Anthony is looking more like a plump little boy and less like a cute alien. (More Baby Pics) He's also learning to focus on people's faces and touch them (if they're within arm's length, which is still not very long) with his hands. He likes to grab onto fingers and bits of clothing and swat at his toys and books, but his legs still kick and stretch pretty randomly.
It's getting difficult to tell when he's stretching his neck out because he's hungry because he often twists his head just to look around or to complain about just sitting and not walking around. The squally newborn squeal that his father David thought was so cute has been replaced by whimpers and full-blown cries, but he's making little baby sounds when he's happy, too. Unfortunately, his sleep/eat cycles have not matured along with the rest of him!
Paul & Rachel Meet Grandson
Six days after the birth of David Anthony, new grandparents Paul and Rachel excitedly met him in Philadelphia along with his proud parents and Grandma Ivy from Honolulu. It's a heart warming time to see such a healthy and cute member of the next generation. Born in the year of the tiger, what are the first impressions he's left with his grandparents? They join another Tony the Tiger (from Kelloggs cereal) in saying, "He's Greeeeat!!!".
"Well, he's clearly articulate and intellegent, a man with gourmet tastes, and a born leader and athlete," says grandpa Paul, "a good candidate for Philips Exeter."
Philadelphia on Foot
The best way to get to know a new city is by walking it... we have found this to be true in London, Tokyo, Mexico City, so why not Phili as well. Besides, it fits perfectly with the health and fitness program of walking 2 to 3 miles each morning.Our home base is Rittenhouse Square, a very upscale section of Central Philadelphia. The first days walk was a round trip to Chinatown. Our best find was Chinatown Mall (10th street just south of Race St.), hinden in the basement with a very non-pretencious entrance. Good grocery store and noodle restaurant.
The 2nd day walking tour was up to the Museum Area of Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Some of the most impressive buildings are on this broad parkway: The Art Museum, the Museum of Natural History, a Roden Museum, a huge Free Library, the Museum of Science and much more. On a nice day, one can enjoy the many statues and monuments, and it's fun to try and recognize the flags of all the nations of the world which are on display along the parkway(with signs underneath to help identify them). The weather was great for our morning walk in September, and unfortunately, the park greens and park benches were loaded with "homeless people" who had slept the night in the parks. The most appealing attraction that we'd like to try is breakfast at the Four Seasons Hotel, located on the corner of 18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway ... very elegant!
Day 3's walk found us another treasure close to the Rittenhouse apartment, "Jin's Fruits and Vegetables", a Korean owned produce shop just south of Chestnut Street on 20th. We found a wider choice of vegetables, fresher than those of the local grocery stores, and a bit cheaper. Good deal!
Each day we look for a place to live in December when Paul and Rachel will return to do some more "grandparenting" as both David and Heidi plan to work. Apartment hunting can be very interesting... all kinds of places and all kinds of prices ... and lots of other things to consider.
Deanna Plans Sept Weekend in Boston
Deanna (Paul's older sister) from NYC will spend the Sept 24th weekend in Boston to celebrate the 60th birthday of her girlhood friend Judy Wong M. Judy's three children were at Harvard the same time as David and Heidi, one was in the same class. Like many Boston area college grads, they chose to stay in Boston after graduation.
On Saturday morning before the birthday party, Deanna will get to visit "Monet in the 20th Century" and enjoy a delightful lunch at the Boston MFA restaurant.
Free Stair Stepper Exercises
Some go to aeorbics class to work on endurance. Others travel with the Bau's to visit NYC and Philadelphia. Boy, with 5 suitcases,boxes and a couple of hundred pounds of groceries for Philadelphia, what do you do with everything when you get to NYC? You experienced travelers know you cannot leave them in your car with out-of-state license plates and expect to find them in the morning!
Up and down four flights of stairs (Kevin's building has no elevator .... though we do want you readers to think of him as a young and up and coming exec) to store things safely for the night. Then up and down to bring them back to the car for the morning trip to Phil. Leg mussles, look out, you're getting too big!
Handyman Trims Trees
Paul the Handyman had to cut the trees and scrubs around the house back about three feet in order to get in and paint(stain). For future home owners' information, there are several other reasons to keep the trees away from the house and below the gutter line: it keeps moisture away from siding; it keeps insects away; it keeps small animals off the roof for nesting; and it keeps the leaves on the roof to a minimum. Paul the handyman says there are TV programs that cover these same ideas, like "This Old House" and "Martha Stewart".