Taking Baby to Dim Sum

Taking Baby to Dim Sum - Happy BabyArya tagged along as the family went to dim sum this afternoon.

Taking baby to dim sum was a lot more fun than I expected. While Arya is usually good even when we need to feed baby in a restaurant, she normally just sleeps throughout our meal.

During dim sum my baby had a great time smiling and looking at everything in the room.
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White Baby Headband

White Baby HeadbandArya now tolerates her white baby headband.

My baby doesn’t like hats, but she is okay with having a specific type of headband on her head.

The light chiffon headband avoids two problems my baby has with hats: the headband doesn’t block her vision and the headband doesn’t weigh down her head.
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Curious George’s Opposites by H.A. Rey

Curious George's Opposites by H.A. ReyAfter reading multiple Curious George books to my daughter, I knew she would like the pictures in Curious George’s Opposites by H.A. Rey.

The front cover of the book shows two drawings of George on a blue and yellow beach ball against a green background.

Like all illustrations of the cute monkey, George has a smile on his face as he stands on the ball in the picture on the left and does a handstand on top of the ball in the picture on the right.
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Infantino Activity Ball – Baby Product Review

Infantino Activity Ball - Baby Product ReviewSince my daughter learned to grasp a few weeks ago she has been entertaining herself by grasping her toys.

Arya especially loves grabbing her Infantino activity ball. The toy is big with lots of wires, rings, and big caps.

Her hand-eye coordination is still developing so the multiple hand-holds of the ball allow her to always grab onto her toy even when she misses her intended target.
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Oink-Ha! by Bernard Most – Book Review

Oink-Ha by Bernard MostThe cover of Oink-Ha! by Bernard Most shows a cute pink pig against a bright orange background.

The pig is lounging on his arms as he exclaims, “Oink-Ha!”

A variety of colorful backgrounds and the ever-present cute pig make the book interesting for young babies. A series of puns and homonyms make the book amusing for older children.
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Fifteen Animals by Sandra Boynton – Book Review

Fifteen Animals by Sandra BoyntonMy baby liked looking at piggies in a previous book by the same author so I thought she might like seeing all the different animals in Fifteen Animals! by Sandra Boynton.

The front cover shows 15 cute animals against a white background. The center of the cover is cut out to display a silly-looking farmer underneath.

The cut out is surrounded by a red circle adding immediate visual appeal for young babies. Arya kept grabbing at the circle to feel the texture of the cut out cover.
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Meeting GungGung For the First Time

Meeting GungGung For the First TimeArya got to meet the last of her four grandparents this afternoon.

She had already met both grandmothers and my dad. Today, my wife’s parents came to visit for a week.

GungGung (the Chinese word for grandfather) was the final one of her four grandparents to meet Arya in person.
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Higher Higher by Leslie Patricelli – Book Review

Higher Higher by Leslie PatricelliWhen we passed by the Esplanade last weekend I noticed a young baby about Arya’s age being pushed gently on a swing by her father.

Since I would like to take Arya to the same playground to try out the swing, the book Higher! Higher! by Leslie Patricelli seems like a great introduction for her.

The front cover of the book has a little girl swinging high above the ground with her daddy looking up at her from below. I don’t want my little girl swinging that high, but I do want to push her on a swing.
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Taking Baby to Fort Independence

Taking Baby to Fort IndependenceWe took Arya to Fort Independence for the Fourth of July. The Fort hosted a special event as part of the celebrations around Boston for Independence Day.

Taking baby to Fort Independence was a fun way to spend the afternoon. Since the Fort offers limited access to visitors during the rest of the year, July 4th is a great time to visit.

This year’s festivities were held as part of Operation Sail, Inc. which brought dozens of tall ships into Boston for OpSail 2012.
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The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle – Book Review

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric CarleArya liked other children’s books by Eric Carle.

When I picked The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle I expected my baby to like it as well.

Unfortunately the book is better suited to older children. While Arya giggled at a few pages she was eventually bored by its length and volume of text.
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