Sunday, May 31, 2009

Stepping Down

Buster was up this morning around 7:00ish, and M-lady got up with him, taking him to the hexagon to snooze for a bit. Bud got me out of bed a little before 8:00, and I was unsuccessful in my bid to get him back into bed for a little while. After degrogging for a little bit, I took both kids downstairs for a bit of breakfast while M-lady got back into bed for a little while.

Buster didn't have a bottle this morning for the first time (as far as I know). I gave him some warm milk in a sippy cup instead, which he had at the same time as the sweet bread he usually eats after his bottle. He didn't seem to mind the change of routine at all. And I must say, I'm looking forward to ditching the bottles.

Bud had a waffle, and after breakfast all three of us sat down in front of the TV for a short time at Bud's request. We watched a little bit of the animal show Zoboomafoo, which Buster seemed to like quite a bit. He would get a big smile now and then, apparently when he 'got' whatever animal was on the screen.

Around 9:30, I traded places with M-lady and took a nap while she put Buster down for his morning nap and played with Bud for a bit. Since we'd found a missing folding table in the garage, M-lady had space to set up her sewing machines and make a new plush lightsaber for Bud: a purple one for Mace Windu.

I got up and joined them when Buster got up from his nap. We hung out together while M-lady finished up the saber, and then all headed downstairs for some lunch. While we were playing a bit as lunch was cooking, Buster demonstrated a new skill to me: negotiating a step down. He's fallen down the single step to the living room and playroom a few times, and has been wary of stepping down without some help. But today he got down on all fours, turned around, and crawled backwards down the step, just like I've tried to show him a few times. Way to go, Buster!

Both the kids ate pretty well, and after lunch M-lady and Bud packed up to go out and run some errands. I put Buster down for his afternoon nap shortly after they left, and got some work done while he was asleep. He woke a few minutes before they returned. Bud told me about the trip, with the highlight being getting an Orange Julius to drink.

I settled with the kids into the playroom again, and we had a nice three-way video chat with Aunt LR and her family, and Granddad B, Grandma Nese, and their visitors, Uncle J, Aunt L, Great-Grandma I, and Friend W. With so many participants and fairly rambunctious kids, it was pretty hard to hear anything, but it was fun to see everyone. Eventually the Toledo contingent dropped off, and Cousin LR and Bud spent some time playing Lego Star Wars together. Bud let me know afterward that he would like LR to come over and play sometime... I told him I'd love to arrange it, but LR lives all the way on the other side of the country.

We all got some dinner after that. Buster was a little slower to eat dinner tonight, and spent more time mashing food than eating it. M-lady was very patient with him while Bud and I finished up and headed out to the garage for a while. I worked on my workbench until I snapped a drill bit, at which point I gave up on the workbench for a bit and played catch with Bud.

While we were outside, M-lady got Buster through a bath and into PJs. Bud and I headed inside to do the bedtime routine around 7:00, starting with a snack, then bath, then another snack, and bedtime story. Bud was very cooperative through the process tonight.

Both kids have slept pretty well so far, although Buster has had one screaming wake up. He's gone back to sleep pretty quickly, though.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Science Day

Buster was up around 7:30 or so, and M-lady played with him for a little while. She handed him off to me some time after 8:00, and I hung out with him in the hexagon for a bit. Bud joined us presently, and we all headed downstairs for breakfast before too long.

I put Buster down for a short morning nap, and Bud played with M-lady for a little while before we all started getting ready for our outing. We we loaded into the car a bit before 11:00, and headed over to the Tech for a special event. M-lady, as part of the Silicon Valley Mom Bloggers, was invited to a talk and lunch with Bill Nye, the Science Guy.

We arrived a bit after 11:00, and were able to mingle a little bit with the other families and find a spot before the presentation started. Bud was pretty interested and well behaved overall. Buster was anxious to run around a bit, and was really interested in the colored flags hanging from the ceiling in the lobby. M-lady discovered, as she chased him around, that no matter where she set him down in the building, he made a beeline for the lobby.

Bud and I watched the presentation, which was pretty fun. I was always more of a fan of Don Herbert, but was certainly familiar with Bill Nye. The best part of the talk was when Bill pulled out a vortex generator, and put out candles from across the room with it. Bud agreed that we should make our own vortex gun.

We all had some lunch after the demo, and then wandered around the Tech for a little while. Bud really enjoyed it: it reminded me quite a bit of the Reuben H. Fleet Space Museum I frequented while I was growing up. We saw about a quarter of the exhibits, briefly, before the kids were starting to wind down and we decided to head home.

The afternoon was pretty mellow. Buster went down for a short nap, and Bud and I played with Lego for a bit. Eventually we were all up again, and packed up and headed out for an early dinner at Armadillo Willy's. Bud had been asking for ribs a little while ago, so he and I shared a plate. He enjoyed the ribs, and Buster liked the pulled pork and corn muffin he mooched from M-lady.

Bud and I played outside for a bit after we got home, and then came in to start the bedtime routine. Both kids melted down a bit at the end of the day, although Bud recovered a bit while in the bathtub. He was in bed around 8:30, and asleep a short time later.

Buster apparently tried to bite M-lady a few times, and got particularly grouchy right before he passed out. He slept lightly for a little while, but both kids have slept soundly since about 9:30.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Tough Question

After waking around 1:00 and getting M-lady to lie down with him in the hexagon for a while, Buster finally fell asleep for good and slept through until about 8:00. M-lady and I got out of bed around then, and about 10 minutes later remembered to wake Bud up so he could get ready for school.

We were a little rushed getting out the door, but managed to arrive in time. Bud was about as cooperative as he usually is in the morning, i.e., mostly.

Bud had a good day at school, and the kids were in good spirits when M-lady arrived home a little after 5:00. I arrived home about 45 minutes later, and found Bud watching a Bill Nye video on YouTube. M-lady wanted to expose Bud before our outing tomorrow.

Bud was anxious to show me what appeared to be a rugburn he'd gotten on his arm. It wasn't very big, but did look a little red. He carefully maintained a band-aid on it all night.

I took Buster downstairs and got started on making a pizza for dinner. Bud apparently headed upstairs to hang out with M-lady, where they read some stories together before dinnertime. Bud eventually wended his way downstairs again, and he and I read a book while Buster played nearby.

We all had some pizza for dinner. Buster did a pretty good job on a couple of small pieces, although he seemed to not like the cheese overly much, and we ended up supplementing with a jar of fruit. After dinner, Bud and I played a little bit of Star Wars Lego before getting a snack and starting the bedtime routine.

While snacking on an apple, Bud posed a question to me: "Daddy, what is science?" I spent the rest of the evening trying to explain what science was in a way that would make sense. Overall my answer boiled down to "figuring out how and why things work the way they do," with a lot of examples. I'm looking forward to more tough questions.

Bud was a bit reluctant to get in the tub, but once there, nearly impossible to get out of it. He got really pruney. Eventually I got him dried off and into PJs and a fresh band-aid. He was in bed around 8:30, and asleep before too long after that.

M-lady put Buster to bed around the same timeframe, and both boys have slept well so far.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Family Drawing

Bud got me out of bed around 4:30 this morning, and I slept with him in his bed until about 7:30. M-lady got up with Buster a little before 8:00, and Bud was out of bed around 8:30 or so.

M-lady lefto for work around 8:30 as well. Nanny J arrived at 8:45, and I was able to hand Buster over to her and get some breakfast for Bud before I headed for work.

The kids seem to have had a good day. M-lady and I came home early, around 4:30ish, to load up the kids and go over to Bud's preschool's Open House. Bud seemed sort of ambivalent about the event, although he knew it was coming.

There were a lot of folks there when we arrived, and it got more crowded quickly. It wasn't just Bud's class, but also the 4 year olds, the afternoon classes, and prospective families coming to check out the school. So it got a little busy before too long. Bud was a bit reserved on the crowded playground.

Bud did show us a book which had been compiled of his artwork. The last item was a drawing of our family: four stick figures drawn in yellow marker, arranged from tallest to shortest. It's the first family drawing that Bud's done, as far as we know. The family members were labeled with Bud as the biggest, then me, M-lady, and Buster. Hmmmm...

Eventually Bud's friend M arrived, and Bud and M immediately took off and played on their own on the playground for the rest of the evening. M-lady and I were able to chat with his teachers a little, and discovered that Bud and M enable each other: both tend to be quiet and reserved when the other isn't present. Together, they are much more outgoing and boisterous.

We eventually headed home to grab a quick dinner and start on the bedtime routine. M-lady had fed Buster quite a bit during the Open House, so he snacked as Bud and M-lady and I ate some more significant dinner. After dinner, Bud hung out with me for about 20 minutes before we headed upstairs to start on the list of things to do Bud and M-lady had drafted the previous night.

Bud was in bed around 8:30, and asleep closer to 9:00. Buster also went to bed without too much trouble, and both kids have slept well so far. We're still running the humidifier in Bud's room, since he still has a little bit of the cough. He should be good to go to school tomorrow morning, though.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Bedtime Checklist

The kids slept reasonably well after we got them to sleep finally, around 2:00am or so, and of course ended up sleeping in a bit in the morning. Buster woke close to 8:30, and Bud was still asleep when I left for work close to 9:00. We let Bud sleep in and skip school today due to his cough.

The kids seem to have had a good day with Nanny J. Bud greeted me at the door when I arrived home a little after 5:00, and Buster was anxious to get close when he saw me as well. We said goodbye to Nanny J, and hung out together for a little while in the playroom. I eventually turned on the TV, and Bud was excited to see a cooking show about ribs. He asked where we could get some, and I started making plans for an outing to Armadillo Willy's this weekend.

We got started on dinner around 6:00, having some fish and broccoli that Nanny J had prepared. Bud ate after some coaxing, and Buster ate about half my dinner: both the fish and the broccoli.

M-lady arrived as we were eating, and I transferred Buster over to mooching from her plate. When the kids had finished up, M-lady went to play with Bud and I played with Buster for a bit. M-lady spent some time making a bedtime list with Bud to try and set some expectations and help avoid late-day meltdowns.

Bud made a pretty good list, and then immediately started complaining about his bath. I think we need some new bath toys. When M-lady found some new things for him to play with in the bath, he was pretty excited.

I chilled with Buster for a while, read some stories in the hexagon, and then got him ready for bed. We watched some lullabies on the Sesame Street website before I rocked him to sleep. He stayed asleep for the evening, waking just once before writing this post. So much better than last night.

M-lady navigated Bud through his new bedtime checklist, and I joined him in bed for a little while before he went to sleep. We turned on the humidifier in his room again, and M-lady and I haven't heard him cough yet. Hopefully he'll sleep peacefully tonight as well.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Slurpee

Buster fell asleep with M-lady, who was able to put him in his crib around 2:00am. He woke once, briefly, around 6:00, and I soothed him back to sleep pretty quickly. He proceeded to sleep in until 8:30, not terribly surprising given that he was up so late the night before.

Bud was up closer to 7:30, and spent most of the morning playing with Lego. I got up in time to help out a little bit, and answer the door when Nanny J arrived. M-lady headed for work shortly thereafter.

I was taking the day off work, and had tentatively planned a long bike ride in the morning, but Bud really wanted to hang out with me. I had other stuff to keep me busy, so we spent most of the day together, while Buster spent time with Nanny J.

After doing some online work and playing Lego together a little bit, we headed out to the garage to work on my workbench some more. Bud again helped by fetching drill bits and handing me screws. After getting the legs of the workbench squared away, we headed inside to get some lunch.

Bud and I had hotdogs while Buster was getting his lunch from Nanny J. He was in good spirits, and we all enjoyed a pleasant lunch together. After lunch, Bud and I took a look at my old R/C car, charged up the battery, and gave it a spin. It ran really well, with only some minor trim adjustments. It's a bit fast for Bud to control well yet, but we had fun trying. After going up and down the street a few times, Bud and I packed up and headed out to Home Depot to pick up a few more supplies and parts for the workbench.

Bud was really patient as I eyed the orbital sanders, looked for various parts eventually determined to be out of stock, grabbed carriage bolts and washers, and finally loaded a big sheet of plywood onto our cart. He then played in the car a bit while I strapped the plywood onto the top of the car. It was pretty hot out, and I was getting thirsty, so after securing the plywood we headed over to the 7-Eleven near his school and got Slurpees.

Bud had asked about the convenience store as we drove into school one day, and I commented that we would have to get Slurpees sometime. It was fun to do that today. We took them home and finished them up while sitting in the garage.

I managed to get a fair bit more done on the workbench with Bud's help before Nanny J took her leave at 5:15. Bud was anxious to go for a walk, so I loaded Buster up into his stroller, and we headed around the block. Bud rode his tricycle, and we had a nice outing together.

M-lady wasn't home yet when we got back, so we chilled in the office for a bit before heading downstairs to get some dinner. Both kids ate well, and M-lady arrived in time to have some dinner herself.

Bud postponed his bath until it became an issue, and ended up melting down sufficiently that he headed straight to bed after the bath. It was kind of a bummer after we'd had such a great day together, but I understand if he was a bit tired.

Unfortunately, Buster was again restless in the evening, and I ended up getting him out of bed to watch a little TV with me after both M-lady and I had attempted to soothe him. We were chilling in front of the TV when Bud woke again coughing, and ended up barfing in his bed. M-lady and I got him cleaned up and the sheets changed, and got the humidifier going in his room in an attempt to ease his cough.

After that bit of excitement, M-lady started working on getting Buster back to bed. Hopefully he'll go down soon, and the kids will sleep the rest of the night without too much issue.

Monday, May 25, 2009

First Bacon

Buster was up once this morning around 5:00, but M-lady managed to get him back to sleep. He was up again around 7:00, and M-lady hung out with him in the hexagon until about 8:00. I took him at that point, and got him dressed and headed downstairs to get some breakfast.

I got Buster fed, and headed upstairs to help out with Bud. He was a little reluctant to get dressed, but ended up dressing himself. I put Buster down for his morning nap, delivered Bud downstairs to M-lady to get some breakfast, and then headed back to bed to take a nap.

Buster woke after his usual 45 minute cycle, and both kids had a good time hanging out with M-lady. They were hanging out in the office when I joined them a bit before 11:00. Bud and Buster and I sat down in front of my computer for a little while, watching a few videos before heading downstairs to get some lunch. Bud and I had some leftovers, while Buster had some porridge at first. Buster refused more porridge after having about half of the serving, so I fed him a cup of yogurt.

After lunch, Bud and Buster and I had a great video chat with Grandma W and Granddad B. Bud and Buster both interacted, and then had a lightsaber battle on camera. Bud is really fantastic slowing down his swings when battling Buster. And Buster clearly understands what he's supposed to do, as he's taken to making lightsaber sounds while swinging the stuffed lightsabers M-lady made for Bud.

After the call, Buster was starting to get a little tired again. He went down for a nap, and Bud and I headed out to the garage to work on my workbench a bit more. Bud helped me measure 2x4s, and wore his safety glasses and gloves while we cut the wood. I also adjusted his tricycle for him, moving the seat back a little bit to accommodate his longer legs.

We went in a little before 4:00, and set up a video call and online game with Granddad B, Grandma Nese, Aunt K, and Friend T, while M-lady made a quick grocery run. I fed the recently waked Buster a snack while Bud played a bit, and then joined in for a little while. We had a good time, and wrapped up to start getting dinner ready.

Bud and M-lady made batter for waffles while I kept an eye on Buster, and then I handed the little one off to M-lady who got started on his dinner while I cooked the waffles and some bacon. We all had a great dinner. Buster really enjoyed chewing on some tiny bits of bacon, too.

After dinner, Bud and I cleaned up outside before coming in and starting the bedtime routine. Bud was reluctant to take a bath, but Buster really wanted one, so I let the little one get in the bath. Bud was a little jealous, I think, and took a bath after we got Buster dried off. Then it was time for a snack and heading for bed. Bud was pretty cooperative once he got into the bath.

Buster was really restless in his crib, and woke a number of times. M-lady and I took turns soothing him, and I eventually just picked him up and brought him downstairs around 10:30 or so, where he sat on the couch and watched Top Gear with me for a bit. M-lady finally lay down with him in the hexagon to get him to sleep.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Roadside Stand

Buster was up briefly around 5:00 this morning, but M-lady got him back to sleep. The kids slept in reasonably well, and we all rolled out of bed around 8:00ish. I got the kids some breakfast, and M-lady packed up for a morning out with Bud.

The took off a little after 9:00 to go to Gilroy Gardens, a horticultural-themed park a little ways south of here. They had gone together a couple of times last summer, and Bud was keen to head back. I spent the morning and early afternoon hanging out with Buster.

They had a great time, and on the way back decided to get some strawberries at a roadside stand. Bud was skeptical of the idea at first, but was much more enthusiastic when M-lady pointed out that we only had two strawberries left at home.

Buster and I played together for a while, he took his morning nap, we had some lunch, played together a little more. Buster really likes Ernie, and giggles every time he sees him when we watch Sesame Street on the computer. He was about half an hour into his afternoon nap when M-lady and Bud got home.

Bud and I got started on my workbench in the garage. Bud helped me select planks and measure them off for cutting. I got started on cutting, but the old batteries for my cordless tools weren't up to the task. I'll need a new batter or a corded saw of some sort.

Bud and I headed out in the early evening to pick up some dinner from our favorite sushi restaurant, and Aunt O, Uncle C, and Cousin C had arrived when we got back. After playing for a short time, we all had some dinner together.

The kids played together well for a while in the early evening before our visitors took their leave. Bud and I played a little bit of Lego Star Wars before having a snack and starting the bedtime routine. Bud was pretty good about taking a bath tonight, and was in bed and asleep a bit before 9:00.

Buster woke a few minutes later, but I was able to shush him to sleep again without picking him up. Both kids have slept well so far. Bud's cough seems to have improved a little bit today, and hopefully will continue to get better this week. Looking forward to another day with the kids tomorrow.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Sleeping In

Bud slept solidly the rest of the night. In fact, both kids slept in until after 8:30, which was a treat for M-lady and me. Buster was really happy when he got up, smiling and giggling. Bud didn't let us know when he'd crawled out of bed, but went straight to play with the Lego in the office.

I spent a chunk of the morning playing Lego with Bud before deciding to go out to a bike race I'd signed up for in the late morning. M-lady and Bud were supportive, although Bud asked if he could come along.

While I was away, M-lady got the boys ready and took a trip over to Stanford to walk around and look at the fountains. Buster had a great time, although he didn't get to walk perhaps quite as much as he might have if Bud hadn't been a little impatient to move faster. They all had a good time, though, and got back home around 12:30. They were having lunch when I got home a short time later.

After I'd eaten and showered, M-lady took off for a quick shopping trip while I spent some time hanging out with Bud and Buster. We played in the playroom for a little while, and Buster had fun playing with the stool which arrived for him for his birthday from his aunt, RuggerMom. Before too long Buster was getting a little drowsy, and I figured it would be a good time for him to take a nap.

Buster mightily protested the nap until he fell asleep, about 45 minutes later. Bud and I took the opportunity to work a little more on Lego and cruise online together a little bit before Buster woke up again about an hour later.

M-lady arrived home shortly, and we packed up and all went out to an early dinner, which was nice. Both boys were well behaved and ate quite a bit. Buster got a couple of fries, too. It turned out to be a quick meal, and we were home again within about an hour.

Bud and Buster and I played outside a little bit, and we all walked down the street a little ways. Buster had a good time looking at the flowers, and wanted to touch a couple of them. He was starting to get a little wobbly on the way back, though, so we headed inside to start the evening routine.

Bud was a little reluctant to take a bath, but eventually had a quick dip before having a snack and heading for bed. His cough has persisted, but hopefully won't wake him tonight.

Buster also went to sleep without too much trouble, but woke again a bit before 10:00. I managed to rock him back to sleep after a bit of protest.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Buster woke once around 4:30, and M-lady brought him back to bed for a little while. She was able to take him back to his crib a little while later, and we all slept pretty well for a bit.

Buster got up a bit after 7:00, and Bud was up right around 8:00ish. I spent some time trying to convince him to get dressed, and we eventually headed downstairs to get some breakfast.

I was able to get Bud to school on time, and he had a good day there, although I accidentally brought home some art done by his classmates that ended up in his cubby. We'll have to take it back on Wednesday. I also found a sweatshirt that he'd left at school the previous Wednesday.

Bud and Buster had a good afternoon, and were playing in the living room when I arrived home around 5:00. I brought a package in with me, and the boys both started drumming on it with their hands and laughing together. It was really fun to see.

We settled into the playroom for a little while, and M-lady arrived home soon after. I went out with Bud to pick up pizza for dinner, and we all had some. Buster munched on a crust for a while pretty happily.

After dinner Bud and I played outside for a bit, and then came in to have a snack and get ready for bed. I was exhausted, and kept falling asleep as I tried to put Bud to bed. We turned the light out around 8:30, and M-lady came a relieved me shortly thereafter. She and Bud giggled together for a few minutes before Bud asked her to be quiet so he could go to sleep.

Bud woke around 11:00 with a hacking cough. It doesn't sound like croup yet, but it doesn't sound very good. He was sniffling as well, so we gave him some meds and he fell asleep again. He's had this minor cough for a few days... we suspect it's allergy inspired, but it's hard to tell. Hopefully it doesn't bother him any more tonight, and doesn't impact the weekend.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Guys Night

Buster slept OK after waking once at about 1:00. I was up early this morning, around 6:00, and the kids were still asleep when I left around 7:00.

M-lady also had to go to work a little early, so Nanny J arrived at 8:30. The kids seem to have had a good day with Nanny J, although they didn't get out to the park this morning since the cleaners were here.

I got home around 5:00, and the kids were happy to see me. I got started on dinner pretty much right away since I'd missed lunch, and Buster let me know he was hungry pretty quickly, too. As Buster and I were finishing up our dinners, Bud asked for his, so we'd all eaten by 6:00.

Bud was content to watch a some of the Clone Wars cartoon while Buster and I played together in the playroom. After a bit, I turned the TV off and we all played together in the living room for a while.

When Buster was starting to get tired, I got a bottle ready for him. M-lady arrived home as we were just starting on the bottle, and she was available to get Buster ready for bed while I got Bud into his bath.

Bud was cooperative for a quick bath, and then we shared some popcorn for a snack before getting into bed. He protested turning the lights out a little bit, but fell asleep pretty quickly.

Buster fell asleep in bed with M-lady, and I put him in his crib a little after 9:00. Both kids have slept well so far tonight.

Buster has woken with apparent night terrors every night at about 1:00am the past few days. He usually isn't awake for very long, but he certainly lets out a screech. I hope the phase passes quickly.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Missed Day

My apologies that this post is a day late: I had a big presentation at work the next day, and I entirely forgot about posting. Which is odd, since I post every day. Oh well.

We had a pretty usual morning, with some prompting to get Bud ready for school. He decided to take his new Clone Wars coloring book and markers to school for show and tell, which was interesting because I believe it's the first time he's brought something that doesn't fit in his backpack. In any case, we made it to school in plenty of time.

I had to work late, so M-lady made it home to get the kids at 5:15. They had a good evening together, and were just starting to get ready for bed when I got home around 7:30. Buster happily waved at me from M-lady's arms before she took him off to get him ready for bed. I put my things down and got Bud into and out of a quick bath.

Bud and I were able to chat a little bit as he had his snack, and he was in bed at a fairly reasonable time. It was nice to see the kids briefly this evening, but I would have preferred getting to spend a little more time with them. We have the long weekend coming up, though, which should be good.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Bathtime Strategy

Bud got me out of bed a little before 7:00 this morning. I went and lay down in his bed with him, but he wasn't interested in sleeping anymore. Eventually he went to play with Lego, and I went back to bed for a little while.

Meanwhile, M-lady was up with Buster, who was happily playing. Bud came and asked me to help him with Lego a couple of times, and I never actually got back to sleep. But the kids were in a good mood, so it wasn't an unpleasant morning.

Nanny J arrived a little early, and I managed to head out to work a little bit after 9:00. Buster didn't mind being left with Nanny J at all today, so that was good.

The kids ate well during the day, and Buster got a bath. M-lady got home before I did to relieve Nanny J, and everyone was hanging out in the office when I got home around 6:00. Bud showed me a really cool Lego spaceship he'd built.

We had some dinner, although Bud deferred. After dinner I watched a little bit of TV with Bud before he started eating at about 7:30.

Bud has been getting sweaty with his insistence on wearing long sleeves and pants during the hot days. Putting off dessert until after his bath makes him much more motivated to take a bath, and behave during the process. He had a good bath, got his hair washed, and then we headed downstairs to have some popcorn for a treat before heading up to bed.

We certainly got started on the routine a little bit late tonight, so the lights didn't go out until just before 9:00. Bud fell asleep on his own pretty quickly, though.

M-lady managed Buster for most of the evening, and he was pretty tired. He's been a little restless during the evening so far, though.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Back to Routine

Buster was up around 6:00 this morning again, and M-lady handled him for a bit. She handed a very chipper kid to me a little after 7:00, and we hung out together for a little while in the hexagon before heading downstairs to play for a little while. I fed Buster a bottle around 7:45, and we went back up to catch up with M-lady and start getting Bud out of bed.

I was getting some breakfast for Bud when Nanny J arrived at about 8:30. Everyone was happy to see her. She had brought some gifts, which the kids really seemed to like. I spent the next few minutes getting the car seats re-installed in her car, and then had to take Bud to school.

Buster apparently cried for about thirty seconds when M-lady left, and then had a good morning with Nanny J. Bud had a good day at school, and the pickup went fine. I arrived home around 5:00 to find Bud dressed in his Jedi clothes again, even though it's still pretty warm (although not quite as hot as the past few days).

Buster waved and said "Hi!" when he saw me, which was pretty cool. We all hung out for a few minutes before Nanny J took her leave.

The kids and I ended up playing in the living room for a while, and Bud and Buster played with each other for a bit, which was fun to see. Bud started by playing peek-a-boo with Buster in the curtains, and then 'getting' him with a fairly gentle tackle and tickle. Buster was laughing, Bud was laughing, and I was laughing watching them play.

We had some dinner a short time later, and Buster shared some of my dinner before having a jar of babyfood and his usual wagonwheels and puffs. Bud opted for a hotdog as the alternate dinner selection. Both kids ate well, though. We were chilling out in the playroom after dinner when M-lady arrived home.

Buster trailed after M-lady, and Bud and I played together a little bit more before having a snack and getting started on a bath. Bud wasn't super cooperative for his bath, but he wasn't as difficult as he has been in the past, either. He was in bed before 8:30.

Bud was pretty high-strung all evening, so it took a little while for him to settle down. I think he finally fell asleep a bit before 9:00. Buster fell asleep with M-lady around the same timeframe. Both kids have slept fine so far this evening.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Mellow Sunday

Buster was up again pretty early this morning, and I took over for M-lady at about 7:30. Bud joined us in the office, and we hung out there for a while before we headed downstairs to get some breakfast.

M-lady took off in the later morning for ballet class, and Buster went down for a nap a short time later. I was able to play some Lego with Bud, which was nice. We spent the day mostly indoors, since it was pretty hot outside.

When Buster woke, it was getting near lunchtime, so I got started on that. Bud had a minor snit about getting dressed, and consequently I fed Buster his lunch before Bud joined us (pantless). M-lady arrived home around that time, and helped Bud finish getting dressed in his overly-warm 'Jedi' clothes, a tan sweater and long pants which look really good under his jedi cloak.

Bud had some lunch and M-lady took over for a little while, and I got a short nap in. When I got up, Buster was still protesting his nap, so I helped rock him to sleep before spending some time coloring with Bud. He received a Star Wars coloring book from Grandma W and Granddad B in the mail yesterday, and had a lot of fun working on that in the afternoon.

Buster joined us a short time later, and we had fun playing some Lego Star Wars with Granddad B. Buster waved to Granddad B on the video call, which was nice. He's started saying "Bye" when he means "Hi", though.

Bud and I ran out to get some dinner when M-lady got back from a short outing, and we all had a good dinner together. M-lady had picked up some lighter-weight clothing for Bud, including some tan 'jedi' pants that are summer weight, so he won't sweat quite so much.

We all watched a little bit of TV before bed, catching a little bit of The Penguins of Madagascar, which was entertaining for the whole family. Buster really liked it.

Bud had a snack and was pretty cooperative about going to bed, and was asleep before 9:00. Buster was a little tougher to put down, and has been a bit thrashy this evening. Hopefully he'll settle down and have a good night going forward.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Figuring Out the Shoes

M-lady got up with Buster this morning around 6:00, and headed to the hexagon with him. Bud got me out of bed around 7:30, but was then attended by Ama. I checked in on Buster and M-lady, and got Buster into a fresh diaper.

The kids were downstairs having breakfast in short order, and I got myself ready for a bike ride. By the time I was set to go, both kids had already had some breakfast, and were playing with Ama and Agu.

Ama and Agu headed back to Aunt O's a little later in the morning, so it was just M-lady and the kids at home when I returned a little bit before noon. I had my lunch and took a quick shower, and then took custody of the kids for a while as M-lady took a nap.

Bud played with Lego while I read stories with Buster in the hexagon, in the hope of chilling him out enough to take his afternoon nap. After not having much luck for about an hour, we all headed downstairs to watch a little bit of The Clone Wars. After watching for a bit, I eventually got Buster to fall asleep for his afternoon nap around 2:30 or so.

M-lady got up around 3:00, and took Bud to Trader Joe's while I took a nap. Bud was apparently really well behaved at the store with M-lady.

Buster and I both woke shortly after M-lady and Bud returned, around 4:00. We got ourselves together and loaded up to go over to a friend's potluck. Both kids were great while we were there, although Bud stayed close to me most of the time. Both kids ate pretty well: Buster from food we'd brought for him, and Bud from food provided at the party.

Since the party was in our friend's backyard, we had Buster in his shoes. He eventually realized he could walk in his shoes this evening, and proceeded to have a good time toddling around, looking for crumbs on the ground to try to eat.

We headed home around 6:00ish, since the kids were getting tired. Bud and I played outside for a little while as M-lady fed Buster his official dinner. Before we went in, I put water in the Super Soaker and fired some shots around Bud. He really enjoyed it, and since it was still pretty hot outside, didn't mind getting a little wet.

Unfortunately, Bud had a major meltdown when we headed inside, which led to him screaming through his bath. He eventually calmed down, but we put him to bed a little early.

Buster took a little longer to put to bed, but eventually went down around 8:30. Both kids have slept well so far.

Many thanks to Ama and Agu for helping out this week! We all enjoyed seeing you. We've wrapped up the grandparents visits now, though, and Nanny J will be returning on Monday.

Friday, May 15, 2009

More

Buster was up a bit early this morning, and I got up with him a little before 6:00. We were able to snooze a little bit in the hexagon together before Bud woke a little before 7:00.

M-lady helped Bud get up, and I managed to miss my alarm while hanging out with Buster, so had to scrap my plan to ride my bike into work today. M-lady and I got the kids started, and Ama and Agu came up to help out as well. They got the kids fed and Bud was ready for school before too long.

M-lady and I were able to sneak out while Buster was happily playing with Ama, so there wasn't much fallout from our departure. Agu took Bud to school again.

Buster is starting to comprehend more and more. Ama mentioned to Agu that it was a good time for an outing, and Buster, overhearing her, toddled over to the door and grabbed his hat. They had a good morning and afternoon together.

Bud went over to Friend M's house to play after school. By all accounts, Bud and M played 'Star Wars' all afternoon. Friend M has a 'real' lightsaber, a hard plastic toy which lights up. Bud really wants one, which we've tried to shy away from so far.

M-lady got home a little early today, and I arrived home around 5:30. I was able to play with Bud a little bit before getting started on making dinner. I grilled salmon for dinner, and our gardener came a little before I was going to start grilling. I delayed dinner a little bit to prevent getting bits of grass on the food.

While we were waiting, M-lady fed Buster some dinner. Buster got the 'More' sign today! And was handsomely rewarded, with more of whatever he was indicating. He was pretty happy about it. We were thrilled to have another chunk of communication opened up.

I read a story with Bud while we were waiting, and was able to finish up as the food cooked on the grill. We all had dinner around 7:00. After dinner, I entertained Buster with a little bit of Sesame Street on the computer again. He was pretty groggy by 7:45, so I got him ready for bed, fed him his last bottle, and handed him over to M-lady.

Buster was in bed and ready for a story, so we read one before he went to sleep around 8:30. The evening was a bit warmer than the past few nights, so we took off his comforter. Both kids have slept well so far.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Dog Questions

M-lady slept with Buster for a few hours last night, from about 4:00 to about 7:00. She handed him off to me about then, and we played in the hexagon together for about 40 minutes before Bud woke, and we went to see how he was doing. Ama and Agu got involved a short time later, and Buster only protested a little when Agu came and took him downstairs for breakfast.

M-lady and I headed for the office around 8:30, and the kids seemed to be having a good time. They apparently had a good day, with a trip to the park in the morning. Bud ignored the folks doing Tai Chi in the park, as he was standing on a large rock, swinging his baseball bat lightsaber to fend off bad guys.

Both kids ate pretty well, and the afternoon was so relaxed that Buster's bath was forgotten until I arrived home at about 5:00. While Ama and Agu bathed Buster, I ran out with Bud to the local bike store to see if they could help me with a broken bike part. As we were leaving, we saw Aunt O and Cousin C arrive, who were coming over to have dinner with us.

Bud was pretty excited to see the bike shop, and the nice owner introduced his golden retriever, J, to Bud. Bud got to throw a tennis ball for J, and warmed up to him while I talked to someone about the part issue. J was really mellow, and really friendly, which suited Bud pretty well.

On the drive home, Bud asked a number of questions about J. I was sort of dreading the "Can we get a dog?" question, but it didn't come. Instead: "Can J come over to play at our house sometime?"

When we arrived home, Bud wanted to play outside, so I worked on the bike for a little while as Bud ran around the yard. When I took a quick spin on the bike to make sure things were attached, Bud jogged down the street on the sidewalk, pacing me. On the way back, he tripped and slightly scraped both knees and his hands on the concrete. We headed inside to get cleaned up, but he was fine by the time we were going in the garage door.

Bud was reluctant to have dinner, although the rest of the family had eaten by the time we got in. I ate a quick dinner, and helped with an attempt at a picture of the kids with Ama and Agu. The toddlers weren't very interested in posing, though, but we tried valiantly for about 30 seconds.

Buster had a snack while Bud ate his dinner, and M-lady and I took turns feeding the kids. After dinner I took Buster upstairs to chill out a little bit before getting started on the bedtime routine. We sat down and watched some Sesame Street videos on the website. Buster is a fan of Ernie, giggling every time he came on the screen.

Eventually I took Buster back downstairs, where Agu fed him his evening bottle. He was looking pretty groggy, so we headed upstairs, changed his diaper, read a few stories, and then rocked to sleep. Buster was asleep in his crib by 8:15.

M-lady spent a little longer putting Bud to sleep, and I wished him goodnight at about 8:45. M-lady sang a few songs to him, until he asked her to please be quiet, because he was trying to sleep.

Around 11:30 or so, Buster woke screaming. M-lady managed to soothe him, apparently from a night terror. He fell back asleep quickly.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A Garage Discovery

Buster was up about 3:00 this morning, and M-lady brought him to bed for a while. After he booted me in the face a couple of times, I tried without success to put him back in his crib. We ended up sleeping in the hexagon until about 5:30, when I was able to get him back into his crib.

I guess he woke not too much longer after that, and M-lady got up with him. We ended up doing a pretty standard morning with Bud and Buster, although Ama and Agu helped quite a bit. M-lady and I were able to leave for work around 8:30 without too much fuss from Buster, and Agu took Bud to school.

The kids had a good day, and Buster apparently ate very well. I got home a bit before 6:00, and Bud and I played together outside for a little while before M-lady got home. While we were out in the garage, Bud pointed out that there was "Star Wars stuff" in one of the boxes we've got stacked up in the garage. I went over to check out what he was talking about, and discovered a box of wall decals I'd received as a gift shortly after Episode I was released (1999).

Bud was pretty excited by the find, and we headed up to his room to put some up. I helped him put a couple up before dinner, and the excitement continued to mount. After dinner, he headed up to his room and stuck another hundred or so stickers on the wall, completing a massive space battle diorama.

I took care of Buster this evening, getting him into PJs, feeding him his bedtime bottle, and putting him to sleep. He was pretty easy to handle. M-lady did the bedtime routine with Bud, which apparently went pretty well. He was asleep shortly after 9:00.

With any luck he won't be covered in decals falling off his wall during the night.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Battle Royale

Buster was up once this morning around 2:30, but M-lady got him back to sleep reasonably quickly. Buster started making some happy awake noises a little before 7:00, and I got up and greeted him and changed his diaper. I handed him off to M-lady and headed back to bed for a little while.

Bud woke closer to 7:30, and Ama was up to play with him as he got up. The kids were pretty happy this morning, and Buster only got a little upset as I left around 8:30.

Everyone had a good day. Buster took a couple of naps, and both kids had baths in the afternoon. Bud didn't want to go for a walk today, so they stayed in for most of the day.

Apparently in the afternoon, there was a massive light-saber battle. Agu inflated a bunch of twisting balloons to use as light sabers, and Ama, Agu, and Bud all took one to fight with. Buster decided to join in, too, and grabbed a couple of his pop beads to wield in his first light-saber war.

Buster apparently had a great time, and the grandparents managed to capture some video of balloons and pop beads swinging, and hysterical laughter from all parties. It's nice that Buster can participate now.

I arrived home a little after 5:30, and the kids were happy to see me. We got started on dinner, and M-lady arrived a short time later. Both kids ate a solid dinner. Buster had some of my baked potato, and really seemed to enjoy it.

After dinner, we had a fun video chat with Grandma W and Granddad B. Buster smiled and waved and interacted and laughed, which certainly brought smiles to the grandparents. Bud wanted in on the action, and the grandparents got to see the boys playing with each other a little bit, chasing each other around in the hallway.

After the call, Bud and I watched about 2 minutes of Clone Wars before turning the TV over to Ama and Agu for American Idol. Bud and I had some ice cream, and a snack, and then headed upstairs for bed.

The going to bed process was a little longer than usual, but not too much. M-lady read him a story, and he was in bed with the lights out before 9:00. He fell asleep on his own without any trouble. M-lady also managed to put Buster down closer to 8:30. Both kids have slept quietly so far this evening.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Another Week, Another Grandparent

Buster was up around 7:00 this morning, and M-lady got up with him. Bud was up closer to 7:30. Both kids slept pretty well through the night, which was nice. Ama and Agu helped with the morning routine as well. Buster was a little suspicious, though.

Agu took Bud to school this morning, while Ama took responsibility for Buster while M-lady and I headed for work. Buster cried a little bit as I left, but didn't seem overly upset.

Buster apparently had two solid naps today, and both kids got baths. I arrived home around 5:00, while Bud was in the bath, and managed to sneak into the office without either of the kids seeing me. I was able to wrap up work and head downstairs at about 5:30.

Buster apparently started checking the front door and the garage at about 5:00, expecting either M-lady or I to come home. He was happy to see me, but really happy to see M-lady when she got home around 6:00ish.

We all had a good dinner together, and I had the opportunity to play a little bit of Lego Star Wars with Bud before bed. Agu took his leave to go help Aunt O this evening and tomorrow, and Bud waved bye to him. After the game, we had some popcorn and an apple for a snack.

We remembered to clip Buster's finger and toenails while he was having his evening bottle, which seems to be the only time he's so focused that he doesn't mind getting his nails cut.

The bedtime routine was pretty standard, although Bud wanted just one more snack after the lights went out. We headed downstairs for a bowl of cereal, then brushed his teeth again. He went to sleep on his own a short time later. Both kids have slept well so far this evening.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Buster didn't really sleep very well last night, and I was up with him a couple of times. He woke for good around 6:00, and I played with him a bit in the hexagon in the office. I got the opportunity to snooze a little bit before Bud came in around 7:30.

We let M-lady sleep in until about 8:30, when she woke on her own. At that point we gave her our Mother's Day cards, and I took the opportunity to take a brief nap while M-lady got the kids some breakfast and worked on getting them dressed.

I got up in time to help get Bud dressed, and after getting myself ready we all got packed up into the car and drove over to Aunt O and Uncle C's place. Ama and Agu were there, although Uncle C was off for the weekend.

We had a great brunch cooked by Agu, and the kids had fun playing together. Bud made Mother's Day cards for Ama and Aunt O. Cousin C appeared to have a bit of hero worship going on with Bud, and followed him around quite a bit during the morning. Buster was just having a good time playing with Cousin C's toys.

We packed up and headed back home around noon. Buster fell asleep on the drive, and I was able to transfer him to his crib without much issue. M-lady and Bud hung out together outside for a bit as I ran a quick errand to Home Depot. When I returned they were having a snack.

After feeding Buster a snack and some group hanging-out, I tried to get Buster to nap again, unsuccessfully. He ended up missing his afternoon nap again today, which made him a little touchier in the evening. Around 4:00, Ama and Agu arrived, to the delight of the kids. I got started on preparing dinner a short time later.

Both kids received gifts, which they both enjoyed. Buster got a large plush cube, which he kicked and chased around the living room for a long time. Bud got a book about animal poop, which is right up his alley right now.

After dinner, Bud played some Boom Blox with Agu, and I gave Buster his bath after he had a little spit-up incident. After getting Buster all clean, I managed to get Bud in the shower with some cajoling.

Then we had ice cream for a treat/snack, and headed for bed. Bud was cooperative, and only protested when I actually turned the light out a bit after 8:30. He was asleep pretty quickly, though. Both kids have slept quietly so far tonight.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

No

Both kids slept well during the night, which was nice. Buster was up around 7:00ish, and came to bed for a little while. I eventually took Buster out to the hexagon in the office, where Bud wandered in a little bit later.

We got everyone fed and ready to go. A little before 9:00 M-lady left for a haircut appointment, and the rest of us loaded up to take Grandma W to the airport. We said our goodbyes and dropped her off, and then headed to rendezvous with M-lady.

I'd like to say thanks again to Grandma W for helping out with the kids this week. Everyone had a good time with the visit.

Bud and Buster and I had to wait for a little while at the hair salon for M-lady to finish up. Both kids were awesome. Bud sat patiently, and Buster was easily distracted by the books of hair styles. When M-lady finished up, she got the stroller and took the kids to the nearby farmer's market while I got my hair cut.

I was out pretty quickly, and found the family at the market. We had some snacks and headed towards our cars, where we split up to run another couple of errands. I took Bud with me to Target, where we looked for a couple of toiletries. Bud was reasonably well behaved, and asked to make a stop at the restroom, which we did. But he eventually got impatient, and I cut short the shopping trip so we could get home and have some lunch.

Buster was having his long-overdue morning nap when we got home, so Bud and I had some lunch while M-lady snoozed for a little while. After lunch, Bud and I played lego together, while the other two napped on. I eventually napped a little myself, waking when M-lady came in, wondering if Buster was up yet (he wasn't).

M-lady woke and fed Buster, while I played with Bud a little bit. Buster joined us a short time later, and the three of us watched a little bit of the Giro D'Italia stage one team time trial on my computer before heading downstairs for a quick snack.

Bud and I headed off to Fry's together, and had a reasonably good time there. We were pretty quick, and found M-lady playing with Buster in the hexagon. She hadn't gotten him to take a nap while we were gone. As I was chatting with them, I told Buster that it was time for a nap, and he shook his head "No". Exploring this new understanding and communications avenue, I asked Buster again if he wanted to take a nap, and he definitely shook his head. Buster has been shaking his head to refuse food for a few days, but now really seems to get the concept of 'No' and how to indicate it. So we postponed the nap.

Buster ended up not taking an afternoon nap. M-lady made waffle batter with Bud, and I cooked the waffles for dinner. Buster had his share of waffle as well, which he munched happily.

After dinner, we all watched a little bit of the Clone Wars movie before starting on the bedtime routine. I took Buster for the evening, and got him into PJs and fed him a bottle. He was pretty tired due to his lack of an afternoon nap, but strongly resisted going to sleep. After fussing a bit he finally passed out, a little bit after 8:00.

M-lady had better luck putting Bud to bed (at least they did it more quietly). After reading a story and chatting a little bit, Bud went to sleep on his own.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Uncomfortable

Buster woke at about 1:00, and wasn't willing to sleep alone for the rest of the night. After a few attempts to get him to go to sleep again, I ended up sleeping with him in the hexagon in the office until about 4:00. I tried to transfer him to his crib at that point, but he woke about 15 minutes later. M-lady slept with him for the remainder of the night in the hexagon.

I got up around 7:15 and started getting ready to ride to work. Buster was awake and happy in his hexagon when I came into the office, and Bud woke a short time later. M-lady and Grandma W got Bud ready for school, and M-lady dropped him off there.

The kids were once again very good for Grandma W. She was able to pick Bud up without any trouble, and they had a good afternoon together. She and Bud built another lego ship while Buster was snoozing in the afternoon.

I arrived home around 6:00, and found Buster having some dinner and the others snacking as they waited for me to get home before dinner. Bud and I prepared and grilled some turkey burgers, which were enjoyed. After dinner, we all watched a little bit of the Clone Wars movie.

Bud had a little bit of ice cream, and then we did the bedtime routine together. Bud was a bit reluctant to go to bed, though, and we didn't get the light turned out until about 9:00. He was still awake at 9:15, but fell asleep before too long after that.

Buster seems to have been OK today, and has been sleeping well so far tonight. He still has a bit of a rash on his chest, which he's been scratching at during the day, but it otherwise doesn't seem to be bothering him too much. He also started doing his growling thing again today, which Grandma W thought was hilarious. Hopefully he'll sleep a little bit better tonight.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

On Rashes and Showers

Buster was up around 7:00 this morning, and I changed a poopy diaper a little before 7:30. Bud came and joined us in our bed a short time later, and we all snuggled there briefly before getting started on the day.

M-lady and I got dressed and ready to go, got the kids set for the morning and settled with Grandma W, and headed out. The cleaners were arriving just as I was leaving.

Buster apparently had a slightly delayed nap due to the cleaners, and then slept for more than two hours this morning. Then after lunch he slept again, which gave Grandma W and Bud a lot of time to spend together. They had a lot of fun working on a lego set.

Apparently Buster started scratching at his chest and head a little bit in the afternoon, but it was alleviated by a bath (which he really enjoyed). M-lady and I arrived home at about the same time, and took a look at what appeared to be a mild rash on Buster's chest. He continued to rub at it for most of the evening. I postulated it might be due to the relatively high humidity and temperature we've had recently, and so we let Buster run around topless for a good chunk of the evening.

Bud and I had some ice cream after dinner for dessert, and I shared mine a little bit with Buster. He liked it a lot, and was sad when my bowl was empty.

Bud again tried to stall his shower, and eventually had a meltdown when we rescinded the shower privilege and had him take a bath. He eventually cooled down a little and M-lady was able to get him washed while I got Buster into PJs and ready for bed.

Buster was asleep before 8:30, and Bud lingered awake for a little while, having a snack and a poop after his bath. He eventually was in bed a short time before 9:00, and fell asleep pretty quickly on his own. Both kids have slept well so far this evening.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

A Different Evening

The kids slept well during the night, which was nice. Buster was up around 7:00, and hung out in our bed with us until about 7:30. We got up then and started getting ready. I woke Bud up around 8:00ish to start getting ready to head to school.

I took Bud to school, and the drop off was pretty standard. M-lady worked from home in the morning so she could pick Bud up from school. Grandma W took Buster for a nice walk in the morning, which they both enjoyed.

Grandma W reported that they all had a good afternoon as well, although Buster started getting fussy as he got hungry later in the day. I got home a little bit late, around 6:00ish, with an idea for an evening activity.

I'd noticed fairly strong winds at work before I left for home, and hoping that the winds were still fairly stiff, I thought we might all go to the park to try out Bud's new kite. It took a little bit of prodding to get Bud out the door, but eventually Bud and Buster and I all walked over to the park, while M-lady and Grandma W followed, bringing sandwiches for dinner in case we decided to eat at the park.

The wind wasn't quite strong enough to hold the kite aloft for any significant amount of time, but Bud had a great time running around with the kite. I tried to help Bud get the kite aloft, and the others watched on with interest. Eventually we decided to pack it in and Bud wandered over to the playground.

We put Buster's new shoes on him, and all played at the playground a little bit. Buster's still getting used to the shoes, but is willing to walk if holding on to someone's hand. Bud interacted a bit with a girl who approached him on the playground, which was kind of neat to see, too.

Grandma W and I pushed Buster back home in his stroller, and a few minutes after we arrived, M-lady arrived with Bud. It was pretty late, so we got some dinner together and then headed for bed. Bud was pretty tired out from the park trip, so getting him into bed wasn't too tough.

As we headed upstairs, Buster was laughing up a storm. He had just figured out how to clap, and was really excited about it. He would clap a couple of times, and then laugh and laugh. M-lady finally managed to calm him down and get him to sleep.

Bud was in bed with the light out shortly after 8:30, and fell asleep pretty quickly. Buster woke a little later in the evening, but M-lady managed to soothe him back to sleep.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

He Took My Apple

M-lady slept in Bud's bed with him at about 4:00 this morning, and then took care of Buster at around 6:00. I managed to sleep through most of that, and got up with Bud around 7:30. We did a pretty standard morning routine. M-lady left at about 8:30, and I put Buster down for his morning nap a little bit after 9:00, and then headed into the office.

The kids and Grandma W had a great day. They went to the park before lunch, and had fun there. Bud showed her the way there, and showed off his tricycle skills. They had lunch when they got back, and both kids apparently ate well all afternoon.

Buster had a 90 minute nap, which let Grandma W and Bud hang out together for a while. The kids also got new toys from Grandma W: Bud got a Shake 'n Go car, and Buster got a little alligator car. Both kids were having fun rolling the cars around when I got home from work.

I had managed to miss lunch at work, so was trying to grab a snack before M-lady arrived home and we got started on dinner. I was holding Buster, and picked up an apple. Buster snatched the apple out of my hand and took a bite. He proceeded to munch away on the apple without any trouble at all. I had a bowl of oatmeal instead, after I put the little guy in his high chair, where he worked on the apple for a bit.

M-lady arrived home a short time later, and we made a couple of pizzas for dinner. Everybody ate well, and after dinner Bud and I watched a little bit of TV before taking a shower and getting ready for bed. Bud was a bit difficult before the shower, but after a cooling off period we had a good shower and snack before bedtime. It did throw off the schedule a little bit, though, and the lights didn't go out until a few minutes after 9:00.

Both kids fell asleep pretty quickly, and have slept quietly so far. Here's hoping for a peaceful night.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Getting Used to Grandma

Buster was pretty restless last night. M-lady brought him into our bed at some point, where he thrashed for a while before she took him back to his bed. Then I got up with him around 5:00 for a little while to soothe him back to sleep. He ended up waking around 7:30, and was happy and bright in the morning.

Bud got me up around the same time, and I hung out with him a little bit before managing to get him dressed around 8:00. The morning routine was pretty straightforward, and Grandma W and I took Bud to preschool around 8:45 while M-lady watched Buster.

When we got home, M-lady left for work, and I put Buster down for a nap before logging in. Grandma W took Buster when he woke up, and he didn't really fuss very much at all. They apparently had a good morning together.

Buster did start fussing when he heard me come downstairs to go pick up Bud from school. He goes through his separation protest whenever he gets a chance, but it doesn't seem to last for too long, and he seems to like playing with Grandma W just fine.

Bud had a bit of a meltdown when we got home from school, and Buster was upset again when he heard me come home. I was able to soothe Bud, who hid under the couch in his room for a little while, and said goodbye to Buster before I headed off to work. After Buster went quickly through his withdrawal symptoms, he apparently had a great time with Grandma W.

Buster took a good nap and had a bath in the afternoon. Both kids ate really well, with Bud showing potential growth-level consumption. The boys and Grandma W all played together, and all were happy when I arrived home a little bit after 5:00. We hung out together for a bit before heading upstairs to settle into the office, and M-lady arrived home a short time later.

We had leftovers for dinner, which Bud declined as he'd had a late snack. I played with Bud a little after dinner, and then watched some TV with him before having a large snack / small dinner and doing the bedtime routine. Bud was a little late getting to bed, but was very cooperative and fell asleep pretty quickly.

Grandma W was awesome today, and did a great job with the kids. They were both happy and enjoyed spending time with her. I think they'll have a great time at the park tomorrow.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Changing of the Guard

Buster was up at about 6:00 this morning, and I got up with him and hung out in the office playpen with him. He played happily for a while, and I alternately read him stories and snoozed. Bud eventually got out of bed and joined us a bit before 8:00.

After a fairly standard morning, we played with the Wii with Granddad B for a while. He and Bud ended up playing quite a bit of Boom Blox together. Bud is starting to get the hang of the game, and can probably start doing the easy levels on his own with some more practice.

Buster had a double nap this morning. He started the nap a little before 10:00, woke around 10:30, and was grumpy for a while before I got him to go back to sleep around 11:00.

Bud was finally convinced to get dressed as noon was approaching, and shortly afterward he and Granddad B and I loaded up into the car to take Granddad B to the airport. We stopped and picked up some lunch on the way. We dropped Granddad B off at the airport around 1:00, and said our goodbyes. Then we drove around to the other side of the airport and picked up Grandma W, who'll be with us for the next week.

While we were gone, M-lady took Buster to Costco. It was pretty crowded, but M-lady used the stroller instead of a cart, and was far more maneuverable than most of the crowd. She only had a couple of items to pick up, and got home shortly after we returned. Buster was well behaved through the whole trip.

Bud was happy to see Grandma W, and wanted to show her lots of his stuff. Buster didn't seem to upset to see another visitor. He even played with Grandma W a bit after having a snack. I finally managed to get him to fall asleep for a short nap at about 4:00.

I got Buster into the bath around 5:00ish, and he had fun splashing around. I also planned better for the post-bath routine, so that went more smoothly this time. We had a clean baby by 5:30.

Bud had a minor meltdown before dinner, but recovered in time to join us and eat reasonably well. After dinner we all played in the living room for a little while, then Bud and I had some ice cream before I got him into the shower.

After that, it was TV, snack, and bedtime. Bud was pretty cooperative, and in bed by about 8:30. He was still awake when I left him at about 10 minutes before 9:00, but M-lady reported that he was sound asleep about 5 minutes later.

Buster went down around 9:00 as well, but woke a bit restless closer to 10:00. M-lady and I took turns consoling him, and he finally fell asleep for good around 10:30 or so.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Airplane

M-lady brought Buster to bed around 6:30ish, where he happily squirmed and wiggled. He had some fun poking at my face as well, but I did manage to snooze a bit over the next half hour or so.

Bud woke a little bit later, and M-lady managed his morning routine while I kept an eye on Buster. After we'd all gotten some breakfast and gotten ready for the day, M-lady headed out for a couple of errands, and Granddad B and I took the kids to Fry's. Both kids did well, although Bud resisted a trip to the bathroom there.

I wanted to get a Lego set for Bud as a reward for being brave and behaving at the doctor and at the hair salon on consecutive days, but Fry's didn't have much of a selection. So we headed to Toys 'R Us after Fry's, and Bud quickly picked out a Clone Wars Lego set. He spent the rest of the drive home poring over the box.

Buster fell asleep on the drive home, and I was able to transfer him from the car seat to his crib without waking him. Bud and I spent some time building his new set when we got home. The set has some really small pieces, which Bud was able to manipulate very well. When we finally got to a stopping point, I headed out for a little while to do the grocery shopping.

We had some lunch when I got back. After lunch, M-lady took Buster to the mall to get some walking shoes for him, and Bud and I went with Granddad B to the airport to look at and go for a ride in Granddad B's airplane. Buster was pretty excited, and it was a bit of an effort to keep him together while Granddad B checked the weather and put together a flight plan.

After walking out to the plane and checking it out, we loaded in and went for a short flight. Bud had his own headset, and seemed pretty comfortable in the back seat, although he was a little antsy to get on with the taking off part... there's a lot of procedure to go through that he got a little impatient with. But all in all, he was great, and seemed to really enjoy himself.

We flew south a little ways, turned around, and flew back. Bud liked the turn, but then seemed a little anxious to be landing. After getting the plane shut down, Bud got to crawl into the pilot seat, and enjoyed looking at and learning about the controls. He even posed for some pictures with Granddad B.

We got home a little before 5:00, and after a brief settling in, packed up and headed out to dinner. We had a nice dinner at Chevy's, and both kids were good. Bud enjoyed his taco and the ice cream cone that came with his meal, and Buster enjoyed looking around and trying to reach things on the table.

Bud played outside with Granddad B when we got home, and Buster enjoyed running around the living room. We tried putting his new shoes on him for a little while, which he didn't like so much. He eventually sort of figured out that he could walk with them on, but wasn't too pleased about it.

Bud and Granddad B came in a little later, and we watched some TV before getting the bedtime routine going. M-lady took care of Bud this evening while I put Buster to bed. It was a nice change of pace. I said goodnight to Bud before he fell asleep around 8:45.

Buster woke once, but was quickly consoled and went back to sleep. Hopefully the kids will sleep well again for the night.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Haircuts

Bud was up this morning at about 7:15. M-lady got up a little earlier, as she had to head into the office early today. After I got Bud settled, I was able to snooze for a few more minutes and then get dressed before picking up Buster a little before 8:00.

Buster was pretty chipper this morning, and seemed fairly well adjusted to Granddad B. We all had some breakfast, and got Bud ready for school. Granddad B took Bud to school, and the dropoff went just fine. Buster hung out with me for a bit while they were gone.

When Granddad B returned, the three of us headed off to return Granddad B's rental car, since he shouldn't need it for the remainder of his visit. After that, we headed to Target to pick up a few necessities, and then headed over to Bud's school to pick him up. Buster was fantastic all morning, and didn't fuss much at all, even though he missed his morning nap.

We all headed home, and I fed Buster some lunch. While I was putting Buster down for an early afternoon nap, Granddad B and Bud headed out to pick up some lunch for us. We ate when they returned. Bud ate reasonably well. After lunch, he and Granddad B got back to building Lego.

When Buster got up, we made an appointment for the boys for a haircut at a local kid's hair salon. Buster's been sporting the baby mullet for a little while now, and Bud just has a huge amount of hair. Today I told Bud he needed a haircut because his hair was covering his ears. He replied that it was OK, because he could still hear.

The salon was friendly, and Buster went first. He wasn't crazy about getting his hair cut, and cried through most of it, although he did get distracted occasionally by the TV showing an animated movie that all the chairs were pointed at. The hairdresser did a good job with the largely uncooperative child, and Buster's hair looked much, much better when he was done. We also got a lock of hair and a 'My First Haircut' certificate.

Bud was stoic through his haircut. I think he was most annoyed when he had to look down and couldn't see the movie that was showing. But he did a great job, got a good haircut, and got a lollipop when he was done.

We headed back home, and I immediately stripped Buster and got him into the bathtub to wash off all the extra little bits of hair. He had a fun time in the tub, and was nice and clean when I took him out and got him dressed. While I fed him a snack, Granddad B managed to get Bud bathed and dressed as well.

M-lady arrived home a short time later, and was pleased to see boys with nice hair. We all had some dinner, and I horsed around with the kids for a little while before settling in to watch some of the Clone Wars animated series before having an ice cream cone for a treat and heading for bed. It was a pleasant evening, all in all, and both kids were asleep a bit before 9:00.

Buster woke a couple of times, but was soothed by being put back in the middle of the crib, for the most part. Hopefully the rest of the night will be quiet.