Poppy Update @ 9 months

We went for Poppy’s nine month old check up today and she is starting to slim down and lengthen. At her 7month visit, she was 19lbs and 27.5inches, and now she is holding steady at 19lbs and up to 29inches. There were no vaccines today – woohoo!

After her visit and a good nap, we were playing downstairs and she took her first preliminary, wobbly steps. It was just 2-3 steps a time or 2, but it was pretty amazing. She wouldn’t repeat it later, but I have a feeling we’re in for a world of trouble soon! She also waved bye bye for the first time today. Seems like she hits a milestone or 2 right before each of Grannie C’s visits…not sure if that means we want her to come more often cause it’s neat, or less often cause it’s all going so quickly!

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–(update from Anita)

Poppy the talker

Anita recently pointed out to me that Poppy has been talking to herself for weeks.  I noticed it and never remarked on it because it seemed normal, but it is worth remarking on.

She will be crawling around, or cruising, or riding in a carrier or playing with a toy… often during a period or play or concentration, she will start babbling really quietly.  A lot like talking to yourself, she just talks away while she’s working on whatever she’s working on.

Yesterday, Anita saw her playing with her kitchenette-toy and she was babbling… but there was something different about it.  According to Anita, Poppy was acting and babbling like she was really playing pretend; putting things into and taking them out of various compartments in the toy, talking to them and the kitchenette and whatever else…. but all very quiet and under her breath.  She’s not talking to us or for us to hear and congratulate her… she’s talking for her own purposes.

This American Life, for the win – re: talking to our kids as much as possible

364: Going Big

All of TAL is always great, moving, funny, and every other positive adjective I could think of (yes, I’m a fanboy)… but the first act in this show is about baby education and it’s importance…

Paul Tough reports on the Harlem Children’s Zone, and its CEO and president, Geoffrey Canada. Among the project’s many facets is Baby College, an 8-week program where young parents and parents-to-be learn how to help their children get the education they need to be successful. Tough’s just-published book about Geoffrey Canada and the Harlem’s Children Zone is called Whatever It Takes. You can see a slideshow of more photographs from the project here. (30 and 1⁄2 minutes)

It’s worth listening to, but basically, one of the points I was struck by (@~11min) was that one of the main factors in the difference between successfully bright children and those who aren’t. The difference is that successful children heard more words… in the study cited, the “kids who made it” heard 20 million more words in the first 3 years and thus developed a bigger vocabulary early on, and could more easily handle the other basic building blocks of learning. If those building blocks are missing, they are hard to get later. (@~14min). Also “children of professionals” tended to hear 500,000 words of encouragement and only 80,000 words of discouragement, whereas “children of poverty” typically heard the opposite; 80,000 encouragement and 200,000 words of discouragement. (@~17min)

I’m sure all of us parents are doing great on this front, and in fact some of us have talked about this exact topic… but I was struck by the profundity of the topic and am myself encouraged to talk to poppy more, just doing idle tasks and whatnot. 

“now we are sweeping the floor.  now you are eating something random off the floor.  now we are looking out the window.  now we are listening to NPR.”

hamachi install error on ubuntu – fixed

I recently re-installed ubuntu (linux) on a server and ran into difficulties installing hamachi.  As it turned out I tried to setup hamachi without installing the tun module first.  I then installed the tun module, but hamachi wouldn’t work.  I eventually figured out that the tuncfg had to be cleaned/make’ed again, after the tun was re-created.

This is the error I was getting:

bash: /sbin/tuncfg: No such file or directory

And this fixed it:

./hamachi-0.9.9.9-20-lnx# cd tuncfg
./hamachi-0.9.9.9-20-lnx/tuncfg# sudo make clean
rm -f tuncfg
./hamachi-0.9.9.9-20-lnx/tuncfg# sudo make
cc     tuncfg.c   -o tuncfg
./hamachi-0.9.9.9-20-lnx/tuncfg# cd ..
./hamachi-0.9.9.9-20-lnx# sudo make install

Copying hamachi into /usr/bin ..
Creating hamachi-init symlink ..
Compiling tuncfg ..
Copying tuncfg into /sbin ..

Hamachi is installed. See README for what to do next.
./hamachi-0.9.9.9-20-lnx# sudo tuncfg

In 1999, a choice was made to ease lending restrictions

NY Times article:
Fannie Mae Eases Credit To Aid Mortgage Lending : September 30, 1999

In a move that could help increase home ownership rates among minorities and low-income consumers, the Fannie Mae Corporation is easing the credit requirements on loans that it will purchase from banks and other lenders.

The action, which will begin as a pilot program involving 24 banks in 15 markets — including the New York metropolitan region — will encourage those banks to extend home mortgages to individuals whose credit is generally not good enough to qualify for conventional loans. Fannie Mae officials say they hope to make it a nationwide program by next spring.

In addition, banks, thrift institutions and mortgage companies have been pressing Fannie Mae to help them make more loans to so-called subprime borrowers. These borrowers whose incomes, credit ratings and savings are not good enough to qualify for conventional loans, can only get loans from finance companies that charge much higher interest rates — anywhere from three to four percentage points higher than conventional loans.

By no means is this the sole cause of anything, but it’s an interesting data-point in looking back to how we got here.

Quick Poppy Accomplishment Update

Poppy has started really reaching for people when she wants to be held.  She also now will usually kiss whomever is holding her.  That kiss is often with an open mouth and extended tounge, but we’re not picky – it counts!

You can tell she wants to stand all the time.  She’s pulling up on stuff and getting her balance and letting go with both hands, usually to fall in a second or on a good day, two… but she keeps her balance well sitting and fairly well standing.  She’ll be walking her soon, to be sure.

Her talking is still just babbling, but it’s come a ways, as well…