Life on the Outside

Today is Micah’s nine month birthday, approximately the point where he has been out in the world as long as he was inside the womb. Huzzah!




1221151318What is this worldly gentleman up to? He enjoys boobs and dancing, has learned to wave hello, is pulling up on everything, and thinks his older brother is hilarious… even when he’s being a twerp. Great progress, so far, and we’re all excited for developments to come.

Micah on the Move

He crawls!

Shredder, Leonardo, Dinomike & the Geisha


A motley crew we were at Halloween 2015, which was a roaring success. In summary:

  • Micah was adorable, if slightly traumatized by his mother in a mask.
  • Oren’s shredder mask was surprisingly comfortable and at least a dozen Halloweeners of all ages knew who he was. Score!
  • Liyam had a blast, declaring, “Halloween is my favorite kind of Christmas!” It turns out that the child only likes M&Ms and lollipops, so…
  • Sarah gets to eat a lot of candy.


Pumpkin Patch

While Oren was away, Sarah and the boys took a field trip to Perry’s Pumpkin Patch to pick out our Halloween pumpkins. We chose some great pumpkins (two of which rotted within days of carving, argh), saw real tractors, had a blast running through the hay bale maze and climbing the hay bale pyramid, tasted honey sticks, and even took home some dried corn for a popcorn experiment. All in all, good fall fun!


Driver Said



Oh hi. Didn't see you there.

Oh hi. Didn’t see you there.

Want to know something cool?

Want to know something cool?


Can I tell them, Mom? Can I?

I am six months old now! And that means...

I am six months old now! And that means…

I am learning how to drive.

I am learning how to drive.

In the Home Depot parking lot.

In the Home Depot parking lot.

It is hard work, let me tell you.

It is hard work, let me tell you.

But one day, I'll be driving with the best of 'em.

But one day, I’ll be driving with the best of ’em.

To a Sweet New Year

We made challah, picked apples, and cast our bread/wrongdoings/bad dreams into the Pacific. A sweet beginning, for sure. Shanah tovah!


He eats! Sort of.

Most of the parenting advice I’ve read suggests offering baby his first solid food after nursing, when he is awake and alert and happy. But last night, Micah was tired and cranky during dinner and we just wanted to give him something interesting to do to help everyone make it to bedtime. So we went for it. Bananas, that is. Fruit bananas as well as crazy bananas, because just as we were about to begin, Micah started wailing to get out of his table chair and then, sitting on my lap, he had no way to tell that it was anything other than normal chew-on-things-and-drool time. A bit chaotic, yes, but now we can move onward to a lifetime of eating.

Chub Chart, the Second

At his four month checkup, Micah was declared officially colossal: 18 lb, 5 oz and 27 inches tall. That’s the 96th and 97th percentiles, respectively, so clearly our second born is following the grand tradition of hugenormousnosity set by his brother, who was 18 lb, 12 oz at his own four-monther. It’s a beautiful thing to squish abundant baby pudge.

I tried adding Micah’s stats to the previous Chub Chart, but it was kind of boring and hard to read, so this year, Hello Persings is proud to present a new and improved Chub Chart the Second! Unfortunately, Baby Oren did not make the cut, partly because his records are trapped behind large furniture but molso (that’s Liyam for “mostly also”) because he has simply been out-chubbed by his children. Sorry, honey.



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