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A busy few weeks

Between juggling three kids, celebrating an avalanche of Jewish holidays, and solving medical mysteries, October has been a very hectic month. I have so much ground to cover, I don’t even know where to begin, but I will start with a personal update. I’ve mentioned that I was having health problems throughout my pregnancy, which fortunately were not directly related ... Read More »

Total recall?

Sometimes these days it can feel that way!  Why do bad things always seem to happen in threes??  With the recall of the Sport and older Phil and Teds models, not to mention the issues that have surfaced with the Dash, we threw our hands up in despair after receiving word that Haba, a renowned maker of many popular wooden ... Read More »

Everything hinges upon it…

In reference to Sheri’s post from yesterday, I wanted to provide some additional information about the recall involving the Phil & Teds Sport Buggy V1, e3 Buggy, and e3 Twin strollers.  Regal-Lager, the U.S. distributor of Phil & Teds products, has issued what they’re calling a “recall to repair” for those stroller models. Unlike many issues that can prompt a ... Read More »

Phil & Teds halts sales of Dash stroller

Last week we were asked to suspend sales of the Phil & Teds Dash stroller. We weren’t taken completely off guard – just a few days before, we’d shipped a Dash to a family friend of ours in New York, and got an interesting phone call from her. Apparently the stroller had spontaneously started to fold when she bumped down ... Read More »

Vegas (with) baby

I am at the 2008 ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas with my new little sidekick. Zev and I have been moving at a tortoise’s pace through the show, walking, sitting, nursing, napping (him, not me), chatting (me, not him) and occasionally visiting a booth. The show is gargantuan. There’s no other way to describe it. And if I thought ... Read More »

Explore the world of Wedgits!

We’ve always loved Wedgits, the fabulous geometry toy from Imagability. There’s something compelling about the sleek shapes and angles that makes it difficult for even an adult to put them down after taking a moment to explore. For kids, these unique, imagination-charged building blocks offer lots of creative possibilties that also help them sharpen their spatial reasoning skills. Imagability offers ... Read More »

And his name is…

Sorry, sorry. I know, I’ve kept you all in suspense way too long. Our son’s name is Zev Jacob Gurock, and in Hebrew, it will be Ze’ev Yitzchak. Zev is named for all four of his Great-Grandfathers, Randolph Chester, Jack (Jacob) Gurock, Irwin (Yitzchak) Grundman, and Jacob Beker. His primary namesake is Randolph, Eli’s maternal grandfather, who passed away one ... Read More »

Love ice cream? Then have a ball!

When we had our first look at the Ice Cream Ball by Industrial Revoluion, I was really curious. It looked like a lot of fun—for kids and adults alike. It also looked like a great way to get kids to enjoy not only the tasty treat at the end, but also the process of making the ice cream. Who doesn’t ... Read More »

Welcome to the world, baby boy

Eli and I are thrilled to welcome our son into the world. He was born this afternoon at 2:34pm after a reasonably quick (5.5 hour) labor. I was induced – sort of – this morning. My doctor broke my waters, we walked around for a couple of hours, and things took off nicely from there. He weighed in at 7lbs, ... Read More »