Friday, May 31, 2013

Dumb Humans

On Tuesday I arrived home from work, after picking up the guys, to quickly need to throw together dinner. Jen wasn't far behind me so I just cooked up some raviolis. A few days ago Jen told me to get some eggs so we could cook them eggs. Jen said that we could only cook the yolks because it was the whites that they could be allergic to and that we shouldn't feed them whole eggs. It was then that I realized they'd been eating whole eggs in the form of pierogies for a couple of weeks now.

They seemed to be doing okay so the flood gates were now open!

First Ravioli

Raviolis were not as big a hit as pierogies but they still went over pretty well. I think they were just a little disappointed that they weren't as messy as some other foods.

Dogfish Head Urkontinent

After another harrowing experience getting them both bathed, and a failed attempt to put them to sleep I opened this Urkontinent from Dogfish Head which I've been sitting on for about nine months or so since was last released. It was very nice. So nice that I finished the bottle in one evening, a rare event for me with a large bottle of beer. Perhaps it was because it was so smooth and didn't really feel like a beer that was 8% ABV.

Or perhaps I am just glorying in the growth of my now International Beer Belly.

While we attempted to make them sleepy Jen tried her new trick of feeding them pieces of bread which they really enjoy chewing on, poking each other with, throwing on the floor, and sometimes even eating!

On Wednesday I had the day off from work and began to tackle the necessary task of rearranging the living room from our previous arrangement.

Old Living Room

About a year ago we switched over to the new arrangement which divided up the room nicely and looked way better, allowing us to move everything we needed to into the babies' room and surrender our bedroom to them while claiming the smallest, least-desirable room in the apartment for ourselves.

New Living Room

The new arrangement, while not looking as good affords the Wombats the room they need to explore as they are now mostly mobile.

Spare Wires

As with any change where the entertainment center needs to be disconnected, moved, and reconnected, it left me with a tremendous number of spare wires. Also, the full 8-plug surge protector is now home to a mere 3 plugs. Even having done this several dozen times in the course of my life it still astonishes me how this happens.

Part of this was due to the removal of our giant, 90s style receiver and the Wii which sadly died on us about a year ago.

Dominating Their Learning Farm

After I set them up in their new, more spacious play area the Bubses quickly got to work dominating their learning farm. I had to remove it from its stand because of Elliott's new found love of trying to climb up it even though it is top heavy and weighs far less than he does.

Far, far less.

The Wombats' First Chilean Sea Bass

Martin's First Chilean Sea Bass

Elliott's First Chilean Sea Bass

For dinner I started them off with their first taste of grilled Chilean Sea Bass leftover from Monday night's barbecue. They seemed to like it okay but, like humans, not enough to make it worth $27.99 a pound.

I love Chilean Sea Bass but not enough to spend $27.99 a pound on it.

After their bath, which is getting increasingly difficult to administer with just one adult, I managed to get them into diapers in their crib where they enjoyed another in a series of climbing contests.

A 24 hour temperature change brought us from lows in the 20s and wearing a hoodie during the day to me spending much of the remaining day installing air conditioners and preparing for highs in the 90s. It was, however, nice to let the guys just sleep in their diapers which will undoubtedly save a tremendous amount of laundry hassle.

Lamb Burgers with Feta, Arugula, Campari Tomato, and German Mustard

With no time to grill I made some lamb burgers with feta, arugula, Campari tomato, and german mustard. I served them up with onion rings which we were able to mostly enjoy with minimal Bubs interruptions.

BrewDog Punk IPA

For a refreshing, warm-weather beer we had this Punk IPA from BrewDog. This is fitting considering I often chant "Punks! Punks!" at the babies. Hopefully this will not cause them to grow up with some complex.

I've been wanting to try this beer since seeing the brewers on my favorite television program of all time: Oz & James Drink to Britain. While it was about six weeks past its best before date it was still quite enjoyable.

Wombat Dinner (Before)

Last night I made a very careful selection of foods for them to serve themselves including beets, cantaloupe, sweet potato, broccoli, cheddar, and two types of ravioli.

Wombat Dinner (After)

You may think by looking at the above photo that they ate all of the food. The true story is what was on the floor after this feeding. Suffice it to say it was most of everything pictured in the previous shot.

After dinner Elliott and I played a few rounds of everyone's favorite children's game: Don't Touch That Computer.

Martin in Bubble Bath

The nightly bath time routine is turning into a bit of a chore. They now get way, way too dirty to do an every-other-day bath like we've done for so long. There are benefits to this as it calms them from their inevitable super-fussy post-dinner period. Martin loves to splash.

Elliott in Bubble Bath

Elliott likes to poke at the drainage lever and occasionally try to climb out of the tub which scares the crap out of his father.

After getting them both dried Elliott fell asleep almost immediately. He is so crazy and active during the day that he's generally exhausted lately which has bade bed time a bit easier. Martin took an unprecedented four-hour nap so we allowed him to stay up and eat bread for a while before putting him to bed.

Leftover Couscous

While Jen rocked Martin to sleep I put together this cous cous with leftover peppers, onions, potatoes, carrots, green onion, and chicken breast.

Spider Bite Beer Co. First Bite Pale Ale

Before turning in at a surprisingly early hour we had this First Bite Pale Ale from Spider Bite Beer Co. This was an exceptionally sour-tasting pale ale but enjoyable nonetheless. Just not what I would have expected from a pale ale.

Getting to bed before midnight made waking up to the sound of Bubs chatter at 6:30 AM so much easier. It was one of the better nights of sleep the four of us have had in a while. Not that the babies care since they get to sleep whenever they want, even though they're often too stupid to know that what's making them so angry is that they're tired.

There will never be anything quite as unfair as the fact that parents want nothing more than sleep and do not get it while babies can sleep whenever they want and never want to.

Humans are dumb humans.

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