Pumpkin Patch

While Oren was away, Sarah and the boys took a field trip to Perry’s Pumpkin Patch to pick out our Halloween pumpkins. We chose some great pumpkins (two of which rotted within days of carving, argh), saw real tractors, had a blast running through the hay bale maze and climbing the hay bale pyramid, tasted honey sticks, and even took home some dried corn for a popcorn experiment. All in all, good fall fun!



Driver Said



Oh hi. Didn't see you there.

Oh hi. Didn’t see you there.

Want to know something cool?

Want to know something cool?


Can I tell them, Mom? Can I?

I am six months old now! And that means...

I am six months old now! And that means…

I am learning how to drive.

I am learning how to drive.

In the Home Depot parking lot.

In the Home Depot parking lot.

It is hard work, let me tell you.

It is hard work, let me tell you.

But one day, I'll be driving with the best of 'em.

But one day, I’ll be driving with the best of ’em.

To a Sweet New Year

We made challah, picked apples, and cast our bread/wrongdoings/bad dreams into the Pacific. A sweet beginning, for sure. Shanah tovah!


He eats! Sort of.

Most of the parenting advice I’ve read suggests offering baby his first solid food after nursing, when he is awake and alert and happy. But last night, Micah was tired and cranky during dinner and we just wanted to give him something interesting to do to help everyone make it to bedtime. So we went for it. Bananas, that is. Fruit bananas as well as crazy bananas, because just as we were about to begin, Micah started wailing to get out of his table chair and then, sitting on my lap, he had no way to tell that it was anything other than normal chew-on-things-and-drool time. A bit chaotic, yes, but now we can move onward to a lifetime of eating.

Chub Chart, the Second

At his four month checkup, Micah was declared officially colossal: 18 lb, 5 oz and 27 inches tall. That’s the 96th and 97th percentiles, respectively, so clearly our second born is following the grand tradition of hugenormousnosity set by his brother, who was 18 lb, 12 oz at his own four-monther. It’s a beautiful thing to squish abundant baby pudge.

I tried adding Micah’s stats to the previous Chub Chart, but it was kind of boring and hard to read, so this year, Hello Persings is proud to present a new and improved Chub Chart the Second! Unfortunately, Baby Oren did not make the cut, partly because his records are trapped behind large furniture but molso (that’s Liyam for “mostly also”) because he has simply been out-chubbed by his children. Sorry, honey.



People have been mentioning lately (OK, since he was born) how much Micah looks like Liyam. I’m not sure if he does. But he definitely doesn’t not. For comparison’s sake, here are both boys dozing at approximately 15 weeks. Micah on the left, Liyam on the right.


Definitely related, and definitely different. It’s important to note that here Liyam had passed out after much vigorous activity on the doorway jumper whereas Micah just laid there and peacefully sucked his thumb until he fell asleep.

We’ll add Micah to the famous Chub Chart after his four month checkup, and then we can see how all the boys stack up.

Happy Dad’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day and happy anniversary to my one and only. If the little ones turn out to be anything like you, we’re all in luck!