Saturday, September 30, 2006

Moody

Bud was a bit moody today. He woke up at around 6:00, and I got up to see if he'd go back to sleep. No dice. So we got up, got some milk, and played for a bit in his playroom. He was having fun with the puzzles.

At about 6:45, I needed to start getting ready for a bike race, and handed Bud over to M-lady. They were playing pretty happily when I left. They read lots of books while I was gone, apparently, and caught a few videos on YouTube. When I got back at about 10:00, both Bud and M-lady were looking pretty happy.

After I cleaned up a little, Bud and I played with his Legos, and then he shared some of the noodles from my early lunch (recovery meal after the bike race). We watched a little bit of football, and then made a quick video call to a set of Grandparents. They were very happy to see him, and although he seemed more interested in the items around the computer (the mouse, keyboard, a pen, etc.), he actually enjoyed interacting with them, too. He was very sad when we hung up and said goodbye, crying for Ama and Agu.

We headed back to the kitchen for a real lunch, and Bud had an entire plum, a heaping helping of rice, and some chicken. He kept chewing on pieces of chicken and then handing them back. Ewww. The rice and the plum were hits, though. M-lady took off for a wedding while we were eating lunch.

After lunch, Bud and I sat and watched football and a little bit of one of his Baby Einstein DVDs for a few minutes, and then I took Bud back to his room for a nap. He fell asleep pretty quickly, and had a solid nap from 12:30 to 2:45. He was reasonably happy when he woke up, although he wasn't interested in getting dressed. So he ran around in his underwear for a while.

We played in his playroom, and had a good time, and eventually sat down to a snack of watermelon when M-lady returned from the wedding. She got herself settled and I started getting ready for my second race, and set about eating an afternoon snack of which Bud really wanted to partake. He was very insistant about it, and got downright fussy. M-lady finally placated him by watching some of the Animusic DVD, and I left for the race while they were so engaged.

Bud and M-lady eventually made a trip out to Target, and then to the park. Apparently Bud had a good time rolling around in the sand at the park. When I got home from my race, M-lady was holding Bud and let me know it was shower time. So Bud and I got in the shower and I spent a good amount of time trying to get all the sand out of his hair. He got it everywhere! I even extracted quite a bit from up his nose.

In any case, we emerged much cleaner than we started, and got going on the bedtime routine. Bud was pretty tired, and went to sleep quickly after milk, Pingu, and a quick bedtime story.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Grumpy Morning, Happy Afternoon

M-lady got up with Bud this morning at about 5:45. He ended up being pretty grumpy for most of the morning. M-lady tried to get him to rest a little longer, but he wasn't interested. They did the morning routine, and I heard them go to the office to look at pictures on the computer for a while. M-lady handed him off to me around 8:00, and reported that they took a look at some videos on YouTube as well.

Bud was a bit fussy, and eventually settled down watching some of the Animusic video. We enjoyed that together for a while, and then I convinced him to get in his high-chair to eat some cereal. I figured he'd need to eat something before his gymnastics class, and he happily munched away on Kix until it was time to go.

M-lady took him to gymnastics, and reported that he had a breakthrough day! He had a great time, and while he still didn't really grok the warm-up exercises or stretches, he let the coach help him with a number of activities, including hand stands, bar-hangs (he pulled his feet up), and forward and backward rolls. M-lady also reported that he hung from the rings (almost) entirely on his own.

After class, he had a good time with Nanny J walking in the park and looking at the ducks, although he was getting fussy and tired. Nanny J managed to get him home and fed before he took a good long nap in the early afternoon. After his nap he was generally much happier.

When I got home, Bud had apparently just had a bit of a fright from the alarm clock in the playroom. When R was staying, he had set it, and Bud managed to set it off while playing with it this afternoon. It was apparently very loud, and startled Bud a bit. He was still a bit concerned about it when I arrived home. M-lady fixed the issue by unplugging the clock. I'll take a look at it tomorrow.

Bud had a pretty good dinner of chicken, potato, and broccoli, and then we all went to the grocery store to stock up. We were pretty much entirely out of food. Bud had a reasonably good time at the store, and enjoyed seeing all the stuff in the aisles. I gave him a package of noodles to play with, and that kept him entertained for a while.

When we got home it was just about bedtime. Bud had his milk, we watched a Pingu, and did the bedtime routine. He was very ready to go to bed, and waved a happy goodnight to us as we left.

We're going to have to get video calls into the grandparents this weekend! It's been so long since Bud has chatted with them.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Being Cute

Bud woke this morning at about 5:45, and although we sort of tried going back to sleep for a bit, he was half-hearted about it. So we got up and grabbed some milk at about 6:15.

Bud and I had a pretty good morning, watching a Bob, playing with puzzles, and generally hanging out. He got some great new chinese-english pictures books from Nanny J and her sister, and we read some of those as well. He had an extra helping of milk a little bit after the first cup, and declined the raisin toast I made for him, but did have a couple of muffins.

At about 9:00, he was getting a little fussy, and ran off to his room with his blanky. I found him pointing up at his crib. So I grabbed a pacifier for him and dropped him in. He didn't like that, so instead I sat on the glider and put him in my lap. He curled up and slept until 10:30.

When he got up, he was in a better mood, and we got dressed and headed over to play group. It was an intimate affair today, with Bud, A and daughter Al, and S and daughter Am. The two girls were playing fairly vigorously when we arrived, and Bud spent the first 20 minutes or so just watching and hanging on to my leg. After a while he warmed up and had a good time playing, though.

He ate quite a few grapes some orange sections, and a whole lot of A's pumpkin bread. I got the recipe from her, and hope we have a chance to give it a try this weekend. Bud also enjoyed saying hello to the two dogs in the backyard. When it was time to go, Al gave Bud a kiss. Bud looked a little concerned. It was really cute... too bad I didn't have the camera with me.

On the way home, I rolled down the windows in the car. Bud loves having the wind in his face. I could hear him giggling and see his hands waving in the rear-view mirror. When I turned around, he was wearing a huge grin. When we got home, he grabbed his Pooh bear (actually, one of my old Pooh bears) and sat him down on his little trike. Then he sat down behind Pooh. Once again, it was really cute. This time I got a photo of it.

Nanny J arrived shortly thereafter, just as we were about to sit down for lunch. They had a good afternoon, and Bud even took another reasonable nap. He was cranky when he got up for a while, apparently. But he was pretty happy by the time M-lady and I went to get him.

We packed up and headed over to Armadillo Willy's for dinner, and had a good time. Bud was a bottomless pit, eating corn bread and hamburger hand over fist. He ate about half of M-lady's burger. It was wild. He was still asking for more when we cut him off. I promised him ice cream at home, though, and that seemed to satisfy him.

We swung by the sporting goods store on the way back, and Bud had a good time running around in there a bit. The wind was a little chilly on the way home, but we had brought Bud's jacket, so he seemed pretty content. He was in a good mood when we got home.

We watched a Bob, and then Bud and I shared some ice cream. He really enjoyed that. Afterwards, it was Pingu and the bedtime routine, which went smoothly. Hopefully he'll sleep a little bit later tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

More Visitor

Bud woke this morning at about 6:30, and M-lady got up to watch Bud. I got up at about 7:45, and took buddy R to the train station, and then came back and watched Bud until Nanny J arrived. We watched some Bob, and played for a bit, and had some muffins and toast. He was generally in a good mood, and we had a good time.

He went to the library with Nanny J today, and they had fun looking at the fish tanks. Apparently there were two distinctive fish that were chasing each other around the tank, and they had a good time watching those fish. He enjoyed some corn-on-the-cob at lunchtime again, and had a reasonable nap.

In the evening, Bud was anxious to have more corn. So he had the other half of his corn cob, and then got a good portion of M-lady's pizza and a reasonable helping of watermelon. He had a really big dinner. Afterwards M-lady watched him while I picked buddy R up from the train station again.

Bud enjoyed playing with buddy R again, and we had a pleasant evening chatting and pushing a little cardboard box around. Bud would hand it to R, who would slide it across the floor. Bud would giggle and chase after it. This was repeated quite a few times. Eventually bedtime came up, and Bud was pretty wiped out. We watched a couple of Pingus, drank some bedtime milk, and headed to bed without any issue at all.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

A Visitor

Bud slept until about 6:45 this morning, at which point I got up and we hung out for a while. He decided to dump out his big lego bucket on the floor, and we put all the pieces back in the bucket together. Then he dumped them again. We did that several times, and I started trying to sort the pieces with him by color. "Let's put all the blue pieces in now!" He did pretty well with that.

I handed off to M-lady at about 8:30 or so, and Bud seemed to have a good time with her while I showered and got ready for work. I watched him again for a few minutes before Nanny J arrived.

In the afternoon, I arrived home at about 6:00. Reports were that even though Bud's nose was running a bit, he wasn't very fussy during the day, save for a bit around his bath in the late afternoon. But he cheered up again, and seemed pretty happy to see me.

I dashed out again 15 minutes later to pick up buddy R, visiting from out of town. R also has a son, 2 weeks older than Bud. So we get to share lots of parenting stories. R was in town for work and spending a couple of evenings with us. Bud was a little wary of him at first, but after about 20 minutes decided he was OK and was having a great time playing with him.

I ran out to pick up a pizza for dinner, and when I got back Bud was screaming and giggling and running around with R. It was good to see. We all had some dinner together, with Bud sharing some of my pizza and also eating a healthy portion of chicken. It was almost 7:30 when we finished, though.

We all played for a few more minutes, and then watched a Pingu and started the bedtime cycle. He went to bed cheerfully, and didn't make any noise, even though it looked like it was going to take him a little while to fall asleep. I hope he doesn't wake too early tomorrow!

Monday, September 25, 2006

Fun with Mama

I only saw Bud for a little while today, as I have a quarterly team meeting for work today and tomorrow. Bud woke at about 5:00, and M-lady went to watch him. They curled up on the couch to sleep some more, but apparently Bud had a bit too much of a post-nasal drip and barfed after a little bit. M-lady enlisted my help in getting him cleaned up.

He didn't seem very upset. I think he probably felt a lot better after barfing, and I got him wiped up and into some clean clothes. M-lady took him again after that, and I managed to go back to sleep for about 20 minutes before I had to get up and go to work.

The rest of the day was reported to me, as I didn't get back home until well after 9:00pm. M-lady and Bud apparently had a good morning, and he also had a good time with Nanny J in the later morning. He's still enjoying his Monday class, and really likes the trampoline.

He also had a great evening with M-lady. They had a good dinner of chicken and potato, and then made a trip to the grocery store. He was very good in line at the grocery store, holding M-lady's hand in line and being admired. There's a fountain outside the grocery store that they spent a lot of time looking at and playing around, and then spent some time in a nearby toy store. They had a very good time hanging out together.

I don't need to be into the office quite so early tomorrow, and I should be home before bedtime, so I'm looking forward to seeing him a bit more tomorrow. I missed him today.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Classic Vids

Bud slept in this morning until about 7:00, which was a nice change. I got up and hung out with him for a while, and he was in a good mood for most of the morning.

Bud had some sniffles yesterday, and had a very minor cough today, although his nose was a little less runny. His energy level didn't really seem to be effected, and it doesn't really seem to be bringing him down at all. Hopefully he'll recover without ever feeling too sick.

We had fun playing, and watching video clips dug up on YouTube. It's fun to be able to share some of the classics with him. I showed him Sesame Street clips of "Rubber Ducky" and "Would You Like To Buy An O". We saw some Bob The Builder clips, and a few other Sesame Street ones, too.

M-lady took over at about 9:30, and I got a nap in. When I got up, M-lady had baked muffins and had a good time with Bud. I watched him for a few minutes, and then took off for a short bike ride. When I returned, Bud was napping in M-lady's lap. I went and tried to transfer him to his crib, but he started waking up, so I let him sleep on my lap for the remainder of his nap. He slept for about 90 minutes overall, so not too bad.

He woke pretty happy, and I got him dressed and we watched some football. After a bit, I decided he needed to get out of the house, so we headed out to Tower Records. I let Bud walk around, and he picked up a number of DVDs, but was good about putting them back (I kept a close eye on him, too, and that probably helped). Eventually we headed out and hit SportMart, where we looked at all sorts of things. Again, he was good running around, although he didn't want to leave the balls.

When we got home, we helped M-lady make dinner, and Bud had a pretty good helping of chicken and potatoes.

Nanny K arrived to watch Bud in the evening while M-lady and I went to a concert. Bud was pretty happy to see her, calling her by name, and they apparently had a good time together. There was singing, puzzling, and tunnels involved. Nanny K discovered that Bud will smile and say "cheese" for the camera if you ask him to.

He went to sleep without issue. I hope he sleeps well tonight.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Mommy's Home!

M-lady got up with Bud at about 5:00 this morning. Not sure why he's been waking so early. In any case, M-lady did a great job of taking care of Bud this morning, and I got to sleep in a bit for the first time in a while.

When I got up at about 8:30, M-lady took a turn napping, and Bud and I hung out for a bit. I looked for some football, but nothing was on that early, so we watched a Bob and played for a bit. We listened to some music on the PC, and watched a few music videos on YouTube. At about 10:00, Bud had large snack of watermelon, and after that we got dressed and started watching some football. Bud actually ran around for a bit while I was watching football... he looked like he was dancing, but there wasn't really any music on. He had a great time.

M-lady got up a little bit after that, and I took the opportunity to get myself dressed. Bud had some toast for lunch, but spurned the lasagna we tried to feed him. Oh well.

After lunch, I was hoping he'd take a little nap before we went to a picnic a couple of friends were throwing in the early afternoon. Bud was happy enough to lie down in his crib, but after about 45 minutes of squirming, it was pretty clear that he wasn't going to nap that way. So we packed up and headed off to the picnic. He was asleep in the car after about 5 minutes.

At the picninc, M-lady went to see the hosts and hang out a little bit while I stayed with Bud in the car and let him sleep a bit longer. He got most of an hour nap before he woke up and we joined everyone else. There was a daughter of a good friend at the picnic who is a few days older than Bud, and they regarded each other warily while M-lady and I caught up with their parents.

Bud was pretty shy through most of the picnic, what with just waking up from his nap and his generally reserved disposition around lots of people. Eventually he woke up enough to crawl around and have a good time playing in the dirt, though.

We dusted him off and got him home, and M-lady made a run for the grocery store while I hung out with Bud some more. M-lady picked up Jamba Juices for dinner for all of us, so we had a nice cool dinner together.

After dinner, M-lady watched Bud while I took a little nap. It was really nice to be able to catch up on sleep today after last week. When I got up we put Bud in the shower with me to clean him up, got ready for bed, and put him down a little bit early. He'd only had an hour nap during the day, so he was pretty ready to go to sleep.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Tumble Track

Bud woke this morning at 4:45. Ugh. I changed his diaper and sat with him for a while, but he didn't fall asleep again until about 6:00. I went back to bed, but he was up at 6:30, before I drifted off myself. At that point we got up, went to the kitchen, and started our usual morning routine.

He was a bit fussy in the morning, probably since he was tired. We watched a Bob the Builder, and had some raisin toast at about 8:00, but other than that he didn't want me to put him down, or sit down while holding him. It made for a fairly long morning.

At about 8:45, we packed up and went to gymnastics, where we met Nanny J. We were there a few minutes early, and Bud was being very shy. When the other kids showed up, he joined in reasonably well though, and by the time we finished with warm-ups he was having a good time.

The first activity after warm-ups (jogging back and forth, hopping, some stretches, etc.) was a little obstacle course. Bud liked jumping off the springboard, and I spotted him through some forward sommersaults. He really liked the handstand with me holding his ankles (man this kid likes to be upside-down!). He was very good at walking the low beam while holding one of my hands.

After doing that for a little while we headed over to the adult gymnastics area, where the kids got to bounce on the tumble track. For those who don't know, a tumble track is a long, skinny trampoline meant for learning gymnastics passes. The kids started just by bouncing along on two feet. Bud really, really liked the tumble track once he got the idea, and did some very good bouncing. Then we worked on sit-bounces, and Bud had a good time with those while we spotted, although he didn't really do them himself. After playing on the tumble track for a while, we headed back to the kids room for hand stamps to round out the day.

I left Bud with Nanny J, and they had a good time walking around the pond at the park there and looking at the ducks and the fish. They got home, and Bud had some food, and then a very solid nap from about 11:30 to 1:30. M-lady arrived home at about 12:30 (yay!), and Nanny J left at about 1:00. M-lady had a good time with Bud for the rest of the afternoon while I finished up work.

Bud was pretty happy when I got home, and M-lady and I tag-teamed through the evening. Aunt O came over after dinner, and Bud managed to get ahold of her pen and pencil set... he spent a good part of the evening chewing on them. Sorry about that, O.

He asked for milk before dinner, so we gave him about four ounces then, and then he had another seven before bedtime. After that we watched Pingu, and put him to bed a little bit earlier than usual. Hopefully he'll sleep a little better tonight. Nanny J suggested he might be getting cold in the early morning, which is why he's waking up, so we'll give him a light blanket before we go to bed ourselves.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Early Morning, Short Evening

Bud woke at about 5:00 this morning, and wasn't interested in going back to sleep. Oh well. We stopped trying to sleep at about 5:45, and went and had milk and started the morning.

We watched a few Bob the Builder episodes (spaced out over the morning), and read books, and played with stuffed animals, and did puzzles, and listened to some music on the computer. All in all we generally had a good time. We had some raisin toast at about 8:00, as well as a muffin or two.

Nanny J showed up at 9:00, and I headed back to the office to get some work done. Bud seemed pretty happy through the morning. I believe they stepped out to a park in the later morning, and he had a good nap in the afternoon. I heard him fussing a little in the later afternoon, when I returned from the office, but he had a good time in his bath (I heard him splashing and giggling), and fun playing with Nanny J after that.

Nanny J stayed a little later than usual today, which was nice as I was able to resolve a few work items before taking Bud back. When she left at about 6:30, I immediately got him going on some dinner. He had half an ear of corn (with gusto), and a fair portion of chicken as well.

Since we had run out of raisin bread this morning, and didn't have any more corn, I thought we should make a dash to the grocery store. After dinner we packed up and made a quick run to the store, which Bud seemed to enjoy quite a bit. He was constantly pointing to items around him and chattering. He also enjoyed waving and saying "Hi!" to people.

After a successful grocery run, we got home, unloaded the groceries together, and then started in on the bedtime routine. We watched two Pingus while Bud had about 10 ounces of milk, and the rest of the routine was uneventful. He went to sleep peacefully.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Books and Aunts

Bud slept soundly through the night, and woke at about 7:15. He was a little grumpier than usual this morning when he woke; that is, he wasn't quite as bright and happy-chipper as he has been the past few mornings. He was happy enough after getting his milk, though.

We played a bit in the morning, and Bud insisted on taking all the books off his bookshelf and piling them next to me. Repeatedly. After he'd cleared the shelf once, I worked with him to put all the books back. Then he started over. Oh well. He seemed to be having a good time.

We sat down to have some raisin toast right as Nanny J arrived. Bud was again happy to see Nanny J, and I was able to extract myself without difficulty after saying goodbye.

In the afternoon, I heard Bud making quite a bit of noise. It turned out he was singing, or at least, I think that's what he was doing. He was definitely having a good time, though, first singing into one of his play bottles, and then into a wooden letter 'T' from one of his puzzles.

Nanny J departed right as Aunt O arrived. We all packed up and headed off towards a local cafe that Aunt O really enjoys. When we got there, I realized that it wasn't really set up to be very child friendly. I sat Bud on my lap through the meal, and he was well enough behaved that it wasn't an issue.

I had a chicken empanada, which was great, and I thought Bud would really like it. He eagerly tried a bite, chewed it up, and then took it out of his mouth and handed it to me. Yuck. I tried one more time with the same result. No empanadas for him! He munched on his cereal and some raisins instead.

As we walked back to the car, I let Bud walk while holding my hand. He enjoyed trotting along and looking around. He doesn't seem to be trying to get away constantly like he did a few weeks ago, which is nice. He's also waving at people and saying "Hi", although he's still shy when they say "Hi" back.

We went for a brief walk around the neighborhood when we arrived home, and Bud enjoyed trotting some more and also a ride on my shoulders for some of the time. It was near bedtime when we got back, so we stalled for a few minutes and then put on a Pingu and did the bedtime routine, which was very straightforward.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Turkey Goes Gobble-Gobble

Another happy day, if missing M-lady a bit. Bud wake briefly at about 3:00am, but went back to sleep quickly once I went to sit with him for a bit. He then slept soundly until 7:00.

He was happy when we got up, and chatted and giggled around his morning milk. He asked where M-lady was when we first went into the office again ("Mama? No Mama"). I did hear him reiterate the question a few times during the day as well. We watched a Bob the Builder, and played for a bit before the cleaners showed up at about 8:00.

Bud has been pretty wary of the cleaners in the past, although fascinated by their vacuum cleaner. Today he was a bit more outgoing, waving and saying, "Hi," and then giving a big smile. Starting to learn how to flirt, I guess. In any case, he started actively winning them over. Maybe he thinks he can get at the vacuum cleaner that way.

Nanny J showed up at 9:00, while Bud was working on a piece of raisin toast. She took over, and Bud didn't fuss at the transition at all. He went to the library in the late morning, and had a good nap and a bath in the afternoon.

Bud was in a good mood all evening as well. Nanny J left at about 5:30, and Bud and I got dressed for going out for dinner. Nanny K arrived a little after 6:00, and we packed up and headed out for Armadillo Willy's. It was a pleasant walk, although the temperature had dropped a little. Bud didn't need his jacket on the way there, but we put it on him on the way back.

At Armadillo Willy's I got a turkey breast sandwich, instead of my usual pork sandwich. Bud ate a big chunk of turkey from my sandwich (pulled into little morsels). He identified it as chicken, and asked for more by saying "bk-bk-bk". I spent some time explaining that it was turkey instead of chicken, and turkeys say "gobble-gobble-gobble". He didn't seem convinced.

Since he had quite a bit of turkey, Nanny K was kind enough to share her cornbread muffin with Bud. He had quite a bit of that as well, so it was a good meal all the way around.

By the time we got home, it was getting pretty late, and we started the bedtime routine after about 15 minutes. Bud enjoyed about 9 ounces of milk with an episode of Pingu, and the rest of the bedtime routine was unremarkable. He went to sleep without fuss. I hope he sleeps better tonight.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Looking for Mama

Bud and I had a pretty good day today. M-lady left for a business trip early in the morning (really, really early in the morning), so I got up with Bud when he woke at about 5:45. He had saturated his diaper, which really wasn't surprising given how much milk he'd had right before bed. I probably should have put a diaper doubler on him, but I wasn't thinking ahead.

I tried to get Bud to sleep a little bit longer, but nothing doing. We got some milk and started the day at about 6:30. He was in a good mood, and we played and read books for a while. When I took him into the bedroom so I could pick up my glasses, he said, "Mama?", looking for M-lady in bed. When he saw she wasn't there, he said, "no Mama." I explained that she was on a business trip and we would see her at the end of the week. A little later, we went into the office so I could check email and my schedule for the day, and as we walked in Bud said, "Mama?", looking at M-lady's chair in front of her computer. He clearly knows where to find her. When he saw she wasn't there, he once again said, "no Mama."

We listened to some music on my PC, and he really liked 'Joyride' by Roxette. He even started singing along. We listened to some other tunes, and played on the Bob the Builder website a bit, before going back out to the playroom.

Nanny J arrived at about 9:00, and Bud was really happy to see her. They were already playing happily as I headed back to the office to get started on some work.

Bud greeted me fresh from a bath in the afternoon. He was still happy. Nanny J took her leave, and Bud and I turned on Monday Night Football and played around a bit. We had some fish and rice for dinner, and Bud had a couple bites of each, but was much more interested in a plum I cut up for him. It was a pretty good sized plum, and he ate the whole thing except for a bite I had to check the sweetness and consistency.

After dinner, we made a video call to one set of Grandparents, and Bud behaved really well. We had a nice chat, and Bud showed off some of his counting skills. Since the chat went well, and Bud seemed to be doing OK, I thought I'd try another video call to a second set of grandparents. Unfortunately, Bud had a bit of a meltdown on that call. I managed to get him back together by giving him a pacifier, and then the rest of the call went OK.

By the time we finished with the calls, it was just about bedtime, so we watched a Pingu, had some milk, and did the bedtime routine. He went down without fuss, and I hope he sleeps just a little later tomorrow morning.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Happy Zoo Day

Bud was once again pretty happy all day. It's nice that he seems to be feeling well.

He woke a little after 7:00, and M-lady went to take care of him and start the day. I hung out with him for a little while after about 8:30, while M-lady got herself ready and packed for a trip to the zoo. We played for a bit, reading books and rearranging his bookshelf a bit. M-lady came back to keep an eye on him while I got ready for my ride, and he only inhibited me a bit when he was trying to get at the waterbottles I was packing.

After I left, he and M-lady made more blueberry muffins. Boy, does he like his muffins. He ate a bunch, and then they packed up and headed off to the zoo.

They had a good time at the zoo, although since it was later in the day than they usually go, most of the animals were napping or otherwise taking cover from the heat. The primary exception, however, was the tortise, who was doing laps around his enclosure. Bud reportedly had a good time.

He napped a little bit on the way to the zoo, but not on the way back. I arrived home before they did, and he was happy and giggly when they pulled up. He hadn't had a great lunch, since the lines at the concession stands were apparently really long in the afternoon, so I fixed him some rice, chicken, and spinach, which he ate with gusto. While we were finishing up, he said, "Ama, Agu, Hello?" I took it to mean he wanted to call Grandma and Granddad, so that's what we did next.

Bud got to see Cousin LR briefly on a vid call to Grandma and Granddad, but LR didn't seem to grok the video yet. Bud was cheerful and happy to see the grandparents, though. After that call, we made another call to another set of grandparents, which lasted until Bud started getting a bit squirmy. Bud showed off how he can count to five in English now. He's almost got ten, but keeps skipping a few numbers. He's got ten in Mandarin nailed.

In the afternoon, we watched some football, and played a bit in his playroom and around the house. He was in a good mood most of the afternoon. When dinnertime rolled around he asked for milk, which we usually reserve for first thing in the morning and right before bed. But he was pretty insistant, so we let him have some. He drank a good 14 ounces, and also had some muffins, watermelon, and noodles. It was a pretty good meal.

He was starting to get tired after dinner, even though he was still generally in a good mood. We gave him a shower, which he enjoyed quite a bit. He didn't seem to be anxious to get into his PJs, though. We watched a few minutes of football, and then a watched a couple of recorded Pingu and had some milk. He drank another serious helping of milk, and then went off to bed, a little earlier than usual, without fuss. I'm happy he stayed so happy during the day on minimal napping, but it will be nice to get him back on a schedule of sorts during the week with some longer naps.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

So Well Behaved

Bud woke a bit early this morning, at a little after 5:30. I cuoldn't get him to go back to sleep, so we were up for the duration. He had milk at about 6:15, and we had two pieces of raisin toast at about 7:30.

The rest of the morning was really pretty mellow. M-lady went to ballet class at about 8:30, and Bud and I watched some of the Iowa vs. Iowa St. football game. We also spent some time monkeying around with my guitar again, which Bud seemed very interested in. He even danced and giggled while I strummed a couple of tunes.

Late morning we had a snack consisting mostly of watermelon, with a little bit of waffle thrown in for good measure. After the snack we wrestled a bit in the playroom, and played with some peek-a-blocks. Bud really seemed to have a good time the whole morning.

M-lady got home and I managed to get a bit of a nap in before we packed up and headed off to a good friend's wedding, which was held on a beautiful bit of wooded land halfway to Santa Cruz. Bud was well behaved through the ceremony, and, in fact, through the entire wedding. I think most of the time he was doing his 'very reserved and observant while there's lots of people around' thing.

He did enjoy the live musicians, particularly the guitars. We also spent some time wandering around the pond at the event site, looking at the fish and a getting a chance to see a couple of newts up close. Bud ate well at dinner, too.

He enjoyed the dancing, and got a waltz and a polka with M-lady and me. He also danced a little bit on his own, standing and bouncing to the music while holding my hand. Many of the wedding guests were impressed with his sense of rhythm. Later in the evening he started being more sociable, as well.

We stayed at the wedding until nearly 8:00, and a little before that changed Bud into his PJs. He fell asleep on the way home, and tolerated being moved to his crib without waking up too much. Hopefully he'll sleep in a little bit longer tomorrow.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Less Grumpy

Bud seemed in a better mood for most of the day today. He woke at about 5:30, but M-lady managed to get him sleep for a bit longer by curling up with him on the couch. He slept from 6:15 to 7:15, or so, and then had his milk and the standard morning routine. He was extremely cute when he and M-lady came and woke me at about 8:00.

I hung out with Bud for about an hour before M-lady took him to his gymnastics class. He was in a pretty good mood, and playful. We watched a Bob, trotted around his playroom for a bit, and had a piece of raisin toast. He probably would have eaten more if there had been more time, but we needed to get him off to class.

He was less shy in gymnastics today, and let the coach help him on a few of the exercises, including some pull-ups (called nose-touches, I believe). He seemed to enjoy himself more, and exhibited some strong climbing skills, as well. I look forward to taking him myself.

Nanny J had met them at gymnastics class, and took Bud around the park after class. They had a good time looking at the geese and the pond. When they got back, Bud ate three whole pieces of raisin toast in addition to his lunch. The kid was pretty hungry. He didn't nap quite as much today, but had a good appetite.

In the afternoon when M-lady and I got home, he was very interested in the video phone I brought home from work. I showed him how I could make short video calls, and how we could see ourselves on the screen with the right buttons. He was thrilled, and didn't want to leave. He kept asking for more. I think he wanted me to call the grandparents on the vidphone, but since it was only hooked up to my test network, there was no way for me to make a call out on that phone. Maybe in the future sometime...

Dinner was pretty straightforward, and Bud had good helpings of chicken and noodles. He enjoyed playing with the noodles a fair bit; they are fun to eat. We capped dinner with some ice cream, and he was a happy Bud.

We watched a Pingu at 7:45 or so, and Bud enjoyed it quite a bit. He was happy all the way through the bedtime routine, and even smiled at us as we put him down in his crib and turned out the light.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Grumpy Day

Bud was grumpy most of the day, both with me and with Nanny J. Not entirely sure why, but we've speculated molars coming in and/or a growth spurt. In any case, he was kind of low-level fussy all day.

It started pretty early, at about 3:00am. I got up to see how he was after he started making noise, and ended up changing his diaper and PJs. I eventually got him to go back to sleep, but it didn't happen until 4:30 or so. I slept in his room from about 5:00 to 5:30, then managed to sneak out.

Bud woke at about 6:15, and M-lady went a took him for a little while. She needed to leave for work early, though, so I got him back at about 6:45. We watched a Bob, but he wasn't really interested in playing or being set down at all.

At about 9:00, I managed to get him to eat, and he downed a piece of raisin bread toast, followed quickly by a piece of buttered toast (we ran out of raisin bread). I figured that might help his mood a bit, but it didn't really seem to make much of a difference. We went and listened to some music on the PC, where he fell asleep sitting in my lap.

We missed Mommy Group as Bud slept through it, from about 9:30 to a little past 11:00. He woke in slightly better spirits, but only slightly. I managed to get him dressed and we made a quick trip over to Toys R Us to pick up some diapers, and on our return convinced him to have some watermelon, which he gobbled up. Nanny J arrived while he was working on the melon.

Bud took another nap in the afternoon, which was good considering his lack of sleep during the night. But he was generally pretty fussy for Nanny J, as well. I heard him having a good time during his bath, though.

In the evening, Bud seemed to perk up a bit and enjoyed playing with M-lady and myself while we took turns making and eating dinner. He even ate a good portion of M-lady's dinner (more than she ate, I think), after he'd had another piece of toast. I had some ice cream with him after dinner, which he enjoyed very much.

A short time later, Bud asked for his bedtime milk. We complied, and with the recorded Pingu we got to put him to bed a little earlier than usual. He seemed more than ready to hit the sack.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Happy and Hyper

Bud slept in this morning until about 7:30, when M-lady went to get him. He was already awake and happy to see her. They came and woke me up at about 7:45, since Nanny J was due to arrive at 8:00. Nanny J came early this morning since M-lady and I had an early meeting to attend. Bud seemed pretty happy to see her, and was just in a generally good mood all morning.

Nanny J took Bud to a park down in Cupertino today for a change of scenery. He apparently had a good time, although he was a little nervous and clung to her leg for a fair chunk of time in the new surroundings.

In the afternoon, Nanny J and Bud played in the backyard a little bit. Our backyard is still a bit of a wilderness, and the grass in half the yard has died off since the sprinklers aren't very well positioned. At some point, I'm going to need to add at least one sprinker to the system to get even coverage in the yard. In any case, Nanny J suggested we take the part of the yard that doesn't have grass growing on it anymore and plant some beans, and she and Bud could go water them each day. It sounds like a good idea, so we'll either set up there or find a better spot to put in a little planter of some sort.

When M-lady and I got home mid-afternoon, Bud was pretty happy to see us, but didn't mind when we disappeared into the office for a while. He was still happy when we came out to get him from Nanny J. In fact, he got himself downright hyper.

M-lady and I took turns looking after Bud and preparing different parts of the meal. Bud tore around a bit, running into things and launching himself at M-lady and I. I wrestled with him a bit while I wasn't cooking, and he kept his energy up all the way to dinner time.

At dinner, he ate some broccoli, and chicken, and rice, but decided the strawberries weren't interesting. I suspect they're getting a little far out of season. But he did have a good meal. After dinner we placed a video call to a set of Grandparents, but Bud was starting to get a little cranky and he still wants to get at the keys on the laptop.

He had a minor meltdown after the video call, but we pulled it together with a pacifier and a little bit of time sitting in front of the PC, listening to tunes with a strong beat and watching the visualizer. It was getting pretty late at that point, though, so we removed to the living room to watch an episode of Pingu which I'd taped earlier in the day.

The rest of the bedtime routine was pretty straightforward, and Bud was really tired. He went to sleep quietly, and hopefully will sleep in again tomorrow morning.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Where's Pingu?

Bud woke at about 7:15 this morning. I went in and discovered a very groggy child with a serious case of bedhead. Unfortunately, I wasn't quick enough to capture the moment on film (being a bit groggy myself). After rousing from his initial torpor, Bud was in a pretty good mood for the rest of the morning. We watched a Bob, and read some stories, and played with cups and other toys.

Nanny J arrived while Bud was plowing into some muffins. He certainly seemed to be enjoying them. He was happy to see Nanny J, and they started playing together right away.

When I arrived home in the afternoon, Bud was happily washing his hands after another meal. We had a pretty good time in the early evening, and Bud had quite a few more muffins. I expect blue poop again tomorrow.

After a bit, we tried to place a video call to one set of grandparents, but the IM network was temporarily down. Bud got upset when I put the PC away (without showing him Ama and Agu), and had a bit of a meltdown. I tried to get him to eat again (some corn-on-the-cob), but he was too worked up. M-lady arrived home during this little tantrum, and we ended up putting Bud in his crib for a little while to settle down. We set the timer in his room, and after five minutes when the timer dinged came back to get him. It helped a bit, and shortly after we were able to get him into his highchair to enjoy his corn.

At the end of dinner, we finally managed to get the video call placed to the Grandparents. Bud was happy to see them, but it was getting a little late, and he started to get a little fussy towards the end of the call.

Pingu, sadly, has vanished from it's 7:45 slot. In Pingu's place, Sprout TV has brought in a new host for the nighttime show, and also brought back the odious 'Star'. So I set up our MythTV box to record Pingu at other times, and we can watch it at 7:45 tomorrow.

Instead of Pingu we watched a little bit of Lilo and Stitch, which Bud enjoyed quite a bit. The rest of the bedtime routine went smoothly, and he went to sleep quickly, worn out, I think from his earlier exertions.

Monday, September 11, 2006

New Songs

Bud woke at about 6:15 this morning, and while he was a little grumpy, he didn't have a fever. We did our usual morning thing, playing and watching a Bob the Builder, as well as reading and playing with stacking cups.

Bud has started to understand that the cups have a natural order for nesting. He'll disperse the cups onto the floor, and then work on nesting them all together again, and is now realizing that sometimes if a cup fits into another one, but is too small, then it's not the right one. He occasionally gets all 8 cups nested by himself now.

Nanny J arrived at 9:00, and since Bud was still a little grumpy, managed to get him to take a morning nap. Bud ended up also napping in the afternoon: neither nap was quite as long as his normal ninety minute afternoon nap, but he slept for more than two hours total during the day. He's probably still recovering a bit.

In the late afternoon, Bud came to see M-lady and I in the office. He crawled up into my lap, pointed at the phone and then my laptop, and asked "Ama, Agu?" It was very cute, and he clearly understands for what the phone and laptop are intended. Unfortunately, it wasn't a good time to try a videocall, and Nanny J managed to distract Bud by giving him a bath.

M-lady left at about 4:30 for a business trip, and will be returning tomorrow in the evening. Bud and I waved bye-bye to her. Shortly afterwards, Nanny K arrived to play with Bud in the evening, as I managed to get invited to go to Monday Night Football in Oakland with Uncle C. Bud apparently had a great time with Nanny K.

They sang lots, with Bud constantly asking for "Mo'?" Apparently, Bud really enjoyed 'Pop Goes The Weasel', yelling "Pop!" and jumping both at the appropriate time in the song and several times afterwards as well. He also demonstrated familiarity with 'Ring Around the Rosie', falling down and the right time. It occurred to me that there are a lot of songs I've just forgotten about when I sing to him.

Bud ate a solid dinner of corn-on-the-cob and ketchup (on hamburger) for dinner, and while they missed Pingu, the bedtime routine went smoothly. Bud was even well behaved for his diaper change; I think the irritation he's had the past couple days has subsided. He was sleeping soundly when I got home.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Feeling Better Now, Thank You

Bud slept through the night. Yay! He woke at about 5:45, and had a fever, so we gave him some Motrin and I went back to sleep for a while while M-lady and Bud watched some Bob the Builder and played a bit when his fever subsided. The fever didn't come back the rest of the day, so with any luck we're over that hurdle.

Bud and M-lady also made blueberry muffins this morning, of which Bud consumed about a dozen for breakfast. He didn't really eat very much for the rest of the day, though. Although he had 5 poops, I think... must be fallout from being sick. His last poop of the day was very blue.

M-lady left for a dance class, and Bud and I made some phone calls to family in the morning, but didn't manage to get any video calls connected. We played for a bit, and then I decided a trip to Toys R Us was in order, largely in seach of some good wooden blocks to try to promote stacking skills. We didn't find any blocks that I liked, but we did find some good magnetic letters for the fridge. We came home with them and Bud had a good time playing with them.

He didn't really eat much for lunch, and wasn't interested in napping, so I loaded him into the car for a drive. He fell asleep about two minutes into the drive, and I kept going for about a half hour. He did, indeed, wake up when we got home, but he had gotten at least a half hour of sleep. M-lady took him and tried to get him to sleep in his crib, with no success. She ended up napping on the couch with him after a while.

I snuck out for a bike ride while they were napping, and got back right around dinner time. Bud had gotten another 45 minutes of sleep or so, and then they generally had a good time until it came to changing Bud's diaper. His butt got pretty irritated today, what with all the pooping, and he wasn't interested in having his diaper changed.

For dinner, I convinced Bud to eat a little bit of the hamburger from yesterday, and he had about 5 bites with gusto, asking for more. Then he was finished. Oh well. We got a little protein into him, at least.

After dinner, we watched a little football, then went for a walk to the local playground to bleed off some of his excess energy. He had a great time, walking down to the playground holding our hands, playing around the equipment, and then coming home smiling and happy. Nary a breakdown in sight.

Bud also learned how to say "shoulder", and understands what I mean when I ask him if he wants to ride on my shoulders. Since he can answer that question now, it should be much easier on me, since before he would just kick me in the face as I tried to raise him to my shoulders if he didn't want to be there.

After the playground, I gave Bud a quick shower, we got into PJs, and just got to the TV in time to catch Pingu. Bud had a reasonable amount of milk, and the bedtime routine was pretty standard. He was rubbing his eyes during his story, and went to sleep quickly and quietly. I hope he sleeps well again tonight.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Long Day, No Nap

Bud had another long night. And by extension, so did M-lady and I. He woke at about 3:30, and really woke up all ready to get up and play. M-lady went out to him, and they had some milk and sat for a little bit. He got sleepy again shortly, and I traded off with M-lady at about 4:15 when she was trying to put him back in his crib.

I got him up and checked his temperature, which was again up to 101.5ish. After a dose of Motrin I rocked Bud for a few minutes, and he drifted off, although he woke again when I put him in his crib. So I sat next to him for a while, then slept next to him on the couch in his room. I woke up at about 7:15, and he was still sleeping, but he woke up as I tried to sneak out of the room.

Since it was light anyways, we got up, changed his diaper, and had more milk. He was in a pretty good mood, and we played and read books for a while until I handed him off to M-lady at about 8:30. They had a good time looking at old pictures of Bud on the computer, and M-lady handed Bud back to me at about 9:30.

M-lady left shortly after for a Mommy Group get-together, and to run some errands, and Bud and I watched a Bob the Builder. After Bob, I noticed his temperature was up again so got him to take a dose of Tylenol. I thought I'd try some eggs again for breakfast, since that went so well for dinner the previous night, but he wasn't interested. I finally got him to eat some toast by buttering it. He enjoyed playing with the butter on the toast before eating it.

We played some more after breakfast, and he started feeling better after his fever subsided. I made some hotdogs for myself for lunch, and Bud confiscated some, so he got some protein. Shortly afterwards I decided it was time to try to go out, both to get him out of the house and to put him to sleep for his nap in the car.

On the way to the bike shop, he fell asleep, so I turned around and came home. He woke up when I got home, having slept for about 10 minutes. So we went to the bike store, where he stayed awake. I didn't find what I was looking for there, so I tried a second bike store, where I did find what I was looking for. Bud was admired at both stores, although he kept up his 'wary' attitude.

On the way home from the second store, I decided to take the long way home, in the hopes Bud would fall asleep again. He did, and I was elated. And then he woke up when we got home, about 10 minutes later.

He again wasn't interested in napping, so we played a bit and made a video call to a set of grandparents. We watched a little bit of Sesame Street as well. Bud really likes Elmo, who seems to have a pretty universal appeal to tots.

At about 3:00, we decided to go for a drive and have another go at putting Bud to sleep, with limited success. Once again, he fell asleep a couple minutes before we got home at about 4:00, and woke on arrival. That was the last nap attempt for the day.

Dinner was grilled hamburgers, but Bud wasn't really interested. He did have a good portion of smoothie, though. When M-lady and Bud followed me out to the grill (Bud is certain I'm abandoning him every time I leave the house with hamburger patties), they grabbed a lemon from our tree outside. M-lady washed it for Bud, and he had a good time playing with it. He did end up chewing on it a bit, and subsequently vomited up a good portion of the smoothie he'd had earlier. Oh well.

He did have some strawberries after dinner, although not a huge amount. Once again, his appetite today was pretty thin.

We played for a while before bed, watched some football, and then caught Pingu. Bud had a good 13 or 14 ounces of milk before bed, and his temperature was low enough that we didn't give him a dose of Motrin or Tylenol. Hopefully he'll sleep well and wake up happy.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Sick Day and A Discovery

Bud didn't sleep very well last night, but that wasn't really very unexpected. He was up and down a bit between about 12:30 and 2:00, and I ended up sleeping on the couch in his room between 2:00 and 4:30 or so. He was up for good at about 6:15, when M-lady went to take care of him.

She handed him over to me at about 6:45, since she needed to get ready for an early meeting. I thought he was a little hot, so took his temp and discovered he was running a low fever of 101.3. So I gave him a dose of Tylenol, and we spent a very low-key morning. The fever is almost certainly a result of the Hep A vaccination he got yesterday, since he's already had 3 dTAPs before; this was his first Hep A.

At about 8:00 I decided that he really hadn't recovered enough energy to hack it at gymnastics class, so we decided not to go. Nanny J arrived at about 9:00, but couldn't lure him away with food this time. His appetite today was noticibly lacking. We made sure Bud was set up with a DVD to watch, and that grabbed his attention for a while. Apparently he loved the drum section on his Meet The Orchestra Baby Einstein DVD.

He took an early nap, and I checked his temperature again at about 12:30 when he woke up. It was back up to 101.6, so I gave him a dose of Motrin. The fever seemed to respond to the medication, so he ended up getting two more doses during the day: one at about 4:30, and one right before bed. The fever not got as high again during the day.

We managed to feed Bud a good quantity of watermelon at about 5:00, but that was the last real solid food he had during the day. Aunt O came over for the evening, and I dashed out to pick up a pizza for dinner. We tried to entice him with a slice of pizza, but he wasn't interested. He had made a discovery.

When M-lady and I babyproofed the kitchen, we left one cupboard without safety latches and put old pots and pans and tupperware in it. We figured it would be Bud's play cabinet, and keep him from spending time figuring out how to defeat the baby locks on the other cabinets. Unfortunately, he had never shown any interest in that particular cabinet. Oh well. But he dove in today when I went into it to get some paper plates, and had a great time pulling everything out, counting things, handing them to us, and then putting them back. It kept him occupied for the better part of an hour. Hopefully it will work again tomorrow!

By the time he was done with the cabinet, it was almost time for Pingu, so he and I settled in front of the TV and watched a little bit of football before Pingu came on. The bedtime routine was fine, with the addition of a dose of Motrin. He went to sleep quietly. I hope he can sleep a bit more peacefully tonight.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

A Doctor's Appointment

Bud woke this morning at about 6:00, and M-lady went to take care of him. She handed him over to me at about 8:00, and they both seemed pretty content and happy, which was nice. Bud and I read some stories and played on the computer a little bit before Nanny J arrived. Bud clung to me when Nanny J arrived, but immediately ran to her when she offered him a bran muffin. He didn't even wave goodbye to me.

He and Nanny J went to the park in the late morning, and looked at the geese and had a good time. They got back a bit before lunchtime, and Bud apparently had some fish for lunch that M-lady and I prepared last night. He fell asleep for his nap very quickly after lunch, which turned out to be good timing.

Bud woke from his nap at about 1:15, and had just enough time to get ready for his 18 month doctor's appointment. M-lady and I drove him over to the doctor's office, where parking is now easier since they've opened up a new parking structure adjacent to the clinic. Bud was very wary in the office, and wasn't happy about being measured, but generally held up well. He got 2 shots at the end, Hep A and dTAP. He was a little upset about the shots, but got to pick a toy afterwards, which seemed to calm him down a little. Then he said "Bye-bye" to the nurse.

We got a look at his molars while he was screaming while being examined. His top two molars have broken through, and his bottom two are almost there. So a little late on the molars, but they're coming. It sounds like developmentally he's doing fine, and the doctor was surprised that he's already counting.

M-lady and I took turns playing with him during the afternoon, and after M-lady took a nap I escaped for a brief bike ride. When I returned, I discovered a fussy Bud who had refused to eat dinner. After unsuccessfully trying a few items, I hit upon preparing some scrambled eggs, which he devoured after watching me cook them very closely.

After dinner it was almost immediately time for Pingu. We decided to give him some Motrin before bed, since in the past he's shown sensitivity to getting leg soreness after shots and we don't want him to have trouble sleeping. He gamely took his Motrin, and fell asleep without any fussing after we turned out the light.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

O-Dark Thirty

Bud woke this morning at about 4:45, and when I went to check on him I discovered he had saturated his diaper and gotten a bit wet. So I changed him and cleaned him up, got him into fresh PJs, and tried to lull him to sleep again. He was fairly resistant, but eventually fell back asleep in my lap in the glider right around 6:00am. I managed to get him back in his crib and escape at a little after 7:00.

He woke again at about 8:00, and M-lady got up with him. Today was another library day, and he apparently had a good time. Bud played on a new computer system at the library, which will read stories to the kids, but didn't want to wear the headphones. We're going to have to work on that.

They reportedly also sang some songs, including a new one about a duck that we haven't quite identified yet. The tune seems familiar, so we're going to have to do a little bit of lyric searching. He came home and had a good nap, which was good after his adventure this morning.

In the evening, Bud and I played for a bit before I got working on dinner. We had fresh waffles for dinner, but Bud didn't really eat much of them. He only ate two strawberries afterwards, as well, so it's safe to say it's just kind of a low food intake day.

After dinner I pulled out my guitar again, and we played together on that. I'm going to have to cap the strings on the head or something, because those high, straight string ends are sharp. I'm afraid he's going to poke his hand on one of them. Maybe a few little dollops of epoxy or something. Of course I need to put fresh strings on the guitar anyways, so I guess I'll just clip the offending ends for now before I put the new strings on.

We caught Pingu and did the bedtime routine, but he wasn't really interested in going to bed. He cried for about 15 minutes, and M-lady went in to him, at which point he settled down a bit. He cried again when she left, but only for a few minutes before he fell asleep. I hope he doesn't pee quite so much tonight.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Shelves!

Bud slept in this morning until about 7:00. M-lady got up with him around then, and I joined them at about 8:00. Bud was very cuddly this morning, but got a little fussy when we wouldn't let him play with the cleaning crew's vacuum cleaner. I'm not sure what it is about this boy wanting to clean. Must get it from his mother.

Today was library day, so he went with Nanny J in the mid-morning. He's started to outgrow the Tuesday library day, which is for younger kids. I left for work before they arrived home.

When I did get home, Bud was doing well and happy to see me. His new bookshelf arrived today, and I worked on putting it together after Nanny J left. Bud helped quite a bit by playing with the packing materials. At one point he got ahold of one of the screws, saw what I was doing with the others, and put the screw into one of the appropriate holes in the shelf. Unfortunately, he didn't want to let go of the screw, so I had to wrestle it away from him.

M-lady loaded the books onto the new shelf (which Bud promptly unloaded), while I cooked some dinner. Chicken, biscuits, and some green beans based on the success of such vegetables at Uncle C and Aunt O's place over the weekend. They were moderately successful tonight. I think I didn't cook them for quite long enough, and they were still a bit too tough for Bud to chew/gum easily. He did eat a fair number of them, though.

After dinner, we played a bit, and Bud tried to disguise the fact that he'd had another poop. After changing him, and putting him in his PJs, we read for a bit and then watched Pingu and did the bedtime routine. He's been very cuddly with Buff, so we tucked Bud into bed with him, and he clutched Buff very cutely. Don't know if it will help him sleep, but he seemed interested in keeping Buff close.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Buffalo Day

Bud woke at about 6:30 this morning, so I got up and we got the day started. The morning, and eventually most of the day, was pretty mellow. We watched a Bob the Builder, and read some books, and played with his buffalo. He managed to get ahold of my glasses for a while, and put a whole bunch of very small fingerprints on them. I eventually wrangled them back.

After looking at some pictures on the web, I handed Bud over to M-lady and took a bit of a nap. M-lady reported a good late morning with Bud, including a fair bit of time spend playing with his buffalo. Apparently he had Buff eat from a cup, which I think marks the first time he's pretended one of his toys eats something. Then he had Buff wear the cup as a hat, but I'm not sure what milestone that represents. They also made and ate a number of bran raisin muffins. They were still having a good time when I joined them.

The plan was to run some errands and hang out at Stanford for a bit, but I ended up chatting with my sister for a bit and M-lady decided to take a nap. Bud and I had some lunch, and as M-lady was still napping a bit later, I took Bud for a quick spin in the car to put him to sleep for his afternoon nap. He was apparently really tired by that point, as he fell asleep inside of 2 minutes in the car. I took him home and got him into his crib, where he slept for almost 2 hours.

Bud had a snack after waking up, and then we had a successful video call with a set of grandparents. Bud spent most of the time playing with the phone with them... he'd hold up his phone to his ear, and say "Hello!", and then watch as Grandma and Granddad would hold their phones up and say "Hello!". Then Bud would say "Bye-bye!" and put the phone down, and watch the grandparents do the same. This was repeated many times, and Bud would giggle and laugh. He had a great time. I'm so happy he can interact with his grandparents on a regular basis even though they live far away.

I grilled some hamburgers for dinner, and while I was working on them Bud and M-lady made a video call to M-lady's parents. Bud had a good time interacting with them as well, and showed them his buffalo and sang songs with them.

Dinner was reasonably well received, and Bud had a bit of his burger. He used it largely as a ketchup conveyance device, however. He would ask for more ketchup, lick most of it off, and then take a small nibble of the burger. He did end up eating a reasonable portion of it, though.

After dinner we walked over to the local playground and Bud had a great time on the equipment. He's gotten much bolder, and managed to climb up the slide a couple of times. He really enjoyed climbing partway up the slide, and then sliding back down, feet first, on his stomach. He also had a good time hanging from the bars, and checking out the other play equipment. He was pretty sad when it was time to go.

When we arrived home, we started on cleaning up for bedtime, including changing a dirty diaper. Unfortunately, Bud had a few too many of the bran muffins during the day, and he had a very branny poop. It resisted our usual wipes, so I plopped him in the tub to clean him up. M-lady hid the rest of the bran muffins.

The bedtime routine went without incident after that, and Bud went to sleep quietly.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Park and Dinner Outings

Bud woke at about 5:00 this morning, and M-lady got up with him. He apparently lay with her for a little while, but didn't really sleep. They got milk and started the day at about 6:30. I took him at about 8:00, and we played together for a while.

I tried to feed Bud a second breakfast at about 9:00, but he wasn't very interested in the raisin bread toast I made for him. He was interested in the waffle a I made for myself, however. So I shared.

M-lady left for a ballet class at about 9:30, and Bud and I started getting dressed and ready for our outing at about 10:00. We were planning on riding out to a park for a picnic lunch, and needed to hit the road around 11:00. But there is a remarkable amount of packing and preparing and dressing that needs to be done for a biking picnic, and on top of that, Bud decided he was hungry at about 10:45. So we left a little bit late.

We managed to hit the road at 11:15. The ride was fairly uneventful, and Bud fell asleep within about 10 minutes. We arrived at the park a little bit after noon, and Bud got about 45 minutes of sleep. Nanny K met us at the park for lunch.

Bud dutifully ate a good portion of his smoothie after we settled in at the park, and then had a great time playing with Nanny K. He counted to ten, repeatedly, on the swings, and played in the sand, and climbed the structures, and went down the slides. He also had fun looking for Nanny K's toes. Nanny K buried her feet in the sand, and popped her toes out periodically. Bud was enthralled, and kept a close eye on her toes for the rest of the afternoon. He even checked the sand where she'd been standing after she moved away.

After playing for more than an hour at the park, it was time to ride home. It was a fairly easy ride, and Bud did not fall asleep. We got cleaned up when we got home, washed hands, changed clothes, etc. M-lady had not returned home yet from a shopping trip, so Bud and I hung out for a while.

We made a video call to a set of grandparents, and Bud showed off some songs (he's getting really good at the Alphabet Song), dancing, and tugging on exposed wires. I really need to get the extra wireless router wired properly, because every time I run the wire from the office Bud has a great time playing with the Cat5. So the grandparents got to see Bud tugging on the wire.

I lured Bud into his highchair with some strawberries, and we snacked on those for a while. Since Bud hadn't really had much protein yet during the day, I prepared some chicken for him as well, which he enjoyed. After the snack, we watched a little bit of football before M-lady arrived home.

We all packed up and headed off to Aunt O and Uncle C's for dinner shortly after M-lady arrived. Bud stayed awake on the drive over, foiling his last chance at a second nap before bedtime rolled around. He was pretty happy to see Aunt O and Uncle C, though, and immediately made himself at home in their family room.

Bud had a great time playing with the remotes. Eventually Uncle C took the batteries out of one of the remotes, gave it to Bud, and then changed the TV channel with his remote each time Bud pointed the dead one at the TV. Bud really enjoyed it, and clearly has an understanding of what the remotes are supposed to do.

Bud ate an extraordinary quantity of green beans at dinner. We tried to feed him some fish and cous-cous, but he really wasn't interested. Seemed to eat his own weight in green beans, though. After dinner he chased after a small beach ball in the living room for a while, running and shreiking with delight.

Bud did manage to wear himself out, although with the early wake up and short nap, it's no surprise that he fell asleep on the way home as quickly and deeply as he did. We managed to get him transferred to his crib without issue when we arrived home.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Buckwheat Returns

Bud woke at about 5:30 this morning, and I went to see how he was doing. I changed his diaper, and we lay together on his couch for a while, but he didn't go back to sleep. Near 6:00, he crawled over me, got to the floor, and headed for the door signing for milk.

We had a pretty mellow morning. We played a bit with stacking cups, and Bud enjoyed counting them repeatedly. He seems to be counting all the way to ten now (in Mandarin). We also spent some time in front of the computer, looking at some pictures of animals: hedgehogs, geese, pot-bellied pigs, porcupines, wolverines, etc. At about 8:00 we transferred over to M-lady, without much fuss, and I got ready for a morning bike ride.

Bud and M-lady had a great time at the park, and M-lady even let Bud play in the dirt for a while. After some fun at the park, they went to the farmer's market, where they had some good fruit and Bud attacked a roasted ear of corn. There were no survivors.

Bud was asleep when they got home, and I transferred him to his crib without incident. He slept pretty well for more than 2 hours.

He seemed pretty happy when he woke up, and we all played for a little bit. Bud has started saying "OK!" when I say it, except he pronounces the phrase, "Oh-tay!". All I can think of is Buckwheat, and it cracks me up. After playing for a while, we went furniture shopping, and Bud had a great time climbing on all the couches and trying to pull over bookcases.

After ordering a new couch (yay!), we headed to Fresh Choice for dinner, where Bud started signing for ice cream almost immediately after we sat down. He managed to contain himself and eat a good portion of muffin and some peas and beans, but he burst into a huge smile when he saw me coming back to the table with a cone, which we shared. That boy really likes him some ice cream.

When we got home, we played a little bit more, and watched a little bit of football. We danced a little bit, had a shower, and then M-lady fed Bud a snack of about two pounds of strawberries. Bud was fading a bit at this point, but Pingu was on, and we made it through the bedtime routine without issue.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Success!

Bud was definitely a little fussier today than usual. We'll chalk it up to teething.

Bud woke at abut 5:30 this morning, and M-lady went to take care of him. I heard him fussing for a while after they got up. He calmed down eventually, though. M-lady handed him off to me at about 7:45, and we spent a little bit of time at the computer looking at pictures of animals on the web before we went out to the play room and threw some balls around. I tried to feed him some toast, on the suspicion he was fussy because he was hungry, but no luck.

Nanny J arrived a little bit before 9, and had more success with the toast. She and M-lady took Bud to his first day of gymnastics class, where he was a bit wary of everything, but seemed to generally have a good time. I'm sure he'll have more fun once he starts trusting the coach. Apparently they did stretches, hung from bars and rings, negotiated an obstacle course, and worked a little on summersaults as well. Bud was pretty worn out by the time they returned.

He slept well in the afternoon, but I heard him fussing again after his nap from the office. He seemed happy enough when we came out to get him around 5:30, though. We had a fairly quick dinner, and then played for a bit before turning on a football game. Without prompting, Bud threw his arms in the air and said "Tut-don!" when Fresno scored against Nevada. I was thrilled. Now I need to work on some of the other signals.

Pingu came on shortly after, and Bud was already asking for milk. He was pretty sleepy, and the routine went smoothly as usual.