Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Dancing in Circles

Bud woke this morning at about 6:30, and M-lady went to take care of him. They hung out in his room for a while, then had some milk and read some stories. They looked at pictures on M-lady's PC for a while, and apparently Bud really liked the pictures of the vacuum cleaner. They looked at those over and over.

They came and got me shortly afterwards, at a little before 8:30. Bud and I headed out to the playroom, but he really wanted to watch videos on my PC with me. I sort of figured we needed to start weaning him from the incessant media, so I asked if he wanted to read stories instead. He got upset, and ended up asking to take a nap. So I set him down in his crib with a pacifier, turned out the light, and left him faux napping.

Nanny J arrived and checked on him. He was being quiet, but wasn't sleeping. He got a little fussy again when he saw me as I was packing up to head to work, but calmed down when he got the opportunity to wave goodbye to me.

He ate and slept as usual today for Nanny J, and had such a good time playing outside that he didn't want to go back in. Which is an unusual turnaround from just a few days ago.

Bud was having a great time dancing to the music from his little toy guitar when I went to see how he was doing at about 5:30. The battery on the guitar was dying, and consequently the music changed in pitch and tempo as it went along, which caused all sorts of giggles from Bud. I put fresh batteries in, and we danced together for almost a half hour.

Bud's favorite dance was taking one of my hands and running in a circle around me. I would run him faster and faster until his feet came off the ground and he flew for about a revolution before I set him down again. We did that until I thought I was going to be sick from all the spinning. But he really had a great time.

After a while we ditched the guitar to put on some swing music, and he danced through a couple of tunes. His dancing is getting pretty sophisticated. I tried working on a charleston with him, but he's not quite there yet.

M-lady arrived home while we were swing dancing, and we showed her the 'fly in a circle' move. After she'd settled in, she sat with Bud watching Wallace and Gromit's A Grand Day Out while I cooked dinner, which included fish, noodles, and spinach. Bud had a reasonable portion of each, followed up with some pineapple.

It was nearly time to start the bedtime routine after dinner, and we watched Pingu tonight after reading from some of his Mandarin word books. The routine went smoothly, and Bud fell asleep quickly. Must have tired himself out with all that dancing.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Back to Classes

Bud woke this morning at about 6:20, and called for Mama. M-lady went to check on him, and he snoozed until about 7:00 (with one more waking at about 6:40). M-lady and I both got up around 7:00 to change him out of a poopy diaper, and M-lady went back to bed afterwards to catch an extra hour of sleep.

Bud and I got some milk and hung out for a while, and eventually set up in front of the TV to watch an episode of Sesame Street. Between that and the garbage trucks coming by every few minutes, Bud was pretty well entertained.

Bud didn't seem really excited to see Nanny J this morning. I think it was the struggle to come to terms with the fact that he's not going to be quite as spoiled as he was this past weekend. On the other hand, he got to go to art and music class this morning, which looked like a lot of fun to me.

He had a good lunch and a three hour nap, which he definitely needed. When he woke from his nap, he was apparently crying "Mien bao!", which is Mandarin for 'bread'. Hungry, I guess. The nanny asked if we fed him lots of bread over the weekend, but we hadn't. Maybe he was having bready dreams.

In any case, he ate a bit for a snack, including a fair portion of pineapple. He refused his afternoon bath, and since he didn't really get too dirty today, we let it slide. M-lady and I got home at 5:30 to take him, and he was in a pretty good mood.

After Nanny J left, I got started on French Toast for dinner. Bud really wanted to watch, so I set him up on a chair next to the counter a little ways away from the stove. He did manage to grab some of our utensils, though, and had a great time washing them in the sink. He'd ask us to turn the water on, rinse the utensil, and then dry it off on the hand towel hanging over the sink. Grab another utensil and repeat.

He ended up not really eating any dinner. I watched a bunch of guitar related YouTube clips with him after I had eaten, including the likes of Steve Vai and Stevie Ray Vaughn. He's got a pretty solid rock foundation now; I'll have to do some more blues and classical guitar next time.

We watched a little of Finding Nemo to start the bedtime routine, and he had a little more milk and cereal than usual, to make up for his missed dinner. He was pretty tired though, regardless of the long nap. The bedtime routine went smoothly.

Monday, January 29, 2007

The Flight Home

Bud woke this morning at about 7:00. I got up with him, changed his diaper, and got him some milk. Then he spent some time playing with Grandma while I got another hour or so of sleep.

When I got up and joined them, Grandma told me about Bud's most recent game. He had acquired two pens, and was using them (with the caps on) as drumsticks to beat on different parts of the couch, the ottoman, and each other. He would start the music on one of the toys, then run over to the couch to play drums in time with the music. It really tickled Grandma. Bud gave me a couple of demonstrations... he was really pretty good at playing the couch!

We spent a pretty mellow morning, and I took my time getting packed up. We watched a little of Finding Nemo, which Bud really seemed to enjoy. Eventually we had some more pasty for lunch, and Bud ate a couple of clementines.

We'd been waiting on getting Bud dressed in the hopes that he'd poop, so I wouldn't have to worry about it on the plane. No such luck. Eventually we went ahead and got him dressed, and I finished up the packing. Shortly after lunch we got loaded up in the car and headed for the airport.

We didn't make the tactical error of telling Bud that we were going on an airplane today until we actually left for the airport.

Grandma and I managed to keep Bud awake on the drive to the airport, which went very smoothly. Bud was great in the airport, and we had enough time that he could walk most of the way rather than riding in his carseat with the gogo Kidz attachment. He was well behaved as we waited for our flight, flirting a bit with the other folks in the area.

He was really excited when we got on the plane, and enjoyed looking out the window as we took off. We got off the ground around 3:30. About 10 minutes later, Bud was napping. Yay! Unfortunately, he only slept for about 45 minutes.

He quietly snacked on pretzels and juice with me after he woke up, and we watched a bit of Animusic on my laptop. After a bit, we played with a sticker book, which took us all the way to the gate. All in all Bud was a perfect little traveler.

We met M-lady at the luggage carousel, and Bud was really happy to see her. While we were waiting for the bag, Bud finally cut loose with the poop we'd been expecting. It was a doozy, too. Thanks for not doing that on the plane, Bud!

We headed home after getting him changed, and most of the evening was spent on reacquainting himself with his toys. He played with his vacuum cleaner quite a bit in particular. M-lady had picked up a pineapple at the grocery store yesterday, so I cut that up and Bud ate a solid portion at dinner time.

We had a quick shower after dinner, and started the bedtime routine with more Animusic directly after getting dried off and put in PJs. Bud was really pretty tired, what with the short nap and time change, and went to sleep without fuss at about 7:45.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Ice Cream, Please!

Bud woke this morning at about 7:30, and seemed OK with his surroundings this time. He wasn't too upset, and was excited to see Grandma and Granddad. While they entertained him for a bit, I was able to get a few more hours sleep.

They were watching some more of My Neighbor Totoro when I joined them, and we all played together for a bit. Grandma W prepared a pasty pie for lunch (yum!), and Bud ate a little of that, along with some more clemetine.

After lunch Granddad read Bud some stories for a little bit before we put him down for a nap. He went to nap willingly, and slept for a solid two hours.

When he woke, he didn't want to get out of the Pack 'n Play for a while, since he was looking around at all the cool stuff in Uncle D's room. He looked at the computer and the stereo, and he identified lots of the stuffed animals.
"Two Fish!"
"Yup, those are fish."
"Well, you're close, Bud, but that's actually a big Pikachu."

Eventually we lured him out of Uncle D's room, right before Grandma and Granddad left for a dance practice they were running. Bud and I packed up after a little bit and headed off to see Great-Grandma E again, and this time I remembered the camera.

It was great to see GG E, and while Bud was a little more shy today, we had a good visit. I got a few shots of the two of them before we headed over to watch the tail end of Grandma and Granddad's dance practice.

Bud watched the routine the group was working on with interest while munching on a box of raisins. After they were finished he got out on the dance floor and danced a bit himself. He was greatly admired by the dancers, and we had a good time.

From the dance practice Bud and I and Grandma and Granddad went to dinner at a Denny's style restaurant, and we all ordered breakfast dishes. Bud decided to do him bottomless pit impression, and ate two large pancakes, a scrambled egg, hash browns, some strawberry, and some bites of french toast. It was an impressive showing. We discussed getting some dessert, and asked Bud if he'd like some ice cream. Bud saw our waitress nearby and started calling "Ice Cream! Ice Cream!" to her. He had clearly connected that fact that she was the person you tell what you want to eat, and she'll bring the food. Another cool demonstration of cognitive abilities.

We ended up deciding to get ice cream at home, and headed in that direction. Bud got to share ice cream with both myself and Granddad, so he was pretty happy. It was getting a bit late, but we decided to keep him up to try to get back towards California time. So after ice cream, we worked on some family pictures, and then Granddad gave Bud a shower.

After the shower we all sat down to watch the end of Totoro, and Bud had his milk and cereal. He was pretty tired by the end, and said his goodnight to Grandma and a goodbye to Granddad, who'll be heading off for work before Bud gets up tomorrow. Bud fell asleep without any problems at about 8:45.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Shoveling Snow

Bud woke this morning at about 7:30, and was a little upset waking up in a strange room. I went up to him, found his pacifier for him, and he lay back down for about 20 minutes before we got up together and changed his poopy diaper.

He had his morning milk, as was happy to see Grandma W and Granddad B in the morning. It was snowing pretty heavily outside, so we watched that for a while while having a leisurely breakfast. Grandma found some wooden puzzles she had purchased a while ago for grandkids not yet born, and they seemed to be just about the right difficulty for Bud. We all played together for a bit, and Bud refused several entreaties to eat. Eventually he ate another clementine, and as the snow slowed down a little we got all dressed up to go out and shovel the driveway.

It was pretty cold, probably in the low to mid twenties. Consequently, the 2 inches of snow on the driveway was very light, and required very little effort to shovel. Bud liked shoveling almost as much as sweeping. After we got the driveway and sidewalk cleared, we all had a good time running around in the fresh snow on the street and in the front yard.

Bud was much more interested in playing in the snow this time, as it wasn't a totally new and foreign experience. He was reasonably confident walking in the snow, and had a good time making fresh tracks. It was also cold enough that the snow didn't melt on his mittens, so his hands stayed dry. He seemed to have a really good time all in all.

We eventually enticed him to go back in by telling him we were going to play with the vacuum cleaner. This might have been a little bit of a mistake in hindsight, as he wouldn't let the vacuum out of his sight for the next two hours or so. He cuddled the vacuum cleaner while watching TV. He refused lunch for a long time while playing with the vacuum.

He finally ate some quesadilla and clementines around 1:00, and went down for his nap shortly after. He didn't nap for very long... maybe a little more than an hour. When he woke around 2:15, we all hung out for a while and generally had some mellow time, reading stories and having some raisins. We watched the traveling buddha statue in the backyard slowly disappear under the snow, and Bud proclaimed: "Uh-oh!"
"Poor Buddha," Granddad B added.

At about 4:00 we headed out to visit Great-Grandma E. Bud was a little nervous seeing her at first, but warmed up pretty quickly. Great-Grandma E had a plush stuffed airplane for Bud, which he really enjoyed. He told GG E about what he'd been up to that day, and spent some time exploring the room. He found a pen to play with, as well as a very lifelike stuffed dog. All in all he had a pretty good time. Sadly, I both Grandma W and I forgot to bring our cameras, so we may have to go back tomorrow to take a picture of Bud with his Great-Grandma.

We headed off to dinner from there, and ended up at Fuddrucker's. Bud tried the french fries, but they were a bit peppery for him. He really liked my onion rings, though, and had a fair bit of those, as well as some tomatos and chips. He refused bites of burger and bacon, though. We had some cookies for dessert, and he really liked those, of course.

It was getting on towards bedtime by the time we got home, but we were able to spend about a half hour running at hyper speed. Bud spent some time giggling on the couch, as well as spinning himself until he fell over, and wrestling with Granddad B. After a bit we dialed it back and sat down in front of the TV.

We started watching Toy Story, and Bud was fine until a couple minutes in when Woody first comes to life and sits up. That really scared Bud, and he started crying hard. So we scratched Toy Story and fired up My Neighbor Totoro, which he found much more amenable. We had milk and cereal while watching that, and the bedtime routine went smoothly. He went to sleep without a problem, although he woke briefly at about 10:30. He went right back to sleep with a little soothing.

Friday, January 26, 2007


Bud woke this morning around 7:45, and I went to see how he was doing. As I pulled him from his crib to get him changed and dressed, I told him that we were going to get on an airplane this morning to go visit Grandma W and Granddad B.

Bud got pretty excited. As soon as his feet touched the ground, he was off to the garage door.
"No milk!"
These exclamations were taken as, "Come on, Mom and Dad, hurry up and let's go get on the airplane!" He pretty much didn't stop talking about airplanes until about 2 hours after we landed.

M-lady dropped Bud and I off at the airport around 8:30ish for a 10:45 flight (after cutting it a little close for the last flight, I thought it would behoove us to get there a little early). Fortunately, the airport wasn't very busy. We checked in luggage after waiting in line for about 2 minutes. However, we didn't have seat assignments yet, and were told that we would get assignments at the gate, which worried me a little bit.

The line at the security checkpoint was very short, so I stopped to get a little breakfast for Bud and myself. He had some hash browns, I had some french toast, and we split an orange juice. The security line was a pain in the butt to traverse (diaper bag, backpack, laptop out of backpack, winter coats, shoes, take child out of carseat, disassemble carseat carrier, etc.), but I managed to get through it without losing anything or anyone.

As we made our way to the gate, Bud saw an airplane out the window. He ran over, pointing.
"Yup, that's a big plane. But it's not our airplane. Ours will be over there when it arrives."
"More Airplanes!"
It was a very exclamation-filled day.

When an attendant finally manned the gate desk I discovered that Bud and I were in separated seats. She agreed with me that it was in everyone's best interest to seat us together, and she managed to find a pair or seats after a bit. She was also really nice in letting us (and one other infant-bearing family) onto the plane first, actually coming over to us to take our boarding passes while I was still gathering things up. I managed to haul Bud and our luggage onboard without too much issue, and we got settled in.

Bud was terrific on the flight, and we spent more than an hour watching Cars. We had some pretzels, raisins, and goldfish crackers for a snack, and Bud drank a fair bit of juice. All in all, it was another good flight, and Bud didn't fuss much at all.

He was a little grumpy when I tried to get him back into his seat when we arrived at the airport, but grudgingly acquiesced when I offered him a pacifier. I changed him when we got down near the luggage carousel, and discovered that his diaper had saturated and his clothes were soaked. Bummer. Fortunately, I had dry clothes in his diaper bag (thanks M-lady!), and I got him changed and comfortable. I grabbed our suitcase and met Grandma W on the curb outside.

Bud stayed awake for the drive home, and as a result didn't get a nap today. We also sort of missed lunch, but he didn't really seem to mind too much. At about 5:00 he had fun eating three clementines, and had some pizza with us a little later along with a couple cups of milk.

He had lots of fun playing with Grandma and Granddad all afternoon and evening. They were really thrilled to see each other. Bud seemed to remember the place pretty well from our last visit, and didn't waste any time making himself at home and playing with the toys here.

We took a shower after dinner, and read some stories and watched a little bit of Cars before bed. He finally went down around 8:15 (Mountain Time), and quickly fell deeply asleep.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Packing Up

I head to leave for work before Bud woke up this morning, unfortunately. M-lady had a good morning with him, though.

Nanny J came at 9:00, and she and Bud seem to have had a good day. I got in around 5:00, and Bud was having a snack of yogurt. I think Nanny J mixed the yogurt with milk, and Bud was drinking it through a straw. He'd take a few pulls, then look up and grin, and then go back to it. He really enjoyed that yogurt.

Bud and I read some stories after Nanny J left, and then had a video call with Granddad B and Grandma Nese. Bud enjoyed talking to them, and has really gotten the hang of showing things to the camera so that the other folks can see what he's got. He grabbed a little picture of himself I had sitting on my desk and showed them, holding it up to the camera, the right way around and everything. It's pretty cool.

He eventually got a little antsy (I wouldn't let him play with some batteries he spotted on my desk), and we wrapped up the call. M-lady arrived home shortly thereafter, and Bud remained fussy. We had a short quiet time, and he was much better after that.

We watched some videos on YouTube, which he really seemed to enjoy. They were mostly music videos, as well as some good swing dance clips I found. They kept him entertained until dinner time. He didn't want any of the ravioli we prepared, but ate an entire nectarine, along with some goldfish crackers.

Bedtime crept up pretty quickly after that, and he watched some of Totoro with milk and cereal to start the routine. He went to bed without problems. He's started saying "Good night!" and "Love You!" back to us when we put him in his crib... it's so adorable.

Tomorrow I embark with Bud on a trip to visit Granddad B and Grandma W, to make up for the visit which got cut short due to weather around Christmas time. I'll be flying with Bud on my own, which should be an adventure. He's a great traveler, though, so I'm not too worried.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Fun Day with Mommy

Bud woke this morning around 7:30, and M-lady went to see how he was doing. I joined them a few minutes later, and Bud was still hanging out in his crib. He had apparently just pooped, and was a bit stinky, so M-lady and I tag-teamed cleaning him up. Diaper doublers are great for urine, but they seem to make things worse on the poops...

Unfortunately, I had to head to work, so I said goodbye to M-lady and Bud and headed in. They had a good time together. Bud was refusing clothes when I left, and I assume M-lady managed to get him dressed at some point.

They unloaded the dishwasher together with only two casualties (a mug and a glass each got licked). They played with Elmo a bit as well.

I was out late for work, and got home right before bedtime. M-lady and Bud had a good evening together as well. They ran around and threw the football back and forth, and Bud spent a lot of time drawing with his crayons. He eventually joined M-lady for dinner and ate a fair bit. He was pretty much set for bed when I joined them.

I sat with him for a bit and read a couple of books, and then we watched some of Totoro to kick off the bedtime routine. I'll have to leave early again tomorrow, most likely before he gets up, but I'll get back in time so we can have dinner as a family.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Little Tai Chi Master

Bud slept a little late this morning, waking at almost 8:00. M-lady took care of him first, and got him changed and some milk. No leaking now that we're using the diaper doublers!

The house cleaners arrived shortly afterwards, and I got up and found Bud playing on the computer with M-lady. I took him on to my lap and we played the Elmo alphabet game for a while. He's really been enjoying that one recently.

We watched the cleaners use brooms and vacuum cleaners as well; as always, Bud finds those tools fascinating. Nanny J arrived at 9:00, and Bud started playing with her pretty quickly and without much fussing.

Bud went to art and music classes today, and apparently had a good time at both. He's singing more now, and actually making the tunes recognizable. It's great. His current favorite to sing right now seems to be "Frere Jaques" (english version).

He had a new set of art on the kitchen table when we got home, including a painting done with pastel colors and a capped tube filled with beans and decorated with stickers.

Nanny J told a story about this past Friday, where after gymnastics class he followed the sound of music outside to find its source. They found a group of seniors doing Tai Chi to music in a gym. The seniors invited him in, and he was much admired. Then he watched them very studiously as they performed two different forms. Afterwards, he did some of the moves himself.

It's probably a little early to get him involved in martial arts, but I hope it's something we can do together for a long time. He might be really good at it.

Bud had a solid nap this afternoon, and I heard him singing and playing music with Nanny J before and after his bath. I went and picked him up around 5:30, and we played a little music before going and playing with Elmo on the computer again for a while.

He ate a good dinner of beef and potato stew, and sampled a little bit of M-lady's broccoli. He really chowed on the potatoes, though. He had a cookie after dinner, and then we all danced for a little bit before sitting down in front of Animusic for a few minutes to wind down.

The bedtime routine was pretty standard, and Bud went to sleep without problems.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Pork and Cornbread

Bud woke up at 7:30 or so. I went to check on him, and managed a little more snoozing on the couch since he wasn't quite ready to get out of his crib. We eventually got him into a dry diaper (diaper doubler worked!) and headed out to the kitchen for milk.

We read some stories and chatted together this morning, as M-lady had some early meetings. He asked to tickle Elmo, so we play the Elmo game on the computer until Nanny J arrived. He really didn't want me to leave him today, and threw quite a tantrum when I tried to get to work. I mean, it's nice that he shows some affection and attachment, but it does make it very hard to leave him.

He had a good day, and got a solid lunch and a two and a half hour nap, as well as a bath around 5:00.

I picked him up from Nanny J, and we got ready for a quick little dinner outing since M-lady wasn't going to be home until late. I got him all dressed up, dropped him in the stroller, and we walked over to Armadillo Willy's. Bud ate a remarkable amount of my pork sandwich, along with a sizable portion of cornbread. The meal was sadly lacking in vegetables for him, though, as her shunned all my attempts to pass him components of my garden salad.

I had to give him a pacifier to get him back into his stroller, but other than that the walk home was uneventful. We played for a little bit, and the sat down to watch some Cars. M-lady arrived home while we were having milk and cereal, and helped out with the bedtime routine. Bud went to sleep without any issues.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

No Lunch, Short Nap

Bud woke this morning around 8:00, and I went to see how he was doing. He was a little dampish (once again I forgot the diaper doubler), so I got him changed into day clothes. We hung out in his room for a little bit, where he found the keyboard we had deposited on the couch last night. With keyboard in hand, we headed out to the kitchen for milk.

We had a pretty mellow morning together while M-lady went out and ran some errands, and watched an episode of Sesame Street. Later in the morning with had a quick video call with Aunt K, Uncle D, and Cousin H, but Bud wasn't really sure about them and got a little upset.

Immediately after the video call with them, we had another video chat with Granddad B and Grandma Nese. Bud was much happier to see them, and chatted about his morning a bit with them. When we finished that conversation we headed out to start thinking about lunch.

Unfortunately, Bud didn't really want any lunch today. He had a cup of milk, but wouldn't eat much of anything else. So we went back to playing and watching some of the first football game of the day. Eventually he got a bit cranky, so after a last chance at having some lunch was passed up, we put him down for a nap around 1:00.

M-lady and I also tried to get a little sleep while he was napping, but he woke within an hour. M-lady went to hang out with him a bit, and I caught a little more sleep. I woke before too long hearing the opera Bud was composing, with M-lady's accompaniment, at high volume in the living room.

So Bud was a little cranky in the afternoon, but not as bad as one might expect with a short nap and no lunch. We thought we might all go out to do the grocery shopping together, but Bud really wasn't interested in going out, and we didn't want to face a meltdown. So I played with Bud while M-lady got groceries. We drew some pictures, played instruments, and read some stories.

After M-lady returned, we all went out to the park. Bud was very happy to walk there holding my hand, and had a great time running around the park. He had fun on the slides, and has gotten very self-sufficient on them... he can climb the stairs and go down the slides at will. He even climbed up one of the slides, the steeper one, on his own while M-lady and I watched in astonishment. Bud and I also ran around the play yard together a bit. He enjoyed riding on my shoulders on the way home.

When dinner time rolled around, Bud was very hungry. He ate a hot dog, a cup of yogurt, and some crackers to make a pretty solid meal. He played with M-lady for a little bit afterwards, and then we headed for the shower.

Bud and I had a good shower, and we started the bedtime routine watching Cars shortly afterwards. The routine was pretty straightforward, although he let me brush more of his teeth tonight than he has in the past. I remembered the diaper doubler tonight, too. He was pretty tired, and went to sleep without any fuss at all.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Yes, He Understands

Bud woke once at about 1:00am, calling for Nanny J. It wasn't that surprising, since it was Nanny J who put him to bed the previous night. I went and soothed him, and he fell back to sleep very quickly after finding his pacifier.

Bud woke this morning closer to 8:00, and M-lady went to take care of him. He was soaked again, as we'd forgotten to put the diaper doubler in. Rats. Not that it bothered him at all.

They had a great morning together, and I joined them a little after 10:00. Bud and I hung out for a bit while M-lady got dressed. Bud asked me to read The Cat in the Hat to him, and paid attention through the whole thing. It's a pretty wordy book for a not-quite-two-year-old to enjoy. But he seemed to like it.

Bud also opened his Christmas present from Aunt K, Uncle D, and Cousin LR. It was a set of bongos, and Bud had a great time playing them all day. They're high enough quality instruments that they don't sound too bad; consequently, M-lady and I don't mind the sound of them too much (yet). And Bud certainly enjoys them.

After I'd gotten dressed, we all went out to Toy 'R Us to see about nighttime diapers and some other supplies. We didn't have much luck, but enjoyed the trip nonetheless. For the first time we didn't take the stroller for Bud for the toystore, and he was very good about holding my hand and staying close to me while we were there.

As we walked back to the car, M-lady asked where I would like to go to lunch. I suggested Baja Fresh, at which point Bud piped up: "french fries!" He had understood our conversation, decided what he wanted, and made an appropriate suggestion. I have colleagues at work who can't do that very well. So we went off to Arby's for lunch, where Bud got his french fries (and had a fair amount of roast beef and milk, too).

We headed for home after that, and after Bud got a little more milk he was willing to take a nap. He slept for about two and a half hours, and was in a pretty good mood when he woke up. We watched a little bit of Cars while he had a snack, and then spent some more time playing bongos and reading stories. M-lady was napping, and before it got too dark I decided to take Bud for a walk.

Once again he was really good about holding my hand, and we headed down to the local park. He had a great time running around and playing on the slides, and wasn't too upset when I told him it was time to go home. He enjoyed riding on my shoulders for the walk home.

We played on the computer a little bit, and had brief video call with Aunt K and Uncle D, and then I went out to grab dinner while M-lady kept an eye on Bud. He had a few of my tortellini, some bread sticks, and some of M-lady's lasagna to make up a very solid dinner.

After dinner we had a video call with Ama and Agu, and Bud had a great time chatting with them. They played some music for him (The Chicken Dance), and Bud enjoyed dancing with them virtually. He also discovered the computer keyboard we had designated for him and put away for a while: he carried it with him the rest of the night.

We watched a little bit of Animusic before starting the bedtime routine with Pingu, milk, and cereal. The routine was pretty smooth, aside from him carrying the keyboard through it all. We managed keep him from taking it into his crib, though. He went to sleep without problems.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Enthusiastic Randomness

Bud woke this morning around 7:30, and M-Lady got up with him. He had overfilled his diaper again, and gotten soaked, but didn't seem to mind too much. M-lady changed him (after he handed her the fish), and they started their day.

They apparently had a great time together this morning, and were having fun looking at photos on M-Lady's computer when I found them around 8:30. I started packing for gymnastics, and we left a little before 9:00.

Bud was definitely in a good mood, but started out a little nervous at gymnastics. Nanny J was going to meet us towards the end of class, so it was just Bud and me. His class size this session is much bigger than in the previous sessions, and 'mass pandemonium' pretty accurately describes the majority of the class. Bud enjoyed most of the activities, but didn't want anything to do with the coach today. So we missed assisted somersaults and baskets on the bar, but enjoyed the beam and rings quite a bit.

Nanny J arrived at the end of class, and Bud headed over to her when he saw her. However, he was distracted by hand stamps before he reached her, and got that taken care of before we bundled him up again to head outside. Nanny J took him for a bit of a walk while I headed into work.

Interestingly, that was the last I saw of Bud today. I arrived home from work around 5:00, and Bud was out with Nanny J at her place having dinner. M-lady and Aunt O and I all left for the Stars on Ice show before they returned, and Bud was asleep by the time we got back. He had gone to bed around 8:00, and slept fine after that. We'll get the full report from Nanny J on Monday.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Definite Opinions

Bud woke this morning a little after 7:00, and was content to chat to himself until about 7:30. When I went in to get him he was standing holding his two little stuffed fish, and handed them to me first thing. Then his teddy bear came out, and then he was ready to have his diaper changed.

He didn't leak, so was able to stay in his PJs for a while longer. We played in his room for a few more minutes before heading out to get some milk. M-lady had to go in to work early again, so it was just Bud and me for the morning. We read some stories, and spent a lot of time drawing pictures. Bud was interested in using all the colors (one at a time is the rule), and asked me to draw happy faces in each color.

Nanny J arrived around 9:00, and Bud was anxious to play with her, so I was able to sneak off to work without any fuss.

Apparently Nanny J took Bud for a walk today, but he wanted to go home to play with his toys. He let Nanny J know in no uncertain terms: "Go home!" He would get excited as they approached the house, and upset if they walked by it without going back in. The phrase Nanny J uses is "Ta you hen dou yijian"; literally, "He has lots of thoughts", functionally, "He's very opinionated." Indeed.

Bud ate a lot at lunch, and had a good nap and a bath in the afternoon. M-lady arrived home right as Nanny J was leaving, at 5:30. I got started on dinner pretty quickly, cooking up a batch of pancakes. Bud helped me stir the batter, and was upset when I took it away to pour onto the griddle, but pleased when he saw the results.

M-lady fed Bud a couple of pancakes with syrup, and Bud had a great time. He didn't like having sticky hands, though, so we had to wipe them for him fairly often during the meal.

Afterwards we watched a little bit of Animusic, which we hadn't seen in a long time. We took a break to run around and work off some energy: tickling, wrestling, and working on somersaults a bit. After we'd all been tired out a little, we watched some of Cars with milk and cereal to start the bedtime routine, which went smoothly.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Sweet Goodnight

Bud woke this morning around 7:00, which was awful early. Unfortunately, M-lady had to go into the office (really) early this morning, so was already gone. I went to check on Bud, and he was happy lying in his crib for a few minutes before he was ready to have his diaper changed. No leaks this time!

We headed out for milk around 7:30, and started a Sesame Street shortly after that. He was rapt by Big Bird and Elmo, and when Sesame Street finished up we read stories and looked at books until Nanny J arrived.

Before she'd even gotten in the door, Bud was asking for a cookie. I was more or less forgotten.

They got him dressed and headed out for a walk before coming home for lunch, and he had a solid 2 hour nap after that outing. He had a bath a little after he'd woken up, which included playing with some paper boats the nanny folded. It occurred to me that he really doesn't have many bath toys anymore... maybe we should go get some little boats and other toys for him.

M-lady headed home from work a little early, and got to spend about an hour with Bud before she had to head back to work for an early evening event. She and Bud and Nanny J all had a good time together. M-lady had to go around 5:00, though.

I took over from Nanny J around 5:30, and Bud was interested in dancing at the time. So we danced for a bit, and I started thinking about dinner. Bud ended up eating some ravioli, pineapple, and some saltines. He had a couple of bites of my turkey sandwich, as well. So all in all, a reasonable dinner.

After dinner we had a video call with Granddad B, Grandma Nese, and the younger Aunt K. Aunt K is heading back to Spain tomorrow, so she wanted to see Bud for a bit. Bud was cooperative, and even chatted about what he had for dinner ("Pineapple! Mei yo pineapple..."). Eventually he got a little squirmy, but it was a good call.

We went and played for a little while longer before starting to wind down by watching some more of Cars. M-lady arrived home right before we started milk and cereal, and the bedtime routine went smoothly. We got another "Luv you!" as we set him down in his crib, which is so very sweet.

After he fell asleep, we had a babysitter come over so M-lady and I could go out dancing. We haven't been on a dance date without the little one in a while, and it was a lot of fun.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Art Day

Bud woke this morning at about 7:30. I had been up for about ten minutes, having remembered last-minute to put the trash cans out on the curb. I was just getting ready to snooze again when Bud started making noise.

I went in to see how he was doing, and asked if he wanted his diaper change. He declined, and didn't want me to take him out of his crib. So I lay down on the couch next to him and we chatted for a bit. After a few minutes he was ready for that diaper change. He was wet again, so I cleaned him up and got him dressed for the day. I'm going to have to start putting a diaper doubler on him at night again, or get some nighttime diapers.

We headed out to get some milk, and read some stories while he drank. After he was finished, we wandered into the living room to watch a Sesame Street. He enjoyed the whole thing this time, and really got into Elmo's World at at the end.

Nanny J arrived just as Sesame Street was wrapping up, and after a few minutes of clinging to me he was enticed by her grapefruit. He ate a good portion of the grapefruit before they headed off to his art and music classes.

He apparently had a good time at class, and enjoyed a pleasant day with Nanny J. I arrived home from work while he was having a bath, and came out to see him around 5:30 right as M-lady had arrived home. Bud was happy to see us both.

We got to see the art projects he did today, and they look really cool. He painted a little t-shirt, used some bright pastels on black paper (my favorite), and created this little fuzzy guy.

I cooked eggs, bacon, and bagels for dinner again, and Bud enjoyed watching perched on a chair a safe distance away from the action. After a few minutes, he asked if he could cook, too, so I pulled out his pots and pans for him to play with. He cooked on that on the floor while I finished up dinner preparations.

Bud enjoyed the bacon immensely, and had a very solid portion of eggs as well. He's getting better at feeding himself, too. Those scrambled eggs can be a little tricky to fork up, but he did a pretty good job.

I also noticed that the bottom two eye teeth have finally poked through. Turning into a very toothy kid! Fortunately the teething doesn't seem to have bothered him too much. But he is drooling a lot.

We played for a bit after dinner, including trains, Lego, balls, and tickling. After being keyed up for a bit, we started winding down a little after 7:00 by watching some of Cars again. Bud had his milk and cereal around 7:30, and the bedtime routine went pretty smoothly.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Hosting Play Group

Bud woke this morning a little early, around 7:00, and M-lady took care of him. They apparently had a great morning together as I slept in. Thanks for letting me sleep, M-lady!

I found them in the kitchen, and Bud was playing with his pots and pans. We all had a little breakfast together, and started getting ready for hosting Bud's playgroup. I chopped up a pineapple, and Bud ate a fair amount while the rest got set out for our guests along with some other snacks.

Our first guests arrived, mommy Di and daughter K, and Bud was doing well, chatting and happy. When the second mom/daughter pair arrived a few minutes later, mommy S and daughter Am, Bud went into his 'shy and retiring' routine, just watching the action and sitting on my lap. It was a very distinct transition. He stayed in his shy mode as two other pairs, mommy L and daughter As, and mommy Da and daughter T, arrived and played.

Bud didn't mind the other kids playing with his toys at all, but didn't really join in and interact very much. He did get a little more comfortable, but spent most of the time munching on bagel, pineapple, and dried cherries, and watching the other kids.

When 2 of the pairs left, leaving Da and T, and S and Am, Bud decided it was OK to be himself again. And again, it was a very distinct transition, where he went from very reserved to playing, making faces, dancing, etc.

Overall the hoppity horse was a huge hit, as was the Dora the Explorer music player. Bud danced to the tunes, and shared control of the player comfortably.

The final guests departed around 1:30, and we immediately lay Bud down for a nap. He was really tired, and fell asleep quickly. He woke again around 4:15, making it a nearly three hour nap. M-lady and I were also able to snooze a little bit after cleaning up.

We had a quick video call to Grandma W and Granddad B after we had sufficiently de-grogged, and Bud was very talkative and interactive. He enjoyed having a book read to him, and chatted about some of the music he'd seen and heard recently.

M-lady prepared some pasta for dinner, and Bud ate a good meal. He had a little more pineapple as well, but we saved some for tomorrow, too. After dinner we played for a few minutes before heading for the shower.

After his shower, we all played in the playroom for a bit, with Bud running around and burning off energy. At about 7:15 we sat down and watched a little bit of My Neighbor Totoro, and the bedtime routine proceeded from there. He went to sleep without any issues. All in all, it was a fun day.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Hangin' Out

Bud woke this morning around 8:00, and M-lady was kind enough to take care of him without waking me. I wandered out a little after 9:00, and found them happily playing in the playroom.

I got ready for a bike race, and set Bud up with his own water bottle while I filled mine. He also wanted some of my waffle, so I gave him a couple bites. He didn't mind too much when I left for the race, waving goodbye to me and sticking close to M-lady.

They had a good time, heading off to Stanford to wander around a little bit. Since it's a long weekend, lots of the students were gone, and they pretty much had the run of the place. They had a lot of fun checking out the Claw, which had frozen over during the night.

Bud was napping when I returned home, having fallen asleep at about 1:00. He woke around 3:15 or so, and was happy to see me when I went to see how he was doing. We watched the Chargers-Patriots game for the rest of the afternoon.

We played a lot while I was watching the game. We read some stories, and chased each other around with the football a bit. Bud got a little impatient with me towards the end of the game, and would have rather watched a movie. But M-lady was on hand to distract him from time to time.

M-lady cooked a wonderful dinner of fried rice, and after a bit of fussing, Bud finally consented to eating some dinner. He had a solid meal, and afterwards we all packed up and went to the grocery store together. Bud was well behaved, and seemed to enjoy the trip, as usual.

We made it home just in time to start the bedtime routine, which we did to the Cars movie. We skipped the tooth-brushing tonight, since he was a bit fussy, but he went to sleep quietly when we put him in his crib.

Things That Go "A-Wop-Ba-Ba-Loo-Bam, A-Wop-Bam-Boop" in the Night

Bud slept in this morning after staying up late last night, and ended up waking up around 9:30. I went to check on him and found him in good spirits, although his diaper had overfilled again. So I cleaned him up and changed him, and we snuggled on the couch for a few minutes before heading out to get some milk.

M-lady went to ballet class in the late morning, and Bud and I hung out together for a while. We played with his sticker book, and his trains, and generally had a good time. After a bit we set up a video call with Granddad B and Grandma Nese, and Bud was pretty content for a while chatting with them. Unfortunately, Bud started getting a little impatient and we lost connectivity halfway through the call. I wasn't able to keep him content sitting on my knee while I diagnosed the network issue, so we had to abandon the video call with the promise to re-establish a little later.

I took Bud out to the playroom, where he wanted the yellow crayon. So I set him up with the crayon and a clean sheet of paper, and left him drawing for a few minutes while I checked on the network. I checked back on him after about a minute, and he was doing fine, but wanted a different color. So I swapped the yellow for the orange crayon with him, and went to check on the computer again. Once again, left him alone for a minute, and when I came back I discovered that he'd eaten about half the orange crayon.

Blech. He actually didn't swallow much of the crayon, but he had chewed up about half of it. I got most of it out of his mouth (orange mush), and lots of crumbs and drool cleaned up off his hands, clothes, and paper he was drawing on. There was still a little bit of crayon that was salvageable, but we put the crayons away for a while. I wonder if the orange just tastes better than the yellow...

It was getting near lunchtime (I suppose he was hungry :P), so I cooked a hotdog for him. I recently discovered that hotdogs are a common choking hazard for toddlers, since bites of hotdog are often round marbles of the perfect size to block an airway. So I took the recommended action and cut the hotdog in half lengthwise for him. He didn't seem to mind, and wolfed down the two halves of the hotdog, along with some chips, and some cucumber from my sandwich.

By that time the first playoff game was almost on, so Bud and I got set up in front of the TV. We watched a bit of the Colts-Baltimore game, and M-lady arrived home while we were watching. We were having a good time until this commercial came on. Apparently Little Richard freaks Bud the heck out. He was really scared. I consoled him and let him know that Little Richard scares me, too. We decided it was nap time, got him calmed down with a pacifier, and let him drift off to sleep in his crib.

He had a solid 2+ hour nap, and when he woke up we packed up and headed off to see Aunt O and Uncle C. Bud enjoyed wearing his sunglasses in the car. He looked awfully cool in the back seat with his shades on. He was happy to see Aunt O and Uncle C, and had a good time finding all his favorite toys at their house.

He also really enjoyed watching Uncle C and me play Guitar Hero, and danced along to the music. He didn't even interfere with the controllers that much. Although he didn't like it when Uncle C stood up to play at one point, and kept asking (telling) him to sit down. Not quite sure why standing up was bad, but he was much more content once Uncle C sat down again.

He ate a whole lot of pizza for dinner, and was just starting to get a little fussy when we put him in his PJs and headed for home. He didn't fall asleep on the way home, so we read a story and got him settled in his crib, only a little after 8:00. He went to sleep quickly on his own. It seems the late night out didn't cause too much damage to his schedule. And with any luck, he won't have nightmares about Little Richard.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Night Out Dancing

Bud woke again this morning at about 7:30. I went in to see how he was doing, and found him pretty happy. He was a little wet again, though, so I changed him into his clothes for the day after cleaning him up. M-lady joined us, and he was wide awake by the time I got him into his clothes, so we all padded out to the kitchen for milk.

Bud and I played for a bit, mostly hanging out and throwing balls of various sorts around. A little before 9:00, we bundled him up and M-lady took him off to his gymnastics class. Apparently there is a larger class this time, and Bud did pretty well (although still not really following directions very much).

Nanny J let him play in the dirt for a bit after class, but they headed home before too long due to the cold (it was pretty chilly out today). He had a good lunch, and started his nap a little earlier than usual.

He got his usual two hours or so napping, and played with Nanny J for most of the afternoon. M-lady arrived home at 5:30, at the same time I came out to see how things were going, and we said goodbye to Nanny J for the weekend.

Bud was in a good mood, clean, and PJed, and i got started on dinner pretty quickly. Since we'd had such good luck with the eggs last night, we decided to try them again, adding some bacon along with the toast and butter. Bud enjoyed watching me cook, standing on a chair nearby with M-lady (she was sitting). Bud really liked the bacon, had a pretty good serving of eggs, and about half his toast.

After dinner we played for a bit, and then mellowed out in front of the Cars movie. M-lady and I kept him up late so we could all go to a dance party at Stanford, called Jammix. The party started at 9:00, and we wanted to catch the first hour or so, but it meant keeping Bud up pretty late. He was fine watching the movie past bedtime, but was clearly getting a little tired.

We thought he might fall asleep on the drive to campus, but he surprised us by staying awake. Once we got there, he was very awake, keeping an eye on everything going on. He was very subdued, though, and tended not to smile or giggle very much. We got a few all-family dances in, which were fun. He did get to see Nanny K for a bit, who graciously held him for M-lady and I while we got a few dances in on our own.

Bud did dance a little on his own, and impressed some folks with his sense of rhythm. Nanny K liked his head-banging, which constituted a large part of his dancing since he was so tired. He also sang along to a reggae version of Brown Eyed Girl ("Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-tee-da...") while we all danced Schottische together.

All in all he was remarkably well behaved, and fell asleep around 10:15 in the car on our way home. The transfer to his crib was uneventful, although he woke up briefly and blinked a bit. With any luck he'll sleep in a bit tomorrow morning, and we can get back on schedule.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Evening Hysteria

Bud woke this morning around 7:30 again, and I went to see how he was doing. It's nice that his sleep schedule seems to have settled out again. He's in bed by 8:00 just about every night, and seems to be waking around 7:30 with regularity. His afternoon naps seem to be a pretty consistent 2 hours.

In any case, he'd soaked through his diaper this morning, so I got him cleaned up and changed. We lay together on the couch for a few minutes before he toddled out to the kitchen looking for some milk for breakfast.

We played for a little bit, and then sat down to watch a Sesame Street. Today's theme was dance, and Bud was riveted. He wanted to watch it again when it was over! But Nanny J had arrived, and we managed to distract him with crayons and set him up to draw a bit. He asked me to draw a Totoro for him again... it looked less like an owl this time, and more like an amorphous blob. He didn't seem to mind too much, though.

Nanny J tried to get him out to a park this morning, but Bud wasn't interested. So they stayed at home and played. After his nap, however, they went for a walk, so he wasn't couped up in the house all day.

I heard them return home from the walk and head for the bathtub a little after 4:00. When I went out to pick Bud up at about 5:30 he was in his pajamas, clean, and happy. We played together a little before I scrambled some eggs for dinner. Bud really liked the eggs, along with some toast (with butter) and a muffin.

After dinner, Bud, M-lady, and I all played together. Bud had a great game going where he would sit on my lap and mimic movements M-lady would make. We tried to get it going the other way (sitting on M-lady's lap mimicking my movements), but he didn't go for it. He had his system and was sticking to it.

A little later he mentioned that there was a vacuum cleaner in the garage. We agreed that the big vacuum was in the garage, but he said that his vacuum was out there as well. We dismissed it until later in the evening when M-lady and I discovered that his toy vacuum had, in fact, been moved outside by the nanny (he must have been thwacking things with it). Clever kid.

We managed to get Bud pretty wound up before we started the bedtime routine, dancing to music from his toys. He was having a great time spinning around until he fell over. Lots of giggling and running around as well. Fortunately he settles down very quickly with milk and Pingu. The routine went smoothly. He sometimes fusses when it's time to stop brushing teeth, but calms down by the time we get back to his room to start reading a story. Speaking of teeth, the top two eye teeth are coming in, but the bottom ones have not broken through yet. Any day now...

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

More Sticker Fun

Bud woke this morning at about 7:30, and M-lady went to get him. In fact, M-lady watched over him all morning, and I got to sleep in. Thank you, M-lady!

They snuck into the bedroom so M-lady could get dressed and ready for work. M-lady told Bud to be quiet and not wake Daddy, and he made a very loud shushing sound. But he certainly did better than last time, when he made the loud shushing sound and then exclaimed, "Baba!" when he saw me, and then climbed into the bed with me.

Bud had a good morning playing with Nanny J, and they went to the library later in the morning. Lunch, nap, and a bath followed in the afternoon. It sounded a little like Bud wasn't interested in taking his bath... I wonder if it was lingering activity inertia from yesterday.

He was clean and happy when I picked him up at 5:30, though, and we spent some time playing with trains, musical instruments, and his hoppity horse (sequentially). After a little bit I got started on dinner, and he ate some of my toast with strawberry jam, followed by a fair amount of noodles, shrimp, and broccoli.

Then it was back to playing, including spending some time wrestling. He also managed to pull a sticker off his drum and had fun sticking it on various body parts.
"Hey, Bud, can you stick that on your knee?"
(moves the sticker)
"Way to go, Bud."

M-lady arrived a bit later, and joined us. We got a little wound up when I gave him a few piggy-back rides (he's getting much better at holding on), so we chilled out in front of the TV for a little bit before starting milk and Pingu. He was pretty tired by the time we put him to bed.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Resistant to Change

Bud woke this morning at about 7:30, but was content to chill in his crib, giggling and chatting to himself, until a little before 8:00 when M-lady went to see how he was doing. She got him up and changed, and I followed them out to the kitchen when they got some milk.

The cleaners arrived shortly after 8:00, and Bud eyed them suspiciously, but wasn't particularly scared. He and I mostly sat around and read stories and played with his trains until about 8:45, at which point I got him dressed and ready for his art class. Nanny J arrived at 9:00, and we tried to cajole Bud into putting on his shoes.

Bud was just not interested in changing what he was doing today. We had to carry him screaming to the car. He apparently had a good time at art class, but was really upset when it was time to go and didn't want to leave. He carried the same sort of attitude all day.

After art class he had his music class (two classes in one day!), which he also enjoyed. They actually arrived at the music class a little early, and got to sit in on the previous session. So he got some extra music class today.

Lunch, nap, and bath all happened in the afternoon, and he was having fun with Nanny J with his sunglasses when I went out to pick him up around 5:30. Bud seems willing to wear his sunglasses now, which is good, and he and I took turns putting them on.

We watched an little TV while waiting for M-lady to finish up on a conference call, and then got started on dinner. While I was stir-frying broccoli, Bud got really impatient and upset, so he had a little quiet time with M-lady in his crib (he was in the crib, not M-lady). He wanted the quiet time, too. He ran to his crib and jumped up a down to be put in it. When they came out of his room after I'd finished the broccoli, he was in a much better mood. And enjoyed munching on broccoli and some of M-lady's quesadilla.

After dinner we all played a little bit, and did some drawing with a new orange crayon. He asked me to draw a Totoro for him, so I gave it a shot. Ended up looking more like an owl, but he thought it was OK.

We all watched a little bit of Totoro before bed, having milk and cereal with that instead of Pingu. In a fitting end to the day, he fussed when we stopped watching and moved on with the bedtime routine. But he calmed down when he got his pacifier and went to sleep pretty quickly.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Mexican Food Condiments

Bud woke this morning at about 7:30, and I got up with him. He was in a good mood, and we giggled and played together a bit as we lay on the couch in his room after I changed him. A little before 8:00 we headed out to the kitchen to get some milk.

We read some stories and played with trains for most of the morning. He wasn't really interested in Sesame Street or Bob, so we skipped those. He's getting pretty good at putting his train tracks together, but doesn't quite have the hang of running the trains around yet.

Nanny J arrived at 9:00, and Bud got a cookie out of her shortly. They had a good morning, and went to his gymkids class. I saw them again at lunchtime, where Bud was busy enough eating that he barely waved goodbye to me as I left.

He had a good nap and a bath in the afternoon, and I took him again at about 5:30. Nanny J had put him in pajamas after his bath, but M-lady and I had decided to go out for dinner, so I got him dressed again before M-lady arrived home.

We walked over to Baja Fresh for dinner, and Bud got to ride on the roller board of his stroller. He enjoyed the ride quite a bit, and was very well behaved the whole evening. When we arrived at Baja Fresh, M-lady got Bud settled at the table, sitting in a big chair, while I placed our order.

I got two little trays of chips with our order, and hit the salsa bar for little cups of salsa verde and pico de gallo. Bud immediately started in on the chips, and dipped experimentally into the salsa verde. He made a really squinched up face when he tried it, but kept dipping and eating more. I guess he liked it.

He really got into the pico de gallo when I presented that to him, though. He ate two little cupfuls. And ended up smelling like pico de gallo for the rest of the evening. He also had a reasonable portion of M-lady's chicken quesadilla, so he got some protein as well.

We hit Circuit City on the way back home, and Bud enjoyed watching the DVD of the Drumline finale they had showing to demo a Bose soundsystem. Yay, drums! He was very patient while I cruised the aisles.

It was pretty much time for bed by the time we got home, so we washed his hands and face, got him changed back into his PJs, and started the bedtime routine. He was so amenable all evening! I don't think he fussed once.

Telling Stories

I actually got up this morning before Bud did, in order to head off to a bicycle race. He woke around 7:30 or so, and M-lady took care of him during the morning.

Bud saw a picture of a mother baking muffins in one of his books, and got kind of fixated on muffins. He instructed M-lady to bake some muffins for him, and waited patiently for them. When they were ready, he climbed into his highchair and ate 6 of the little ones. He seems to take after M-lady in terms of food suggestibility.

They went to an outdoor mall and farmer's market during the late morning, and had a great time. When I arrived home after the race, a little before noon, they hadn't returned home yet, and I took the opportunity to shower and grab some lunch. When they did get home, a little after 1:00, Bud had not napped. He was supposed to have fallen asleep on the way home, but was much too interested in listening to Madonna and counting trucks on the freeway.

When they got home, they told me about their adventures at the farmer's market. Bud was able to describe a number of the things he saw (a fountain, a stuffed Totoro in a store window, corn for lunch, etc.). Which is really cool, since he's starting to talk about things in the past (and potentially in the future as well). I've noticed he now understands when I tell him we have to wait or fulfill certain conditions before we can do/get something he asks for (i.e., we have to eat dinner before we can eat cake). He'll often go about taking care of the conditions.

All in all, it's clear he's developing a sense of temporal differences and placement, and while he doesn't have the language to describe it yet, he's trying. So cool!

Bud and I watched a little bit of football to mellow out, and then I tried to get him to nap. He wasn't interested, and fussed against the pacifier, even though it was clear he was exhausted. I finally laid him down on the couch in his room and lay down next to him, and he then accepted his blanky and pacifier. He was asleep in less than five minutes, and I transferred him to his crib.

He slept for a solid three hours (M-lady and I got a couple hours ourselves), and was a little groggy when he woke up. We made a video call to Granddad B and Grandma Nese, and Bud had a pretty good time chatting with them. He showed them his Cars sticker book, and many of the stickers therein.

He was getting a little crabby towards the end of the call, and we trotted out to the kitchen to get dinner started. He wanted muffins again, and we fed him a couple while he sat in his highchair and I cooked some dinner. We had noodles with shrimp and peas, and Bud did a great job feeding himself. He ate a solid dinner.

After dinner, M-lady did a quick hair trim before we started our shower. Since we're trying to trim his hair more often, there's less to trim each time.

We had fun in the shower, and got dressed in PJs when we got out. The whole family sat down and watched one of the shorts on the Cars DVD, and then did milk and Pingu into the bedtime routine. Even with his long nap this afternoon, he was asleep before 8:00pm.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Furniture Playground

Bud woke up this morning around 7:30, and M-lady got up with him. They spent a pretty mellow morning until about 8:30, when then came to get me so M-lady could go to her ballet class.

Bud and I watched a Sesame Street together, with only occasional fast-forwarding. They had a couple of sketches in the show which are favorites of Bud's, though. After Sesame Street we got dressed and ready to go out.

Off to the grocery store we went, where Bud was very well behaved. We don't take him to the grocery that often, so he really likes just looking around. He'll occasionally try to grab something by leaning from his perch in the cart, but as long as I stick towards the centers of the aisles there's no problem. He had a lot of fun pointing out and naming fruits and vegetables in the produce aisle.

When we got back from the grocery store, Bud helped me unload and played for a bit. Bud made off with one of the apples I'd purchased for M-lady, and spend a good 20 minutes trying to chop it up with his (toy) plastic knife he uses to cut up the velco vegetables. I asked if he wanted me to cut it up so he could eat it, but he wasn't interested in eating it. Just trying to cut it up.

We had hotdogs for lunch, and Bud enjoyed his along with some juice and pretzels. He ate very well. After lunch, we watched a little bit of TV to settle down, and then headed for a nap. He fell asleep pretty quickly and napped for almost two hours.

After he woke (around 3:00ish), we packed up and headed off to the furniture store to order the loveseat which matches the sofa we purchased recently. It was a relatively quick trip, since we didn't need to actually shop... just place the order for what we knew we wanted. While M-lady handled the order, I followed Bud around. The furniture showroom looked just like a playground to him: he had a great time climbing onto couches, bouncing a bit, then running on to the next one.

After the furniture store, we decided to hit a park so Bud could work off a little bit of excess energy. Bud had a good time on one of the slides for about 5 minutes, and then wanted to get into the sand. Since M-lady and I didn't want him to get all sandy today, we decided to ask him to not go into the sand. So he found a stick, and poked at the sand from the surrounding path for the next half hour or so. He didn't get that dirty, but he didn't work off that much energy, either.

He was a little sad to go, but in a reasonable mood by the time we got home. I cooked spaghetti for dinner, and Bud ate quite a bit, with the meat sauce and everything. He fed himself with help from M-lady and I, and we managed to mostly contain the potential mess. Towards the end of the meal he tried licking the last few noodles out of the bowl, however, which got sauce in a big ring around his face, including his hair.

After dinner, we played some more, ran around a bit with wiffle balls in the hallway (always a high-energy, high-giggle activity), and eventually settled down in front of the TV to watch the end of Cars. Bud had his before-bed milk and cereal during the end of the movie, so we segued directly into his bedtime routine. He was pretty tired, and went to bed without issue.

Friday, January 05, 2007


Bud slept in until about 7:30 this morning, at which point I went and changed his diaper and hung out with him for a while. After changing him, we hung out together in his room for a while before emerging to get some milk a little bit after 8:00.

He didn't want to watch Sesame Street this morning, so I put on a couple of Bob the Builder episodes. It's been a long time since we watched Bob, and Bud stayed pretty interested. I managed to get his fingernails cut while we sat together.

Nanny J arrived right before the episode ended, so I sort of skipped a minute or two in order to finish up a little more quickly. After the show was over, Bud wandered off to find Nanny J and see if he could wrangle a cookie from her. I think he was successful.

From the office at home it sounded like he had a pretty good day, although he fussed a little before lunch (and his nap). He ended up taking a reasonable nap, and was in a very good mood when M-lady and I went to get him around 5:30. We played together for a bit, and Bud and I had a good time working on somersaults. I'd do one, and he'd giggle, and then I'd spot him through one. He would also roll (sideways) when I directed him to try a somersault, which was an interesting interpretation. In any case, we had a great time flipping over and getting dizzy.

I left at about 6:15 for a lacrosse game, right as Nanny K was arriving for a visit. While she was here, Bud opened his Christmas gift from her, a little karaoke device which plays CDs and has two amplified microphones. Unfortunately, the CD player didn't work out of the box, but they had a great time playing with the mics.

Bud had a good dinner at about 7:00, which seems to be when he's getting hungry nowadays. The bedtime routine started with the standard Pingu tonight, although they skipped the tooth brushing. Bud was sleeping well when I arrived home.

Thursday, January 04, 2007


This is post #300 on SwingDaddy. Cool.

Bud woke a little later this morning, around 7:45 I believe. M-lady got up with him, and handed him off to me around 8:15. He was just getting started on his milk.

I offered to set up a Sesame Street for him, but he wasn't interested. Instead we sat in front of the computer and I checked my mail and meetings for the day while putting on YouTube clips for him. We watched the PC until Nanny J arrived.

Bud was lured away from me by a rice krispy treat, referred to as a 'cookie'. Bud was happily gnawing away at it when I headed back to the office to get a little work done.

It rained a bit today, so Bud didn't get to go out in the morning. Consequently, he didn't get to burn off as much energy as usual, and didn't get his nap in until fairly late. He woke around 4:30, and had his snack right before our usual dinner time. So dinner got pushed back a bit as well.

After Nanny J left, Bud played with M-lady and me for a bit. I pulled out the Cars sticker book we'd used on the flight back from Denver, and that kept Bud happy while M-lady and I had some dinner. Bud finally deigned to eat near 7:00pm. He had a pretty good meal of chicken and noodles and green beans.

I offered him a cookie after dinner, and he gobbled it and started wheedling for a second cookie. I managed to placate him with some goldfish crackers.

We all sat down and watched another 30 minutes or so of Cars, and then started the bedtime routine. We continued to watch the movie while having milk and cereal, rather than switch over to Pingu. The rest of the bedtime routine was pretty standard.

Bud has shown no inclination to attempt climbing out of his crib. Which is fine with us, of course. But I'm starting to wonder when we should start thinking about getting a bed for him. He's starting to get heavy to lift into and out of the crib. Or maybe I'm just lazy.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007


Bud woke this morning a little after 7:00 (yay!) and I went in to see how he was doing. I changed his diaper, and deposited him back in his crib, where he lay and chatted to himself while I lay on the couch next to him. After a bit he wanted out of the crib, and joined me on the couch. Around 7:45 we headed out to get some milk.

We played and read books a bit, and then set up with a Sesame Street. Bud seemed a little less interested than usual today, but was very sad when it ended. For some reason he was an extra bit attached to me this morning, and became extremely upset when I ducked into the home office when Nanny J arrived. Neither Nanny J nor M-lady could console him. They ended up putting him in his crib for a few minutes to let him calm down. Then he saw a garbage truck, and got distracted.

He seemed to have a good day with Nanny J, and got his bath in the afternoon before I got back from work. He was having fun with his trains when I walked in the door, and other than saying "Hi", didn't pay much attention to me. I was able to sneak away to the office.

Bud and I hung out after Nanny J left, and watched a little bit of football on TV. I started preparing batter for pancakes for dinner, and Bud got a hold of some of the measuring cups and spoons. So we stirred our respective containers side-by-side for a while. I was just starting to cook the pancakes when M-lady arrived home.

We all had a good meal of pancakes, with Bud very interested in the syr-bup (syrup). He actually asks for more syrup, rather than more pancakes. It's clear what's important in this meal. He had two syr-bup laden pancakes, and then started making a sticky mess with his fork.

After dinner we played with trains and balls and generally had a good time all together. We watched a little bit of Cars before starting the bedtime routine. Bud sat on M-lady's lap tonight for Pingu, and the rest of the routine was pretty normal. Bud went to bed grinning and fell asleep quickly.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Art Class

Bud woke this morning around 6:30, and M-lady went to keep an eye on him. Apparently he was wet, and she changed him into dry PJs. Thanks for getting up early with him, M-lady! They poked their heads into the bedroom around 7:45 and I got up and took Bud then.

We played for a little bit before settling down in front of a Sesame Street. Bud was a little impatient with some of the segments, but otherwise enjoyed it. Bud's getting darn close to be able to count to twenty... he's just stumbling over eleven and twelve now.

After Sesame Street, we got dressed and started getting ready to go to Bud's first class of the year: his first art class. Nanny J arrived, we finished preparations, and headed off to class.

Bud was a little nervous at the beginning of class, but got into it fairly quickly. There were five tables set up for the kids, each with a different project on them. All with washable and non-toxic materials, so it's OK if the kids eat some of the glue. Bud didn't want to put his little smock on at first, but once he started on a project I got it on to him without trouble. Bud enjoyed all the different tables except for the play-doh table. He particularly liked the poster paints and the glue and glitter projects.

Bud has a thing for keeping his hands clean. I'm pretty sure he got it from M-lady, since I don't have quite the same compunction. In any case, it's shown up when he eats and gets rice on his hands: he'll stop and fuss to have his hands wiped before continuing. Today it was the same thing with the paints. He'd grab a brush and get paint on his hand, and then hold his hand out and ask for a wipe before getting on with the painting. The other kids, meanwhile, are finger-painting, getting it on their faces, etc.

At clean up time there was a bucket of soapy water on the floor for the kids to wash their hands. Bud really enjoyed that: it was hard to pull him away. After clean up, there was about 10 minutes of singing songs in a circle, and then the now usual hand-stamps at the end of class. Nanny J took Bud for a walk around the park after class, and I headed back home to get to work.

Bud had a reasonable lunch and nap, and got his usual afternoon bath as well. He was in good spirits when M-lady and I took him at about 5:30. He enjoyed playing with the loose glitter from his earlier art projects on the table for a while, and M-lady and I spent some time trying to clean up. But we're now doomed to have glitter floating around the house for the rest of our residence here. Oh well.

Bud and I played on his hoppity-horse for a while, and burned off some of his excess energy. He eventually ate a reasonable dinner, mostly broccoli, after some cajoling. I shared a piece of leftover birthday cake with him, and we sang 'Happy Birthday' for M-lady again.

After dinner we gave Grandma W and Granddad B a call, and they mostly got to see the back of Bud's head as he played with M-lady's computer. It was getting late and he was a little fussy, but they got to have a bit of interaction eventually. Bud even showed off how well he sings 'Happy Birthday' for them too.

We started the bedtime routine after the call, and Bud settled in pretty quickly. He was tired after a long day, and went to sleep without issue.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Family Day

Bud woke this morning around 6:30, and I got up to see how he was doing. The answer was 'pretty chipper'. He wasn't really interested in being mellow this morning, and immediately trotted out to the kitchen to get some milk after I got his diaper changed.

We played and read stories for a while, including his new Happy Feet Look and Find book, which he really enjoys. It's sort of like Where's Waldo?, but there are many different items to find on each page. Bud's getting pretty good at finding the penguins. Certainly better than I was this morning, at any rate.

I got to play with him with his new train tracks for a bit, and we had a good time with those. He has a tendency to want to sit on the tracks, but he's starting to get the hang of putting them together and driving cars on them. After a bit I tried to set up a Sesame Street for him to watch, but he was more interested in seeing My Neighbor Totoro; so we picked up from where we last left that movie, and watched the last 20 minutes or so. After that it was time to get dressed, and together with M-lady we made a quick trip to Target.

Bud was great at Target, generally holding onto either M-lady or me and not fussing overmuch when we separated him from whatever item he was interested in at a given time. On our way out, we saw Nanny J in a checkout line, and waved 'Hi'. It was nice to see her there, and reinforce the fact that we're neighbors now.

We headed home for lunch, where Bud had a reasonable meal of potato puff and hotdog. After he finished up, we put him down for a nap, and he fell asleep pretty quickly. He slept for three full hours, waking up around 4:00.

We packed up pretty quickly after he had a snack and headed out to a mellow New Year's Day gathering held by a good friend. There were quite a few folks there, and Bud was a bit shy to begin with. He got to see Nanny K, though, and enjoyed that quite a bit. Particularly when she tickled him. He also got to see Auntie E and her little Maltese. Bud giggled every time he got his face licked (by the dog, not Auntie E).

Over all Bud had a good time at the party, but we had to leave fairly quickly as dinner time approached. We got him back into the car before a total meltdown, and by the time we got home he was in reasonable spirits (a pacifier helped), although clearly hungry. He eventually ate a fairly solid dinner of fried rice and a pot sticker, and I shared a cookie with him for dessert.

We got ready for a shower after dinner, and M-lady performed a quick haircut while I kept him still in the shower. Bud was much less nervous of the electric razor this time. We showered after that, and Bud still enjoyed his new favorite game of all time, "Dumping Water on Daddy". It consistently elicits shrieks of happiness from Bud when he pours a cup of water on my head. So we played that game for most of the shower as I scrubbed him down.

After getting dried off and dressed for bed, Bud and I sat down and watched a little TV. We watched the first half of an episode of Futurama together. After that I started some Pingu to go with some milk and cereal, and we got Bud to bed by about 8:00. We kept him up just a little later than usual after his long afternoon nap, and he went to sleep without issue.