Friday, August 31, 2007

Running In Circles

Bud woke this morning at about 7:45. I got up with him, and he was ready to jump out of bed right from the get-go. So we got up and changed his diaper, and headed out to the play room.

Bud showed me his 'pull it back, let it go' trick with the cars, and we had a good time sending them zipping back and forth across the room. He eventually tired of that, and we started watching a Little Einsteins. Unfortunately I had another early morning in the office, so had to start getting ready to go at that point.

Bud didn't want me to leave, and was a bit clingy for a while. I was able to eventually rest him back in his crib with a pacifier, and left without him throwing a fit. M-lady played with him for the rest of the morning, and they had a good time reading stories together.

Bud went with Nanny J to the library, and since there wasn't a line to use the computers, Bud got to play several games in a row. I'll have to go with him to the library sometime to find out what kind of games he's playing.

He had a good lunch and a reasonable nap. I arrived home at about 4:30, and Bud was just waking up. He had a bath and played with Nanny J for a bit before M-lady arrived home at 5:30.

After settling a little bit, we packed up and headed out to the mall for dinner. We stopped by D's place so we could drop off a bike I had borrowed from him on the way. Bud was a little shy, but we didn't stay long.

Bud sang songs in the car, and was generally patient with the long car ride. We had a good time at the mall, and Bud enjoyed his corn dog and fries. After dinner we ran a couple of errands, and Bud really had a great time going up and down escalators.

At one point, I was holding his hand as we walked along, and he started running circles around me. I had to pass his hand from one hand to another to hang on to him. He was having a fabulous time. We wore him out pretty well before we finally ended up coming home.

Since it was a little late, we told Bud that he could watch a Bob the Builder, but not a longer Little Einsteins. He sang the Bob the Builder theme song all the way home. We started the bedtime routine on arrival, and Bud went to sleep happily after about three stories.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Pull It Back, Let It Go

Unfortunately, I was at work all day today. I got up around 6:00 and was out the door around 6:30, and didn't get back home tonight until near 10:00pm. Thanks to M-lady for taking care of Bud today.

Bud slept in a bit this morning, waking a bit after 8:00. He and M-lady had a good morning together.

Nanny J took Bud to the local Target today, where they spent time going up and down the escalators in the air-conditioned store. Oh yeah, it was pretty hot today.

Bud had a good lunch and a good nap, and Nanny J handed Bud back to M-lady at 5:30. Nanny J had also raided the freezer and made a fried rice dish for Bud and M-lady for dinner, which M-lady was thrilled to have.

M-lady showed Bud how his get his pull-back cars to go today. She explained that you pull the car back, and let it go. She said it was really cool to see Bud begin to understand, and then implement, the mechanic. He had a great time with it.

They had a good evening, and Bud went to bed without problems. I hope to get to spend some time with him tomorrow!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Learning the Tunes

Bud woke this morning around 8:00, and I got up with him. M-lady had an early doctor's appointment, so took off before Nanny J arrived. Bud and I relaxed in his room for a bit, then headed out to watch a Little Einsteins.

Nanny J arrived while we were watching, and she lured Bud away after the show ended with the promise of some watermelon. Bud happily munched away as I headed off to work.

They apparently had a good morning, and Bud ate a solid lunch before they headed off to pre-school. Bud had a pretty good day there, although he was a little reluctant to get out of the car initially. I think my long absence might have made him a little clingier for the short term.

He got a bath and a short nap on his return from school, and at about 5:30 I was able to play with him for a half hour after Nanny J took off. M-lady was also home, and got herself out of work mode and into evening mode while Bud and I read some stories.

Bud sang a little to me, and it was recognizable as a chunk of Swan Lake. He's learning the songs presented in Little Einsteins. And he can carry a tune to the point of me being able to recognize it. Yay! I wonder when we should start him on music lessons.

I had a dinner with my work group this evening, as they're all in town for a big group meeting over the next couple of days. I had to leave around 6:00, and didn't get home until after Bud had gone to bed.

M-lady reported that they had a pleasant evening, and Bud ate a massive amount of vegetables for dinner. He loves him some broccoli and carrots. They bedtime routine went well, and they read three bedtime stories tonight.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Spending Some More Time Together

Bud woke this morning a little after 7:00, and I got up to hang out with him for a while. He was willing to chill in bed for a bit before we got up and headed out to the living room for some Little Einsteins.

After a bit of TV, we read some stories and played a little bit before Nanny J arrived. We watched one YouTube video of trains, and then went to say hi to Nanny J. The three of us played for a bit before Bud let me escape to get some work done.

I heard them depart shortly afterwards, I believe to his music class. Bud had a big lunch when they returned, and I waved goodbye to him while he was eating as I headed out to the office.

He had a good nap, and was seemed pretty happy when I got back from work. I helped Nanny J get him into the bathtub, and then worked for a little while before Nanny J left at about 5:30. M-lady arrived home a little later, to find Bud and I sitting on the glider in his room reading a story.

M-lady took the evening off (she totally deserves it after letting me run wild for most of a week...), so Bud and I were largely on our own. We watched a little bit of TV, flipping channels, although Bud was captivated by a concert being shown. After a few minutes of vegging, we packed up to go for a drive. I figured we'd hit an AT&T wireless store, since my phone just died. But Bud was having way too much fun playing in the driveway to get in the car.

Bud and I played with one of his toy trucks in the driveway for a while, and then Bud found a dry sponge and started wiping my car with it. I was tempted to get the hose and actually wash the car, but it was getting a bit late. Maybe this weekend.

We headed in around 7:00, and I made roll-up pancakes for Bud. These are essentially crepes with a little bit of cinnamon and sugar rolled up in them. Bud really liked them (no surprise), and ate about half a dozen, along with a couple of big cups of milk.

That took us right to the bedtime routine. We skipped ice cream, since dinner itself was a treat tonight. The routine was pretty standard, and Bud went to sleep quickly after I sat with him for a couple of minutes after turning out the light.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Home Again

I arrived home last night after Bud had gone to bed. I peeked in on him once, and he was sleeping soundly.

He slept in a bit this morning as well, waking up a little before 8:30. M-lady and I went in to greet him. He seemed pretty happy to see me, which was nice. Bud and I headed out to the kitchen to get some milk while M-lady got ready for work.

Bud and I read some stories together for a while, and eventually sat down to watch an episode of Little Einsteins. We also watched an episode of Bob the Builder before Nanny J arrived. She showed up a little later than usual this morning since she had a doctor's appointment.

Bud wasn't anxious for me to leave, and since I wasn't pressed to get to work, I spent some time hanging out with the two of them. It took both Nanny J and I to wrestle Bud into his clothes. We then went looking for watermelon, but there wasn't any left, so Bud had some strawberries.

I was able to sneak away at that point and start working. It sounded like they had a good morning, and a big lunch before Nanny J took Bud to preschool. Today was the first day where they did a curbside drop-off. The cars line up, and the teachers come and extract the kids from their car seats and take them into class. Pick-up is also curbside, and works in reverse. Bud was happy to go, no crying at all. He was apparently very sandy when he returned, so they headed straight for the bathtub when they got home.

I arrived home around 5:00, and Bud was happily playing band with Nanny J. He brought me a drum to play, as he worked the sax and Nanny J was on guitar. I played a couple of tunes with them, and then headed off to wrap up the work day.

M-lady arrived home around 5:30, and we all played with Bud for a while while M-lady and Nanny J caught up on the day. Bud was pretty excited to have both parents home, I think.

I hooked up my laptop to the stereo, and put on some Jonathan Coulton tunes: I discovered him this weekend up at PAX. We all danced together to his music for a while. Bud had a great time leading the dancing, directing us to pat our tummies, or wave our hands in the air, or to turn around. It must be a game he's been playing at school.

We had dinner after we danced for a bit, cleaning up some leftovers. Bud turned down pizza for a bowl of chicken, rice, and green beans. While he didn't eat much of the chicken, he finished off the other ingredients. After dinner we shared a small bowl of ice cream, and then started the bedtime routine, since Bud hadn't had a nap during the afternoon.

The bedtime routine was standard, although Bud didn't want a story tonight. So we put him straight into his crib, and I sat with him for a little while after we turned the light out. He went to sleep without calling out after I left a few minutes later.

Many thanks to M-lady for not only taking care of Bud while I went out to play for the weekend, but for minding the blog as well. I don't know what I'd do without her.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Pajamas Don't Imply Naps

After four pretty much perfect days, I expected today to be meltdown central to balance things out. So far, it’s going pretty well though.

We did watch an episode of Little Einsteins by Q's request in the morning, but for the most part, he hasn’t missed the TV. We've been occupied with playing and then repairing the damage caused by the activities.

After much abuse, the fabric canopy to his mobile is finally torn beyond repair. We’ve had it hanging over his changing table since he was born, and he’s learned the names and squeezed the heck out of the five plush animals dangling from the frame. I cut the elephant, alligator, hippo, giraffe, and big cat loose and sewed them directly to the frame. It looks a little stark, but he seems fairly pleased with it.

Q was distinctly uninterested in changing out of his pajama top this morning. Not for the cool surfer shirt Lady O brought him from Hawaii. Not for the nifty airplane shirt that Grandpa and Grandma Nese brought him from the Oshkosh airshow. Not for the Beatles shirt that Ama and Agu brought him from the Cirque "Love" show. Not even for the cheese hat that Grandma and Granddad brought him from Wisconsin. This was going to be a no-change day. There are worse things that going into the world in pajamas, so off we went.

We strolled around a farmers’ market, picked up strawberries and raspberries, plus some kettle corn in preparation for SwingDaddy’s return. When Q saw where we were, he asked for the “cordian” (accordion player) who performed during our last visit, but he wasn’t there. Luckily, a talented Spanish guitarist was featured instead. We sat together for a long time, enjoying the music and sharing an ear of roasted corn, as we usually do. Q studied the guitarist’s fingerings and clapped after each song. (It looks like he's talking on a cell phone in the photo, but he's actually dancing to the music.)

Afterwards, we met Lady O and Cha for lunch and heard the latest news. The dude was especially squirmy. He might have already been full from the corn, because he didn’t eat anything besides a large cup of milk.

Afterwards, we went home for a nap. That is, I slept on the couch in his room while he watched and periodically tried to wake me up. After about an hour, we got up, munched on fruit, read a bunch of stories (he especially requested my favorite, Snuggle Puppy!), and headed out to the park. He fell asleep in the car less than three minutes into the trip. So now, I’m sitting in the car under a shady tree, writing and waiting for his nap to conclude. He just woke up. More later!


I'm back. We had our only major meltdown of the weekend. It took about twenty minutes for me to figure out what was bothering Q, but it turns out that he developed a bit of a heat rash on his neck during the nap. After I applied a little aloe and Caladryl, he felt better and we had dinner. Another splashy shower, the thirty-fifth reading of the airplane alphabet book, and bedtime. I told him that he'd see SwingDaddy when he woke up in the morning. Can't wait!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

The Day in 33 Words

Visit zoo and park, admire meerkats, watch puppet show, ride dragon train, visit open house, watch Mama nap, wake Mama from nap, friendly play, splashy shower, fall asleep quickly. Pix at Mama's place.

Friday, August 24, 2007

I Go To Work

At the risk of jinxing myself, we've had three remarkably smooth days. Media-free, except for the pre-bedtime episode of Little Einsteins, and not even requests for ice cream or extra cups of water at bedtime. It'll help me feel less guilty tomorrow in case I need to rely on a bit of TV to help us with the day.

He was sad and cried a bit when I left for work, but perked up when Nanny J suggested that they go visit their tomatoes.

This morning was his last day of sports class, and he got a certificate. Unlike the finish of the last series when he was too shy to walk over and get the certificate from the teacher, Nanny J reported that he went right over today. We're switching back to gymnastics next month for some variety, and he should like that. He's quite a bit older than the last time he was enrolled, and should be able to manage the instructions now.

This evening, we read a lot of books and colored with crayons and markers. Q's interest in coloring has gotten more complex and he helped me make a thank-you card. He also carried around some narrow boxes with handles, one in each hand, and declared, "I go to work. Where's the airport?"

We stuffed ourselves on Ama's broccoli, carrot, and pork chops dish, and had a nice evening together. I'm thinking about the zoo for tomorrow. Fingers crossed for another happy day.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Choo Choo Haiku

happy little boy
watching caltrain with mama
still, we miss daddy

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Mama Says

It's getting late, so I'm going to have to do the day in bullet points. How unpoetic!

- Q called for his Baba this morning and was sad that he wasn't there. We consoled ourselves with a Thomas the Train book from the Denver grandparents, read over and over and over again.

- He was pretty clingy this morning when Nanny J arrived, but we read a bit more, and I was able to detach myself and get to the office.

- He had a haircut today. It's shorter than I would like, but he has hair like his parents, so it'll be grown out in a matter of days. Nanny J reported that he was really well behaved - no tears, the first for a professional haircut.

- When I came home, we were delighted to find a box from the Ohio grandparents, featuring a sweeper/vacuum cleaner! There is no better gift for the boy than that! Actually, the cleaner was for SwingDaddy and me, and Q was supposed to get the Cars lunchbox and penguin book, but you know how these things turn out.

- We alternated reading the Thomas book and penguin book, followed by his careful combing of my hair while saying "cut, cut, cut."

- After a snuggly evening, we watched an episode of Little Einsteins, had milk and cereal, read the Airplane book, and went to bed. I dozed with him for a little bit, but he went right to sleep.

'Night, y'all.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Spending a Little Quality Time

Bud woke this morning about 6:45. And while it is difficult for me to spend quality time with anyone at 6:45 in the morning, I tried hard this morning since I'll be traveling for the rest of the week and won't get to see Bud again until Monday.

Bud and I had a pleasant morning, hanging out for a bit in his room, then heading out to watch a couple Bob the Builder episodes. He was so into Bob the Builder this morning that he hardly paid attention to the garbage trucks going by just outside the window.

The cleaning team arrived just as we were shutting off the TV, and Bud and I said hello and then headed for the playroom. We read some stories together there for a little while until Nanny J arrived. Bud didn't want to let me go and get to work until Nanny J offered him some cake: Bud never even waved goodbye to me. Priorities, you know.

The nanny reported that they had a very good day together, with a fun music class, good lunch, solid nap, and a pleasant bath. Just one of those great days where Bud is generally cooperative. He kept it up through the evening as well.

M-lady was a little late getting home from work, so Bud and I played together for a while after Nanny J left. I had picked up some new straw-style sippy cups for him, so he tired those out with juice this evening. We threw some balls around, and wrestled, and played with the yo-yo I gave him for a while. Eventually the yo-yo got dangerous (think hurtling mass at the end of a string, bolo-style), and I had to end that game. Bud was a bit upset, but consolable with a couple of M and Ms. That also got him into his highchair, so we were able to start dinner.

M-lady arrived just as Bud started eating. He had a solid portion of rice, broccoli, carrots, and chicken, along with a fair bit of juice from one of the new cups. He was lazy this evening, though, and didn't want to feed himself. During dinner I tried to explain to him that I would be going away for a few days. "I go with you," he replied. Awwww... maybe you can come with me in a couple of years, Bud.

After a good dinner, we played for a few more minutes before having a little bit of cake. M-lady managed to get some good video footage of Bud getting really excited about the chocolate cake. After cake we started the bedtime routine, with PJs, and episode of Little Einsteins with milk and cereal, teeth and washing face and hands, a story, and bed. I sat with him for a few minutes after we turned out the light. He fell asleep pretty quickly after that.

I'll be off for a few days, so M-lady will be filling in the posts (although I can't guarantee she'll write every day). She's being very generous in letting me go to a serious geek party up in Seattle for a few days. I know how much work it can be taking care of Bud all day: if anyone wants to help out, or just visit, I'm sure she'd appreciate it.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Another School Day

Bud woke this morning at about 7:15, and I got up with him. He was willing to chill for a few minutes, but wanted out of his crib pretty quickly. We read some stories in his room for a while before we emerged to get some milk and watch a bit of Bob the Builder.

We watched TV for a while and then read some more stories and had just started playing with trucks when Nanny J arrived. Bud didn't want to let me go work for a while, but eventually was distracted when Nanny J offered to read him the Just For You book.

Ama and Agu arrived a short time later to visit for the morning. Bud saw their car pull up, and was all ready to engage them in games when they opened the door. He kept them busy for the rest of the morning.

They had some quiet(er) time around 11:00, in order to conserve strength before Bud went off to school. Bud had a good lunch, and then said goodbye to Ama and Agu and left happily for school, toting his new lunch box, with Nanny J.

Bud did even better at school today, showing a little bit of fear but not actually crying with Nanny J dropped him off. One of the teachers immediately engaged him, and he had a good day. The school effected the drive-by pickup for the first time today, so Nanny J just had to pull up to the curb, and one of the teachers walked Bud out, put him in his car seat, and strapped him in.

When they got home, Nanny J emptied about two pounds of sand from Bud's shoes. I guess he had a good time in the sandbox today. She put him straight into the bathtub, and afterwards he had a good nap. M-lady arrived home from work a little after 5:30, and I got home near 6:00.

Bud and I played together for a little bit before we had dinner. Bud was lured to the table with the promise of M and Ms ("Numm'n'numms!"). He asked for three, which I thought was reasonable. So he got three M and Ms, and he followed that up with a significant serving of Ama and Agu's fried noodles. After the noodles the whole family shared a slice of cake which Ama and Agu had brought over in the morning.

We all played together for a little bit after dinner before starting the bedtime routine. Bud asked for a Winnie the Pooh book tonight, but I had to paraphrase a bit because the stories are a bit wordy. Bud didn't seem to mind, though. He asked for me to sit with him for a few minutes, but went to sleep straight away after I left the room.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

A Day of Two Halves

Bud woke at about 6:45 again this morning, and M-lady got up with them. They had a good time reading stories, including the I Spy book. They unloaded the dishwasher, Bud had a bowl of cereal with milk. They also did some drumming. All in all it sounded like a busy early morning.

They came and woke me up around 8:30, and Bud and I vacated to let M-lady sleep for a little while. We watched an episode of Little Einsteins, and then at friend RM's recommendation I put on one of our Riverdance DVDs. We watched the first couple of dance numbers: Bud was entranced. I think we'll save the rest of the DVD for next week when I'm out of town.

We had a good time together the rest of the morning, reading Richard Scary's What Do People Do All Day? and a childhood favorite of mine, Mercer Mayer's Just For You. Bud requested multiple readings of both books.

Counting his five pieces
When M-lady got up, we got ready and walked over to Target to pick up some odds and ends. Bud has been without a pair of sunglasses for a while, so he got to pick out a pair. We also got some Burt's Bees soap for him, and found a Little Einsteins' lunch box for him as well. Unfortunately, going to sleep late last night and getting up early this morning was telling on him, and Bud had a bit of a meltdown as we were trying to leave.

He cried for a bit as we walked back, and then quieted down. He rested for a few minutes in his crib when we got home, and was then OK for some lunch.

I made a PB and J sandwich for him again, which he was pretty excited about.
"Hey Bud, do you want me to cut your sandwich into squares or triangles?"
So I cut his sandwich into five pieces, which he munched happily.

After lunch it was nap time, and Bud passed out pretty quickly. He slept for almost three hours.

Bud was bright and cheerful when he got up from his nap. We packed up and headed over to Uncle C and Aunt O's place, where Ama and Agu were staying as well. As soon as we arrived, Bud started playing with Ama and Agu. He was really well behaved, and happy, the whole time we were there.

He played, ate a big dinner prepared by Ama and Agu, played some more, enjoyed playing Guitar Hero with Uncle C and me, and got really excited about the cake for desert. He ate half my slice of cake, then went and sat on M-lady's lap to share her cake, too. Fortunately, the others had finished by the time M-lady and Bud finished their slice, so Bud didn't try to solicit more cake from anyone else.

We took our leave shortly afterwards, and headed for home. Bud started singing the Little Einsteins theme song in the car; he's getting pretty good at carrying a tune. We started the bedtime routine pretty much as soon as we got home, changing into PJs, watching an wpisode of Little Einsteins with milk and cereal, then teeth, wash face and hands, and a bedtime story. I managed to get his fingernails clipped while M-lady read him the airplane alphabet book. He fell asleep pretty quickly after we turned the lights out.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Splashing Around

Bud woke today around 6:45, and I got up with him. He was willing to chill in his crib for about 20 minutes before he wanted to get up. So we changed his diaper and headed out to the living room.

Checking out the water
We watched a couple of episodes of Little Einsteins, and then Bud got into showing me the books Ama and Agu brought for him. We read each book at least twice.

At about 9:30, I handed Bud off to M-lady and snoozed for a little while. They also read the I Spy book for a while, and then had a serious drum session. Apparently they would drum furiously for a while, then end the song, and Bud would bow and say, "Thank you!"

Trying out this wading thing
I got up a little after 11:00, and we started getting ready to go meet D and T, and their children K and Dv. They had invited us to go swimming with them at their community pool. I fixed a PB and J sandwich for Bud before we left, and he took his time with lunch, so we ended up getting there a little later than we had hoped. But after a saunter down the block to the pool, we discovered we were the first ones there, anyways. We had the whole pool to ourselves.

We haven't exposed Bud to pools very much, so he was a little hesitant. We ended up heading over to the kiddie wading pool while D and K played in the big pool. The wading pool is 1.5 feet deep, which translates into about waist deep on Bud. At first I showed him it was OK to dangle his feet in from the side of the pool, and we eventually worked our way up to getting in and playing.

Having fun. He still gets the anime eyes.
He had a great time, although we couldn't convince him to try the big (and heated) pool. He had fun splashing, and playing 'stop and go', and tag. We eventually managed to get him out of the pool sometime after 2:00.

Bud had the other half of his PB and J back at D and T's house, and then we headed for home. Bud and I had a little snack and watched another Little Einsteins, and then Bud went down for his nap without protest.

He slept until almost 6:00, at which point we packed up and headed out for a quick walk around downtown Mountain View. Bud preferred to ride on my shoulders. We had a nice wander through the fish store on Castro Street, and then picked up a couple of munchies at the Chinese grocery store there. We walked back to the car, and got home and started on dinner.

Bud ate a bowl full of rice, broccoli, carrots, and pork. It was a pretty solid meal. From there we played for a few minutes before Bud got poopy. We took that as a sign and sent Bud to have a shower with M-lady. They had a good time in the shower, and afterwards we dried him off, put him in pajamas, and started the bedtime routine. He watched yet another Little Einsteins with milk and cereal, we brushed teeth, read a story, and went to bed.

Bud called out once at about 9:45, but he went to sleep again very quickly after I went in and checked on him.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Mellow Friday

Bud woke around 7:15 this morning, and M-lady went to hang out with him for a bit since Ama and Agu were still doing their morning routine. When Bud realized Ama and Agu were still here, he perked up and started looking for them. They had a good morning together. Bud looked like he was having a good time when I left for work.

Nanny J arrived at 9:00, and M-lady also departed for work around that time. Ama and Nanny J took Bud to his sports class, where he had fun kicking balls and arranging cones. Ama and Agu hung out until lunch, at which point they departed to spend some time with Aunt O. They explained that they would see Bud again on Sunday, but Bud was still a bit disappointed when they left. Bud took his usual afternoon nap, and was playing happily when I returned home around 4:00.

M-lady did come back home a little after 5:00, and after she chatted with Nanny J for a bit the nanny took her leave for the weekend. M-lady rested for a bit while Bud and I hung out together for most of the evening. We sang songs and played air band, and read stories, and watched a little bit of Spongebob. It was nice to spend some quality time with him this evening.

Bud ate a section of a croissant while I had my dinner, and then refused further dinner until a bit later. At about 7:30 we got him to sit down for dinner, at which point he ate a whole bunch of noodles, broccoli, and carrots which had been brought and prepared by Ama and Agu.

We got started on the bedtime routine pretty quickly after that. Some ice cream, PJs, Little Einsteins with milk, cereal, and M-lady, then toothbrushing, washing face and hands, bedtime story, and into bed. He asked for a drink of water and someone to sit with him for a minute, but went to sleep pretty quickly after that.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Excitement and Picnic

Bud woke this morning at about 7:30. The grandparents, who are early risers, had been waiting for him for a while. I got to sleep in a little bit, and Bud was playing happily with the grandparents when I left for work at about 10:00.

Reading a story with Ama and Agu
Bud apparently was having such a good time with his grandparents today that he didn't take a nap. I got home around 5:00, and Ama was trying to get him to sleep a bit by lying on the couch in the play room with him. She eventually hit upon the gaming of having him close his eye while she counted. At first he popped up when she reached 10. Ama told him to keep his eyes closed until she reached a hundred. Since Bud hasn't counted that high yet, she was able to put him to sleep by counting to 250.

Family at the picnic
There was a mommy group picnic organized for the evening, so when M-lady got home we started packing up to head to the park. Agu woke Bud up, and he groggily tolerated being dressed and put in the car. I rode my bike over to the park, meeting M-lady, Bud, Ama, and Agu there.

We got to see some of the families we don't see very often, and had fun chatting. Bud was a bit shy at first, largely due to his grogginess. Eventually Ama got him to eat the turkey and tomato sandwich prepared for him, and that brightened him up considerably. We played together for a bit, but I had to take off for home again to make it before the light gave out.

Bud arrived at home with the rest of the family quite awake and giggly. Unfortunately is was already after 8:00, and so we started the bedtime routine and tried to calm him down a little. We ended up watching a Pingu and a Bob the Builder, and he was reasonably settled by the time we put him into his crib. He didn't call out, so he must have fallen asleep pretty quickly after his short nap and lots of excitement today.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

More School

Bud woke this morning at about 6:45, and I got up with him. It turns out he had dropped his pacifier, so after I returned it to him he slept for another 45 minutes or so.

We got up and watched a couple of Little Einsteins, and then headed back to his room to read some stories before Nanny J arrived. He had his milk this morning, but didn't ask for waffles.

I heard Bud having a good time this morning, reading books, playing drums, and singing with Nanny J. He had an early lunch, and at about noon we left and took him over to his preschool again. He elected to ride with me, and we sang Duran Duran songs in the car on the trip over.

Bud was hanging on to Nanny J and my hands as we approached the door, and after he took his shoes off realized that we weren't coming in. He cried as we waved goodbye, and Teacher A hugged him and comforted him.

Nanny J and I hovered outside for a little bit until we saw Bud looking better, about five minutes later. We got the thumbs up from Teacher A, and I headed off to work while Nanny J stuck around a little longer.

Bud apparently had a good day at school, although for the first hour he'd occasionally come up to Teacher A and grab her hand for reassurance. By the time they went outside to play, he was fine.

M-lady and Nanny J picked him up in the afternoon. He had a good time in class, so with any luck he'll start remembering that he likes class and not mind the drop-off quite so much going forward.

Ama and Agu were scheduled to arrive in the later afternoon, and Bud sat by the window looking for them when he got home. M-lady let him know that they probably wouldn't be arriving for an hour, but he didn't mind. He did eventually fall asleep and take a bit of a nap before they arrived.

He was very excited to see them when they arrived and he woke up. He was a bit groggy for a bit, but pulled them into his games immediately. Ama and Agu nicely agreed to watch Bud and put him to bed, so M-lady and I could go out to dinner to celebrate our anniversary.

Bud ate a good dinner for Ama and Agu, played for a bit, and then did the bedtime routine with them. He even brushed his teeth with them, which we usually tell the babysitters to skip. He selected one of the wordier books on his bookshelf for a bedtime story, so Agu had to paraphrase a bit. Bud also tried to get them to read him a few more books, but they held out and managed to get him to bed on time. Bud was pretty tired anyways, after school and a short nap, so fell asleep quickly.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Tired Today

Bud woke this morning at about 7:30, and M-lady got up with him. They had a good time, and apparently M-lady got some good video footage of Bud singing the opening theme of Little Einsteins. They didn't watch the show, just sang the song. Bud came and jumped on the bed a little before 9:00, and we hung out together for a few minutes before Nanny J arrived.

Nanny J reported that Bud was a bit 'tired' today. Possibly due to his exciting school day yesterday, or the delay and shortening of his usual nap. In any case, Bud told Nanny J after lunch that he needed a nap, and headed that way himself.

I took Bud from Nanny J at about 5:30, and he was in good spirits. After Nanny J departed, I set up the Yamaha keyboard for him to plunk away on. He's figured out which buttons to press to change the voice the keyboard is using, and has been having fun trying out new sounds. Eventually we put the keyboard away and pulled out a guitar, and he played with that for a while as well.

When M-lady arrived home, he started raiding one of our bookcases, and pulled out M-lady's old Barbapapa book. Bud was intrigued, and they read it together about three times while I got a stir fry ready for dinner.

Bud ate dinner with us, and skipped the chicken in the stir fry, but ate a bunch of broccoli and carrots, as well as some noodles. No complaints from us.

After dinner M-lady played with Bud for a little while, and I think they spent most of the time reading the Barbapapa book some more. I joined them in time to play with some stacking/nesting blocks, and then get started on the bedtime routine with a little ice cream, followed by Little Einsteins, milk, and cereal.

Bud was good through the bedtime routine, and went to sleep without much protest. M-lady lay on the couch in his room with him for a bit while he fell asleep. Bud's got school again tomorrow, and then Ama and Agu arrive for a long weekend visit. Should be exciting.

Monday, August 13, 2007

First Day of School Without Parents

Bud woke this morning around 8:00, and I got up with him. He let me know as soon as I walked into his room that he was poopy, so we got that cleaned up first. We read a few stories, lounging in his room, before we headed out to watch a Little Einsteins and have some milk. Nanny J arrived at about 9:00, and Bud started playing with her pretty quickly.

Bud had a good morning playing with Nanny J, and had an early lunch to get ready for school. M-lady returned from work a little before noon, and they packed up and took Bud off to class. I wanted to go, too, but we needed to take Nanny J there to introduce her the to teachers, and it seemed excessive to have three adults there for Bud when all the other kids were going to have one. (Incidentally, I was the only father who showed up last week.)

I got the report from M-lady when they returned: they hung out with Bud in the classroom for a few minutes, and then left him in the charge of the teachers. He cried for about five minutes, and was fine after that. By his report, he had a good time playing in class today.

Nanny J and M-lady heard from another mom who had dropped her child off that Bud was doing fine, and so drove around a little to get familiar with the area. They stayed nearby until class was nearly over, and then went to pick Bud up. Apparently there was a whole line of mommies looking in the classroom window before class was over to see how their kids were doing.

The children are led out to their waiting parents one at a time, to prevent a mad rush and disappointed kids if a parent shows up a little late. Bud was happy to see M-lady and Nanny J, and was good on the ride home, but melted down when they finally got home. He was pretty tired, and had been behaving all afternoon.

He had a solid nap after he calmed down a little bit, and a bath after he woke up. Nanny J took off a little after 5:30, and Bud was just starting to get wound up again. He got a little huffy as we cooked dinner, since he wanted out attention, and ended up lounging in his crib for a little bit as M-lady and I ate dinner.

He joined us as we were finishing up, and ate two large cobs of corn in rapid succession. I tried to ply him with something with a little bit of protein, but he wasn't interested. So M-lady wiped the corn off his face and hands, and all played together for a bit.

Bud was having a good time singing and dancing (making up the songs as he went along), and I got a video call set up with Grandma W and Granddad B. Bud performed for them for a little while, and then burned off energy bouncing on his hoppity horse. He would bounce for a bit, and then fall, which occasionally took the form of a serious 'dive' or 'lunge'. In any case, he kept the grandparents entertained for a while, and worked up a pretty good sweat in the process.

Bedtime rolled around shortly, and we settled Bud down a bit with milk and cereal in front of another episode of Little Einsteins. The rest of the bedtime routine went smoothly, and he went to sleep pretty quickly. He called out a few minutes after we turned the light out, and wanted me to sit with him for a couple minutes. I obliged, and he fell quickly asleep after that.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Houses and Vacuum

Bud slept in this morning until about 9:00, and M-lady got up with him. I got to sleep in. He was happy to sit in his crib for a while, chatting about Babysitter J from last night. They had some milk and toast together, but Bud rejected the piece of jelly donut M-lady offered him.

Shortly after 10:00 we all started getting ready to head out to see some potential houses with our real estate agent. Bud was happy to get out of the house, and excited to go run around in other peoples' houses. He sang songs all the way to our first stop.

Bud was good for the first couple, but got a little fussy in the third house. M-lady shared a Luna Bar with him in the car, and he was mollified for a bit while we looked at the fourth house. He started getting fussy again during the fourth house, but managed to hold it together until we got back to the car and calm him down.

We headed for home, where we got some lunch. I offered Bud some quesadilla, but he wasn't interested. He munched a peanut-butter and jelly sandwich instead, and drank a fair bit of milk. Given his impatience at the last couple houses, we figured he'd fall asleep for his nap pretty quickly.

He ended up rolling around in his bed for a while, and M-lady eventually went to sit with him. I guess they both fell asleep for a while, and I ran off for a bike ride. Bud was still napping when I returned.

Bud woke from his nap a little before 5:30, and I got him up and changed him into a clean diaper. I had just walked in from my ride, and so I jumped in the shower straight away. Bud followed me into the bathroom, and after chatting with M-lady for a little bit, decided he wanted to get into the shower with me. We had a good time getting him cleaned up, and then took turns spraying each other with the shower head.

M-lady dried him off after the shower, and it took both M-lady and I to wrestle him into some PJs. From there we worked on dinner, and Bud alternately played with various toys, and 'rested' in his crib. We couldn't interest him in dinner very much, though.

After M-lady and I had eaten, I spent some time reviving her computer. It was suffering from a bad infestation of dust bunnies, so mostly I was vacuuming the sucker out. I felt more like a janitor than a technician. In any case, after de-dusting the case, cleaning the filters, and disassembling and hosing off the CPU heatsink, I put the machine back together and successfully fired it up. Bud had a good time watching what I was up to, particularly the vacuuming part. When I finished with the vacuum, M-lady let him use it in his room for a while.

Bud ate a bit of dinner right before we started the bedtime routine, although really not a large portion. He had his standard milk and cereal with Little Einsteins, though. We watched one Pingu after that, and then brushed teeth, wiped face and hands, read a story, and got into bed. Bud called out shortly after being put down, mostly for some company to sit with him while he fell asleep. I sat with him for about three minutes, and then said goodnight and left. Bud fell asleep pretty quickly after that without calling out again.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

"What's That?"

Bud woke this morning at about 7:00, and I got up with him to hang out for a bit. He didn't snooze for long, and we got up and watched a Little Einsteins together.

Actually, I let him watch too much TV this morning. We watched another episode of Little Einsteins, as well as some Bob the Builder. M-lady left for dance while we were watching, and towards the end I went and got myself dressed and ready for the day. Bud also munched on a waffle while watching.

After finally motivating him to get dressed, we played together for a little while before I convinced him to come with me on an outing. I wanted to get him out of the house for a little while, and to shop for an anniversary gift for M-lady, so we headed to the Stanford Mall for a little while.

Bud and I enjoyed walking around the mall, making a tour of the fountains. Bud seems to be in a phase of asking questions: primarily, "What's that?", even for items we know he can identify. M-lady pointed out that we're constantly asking him that question as well, so it's probably that he thinks he's just making conversation. Or maybe he's testing us.

In any case, he asked me "What's that?" about 346 times during our outing. Near the last fountain we visited, the Merfrogs, I noticed Bud was getting a little stinky. We made a trip back to the car, changed his diaper, and then headed to McDonald's for lunch. We washed hands in the restroom there, and Bud got a kick out of using the hot air hand dryer.

Bud had a couple of chicken nuggets and some fries for lunch, and drank a fair bit of milk. We headed for home after that, and Bud was definitely showing signs of getting sleepy by the time we arrived home around 1:00. We said "Hi" to M-lady, and packed him off to bed for his nap.

I don't think he fell asleep immediately, but he didn't wake up until about 4:30, so he probably had about a three hour nap. Wow.

M-lady played with him for a bit when he woke, and he had some taco fixings for dinner. M-lady and I were going to see a show in the evening, and we got a new babysitter. Babysitter J and her mother, K, a friend of M-lady's, arrived to meet Bud and chat for a bit. Bud was really shy at first, but after about twenty minutes decided Babysitter J was OK and started playing with her. Bud happily waved to M-lady and I as we left.

They had a good evening together, and Bud went to sleep without a problem. It's good to know that he can cope with a new babysitter on short notice.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Ride On Daddy's Tummy

Bud woke up this morning around 7:00, and M-lady got up with him. They had a good time coloring, and looking for penguins in his Happy Feet searching book. They came and woke me around 8:45, but headed out again when Nanny J arrived.

Bud had a good time at gym class this morning, and then apparently ate a huge lunch. So big, in fact, that he skipped his 3:00pm snack. He was in good spirits when Nanny J left again at about 5:30.

We jumped in the car pretty quickly and headed for the mall. Bud stayed quiet for most of the drive, and as we neared the mall we discovered the reason: he'd been chewing on one of my bike catalogs which he'd brought with us. Yuck.

In any case, we headed to dinner in the mall first, and had corn dogs, french fries, and cherry lemonade. Bud ate about double what M-lady ate, finish his whole corn dog and having a fair bit of fries as well.

After dinner we wandered around the mall a bit. Bud didn't want to walk, and asked me to pick him up.
"Would you like to ride on my shoulders, Bud?"
"No, ride on Daddy's tummy!"
"My tummy isn't that big, Bud."
He just wanted me to pick him up and carry him, but didn't want to sit on my shoulders. Eventually, I convinced him to ride on my shoulders, which gave my arms a rest. Bud is getting bigger.

Bud pooped right as we were about to look at some jewelry, so I left M-lady to it and took Bud out to the car to change him. He was cooperative, although he now likes to find the umbrella in the trunk of the car when he's back there. We got back to M-lady just in time to take a look at the piece as well.

The drive home was uneventful, although Bud complained a little bit about the sun in his eyes. He broke his sunglasses on the trip to Boston, so we need to get him a new pair.

We started the bedtime routine pretty quickly after arriving home by turning on an episode of Little Einsteins, followed by an episode of Pingu. Bud was pretty good about getting into PJs, we had a small bite of ice cream, and then brushed teeth, read a story, and went to bed. After a drink of water, Bud fell asleep pretty quickly.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Football Fun

Bud woke this morning around 6:30, and I got up to hang out with him for a while. He was willing to snooze until about 7:00, at which point we got up for good.

Bud and I watched an episode of Little Einsteins, and while he wasn't interested in milk at first, he sent me off to fetch some for him after the show got started.

After watching a bit of TV, Bud headed back to his room to take a 'nap'. Which is to say, he crawled into his crib and lounged while chatting to me for a bit. After a while he came out again and we read a few stories before Nanny J arrived.

Bud had a good day with Nanny J, doing his usual, although he apparently napped a bit earlier than usual. Probably due to the early rise.

When I got home, Bud was very involved with the puzzle he was working on. He barely acknowledged my arrival. I snuck off to the office to get a little more work done. When I emerged half an hour later, Bud was shrieking with delight and playing a throw/catch/handoff game with Nanny J with a football.

I joined in with the football play, spinning the ball on the floor like a top, and throwing back and forth with Bud a bit. His throws are still wildly inaccurate, but he's starting to get some distance on them. We'll probably have to remove the heavier balls to the backyard to prevent inadvertent damage.

Nanny J took off a few minutes later, and I turned on a pre-season football game on TV. Bud was not particularly interested, but I set up my keyboard for him again, and he had fun playing with that. I think tomorrow I'm going to try to teach him to play a tune: maybe "Twinkle, Twinkle".

M-lady arrived home while we were watching and playing, and joined us for a little bit before she and I got started on dinner. Bud plopped down in front of another episode of Little Einsteins while we cooked, which wrapped up just as we were getting food on the table. Bud enjoyed his taco quite a bit, although he breaks up the shell a bit before putting the meat and toppings on.

After dinner, we played for a little bit before sitting down to watch a show for the bedtime routine. I came across a documentary about big band music and swing dance in the bay area from the 30's to today, and some of our friends had been interviewed and were dancing on the program. Bud seemed to enjoy the music and dancing, so we watched that for a bit. It ended at about 8:00, which was a little late to start a Little Einsteins, so we watched an episode of Bob the Builder instead, which was a bit shorter.

The rest of the bedtime routine went smoothly, and Bud fell asleep after calling out once, just a few minutes after we put him down.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007


Bud woke about 7:00 this morning, and M-lady got up with him. Which was nice for me, since I stayed up a bit late last night finishing up Harry Potter. They came into the bedroom about 8:30, and I got up and played with Bud for a bit before Nanny J arrived.

We discovered some new Pat & Stanley videos, including this one, which Bud liked quite a bit. He commented on the hair. Bud ditched me shortly after Nanny J arrived to go ask her for cookies.

Bud had a pretty good day with Nanny J. She shared her lunch with him today when he finished up his own. He did his usual nap and bath as well.

I arrived home a few minutes before M-lady did, and planned on heading out for a bike ride. Bud showed some interest in accompanying me, but once we got into the garage was more interested in playing with the squirt bottles with various cleaners and solvents in them. Actually, I had put them all out of reach, and he asked repeatedly to play with them. So while I went out for a quick ride, M-lady took Bud to Target and they picked out a squirt bottle just for him.

It makes a satisfying squirting noise even without water in it, and so Bud had a good time with the bottle and a paper towel cleaning the kitchen while M-lady prepared dinner for them.

Bud wasn't interested in the wontons for dinner, but did finish the bowl of peas. M-lady was just wrangling him into his pajamas as I returned from the ride. We all sat down and watched a Little Einsteins video, and got the bedtime truck rolling. Bud was good through the routine, and went to sleep without any issues.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Finally Back to Routine

Today was a 'normal' day for Bud, for the first time in a while. After falling asleep last night around 7:30, he woke this morning briefly at about 6:00. I got up to comfort him, and he fell asleep again pretty quickly. He didn't wake again until after 8:30. So he got a good 13 hours.

The cleaners were here when he woke up, and Bud wasn't anxious to eat, so we sat in his room and read stories until Nanny J arrived. Nanny J convinced Bud to get something to eat, and they headed out to the kitchen.

Later in the morning, I saw Bud dunking madeleine cookies in a bowl of milk. Looked tasty. I carved up a watermelon for Bud, and he had quite of bit of that during the day as well.

Bud apparently had a good time at his music class today, and sang and participated fully. He had a solid lunch, a good two-our nap, and his bath in the afternoon. He was reading stories with Nanny J when I arrived home from work a little after 5:00, and M-lady arrived shortly afterwards at 5:30.

After chatting with Nanny J for a while, she took her leave, and Bud, M-lady and I played together for a bit. After changing a strongly denied poopy diaper, we set up a video call with Ama and Agu. Bud was happy to see them, and they had a good chat.

M-lady and I got started on dinner, and Bud got a little fussy as our attention on him dropped off a bit. When we finally convinced him to join us for dinner, he ate a significant portion of scrambled eggs and a large piece of toast.

I pulled out my old Yamaha V50 keyboard for Bud to play with for a little while after dinner. It's definitely loosing its mind, but I managed to get a piano sound out of it. Bud had a good time banging away on it for a while.

We started watching an episode of Little Einsteins I had recorded that morning to start the bedtime routine. The routine went smoothly, although Bud insisted on a second bedtime story. We eventually worked that out, and Bud went to bed a little after 8:00. He didn't call out and fell asleep quickly.

Monday, August 06, 2007

First Day Of School

Bud woke a little early this morning. Around 4:30. M-lady, who had passed out early last night, got up with him. She handed him over to me around 7:30, and we had a good time playing air band for a little bit, and then making an airplane out of legos. But I had a dentist appointment this morning and had to hand him back a little bit after 8:00.

First Day of School
Bud apparently had a busy and happy morning, and was napping again when I returned from my appointment at about 10:00. Which was perfect, since his first day of preschool orientation was from 12:30 to 3:00 today.

Bud woke at about 11:00, and Nanny J took care of getting him ready and getting some lunch into him before we left. Since it was the first day, M-lady and I accompanied Bud to class. There were about 8 other kids there, each with a mommy in tow. I was the only daddy.

Bud was a little shy of the other kids, but immediately started checking out the classroom when we entered. As we explored (he dragged either M-lady or myself with him for much of the afternoon), some of his other friends from Mommy Group arrived: Mommy D with son A, and Mommy C with daughter F, and Mommy M with son B. M and B we hadn't seen for more than a year, I think, so Bud didn't recognize B. But it was nice to see the familiar faces.

There was some exploration/free play time to get started, and Bud had fun drawing with crayons on a easel for a bit before he found the mop and brooms. Those items kept Bud busy for much of the rest of the play time. There was one minor sharing incident when another boy made a grab for Bud's mop, but it was handled without much of an issue.

After free play, there were three directed activities, including a water table, a play-doh table, and a golf ball art station. Bud tried each in turn. He didn't really get the golf ball art, but I thought it was pretty cool: a sheet of paper was deposited at the bottom of a tub and some squirts of liquid paint were sqeezed on top. Then a golf ball was rolled around in the tub, making interesting colored tracks through the paint. So cool painting, and the kids never touch the paint itself.

After the structured activities, there was some circle time with songs. Bud didn't sing much, but he did get all the hand gestures pretty quickly. After that, it was time for a snack.

All the kids washed their hands, and then sat down to have snack. M-lady had packed a snack for Bud. He drank all his juice, and munched on some goldfish crackers. We'll have to get a bigger cup for Bud's juice, since I'm not sure there was enough.

After snack time the kids headed outside. Bud played in the water play area for a little while, painting the ground with water a little paintbrush. Then he moved into the sandbox, which kept him entertained for quite some time. Towards the end of our outside time, Bud started enjoying the slide, and ran around to climb the steps leading to the slide, giggling each time. He was clearly enjoying himself thoroughly.

There were a few more minutes of sit down time after we all headed back inside and washed hands, and then we said goodbyes. Bud said goodbye to A and F by name, which was a first, I think. Bud was in a very good mood as we headed home, and we deemed the first day of school a rousing success. He told Nanny J all about it when we arrived home.

There was another snack and more air band playing in the afternoon with Nanny J, and then with me after Nanny J departed. M-lady and I concocted a plan for dinner, and Bud got a bit upset when our attention was diverted. He was clearly getting tired, having started his day at 4:30. We eventually plopped him down in front of an episode of Little Einsteins, and fed him dinner there.

Dinner included milk which kicked off the bedtime routine. After a second episode, we got into pajamas, had a nibble of ice cream, brushed teeth, read a story, and got into bed. Lights out happened at about 7:30, and Bud fell asleep quickly, without calling out, after his busy day.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Great Traveler Going Home

We woke up at about 7:15 this morning to finish packing and head for the airport. Bud was pretty happy when he woke up, and generally in a good mood as we said goodbye to the grandparents, Uncle D, and Cousin H. RuggerMom drove us to the airport at about 8:30.

We checked in, made our way through security, and settled in to wait at the gate for about a bit. Bud was happy and looking around, and was much admired. He wolfed down a couple of Dunkin' Donuts I picked up for breakfast.

The first flight was uneventful. Bud watched some DVDs, and we played with his new coloring book a bit as well. He fell asleep as we were on descent, and got about a 30 minute nap in before we had to get off the plane.

Fortunately, he woke happy, and joyfully stomped through the DFW terminal with us. We had to take the inter-terminal tram to our connecting flight, and Bud enjoyed the ride on the 'small train'.

Our flight out of DFW was delayed, first due to a late arrival of the plane from ORD due to weather, and then compounded by some minor mechanical difficulties. It did give us the opportunity to enjoy a sit-down lunch at TGI Fridays, which was nice. Bud ate a whole bunch of french fries, but wouldn't touch his grilled cheese sandwich. Later, as we were sitting at the gate waiting to board, Bud ate most of a PB and J which we had packed.

We got on the second flight about two hours late, and Bud fell asleep pretty quickly once we got in the air. He snoozed for a while, and then woke watched some more of various DVDs. Overall he was great on both flights.

Uncle C picked us up at the airport and gave us a lift home, which was really nice. Bud was pretty excited to be home, and immediately went to his play room and pulled out his standard guitar and drum setup. I was roped into playing air band with him while M-lady got some dinner ready.

Bud wasn't interested in dinner, but watched a Little Einsteins video instead, with milk and cereal. From there we did an abbreviated bedtime routine. Bud was more than ready to go to bed, and fell asleep pretty quickly. We got him into bed around 8:30pm Pacific, which is 11:30 out where we came from. I wonder how long it will take him to work off the jetlag?

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Finally, a Nap

Bud woke this morning at about 7:45, and was content to chill in the Pack'n'Play until I picked him up around 8:00. Bud has been sleeping in the same room with us on this trip, separated by a see-through bookcase. So if he's awake, he can see if we're in the room or not. It hasn't been a problem, although M-lady and I have to tread lightly in the room after he goes to sleep.

Bud and I headed downstairs, where we hung out with RuggerMom, Uncle D, and Cousin H for a while watching TV and having some breakfast milk. Bud was happy to see the grandparents emerge before too long, and overall we had a pretty mellow early morning.

After aunts, uncles, and cousins arrived, a sortie was sent to walk to the muffin store to pick up some muffins for the group. Bud, Cousin H, Grandma W, Great Aunt E, Uncle D, and I headed out together for the walk. In hindsight I should have let Bud walk, but we strapped him into a stroller for the duration. Bud was perfectly content to ride, and enjoyed pointing out various yard decorations the neighbors had on display. I think his favorite was a cow-shaped mailbox.

We got some muffins, and Bud and Cousin H split a blueberry muffin on the way back. It had already heated up pretty dramatically, so we intended to spend the rest of the afternoon indoors. Bud ate a pretty light lunch, refusing the pasta we heated up for him and munching on an ear of corn and some watermelon.

Cousin H took a nap from about 12:30 to 2:30, and Bud enjoyed the exclusive time with the grandparents. We tried to put him down for a nap around 2:30, but he just hung out for about 90 minutes while M-lady took a nap. When I went up to check on him later, he was singing "Cherry Pie" to M-lady from his Pack'n'Play.

We went back downstairs and watched a little bit of TV, and then played with the grandparents and Cousin H. At about 5:00, there was a bit of a sharing incident between Cousin H and Bud, and I took Bud back upstairs for a timeout. He promptly fell asleep.

M-lady and I let him snooze for about an hour before we woke him up. He was a bit grumpy for a while, but eventually cheered up when he got to read stories and play outside with the grandparents. He did eventually find the little pool and get his clothes wet, but he had a really giggly good time in the process. Grandma W reported that he spent some time directing her to water plants around the back yard with a bucket and water from the pool.

Bud ate a fair bit of dinner, including some pot stickers and a hefty helping of broccoli and carrots. After dinner, we had a little bit of ice cream and then kicked off the bedtime routine with a bath. Bud was in a pretty good mood, and enjoyed an episode of Little Einsteins with his milk and cereal. Right before heading for bed we took a couple of family photos, and then said goodnight and goodbye to folks.

Bud went to bed without a problem, and fell asleep on his own. He's had a great time on the trip, and has enjoyed seeing his grandparents, but I think he'll be happy to get home and back into his usual routine.

Hopefully the flight back home tomorrow will go more smoothly than the trip out. I'll see about posting some trip photos when we get them all downloaded at home.

Friday, August 03, 2007

No Nap, But OK

Bud woke this morning at about 8:00, and M-lady got up with him. I joined them downstairs a little bit later.

We did have an incident this morning where Bud whacked Cousin H on the top of his head with a ruler. Cousin H didn't seem to mind too much, but we disciplined Bud and had him apologize a little later.

After everyone had some breakfast and we started moving, we all packed up and headed out to the New England Aquarium in downtown Boston. Friend A, who we'd seen a few days ago, was working there for the summer and offered to take us on a behind-the-scenes tour. We didn't get there early enough to see her diving and feeding the fishes, unfortunately.

It turned out to be a really hot day, and the aquarium was really crowded, but Bud and Cousin H had a great time. They looked at a harbor seal exhibit while we were getting tickets, and then we all spent a little time looking at the new jellies exhibit before going into the main structure.

The aquarium has a large, cylindrical central tank with a helical walkway going up around it. Then around the outer perimeter of the room, there are walkways going down with smaller tanks exhibiting other creatures. Around the bottom area there are penguins.

Bud really liked the penguins and some of the big fish we saw. But his favorites, by far, were the turtles. We saw an enormous sea turtle in the main tank, and some smaller turtles in the other tanks. Bud really lit up when he saw a turtle.

We stopped about halfway through and sat down to have some snacks, which kept everyone in better spirits.

On the way out, we visited the gift shop, and the grandparents purchased a stuffed turtle for Bud which he picked out himself. He was pretty excited. The grandparents also wisely purchased a second, identical turtle for Cousin H.

We managed to run into Friend A on our way out, as she was just returning from lunch. Unfortunately we were bumping into the kids' nap times, so we couldn't stay for the behind-the-scenes tour, but it was nice to see A nevertheless.

On the way back to the car, Bud correctly remembered the floor number on which we were parked (6). He was able to recall it without prompting, which was pretty cool. We'd been in the aquarium for at least a couple of hours, and it's pretty arbitrary and meaningless information to a young child.

We headed home and picked up some pizza for lunch. Bud ate solidly, and we watched an episode of Little Einsteins before nap time. Bud went into his Pack'n'Play readily enough, but didn't sleep, just like yesterday. We pulled him out after about 80 minutes.

In contrast to yesterday, Bud didn't melt down in the evening, which was nice. He stayed pretty upbeat for the rest of the day. Great Uncle T and Great Aunt E arrived, along with Cousin B (Bud's 1st cousin once removed). Bud interacted with them a little during the course of the evening.

Bud and Cousin H played outdoors for a while, and Bud had a good time throwing a ball around. He played catch with Uncle T for a while, and worked up a pretty good sweat chasing the ball around. Eventually he found a watering can, and had some fun with that before he and Cousin H had a sharing issue which prompted the end of the outside play for the evening.

He played with M-lady for a while before dinner arrived. Bud ate a fair bit of sushi for dinner, although he has a tendency to just eat the middle of the sushi and not eat a lot of the rice or seaweed. Ah well. He had a bit of pastry for dessert, and we got started on a bath right after that.

Bud had fun in the bath tonight, and we watched a Little Einsteins with milk and cereal to start the bedtime routine. After saying goodnight to everyone and distributing hugs and kisses, we brushed teeth, read a couple of bedtime stories and dropped him in bed. He was sleeping soundly in no time after another long day without a nap.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

No Nap

Bud woke a little early today, around 7:30. I got up with him, and after hanging out for about 15 minutes we got up and changed his diaper and headed downstairs to hang out with RuggerMom and Cousin H. The boys munched on breakfast while watching an episode of Little Einsteins.

The day was spent mostly indoors, since it was really hot out. Bud and Cousin H played separately for the most part, with some side-by-side and occasional interactive play.

At lunch, Cousin H was mimicking Bud, which was fun. I'd tell Bud to touch his nose, or put his hands on his head, and Cousin H would follow suit. We all had a good time.

A bit after lunch we said goodbye to Grandma Nese and Granddad B, who were heading back to their home in Ohio. Bud gave them each and hug and a kiss, and waved goodbye.

At about 2:00, we put Bud down for a nap, but he wasn't having any of it. He rolled and kicked and bounced around in his Pack'n'Play for almost two hours before we got him up and watched a little TV. Bud had a good time playing by himself while Cousin H was napping.

In the early evening, RuggerMom headed to the airport to pick up Grandma W and (the other) Granddad B and Uncle Dv, who are going to be staying for a few days. M-lady and Bud and I, and Uncle D and Cousin H, played outside in the yard where the temperature had dropped a bit. Cousin H was naked in the little wading pool, and the rest of us had a pretty good time playing in a little fountain which launched plastic balls.

Bud was reluctant to get wet, but eventually got pretty well soaked in the fountain. He and Cousin H played alongside each other reasonably well, with only one or two small sharing incidents. After Cousin H went in to have dinner and get cleaned up, Bud had fun playing in the wading pool. He wasn't actually wading in it, but stirring it with a plastic shovel.

Bud had a bit of a meltdown when we brought him in. After getting him dried off, we dropped him in the Pack'n'Play to settle down for a few minutes: unfortunately, he fell asleep. Since it was about 6:30, I had to get him up, and he wasn't very happy about that.

That was just about the time the rest of the family arrived home. We eventually settled Bud down and got some dinner into him, and he said some proper hellos, followed quickly by goodnights, to the relations.

We got him into a quick bath, which he didn't want to get out of, and then put him to bed. He passed out almost immediately. That's what happens when you don't take a nap and get overtired. Hopefully we'll be able to get him to nap tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Evening Concert

Bud woke this morning at about 8:30, and I got up with him and took him downstairs to watch some Little Einsteins with Cousin H and drink some milk.

Bud was pretty happy to see the rest of the family, and we all had a mellow morning together. After everyone was up and dressed, we went for a walk to the local muffin place, where we picked up some muffins for a late breakfast. The kids split a blueberry muffin as we walked back, and we all had muffins when we arrived back home.

Bud played better with Cousin H today. There was a brief attempted biting incident when Cousin H tried to play the guitar that Bud was playing, but I caught it before there was any damage and let Bud know that that wasn't acceptable behavior. Later, Bud and Cousin H interacted a little more on a better level: Bud went and retrieved an airplane toy for Cousin H and handed it to him graciously.

We had a latish lunch of cold cut sandwiches, and Bud had a very minimal lunch. After another round of Little Einsteins, both kids headed for a nap. Bud went to his crib without a problem, but kicked and rolled around for the better part of an hour before falling asleep. He finally passed out around 3:00.

At about 5:00, Bud got up and we started the de-grogging process. Bud had a couple of cups of juice while watching TV, and Cousin H joined him shortly. The whole family began packing for the evening outing, making sandwiches for a picnic dinner and putting items into a large cooler.

We rolled out the door close to 6:00. Right before we hit the road, Grandma Nese presented the kids with a stuffed frog each. Bud took to his right away, and carried with him the rest of the evening. We all loaded up into two cars and headed down to the Hatch Shell, an outdoor amphitheater on the Charles.

There was a classical concert performance aimed at families, and Bud and Cousin H had a great time running around a bit before the concert started. The weather was perfect, and we got a great parking spot. Once the music started, Cousin H continued to wander around, but Bud was pretty content to sit and listen and watch (and munch on the watermelon we brought). He ate a solid chunk of peanut butter sandwich as well.

We gathered everyone up and left a bit after 8:00, and headed for home. Bud had gotten super happy, and sang to himself and chatted away on the whole ride home. He was extra friendly and smiley all the way to bedtime. We skipped the shower tonight for Bud, but did just about everything else without any issue. Bud went to bed without a problem, and fell asleep without calling out.