjorn in the Dell (...or on our bed)

Farmer Bjorn in the Dell (...or on our bed)

And one more little treat for good measure.  Bjorn is walking!  Not really but we are forcing him to move his little legs.

Walkie Walkie from Megan Jensen on Vimeo.

Cleaning House

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

You know how you clean up a ridiculously messy house and also motivate yourself to take down the Christmas decorations?  Decide to host an event!  This morning, Bjorn and I hosted our mom’s group and the two nights before were a marathon of cleaning up; taking down the tree; putting everything back in its place.  It worked and, truly, there is nothing better than waking up to a clean house with everything ready to go…coffee in the coffee maker, scones and croissants plated and ready to be served. It was a great morning to hang out with Bjorny’s friends.

Baby Lars, Bjorn, Isabella and Drew...all leaning a little to the left.

Baby Lars, Bjorn, Isabella and Drew...all leaning a little to the left.

Lars, Bjorn & Isabella.  Triple Trouble.

Lars, Bjorn & Isabella. Triple Trouble.

Baby Lars and Bjorn.  This photo kills me.  What on earth are both of them thinking?

Baby Lars and Bjorn. This photo kills me. What on earth are both of them thinking?

The (Mostly) Whole Gang.  We are missing Elliott, Charlie and Natalie.

The (Mostly) Whole Gang. We are missing Elliott, Charlie and Natalie.

After mom’s group, Lars and I went walking downtown with Bjorn.  Bjorn seemed to be in a pretty pleasant (re: tired) mood after an exhausting morning playing with his buddies, so we decided to brave an actual restaurant.  It was off-peak lunch hours and cold outside.  We went into Grizzly Peak and poor little Bjorny came out of his carrier.  We laid him on the table while we adjusted our coats and positioning and the little guy just fell asleep.  Right there. On top of the table.  In his little snowsuit.  So cute.  As much as we would have liked to just keep him there and comment to each other how fricking adorable he is every five minutes, we decided it would probably be better to put him on the booth bench where he slept for our entire meal.  We then walked around downtown, went to the library and picked up a book, and eventually back to the car for a ride home, but not before we went to get the car washed.  Super productive day and feeling like its been one of our better Saturdays/weekends in a long long while.

Content of a Questionable Nature

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Its totally kosher if I post a photo of Bjorn’s bum here, right?

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If you won’t tell, I won’t tell.

Bucking the Trend

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

So, there is a common stereotype about Scandinavians that essentially involves the fact that they don’t talk a lot and show minimal emotion.  Bjorn, despite his obvious Scandinavian name, is bucking the trend and is embracing his passionate (ie, vocal) Italian heritage.

Squawk! Bjorn Finds His Voice…Yikes. from Megan Jensen on Vimeo.

This has been a recuperating weekend as we got back from San Diego on Thursday at night and we’re all still trying to shift to East Coast Time.  Tomorrow should be interesting since we’ve all had trouble waking up before 9am these past couple of days–but we HAVE to be up tomorrow both for work AND daycare.  That’s right, its Bjorn’s first day.  We have an outfit all picked out and his “backpack” ready to go.  Binky, bottles, and snowsuit are labeled. We are ready!  I just know he will have a good time.

In other news, due to our lack of schedule, we haven’t really been very good about giving Bjorn his solid food and I know he needs to really ‘be on it” by six months.  We think having a high chair will help us so we went ahead and ordered one last night on Amazon.  Its called the Mutsy Easy Grow high chair.  Unsurprisingly, the debate about what high chair to buy was a long and arduous one that dated back to pre-Bjorn-outside-the-womb.   Back and forth, back and forth….I had finally conceded not getting a (ridiculously expensive?) Svan or Stokke Tripp Trapp and said that Lars could get the high chair that he had his eye on at IKEA.  My walk of defeat ended up being a lose-lose for both of us, because when we went to IKEA yesterday to make the compromised purchase, Lars discovered that the chair he wanted had been taken off the shelf indefinitely due to a recall.  Apparently, the part that held the “seat” portion of the chair in place would often break and then the chair would just fall down into itself.  Good times.  I like to think that my stubbornness in holding out for the more expensive high chair saved Bjorny from amputee status. The Mutsy high chair ended up being a last minute decision—we had never really looked at it before but found ourselves back at square one and we NEEDED to get one.  After some fast and furious research, we both decided that the price/look/reviews were right on this one and we would just give it a try.

Here is what it looks like.

Mutsy Easy Grow High Chair

Mutsy Easy Grow High Chair

It comes on January 5th and, upon its arrival, we will be fully armed to tackle the dangerous world of solid foods.

2010! Woo! I feel different?

Friday, January 1st, 2010

The best thing about New Years isn’t all the resolutions or new beginnings or the parties on New Year’s Eve. No, the best thing about New Year’s is football. You can always expect football on New Year’s day and just sit back and enjoy it, even if your New Year’s resolution was to “get out more”. Just seems like a nice way to usher in the New Year to me…staying low-key, eating a hearty warm meal with family, and pretty much staying in your pajamas all day while big burly men clobber each other.

We spent our New Year’s Eve flying back from San Diego to Ann Arbor (which, thank goodness, went relatively uneventful). Lars’ mom picked us up from the airport and was kind enough to get us a loaf of cheese/pepper bread from Whole Foods so we rang in the New Year by splitting a can of Progresso Minestrone and having some slices of cheese bread. We have a really nice bottle of champagne in the fridge that I had planned on opening–but, you know, it just felt a little contrived…so maybe we’ll wait to celebrate with good friends (who we know will finish the bottle with us) before we go that route. Ever the pragmatists.

2009, as with many friends and family, was a banner year for us mainly due to the birth of Bjorn back in July. He’s just the love of both of our lives. There have certainly been hard times and “WTF” times and even a couple “bang head here” times…but mostly its been just glorious being parents. The responsibility is enjoyable and thinking towards the future brings me such a sense of joy at knowing we’ll be helping Bjorn experience so many wonderful things in this world. Soccer, crayons, writing your name, music, traveling, reading, climbing trees, losing a tooth, scooting/crawling/walking/general mobility, and everything in between, before and after.

…and in keeping with our infatuation with our little Bjorn, here are some recent photos that Lars has posted.

This reminds me of a Godzilla movie.  Except Bjorn is Godzilla and Tokyo is gingerbread houses.  You know?

This reminds me of a Godzilla movie. Except Bjorn is Godzilla and Tokyo is gingerbread houses. You know?

We’re all a little under the weather today so we’re making Miracle Chicken Tortilla Soup tonight to try and right ourselves before the big work week begins on Monday and Bjorny starts daycare!