Saturday, February 28, 2009

Friday Family Day

Yesterday, we had a family day because Rachel and Elliott are leaving for a week and leaving me alone with my midterms. They are on a plain right now headed to St. Maarten. I dropped them off at the airport at 4:00am and got home and couldn't sleep. What can I say, I am a morning person whether I like it or not. I am excited for Elliott to experience warm weather and sand, though I am sad that I won't be there in person.

Anyway, we had a family day to spend some time together before some time apart. We decided to have a tech free afternoon (no computer, no iphone) and it turned out to be a blessing. It's nice to just be present sometimes.
We made cookies and just spent time together. It was really nice.
Elliott got a little stir crazy because babies get bored too. So we went for a nice family walk before dinner.

6 month walk from Jeremy Blanchard on Vimeo.

Happy 6 month birthday today Elliott. I will miss you two this week while you are gone. Wish me luck on my midterms.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Things that Happen After a Gooood Nap

Elliott has had quite the day today.

Today when she decided to chew on my hand I felt a little tooth breaking through her lower gum!
This evening after she woke up from her nap she stared rolling! All smiles, Elliott rolled back to front, front to back again and again like a pro. She also has been (kinda) sitting up on her own! Shows what a good nap will do!

Of course there will be video to follow.

What a day! Our little girl is growing up. Next she will be asking me for the car keys!

The Joy of 30 Rock

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

High Chair 01

This is for those interested in having a little glimpse into Elliott's life.

High Chair from Jeremy Blanchard on Vimeo.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Did Elliott say her first word?

You be the judge:

Mama? from Jeremy Blanchard on Vimeo.

Even if it wasn't a word, she is deffinitely saying the "ma" sound much more than the "da" sound.


Pasties! Perfect for Valentines Day!

Get your mind out of the gutter! Tonight we are making cornish pasties!
meat, potato, carrot + more delishiousness!

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Rachel and Elliott finished their last class at Isis (see earlier post for details). Rachel was able to grab a video of the parachute. Elliott at first hated the parachute and Rachel was able to go under the chute with her and now Elliott loves the parachute.

Parachute from Jeremy Blanchard on Vimeo.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Family Blog vs. Personal Blahg

I am happy to say that our Rough and Ready blog has turned into a family blog and recently it has been all about Elliott. I think this is a great use of the blog. I, however, now think it is out of place for me to post about music and technology critiques and therefore have updated my website to have two sections, a music section which is the same as before, and a new blahg section.

It is not my intention to cannibalize Rough and Ready's readership and due to the difference of subject matter I doubt I will. My blahg, as I am calling it, will be commentaries on Technology, Music, Business, and Motorcycles. These things are the things that interest me most outside of my family.

Please head on over to the link above if you wish and if you dig what I write you can submit it to using the provided link.

Thanks and happy reading this snowy winter.

Thursday, February 05, 2009


Elliott has seriously been crabby patties (Spongebob anyone?). Today was a crank fest. Which, if you know Miss Elliott is not her style at all. At first I thought she was tired...bad napping yesterday, thrown off sleep routine yesterday...But today, after 2, 2 hour naps she was still a crank monster. We gave her a smidge of Tylenol and the edge has been taken off. It seems like teething right??

One thing we also need to consider is Miss E has some diaper rash..but does it create that much discomfort?

After we drugged her. Elliott was in a better mood. Not great but better. She felt good enough to find her feet and play with them for a while.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Class at Isis

For the past 5 weeks Elliott and I have attended a class at Isis Maternity in Needham, MA.

The class is called: Next Step Baby Group

"Moving past the newborn stage? Next Step is a great way to meet new friends, share information and support, and have a whole lot of fun! Each meeting begins with a circle time of music, movement, and play activities that young babies love, specifically designed to foster physical, cognitive and language development. Planned discussions over the six weeks include topics of interest to moms with growing babies: sleep patterns and napping, breastfeeding , bottle feeding and nutrition, introducing solid foods and sippy cups, baby-proofing and safety concerns, making work and child care choices, and stress and time management. Enjoy the camaraderie of other moms and babies as you watch your baby start warming up to the world! For moms with babies 3 – 5 months old at start of group (or Great Beginnings grads at 2.5+ months)."

The class has been great for both me and Elliott. All the children are the same age. We both get out of the house for a change of pace and it is way better than wandering the mall. I have been able to bone up on some new songs and old songs I have forgotten the words to. Every class there is a check in "Hello Song", Story Time, Learn a few new songs (today was "baby shark", "speckled frogs" and something else I don't remember), Parachute Play and then a relevant topic, today is was starting solids (something which we are waiting to do until baby Elliott returns from St. Maarten in March). What was VERY fun about today was Elliott LOVED the story. She laughed, smiled and kicked though out the whole story. It was called "Jamberry". That's my literature loving baby girl!

The first two weeks Elliott cried when we put her under the colorful parachute with the other babies (moms hold handles, babies under) . Too loud, too stimulating, I am not sure. The next 2 weeks we skipped it. Elliott enjoyed the parachute from the sidelines. This week I went under the parachute with her - TA DA! It was a hit. I look forward to next week (the last week) when I will get right under there with her again!

After the group the moms often go out to lunch together. We talk the shop that I bore most other people with, so it is great. I am looking forward to the next class staring in March/April called "Social Butterflies".