blo l Lanie and Ari Kellman's Webspace: October 2007

Monday, October 29, 2007

Sick Day

Unfortunately Maayan wasnt much better this morning so I stayed home with her. Most of the morning was spent lying on the couch, playing with puzzles and her kitchen. We went to the doctor and since they were squeezing us in we ended up waiting for about an hour. I guess lots of people have sick kids on Mondays. Well, its a good thing we went b/c Maayan has an ear infection in both of her ears. On Shabbos morning Maayan told Ari that she had “a boo boo in her ear” but hasnt said much about it until today when we were waiting for the doctor. I guess this means we can trust what she tells us. While we were waiting she told me she wanted to make on the toilet so I quickly took her and this was the first time we have been in a public bathroom that she has actaully gone. Usually she sees the bathroom and says “yucky” and refuses to go—we must be getting somewhere with the toilet training (most days she will go at least once at school and once at home). After the doctor we came home for a little bit then went back out to pick up a presecription. Of course in the 3 minute drive to CVS she fell asleep in the car so I just picked her up and took her in and amazingly she didnt wake up until right before the presecription was ready but in all she only slept about 25 minutes for the day. When we came home again she was pretty miserable. She kept touching her ear and crying and getting really upset at little things like when I left her cup of water in the kitchen. When I gave her motrin again tonight she was like a totally dfferent kid—she actually wanted to eat something, wanted to play and was running around. The doctor said she should stay home again tomorrow so it looks like I will be home from work again (unfortunately this doesnt mean I dont have to do work, it just means its more diffucult). Hopefully we will be back to normal schedules on Wednesday.
Good night.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

How was your day Abba?

Today I was planning on going with Maayan to the Adler bris but she has a bad cold so I decided against it. Instead we did a lot of laying on the couch watching tv. Because of the cold her voice is horse and its really hard to figure out what shes saying. This morning she kept asking me for something and it took about 10 times of me asking her (and some tears- hers not mine) if she wanted milk to figure out that she wanted her pillow. It was pretty sad. After she was a little more awake we went downstairs to do laundry. Since we dont have a babysitter to do our laundry I try to get it done every Sunday morning when there arent many people using the laundry room. Maayan really likes to help with the quarters and shes pretty good at getting them in the machines. After Maayan and I finished with the laundry Ari had to go to school to take his accounting midterm (yes, on a Sunday). We had made plans to get together with Sari, Noam and Meital but because of Maayan's cold we had to cancel. After finally getting Maayan to take off her sandals which she found again today and agreeing to wear her gym shoes we got in the car to go to look for a winter coat for Maayan and go to the grocery store (another one of our regular Sunday trips—Ive been really good about planning dinners for the week on Sunday and then buying everything so I dont need to go to the store everyday for a few things—its much better this way). After driving for about 2 minutes Maayan was sleeping, luckily I brought a magazine so when we got to the store I read until she woke up from her nap. No luck with the winter coat but I did get her 2 winter outfits. She was pretty good at the grocery store, helping put (and by put I really mean throw) things in the cart, putting vegetables into bags and of course her favorite, paying! When we got home Ari was home and Maayan was really excited to see him. Ari was sitting at the table and Maayan came up to him and said “How was your day Abba?”. It was really cute! She then proceeded to come up to him about a dozen more times tonight to ask him the same question, probably because she knew we thought it was cute. She seemed to be feeling a little better tonight so hopefully she will be fine in the morning otherwise I will be staying home with her tomorrow.

I hope to post some pictures soon--check back.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Ways a 2 year old can make you late in the morning...

This morning when we got to the car Maayan decided that she needed to climb into the car and into the carset all by herself. She made it to the carseat but her legs were stuck underneath her. When I asked her if she needed help she said "yes" but of course when I helped her she said, "no, I do it by myself!"She then needed to go back on the ground and start all over. She was able to do it in the end and was very happy about it. Just a way for a 2 year old to remind you that they are in charge, especially when it comes to leaving on time in the morning.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Just a few pictures...

Apparrently we dont have many pictures from the past couple of weeks...

Maayan was very interested in watching Ari do his work from school

Can you see the smile under her pacificer? She loves paying for things. I think we are going to have some trouble when shes old enough to ask for her own card!

Speaking Hebrew Already?

This morning when I brought Maayan into school her teacher, Mor who is Israeli and speaks to her in Hebrew told me that last week they asked Maayan if she knows how to say banana in Hebrew and Maayan replied “Banana in Hebrew”-- cute huh? (and since the hebrew for banana is just banana with an accent she was actually right!)

Ill try to post some pictures tonight so check back later.

Sunday, October 14, 2007


Quick(ish) update to bring y'all up to speed...

Yom Kippur was spent on the West Side with the Kellman Sr.s and it was appropriately solemn. and attoneful (I know its not a word). Maayan spent the day with a babysitter and everyone had a good day. We came home during the break to find Maayan taking a nap, which was great because we didn't want her to see us. We slept for about an hour and half, and when we woke up, Maayan was still sleeping!! All in all she slept almost 3 hours, why oh why does she Never want to take a nap for us?!?

Moving right along to Sukkot. We went to our good friends Dov and Arielle Feldman who recently moved to Woodmere, Long Island. We had a wonderful time, and Maayan had a Great time playing with all of Ari-o's (her version of Arielle) toys!
Of course, as with Bubby and Uncle Michael (who Maayan now loves) before him, Dov had no problem putting Maayan down for a nap. We'll go with the theory that Maayan just loves spending time with us, and that's why she absolutely won't take a nap at home for us.

Second days of Yom Tov we spent at home in Riverdale. It was about time that we didn't have to live out of a suitcase. We hosted 2 small meals, hosted a big meal for the other young couples in our building, and went out for a couple of meals. Lots of fun, food, and friends. Good times.

Ok, some Maayan updates. She's been talking in many more full sentences recently, and though I'm sure I'm missing a bunch here are just a few recent examples:

Tonight when we were playing with building blocks, Maayan picked up something I made and said, "Oooh, Abba, you made this?" (with the appropriate matching impressed facial expression)

Also tonight (our short term memories are much better than long-term), Lanie was in the kitchen preparing dinner and Maayan was in the living room when she said, "Mommy, whacchya doin in there?"

On most nights, Maayan will 'prepare' food for Lanie in her kitchen, and tell her, ""I made this for Mommy" (pointing the the plastic corn on the cob that she makes Lanie 'eat' every night), and then pointing to her actual dinner, she says, "...and Mommy made this for me."

Whenever you ask Maayan what we all do every day, she says, "Abba go schoo[l], Maayan go Schoo[l], Mommy go Work"

There are tons of others, but again, we're not remembering them right now. Give Maayan a call, she'll be glad to tell you all about it. Just don't call her cell phone becuase as she tells us ALL THE TIME, "my cell phone Jordy's house" (Savta please send it, thanks!)

Maayan loves school, and every day when she gets there she gives her teachers big hugs. On Thursday when Lanie went to pick her up, one of her teachers, Taihis (sp?), had just left the room. So Maayan saw Lanie and said, "Where did my Taihis-ie go?"
Maayan's other teacher is Israeli and often speaks to Maayan in Hebrew. She tells us that Maayan seems to understand as well. So, Maayan may be able to talk to all of her Israeli cousins after all.
Maayan understands and retains a lot more than we give her credit for. One school-related day when Lanie went to pick Maayan up, she saw that she had someone else's pacifier. Apparently some other kid had a similar pacifier and the teachers got them confused. The other parent brought in a different color pacifier to avoid confusion. A couple days later at home, Maayan was using another one of her own pacifiers, and told Lanie, "Noga's passy-fie-her". Apparently she not only knew her classmate's name, but also knew what color her new pacifier was (at least we were impressed)!

Maayan went to the allergist this past week and is now all clear to eat Pineapple, Honeydew and Kiwi. Mango is still iffy, but we're making progress!

That's it and that's all...Good Night.