May 2nd, 2006


The Tedster is walking. Shocking, really. If you define walking as taking two steps in a row without touching anything, he started walking at eight months and a day or so. He was able to do a half dozen in a row as of eight months and ten days. Now (eight and a half months), he's toddling all over the living and dining area. We're currently working on getting off the couch safely, since I was paying inadequate attention one day and did not have a hand on him. He went right off the edge, when I was expecting him to keep crawling forward the way he usually does. Boy was he unhappy about that. He seemed to get it right today, angling his legs down first. We'll see if that was a fluke or not over the next few days.

the magical fruit

Beans, beans

When I was pregnant, my husband likes to say I was on the all-bean diet (at least for a good part of the first trimester). I had unbelievable bean cravings. Not just for chocolate and peanut butter, either: chili, black bean soup, even lentils, which I normally don't care for at all.

Well, the bean cravings have returned with a vengeance for the last month, which was completely mysterious, until I decided to go find out when infants really start walking on average (and, more relevantly, what the standard deviation is, and what the variation by population is). I failed, but I ran across some really fascinating stuff about a study to determine whether supplementing zinc and/or folic acid would speed the process up (this was in Africa, mind you, so the babies were walking durned early anyway). Come to find out, supplementing folic acid speeds the process up by about 20 days.


Go, cravings.

In the meantime, I've come up with a good black bean chili recipe for the crock pot. I've also made hummous from garbanzo beans (used Eden Organics canned, so no salt added; next time will use dried) and sesame seeds (every time I buy a jar of tahini, I don't use it and it goes bad. And I had sesame seeds and a coffee grinder we use for spices, so I figured it was worth a try). It was good! Tasted like the real deal, despite the fact I did not use garlic and did use white truffle oil (one of my readers should be pleased to hear this).

Oh, and that study with the supplements. Average age of walking was 8.9 months. Standard deviation was 1.8 months. Hunh? I doubt that's a normal curve; I'm betting there's a short tail on the left and a long one on the right, but who knows.

went to half price books

Sold some, bought some. Unfortunately, I think I came home with the same volume of books as I got rid of. OTOH, these are books I want.

Included in the stack: a book by Elizabeth Crary called _Pick Up Your Socks ... and other skills growing children need!_, because K. likes Crary and this was what was there and furthermore, it looks pretty cool. It is a good example of what I call convergence. At the end of each chapter are lists of further reading. In addition to the expected references to more books by Crary (and Jean Illsley Clarke), there are references to Faber/Mazlish (initially heard about from my sister-in-law), Thomas Gordon (who I like), but also _The Dance of Anger_, which byrdie has told me about. It's a workbook-style book, and is not obsessed with motivational crap (whether positive parenting stuff or more punitive). Instead, it takes a problem-solving approach that involves understanding your goals, your children, and creating a plan to get them from where they are to where you want them to be. It's still further over on the side of parental power-and-control than I like, but the tools in it don't have to be used that way. Neat.

There was a copy of Hillary's book. Of course I had to buy that. :-)

Stanley Greenspan's _The Four-Thirds Solution: Solving the Child-Care Crisis in America Today_ is, I believe, the origin of the idea to raise children in an egalitarian fashion without just turning the job over to hired help by having both parents work 2/3rds part time jobs and truly split child-care. Amazingly enough, he even talks about ways to do this when there has been a bitter divorce. His comments on custody are particularly interesting.

And three books by John Holt, because come on. How could I not? They were just sitting there, begging for me to buy them!

And some other books that may or may not be interesting, but looked cool.