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Sophie’s travels

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Sophie has, thankfully, been sleeping through the night for the past few weeks — in fact becoming a champion sleeper, sometimes sleeping as long as twelve hours. The pitfall of having two kids is that Sammy, in contrast, has been really fighting his bedtime. This is due to the increased daylight hours (bedtime is 8, but darkness is more like 9:30), plus he’s used to having his own room. (We’re still camped out in the temporary house while the remodeling work is done.)

Sophie has become a much more vocal (and strident!) babbler. In the last couple of weeks she’s learned how to sit up by herself, and she can roll over adeptly now, but still no crawling. She’s moved from baby food level 1 to 2 to 3 to real solid food quickly, and in just two days went from being unable to pick up a piece of cereal to mastering the pincer movement pretty much right on.

The other night as Kimi gave her a bath, she started splashing the water and cracking herself up. Over and over and over.

This last weekend for Father’s Day we joined up with Kyrie, Jack and Andy and headed up to Pier 39 for lunch at a crab place and a visit to the Aquarium of the Bay. A better father’s day I can’t imagine.

Sophie Mack, almost 9 months old, eats breakfast, Palo Alto, CA, June 17, 2008; photo taken on iPhone (apologies for bad quality)


Monday, May 19th, 2008

Friday was a teacher in-service day, so I took the day off work and our family escaped the unseasonal heat wave and made our way across the Santa Cruz mountains (stopping in Moss Landing for a 100% deep-fried seafood lunch) to Monterey, where we stayed for an Aquarium weekend. After checking into our hotel and heading out for a drive, the kids promptly fell asleep for their naps. (We could have timed it better.) So Kimi and I enjoyed the 17-Mile Drive in nearby Pebble Beach. They woke up just in time to see the lone cypress, and then we picked up overpriced sandwiches from the Lodge market and ate on the beach as the sun started to set. (In turn, the mosquitoes had their own dinner.)

The kids adjusted to the hotel room pretty well , and we enjoyed the aquarium on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Sammy was particularly impressed by the hammerhead sharks of the Outer Bay exhibit, but also enjoyed watching the otters play, touching bat stars, walking through the giant wave room, gazing at the jellies, peeking in on hermit crabs, and much more.

I can’t say the weekend was without stress (particularly on Saturday trying to find a good lunch spot, and Saturday night, when a loud neighbor kept us awake), but it was great to get away. The hotel pool was fun too.

Crappy iPhone pictures from Pebble Beach follow (as a placeholder until I have some time to see if any of the real camera’s pictures from the aquarium came out).

Stephen and Sophie in Pebble Beach, Friday, May 16, 2008, Pebble Beach, CA;  photo by Kimi Mack

Sammy Mack in tie dye, Friday, May 16, 2008, Pebble Beach, CA

The Lone Cypress, a trademarked image being used here for non-commercial purposes, Friday, May 16, Pebble Beach, CA

Life’s ups and downs

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

Sammy pushing Sophie on a swing, Palo Alto, CA, May 4th, 2008


Sunday, April 20th, 2008

Last Saturday, Kimi and I took a break from packing, got a babysitter and went to Yuri’s Night Bay Area over at Moffett Field, with Tracee and her friend Rafique. The event was an all-day affair, 2pm to 2am, with plenty of talks and interesting exhibits in addition to the music. It was quite Burning Man-esque, except without the playa dust, blinding desert heat, dust storm white outs, camping out for a week, driving several hundred miles, and the no commerce thing.

I would have liked to explore more, but based on our babysitting arrangements and when Tracee and Rafique could join us, we only made it there at around 9pm. The main attraction for Kimi was seeing Amon Tobin perform, which was around 10:15. The immediate problem was food: There were only a few booths, what they sold was a bit weird, and the lines were extremely long. Kimi and I waited in one long line, only to arrive at the front just as they ran out of food. So we bought some overpriced organic juice. Repeat again at the next line, where all we ended up with were some bizarre chips made from weird roots, and some chocolate. That was dinner. For an event of this size, they clearly didn’t plan the food situation well enough. More vendors, more choices, and adequate food supplies at each vendor would have helped a lot.

We spent a bit of time near a fire sculpture, talking with friends, and gradually made our way around to see different displays, some aeronautical, some environmental, and a few rides. We waited in line for the psycho-bike ride, which was a lot of fun: Four people pedal on bicycles, which spins around four seats in a merry-go-round. First you pedal and then you ride (or vice versa). I haven’t ridden a bicycle in a while, so it was a bit of a workout.

A fire exhibit, Yuri's Night, April 12, 2008, Mountain View, CA

We had to relieve the babysitter at midnight, so we weren’t able to stay too late, but we did enjoy the performances, and I thought the light installations were very well done. The music was so loud, though. I guess the kids today can’t have it any other way, but I was very glad Kimi remembered ear plugs. I was a little put off to see one dad had dragged along his (approximately) seven year old daughter and plunked her down by the speakers. She didn’t have ear plugs, and clearly wasn’t enjoying herself. Same kind of parent who drags toddlers to horror movies, I guess.

Dancers and light displays during Amon Tobin's set, Yuri's Night, April 12, 2008, Mountain View, CA

Amon was outstanding, and did make the evening worthwhile. There was a bit of cognitive dissonance in wandering past hangars and flight trainers, across a parade ground and runway, only to arrive at a rave on an airstrip. I would love to attend this event next year, prepared with having eaten at home and being able to attend more of it.

A light display during Amon Tobin's set, Yuri's Night, April 12, 2008, Mountain View, CA

(Apologies for the bad picture quality; the only camera I had with me was the iPhone.)

It was 20 years ago today…

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

…that I was a long-haired hippy.

Stephen's UC Berkeley undergrad ID from Spring of 1990

Kimi scanned this in for some reason. I believe it showed my potential as a gas station attendant.

Post Tacoma

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

So we got back from Tacoma in last night (and thanks go to John C. for dropping us off and picking us up from SJC). It was a good trip — a chance for us to spend time with our relatives there in Washington State, and for them to meet Sophie and us to meet my nephew-in-law Fallon, who was born in July.

Sophie Mack and Fallon Ingersoll, March 10, 2008, in Tacoma, WA

(He’s the smiley one on the right.)

While we were there, we visited the Point Defiance Zoo (some pictures forthcoming if I get around to it), celebrated Kira’s fifth birthday, as well as her mom Tomi’s birthday, as well as my brother-in-law Rob’s birthday, plus Fallon’s baptism, as well as a trip to the Tacoma Children’s Museum, a big group family photo session, and a lavish fondue dinner at The Melting Pot.

John and I also caught Vantage Point, which I thought was a bit repetitive (the Rashomon-style retelling doesn’t hold up if you end up reshowing the same scene six times) but still a worthy distraction of a movie with some good performances and action scenes.

In answer to a dilemma I posted earlier, Sophie and Sammy were well-behaved on both airplane rides, but every one of us was sick (our hosts were just getting over bronchitis) and Sophie was having a very tough time at night (especially the first night there), so Kimi and I ended up more exhausted than we’d normally be after a trip like this. Poor Kimi’s very much under the weather right now.

Still, we had a great time and it was wonderful to get out of California for a bit. Thanks go to John, Tomi, Kira and Fallon for hosting us, plus thanks to Rob for taking time off work to hang out with us. Finally, big thanks to John’s parents, Foote and Louise, for some wonderful gifts and for watching Sammy and Sophie and Kira and Fallon on fondue night.


Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

Earlier today we headed out to Eastridge mall to meet up with Diana and Jose and their four kids (Joy, Timmy, Faith, Joshua) for lunch and hanging out at the mall. Jose was kind of enough to take some pictures. It was great to have lunch with them, catch up, and run around the shops.

Kimi and Sophie at Eastridge Mall in San Jose, March 2, 2008; photograph by Jose Montes de Oca

Sammy, Stephen, Sophie, Kimi at Eastridge Mall in San Jose, March 2, 2008; photograph by Jose Montes de Oca

Cherry Sunday

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

Sophie Mack in a cherry-decorated pink onesie held by Kimi Mack, Mountain View, CA, February 10, 2008

Having a ball

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

Sammy Mack in his bedroom, reading a Richard Scarry his ball, Mountain View, CA, February 2, 20088

While John and Yvonne were over for dinner (and to catch up on The Sarah Connor Chronicles with me), Sammy decided he was tired of grown-ups talking, and wanted to read a book. But what was a bit mystifying to me is that he wanted to read to his ball, telling us the ball wanted to know how bread was made.

Valentine’s party

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

Taylor and Jack exchanging raspberries, with Andy in the background, at the St. Valentine's Day Party, Mountain View, CA, February 2, 2008

We had Andy, Jack, Kyrie, Jen, Talia and Taylor over on Saturday to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day (a bit early). Pictures are up at our Shutterfly site.

Saturday morning sunrise

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

Sunrise over Farley Street, Mountain View, CA, February 2, 2008

Tummy Time

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Sammy and Sophie Mack on their tummies, Mountain View, CA, January 19, 2008

Eat a Lollipop

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Sammy with a blue tongue from having eaten a lollipop, Mountain View, CA, January 24, 2008

Eat Some Yogurt

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

Sammy eating yogurt, Mountain View, CA, December 25, 2007

Watch the skies

Monday, January 14th, 2008

Sammy at the Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos, CA, sometime in December 2007

Hello Sophie

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

Sophie, aged 3 months, dressed in her Santa suit, Mountain View, CA, sometime in December, 2007

Christmas parties…

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

We had a brief one with Nancy, Kyrie, Jack, Andy, George, Nick, and Tommy tonight to do a gift exchange before Kyrie and her boys head off for Boston.

This morning Kimi went to Sophie’s upcoming classroom’s Christmas party. (Sophie will be joining the “Butterfly” room at the Children’s Preschool Center in Palo Alto starting mid January.)

Yesterday, Kimi went to Sammy’s CPSC classroom’s Christmas party (he’s in the “Hummingbird” room).

Last week Kimi and I went to TiVo’s Christmas party.

I think that’s it for parties until Christmas itself.

Sophie, almost 3 months old, dressed for Christmas, December 18, 2007, Mountain View, CA; photo by Kimi Mack

Kimi dressed Sophie for the occasion and I have to say, as biased as I am, I think she looks adorable. She’s starting to smile a lot more, although not reliably enough that I’ve been able to catch it well in a picture.

You can’t really tell in the picture, but Sophie has some infant skin conditions. There’s her “cradle cap,” which is a euphemism for all kinds of crusty gunk on her scalp. There are her “angel kisses,” which is a euphemism for blotchy red skin on her face. There’s her “stork bite” which is a euphemism for a bunch of red bruising around her left eye (birth trauma, a side effect of her rapid delivery). All of it should fade in a few months. She’s definitely filling out, much like Sammy did at the same age — she’s really pudgy! Almost 12 pounds now.

At 12 pounds, an infant can start possibly sleeping through the night. Sophie’s not to that point yet regularly, but she is starting to sleep in 5 hour blocks now. She’s had 1 or 2 nights where she slept for 8 hours. Not consistent yet, though. Sleep glorious sleep, how I miss you.

We had our friend Howard over on Sunday for a quick visit; he brought his son Ethan and his twins Brian and Katie with him. Sammy had a great time. Howard, who works for Pixar, was impressed by Sammy’s Cars paraphernalia: Sammy was wearing his Cars shirt, Cars shoes, and had his Cars jacket nearby, and was playing with his Cars speedway. (“Speed? I am speed!” “You’re one gutsy racer!” Repeat ad infinitum.)

Good thing we didn’t show Howard the Cars towel, Cars socks, and all the other Cars toys. But anyway, Howard was telling me about the first year after his twins were born, and how crushing the exhaustion and sleep deprivation was for that entire first year. I have to say as hard as it is having a 2 year old and a 2 month old, at least we’re not dealing with twins. I am in awe just thinking of it.

Meeting Sophie; pictures by Erin

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

My brother Phil, my sister-in-law Erin, and my niece Sarah visited today for lunch and to meet Sophie; and later Erin sent me these pictures that she took.

Kimi Mack holds Sophie Mack, October 28, 2007, Mountain View, CA; photo by Erin Mack

Big Cousin Sarah hold Sophie, October 28, 2007, Mountain View, CA; photo by Erin Mack

Philip, Erin and Sarah Mack with Sophie Mack, October 28, 2007, Mountain View, CA; photo by Erin Mack

Sleeping with the elephant

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

Much better night for Sammy last night; he went to bed gracefully (with a lot more coddling than normal), and slept straight through again. He’s in a great mood, and had a fun time at Hot Shots at school, learning how to play with hoops.

In contrast, Sophie needed feeding at 3am, 5am, 6am and 7am. So Kimi didn’t get much sleep.

Sophie’s sleeping calmly now, and Kimi’s napping (I napped earlier). Having Jen relieve us for naps is great. Jen’s on vacation Thursday and Friday, however, so the next four days it’s just the four of us.

Sophie Mack, sleeping in her crib with an elephant blanket, October 3, 2007, Mountain View, CA

Sophie and Talia

Monday, October 1st, 2007

Talia and Sophie at the Mack home, October 1, 2007, Mountain View, CA

Today, Monday, October 1, begins the second week of my paternity leave, and Sophie is now eight days old. She’s starting to fill out a bit. The bruising around her eye (from her quick entrance into the world) is starting to fade. She’s been a great sleeper. In the photo here, Natalia (Talia) is holding her. Talia is our nanny Jen’s daughter, and she and Sammy are great friends. Having a nanny has made things a lot easier on us than when Sammy was born; Jen is a lifesaver.

Sammy has been very resistant to napping and has been throwing fits at bedtime. We’re trying to spend as much time with him as we did before Sophie arrived, but I know it’s a very confusing transition for him to welcome someone new into the home.

Tonight we’re going to have Tom, Jennifer and Miranda (Kimi’s uncle’s family) over for dinner, and Kimi’s cooking now. She wasn’t able to cook much in the last few months of her pregnancy, and I think she really missed it. It smells delicious!