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Bjorn Necessity

It’s been 2 weeks now since the birth of our son, Zev, and I am going to pinch hit for Sheri again as she enjoys lots of well-deserved quality time with our baby. I’ve been really excited about sharing with the spillingthebeans readers all of the wonderful new toys and gear that we are getting to use — our awesome ... 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 »

From crying out loud to peacefully sleeping.

Maybe you’ve been there: you’re on your way home from a trip out of town, while the baby screams tirelessly in the back seat. It’s going to be a long ride home. Or, when your baby goes down for a nap or you put him to bed at night, and he just can’t settle down, crying while the minutes feel ... Read More »

Paint like a pro with Powder Art

Hi there, this is Sarah, filling in for Sheri while she continues to await the arrival of baby #3. If you’re looking for a fun, indoor activity to keep kids occupied during some of the rainy days this summer, we’ve found something new that is a fun variation on an old theme. Crescent Cardboard has crafted a “painting” kit that ... Read More »

Who’s afraid of cord blood?

Interesting. A couple of weeks ago, we participated in the Viacord-sponsored Ultimate Baby Shower. Over the course of the evening, there were three presentations, one by an obstetrician speaking on behalf of ViaCord, one by a sonographer talking about 3D/4D ultrasound, and one by me – talking about baby gear. Each presentation took about 20 minutes. There was also a ... Read More »

The end of the line?

I apologize that it has been so quiet here. Believe it or not, I am still pregnant. As of today, I am a week and three days overdue. On Tuesday morning, if there’s still no baby, my doctor will break my waters and hopefully that will be enough to get things moving. Meanwhile, I’m trying to stay busy and keep ... Read More »

Giant Microbes – Disease can be cute

Hey there, this is Eli. As we wait for baby #3 (Sheri is due today) I thought I would pick up some slack and do a blog posting. For the past 2 years or so, at various, random times, the Magic Beans buyers will toss Chlamydia, Giardia, Staph and the Black Death at me. This is not an indication of ... Read More »

The “do” date

Today is my due date. The little countdown application on my Facebook page says “0 days remaining.” And even though I’ve already been through this twice before, already gone beyond two due dates in the past, I can’t help feeling a bit stood up. Of course I get it – it’s just a date, it’s totally arbitrary, and in fact ... Read More »