Friday, June 30, 2006

Catching Up with Bud

I got up this morning with Bud at around 7:15 am. I was really happy to see him in the morning, and I think he was happy to see me, too. We had our morning milk, and played for a bit, then had quite a bit of waffle and some juice. Bud also enjoyed having me read some of his books to him this morning, as well as playing some music and some general wrestling.

In the afternoon, we got a video call in to one set of grandparents. They hadn't seen Bud in a while, and really enjoyed playing with him. They have a couple of picture books that they read to him, and also enjoy playing peek-a-boo, and 'point to a facial feature'. They demonstrated patty-cake for Bud, who watched very carefully. I suspect he'll be able to do that tomorrow.

At dinner, Bud did a good job on some strawberries, bits of pizza, Graham crackers, and a muffin. After he finishes eating, he doesn't like to have any food left on his tray. He'll take anything he can find and either hand it back to me or M-lady or just drop it over the side of his tray. He likes getting cleaned up after a meal. Except for the face-wiping part.

We went for a little walk after dinner, and he's apparently decided that holding a parent's hand simply isn't cool. So we packed him into the stroller for most of the walk. We did let him walk for a little while without a hand, but it takes closer supervision, and progress is a bit slower, as he has a tendency to get distracted by something on the ground, or want to run back to look at a sprinkler we passed earlier.

The bedtime routine was pretty straightforward, starting with Pingu and finishing with the crib. Bud squawked just a little bit after we put him down, but seemed to fall asleep pretty quickly.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Chika Chika Boom Boom

Guest post from Lady M:

Lil Bud and I had another amicable morning with books. Nanny K had given him a copy of an alphabet book called Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and he did his best to say each letter out loud after me, all the way through to Z. A couple of the sounds are pretty funny, but he has his favorites, like "A" and "O." The best part of the book is when there's a crash and all the capital letters go to comfort their children, the lower case letters.

When Nanny J saw the book later in the day, she recommended the matching DVD. Her previous charges loved to watch, and she sang a little bit of the jazzy tune to which the authors had set the story. I think we'll get it!

In a clever move, she took Bud to the park to run around and burn off some excess energy. It was very effective - he just managed to eat his lunch before he passed out for a good nap.

In the evening after I got home from work, Bud chomped down a good portion of fish, enjoyed an episode of Bob the Builder (Bob constructs a yurt in Sunflower Valley!), and we brushed and brushed and brushed our teeth. He went peacefully to his crib and we called it a night just after 8pm.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Food Adventures

Guest post from Lady M:

Lil Bud woke up at about 6:45, and was content to play by himself until 7am. Yay! He was very attached to his Scooby-Doo bouncy ball last night and took it into his crib, which may have been what occupied him.

We had morning milk, a few molecules of toast, and lots of books to read. He also requested his toddler tunes CD, and we did our best to sing along. Nanny J reported that there was yet another new teacher at the library reading hour, but she was quite prepared with many new books to read to the class, and Bud listened intently.

He was in a pretty good mood today, although definitely getting more mischievous. We've had to evacuate the fire extinguisher to higher ground, move the toilet brush, the room heater, and today, he removed the lower shelf of the (empty) bookcase. We're running out of places to hide things!

Nanny K, Bud, and I went to Fresh Choice for dinner, where he ate many lima beans, kidney beans, his first mac & cheese (I think), and some muffin. Why can't he eat beans at home? I suppose they are more exciting in a new place. He had tofu at his little friend Andrew's place last week. In fact, he ate so much that I was afraid he'd clear the whole plate that was meant for all the children to share. Trying to pick up feeding cues, I bought tofu of the same brand and flavor, cut it up the same way, and now he's decided he's not interested. We're going to have to go back to Andrew's house to finish it!

After a short walk to admire the water spouting gracefully from our neighbor's sprinkler system, we got home in time for Pingu, tooth brushing, evening milk, face washing, changing into PJs, and a last story. Bud tucked his blankie under one arm and waved night-night with the other.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Learning Machine

Bud woke this morning at about 6:15, and M-lady got up to keep an eye on him for a while. He was a bit fussy, perhaps at waking up too early, so didn't have a diaper changed and milk immediately.

M-lady had business to attend to at 7:30, so I got up and spent the rest of the morning with Bud. We got his diaper changed, and he had some milk, and some juice, and some waffle and muffin. The cleaners showed up a little bit later, and Bud helped out by grabbing his broom and following them around a bit.

The report has it that he enjoyed class again today, and sang along after being very careful about learning the motions and words properly. He apparently watches and listens to the the instructor very closely when a new song is being taught. He did hide from the instructor behind Nanny J's legs when he was approached; we suspect he hasn't gotten used to this new instructor yet.

In the evening, M-lady took Bud to a nearby playground, where they had a good time. Another family came with a dog, and Bud apparently had a great time watching the dog play around the playground. He also discovered the drinking fountain.

We're hoping he get's back to sleeping until 7:00 or so... I guess I need to get my act together and get those blackout curtains ordered. Not sure if that's what's been waking him up, but it can't hurt, and it will be easier than putting up those pieces of felt night after night...

Monday, June 26, 2006

Starting in on Tantrums

Bud woke this morning at about 6:30, and I got up and hung out with him for a while. It was a pretty mellow morning, all in all.

Work kept me tied up for most of the day, but M-lady took a class this evening so I took care of Bud from 5:30 onward. We played for a little bit, and then I took him with me to run an errand I needed to get done before I take off on a business trip to Dallas tomorrow.

Bud has just started throwing little tantrums when he's denied something that he wants. For example, on the way out to the car, he saw my bicycle, which he wanted to play with (he likes to grab the tubes and the handlebars). We went over for a look, but when I tried to take him out to the car, he screamed and wouldn't sit in his carseat. Normally, we've been letting him cry these out, but it's hard to do when you're trying to buckle him in. We have found, however, that a pacifier will end the tantrum instantly. So I used that to get him into his seat. Guess we'll be dealing with pacifier attachment at some point; before these tantrums, we were only giving him a pacifier when he was in his crib, going to sleep.

In any case, I got the errand run, and we made it home, but I think Bud was a bit tired and hungry: I waited too long on dinner. He threw another fit on the kitchen floor, but I managed to lure him into his highchair with a Jamba Juice, and then he ate a pretty good dinner. He didn't have any milk before bed, for the 2nd night in a row, largely due to late dinners. We need to get his eating schedule back on track and make sure he gets enough milk each day.

He was pretty tired by bedtime, and although he protested when I was putting his pajamas on, he sat for his story and went to his crib with good grace.


I'm going to be busy for the next few days, so my posting might be a little erratic.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

The Life of the Party

Bud woke up extra early this morning, at around 6:00. He was pulling and scratching at the back of his head quite a bit, and M-lady was worried that he might have an ear infection. I think it's more likely that it's a local skin irritation, maybe sweat related. Changing the sheets in his crib might help.

In any case, I kept an eye on Bud from about 7:00 to 8:00, and his disposition improved quite a bit as he woke up more. We watched a little bit of TV, and read some books (he got a couple of cool new ones from Nanny K), and played and wrestled. I switched off with M-lady at that point, and got a little more sleep until M-lady started getting ready to head off to ballet.

Bud and I hung out for a little while, and then I packed us into the car to head out to a park or a store or something. I wasn't sure where we were going, I just thought we should try to get out. As we left, Bud looked chipper and excited to be going somewhere. I looked again after we'd gone about two blocks, and he was passed out. So back home we went, and I transferred him to his crib, where he slept for a good 90 minutes. His nap came a little early today, since he woke up so early, but I didn't complain.

M-lady brought Jamba Juices back for both of us on her way home from ballet, and Bud wanted not only his own, but portions of both M-lady's and my juices. Bud played for a while while M-lady and I started preparing for a dinner party, and then I took him for a little walk and a trip to the park.

We headed over to a local park, and played on the swings for a while. Bud was really interested in playing in the sand, though, and got his hands good and dirty. He ate some, too, but I tried to keep that to a minimum. After a while we headed home by way of the grocery store, and started making final dinner preparations.

Bud and I took a quick shower before the dinner guests arrived, and then we sat Bud down for dinner. Bud ate a really remarkable amount, including lots of pasta and spinach. Aunt O and Uncle C arrived while Bud was eating, and Aunt O fed Bud for a while. Bud got into a really good mood after dinner which carried all the way to bedtime.

Bud was a little suspicious of the folks who arrived at first, but was soon merrily pelting them with wiffle balls and stealing their shoes and car keys. He giggled and looked cute and chatted and signed and showed off his animal noises. He sat with us at dinner, and munched on frozen strawberries and some of the turkey we had prepared for dinner. All in all, he was a champ.

By the time bedtime rolled around, he was really fired up. He didn't seem ready to go to bed, but once we put him in his crib, he quieted down quite a bit. I hope he sleeps better tonight, his head doesn't itch too much in the morning, and he sleeps a little longer.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

A Good Day With Mommy

Bud woke up a little early this morning, at about 6:30 or so. I got up and we had a little bit of milk and then hung our for a while. I had to go at around 7:45, though, as I was headed to a track cycling workout. Bud wasn't particularly happy with this, but apparently he warmed up to it

Bud was a bit cranky this morning, but M-lady did a fanstastic job with him, playing with him, and watching some TV, and taking him out to the farmer's market. She got some good photos, too, and I'll see if I can post one tomorrow.

While the temperature wasn't as ridiculous today, we did make an effort to stay cool. After I got home from the track cycling, I hung out with Bud for a few minutes and then we put him down for a nap. M-lady and I grabbed some lunch, and then we all headed out to haircuts. M-lady took Bud to get a Jamba Juice in the nearby mall while I got my hair colored, and then headed back to the salon.

Bud and I played in the lobby of the salon, looking at all the hair care products, the mirrors, and especially the brooms for a bit while M-lady got her hair cut. I was still in the smock and had tinfoil in my hair, but it was OK. I had a good time running aroung with Bud. After about an hour we switched places, and I got my hair cut while M-lady watched Bud. Our hair dresser did compliment Bud on his haircut, which was high praise indeed for M-lady and Nanny J, who have been cutting his hair.

Afterwards we had some dinner and hung out for a bit. Bud was in a pretty good mood in the afternoon. He's been a bit cranky in general for the past few days, and we're not sure what the cause is. It could be the recent heat, or it could be just teething. In any case, we hope he's feeling better soon. He fell asleep pretty quickly after a normal bedtime routine of watching Pingu, drinking some milk, brushing teeth, diaper changes, getting face and hands wiped, and having a story.

Friday, June 23, 2006

The Train

Today, fortunately, was a little cooler. That being said, it was plenty warm. Bud woke at about 6:30, and M-lady got up to take care of him. We put him to sleep the night before a half-hour earlier than normal, since he didn't take a nap, and he woke up a half-hour earlier than normal. So he still had a bit of sleep debt.

M-lady handed him off to me around 8:00, and he and I played for a while. I noticed a distinct sleepiness / crankiness in his behavior. We had a good time regardless.

A little later Nanny J suggested that since it was getting hot, and it would be good to find an activity which took place in an air-conditioned environment, and also that it was 'Spare the Air Day', and therefor all public transportation was free for the day, that she take Bud out for a ride on the CalTrain. M-lady agreed that it was a great idea, and decided to go along as well. So they all went up to Menlo Park and back. They rode on the upper deck, and Bud was apparently nervous at first, but thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the trip. Watching all the scenery go by must have been really fun. He also played peek-a-boo with M-lady and Nanny J around the seats, apparently.

Bud had a solid nap in the early afternoon, which was good. He needed it. As it heated up later in the day, I headed over to Toys 'R Us to pick up some more water toys. I got three, and we played with a wading pool today. Bud really enjoyed getting in and splashing. He spent most of the time on his feet, squatting down, but did sit down in the pool a few times. We moved him into the sun because it was really starting to cool off in the shade by the time we got set up.

I noticed, right before I threw the packaging away, that there was a really ridiculous warning printed on the face. I mean, the thing holds about two inches of water max. It won't even come up to my ankles. Did someone actually try to dive into it, thus prompting the company to take action and warn people not to dive into the 2" pool? I'll have to check and see if the warning is printed on the pool itself, too. I'm betting it is. It's kind of sad that we live in such a litigious society that warnings like this are deemed necessary.

Sorry for the rant. In any case, Bud and I headed in for a quick warm-up shower after all the splashing around, and then Bud had some dinner (mostly the second half of a smoothie he had for lunch). We played a little more, and M-lady took off to go to a Mommies' Night Out. Bud went to bed at the usual time without any fuss.

It's supposed to stay pretty hot over the weekend. It's cooled off outside more tonight than it did last night, which is good. But it's still hot. I figure we're going to go dive into that pool sometime on Sunday. :-P

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Scorcher!

It was a hot day. It got hot quick, and stayed hot, and it's still hot now, at about midnight. Bud woke at about 7:00am, and M-lady took care of him when he got up, but had a 7:30 conference call she needed to be on, so I watched Bud from about 7:30 to a little bit after 10:00.

We spent some of that time watching his ABC video, and a good chunk of it watching the US soccer team get beat by Ghana, and eliminated from this year's World Cup. Oh well. Now I don't feel obligated to watch the US team anymore, and can focus on watching the good teams.

Bud had a bit of waffle, some muffin, half an apple, and some juice at second breakfast, and M-lady took Bud off to mommy group shortly after that.

I ended up at the office again today, but the interesting part of the report when I got home was that Bud hadn't taken a nap. It was still really hot at about 5:30, so I got the water table ready and we went out back to play in the cool water for a while. Bud really had a great time, splashing water on himself and me. I'm probably going to try to run to Toys 'R Us tomorrow to pick up a wading pool for him.

After the water table, we took a quick shower (lukewarm) to rinse off the grass and dirt accumulated outside, and generally warm up a little again. He got to run around naked for a bit after that, and then we worked on dinner. At this point Bud started getting a little grumpy, but that was to be expected since he didn't nap. He had a good portion of toast and lemon chicken for dinner, and for dessert he munched on frozen strawberry chunks. He really liked those, probably both for the flavor and the temperature.

We put him to bed around 7:30, and he fell asleep with nary a peep. I hope he sleeps until his usual wakeup time tomorrow!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Little Trooper

Bud woke at about 7:00 this morning, and I got up to hang out with him for a while. We had a good morning together, reading books, watching Bob the Builder, and wrestling a little bit. He wasn't very interested in a second breakfast until a little later than usual, maybe around 8:45, when he had a couple of muffins.

I was in the office for a good chunk of the day again today, but it got really hot. Bud and Nanny J went to the library in the morning, and it was already heating up. By afternoon, I think they holed up in the house, and Bud even got an extra bath in the later afternoon.

M-lady got a new video for Bud, a Sesame Street A to Z video with the A being played by Nicole Sullivan and the Z by Stephen Colbert. I love the fact the Sesame Street really makes an effort to keep stuff entertaining for both kids and adults. Like the Muppets. In any case, we got through 'U' before Bud started to get a little squirmy.

I wrestled with Bud some more after that, and then we had french toast for dinner. Bud ate a pretty good dinner, and downed about 12 ounces of juice, and was in a much better mood afterwards. So we all packed up and decided to go for a walk.

We headed off to the nearby Border's, which is about three quarters of a mile away. On the way back, I held Bud's hand and we let him walk. Bud walked back nearly the entire way, alternately holding M-lady's or my hand. He would fuss when we'd pick him up to cross a street, but had a great time pretty much the whole time otherwise. He kept up a pretty good pace, too.

He was getting a little tired at the end, probably because we got home a little after his bedtime. We missed Pingu, and started the bedtime routine when we got home. We've decided to move the story reading into his room instead of the playroom, so he's less likely to get distracted by the surrounding toys. Bud went into his crib happily, and seems to have fallen asleep quickly.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

No Dinner?

Bud was a bit clingy today. We're not sure why. He was fussy and wanted to be held lots. He woke at about 7:00, and I helped M-lady change his diaper and get him set up with a cup of milk. He squalled a bit when I went back to bed, but M-lady calmed him down with some Bob the Builder. M-lady had baked some muffins last night, and Bud ate a few of those at his second breakfast.

I didn't see Bud much during the day, as I was working at the office for the afternoon. Immediately after work I went on a quick grocery run, as we were out of apple juice. When I got back, M-lady had made some fish for Bud, which he just didin't seem interested in eating. Actually, he wasn't interested in eating anything, which was a little odd. But Nanny J posited that he had eaten a huge lunch, so we let it slide.

I managed to get a quick call in to RuggerMom, my sister, which was good since we haven't had a chance to chat for a while. Bud was really interested in getting at the phone. The phone I was holding, in fact. I couldn't placate him with his toy phones like I usually do. M-lady again came to the rescue, distracting Bud and letting me chat for a bit without having to entertain Bud at the same time. RuggerMom seemed to really enjoy hearing Bud in the background.

A friend came over in the early evening to work on a dance with us, and while Bud was a little shy at first, he warmed up, and clapped his hands to the music, and played with the guest's keys, shoes, and utterly fascinating water bottle.

By the time we were all done dancing, it was getting close to bedtime. Bud ate a little bit of the fish, and a muffin, and some cheese. Then it was Pingu and a cup of milk, and the whole bedtime routine. Bud was pretty sleepy, and got into his crib and to sleep without much squawking.

His butt is still irritated a little here and there, but on the whole much better. I think the aggressive application of vaseline has helped a lot.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Recovering

Bud woke this morning at about 4:00am when he dropped his pacifier. I got up, retrieved it for him, and he pretty much went straight back to sleep. I, on the other hand, took a little longer to fall asleep again.

Bud woke for good at a little after 6:00, and M-lady got up to help me change his diaper. His butt is still pretty irritated, and he's clearly uncomfortable while we're cleaning him up (although we switched to wet paper towels rather than wipes). It does look like his butt is getting better, though.

M-lady went back to bed, and I played with Bud for a while. He had a good bit of milk for breakfast, and then some juice and waffle a little bit later. We watched a little Bob the Builder, and played in his playroom, and read several books many times. He's really gotten very much into the multiple readings of books. M-lady took Bud a little before 9:00, and I crept back into bed for a little while.

Later in the day, we ended up just all sitting together as a family for most of the evening. It was very nice. I got a call in to one of the sets of grandparents, and we connected video for a while. Bud is getting more vocal on the video calls, chatting and smiling more. But he does tend to lose interest after a bit, and wants to get at all the cool things with buttons in the office.

Dinner followed, and then some more playtime. Bud was very interested in running around after a ball and wrestling with any parent down at his level. One of his latest passtimes is crawling over a reclining person, and sort of falling headfirst off the far side. He gets a kick out of it, but we need to make sure he stays on the padded part of the floor.

At about 7:00, I shared a scoop of vanilla ice cream with Bud. When I share ice cream with Bud, I'll sit on one of the bean bag chairs, and he'll come up and sit next to me. Then there's a lot of signs for 'more' with some 'please's thrown in as we share whatever treat I happen to have. He really enjoyed it.

Bedtime came up pretty quick after that, and after another gingerly executed diaper change, Bud was pretty tired. We sort of rushed through his story when he didn't want to sit still for it, and ended up reading it in his room rather than the playroom while I held him. I didn't hear the usual snuffling from him after we put him down; I think he fell asleep really quickly.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

The Second Father's Day

Overall, we had a really good day today. Bud woke around 6:45, and in honor of Father's Day, M-lady was kind enough to go take care of Bud, and let me sleep a bit longer. I got up around 7:45 to help change a diaper, as Bud's butt has gotten a little sore recently... we thought it might be highly acidic poops due to too many strawberries. I managed to snooze for almost another hour before getting up.

Shortly thereafter, we headed out to the park to meet M+L and their daughter A, and G+J and their sons N+M. A and N were both born about 8 months before Bud, and they were running around quite a bit. A is using full sentences! She is a precocious little thing. N seems to be going through a bit of stranger fear, particularly directed towards men, so I didn't get to interact with him very much. G+J's second son, M is only about six weeks old, so he was sleeping and nursing most of the time.

We had met last year for a picnic on Father's Day, and decided to make this the 2nd annual. We met at a park with quite a bit of playground area, which the kids generally put to good use (trailing parents like an entourage). After some fun on the playground, we found some shady, not too wet grass and had our picnic, and chatted for a bit. It was great to catch up with everyone. There were some other, non-parent friends there as well, and we had a semi-surprise visit from J and her brand new son C, who is 13 days old. Wow! So tiny!

Bud again had a good time throwing a ball around, and also enjoyed picking up sticks, seeing what everyone else was eating, and getting a taste.

Bud fell asleep on the way home (not much of a surprise there), and the transfer to his crib for a nap went without incident. I took the quiet opportunity to call parents and offer Happy Father's Day wishes, and then took a short nap.

Bud and M-lady had a great afternoon while I went for a short bike ride. They were both a bit giggly when I got back. Uncle C and Aunt O come over for dinner, and Bud was reasonably well behaved throughout.

Warning: last paragraph contains poop discussion.

Bud did have a large number of poops today, and his butt got more and more irritated, despite generous application of Desitin. Right before we put him to bed I thought he felt a little hot, and we decided to check his temperature. He didn't seem to have much of a fever, although he might have been a degree high. We decided to err on the safe side, and give him some Motrin, in the hope that it would help dull the discomfort in his diaper as well. We started suspecting that the bowel issues might be related to his MMR vaccination that he got last week (symptoms are supposed to reveal in 7-12 days). Hopefully he'll be back to normal tomorrow, and his butt will have a chance to heal a bit.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

A Fun Outing

The whole family had a great day today. Bud slept in all the way to 7:15, when M-lady got up to take care of him. She woke me at 8:30 for the hand-off, and she went to her ballet class.

Bud and I hung out for a while, and then he ate a boatload of strawberry chunks and some waffle. We went and ran some errands after that: to Fry's again, to pick up some printer paper (and of course look at the games), and then over to a bike shop to ask if they can do a new upgrade for my bike. Bud was a champ, and enjoyed the bike store. He really seems to like bikes, and when we're in the garage always wants to take a look at the bike I've got in the workstand. Actually, he may want to lick the bike I've got in the workstand, but we limit ourselves to grabbing the handlebars and putting fingerprints on the top tube.

In any case, M-lady brought Jamba Juice home for us (one for each of us), and Bud had a good time with that and some toast for lunch. He fell asleep for his nap around noon, and M-lady and I both also took a short nap.

At about two, we got our stuff together and headed over to Nanny K's birthday party, which was a picnic in a local park. Bud was really shy for a while, but opened up a bit later. He got to meet some new folks, and see lots of friends, including Nanny K. He was the only child at the gathering, and had lots of attention from the adults for the entire afternoon.

He was a bit cranky and clingy at the beginning, I think in part because he was hungry, and in part because I got a little bit of sunscreen in his eye, which swelled a little and teared up. We washed out the eye as best we could, and it cleared up a bit later. After he had something to eat, and wasn't as surrounded by other people, he came out of his shell, and had a great time playing on the playground equipment, throwing a ball around, and generally running about.

We ended up staying at the party for something like three and a half hours, and Bud was really wound up by the time we left. We were a bit afraid he would have a major meltdown on the way home, or during the evening. But while he was clearly tired and a bit strung out, he never really melted down.

We got home and fed him some dinner, although that was a little delayed while he sucked down 8 ounces of apple juice (mixed with water). We dealt with a major poop after that, followed quickly by a shower to get the rest of the sunscreen off. Then it was pretty much bedtime routine from there. He actually ended up staying up later than we thought he would, and probably fell asleep around 8:30.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Cooling Off

It turned into a pretty hot day today. Bud got up at 7:00, and we hung out together until Nanny J showed up at 9:00. He had his morning milk, and at about 8:15 ate a very convincing portion of waffle.

I stopped off at Toys 'R Us on the way home from work to pick up some diapers, and had decided to get a SuperSoaker while I was there, since the temperature had climbed into the nineties. It was still really warm when I got home at about 5:00. Bud was running around in a pair of shorts and his undershirt, and while it was cooler in the house than outside, it was still pretty warm.

So M-lady and I took Bud into the backyard to get wet and cool off a bit. We put him in his bathing suit, and his new water-friendly sandals. Bud had a great time playing with his water table, and I had fun with the squirt gun. It turned out to be a little overly forceful to shoot Bud directly with it, but I would aim a stream near him and he would stick his hand into the stream and giggle.

After Bud started getting a little bit cold, we packed it up and headed inside, where I warmed Bud up in the shower. We played for a little bit after that, and then Bud ate a pretty significant meal: some fish, green beans, and toast. Lots of toast.

Bedtime rolled up pretty quickly after that, and the routine was uneventful. We put Bud in shorts for PJs, so he wouldn't overheat. He seemed ready for bed when we dropped him in his crib, and we didn't hear much from him after that.

Woof-woof and Teeth

Bud woke this morning at about 6:35, shortly after we heard his pacifier plummet to the floor. M-lady was nice enough to go and take care of him in the morning, and apparently they had a good, snuggly time of it.

I got up at around 8:30, and after morning ablutions took over the watching of the little one. At some point, we were all together and Bud saw a copy of the Wallace and Gromit DVD. He said pointed to Gromit and said "Woof-woof," which is what he calls dogs, and M-lady and I both agreed that there was a dog in the picture. Then he pointed at Wallace, and said "Teef!" and made his sign for teeth. M-lady and I laughed, and agreed that Wallace was showing a lot of teeth.

Bud and I hung out for an hour or so, and then had a snack of an apple and some raisins. After that we headed out to Fry's for a quick shopping trip, where Bud was particularly good while I bought a replacement for some RAM that went bad in one of my machines recently.

After that, we headed over to meet the Mommies at D and C's house. Bud was awake until we pulled into the parking lot. Then when I looked back as we arrived, he was passed out. I woke him up, since is was only about 11:30, and a little early for his nap (not to mention he'd miss out on Mommy Group). He woke up, but was groggy and shy for most of the visit.

D and C have wide, carpet covered stairs in their house, and all the other kids had a great time climbing up and down the stairs. Some went down crawling backwards, as was appropriate, but most of the kids seemed interested in hurtling themselves down the stairs face-first. The mommies kept a close eye on the kids as they headed for the stairs, playing constant goalie.

After snacking a little bit, but mostly being quiet during Mommy group, we headed for home, and Bud fell asleep on the way. The transfer to the crib was fortunately uneventful, and he slept for almost two hours.

I saw Bud again in the evening, where we had a pretty mellow time playing with the balloon, and listening to music, and eventually eating dinner. Bud refused his rice (I think it was a little stiff), and I ended up scrambling an egg for him, which he hoovered up. After that he had some toast, and we had a great video call with another set of grandparents. Bud had a good time looking at some picture books over the vidcall with them.

Bedtime rolled about pretty quickly, and Bud whimpered for a little while when we put him down. I went in once to rub his tummy and console him a bit, but we had to leave for a dance rehearsal before he had actually fallen asleep. I think Nanny J got him to go to sleep pretty quickly, though.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

He Just Keeps Eating

M-lady had an early meeting this morning, and left before Bud woke up at about 7:00am. I got up and we did our morning thing. Bud had his usual milk, and a good chunk of waffle shortly thereafter.

I saw him again at lunchtime, and Nanny K dropped by for a visit. Bud distributed books to each of us, I think to make sure we didn't feel left out. Then he sat down and read a book himself. A little later we all clapped together with music, and he danced and giggled a bit. He was sad when Nanny K had to leave.

In the evening, we played for a bit, and then had a pizza for dinner. Bud ate lots, even though he had just eaten about forty minutes beforehand. I called one set of grandparents, with the intention of starting a video call, but we had to delay for a bit because Bud kept asking for more. It was really incredible. He's like a bottomless pit. M-lady had been making jokes about needing a second mortgage to feed him when becomes a teenager.

We did eventually get the video call set up, and had a nice chat. Bud enjoys interacting with the grandparents on the screen, although his attention starts to wander after a while. M-lady and I end up chasing him around a bit, which probably looks really funny to the folks on the far end of the video call.

Afterwards, I played with Bud for a while, wrestling and playing with the balloon again. M-lady got a couple of great photos of Bud beating on the balloon. He was much better about being able to pull it down himself given the end of the ribbon today. Yesterday I had to hand him the balloon itself, and today he didn't need that much help.

The bedtime routine was standard, and he seemed to go to sleep quickly.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Balls and Balloon

Bud slept in a bit this morning, which was great. M-lady got up to take care of Bud, but I had to roll out of bed even earlier to put the trash out, which I forgot to do the night before. I hate when that happens, waking to the sound of the trucks outside and the sinking realization. I managed to crawl back in bed for a few minutes after pulling the cans to the curb, but then I had to get up before the cleaners arrived. Oh well.

M-lady had to leave for work a little bit before Nanny J arrived, so I spent some time hanging out with Bud. He was doing pretty well this morning, and mostly spent the time reading books. Once again, he was interested in reading the same books over and over. I guess he's moving to a different learning technique.

Bud seemed to have a good day, and was pretty happy the couple of times that I saw him. He went to his new class with older kids, which apparently was just like the class for the younger kids. Bud did fine.

I prepared french toast for M-lady for a pre-dinner snack, as she needed to go to a dinner meeting this evening, and it's best if she's not hungry going in so she can concentrate on talking to people before the food arrives. Bud, of course, took a tithe of the toast... actually, he ate quite enough to qualify it as his second dinner.

The rest of the evening was just Bud and me, playing together and hanging out. He got a kick out of throwing a couple of balls around. I would throw one at his feet, and it would either bounce off or roll past him, and he'd laugh and go get it, and throw it at me. We did that for a while, and then played with a big mylar balloon that his grandparents picked up for him last weekend. I pulled it down low enough the he could hit it, and then he tried climbing up onto it. He didn't have much success with that, but boy did he have fun trying.

We also read a little, and watched a little bit of TV, and then did the bedtime routine. He didn't fall asleep immediately and was making some sad noises, so I went in and rubbed his tummy and started his music for him. That seemed to do the trick, and he fell asleep pretty quickly after that.

Monday, June 12, 2006

The Little Mimic

Bud woke this morning at about 6:30, but was very quiet, and let me sleep for another 20 minutes or so before he made enough noise that I got out of bed to get him. We did our standard morning routine, including the reading of many books. The twist today was that he wanted each book read to him multiple times, rather than moving immediately on to the next book.

Bud has started mimicing sounds this week. He'll work hard to say the same thing you just said, although he hasn't really gotten many multi-syllable words yet. But he got the names of two of the Bob the Builder characters... Muck ('Muh') and Bob ('Bah', although he did put the ending 'b' on it once or twice).

He also mimics sounds he hears around the house. When the toaster is done toasting something, it beeps five times in a very regular fashion. Bud usually joins in for at least the last three beeps (then he wants to know what's in the toaster).

I got a report that Bud was the most active, most participatory, nicest, and cutest child in his class today. However, the report came from his grandparents and nanny, so I'm not sure if it was entirely objective. He did have a good time in class today, though. He starts a new class tomorrow, with kids that will be a little bit older than him, which will hopefully give him some playmates that will encourage him to stretch a little bit more.

After dinner, we took Bud for a walk. He really enjoyed being out, although we needed our jackets since it cooled off a bit in the evening. While we were still a couple of blocks from home, we took Bud out of the stroller and let him walk so he could get a little more exercise. He kept right up, holding my hand and trotting along. I carry him when we need to cross the streets, and he protests at that, but otherwise had a good walk home.

The bedtime routine was pretty normal, and toothbrushing has been integrated into the routine. I've started making sure his teeth get scrubbed, moving the brush a little bit after he's done chewing on it. It makes him smile, which is good, because it will become even more important when he gets some molars.

Bud went to bed a little bit later than usual, but not much, and without fuss... he was pretty tired. Looking forward to another day with new words!

Sunday, June 11, 2006

The Shoulder Nap

I woke up extra early this morning to get ready for a race that I was doing with a friend... the MuddyBuddy. M-lady, Bud, and her father came a little later to cheer us on - we saw them when we finished. The final obstacle before the finish line in the race is a giant mud pit from which the event gets its name, so my buddy and I were covered head to toe (like the other participants) when we emerged. I'm not sure Bud recognized me with all the mud on... he looked a little concerned.

After I had cleaned up a bit, I got a chance to hang out with Bud at the event grounds for a bit. I hoisted him up onto my shoulders, and we walked around looking at all the stuff, and the other finishers coming in. Unfortunately, he was getting a bit hungry and cranky, so M-lady and her father took him home shortly thereafter, and my buddy and I followed fairly soon after that.

Bud apparently slept for a few minutes on the drive home, but not much. When he got home, lunch was waiting for him, as prepared by M-lady's mother, and Bud proceeded to eat lots. He played for a good chunk of the afternoon with the grandparents, who were more than happy to spend time with him.

In the later afternoon, the grandparents left to go back to M-lady's sister's house (where the accomodations are a little less Bud-constrained), and M-lady took a nap while I watched Bud. I tried to get Bud to nap, but with no success. A bit later, Bud ate three blueberry muffins, and then we took off to get some dinner.

Bud fell asleep in the car on the way to dinner, and then slept on my shoulder while I held him all throughout dinner. It's a little tough to eat a burger with one hand while holding a sleeping child in the other, but I managed, and Bud slept right up until we put him in the stroller to walk for a little bit before going home. It was the first time in a long time that he slept on my shoulder.

When we got home, Bud ate a sizeable portion of rice, chicken, and cucumber, and then it was showertime and bedtime. The bedtime routine was pretty ordinary, and he went to bed without issue.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Dim Sum

M-lady got up with Bud this morning at about 6:45, and he was sounding like he had dropped his pacifier again. Ah, well. Maybe we'll start putting extras in his crib with him.

At any rate, M-lady handed him over to me at about 8:30, and Bud and I hung out for a while. He got a new book recently which has pictures of one flower, two butterflies, 3 bunnies...etc., to ten flowers (again). He would sign for a lot of the critters in the book (particularly the ducks and the frogs), and every time I finished would sign for 'more' for me to read it again. I think we read that book about ten times.

Otherwise the morning was pretty uneventful. At about 10:00 Bud devoured an entire apple. M-lady had planned on going to ballet, but took a nap instead. She also had an event to attend in the early afternoon, so I took Bud and met Nanny K and friends for dim sum.

Bud fell asleep on the way there, and was a bit groggy for the first part of the meal. He enjoyed some steamed pork buns, and other goodies, and was really good at the restaurant. The friends we met there were really impressed by his signing and good behavior (and probably his cuteness, as well). After about 15 minutes or so he woke up a bit and started interacting more.

We had a good time at dim sum, and headed for home shortly afterwards. Bud didn't fall asleep like I expected, so we played for a bit at home before I put him down for a nap at about 1:00. He either didn't fall asleep for a long time, or slept a lot longer than he should have, because I had to go in and wake him up at about 3:15. In any case, he was a little groggy, but some milk and a smoothy seemed to take care of that.

The grandparents arrived shortly afterwards, and Bud had a great time playing with them again. He had a big dinner, eating lots of fish and chicken. He played a lot more after that, playing peek-a-boo, kicking and throwing a ball around, and generally having a really good time.

The grandparents left for a concert a little later, and Bud and I hung out for a bit. We watched a little bit of TV, and when I started explaining the hockey game to him, he heard me say 'ice' and started signing for ice cream. I laughed, and we shared an ice cream sandwich. After that, we went for a walk, and then got ready for bed. Bud was pretty tired after a busy day, even after that long nap!

Friday, June 09, 2006

More time with the Grandparents

Bud slept in a little bit today, and I got up with him about 7:30. He had his usual 7 ounces or so of milk, but was still a bit moody and fussy and clingy for a while until we had second breakfast a little bit later. Bud put away a fair bit of waffle and strawberries, and was much happier after that.

He went to the park with Nanny J in the later morning, and apparently had a good lunch, including a smoothy which he had spoon-fed to him since we're having some technical difficulties with straws right now.

When M-lady arrived home from work, we packed up to head over to Aunt O and Uncle C's place, where the grandparents are staying for the next few days. The living room had been rearranged a bit to make it more Bud-friendly, which was greatly appreciated and made chasing Bud around a little easier. He found some other weak points in the child-proofing, but they were all of a lesser scale than the previous issues.

Grandma helped feed Bud dinner, and he once again showed he can eat more than M-lady. He put away an impressive serving of steak, broccoli, carrots, rice, and cucumber. After dinner, we had an ice cream cake to celebrate M-lady's parents' 39th wedding anniversary, and Bud appropriated large portions of both M-lady's and my slices.

Bud got tired pretty quickly after that, and we went though an abbreviated bedtime routine there before plopping him in the carseat and heading for home. He fell asleep on the drive, sometime around 8:30, and the transfer to his room went uneventfully.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Eventful Day

Bud woke a little early this morning, having dropped his pacifier at about 6:30. I got things started in the morning with him, and we had a good time hanging out together. He ate a good portion of waffle at his second breakfast, as well as a couple fistfulls of strawberries.

Bud had his 15 month doctor's appointment this afternoon, so M-lady and I took Bud to that at about 3:00. He was very cautious in the doctor's office, and a little upset when we put him down to check his length and weight, but generally OK while I was holding him. He was cautious while our pediatrician checked him out, and wasn't happy with the shot he got in his arm, but was pretty quickly distracted by looking at the fish tank in the waiting area on our way out. By the time we got home, he was very happy and chipper again. We were glad he wasn't hysterical the whole time we were in the office, like our last trip.

The official results of the checkup are 31.5 inches tall/long, 24.5 pounds, and in perfect health. The weight and length put him in the 50th percentile. He got his first MMR vaccination, but that was the only one today.

Since Bud was so good in the doctor's office, I shared another ice cream sandwich with him when we got home.

Shortly after we got home, M-lady's parents arrived for their weekend-visit. Bud was really thrilled to see them, and immediately started showing them all his favorite toys and books. They had a great time bouncing balls around, and of course Bud got a new toy: a Corn Popper.

Bud showed off his hollow leg at dinner, eating what appeared to be his weight in rice and pork, and showing off his good taste in appreciating Grandma's cooking. It was a fun dinner.

After dinner, I gave Bud a shower, since he didn't get his usual bath today, and it's generally good to wash off the pediatrician's office germs. Bedtime rolled around pretty quickly after that, so we did the bedtime routine, said goodnight to the grandparents, and went to bed without fuss.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

A Big Dinner

Bud woke this morning around 7:00 again, and M-lady watched him until about 8:45. Once again he was happy to see me, and was excited when the nanny arrived.

As the nanny came in the door, Bud ran over to the couch, where we usually lift him up so he can stand on the couch, looking out the window over the back of the couch. He looked at us, said "Up!", and proceeded to climb onto the couch by himself. Nanny J and I were both surprised. Good thing he's been climbing off the couch on his own for a while now!

I didn't see much of Bud during the day, as I needed to be in the office for most of the day today, but he was happy to see me when I got home. He seems to have 'Ma-ma' and 'Ba-ba' down now, and knows who the names represent. I still get a kick when I hear him charging down the hallway, calling my name.

M-lady and I decided to take Bud with us out for dinner at a steakhouse. Bud enjoyed the molassas-sweetened bread they served before the meal, and a fair portion of potato skins, and some broccoli, and shrimp, and prime rib. He was pretty much interested in everything on our plates. And we just kept pushing food at him. He ate quite a bit, and was beautifully behaved in the restaurant.

We headed for home and hung out a bit, where Bud showed M-lady how he climbs up on the couch now. The bedtime routine was fairly normal, although Bud had a little fit when we gave him his milk. It turned out that the sippy cup had gotten clogged, and he wasn't getting anything out. After M-lady diagnosed the issue, Bud became very happy again, and went to bed without any fuss at all a little after 8:00.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

A Happy Day

Bud woke at about 7:00 this morning, and I rolled out and got him. He was all smiles as I picked him up, changed his diaper, and got him some milk. I think he was pretty happy all day today, which makes for a fun day.

We played a for a bit, then sat down for a second breakfast at about 8:30. Bud was really interested in having some strawberries. Apparently he ate a lot of strawberries today, both chunks and smoothie-ized.

In the evening, we made a video call to another set of grandparents, and Bud really had a great time. He giggled and signed and talked more than he has in the past, which made the call extra fun for the grandparents, too.

We had dinner a little later, and Bud surprised both M-lady and I by eating an entire hotdog, including half the bun! M-lady couldn't shovel it in fast enough. I guess that covers his protein for the day.

After such a big meal, I shared my ice-cream sandwich with him.

Bedtime was once-again a non-issue. It's so nice to be able to put him in his crib and say goodnight!

Monday, June 05, 2006

Peachy

Bud slept in a little this morning, and woke about 7:15 or so. M-lady took care of him until almost 9:00. I got out of bed around 8:30 to cook for Bud for a few days: some rice, and vegetable stir-fry (he still seems to really dig broccoli).

I ended up pretty busy during the day, and missed seeing Bud, but reports were he ate his rice along with a lot of fruit. Sounds like he had a pretty good day. In the evening we made a video call to one set of grandparents, who got to hear Bud in one of his more chatty moods. Bud got a little restless, though, so we went off to have a dinner of chicken and peaches.

After dinner, I took Bud out in the Chariot for a jog. He was a little reluctant to get in (he wanted to explore the garage), but he was pretty content for most of the run. The weather was cooler, so we had bundled him up a bit. I tilted him back a few times to look at airplanes going by overhead as we went. M-lady made a run to the grocery store while we were out, picking up ingredients for homemade smoothies. I'll report tomorrow on how those go over.

It was a bit later than I expected when we got back, so the bedtime routine started pretty quickly. We've started including tooth-brushing into the bedtime routine, and Bud seems to be OK with it so far. For the actual putting to bed, both M-lady and I took him into his room, lay him in his crib, and said goodnight. That was a first, I think. Or at least the first in a really long time.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Hey, Where's the Nap?

Bud managed to go the day today apparently with only one 20 minute nap. He was pretty tired in the evening, though.

He slept in a little this morning, as we hoped he would, waking at about 7:30. I got up and we did our morning routine, although he didn't really have much milk and really wanted some juice. I gave him a little bit of orange juice cut with water, but he really didn't drink a lot of that, either.

We watched some Bob the Builder, and read his new book with signs in it, Signs for Bedtime. He really wanted it read over and over, and after the 3rd or 4th reading I think he'd mastered most of the signs. I'm not sure he's got all the meaning - for example, one of the signs is for 'love' - but he's got all the motions down, I think.

M-lady took off for a late morning ballet class, and Bud and I went out to run an errand and then go to the park. Bud had a pretty good time at the park. We played on the swings, and climbed the play structure, and played in the sand a bit. We even interacted with some of the other kids there. But the sun was hot, and Bud was interested in walking around some. We took a close look at a game of cricket being played in a nearby field... unfortunately I really couldn't explain very much of the game to Bud, not being vary familiar with it myself. Eventually we wound up back at tha car, and drove home.

Bud fell asleep on the drive home, but woke when we arrived at about 11:30. That was a the only sleep he got during the day today. He was a little grouchy after waking up, so we ate some lunch of grilled cheese and strawberries. M-lady arrived home with another Jamba Juice for Bud, so he had some of that, too.

I managed to get a quick nap in, while M-lady played with Bud in the yard for a bit. When I got up, Bud was eating some strawberries, and had some raisins and half an apple as well.

Shortly thereafter we wandered out to the Sunnyvale Art and Wine Festival, going on down the street. Bud was really tired, but seemed to enjoy seeing all the people and hearing the music. He got a little upset on the way home, but considering how tired he must have been really behaved very well.

Bud ate two whole scrambled eggs for dinner, as well as some more strawberries. It was pretty impressive. After dinner I took him into the shower, where he enjoyed playing with the bubbles again.

We put Bud to bed straight away without fuss at about 7:30.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Second Swingtime Show

Bud woke at about 6:30 this morning, which still feels early, but really seems to be his usual wake up time now. M-lady got up to take care of him as I got up to get ready for a morning of track cycling. I kept an eye on Bud for a few minutes before I left, and we enjoyed reading some books and playing with Peek-a-Blocks.

When I returned at about 12:30, Bud and M-lady had already been out to two different fabric stores with Nanny J, and were home working on taking a nap. Bud was clearly tired but not sleeping. He had eschewed solid food for juice at lunch, and continued this trend throughout the day. M-lady speculated that maybe it hurt a bit to chew with his molars coming in, but who knows. Maybe he was just thirsty today.

We had a reasonably mellow afternoon, and the left for Stanford at about 4:45 to see the Swingtime Spring Show. Since we arrived about 45 mintues before the show was to start, we wandered over to the Jamba Juice on campus and got smoothies. Bud shared M-lady's smoothie, and even got his own little cup. He had a death-grip on that cup and straw for the next hour or so.

We made our way back to the show, and got seats and waited for the start. Bud was interested in checking out the fountain again before the show, but once things got started he sat on my lap, perfectly content, for the whole thing. He would even occasionally clap along with the music and applaud at the end of each number. He really watches the dances closely. We came to this show last year as well (Bud's first Stanford dance event), and he enjoyed it then, too.

We got home a little after Bud's usual bedtime, but he was still pretty awake. We finally got some solid food into him: he had a couple of french fries and some chicken, as well as half an apple and about 8 ounces of milk. Bedtime followed shortly thereafter, but he didn't get to sleep until after 9:00pm, which is a bit late for him. Maybe he'll sleep in a bit tomorrow!

Friday, June 02, 2006

Starting Stunting

Bud woke this morning at about 6:30, and I went to pick him up at about 6:45. We did the usual in the morning, although he did do something new while we were playing. He ducked his head into his half-empty book box, and then popped it out again while looking at me and said, "Boo!". Then some giggling and many repeats. As far as I know, this is the first time he's initiated playing peek-a-boo. He's so cool.

Bud had a good part of a waffle at about 8:00, and then M-lady came and joined us at 8:45.

In the late afternoon, I took a break from work to play a little Perplex City. I was working on a musical puzzle, and pulled out my guitar to help out with it. Bud was pretty intrigued by the guitar, so we spend a fair amount of time playing and exploring the device. After a while, it was clear that the coolest parts of the guitar were the pickup 3-position toggle switch and the picks.

Bud was a little fussy in the evening, and our suspicion is teething discomfort (or it could be the heat, too). He enjoyed chewing on his refrigerated teether, and after that I gave him some chips of ice. He thought the chips of ice were hilarious.

For further distraction, we worked on our stunting. Bud is still a little wobbly, but he's getting better all the time. And boy does he love getting up into the air! In the photo we're working on a proto-'cupie' (or 'awesome', depending on where you're from). And it's a good workout for me, too.

Bud and M-lady went for a brief walk in the evening, while I worked on the newly broken garage door. After they returned, there was just enough time to watch Pingu before starting the bedtime routine. We put Bud in a two-piece, non-footy PJs for the first time in a while.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

New Fruits

Bud started making noise at about 6:45 this morning, but it was his more usual playing in the crib kind of noise. M-lady went to do the morning routine with him at about 7:00. I took over at about 9:00, and Bud and I hung out and read books.

At about 10:00, Bud seemed hungry so we took a look at what was available. He seemed interested in the nectarine, so I obligingly cut one up for him. It seemed pretty tart to me, but Bud didn't seem to mind at all. He ate a good 3/4 of the nectarine, and a half of an apple as well. He also had a bit of muffin and lots of water. All in all, it was a solid mid-morning snack.

We got ready to go out after that, and took a quick trip to Fry's. Bud is pretty tolerant of me spending time in Fry's as long as we keep moving. Stop too long in one place, and he'll start getting fidgety. So after a quick run through Fry's, we headed off to the park to meet some other Mommies.

Bud was a little clingy at the park. He didn't really venture very far, although he showed some interest in sticks (and chewing on them), and would run to me if I jogged a little distance away and turned around. When he'd arrive I'd throw him up in the air and catch him, a game which he loves. So he got at least a little bit of exercise.

He also ate some more at the park, and had some blueberries offered by one of the mommies. He really liked the blueberries, although another mommy had raisins, which were also very popular. I'll have to start bringing more interesting food to mommy group if I want to be popular with the babies.

Bud was fairly tired when we left, and fell asleep on the way home. He apparently woke up shortly after I put him in his crib, though, and didn't finish his nap until much later in the afternoon.

M-lady took care of Bud in the evening, while I got out for a bike ride. When I got back, Bud was just finishing up dinner. We had time to watch Pingu, and hang out for a little bit, and then start the bedtime cycle. Bud went to bed without complaint, just a little bit later than usual.