Sunday, December 31, 2006

New Table

Bud woke this morning around 6:30, and M-lady got up with him. Thanks M-lady! I slept until about 9:00, and got up expecting to go for a bike ride.

After getting ready, I hung out with Bud for a bit while M-lady got dressed, and got him set up with a Sesame Street. When M-lady was free again, I poked my head outside to start getting the bike ready. Unfortunately, the streets were wet, and the amount of mental effort required to keep the bike upright for a long ride seemed a bit daunting. So I went back inside, changed into sweats, and hung out with the family for the rest of the morning.

We got ourselves dressed and ready, and started running some errands all together. First stop was Toys 'R Us, where we picked up some diapers and a new table for Bud. The one we gave him we deemed too big (his feet dangled from the chair) and not sufficiently stable. Bud was actually remarkably well behaved and patient while we were there.

We made a quick stop at home to drop off our spoils, and then went to lunch at Arby's. Bud had french fries and milk. He was pretty excited about the french fries. We were pretty excited because we can start giving him 2% milk when whole isn't available, meaning we can purchase milk at restaurants for him rather than toting our own.

After lunch we ran one more errand: returning the slightly too big and unstable table and chairs we had gotten for him originally. He was again patient in the store, but clearing getting tired by the end of the outing. He fell asleep on the way home, and I managed to get him in his crib without too much problem.

He napped for almost 3 hours. When he woke up, Aunt O and Uncle C had arrived, and we all greeted the groggy kid. He was having a little bit of milk while sitting at his new table when Nanny J arrived.

Nanny J offered to watch Bud in the evening so M-lady, Aunt O, Uncle C, and I could all go out to a grown-up dinner. Bud was pretty happy to see Nanny J, and set about showing her all his new toys. They had a good time during the evening. He was in his crib but still awake when we arrived home, and waved to me when I stepped in to check that his monitor and heater were on. Just the wave and a smile as I wished him good night, and he went to sleep straight away after that.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Napping in the Trailer

Bud woke this morning at a little after 6:30. After getting a couple mornings off, I took my turn and headed into his room to see how he was doing. I changed his diaper, but he still seemed a little groggy, so I deposited him back in his crib and lay down on the nearby couch.

A few minutes later, the grandparents left to head back home, and so we got up again to say goodbye. Bud waved at them as they left, and then we headed back to his room and the crib. We ended up hanging out there until about 7:45 before he was anxious to get out and get some milk for breakfast.

After breakfast we read a couple of stories, including his new If You Give a Mouse a Cookie book several times. After that, we set up in front of Sesame Street for a while. I snagged one of the Eggos M-lady had toasted (and put another one in the toaster for her) and offered it to Bud. He ate the whole thing less one bite that I had. M-lady departed for her ballet class while we watched Sesame Street and Bud munched on his waffle.

After Sesame Street, we got dressed and spent some time drawing. I was able to get a few things done while Bud played with his crayons... it was nice to be able to leave him on his own for a few minutes at a time.

After a bit we loaded up into the car and headed to REI to look for a new bicycle helmet for Bud. No luck there, so we headed over to Performance Bike Shop. They didn't have the helmet I was looking for, either, but Bud had a good time wandering around the store. He got a bit upset when it was time to leave.

He must have been a little tired, as he fell asleep on the way home. Unfortunately, it was only just after 11:00, and too early for a nap. I woke him when we got home, after he'd slept for about 10 minutes.

We had hotdogs for lunch, and then spent some time getting ready to go for a bike ride. Bud sat on the steps to the garage and watched me while I pulled down his trailer, got my bike prepared, inflated tires, packed up, etc. He was pretty excited to get into his trailer this time. I got him all strapped in, and made sure he would stay reasonably warm by closing up just about all the vents (not quite all... I wanted him to be able to breathe).

He fell asleep about 30 minutes into the ride, and slept for about an hour. I didn't hear him at all during the ride, even when he was awake: he seemed content just taking in the scenery and enjoying the ride. We spent about two hours out on the road, and covered about 30 miles.

M-lady was still out by the time we got home, so I made a quick change into my street clothes. Bud was a bit fussy when I brought him inside, as he wanted to run around a bit. I calmed him down and we split some leftover fried rice for a snack, and then we wandered over to the local playground so he could run around a little more.

We took our time getting over there, and Bud enjoyed stopping to look at trees, flowers, grass, rocks, the pavement, etc. But he didn't wander out into the street or get too far behind me, so that was good. When we arrived at the park, there was a boisterous family already playing on the equipment, including a young toddler who looked maybe 6 months Bud's junior. She walked right up to Bud to investigate, and Bud kept a wary eye on her.

Bud enjoyed playing on one of the slides, and I got a pretty good workout lifting him to the top over and over again. Eventually it got dark enough that it was time to head home. He didn't want to leave the slide, but was consoled when I offered to give him a ride on my shoulders for the walk home.

M-lady was home when we arrived, and Bud was happy to see her. Bud complained of an invisible owie on his thumb, and asked both M-lady and I to kiss it for him repeatedly. Eventually I got some ice for him to put on his thumb, but he immediately stuck the ice in his mouth. We played and put together a leftovers dinner, and Bud eventually ate about one and a half pot stickers, along with some milk.

After dinner we watched some Totoro, and Bud seemed to forget about his thumb before too long. I handed him off to M-lady to start the bedtime routine, watching more Totoro rather than Pingu tonight. We started the routine a little early, as Bud had a short nap today, and he went to sleep a little early without any problems.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Little Rock Star

Bud woke this morning a little later, and M-lady and Ama and Agu took care of him again. I got to sleep in! What nice family.

Apparently Bud figured out today how to skip songs on his little music player to get back to the song he wanted to hear. So it was the Chicken Dance and 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star' for most of the day. He wasn't as demanding a dance captain today, allowing the tired grandparents to do more arts and crafts with him.

Bud played his own music, as well. He played guitar and sang, accompanied by Ama on drums. They put on quite a performance.

Bud ate a pretty solid lunch, and I watched some of My Neighbor Totoro with him to calm him down a little bit before his nap. He fell asleep pretty quickly at about 1:00, and the grandparents followed suit. M-lady and I took the opportunity to dash out for a little bit of shopping.

Bud was doing well when we returned, and the dancing and music had continued. He ate a good dinner, although he wanted to eat while sitting at his drawing table rather than at the dinner table. M-lady and I departed shortly afterwards for her birthday dinner with friends, and Ama and Agu kept an eye on Bud for us. Such great grandparents!

He apparently went to bed without issue, and generally had a good evening.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Little Dance Captain

Bud woke this morning at about 6:30, and M-lady went to see how he was doing. They dozed together for a little while before Ama came in to take care of Bud and M-lady came back to bed for a bit. I got to sleep in. Thanks M-lady and Ama!

Today was M-lady's birthday. So she and I spent most of the day out and about while Bud spent most of the day with Ama and Agu. We left late morning, and Bud happily waved us away while playing with Ama and Agu.

The report we got on our return, around 4:00pm, was that Bud had eaten a good lunch, slept for two and a half hours, woke up wet from his nap, and otherwise run Ama and Agu ragged. Or more accurately, danced them ragged. He spent much of the time playing with the music player that they got him for Christmas, and making them dance along to the music. He apparently had a different choreography they each had to do for all the different songs (the player has 24 in all, but I'm not sure they actually hit all of them).

In the early evening I put together our Christmas gift for Bud: a little table with two chairs so he can sit and color, draw, play with play-doh, etc. It's still just a little big for him: his feet don't quite touch the ground while he's sitting in the chair. But he had a good time drawing while sitting at his new table before dinner.

Dinner was a bit of a feast put together by Ama and Agu (apparently when they weren't being forced to dance), and had some of the dishes brought by Aunt O and Uncle C. Bud ate pretty well, and hung out with me and Uncle C for a while before we all joined M-lady opening gifts and had cake. At the mention of cake, Bud immediately wanted to be put in his high chair. He ate most of my slice of cake, a raspberry-chocolate mousse affair, and a little bit of M-lady's slice as well.

After cake I showered Bud, and we had a good time. He got into the 'dumping water on Daddy' game again, and shrieked with laughter. We settled down after getting out of the shower, with help from M-lady, and started the bedtime routine. Bud enjoyed a little bit of milk and Pingu, said goodnight to the company, and went to sleep without issue. Hope he sleeps in a little later tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Perfect Nap Timing

Bud woke once during the night, briefly, at about 2:30am. I got up to console him, rubbed his back for a minute or so, and he went right back to sleep.

We woke him at about 7:45, got him dressed and ready, and loaded into the car to head for the airport to catch our flight home. Grandma W drove us to the airport, and Granddad B had already gone to work- Bud missed him in the morning. The traffic on the way to the airport was light, and while the airport was a little busy, it wasn't terribly so, and lines moved pretty quickly.

We lucked out with our gate (closest to the main terminal area), and so were able to camp out for a little while before boarding our flight. M-lady went and picked up some breakfast at McD's, and while I was in line they switched to their lunch menu. Bud was ecstatic to discover that I returned with french fries. His face lit up when I opened the bag.

After the snack, Bud and I walked up and down the terminal on the moving walkways. He got a real kick out of that, and eventually I had to drag him away to change his diaper before boarding the plane.

He was very good on the flight back, and though we encouraged a nap, he mostly squirmed and wanted me to read stories to him. Due to a computer error, my laptop was not actually sleeping this morning after I unplugged it, and had run down its battery before we we able to set up to watch a movie. So I spent a good chunk of time playing with a 'Cars' sticker book with Bud. When we took him out of his seat, he would sit on my or M-lady's lap, and squirm, making new friends with the other passengers around us.

Two and a half hours later, Bud and I looked out the window together as the plane landed, and I pointed out other planes on the tarmac to him as we taxied to the gate. He looked at the purple and orange Southwest plane, looked at me, and then closed his eyes and fell fast asleep. I was aghast.

He got to sleep about 10 minutes as the passengers around us deplaned. He woke as we headed into the terminal, and while a little difficult to handle, managed to keep close while we picked up the luggage and made our way to the car. It was nice to arrive home, where M-lady's parents, Ama and Agu, were waiting to greet us.

Bud played with them for a little bit before we got a solid lunch into him and got him put down for a nap, a bit later than usual. He was a little skeptical of the nap at first, but ended up sleeping for a couple of hours.

I woke him before dinner, at about 5:00, and he was very grumpy. Grumpy enough, in fact, that after a while I took his temperature to make sure he was feeling OK. No fever, just grumpy.

We watched the video which I had planned for the plane, a new Baby Einstein DVD about animals. It didn't really hold his interest as well as I'd hoped. In any case, the grandparents ended up playing with him for a while, and he had a great time. He finally consented to eating dinner right before bedtime, and put away quite a bit.

M-lady and the grandparents got the bedtime routine started with Pingu, and the grandparents continued to watch closely as M-lady and I put Bud to bed to make sure they could do it tomorrow if M-lady and I end up going out for the evening. Bud went to sleep quickly after his long travel day.

The promised pictures from the trip:

Stairs to practice on


New toy drum


Opening a gift


Posin'!


Trains in front of the Christmas Tree


With M-lady and a laptop


Wow, that snow is pretty cold


First Snowman


Better get all this stuff swept up...

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Snow!

Bud woke pretty early this morning, at about 7:15 local time, which is 6:15 back home. I got up to get him out of the Pack 'n Play and get him changed. Granddad B was up, so I made sure Bud had his milk and then headed back to bed. Granddad B was reading stories to Bud, and they had a good time playing together all day.

A little later in the morning, Grandma W came into our bedroom briefly to pick up the diaper changing gear. Bud had a big poop (he hadn't pooped yesterday), and the grandparents changed him. Bud has such cool grandparents. M-lady and I got to sleep in a little bit longer.

Bud was happily playing with Christmas toys with the grandparents when I eventually got up to join them, and I managed to coax him into eating a little bit of cinnamon toast while he drank his second cup of milk for the day. After not eating much solid food yesterday, it was encouraging to have him eat a few bites of toast.

We all played together and chatted the rest of the morning. Bud had fun with toys and books, and he showed off some poses to Granddad B, including his version of the Heisman. Very cute. Pictures to follow in tomorrows post.

I cooked rice and peas for him for lunch, but he wasn't having any of it. He had some more milk, and a few pieces of cereal and some raisins, and that was about it. He was getting pretty tired and cranky, though, so we gave him a little more milk and put him down for his nap. He fell asleep quickly and stayed asleep for about two hours.

When he woke up, he snacked a bit and we played and de-grogged. After everyone was set, we got him dressed in snow clothes and headed out to the front yard to play in the remaining Denver snow. It was generally 9-12 inches deep in the yard, going up to about 30 inches next to the driveway. Bud was a little hesitant to step out into the snow, but eventually got into it and helped build a snowman. We all played for a while, and Bud had a great time. He got his hands into the snow, he tried eating it, and of course, got a hold of a broom and spent time sweeping it. He was really upset when it was time to head back in.

We got him dried off and warmed up, and ended up watching some more of the Cars movie while waiting for pizza to be delivered for dinner. Bud enjoyed the watching the movie, although he didn't sit still, crawling all over me and Grandma. He actually ate quite a bit of pizza for dinner, which was good. He fed himself a couple of smaller slices. I think it was easier for him the feed himself since it was thin crust pizza. In any case, we were all glad he ate something solid. He also scarfed down about half a tomato which had been cut up for the salad.

After dinner, more playing, and then watching the conclusion of Cars. After that I gave him a quick shower. He had a good time in the shower, but it was just a little tougher than usual to keep him entertained since we didn't have his bucket of bath toys with us. I mostly distracted him with the washcloth and his little bottle of baby soap.

After the bath he sat with Granddad for a while in front of the computer watching YouTube and Google Video clips. Granddad found some that Bud really liked. He also watched some videos of himself from the last time the grandparents visited in the summer.

Bedtime rolled up pretty quickly, and Bud drank a cup of milk while I read him stories. He went to sleep without any problem.

I'll post some photos tomorrow after we get home and get them downloaded...

Monday, December 25, 2006

Long, Fun Christmas

We rolled out of bed a little early this morning to catch a plane. 4:00am early. Ugh. We woke Bud up at around 4:30, hoping he would be groggy enough to go back to sleep on the flight.

The airport was busier than we expected, and with Bud negotiating the security checkpoint was a real pain. At least they didn't make us take his shoes off. We managed to get to the gate about 5 minutes before they started boarding.

Bud was really very tolerant through almost the entire trip. I managed to get his car seat installed in the plane without an issue, and we got him into the seat with a cookie bribe when the plane pulled away from the gate.

He got bored and a bit upset now and again during the flight, but never for very long. Sadly, he didn't sleep. We did watch a good chunk of the movie Cars, which Bud seemed to enjoy quite a bit. He didn't have any problem with listening to the audio with headphones, which was good. He had a tendency to kick the seat in front of him, which was bad. We apologized profusely for his kicking, and tried to distract Bud to keep him from stretching his legs in that direction.

When we arrived at the Denver airport, the plane landed pretty much on time, but we were forced to wait on the tarmac for almost 45 minutes while the plane in the gate we were supposed to use was stuck on the ice and snow. Grrrr. Bud got a little antsy, but the rest of the passengers were as well. It was a bit of a crowd scene getting to baggage claim and getting our luggage, but overall went as smoothly as could be expected. Grandma W and Granddad B were waiting for us on the curb when we stepped outside.

The drive home was uneventful, although Bud fell asleep for about 20 minutes while the rest of us chatted. He woke again when we arrived home. We got some lunch, and Bud ate most of a hotdog. He was loving the attention from the Grandparents, and stayed pretty chipper and happy the whole afternoon.

Great-Greandma E arrived shortly thereafter. It was wonderful for Bud to get to see her and vice-versa. After getting settled, we got to the presents. Bud finally 'got' opening presents, and had fun tearing the paper off some of his gifts, as well as some of the gifts for other folks. He also did a pretty good job of handing out gifts: he'd pick one up, bring it to me to have me read the label for him, and then (usually) take it to the party I named. Sometimes, I suppose if he liked the look of the gift, he'd take it over to his corner and open it anyways.

He got a pretty good haul, and really enjoyed playing with his gifts for the rest of the afternoon. He was pretty tired after the gifting, though, and we set him down for a nap. He slept for a solid 2+ hours before we woke him up for dinner.

Unfortunately, he didn't really eat dinner. He was in a good mood all evening, but just not interested in eating anything solid. I think eventually he had a little bit of cereal and a box of raisins. He did have a great time playing with his new toys with Granddad B and other family members.

M-lady and I decided to not try to adjust him to the Mountain Time Zone, since we'll only be here for a couple of days. So we started the bedtime routine late (local time). We had milk and cereal with Animusic in place of Pingu, and Bud said pleasant goodnights to everyone after getting changed into his PJs. He went to sleep without much fuss after a long day. What a trooper!

Hopefully he won't expect another raft of gifts tomorrow, since he's gotten two days in a row of lots of new toys!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

'Twas the Day Before Christmas

Bud woke this morning at about 7:45, and I got up to hang out with him for a while. He had leaked just a little bit, so I changed him into his daytime clothes first thing, rather than letting him lounge in his pajamas all morning. I got to stay in my PJs, though.

We ended up watching quite a bit of Sesame Street this morning. Bud really likes some of the song segments: today it was 'Eight Balls of Fur', a parody of 'Great Balls of Fire'. It was a pretty rockin' riff, and Bud required both M-lady and I to get up and dance to the music. Several times.

After M-lady and I managed to get ourselves going, we headed over to Aunt O and Uncle C's for lunch and to celebrate Christmas with them and Ama and Agu. Bud really enjoyed the spring rolls for lunch, and then had a good time opening gifts. Actually, he's not that excited about opening gifts... he doesn't really get that part yet. But he loves playing with the new toys. So he'd look at a gift that we'd hand to him, rather skeptically, and eventually one of us would unwrap it for him. At which point he would get excited and start playing with the toy.

After opening gifts and before he suffered a total meltdown, we headed home to take a nap. Bud fell asleep on the way home, and I managed to get him transferred to his crib without incident. He slept for a solid two hours.

We woke him to head out to meet M-lady's family where she works, so she could show them the product she's working on now. Bud was a little grumpy at first, but warmed up with some goldfish crackers and juice. He was pretty happy by the time we saw Ama and Agu again. He was really well behaved in the office, aside from a couple of attempts to strew goldfish about the room.

We played with some of his new toys when we arrived home, including a Hoppity-Horse. Bud actually immediately threw a leg over it when I got it inflated, and started bouncing away. I think it's a sign of a well designed toy when its use is self-evident. Bud had a great time bouncing and falling off the Hoppity-Horse.

He ate more spring rolls for dinner, and he and I had a good shower before bedtime, with lots of giggles. Bud started pouring water over my head for the first time, and thought it was pretty funny.

The bedtime routine was uneventful. Unfortunately, we need to leave for the airport tomorrow morning well before he normally wakes up, so we'll have to see if that plays havoc with his schedule or if he adapts a bit.

Wishing a Merry Christmas to You and Yours.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Little Boy Blues

Bud woke this morning at about 7:00, and M-lady went to see to him. They entered giggling at about 8:00, and I got up and watched Bud while M-lady rested and got ready for dance class.

Bud and I played for a bit, and read some stories, and then eventually watched a Sesame Street. Today's episode was about music. Little Jerry and the Monotones played a concert on Sesame Street, and they had been reworked to look more like aging rockers. Which was awesome for those of us who remember the old Jerry and the Monotones songs. The episode also included a sketch of Nathan Lane singing 'Sing a Song', one of Bud's favorites, accompanied by three pigs in tutus.

After Sesame Street, we got dressed, and headed out to a local park to play a bit. It was chilly, but Bud didn't seem to mind. He had a great time playing in the sand (got lots in his hair), and also thoroughly enjoyed the slides. He found the biggest slide in the park and went down it himself a couple of times, giggling all the way. After playing at the park for about an hour, we headed for home.

M-lady had returned from dance by the time we got back, and I started on lunch for Bud. He had an entire hotdog, as well as some chips. After lunch we chilled out in front of the TV for about ten minutes before I set him down for his nap. He lay down in his crib without complaint and fell asleep pretty quickly.

Shortly after Bud got up from his nap, Ama and Agu arrived. They had driven up from southern California to spend the holidays with Aunt O and Uncle C, and we all decided to have dinner here. Bud was very happy to see them, and spent most of the rest of the day playing with them and showing off his new tricks.

During the course of the evening, I dove into an old box of sheet music to look up some tunes, and discovered a diatonic harmonica I had fiddled around with in high school and college a bit. I handed it to Bud, and he ran around with it for a while. When I showed him the kinds of sounds you could make by blowing/sucking on it, his eyes lit up. He played the harmonica for pretty much the rest of the evening.

Ama, Agu, Aunt O, and Uncle C all left a little before bedtime, and we sat down and watched a little bit of My Neighbor Totoro (while playing harmonica) before getting into milk and Pingu. We missed a bath tonight, so we'll need to get one tomorrow to get the rest of the sand out of his hair.

Friday, December 22, 2006

New Tooth

Bud woke this morning at about 7:00, and I went in to see how he was doing. We changed a wet diaper, and then I dropped him back in his crib where he was very content sitting, chatting to himself, and generally lounging. I hung out with him for about 45 minutes before he wanted out and we trundled down the hall to get some milk.

We played for a bit, and eventually watched an episode of Sesame Street together. M-lady took over at about 9:00, and I was able to snooze a little bit longer. At about 10:30 I got ready for a bike ride, and watched Bud while M-lady got dressed and cleaned up as well. They were having fun together when I left for the ride.

Apparently they played together quite a bit, although Bud wasn't interested in going out. So they stayed in. Bud had a big lunch, and then passed out for his nap. I arrived home while he was still napping, but he woke while I was getting cleaned up.

Bud and I hung out during the afternoon, playing quite a bit. We wrestled, and tickled, and read stories. I discovered a few days ago that it looked like he was getting four more teeth: the ones immediately left and right of the front eight he has top and bottom. Sure enough, the top left tooth is broken through. The others should be coming any time now. It's nice that his teething hasn't seemed to make him particularly cranky.

I made pancakes for dinner, and Bud wasn't interested. So M-lady and I sat down and had dinner while Bud played and generally entertained himself. Shortly after we finished, he was interested in having a pancake. So we got him into his chair and I cut one up for him. I turned to wash some dishes and he apparently inhaled the pancake, since it was gone when I turned around about 30 seconds later and he was asking for another one. He ended up eating 3 pancakes, and playing with the fourth.

After dinner we hung out some more, mostly playing with his PlayHut tents. After a while I fired up My Neighbor Totoro, and we watched about 20 minutes of that before starting the bedtime routine. He was pretty sleepy. M-lady finished up the routine with us, and he fell asleep quickly.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Little Mr. No-Nap

My apologies for missing a day. Our ISP had scheduled maintenance which took down our connection around the time that I usually post.

The other development yesterday was that we discovered our flight to Denver to visit family for Christmas was canceled due to the inclement weather there. We managed to get a new flight for Christmas morning, which sadly cuts short the time we get to visit with the grandparents.

Bud woke this morning at about 7:45, and M-lady got up with him. They came and woke me at around 9:00. Since we had a few free days, and the nanny was already on vacation, Bud and I pretty much took it easy this morning. We played for a bit, read some stories, shared a waffle, and wrestled a bit. M-lady came and joined us a little after 10:00, and we got ready to head over to the mall to wander around out of the rain and get some lunch.

The mall was busy, but not insanely so. We got some pizza for lunch, and Bud had a good portion of it before wanting to wander around and check things out. While M-lady ran a quick errand, I took Bud over to the play area. It was crowded enough and he was tired enough that he spent the time there just clinging to my leg, so after a short time we left to go meet M-lady. We all wandered to a couple of other stores before heading for home.

Bud and M-lady fell asleep on the way home, but Bud woke up when I transferred him to his crib after snoozing for about 15 minutes in the car. He never fell back asleep. I was able to leave him for 15 minutes at a time, but I could hear him chatting with himself and playing in his crib over the baby monitor. I went to sit with him for a while, and eventually we got up and had a snack.

We played for a while, spending some time pushing his cars and trucks around on his new rug. After a bit we sat down to watch a Sesame Street. Just about every time a song came on, Bud pulled me up out of my chair to dance with him. It was a dancy kind of day.

A little later M-lady joined us, and I ducked into the office for about an hour to get some work done, while Bud and M-lady played together for a while. I emerged and got some dinner ready, and we all enjoyed spaghetti together. Bud would stuff a fistful of noodles in his mouth, and a bunch would fall out onto his tray. He'd then spend a while picking them all up and putting them back into the bowl, where he would repeat the process. Like he was alternately really fastidious and too hungry to care. It was pretty funny.

After dinner we made a video call to the grandparents we should have been staying with, and chatted about the weather and what Bud was up to. Bud showed them an owie he got on his hand yesterday, and they sympathized with him. Then he gave them some high-fives.

We played for a little longer before watching a little bit of Totoro and starting the bedtime routine. Over all Bud was in a good mood given that he didn't take a nap today. He was really tired by bedtime, though. With any luck he'll sleep in a little bit tomorrow morning to make up for the missed rest.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

New Rug

This morning at about 6:30 I was awakened by the chirping of smoke detector with a low battery. So I groggily got up and tried to track it down (one chirp a minute makes the thing really tough to localize), hoping it wasn't the one in Bud's room or the one in the hall just outside his door. Fortunately, it turned out to be the one in the kitchen, farthest from his room, and I was able to extract the battery without him waking up.

About fifteen minutes later, however, he started making noise. M-lady got up to sit with him for a while, and they came and got me at about 8:00. Bud was in a great mood, and bounced around the room while I got dressed. We checked email, and then headed out to watch some Sesame Street. Bud really got into the show today, and insisted that I get up and dance with him a couple of times.

I handed him back to M-lady a little after 9:00, and finished getting ready and headed into work. They were finishing up watching Elmo's World when I left. Nanny J arrived shortly afterwards, bearing yet another gift for Bud (she's really too good). It's a rug with a picture of a busy town on it... lots of roads to push cars around on.

Bud apparently spent most of the day dumping his letters on the rug, pushing them around with the vacuum, and then picking the letters up and putting them back in the bag. Over and over again. He was in the picking up phase when I got home from work.

M-lady arrived home a short while later, and we left Bud with Nanny J to go grab some dinner. Just the two of us. It was really very nice. And quiet. Mmmmmmm, quiet. We got home a little bit before bedtime, and Bud and I watched some clips on YouTube. In fact, Bud was so into the clips we were watching (mostly classic Kermit from Sesame Street) that he didn't want to watch Pingu. So he had milk and cereal with me in front of the PC instead, watching a few more clips.

Monday, December 18, 2006

The Allure of Strangulation Hazards

Bud woke this morning at about 7:00, and M-lady went to keep an eye on him first. He was happy and full of milk when she handed him off to me at about 8:00. He managed to get his hands on the hood drawstring from my sweatshirt while I was getting dressed.

"Whas diz?"

"That's a strangulation hazard, Bud. Be careful with it."

Of course, the first thing he does after I tell him that is loop it around his neck. He was pretty unhappy with me when I wrestled it away from him shortly thereafter. I managed to distract him by putting on Sesame Street, which we watched together until Nanny J arrived. When she showed up, Bud immediately went to say 'Hi' and ask for a cookie.

He seemed to have a good day with Nanny J, although he took a while to fall asleep at naptime. He got a bath in the afternoon, and was all giggles when I saw him in the evening. He was playing musical instruments on his vacuum again.

M-lady arrived home a few minutes later, and I got some dinner ready for Bud. He had some fish that M-lady and I had prepared last night, and spinach to go with it. He was really enjoying the spinach. I managed to get him to let me feed most of it to him: he's not super adept at feeding himself yet, and while I know he needs practice, spinach seemed like a more advanced food for manipulation. Not as difficult or messy as, say, yogurt, but much tougher than the fish on the other side of the plate.

In any case, he had a good meal, and we watched a little Monday Night Football interspersed with Totoro. M-lady watched him while I got my dinner, and they had fun playing with his plastic magnet letters. He really seems to enjoy spreading them out all over the floor, and then pushing them around with the vacuum cleaner. Every once in a while he'll grab one and stick it on the fridge... so he clearly knows they stick there. But they must be much more fun to vacuum.

Bedtime rolled around pretty quickly after that, and Pingu and milk transitioned smoothly into the bedtime routine.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Toddler Holiday Party

Bud woke at about 7:00 this morning, and I got up with him. We had some milk, read some stories, and he did some vacuuming.

I handed him over to M-lady at about 8:00 and got ready for a bike race. I toasted a couple of Eggos for myself, and Bud was interested, so I offered him one of his own. He grabbed it from me before I could toast it, and ate about half of it while it was still frozen. That boy really loves chewing on cold things. I wonder if he's teething.

Bud and M-lady had a good morning while I was at the bike race, and were happily eating lunch when I got home. By the time I got out of the shower, both Bud and M-lady were napping. I grabbed some lunch and then joined them.

Bud woke at about 2:45, and I got up with him. We got a snack and watched a little of the Eagles-Giants game, and then played some more with the magnetic letters from yesterday. Bud stayed in a pretty good mood.

At about 3:45, we started getting ready to head to Bud's playgroup holiday party. I changed Bud into nicer clothes, and we all loaded up and headed off. Bud was a bit shy at the party at first, but eventually found the hostesses little broom and mop and had a good time playing with those.

There were nearly a dozen kids at the party, with respective families. We all had a good time. Bud was a bit guarded for a while, and did his defensive siren shriek a couple of times when kids got too close to his brooms. We're still working on the sharing thing. On the other hand, he had a good time playing with playdough, and seemed willing to share toys there. Maybe it's just brooms.

He ate a fair amount of broccoli and chicken, including munching chicken directly off a skewer. After he'd eaten a bit, I offered him some rice krispy treat. He refused at first, but soon realized that rice krispy treats are even better than cookies.

We tried getting some photos of all the kids, but getting ten toddlers to sit reasonably still and all look in the same direction didn't quite happen. We got remarkably close, though, and some photos came out pretty well.

We got home a little late, and rushed straight into the bedtime routine. Bud went to sleep quickly and without fuss.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Fat Lip Baby

Bud woke this morning around 6:00, and M-lady went to look in on him. I get the impression that they snoozed together in his room. He was ready to get up at 7:00, however, and I went to take over while M-lady got a bit more sleep.

Bud had a lot of milk this morning, and we had a good time playing with vegetables, his vacuum cleaner, and some plastic balls (not all at the same time). We read some stories, and he wanted to hear all six of his Bob the Builder books. So afterwards we watched a couple of Bob the Builder episodes on TV. It was the first time we'd watched Bob in a while.

M-lady went to ballet class, and Bud and I got dressed and headed over to Fry's for some Christmas shopping. Bud was content sitting is his stroller and holding and examining the items I'd picked up, which ws great. On our way out, we took a look at a big yellow truck in the parking lot demoing Seagate products. Bud identified it: "big, yellow truck!" We didn't linger since it was pretty cold.

After Fry's we played a little more and then started on lunch. Bud had a pretty solid helping of peas and rice, and had a fair share of the noodles I prepared for myself as well. M-lady arrived home briefly before leaving for a haircut appointment, so we got to say "Hi!" to her and chat for a bit.

After lunch I wanted Bud to stay awake until we went to the haircut place so he would fall asleep on the drive (and M-lady could drive home with him). We sat down and watched a Sesame Street, and he got progressively more drowsy as it went on. He fell asleep pretty quickly in the car. Unfortunately, he woke before M-lady could get him home, and didn't nap much after that. He probably had a total of 30 minutes of nap today.

When I arrived home after my haircut, Bud and M-lady were having a good time listening to music and playing with the vacuum cleaner. Bud was alternately using it as a saxophone, piano, and guitar.

While Bud and I were playing shortly afterwards, Bud was called on by M-lady to participate in a phone conversation with her mother. Bud did his shy smile at the phone, and said a couple of words very softly. He also managed to get his hands on the cord of the headset M-lady had been using. I went to assist, and pried the cord out of his hand.

Bud decided to throw a little fit, which he does by emitting one short shriek, and then lying down face first on the floor. I figure this is really pretty tame... no kicking, wailing, etc. Mostly just an indication of displeasure. In this instance, however, as he assumed the prone position, he smacked his face on the floor and began crying. I picked him up and discovered quite a bit of blood coming from his mouth: he'd managed to split his lip on the floor.

Overall he really wasn't too put out by the whole thing. I wrapped some ice in a paper towel and applied it, and he had a great time chewing on the compress. After he was a bit settled I cleaned up the blood which had gotten on his face and both our hands. His lip was still oozing a bit when we started dinner, but seemed fine by the time we finished.

After dinner we decided to open Christmas gifts from Granddad B and Grandma D, since we won't see them for the holidays. So we established a video call and they got to watch Bud open his presents from them. He liked the little stuffed bear well enough, but the bag of magnetic letters for the fridge was thrilling. He played with them for the rest of the night, on the fridge and on the floor. I'm pretty sure we're going to be finding letters scattered about the house for a while to come.

We eventually got him into the shower with me, where I held him while M-lady trimmed his hair with a set of clippers. Bud was a little nervous at first, but did really well overall. And we got rid of his developing mullet.

We started the bedtime routine straight away after getting out of the shower, since he'd had such a short nap. He went to bed happily about 20 minutes before his usual bedtime.

Falling Asleep for an Audience

Bud woke this morning around 7:00, and M-lady got up with him. She handed him off to me at about 8:00, and he was in a very good mood. We played with his vacuum, and watched some clips on YouTube, and then played some more. We spent some time with the shape sorter of his that we hadn't revisited in a while. Not only can he put the shapes in the right holes, he can name the shapes, colors, and items in each block... I guess I waited a little too long.

Nanny J arrived at 9:00, and Bud immediately plied her for a cookie. I had to run off to a couple of meetings, and stayed busy through lunchtime. After lunch, Nanny J put Bud down for his nap, but had to leave for a little while shortly afterwards to run an errand. While she was gone I listened for Bud.

He was making noises from his crib. Not unhappy noises, but he clearly wasn't sleeping, either. After about 40 minutes of this, I went to investigate. I don't think he had napped at all at that point, and was smiling and standing in his crib. As I came in he jumped a few times: I figured he was pretty riled up. I tried to calm him, and rubbed his back a little. He immediate lay down and fell deeply asleep. In something like 30 seconds. It was really odd. No fussing, no sign of sleepiness before passing out. He was clearly just waiting to show off how quickly he could fall asleep.

He napped until about 3:00, by which time Nanny J had returned. He had a bath in the afternoon, and played and sang quite a bit more. I took him at 5:30, and we watched a little bit of Sesame Street and started on dinner before M-lady arrived home from a long day at work. I cooked a grilled cheese sandwich for Bud for dinner, but he spent more time squishing it than eating it. Fortunately, grilled cheese is one of M-lady's favorites, and she finished up the unsquished portions of the sandwich. Bud didn't actually eat much more than a whole lot of milk at dinner.

After dinner I put on some Christmas music: mostly our favorites by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Bud enjoyed dancing and playing air guitar, base, and piano.

M-lady took the lead on the bedtime routine tonight, sitting with Bud while they watched Pingu and had cereal and a little more milk. The routine went very smoothly, and Bud went to sleep quickly. We didn't even have to stay and watch him fall asleep.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Watching Him Watch YouTube

Bud woke this morning at about 7:30. With any luck, that whole waking up at 6:00 thing was just a brief passing phase. I got up to see how he was doing, and we spent a pleasant morning together.

We read some stories (his favorite right now seems to be The Tooth Book), and tickled and wrestled a bit. After a while, we meandered down to the office to say good morning to M-lady and watch a couple of videos on YouTube.

We went back to the playroom and Bud rediscovered his vacuum cleaner, and played with that pretty much until Nanny J arrived. Bud wrangled a cookie out of her, and I was left to my own devices.

In the afternoon, I went for a bike ride with friend D. We departed while Bud was napping, but he was awake when we returned. Bud was a little shy of D when we came in, but warmed up pretty quickly. D has two young kids of his own, and was very good with Bud.

M-lady had a business event in the evening, so Bud and I were on our own. After Nanny J left, Bud and I giggled and played some more, and then spent some time in the office while I worked on establishing a video connection with Granddad B and Grandma D. There were some technical difficulties, but we finally managed to get connected using Skype. The video image was much better for them, which was good. However, in order to keep Bud on my lap while I did the troubleshooting with them, I put on some YouTube videos for him to watch. Bud kind of made a cursory nod at the grandparents when they got connected, and then went back to the videos. So the grandparents got to watch Bud watching YouTube, for the most part.

After a nice chat, I wrangled Bud away from the PC and we went and had some dinner. He ate peas and rice, and did a pretty good job feeding himself. I offered him some pancakes (with 'syr-bup'), but he wasn't interested. He ate a lot of peas and rice, though.

It was about 7:00 by the time we wrapped up dinner, so I turned on the football game, and we played and chatted while that was on. The bedtime routine went pretty smoothly.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Snowmen!

Bud slept in this morning until about 7:15, at which point I got up and hung out with him for a bit. He was in a chipper mood, and after a diaper changed and morning milk, we read some stories and played with his vacuum cleaner. We watched a bit of Sesame Street, and we were just about to get a snack when Nanny J arrived. Bud asked for a cookie shortly after, and since Nanny J was obliging, Bud didn't pay much attention to me as I slunk off to the office.

Bud went to the library with Nanny J today, and didn't have quite as good a time as yesterday, although Nanny J asserted that this was largely due to the fact that the teacher reading today wasn't nearly as captivating as the one who read yesterday. Bud had a good lunch and a shortish nap in the afternoon, as well as a bath a little bit later. I don't know if he tried to take his vacuum cleaner into the bath again today.

When M-lady arrived home and I emerged from the office, Bud was in a really good mood. The neighbors across the street put up yet another decoration: a trio of large, inflated, well-lit, caroling snowmen. Bud was excited to see them as darkness fell, and looked at them out the window for a while as we got dinner ready.

Bud ate a really solid dinner of taco leftovers. He really likes the tomato, cheese, and taco meat (we use turkey). After a couple of helpings, as well as a couple of cups of milk, I gave him two cookies and let him bounce around the kitchen a bit as I ate dinner myself. Afterwards, I wrangled Bud into his new heavyweight coat and we all sauntered across the street to have a closer look at the snowmen.

Bud alternately wanted to examine the snowmen and the carousel. We had a cursory look at some of the other lights, but mostly we walked between those two features. M-lady followed along snapping pictures.

Bud was pretty unhappy about going back in, but that only lasted for about 5 minutes. After that we settled in to watch a little bit of Animusic before starting the bedtime routine.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Vacuuming All The Time

Bud woke early again this morning. For the past few mornings, he's pitched his pacifier at about 6:00, apparently voluntarily. One of us retrieves it for him, and then he starts making noise and wants to get up 30 minutes later. I'm not sure how we're going to discourage this activity just yet. In any case, I got up with him at 6:00, and them M-lady got up with him at 6:30. I got up a little bit before 8:00, and took charge of Bud at that point.

Our cleaners arrived at about 8:15, and they had brought a gift for Bud. They had seen him look longingly at their brooms and vacuum cleaner week after week, and had gotten him a small toy vacuum cleaner of his own. It's just about his favorite thing ever.

He played with the vacuum cleaner all morning, and as Nanny J reported later, all day as well. He took it into his bedroom when he had his nap (Nanny J wouldn't let him take it into the crib). He took it into the bathroom while he had his bath in the afternoon. He was busily vacuuming away when I got home from work in the evening. Boy does he love that little vacuum cleaner.

Bud got a little fussy in the early evening. When his behavior got a little too far out of line, we gave him a short timeout in his crib. After a few minutes he was much calmer and more willing to watch me cook dinner from M-lady's arms rather than having to be in my arms all the time.

M-lady's Aunt M and Uncle P arrived for a brief visit for dinner. Bud, who's eyes were still a little red from his fussing, regarded them very suspiciously for about 10 minutes. After that (and dinner) he warmed up to them quite a bit. He ate a good dinner, and then got back to his vacuum cleaner while we chatted around the table for a bit. We all retired to the playroom where Bud had a great time showing off his vegetable slicing skills.

Aunt M and Uncle P left right before Bud's bedtime, so we watched some Totoro with milk and then abbreviated the routine a little when Bud got a bit fussy again. I think he was just a little overtired. He went to sleep quietly.

Monday, December 11, 2006

What a Great Kid

Bud woke this morning at about 6:30, and M-lady was good enough to get up with him. They had a pretty happy morning together, and came in to wake me up at 8:00.

Bud was in a good mood, and we played and read stories for a while before watching a little bit of Sesame Street. Bud was a little concerned (as was I) when Snuffleupagus climbed into Oscar's trashcan to hide. But he enjoyed the alphabet and counting segments again.

Nanny J arrived at 9:00, and Bud started playing with her pretty quickly. I think he wanted to catch up with her after not seeing her over the weekend. I was able to sneak out pretty quickly.

Bud went to class today, and apparently had a good time. He came back pretty happy, at any rate. He ate a reasonable lunch and had a good nap, and then a bath later in the afternoon. He was having a good time with Nanny J when I came back out at around 5:30.

After Nanny J left, Bud and I watched a little bit of Monday Night Football together, and then started in on dinner. I heated up some of the stew M-lady had prepared the night before, and Bud ate lots of beef and tomato and other veggies. He also enjoyed stirring the stew in the bowl with his spoon, which resulted in a fair bit of mess. M-lady arrived home while we were in the middle of this.

After getting cleaned up and having a cookie, Bud ran around a bit while I had some stew for dinner. We sat down in front of a Baby Einstein DVD for a few minutes, and then went back to the football game for a while while we chatted and played. A few minutes before bedtime he asked to play with my guitar, but I decided to wait on that until tomorrow.

We shared some ice cream before bedtime, and then started the routine. He asked to watch My Neighbor Totoro rather than Pingu tonight, so Totoro it was. He was a little fussy, not wanting to give up his toothbrush, but was pacified by his pacifier. He fell asleep quietly.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Afternoon Blues

Bud woke early this morning (around 6:00), and M-lady went to keep an eye on him. They stayed in his room for a while before getting up and getting breakfast, but he was pretty much awake from 6:30 or so onwards.

Bud had an odd schedule, and didn't really eat very much today all in all. I think that contributed to the grumpiness. Just sort of an off day. Or maybe he's just working on being a two year old. I got up with him around 9:00, and he had a little bit of banana bread with me, but not much.

We put clothes on and packed up and headed over to Aunt O and Uncle C's place for lunch, leaving at about 11:00. Bud fell asleep in the car on the way over, and was a bit disgruntled that we woke him up when we arrived. He had fun with some of his usual play items at O and C's, and enjoyed seeing and petting Aunt O's rats. O and C also gave him an early Christmas present, which he really enjoyed. It was a little clock house with six little stuffed mice in it ("Hickory Dickory Clock"). Bud had fun counting the mice and putting them in and out of the clock.

After lunch (Bud had some broccoli, but not much else), Bud started getting a little fussy, so we packed him up and headed for home. Bud didn't fall asleep again on the way home, although I think M-lady did. When we arrived home, I managed to get Bud to consent to being put down for a nap after some minor fussing. He slept from about 2:00 to about 4:30, which is a pretty good nap, all in all.

I got started on dinner pretty quickly after he woke, preparing pancakes. Bud likes to watch me make them, and of course the best vantage point is from my arms. I've discovered that I can, in fact, make pancakes only using one hand, but it's not really easy or comfortable. Bud was grouchy every time I put him down, though.

Eventually the pancakes were done, and Bud ate half of one. That's it. I even loaded it up with syrup and butter for him. Oh well. He ate some crackers and cereal later in the evening, and even half a cup of yogurt. But dinner was a bit of a bust.

After dinner we played and watched a little bit of Sunday Night Football before calling Grandma W and Granddad B. Bud had a good time chatting with them, and interacted a fair bit. They looked at picture books, played with stuffed animals, and counted things.

After the chat, Bud and I took a shower. He was really well behaved in the shower, and didn't even mind getting water in his face when I washed his hair. He was a bit willful with M-lady when he got out of the shower, though. I joined them in time to help get him into PJs.

We had a snack (the aforementioned yogurt and cereal) before jumping into the milk and Pingu start of the bedtime routine. The routine went smoothly, and Bud went to sleep without issue. Hope he has a less cranky day tomorrow.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Dogs and Cats, Living Together...

Bud woke at his normal 7:30 this morning, although he was making noises now and again earlier than that. He was a bit groggy when I went in to get him, but happy to see me. I changed his diaper and he pretty much went straight down the hall to get some milk rather than lay on the couch with me.

We spent a pretty mellow morning, cutting up vegetables, watching Sesame Street, and reading stories. M-lady joined us as we were having some waffle and cereal at about 9:30, and agreed to watch Bud for a bit while I caught a brief nap. While I was out of the picture they made banana bread together, with Bud helping to stir some of teh ingredients.

I got up and Bud and I read more stories, and looked out at the rain, which was coming down on and off all day. Can't put lights on the house today! I prepared a hotdog for him for lunch, of which he ate about a third. He also had some crackers and milk. He's been on a serious milk kick for the past few days, drinking as much as we'll allow him. We don't want him to drink so much that he doesn't eat, but it's probably a better drink for him than juice.

After lunch he was getting a little tired, so I put him down for a nap. He slept for a good 3 hours, during which time M-lady ran some errands and I got a little bit of work done. We had some yogurt when he got up, and added some cereal and crackers. Bud's taken to asking for cookies on a fairly regular basis, I think just on the hopes of getting one by looking cute. I've been giving him a Nilla Wafer after he eats reasonably well, and it makes him pretty happy.

We watched some Animusic and played with my guitar while I called RuggerMom, my sister, and had a nice chat. We exchanged some gift ideas, and caught up a bit. Meanwhile, Bud was strumming my guitar in time with the music on the DVD. I thought that was pretty cool. We'll have to try again when I can focus on him a bit more.

At about 5:30 we left to visit a friend, Auntie E, to hang out a bit before she held a dinner party. Bud had met her pets before, but was once again very interested. There's TS, the little maltese, and three cats, two of whom were hanging out on the cat play structure in the corner of the living room. Bud was enjoyed petting the cats and getting up close and personal with TS.

We stayed and chatted for about an hour before heading home and starting the bedtime routine. Bud was happy and chatty all the way to bed. I wonder if he lay awake for a long time before falling asleep, given his long nap? In any case, I didn't hear from him after we put him in his room for the night.

Friday, December 08, 2006

A Couple New Words

Bud woke a little earlier than usual this morning, and M-lady went to go hang out with him for a bit. They came in around 8:00, and Bud followed me around while I got dressed and put my contacts in.

We played and read some stories, and watched a little bit of Sesame Street before getting dressed for his gymnastics class. We were just a little bit late, and met Nanny J on the way in as usual. However, there was a sign taped to the door of the gym saying that class was canceled because the teacher was sick. Bud looked in the window longingly.

I left Bud with Nanny J, where they apparently did a couple of laps around the park while I headed back home and then proceeded to the office for most of the day. Bud had a pretty good lunch, and a bath after his nap.

Bud was happily doodling away on his magnadoodle when I arrived home, and was anxious to show me his artwork. While I was hanging up my coat he tried several times to lift my backpack, and declared it "very heavy". Then I had to disappear into the office for another hour or so. He was a little sad to see me go, but Nanny J quickly distracted him.

M-lady arrived home at 5:30, and we said goodbye to Nanny J for the weekend. Bud was pretty excited, and kept up a high energy level while M and I prepared dinner. He ate well, starting with a cup of yogurt (his second of the day), and eating quite a few peas and sharing some of M-lady's dinner.

While M-lady and I chatted over dinner, she mentioned that an engineer at work had shown her how to loopback the video feed on the video conferencing system she's working with so she could see what she looks like to the other parties. Bud piped up: "Loopback!" Being the geek that I am, I couldn't leave it alone.

"Hey Bud, can you say 'Ethernet'?"

"Eefernet."

"Sweet."

Afterwards we read some books, and then M-lady played with Bud in his PlayHut tents while I snoozed for about 20 minutes.

We watched a very little bit of Animusic, a little bit of his Baby Einstein "Meet the Orchestra", and then did Pingu and milk. The bedtime routine went smoothly, and Bud went to sleep peacefully.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Dancing to 'Fur'

Bud woke this morning at his usual time, and I went to see how he was doing. After changing his diaper, we hung out in his darkened room for a while, just lying on his couch together. Eventually he got up and ran off down the hall with his blankies in tow.

I got some milk for him, but he wasn't very interested. We played with trucks and trains for a while, and then sat down in front of Sesame Street for a bit. We eventually came across a segment which was a re-make of an older song: 'Fur', which was originally sung by a now forgotten monster (Harry was one of the backups), was now being performed by Zoey, Harry, Grover, and Elmo. I have fond memories of the original version, and was happy to see the reimagining. They tap dance during the rendition of the song (although you never see their feet), and Bud really wanted to get up and dance. And wanted me to get up and dance with him. So we danced to that song quite a few times.

Nanny J arrived at about 9:00, and Bud was happy to see her. He didn't even insist on a cookie today. They went out to a park in the morning, and apparently Bud had a good time going down the slides head-first. Wow. Can't wait to see that. He also had fun throwing sand, which is an activity we'll all be discouraging.

Nanny J had to run out for a doctor's appointment in the afternoon, after Bud had gone down for his nap. He had a pretty solid nap, and I we hung out together for about 45 minutes after he woke up and before Nanny J had returned. The first thing he noticed when he woke was the big inflatable carousel our neighbors put up in their yard. He watched that for a while before I convinced him to have some yogurt for a snack.

In the evening, we walked over to Baja Fresh for dinner, admiring several neighbors Christmas lights on the way. Bud was pretty good during dinner, although he didn't really eat that much. He had some tomato, but wouldn't eat any chicken or quesadilla. He was getting a little antsy as we left, but overall was well behaved. We walked a different route home to see other lights displays. Nothing grabbed his attention like that carousel, though.

M-lady ran out to pick up some diapers and other essentials while I sat with Bud before bedtime. We watched a little bit of the Steelers/Browns game, and then My Neighbor Totoro at Bud's request, which took us right up to bedtime. He was pretty tired, the routine went smoothly, and he went to sleep quickly.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Wet Socks

Bud woke again at 7:30. He's getting pretty regular that way. M-lady got up with him again, and handed him off to me at 8:00 again as she needed to head into the office. She had already gotten him dressed for the day. Thank you, M-lady!

Bud was going to a make-up class at 9:00 this morning, so Nanny J was going to arrive a little early and pick him up to take him to class, which was why he was dressed. Bud and I played around a bit, and he followed me into the bathroom when I needed to pee like he usually does. He pulled his bathmat off the edge of the tub where it was hanging to dry like he often does. Then he put it on the floor and stomped on it, as usual. Sadly, it was still a bit wet, so his socks got wet. I spent most of the rest of the morning before class trying to chase him down and change his socks. Then he asked for a cookie again when Nanny J showed up.

Bud apparently had a good time at class, and took a long nap after lunch. I think it was another one of his 3+ hour naps. I got home from the office around 2:30ish, and heard him get up about an hour later. He had yogurt for a snack again this afternoon, but I didn't hear the maniacal laughter, so maybe it was a less messy affair today.

After Nanny J left, I pulled out a toy that Bud had received as an early Christmas gift but we had put away for a little while. It took about a half hour to get out of the box. What is it with kids toys that they have to be wired to the cardboard at 32 different places? In any case, Bud enjoyed playing with the toy after I'd managed to get it released. He also found the bits of package fascinating as well.

We had fun throwing wiffle balls up and down the hall together for a while, and then sat down for a fairly light dinner. He had a couple of crackers, some noodles, and a little bit of chicken... overall not very much. He did have a couple of cups of milk, though, so he got some calories. Then he enjoyed a box of raisins before bedtime.

We all played together and watched some Animusic before starting the bedtime routine. He was really tired and started getting cranky, and we ended up skipping the toothbrushing part. I think he fell asleep pretty quickly.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

A Quiet Evening

Bud woke up this morning at his usual 7:30, and M-lady got up with him. She handed him off to me at about 8:00, and I sat him down in front of Animusic for a little bit while I cooked some Rice-a-Roni for him to supplement lunches and dinners for the next few days. He was very content for a bit.

After the rice was squared away, we hung out and read some books, played a bit, and watched a little bit of Sesame Street. There was a segment with stars singing the ABCs, anchored by Ray Charles and including Patrick Stewart, Ellen DeGeneres, Susan Sarandon, Harry Belafonte, and David Robinson (the basketball player) among others. Bud loved it, and we ended up watching that segment half a dozen times.

Nanny J arrived at about 9:00, and Bud was reluctant to let me go into the office to work. While he was looking a bit sad, he turned to Nanny J and said, "Cookie?" Nanny J and I both laughed, and she offered him a cookie while he waved me goodbye.

I saw them later in the afternoon, with Bud eating yogurt. He was feeding himself and giggling hysterically, as yogurt got pretty much everywhere. Nanny J figured out the 'scraping his spoon' trick for the second half of the cup, but there was already a pretty impressive mess. I think he went straight into the bath after that.

M-lady was busy at work and then with a team dinner this evening, so Bud and I were on our own tonight. I was really hungry, so I whipped up some scrambled eggs and toast. Bud enjoyed both, particularly the toast with jam on it. We shared a piece of fudge for dessert. Bud ended up snacking on crackers and raisins for much of the rest of the evening.

We played with toy cars, and lego, and veggies for a while. Bud was generally in a good mood. We ended up watching a bit of TV before bedtime, and did the milk and Pingu thing as usual. He only had a little bit of cereal, owing to the crackers he had snacked on before his bedtime milk.

The routine was standard, and he went to bed peacefully. I managed to get him to say "Love You" again, too.

"Love You"

Bud woke this morning at about 7:30. I was sort of hoping he'd sleep a little later, given his late night last night. Oh well. I got up with him, as M-lady needed to be in the office early this morning.

After hanging out in his room for a little bit, we headed out to get some milk and some cereal. We played with veggies for a while and read a couple of books before settling in for about a half-hour of Sesame Street before Nanny J arrived. Bud was happy to see Nanny J, but was upset when I tried to get away to start on work. Nanny J offered him a cookie, however, and Bud happily waved me goodbye.

Bud went to class this morning (I saw the stamps on his hands in the afternoon), and had a smallish lunch. He had a reasonable nap, and was having fun drawing with a crayon on paper when I got home. It still seems to be a little bit of a challenge keeping his drawing confined to the paper. He didn't seem interested in eating the crayon this time, but he did have a fair amount of blue wax under his fingernails.

Bud started off his dinner with a cup of yogurt. He really wanted to feed himself, which ended up being less messy than I had feared. I managed to scrape the bottom of his spoon with mine before he got his spoon too far away from the cup, and thus avoided too much drippage. After the yogurt, M-lady fed him some stew while I cooked up some potstickers. Bud nibbled on a potsticker after it had cooled off a bit, but really was more interested in licking off soy sauce after I dipped it for him. I split a small piece of fudge with Bud for desert, which he really enjoyed.

After dinner we all played together in Bud's playroom for a while. We would all put Bud's lego back in the bin, and then Bud would overturn the bin and kick the resultant pile of lego around for a bit. Repeat.

When we got tired of that, I read him a few of his Bob the Builder books, and we watched a little bit of MNF. Bud munched on goldfish crackers for a while, asking for more with distressing frequency. He'd just finished dinner an hour before! I guess he was making up for that small lunch. He ended up snacking all the way to bedtime.

He had his usual milk and cereal before bed while we watched Pingu, and the rest of the bedtime routine was routine. As I laid him in his crib and said "I Love You," he said "Love You" back. It's the first time that we've heard him say it. :)

Sunday, December 03, 2006

New Words and Up Late

M-lady took care of Bud this morning while I was off at a bike race. He apparently woke with a poopy diaper and a really irritated butt. She vaselined it, but it bothered him every time we changed his diaper for the rest of the day.

When I got home we had leftovers from last night's dinner for lunch, and then watched a little bit of football. Apparently Bud wasn't interested in watching football with M-lady. They had fun throwing the football around, though.

Bud repeated several words today, including "field goal" (with arms upraised) and "chocolate". That second one was learned when I gave him a little nibble of fudge I'd cooked the night before. He really liked the fudge.

He enjoyed watching football with me for a while, and even gave me a "Go Chargers!" when he saw me wearing my jersey. Before too long he got a little fussy, though, and we put him down for a nap. He fell asleep peacefully, and again slept for three hours. M-lady and I speculated that he's doing another growth spurt, given the quantity of food he's been eating and the amount of sleep he's been getting.

After his nap, we watched a little Animusic, and then packed up for a Christmas party. Bud was very well behaved, and played reasonably well with the two young girls at the party, Av and An. An is just about Bud's age, and they interacted a little bit. Mostly it was Bud watching An warily, though, and occasionally screaming when he though she was trying to get something he had (like Buff). Still need to work on that sharing thing.

Shortly after dinner, the electricity went out at the party, so we sat around in candlelight for a while. Bud was great, and mostly sat on my lap for quite some time. So patient! We ended up keeping him out way past his bedtime: he didn't fall asleep on the drive home, so didn't get to sleep until about 10:00pm.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Pretty Standard Saturday

Bud woke this morning at about 7:30, M-lady got up with him and changed a poopy diaper. She handed him off to me around 8:30, and left for ballet.

Bud discovered the three phones I had taken on my business trip last week sitting on the bedroom floor, and had a good time punching the buttons. They weren't plugged in, but that didn't seem to bother him at all. Those phones kept him quite entertained as several points during the day.

After he had played with the phones for a while, we went and got some cereal, and settled in to watch a Sesame Street. Bud enjoyed quite a bit of it, although we did fast forward through the sections which weren't holding his interest.

After Sesame Street, We got him dressed (with a minor struggle) and headed out to Fry's to look for a birthday gift. Didn't find it at Fry's, so headed for EB Games, and found it there. Bud was great during the shopping. I had him in the stroller at Fry's and he was fine, and he held my hand walking in EB Games. He was mostly interested in the box of raisins he was eating.

It was nearly lunchtime when we got home, and I set Bud up with a hotdog. He ate about half of it, and some banana and crackers as well. After lunch he was just starting to get fussy, so I put him down for a nap. He went peacefully, and slept for just over three hours.

He was a bit groggy when he woke up, but he had some more crackers and then we jumped on a video call with Grandma and Granddad. They had a new counting book to read to him, which he seemed to enjoy. He's getting pretty good at actually counting things, getting the total right more often than not now.

Dinner came up pretty quickly after that, and I cooked some shrimp and noodles for him. M-lady played with him while I was cooking, and then cooked some peas while Bud started in on the shrimp. Bud loves shrimp for some reason, and ate all the shrimp that I put on his plate.

We took a shower shortly afterwards, which went well, although he peed on the bathroom floor after getting out of the shower. I wonder why he pees after getting out of the shower, rather than in the shower? In any case, I got Bud dressed for bed while M-lady cleaned up the bathroom (thanks, M-lady!).

The rest of the evening was spent playing a little bit, and watching Animusic. Bud went to bed quietly at his usual time, after some milk and cereal and a couple of Pingus.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Unstructured Playtime

Bud woke this morning at about 6:00. I went in and changed his diaper, and he went back to sleep for about 30 minutes. I got up with him again and hung out in his room, where he pretended to sleep for a few minutes. After we both lay mostly still for a bit, we eventually went out to get him some milk at about 7:30 or so.

Bud ate fairly continuously this morning. After the milk, he snacked on cereal while we watched Sesame Street, and then had some raisins in hand while we got ready and left for his gymnastics class. When we arrived and met Nanny J, she had been eating a banana. Bud finished the last half of her banana for her. I wonder if he's hitting a growth spurt.

Bud was a bit unruly at gymnastics. There were three children including him at the class, and he really wasn't very interested in doing the activities that the coach prescribed. I managed to herd him into most of the activities at least once, but I spent most of the time chasing him around. That said, he really enjoyed himself. He did well on the balance beam, and really liked hanging from the rings, as well as just toppling onto the pads. He was a bit more wary of the coach today than I think he's been in the past, and I had trouble getting him to consent to the coach-assisted activites.

I left him with Nanny J at the park, and they apparently had a pretty good time. He ate well for the rest of the day, and had a good nap. He went for a walk with Nanny J in the afternoon, and apparently hid the fact that he had pooped halfway through the walk so that he wouldn't have to go home early. As soon as they got home, he notified Nanny J that he was poopy. She changed him, but had to run a load of laundry since he'd been sitting in it for a while. I think it means we'll have to sniff him more often...

M-lady arrived home right at 5:30, and we said goodbye to Nanny J for the weekend. Bud was interested in an orange at first, and I used it to get him into his highchair. He had the orange, some scrambled eggs, milk, and bread with butter on it for dinner. After dinner M-lady took a nap, and Bud and I played for a while.

We watched a little bit of Animusic, and overall had a prettly mellow evening. The bedtime routine went smoothly, and M-lady joined us from her nap to read a bedtime story. Bud went to sleep without incident.

I found myself treasuring the time I was with him today. Nothing like a business trip away to make you appreciate time with your kids. It seems his language skills have progressed since I've been gone, but maybe I'm just imagining that.