Sunday, March 30, 2008
Yet to lose his natural tongue thrust motion, the rice cereal spent more time on his face than in his mouth, but as we offered more he began to open his mouth wider accepting the cereal though it often came back out onto his chin!
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
It did not take long for him to locate two dinos. They were poised and ready to pounce.
They immediately overpowered the might hunter and seemed poised to make a nice snack out of him!
But not quick to succumb, Gilbert fought back and tasseled with the might T Rex!
The battle was ferocious, but in the end Gilbert was triumphant and he was crowded King of the Dinosaurs. Awarded their throne, he quickly turned them into his loving pets.
Thus marks another victory in the storied history of....
GILBERT THE DINOSAUR HUNTER!
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Gilbert drank it down as if it was the same stuff. However, come 3:30am the man was a farting machine. Seriously! If we harnessed that wind we could have powered a small Dutch village!
He's been waking up more often than not at this hour and since we are attempting to ween him from that feeding, Dad has the privilege of getting up with Gilbert to sooth him back to sleep. You Moms know why. Because once the child smells his mother, it is all about the Pavlovian response to feeding.
Well, I soothed him as he worked through his 'issues'. Some of his wind was indeed mighty. I think I checked his diaper twice convinced he had filled his drawers. But no! Just good old fashioned flatulence.
An hour later he was back asleep and I retired for what was left of my sleep. On top of that, I awoke - groggily - to a snowfall.
Good Friday? I think not!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Then he graduated to just his forefinger and thumb, still in effect eating most of his hand. But no more!
The thumb is now extended and it resides in his mouth!
Sunday, March 16, 2008
I'm proud to say I was a bit more reserved than my last trip to the same venue for Cammie's (Tag's sister) 1st birthday party where I was politely 'advised' the equipment was for kids.
Nonetheless, I still had a good time running around with Taggart as he was his usual fun self bouncing around and screaming in joy jumping into the foam pit or being chased by me through the moonbounce!
Friday, March 14, 2008
Call it his four month'ish well visit, Gilbert received his usual battery of measurements and to his dismay four more vaccination shots!
Here are the results:
- Weight - 16 lbs. 7 oz. (75th percentile)
- Height - 27 inches (95th percentile)
- Head size - 17 1/2 inches (90th percentile)
So, his results are a continuation of where he ranked in the past two visits. He is growing at a uniform rate. Since his last visit two months ago, he's packed on more than two pounds and gained almost three inches. And his head continues to expand as it fills with good stuff - and some of the noise that comes out of my mouth!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
For your entertainment, I caught the action on video, so here, never seen before, is footage of Gilbert...rolling over! Double click on the Arrow to play.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Okay, so it is not the beach and the weather is less than balmy. But, I'm home with Gilbert! I hope to get a few projects completed, take some naps with my son, and with the weather above 40 degrees, maybe a few walks as well.
I'm working on my first fun project right now - as Gil sleeps - laundry.
And who says I don't lead an exciting life!
Instead, she has begun to take photos of Gil and we're thankful those moments are being captured while we toil away at work. Gilbert was in a particularly fun mood on Monday and Kristen snapped some great photos. Check'em out!
And in anticipation of St. Patrick's Day, we've been donning him in the appropriate wares!
Monday, March 10, 2008
Whether studying the various cuts of meat and making my own dry rubs to experimenting with recipes to just cooking in general, I love it!
When we found out Kristen was pregnant with Gilbert, I could not wait to purchase my first cookbook for kids. Our friends, the Reinheimer's, gave us a book as well.
I was on a mission to ensure the food Gilbert ate was the best quality and free of any avoidable badness (like that? It is a technical term). In fact, I started with our own food. I did a post back in the early stages of this blog about milk and chicken and where you could find both free of antibiotics and hormones. We switched and now are looking into other areas. My current project is to secure enough interest among friends to buy a cow (or part of it) directly from the farmer!
Well, since then, my new goal is to eat local as much as possible. And I'm determined. After reading this article in the Sunday Tribune, we can improve.
I'm not saying empty your wallet and go to Whole Foods. No. We don't shop there for most of our stuff. Besides, they don't necessarily buy local either.
Instead, turn to your local farmer directly or go to farmers markets.
I'm tired of reading about problems in the commercial food chain and paying higher costs for mediocre produce at the grocery store. We've always been a fan of the local farmers market and this year we are going to improve how and what we buy from local farmers.
So, if you have ever thought about improving where and how you buy your food, I encourage you to 'go local'. Chances are it is easier than you think and the costs are negligible.
To get you started, visit these sites:
- Eat Local Challenge
- 10 Reasons to Eat Local Food
- Farm Direct Illinois
- Vital Information
- List of Chicago-area Farmers Markets for 2008
I know our friends Spring and Summer seem a long way away, but the farmer's markets will be arriving soon and the opportunity to buy all you need, locally, will be closer than you think!
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Additionally, he has begun to recognize himself in the mirror so now he'll stare intently. The Kristen's are to be credited. Kristen the Nanny will hold Gilbert in front of the bathroom mirror and Kristen the Wife (like the titles? Much like old times when the titles described who that person is. Like Patrick the Mighty!) would do the same at night. However, the mouse that runs around on the mirror I think definitely adds to his attraction!
Kristen did a great job or organizing his room to contain his toys, books, and other entertainment gizmo's. As you can see, Gil is enjoying himself (feet straight up in the air!) in his 'playzone'! And yes, Gil uses the swiss ball too!
Thursday, March 6, 2008
For your enjoyment here's a gallery of photos from the past few weeks. Enjoy!
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
He also told me that in other places they call it 'university'. Why is the name different?
He was all happee now that my akownt is open. Daddy sez he is hoping the my grandparents will be generous. Mommy laughed at him. He also hopes I get a skalership. I don't know what that is, but okay.
I was cureus what college be, so I sneaked online to learn about it. Wiki sez it is a place to learn. I like to learn. Right now I learn how to put stuff in my mouth. I heard mommy tell daddy she hopes I learn to roll over soon. Why? I can't see anything on my tummy!
Callege looks like fun. I saw pictures of people laying in big open spaces talking and playing on computers. Everybody looked happy. I saw pictures of sports, too. I like sports.
So, college looks fun. Count me in!