Baby Update

For those of you following along back home…

I traveled to Zurich for the first time with the baby all by myself yesterday to meet up with an alumni from my high school, and I breezed right through the trek. I didn’t get to take one of the trains that is level with the platform, but I was lucky enough to have kind folks help me lift the stroller up and down the stairs in the train both ways. Most people are really polite and helpful when it comes to that.

Eddie is making some progress as well. His latest thing is to roll over and over and over all the way across the living room. He’s pretty fast, too. Oh, and he’s got two teeth peeking out of his upper gums (in addition to the two already in in the lower) that I noticed today when he was laughing from me tickling him. I’ll post a video of him rolling around soon.

a laid-back weekend

Yesterday we met one of Heath’s co-workers for breakfast. He’s a British guy that we met when we came to Switzerland last January. We split at the train station, as he had to catch his flight home, and we were on a baby equipment hunt.

I found out through an expat group that there is a Toys R Us somewhat near to us (halfway to Zurich in Dietlikon). We didn’t find a baby bouncer that I liked. We asked the store clerk if they could order one, and he said no, but that we should check out this other baby store that was down the street as they might have one. It turned out to be a really nice resource, with tons of fun stuff for babies and moms. Unfortunately they didn’t have what we were looking for. Before we left, we stopped off at a little sitting area in the store so I could nurse Eddie. We happened to strike up a conversation with another mom who was an expat from Seattle. (she had married a Swiss). She told me where we could find the exact bouncer I wanted in Zurich, and we exchanged email addresses to meet up later for coffee. We chatted a bit about expat women’s groups, as I’m still undecided about joining one.

Interesting to note, this lady had an eight-month-old baby. Eddie is currently six months old. Eddie was at least as big as or bigger than the other baby! Eddie’s now wearing mostly 9 and 12 month old sizes. It was just freaky to see how large our son was compared to other babies.

After the baby store, we went to the Media Mart outlet next door (sort of like a mini-mall with a few outlet stores and a giant electronic store). Heath splurged and let me pick out a few tops and some pants, and he got himself hopefully the right kind of power converter for the x-box. Continue reading

All that walking is paying off…

While Eddie was getting his shots and six month old check up (all normal and fine), I asked if I could slip on the scale. I kicked off my shoes, but was still fully clothed in jeans and a heavy shirt (it was in the 40’s this morning). Keep in mind that I used to weigh myself at home totally nekkid after I’d emptied my bladder, just to give me the best possible weight. I got up to 209 right before I gave birth to Eddie. Got down to EXACTLY my pre-pregnancy weight of 174 and pretty much stayed there right up until we moved to Switzerland.

Of course the measurements were in kilos, so I had no clue how much that compared, so I waited until the doc kindly converted them for me as he was noting Eddie’s measurements. Pins and needles, I tell you!

bumabum! 162! And that is with clothes on! So it is probably more like 160. Maybe even 159.

I wonder how much Heath has lost…

brrrr

It is nearly noon and it just now reached 50 degrees farenheit. I love it! It is supposed to be in the 80’s back home in Texas all this week, and right now we’d be suffering through terrible humidity left behind by Hurricane Ike – minus air conditioning because there’s no power in our neighborhood.

I actually had to close nearly all the windows in the house. The knob on the radiator in the kitchen is missing, and it is set on high, so I have to keep the window cracked in there or I’ll burn up when I’m cooking.

Now, I just need to get some closed-toe shoes that fit me, because I can’t wear sandals for very much longer. My feet grew enough during the pregnancy that most of my shoes just don’t fit anymore. boo!

Lunch!

In my previous life, I worked in a field of the culinary arts, and as such I have lots of friends who are ardent “foodies.” I am asked a lot what we are eating over here. Today, I’ll share what we had for lunch. If we’re not eating leftovers from dinner the night before, and we are at home, we usually eat something simple like this.

No, I don’t always have the time to make it look this pretty, but I like to when I can. Since I’m blessed to have my husband home every day for lunch, I try to make it special for all of us. If I get home from errands in time, and the baby is cooperating, I like to make it look nice. As is said among my chef friends, “it’s all about the pretty.” Oh, and the green bowl with the white cup and spoon in it on the right is Eddie’s carrots heating up in a warm water bath (we don’t have a microwave).

We also have a good crusty bread from a local bakery and cheese. I’ve ranted on about the cheese selection here before, I think (or if I haven’t, I need to). Today’s cheese was surprisingly mild. Really, cheese selection is luck of the draw – you never know if you’re going to get something good, something so pungent that your toes will curl, or in today’s case, very boring and mild (it is rare to get the last kind). Today it was something called Girenbader Bachthalkäse. The only part of that I know is käse, which means cheese. Oh, and the word “mild” on the package was helpful, too.

We also had a plate of the sweetest strawberries (they really are much better than the store-bought ones back home), a gorgeous green pear (chopped), the aforementioned cheese, a really good garlic sausage, smoky Irish Cheddar that we picked up this weekend from The Cheese Shop booth at the Expat Expo, and huge Spanish green grapes (watch out for those seeds!).

To drink we just had water. The Swiss water quality is outstanding, and even I (who normally hates tap water with a passion) will drink tap water by the gallon here.

Oh and by the way, the store-brand version of Nutella is not as good as the original. Blech! I have to go through that huge jar (the one with the green and orange Migros label behind the plate of food) before I can get more Nutella. Unless it somehow disappears into the trash, first… 😛

This week! Figs are on sale at most of the markets, and they are enormous! About the size of a pear! The ones I’ve ever had back in the states are only about the size of a golf ball at most. I’m going to snag some the next time I get a chance and I’ll definitely take a picture or three. I’ve also seen a few pumpkins, so I might try to get one of those and hack it up for baby food, soup, and pumpkin bread. We’re having one of Heath’s coworkers over for dinner soon, and I think I’d like to make something pumpkin-y for them.

And a new adventure begins!

We’re gearing up to start our son on solid foods after his six month check-up. Most doctors recommend starting at six months for breast-fed babies. Eddie has already sampled some avocado, apple, pear, carrot, and rice cereal (not all at once of course). He was confused by the change in texture and taste at first, but seems to be getting the hang of it. We’re working on getting our high chair shipped over (hopefully there won’t be any snags on that).

But here’s some pictures that I’m sure mostly family will enjoy of our son making a mess of his rice cereal.

As always, there’s an album full of pictures of our little bugaboo from day one to the present here.