Saturday, March 31, 2007

On to Other Instruments

Bud woke this morning around 7:45, and I got up to see how he was doing. We snoozed for a couple of minutes, and then changed his diaper and headed off to get some milk.

We watched Sesame Street with morning milk and a waffle, and afterwards read some stories and played a bit. We were just getting started on some oranges when M-lady woke up and joined us.

We managed to get Bud dressed without too much struggle, and M-lady took Bud off to Stanford to meet with Nanny K, splash in the fountains, and take adorable pictures of Bud. I sent them off, and then got ready for a bike ride. I rode up to Stanford to meet them around lunchtime.

We all hung out there for about 20 minutes before I continued on my ride. I got to see Bud drink most of M-lady's Jamba Juice as we hung out around the claw. Bud had gotten a little we playing in the fountains, but it was pretty warm out and he didn't seem to mind too much.

They headed back towards where they had parked, and I headed out for the rest of my ride. When I got home, they were finishing up a second lunch, and Bud had just polished off a piece of toast. Bud and I read some stories for a few minutes, and then I put him down for his nap.

He chattered to himself for a while, but finally fell asleep around 3:00ish. He slept a long time, worn out from his time running around in the sun, and woke around 5:30. We packed up and headed for Aunt O and Uncle C's. Bud was thrilled to be going to see "Uncle C's guitars" (Guitar Hero II).


Knowing what to do
Bud was very well behaved this evening, although he ended up not really eating anything for dinner. I guess he had too much at lunch. We played with the guitars for a bit, and after we all had dinner Bud received his (belated) birthday gifts from Aunt O and Uncle C. They had picked out a toy saxophone for him, similar to the toy guitar he currently has.

Bud loved it, and knew exactly what to do with it. He wouldn't let go of it for the rest of the evening. He played with it all the way home, and was really upset when we wouldn't let him take it into the crib with him when he went to bed. We assured him he could play with it tomorrow, and after he called out a few times, he fell asleep.

Since he ended up skipping dinner, I expect he'll be pretty hungry tomorrow morning...

Friday, March 30, 2007

For Jumping

I didn't have an opportunity to blog yesterday, as I was in a business meeting until 5:00, took a taxi straight to the airport, had a stop in Vegas, and didn't make it home until a bit after 1:00am, completely exhausted. The short story is that M-lady and Bud had a good day yesterday, though.

Bud woke this morning at about 7:30, and M-lady got up with him, letting me sleep in a little bit. Apparently Bud saw my shoes, and played with them for a little while, and a few minutes later realized that it meant I might be home somewhere. He came looking for me, and M-lady managed to catch him in time to warn him to be quiet. He came in and said hi and then left again for a while.

A little later, when M-lady came in to get dressed and put on makeup, Bud accompanied her. I got up while they were at it, and dug through my luggage and pulled out the little stuffed beaver with a mountie hat. Bud enjoyed opening the gift, and thought it was kind of cute, but found rifling my luggage more interesting.

We made it back out to the play room, and read a couple of books before Nanny J arrived. She and Bud apparently had a pretty good day together, although Bud took a while to fall asleep for his nap again. He slept until about 4:30, at which point he had a snack and a bath.

He pooped about 3 times today, but it seems that it's coming from just eating a ton.

While Bud was napping, we had a new loveseat delivered. I pointed it out to Bud after his bath, and he came to take a closer look. After a quick examination, he proclaimed:
"Jump, jump, jump!"
Guess he knows what couches are for.

After M-lady got home we packed up and made a quick trip to the bike store to pick up my bike from the shop where it was getting a tune up. Bud was really well behaved, and really enjoyed looking at all the bicycles. Afterwards, we headed for the mall where we split two big pieces of pizza three ways for dinner. Bud had a good time riding his stroller and walking around, and we spent a few minutes at the play area checking things out as well. Bud was a little shy with all the other kids running around, but eventually went out and played a little bit with M-lady tagging along.

We headed back for the car since it was getting late, and got home and started the bedtime routine. Bud was agreeable, and after watching Totoro and getting into PJs, giggled his way into the crib. He called out once after we turned the light out at about 9:00, and fell asleep quickly after that.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

From the Northlands

I'm posting today from Canada.... Calgary to be precise. Just a quick one-day trip. I'll be back tomorrow night. But it does mean that I miss two evenings with Bud, and consequently most of this report is second-hand.

Bud woke this morning at about 8:00, and I got up with him. He seemed content to snooze for a while, but popped up with excitement about fifteen minutes later when he heard a truck outside. It happened to be a street cleaner, which thrilled him to no end.

We changed his diaper and headed out to the kitchen. He got his second thrill of the day when he discovered a pineapple sitting on the counter that I had purchased the previous night on a grocery store run. Joy! He refused his milk and demanded (politely, the second time) that I cut up the pineapple. So I spent some time carving the thing, and Bud ate pieces for a while. He had some milk after eating a fair bit of pineapple. He just finished up before Nanny J arrived.

He had a good day with Nanny J, and apparently ate a whole bunch of grapes. It's a fruity day! He didn't get enough running around/activity time in the morning, though, and didn't fall asleep for his nap until about 3:00. Consequently I didn't get the opportunity to say goodbye to him when I left for the airport at about 4:30.

M-lady got home around 5:30 and had a good evening with Bud. They read stories, danced to swing music, and ate a whole lot more pineapple. He started getting a little fussy right before bedtime, but otherwise they had a great evening.

I'll probably be getting home after he goes to sleep tomorrow, so I may have another abbreviated post. But next week M-lady is traveling for a couple of days, so it will be my turn to spend extra time with the Budster.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Pretty Normal Day

Bud woke this morning at about 7:40, once again not sleeping in when I thought he might. Oh well. I got up with him, changed a poopy diaper, and we headed out to have some milk and watch an episode of Sesame Street.

After the show, we played with his laptop and bit, and read some stories until Nanny J arrived. She enticed him away with a cookie, and I headed back to the office, where M-lady was engaged in a conference call.

Bud had a good day with Nanny J. They had a good time at music class today, and Bud had a huge lunch. He's definitely been eating more these past few days. He had a solid nap and a bath, and I saw him again around 5:30 when I wrapped up work. M-lady arrived home at the same time.

Bud and I checked out some train videos on YouTube, and then we had some fun dancing to M-lady's new CD, the soundtrack to South Pacific. We played guitar and sang songs for a little bit, and then had some dinner. Bud ate most of a hot dog, a clementine, and had a couple of small cookies for dessert. After dinner we all played together before watching some Pat and Stanley vids before bedtime.

All in all it was a pretty normal day. I'll be traveling tomorrow night so might not get to post, but I'll be back by Friday. M-lady should be fine holding down the fort for a couple of days.

Monday, March 26, 2007

New Shoes

Bud didn't sleep in today... he woke at about 7:30 or so. M-lady got up with him this morning, and I joined them around 8:30, waking up when Bud came in to offer me a computer keyboard. Thanks, Bud!

I played with him for a bit, and we played with his laptop for a bit. He's started to figure out the game where the computer shows a letter, makes the sound the letter makes, and then he has to hit the key on the keyboard. He's still having a little trouble confusing the uppercase 'I' with the lowercase 'l', but I know a lot of people who do that...

Nanny J arrived at 9:00, and thoroughly admired his haircut. Bud didn't want me to get too far away, though, so it took a while for me to extricate myself. Bud eventually got interested in playing with Nanny J, though.

He had a good lunch, a solid nap, and a bath in the afternoon. I arrived home at about 4:30, and was able to closet myself in the office for a little while. Bud came looking for me around 5:00. As I gathered the mail, I noticed that his new shoes had arrived, and used those as a ploy to distract him while I finished up the workday.

Bud's new shoes are nice StrideRites, size 7W. His feet are getting big! Bud got to open the box for his shoes, and was really excited to see them. He let Nanny J put them on for him, and then danced around, trying them out. They worked pretty well.

I took Bud at about 5:30, and we pulled out my guitar and played with that for a while. M-lady found us strumming away about 10 minutes later when she arrived home. We spent a few minutes collecting ourselves, and then headed out to a wrap-up dinner for a series of bike races organized by my bike club during the offseason which I participated in.


Checking out Daddy's award
The banquet was held at Hobee's, one of the club sponsors, and Bud had his first Hobee's coffee cake. Yum! Along with that he ate most of M-lady's dinner, I think, consisting of scrambled eggs, hash browns, and cantaloupe slices. But the cake was his favorite.

Bud was exceptionally well behaved during the dinner, and even stayed mostly quiet during the fairly brief awards ceremony. He started getting a little rambunctious towards the end, but all in all was really fabulous. We kept him up about an hour past his bedtime, and he handled the whole thing like a champ.

We headed for home as soon as the awards wrapped up, and Bud chatted and sang songs for us all the way home. He sang multiple verses of 'The Wheels on the Bus' and 'Old MacDonald', and fairly complete versions of 'Sing a Song', 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star', 'The Alphabet Song', and several others. It seems like he went from a word or two to entire songs in the space of a week.

We had a quick bedtime routine when we got home and put him to bed fairly quickly. He was easily persuaded to get to bed, and fell asleep pretty quickly.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Trains and Parties

Bud woke up early this morning at about 6:40. I managed to get him to lounge in his crib for a bit, but we got up for good around 7:15.

We watched some Bob the Builder episodes for a little while, and then played for a bit. Unfortunately, while I wasn't paying as close attention as I should have, he ran off to our bathroom and grabbed the extra toothbrushes that he likes to use as drumsticks. He spent the next 30 minutes or so banging away on pots, pans, his toy drums, buckets, and other boxes.

M-lady took over a little after 9:00, and I got to snooze for a little while as they spent some time cooking together. Bud got to help out with pouring and mixing as they made a casserole which should last for a good part of the week. After getting the casserole in the oven, they unloaded the dishwasher together.

At about 10:30 I got up and took charge of Bud, as M-lady left for ballet class and some errands. After getting him dressed (through some minor protests) we got ready to go out for a little while. I wasn't sure where we were going, but it seemed a good time to get out.

We ended up heading down to downtown Mountain View, where we walked along the street, visited a bookstore or two, and finally arrived at the train station. Bud knew it was the train station as we walked up, and was really excited. We arrived with nearly perfect timing, and got to see a light rail train arrive, as well as two cal trains shortly thereafter. Bud got to see them all from a perch on top of my shoulders, and thoroughly enjoyed the spectacle.

We wandered through the farmer's market after watching the trains, and then headed back to the car to go get some lunch. Bud was in a good mood, but getting hungry, and I did the most expedient thing and swung by an Arby's on the way home. Bud had some french fries, a solid portion of my roast beef sandwich, and a good serving of milk.

We didn't get home until after 1:00, and I figured Bud would be pretty tired out. After a cookie he readily climbed into his crib, but ended up sitting there for about ninety minutes, not sleeping. He called me every five to ten minutes to let me know that he wasn't asleep, and talk about the trains.

M-lady had arrived home while he was not-napping, and we got him up around 3:00. He was excited to get up and play, but ended up melting down pretty quickly. We tried putting him back down again a little before 4:00, and this time, after a short bit of fussing, he fell asleep.

However, we had a dinner party we needed to leave for at around 4:30, and Bud woke up when we tried to transfer him to the car. So he got about a 20 minute nap today.

Bud had a good time at the party, but the house it was held at isn't really child-proofed, and we had to keep a close eye on Bud to prevent him from getting into trouble (gardening shears, the barbecue on which dinner was cooking, basket of pens, etc.).

He did have fun playing with the little dog and a couple of cats, and interacting with the guests after he got over initial shyness. He thoroughly enjoyed dinner of roasted chicken, peppers, and asparagus. When 7:30 rolled around, we changed him into a clean diaper and his PJs, said our goodbyes, and headed for home.

Bud didn't fall asleep on the way home, but after a story went to bed without issue. He called out once or twice, but fell asleep pretty quickly. My bet is he'll sleep in a little bit tomorrow.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

First Pro Haircut

Bud woke this morning around 7:45, and M-lady got up with him. Thanks, M-lady! She and Bud had a good morning, playing with puzzles, musical instruments, and Octy.

I joined them around 9:30 or so, and after a few minutes of getting ready we headed out to run an errand for M-lady's work. It involved going to BestBuy, so I really didn't mind too much.

Bud was really good about holding my hand in the store, and we looked around at all the different departments. He eventually got captivated watching a Dave Matthews concert on a big screen TV, and that kept him occupied for a good amount of time. He was really well behaved, overall.

We took the BestBuy purchase over to M-lady's office, and Bud again was well behaved as we delivered it. He hung out with me in the lobby for a while, and then followed M-lady as I maneuvered a cart through the office. We promised him french fries for lunch after being so good.

We headed out for lunch, and ended up at a McDonald's. Bud and M-lady split a Chicken McNugget Happy Meal, and Bud ate most of it, along with a fair helping of milk. He was even still hungry afterwards; he may be entering a bit of a growth spurt.

Afterwards we headed over to a park that we had noticed on the way to lunch, and Bud got a chance to run around and kick a ball, play in the sand, and play on some playground equipment. He had a great time, and was a bit upset when it was time to go. We ended up luring him back to the car with the promise of goldfish crackers.

After a bit of a snack, it was naptime when we got home. He slept for almost two hours, from about 1:30 to 3:30. M-lady and I each got a little bit of sleep as well. When he got up, it was time to go to his haircut appointment!

We went to a kid-focused hair salon in Los Altos, and Bud was OK when we got there. We'd been talking about having his hair cut all day, so it wasn't a surprise for him. But he started getting a little nervous when we arrived. The 10-month old child wailing while getting his first haircut didn't help, either.

When it was Bud's turn, he was a bit scared. There were several fun barber chairs: a carousel horse, a tractor, a boat, etc., but we had Bud sit in my lap instead. He cried a bit, but eventually was captivated by the big TV showing The Wiggles. The stylist was very good, giving Bud a great looking haircut in just a couple of minutes.

Bud and I were both covered in hair afterwards, but we took a few minutes to check out the bike store next to the salon. Bud enjoyed looking at the bikes, and identified not only the bikes hanging on the walls, but also the wheels hanging from the ceiling.

We headed for home after that, and I took a few minutes to try and vacuum Bud off in the garage before we went in. He loved that, of course. Eventually we made it in to the shower to get cleaned up, where we had a good time.

I played with Bud while M-lady prepared dinner. His new phrase which got me laughing: "Oh my gosh!" At dinner, Bud had a pretty big helping or spaghetti, as well as some corn. He entirely fed himself tonight... minimal help from us. It took a little longer than usual to clean up, and he got spaghetti and corn in his newly cut, freshly washed hair, but that's OK.

We played and read stories together after dinner, and ended the evening by watching a Sesame Street episode in which Baby Bear gets a haircut. I suppose we should have watched that episode this morning. Bud chatted about his haircut a bit, though, so it wasn't all traumatic. He had milk and cereal which watching the end of the episode, and the bedtime routine was pretty standard.

Friday, March 23, 2007

What the Hippo Says

This morning Bud slept in a little, waking up around 8:15 (nice!). While I was changing his diaper, I asked him what the animals hanging from his mobile said. I generally got the expected responses: "Rawr!" for lion, etc. But then:

"What does the hippo say, Bud?"

"In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight... a-wim-a-way, a-wim-a-way..."

"!!!"

This is, of course, due to this video:


This is one of Bud's favorites, and mentioned before on this blog. I suppose I shouldn't have been very surprised. I mean, what else would a hippo say?

We got up and had some milk, and played for a little bit before Nanny J arrived. He made the transition to hanging out with her without too much fuss, and I was able to hide myself in the office for a while. Bud ate a good lunch and had a solid nap today, as well as his usual bath.

M-lady and I took Bud back in tow around 5:30, and he was in good spirits. We played together for a little bit, and then I got busy making hamburgers for dinner. We all trooped outside to hang out at the grill for a bit, and examined the lemon tree and Bud's tomato plant. Bud ate a solid portion of his hamburger, and was very well behaved at the table.

After dinner we had a video call with Grandma W and Granddad B, and Bud was very happy to see them. He chatted a bit, and read letters they displayed, and generally had a good time. When he finally started getting a little antsy it was getting close to bedtime.

We watched more Pat and Stanley videos with milk and cereal tonight, and the rest of the bedtime routine was pretty standard. He called out a couple of times, but went to sleep reasonably quickly, and arguably fairly early considering how late he slept this morning.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Checking Out Kung Fu

Bud woke around 7:40 this morning, and I got up with him. While he was still lounging in his crib, he started singing songs. Whole songs. Lots of lyrics songs. He sang an entire verse of "Old MacDonald" with the sheep (with the aggressive 'baaaa's). He followed that up with pretty much the entirety of "Sing a Song", although you could tell he was anxious to get to the 'la-la-la' part. I was pretty impressed.

Eventually we got up, changed his diaper, and headed out for breakfast milk. M-lady had to go in for an 8:30 meeting, so Bud and I were on our own for the early part of the morning. We read some stories, and played with train track (both laying it out and as musical instruments). After a bit we watched some Bob the Builder before snacking on some raisins and waffle.

At about 9:30, I started the getting dressed process. I expected it to take a while, and I wasn't too far off the mark. Bud protested getting dressed, although eventually accepted that I was stronger and less ticklish.

M-lady returned home shortly after we got his shirt on, and we all loaded up into the car and headed to a local Kung Fu studio to check out a potential toddler-parent class. It turned out we were the only ones there, so we got to chat with the instructors and find out about the studio. They had clearly worked with young children before: Bud was a little shy when we arrived, but soon lured out by looking at the costume lion heads. When they let him play with the lion dance drum, he was hooked. He got to play with a small staff and hit a big ball around the studio as well, which delighted him. He really didn't want to leave when the time came.

We were invited to come back on the weekend to watch a lion dance class. He's still a little young for class, but may enjoy watching. Having a place where it's OK for him to beat on things with sticks is probably a good outlet, too.

Once home, Bud and I played a little bit more before Nanny J arrived at about 12:00. She fed him lunch, and he had a good nap in the afternoon. They played outside a bit, and surely examined the tomato plant.

Apparently he's been asking for his pacifier a lot, so we need to start cutting back on that. The nanny told him today he's a big boy, not a baby, so he shouldn't need his pacifier all the time. We'll have to stop calling him "baby", and start calling him "big boy", or something like that.

Nanny J stayed until about 7:30, so M-lady and I could go have a dinner date, which was very nice. We arrived home to a very excited and energetic child, who wanted us both to dance with him. We complied for a little while before settling down in front of Meet the Orchestra. He had his milk and cereal, and the bedtime routine went smoothly. He fell asleep pretty quickly.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Inadvertant Missed Evening

Bud woke this morning around 7:45, and M-lady got up with him. I joined them around 8:30, where they'd been having a good time playing vacuum cleaners. M-lady would vacuum a letter, and Bud would identify it (and then vacuum it as well).

Bud and I played a little bit, watched a couple of train videos, and then changed his diaper. We were in the midst of the diaper change when Nanny J arrived and took over. She also started getting him into clothes (despite his protests... "No pants!"), and I made a retreat to the office. A fully clothed Bud wandered in to say hi a few minutes later.

Bud got out for a walk this morning (the weather is back to beautiful), and apparently visited their tomato plant in the back yard many times. He examined it very closely. He's also enjoying watering all the plants in the back yard with his little watering can.

He had a good lunch and a nap, and I headed out during his naptime for a bike ride. M-lady took over from Nanny J around 5:30.

They had fun playing and opening a couple of delivered boxes (thanks RuggerMom for the books!). The books were very entertaining, apparently, particularly the one about the pirate.

Bud ate a huge dinner, and thoroughly shocked M-lady by discarding his utensils and picking up the soup bowl to drink directly from it. He drained it, with some help and a little spillage.

Unfortunately, I had a flat tire towards the end of my ride and didn't make it home until right before bedtime. I got to help with brushing teeth, washing hands, and putting on a fresh diaper.

Bud went to sleep pretty easily, only calling out a couple of times.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Corn!

Bud woke briefly this morning shortly after 6:00, having dropped his pacifier. M-lady returned it to him, and he quickly fell back asleep. I woke him again at about 7:45, since the cleaners were due to arrive at about 8:00.

He was once again fascinated by the vacuum cleaner, and we spent a fair bit of the morning admiring it. All in all it made for a pretty mellow morning, although Bud got a little upset when I wouldn't let him play with the vacuum.

Nanny J arrived at 9:00, and she got Bud dressed and ready to go to music class before too long. It was rainy out this morning, so Bud was fairly well bundled up. He apparently had a good time at music class, and returned happy.

He took a good two hour nap after lunch, and had a bath shortly after he woke up in the early afternoon. M-lady arrived home at about 5:30, and she and I took Bud off Nanny J's hands.

We all went to take a look at Bud's tomato plant in the back yard, and Bud really got excited and wanted to stay and play out there. But it was still pretty chilly, and he was already in his pajamas. He got a bit upset when we came back in, but I consoled him with the prospect of corn-on-the-cob for dinner.

Bud still loves his corn-on-the-cob. He waited patiently while it cooked, and a little less patiently while it cooled. He ate an ear, of course, as well as a good portion of hamburger. He apparently tried to stuff about half the hamburger in his mouth at once, despite M-lady's dire warnings. I guess he spit a fair bit out and made a mess, prompting the end of dinner.

After dinner we all played with his trains for a while. We had a great time building a track, but Bud wouldn't let us run the trains on it. Then he disassembled the track to use the pieces as musical instruments.

We cleaned up and put away the trains to make room for somersaults, which Bud hasn't quite yet mastered, but really enjoys with a little help. That kept us all occupied for a little while. M-lady declined to somersault with us, though. Afterwards we settled down to watch the second half of his Meet the Orchestra DVD, which thoroughly engrossed him.

He had a little milk while watching the DVD, and we did the bedtime routine after that with little issue. Bud went to sleep quietly, with only a couple of callouts. His nose was much less runny today... hopefully that's it for the cold.

Monday, March 19, 2007

No Croup Today!

Bud slept safely through the night. Yay!

He woke around 7:30, and lounged for another 20 minutes or so before we got up and changed his diaper, and headed out to the kitchen. Rather than turn on Sesame Street today, we sat down in the play room and played with trains for a while. He enjoyed building track, and then running his remote-controlled train. However, the tracks he built usually didn't close a circuit, so I would frantically try to complete the loop before the train ran out of track. Bud thought it was pretty fun.

We played with his laptop for a while as well, and had a good time with that before Nanny J arrived at about 9:00.

He had a good morning, and got a chance to get out for a while. I heard him playing outside with Nanny J before lunchtime: they were apparently planting a tomato plant in the back yard.

Bud had a good lunch, and his usual two-hour nap. He poked his head into the office after his bath, just making sure I was still around. I visited with him a couple of times before M-lady arrived home at about 5:30, when Nanny J took off.

Bud and I watched a few videos on YouTube, mostly concerning trains, before we headed back to the kitchen for dinner. I cooked some eggs for dinner, since he had some of the stew M-lady made yesterday for lunch. Bud ate a reasonable portion of eggs and toast, and enjoyed using his new fork.

After dinner, M-lady read him a story after I noted that we hadn't done any reading together in a while. Bud splayed himself across her lap while she read. After a bit, we started the bedtime routine, and watched some of the Meet the Orchestra DVD. Bud really got into it, and was reluctant to leave the DVD halfway through to head off to bed.

Eventually we convinced him, however, and the bedtime routine went smoothly. He only called out once or twice after we put him to bed, as well. His nose was still a little snotty today, but not quite so bad. We'll be on low alert for croup tonight.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Snotty But Good

Bud woke this morning briefly at 6:00, and after I grabbed a pacifier to replace his dropped one, he slept for another two hours or so. I got up with him, and his first words to me when I came in the room were, "Nose yucky." Sure enough, he had a runny nose, which stayed with him through most of the day. It never bothered him too much, though, and he didn't exhibit any other cold or flu symptoms. We headed out to the kitchen for milk and played with trains for a while.

While we were playing, I got the news that Bud's great-grandmother passed away during the night. She passed peacefully, without a long lingering illness or hospitalization. It made me glad that we had made the effort to go spend some time with her a few months ago. She was a wonderful Grandma, and I'm glad she got to meet Bud, and that Bud got to meet her, although he may not remember it.

After a bit, M-lady joined us and we gave Bud his last (hopefully) birthday gift: a Fisher-Price LaughTop, which is basically a kiddie laptop. Bud really enjoyed it, and played with it throughout the day. With any luck, I'll be able to work on my laptop without having him go for the keyboard now that he has his own to play with.

A little later we watched some Sesame Street, which Bud kept half an eye on while he played with his new toy. M-lady departed for her ballet class shortly afterwards, and Bud and I sat down for an early lunch/late breakfast of toast with jam and some yogurt. Bud actually ate a pretty reasonably quantity.

I didn't take Bud out this morning, as I wasn't sure how the cold symptoms were going to play out, and I thought I'd err on the side of caution. We played guitar for a while, and eventually agreed that is was nap time. Bud, however, didn't really seem interested in napping once he got into his crib. He lay there chatting to himself for most of an hour, calling me every five to ten minutes to make sure I was still around.

Eventually I got him up, and we took a walk to the local park to bleed off some energy. Bud had a good time playing on the equipment, and did some dancing/stomping with rhythm on the resonant elevated surfaces of the playground. I added some hand-slapping of various surfaces, and we had a pretty good improv rhythm tune going. It was lots of fun. Eventually he started getting tired, and we headed for home (with him protesting most of the way).

We tried the nap again when we got home, and Bud passed out for about ninety minutes. M-lady had arrived home, and she kept an eye on Bud while I started on dinner after he woke up. We all wandered around out back a little bit while the burgers grilled. Bud enjoyed checking out the lemon tree, and making sour faces about lemons.

Bud ate an entire (slider-sized) burger by himself. He was pretty hungry. Afterwards we had a couple of little cookies, and then he played drums and cello with M-lady while I snoozed for about half an hour. After that is was business as usual... shower, PJs, snack with Animusic, brush teeth, story, bedtime. Bud called out a few times before falling asleep, but didn't take too long. It will be interesting to see if Bud can have a cold without getting croup. In any case, M-lady and I are prepared to head to the ER again tonight if he has trouble breathing. So far he's fine, though.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Showing More Understanding Each Day

Bud woke this morning at about 6:30 complaining about a lost pacifier. I got him a new one, and hoped he would go back to sleep. No such luck. He got up at about 6:45 for good. M-lady got up with him and played with him all morning.

I snuck out for a bike ride a little after 8:00, and M-lady and Bud were having a pretty good time. They played with trains, legos, and buckets while I was gone. Bud is getting the hang of his remote-controlled train, and is very intense while operating it.

I got home around noon, and they had just dismantled a train track set up to use the pieces of track as pretend instruments (guitars, violins, basses and such). Bud followed me around as I got myself cleaned up, and found a couple of unopened toothbrushes in my drawer in the bathroom. When I got out of the shower he was drumming on the toilet and nearby trashcan with the toothbrushes.

We relocated to the kitchen, and I set up a little drum kit for Bud. It had a piece of tupperware, three overturned pots and pans, his bongos, and his toy drum. He played drums on the kit for a good twenty minutes at least, displaying occasional simple and complex rhythms. I managed to get a few minutes of his performance on video.

I had some lunch, and fed Bud some yogurt and chips before I put him down for a nap. He fell asleep willingly and quickly, and slept for about ninety minutes before waking up and looking for a lost pacifier. I got him a replacement, and he slept for another ninety minutes, waking up around 4:30. M-lady and I both got some sleep as well.

We went out for dinner, where Bud was really well behaved and got to sit in a booster seat rather than a high-chair. He's really enjoying sitting at the table. He shared both my chicken and M-lady's french fries, and had a large cup of milk as well.

After dinner we headed over to the local Ikea for a quick walk-thru. Bud was again really well behaved in his stroller, and had a good time looking at the furniture and other products. We found what we were looking for, which was a set of plastic cups and utensils for Bud, in brightly colored plastics. After Bud got ahold of the cups he was anxious to get home.

Once home, he helped unpack the cups into the dishwasher, but wanted one for himself. He immediately grabbed a step-stool, dragged it over to the fridge, and tried to use the water dispenser in the fridge to put water in his cup. It was another revelation that he's absorbing everything that's going on around him.

We helped him get a little water, and he had fun practicing drinking from his cup. We started the bedtime routine shortly after that, and watched some Totoro, had milk and cereal, got into PJs, brushed teeth, read a story, and went to bed. He only called out once tonight, and has been sleeping soundly.

Friday, March 16, 2007

"Ba-Ba Fix It?"

After waking for a bit between about 1:00 and 2:00am, Bud ended up sleeping in until about 8:45. M-lady got up with him, and I got to sleep in a bit. Yay! Bud sounded pretty chipper when he woke up, and I heard him playing with Nanny J for much of the morning.

When I went out to see how they were doing, Bud handed me the engine of his new remote-controlled train and asked, "Ba-Ba shou?" The train was no longer working, and he wanted me to fix it. I thought the batteries were dead, and told he we needed to put new batteries in. He surprised me by running over towards the shelf where we keep the box of batteries, pointing up at the box, and exclaiming, "Batteries!" He's clearly got the concept.

Unfortunately, we didn't have any more AAA batteries for the train, so I had to disappoint him. I promised I'd pick up some batteries on the way home, which I did.

When I got home, Bud immediately handed me the train again. I whipped out the new batteries, got them installed and... the train still didn't work. So after dealing with his disappointment again, I pulled out a screwdriver and proceeded to disassemble the train. Bud was very interested in the screwdriver and the screws, so I ended up having to reassemble it before I figured out what was wrong.

I played with Bud and Nanny J for a few minutes before Nanny J took off, and then it was just Bud and me. M-lady was off helping out with Aunt O and Uncle C, so Bud and I played musical instruments for a while, and then headed to the computer room. He watched some YouTube while I had a chat with Grandma W, and then we started working on some dinner.

Bud got a little upset as I was cooking dinner, so had a timeout in his crib while I finished preparing. He came out ready to eat, and sat at the table as we shared some scrambled eggs with toast with jam. He really liked the jam.

After dinner, we played with his trains a little bit (sans the new engine), and then shared a bowl of ice cream and started the bedtime routine with My Neighbor Totoro. We ran out of milk during dinner, so he just had cereal for a snack. We proceeded to change into a fresh diaper, brush teeth, read a story, and get into bed without incident.

He called out before falling asleep a number of times, but eventually dropped off around 9:00pm. Hopefully he won't wake around 1:00 like last night.

After he went to bed, I brandished my trusty multimeter and took the engine apart again. The issue was a stuck power switch, so I managed to unstick it and reassemble the train in working order. It will be waiting for Bud when he wakes up in the morning.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Sitting at the Table

Bud woke this morning around 7:15, and I got up with him to see how he was doing. We hung out in his room for a few minutes, and then headed out to get some milk. We watched a Sesame Street together, and then played for a bit.

Around 8:45 or so, Bud suddenly exclaimed, "Uncle C guitar!", and ran for the door. He picked up his shoes, wanted to put them on (over his PJs), tried to get me to put my shoes on, and asked for the car to be opened. He was all set to drive over to Uncle C and Aunt O's so we could play more Guitar Hero. I distracted him by tying and untying my shoes several times, and then let him try to tie my shoes a few times. Nanny J arrived while we were still looking at the shoe problem.

Bud eventually gave up on his quest to play Guitar Hero that morning, but got to go to the library with Nanny J before coming back home for lunch. He had a reasonable nap, a good bath (I heard him singing in the tub for a while), and was having fun dancing with Nanny J when I came out around 5:30.

We cleaned up a big poop right after Nanny J left, and M-lady arrived while we were finishing that up. We watched some YouTube for a little bit, and then headed off to the playroom to play for a while. M-lady and I finally gave Bud one of his birthday gifts, a remote-controlled train for his train set. After spending a little time with it, he was just starting to get the hang of running it with the controls.

M-lady and I started having some dinner, and Bud climbed up on M-lady's chair to share her dinner. I told him he needed to get into his chair, but he clearly wanted to sit at the table. We decided this was OK, so I pushed his booster chair up to the table, indicating that we'd let him sit at the table rather than with the tray. He liked that idea, and immediate clambered up to eat at the table with us. It was really nice to eat dinner all at the table together.

After dinner, it was nearly bedtime, so we started watching a little bit of Cars before having some milk and cereal. He decided to forgo the toothbrushing, but we'd done that earlier in the evening on his own initiative. We read a story and put him in his crib without any problem. He called out a number of times before falling asleep, though.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Visiting Uncle C's Guitars

Bud woke this morning a little after 7:00, and M-lady went to check on him. I got up a little after 7:30, and Bud joined me while I was going through my morning ablutions in the bathroom. He had a good time going through the things in my drawer, pulling out toothbrushes and combs and such.

He played around me while I got dressed, and then I sat him in front of Bob the Builder while I finished getting ready. I had to leave for work a little early, so M-lady watched Bud until Nanny J arrived.

Bud had a good day with Nanny J, and though he had a shorter nap than usual, he was in good spirits taking his bath when I arrived home around 4:30. I could hear him singing. He emerged from the bathroom as I came down the hallway, and he gave me a big grin and said, "Baba home!"

When I came out of our home office at about 5:00, he was practicing Tai Chi with Nanny J in the playroom, and they were having a great time. He danced and spun while I prepared a casserole for Aunt O and Uncle C. Nanny J departed as I was finishing up preparations, and Bud and I hung out for a bit before heading back to the computer to watch some Pat and Stanley and drum solos on YouTube.

M-lady arrived home shortly after that, and we packed up to visit Aunt O and Uncle C. Bud is usually a little difficult to pry away from YouTube, but I let him know that we might play some Guitar Hero at Aunt O and Uncle C's and he practically ran to the car. He talked about Uncle C's guitars for the whole drive.

Uncle C had surgery on his shoulder yesterday to repair a fairly severe separation he suffered last weekend. Bud knew about the injury, and about half way to their house Bud said, "Uncle C owie. Uncle C owie shoulder."

I made Bud promise to at least say "Hi" to Aunt O and Uncle C before going for the Guitar Hero controllers, and Bud was at least reasonably polite. Bud and I spent most of the visit playing Guitar Hero, and we had a little meltdown when it was dinner time, but it didn't last too long. Other than that, he was pretty well behaved.

We left a little after 8:00, and Bud did not fall asleep on the way home. We watched a Pingu, then read a story and put Bud in his crib a bit before 9:00. He asked for no music, and fell asleep pretty quickly without calling out even once.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

2 Year Doctor's Appointment

Bud woke this morning around 7:15, having dropped his pacifier. I went to retrieve it for him, and while usually he might go back to sleep for a little bit, he found his drum in his crib with him this morning and started banging away. Fortunately, that kept him entertained until about 8:00.

We got up and had some milk, and he played in the bathroom with me while I got ready for work. He brushed his teeth for a while, and checked out the stuff in my drawer (combs, extra toothbrushes, etc.) while I shaved and cleaned up.

We watched a few YouTube videos together, and then packed up and got ready to go to Bud's doctor appointment. He wasn't excited about leaving, and fussed a bit as I put him in the car. Then M-lady and I took separate cars, and he was upset that I wasn't in the car with him on the way to the appointment. He was OK when we arrived, though.

When we went into the waiting area, we took a look at the fishtank. He looked for about 30 seconds with interest before he recognized where he was and started asking to go home. We distracted him by looking at the collected holiday cards on the bulletin board before being called back to an exam room.

Bud really got upset in the exam room, and repeatedly asked to go home. After fussing his way through a height and weight check (28 pounds, 10 ounces, 34.75 inches), we finally settled him down a little bit looking at a book about trucks we found in the exam room.

He was on and off upset during the examination, which he again passed with flying colors. We'll get him examined by an ENT doc in the next couple of weeks to check if there's an underlying cause for his croupiness. Otherwise, Bud's doing great.

He didn't like the shot (last Hep A), of course, but once it was done he calmed down and was fine. I think the anticipation of the shot was worse than the shot for him. He was definitely anticipating it, though. Fortunately, he won't need another vaccination until his 4 year appointment.

He waved goodbye to the doctor and staff, and was in reasonably good spirits as we left the doctor's office. I had to head to work from there, but M-lady took him home, where they played and chatted for a bit before Nanny J arrived.

I worked late today, so M-lady took care of Bud by herself in the evening. The report was that they had a great time preparing dinner together, although Bud had a little tantrum in the middle that warranted a time out. Other than that, things were fine. They had a lot of fun playing with guitars and vacuum cleaners.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Batchin' It

Bud woke at about 8:15 this morning, and M-lady went to check on him initially. Bud spent a fair amount of time this morning lounging: just hanging out in his crib or on the couch in his room.

He's started wanting to spend time in his crib with his pacifier. I'm not sure if this is a desire to exercise his independence or just wanting to have his pats. In any case, he seemed to ask to sit in his crib an awful lot today.

Nanny J arrived at 9:00, and Bud had sort of a long transition to her care today. I think part of that was because he hadn't been up for very long before she arrived. In any case, he didn't really start playing with her until about 9:30 or so.

They took off for the library after having a late morning snack, and apparently had a pretty good day. I arrived home around 4:30 after work, and Bud had just woken up from his nap and was fussing before getting into his bath. He had a good time in the bath, however, and I saw him running around with a wet head before Nanny J chased him down with a towel. He was pretty chipper when Nanny J left at about 5:30.

M-lady had to work late, so Bud and I hung out for a while. At first, he just wanted to sit in his crib. So I grabbed some dinner for myself while he did that. Eventually he decided he wanted to come watch some TV with me, so we sat down in front of an episode of Sesame Street and he had a cup of milk. We interrupted the episode about halfway through to have some dinner, which consisted of a hot dog, a fair portion of an apple, a handful of goldfish crackers, and some orange juice. He had a little bit of his Cars cookie for dessert. After dinner we got back to the show.

We took a break from TV after watching the Sesame Street, and Bud and I romped and played a little bit. We were hanging out in his room, with him climbing the couch, when M-lady got home a little earlier than expected.

We looked at pictures and videos in the office for a few minutes before heading out to watch some Animusic with milk and cereal before the bedtime routine. While watching Animusic, Bud ran out of the room, grabbed his toy drum, and played along for a while. He carried the drum with him through the rest of the bedtime routine.

He brought it into the bathroom and let me brush his teeth while he banged away, and kept time to the meter of the book we read before taking his drum into his crib with him. We heard him banging away to himself before falling asleep, although he did call out a few times.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Fountain Hopping

I got up a little earlier than normal this morning, at about 7:00, to go to a bike race. M-lady took care of Bud in the morning. He got up around 8:15, and they played together for a while before they got dressed and headed down to Santana Row to meet Aunt O and Uncle C.

The weather was pretty warm today, and Bud had a great time playing in the fountains. They visited several up and down the length of the shopping center, and Bud made sure to visit them all. He got pretty wet, apparently. They also stopped to have some roasted corn on the cob, which Bud really enjoyed, and he ended up eating most of the ear. They had lots of fun until it was time to come home, at which point Bud had a little bit of a meltdown and had to be dragged away from the last fountain.

I had just gotten home when they arrived as well, and I took Bud to get him changed into a fresh diaper and dry clothes. He was pretty happy. We sat down for some lunch, and Bud ate a piece of leftover pizza. When added to the corn he had at Santana Row, it made for a pretty sizable amount of lunch.

He willing went to his crib for a nap after lunch, but ended up not falling asleep for more than an hour (blame the time change). He slept from about 2:45 to about 4:45, at which point I woke him by opening the blinds in his room so he might fall asleep at a reasonably time in the evening. We sat and read stories in his room for a while before heading out to the kitchen to grab some dinner.

We all had fried rice for dinner, and while Bud was a little reluctant at first, he eventually ate a reasonable portion. We had some birthday cake for dessert, and of course Bud really liked that.

Bud and I made a quick trip to Fry's after dinner, and Bud was reasonably well behaved. We played the guitar hero display once, though, and that was our downfall. Bud threw a fit when it was time to go, demanding that we play more guitar hero. Unfortunately, the store was closing, so I had to drag him out and wedge him into his car seat with him howling. We had a little time out when we got home.

Bud and I had a good shower a little later in the evening, but again he had a tantrum when it was time to wrap up the shower and dry off. Third tantrum of the day. Hopefully we'll get through this reasonably quickly. In any case, after getting him into a diaper we had another short time out in his crib, and finished up the bedtime routine after that without further incident.

He called out a number of times after we put him to bed, partly since he went to bed a little earlier than he's used to due to the time change. He fell asleep eventually, though.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Parade and Nap

Bud woke this morning a little after 7:00, which normally would be a little early, but wasn't too bad coming from the east coast. He lay in his crib for a few minutes after calling for me, and then stood up and asked for a diaper change.

Sure enough, he was poopy, so we got that cleaned up and headed out for milk. We watched some Bob the Builder in the morning, and afterwards Bud got a little cranky since I wouldn't let him pillage the items beyond our fence in the living room. It may be time to sort through those things and try to get rid of the fence.

Bud and I played with my guitar for a while, and for a treat I pulled out the little practice amplifier I have for the guitar. Bud had a great time plugging and unplugging the quarter-inch cables into the sockets on the amp and guitar, and really liked hearing the guitar sound through the amp as well.

We had some eggs for breakfast, and after I made a quick trip to Target we started getting ready for an outing. Bud really didn't want to get dressed, though, so it took a while. Eventually we got him clothed and in the car, though.

We headed over to Cupertino, and watched the Lunar New Year parade. Our timing was perfect, which was nice. We showed up about 10 minutes before the parade got to us, and Bud certainly enjoyed the spectacle. He spent most of the time sitting on my shoulders contentedly.

The parade showcased quite a number of martial arts schools and dance programs, so we got to see some good lion dancing and dragons. Bud really liked those, as well as the drum and cymbal music to which they dance. He also really loved the fire trucks and police cars involved in the parade. Bud waved to lots of the participants, and clapped along to the music.

Afterwards, we waved goodbye to the firetrucks and headed back to the car to get some lunch. We hit a Carls Jr., and Bud enjoyed some french fries and chicken stars. He was really well behaved through the parade and lunch, and was starting to get a little tired as we headed for home.

We changed a wet diaper, played for a few minutes, and then had a little bit of cookie before Bud went down for a nap around 1:00. He slept solidly until almost 4:30, and M-lady and I caught a few Z's ourselves as well.

Around the time Bud was waking up, Aunt O and Uncle C arrived to spend the evening with us. We ordered a couple of pizzas for dinner, and while Bud and I played with my guitar some more, M-lady and Aunt O went to pick up dinner. This time I pulled out the distortion pedal for the guitar, and Bud thought that was pretty cool.

He ate a whole slice of pizza for dinner, and after a video chat with Granddad B and Grandma Nese, he watched some YouTube clips of Pat and Stanley. Actually, he watched this clip over and over, probably about 20 times. He thought it was hilarious. It's fun that he's starting to really appreciate humor.

Afterwards we did the birthday cake thing, and Bud made an attempt to blow out two candles placed on a cake brought by Aunt O and Uncle C. M-lady helped a little. Bud fed himself a slice of cake very effectively with a fork., and had a little bit of cookie afterwards for good measure.

We played some hall ball to tire him out, and then watched a little bit of Cars with milk and cereal. The bedtime routine was routine, and he went to bed without problems. He did take his new Cars pillow with him to bed, though, which was very cute... it's the first time he's asked for something other than his blankie in bed. He called out once, but fell asleep quickly after that.

Friday, March 09, 2007

My Two Year Old Son

Sorry for the lack of posting last week. I was pretty busy at the conference, and I didn't have the source material first hand. Look for a few back-dated guest posts, coming soon!

M-lady and I managed to get back home around 1:00pm after about 12 hours of travel. Bud was pretty excited to see us, and our luggage. He immediately started trying to move our bags around, although they were a bit heavy for him. He ended up getting a bit overexcited, which wasn't too surprising, since it was his nap time as well. Nanny J helped put him down for a nap while we unpacked, and M-lady's parents headed over to Aunt O's.

Bud slept for a couple of hours, during which time I headed out for a quick bike ride. I returned just as Nanny J was leaving, having gotten Bud up after a 2 hour nap and given him a bath.Bud was having a good time with M-lady in the bedroom while she was putting sheets on the bed.

I showered, and Bud came into the bathroom as I was finishing up, bringing a step-stool with him. He used it to look into M-lady's sink, at which point he mimed spitting and asked for his toothbrush. He spent the next 20 minutes or so brushing his teeth.

We watched some YouTube videos after that, and he particularly enjoyed some guitar and videos, as well as a Sheryl Crow performance of Real Gone, the opening song from Cars. It was great just hanging out with him. We played with my guitar for a little while after that, but it ended in fussiness. He took a break in his crib while M-lady and I had a quick dinner, and he called a few minutes later to join us.

Bud ate a remarkable dinner: pork, carrots, cauliflower, bread, and milk. Lots of each. He just kept eating. I thought he was done, but he grabbed the bowl I was feeding him from out of my hands and kept chowing down. It was about 6:30 when he wrapped up, much happier than when he started.

He had a good sized poop after his meal, and then we settled down in front of the TV to watch some Cars and Animusic. He did a reasonably good job brushing his teeth before bed, but wouldn't use toothpaste or let me help. Oh well.

He was a little fussy going to bed, but a few minutes after we put him down called us back and asked for a story. So we pulled him out of his crib to read a quick story. He called out once or twice after that, but didn't take too long to fall asleep. It's really good to see him again.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Happy Birthday, Bud!

Happy Birthday, Bud. Way to go! You made it through your second year.

I'm sorry I can't really report on the happenings of the day, as M-lady and I are here at a conference in Orlando. But the brief report I got from the grandparents indicated that Bud had a good day. They made blueberry muffins, which Bud helped with quite a bit, and he got two candles in his muffin. Nanny J was also celebrating her birthday today, and had a candle in her muffin as well.

I got to talk to Bud on the phone for a few minutes, and he sounded pretty chipper. I look forward to seeing him at the end of the week. We'll celebrate his birthday with him this weekend. I've got to figure out what to get him....

I was thinking back on his growth this year. This is where we started a year ago, and here's a photo and the other post from that day. Bud had grown quite a bit this year. He's a bit taller and heavier, but the really exciting development was cognitive. He can communicate effectively now, and his signing is almost gone (he still signs 'more' from time to time). He balances and climbs now, and is starting to be able to turn doorknobs in order to open doors. He analyzes, reasons, and makes deductions. He understands temporal sequence and causality. He'll negotiate for an extra cookie. And of course, I think he just continues to get cuter.

He's also working on asserting his independence more, and testing boundaries of acceptable behavior. And while it's occasionally trying, he's been very responsive when we give him clear direction.

This blog has also lasted a year. This is post #358! I missed a few days in there, mostly when I was on business trips. I know the reading isn't always very interesting, but I've really just been trying to chronicle rather than color too much. I'm glad so many of you are regular readers.

So it's on to Year Three! I'm looking forward to it.

I'm curious if anyone had a favorite post of the last year. Let me know in the comments if you did.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Up Way Too Early

Bud woke up this morning at about 4:30. Ugh. I got up when he called, and tried to convince him to go back to sleep, but he wasn't interested. He called out again about 5 minutes later, and I went in and changed a very wet (but not leaked) diaper. He went back into his crib, but didn't go back to sleep.

About 10 minutes later, he called again, and asked for food. I took him out to the kitchen, where he had about 3 ounces of milk before declaring himself done. We went back to his room, where I put him back in his crib and lay down on the couch.

He played in his crib, and I snoozed a little next to him, although he woke me up every 5-10 minutes or so to hand me a stuffed animal or ask a question. M-lady left for work around 6:00, so it was just the two of us when we got up at about 7:00 and headed for the kitchen.

He had some more milk while watching Sesame Street, and we read some books and played for a bit before Nanny J arrived at 9:00. I let her know that he'd gotten up really early, and he was already getting a little fussy. She got him to go down for a nap at about 9:30.

He seemed a little extra fussy today, but I think that may largely be the product of his highly skewed schedule. He had another nap in the mid-afternoon, and a bath later. His butt got irritated at some point, probably from a quiet poop which sat next to his skin for a while.

We retrieved a large package from the doorstep addressed to Bud when Nanny J left at about 5:30. He immediately said, "Ba-ba, knife. Cut." He wanted that package open.

We managed to hold off until after dinner, which was pancakes, scrambled eggs, and edamame. A bit eclectic, but Bud enjoyed it all. He really liked the edamame. Afterwards, we had a video call with Grandma W and GrandDad B, and opened the package (which they had sent) with them watching. Bud got a new tricycle!

He was really excited, and wanted me to put it together for him immediately. After the video call, we spent a few minutes assembling, and Bud was trying out his new trike. We're going to have to get him a new helmet that fits.

After cruising (getting pushed) on his trike for a bit, he tipped it over and played it like a set of drums. It's dual-purpose!

That took us to the bedtime routine. We watched a little Totoro, had some milk and cereal, put on a fresh diaper, brushed teeth, washed face and hands, and headed for bed. He skipped his story tonight again, and went to sleep reasonably quickly. Hopefully he'll sleep all the way through the night tonight.

I'll be leaving for a business trip tomorrow, and be gone for the week, returning next Friday. M-lady will be out for the same trade show. I can't believe we're going to be out of town on his birthday. We'll celebrate when we return, though. The posts may be a little short, as I get 2nd hand info, though, for the next week.