Tuesday, September 30, 2008
He woke up a few times last night quite warm and crying. I must admit, if the crying we experience is his full-blown "I'm sick" crying, we got lucky! Regardless, the Little Man is just not feeling good.
Monday, September 29, 2008
I, er, Gilbert was getting bored with his toys. Problem solved with a quick visit to Toys'R'Us. I was looking for something big. And I found it. A pullcart wagon type filled with large lego-like blocks. Cool!
Anyway, on Sunday I attempted to teach Gilbert how to link and unlink the blocks. He quickly grasped the unlock concept. Putting the pieces together? Stage two. Stay tuned.
I love it, but watching Gilbert sling himself back and forth makes Kristen nervous. With his weight pushing the upper bound of the jumper's limit, time is limited so let the Little Man have his fun, I say!
At this point, he's destroyed the door frame and I'm going to have to a lot of patch work to get the frame looking new!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Equal parts separation anxiety - it is amazing how doing PT creates the sense of a second home - relief of having my nights free again, and an uneasy of not knowing what to do next to bring closure to my bike accident, Kristen and I joined a new gym over the weekend. Mainly to help us shed the layer of film that has begun to encase our bodies.
Our current gym is good, but basic. Meanwhile, all my 'people' have been recommending alternative types of treatments such as swimming, yoga, pilates, etc. Well, our gym just doesn't have that. So, we joined the neighborhood athletic club. The facility is awesome! Beyond the full amenities, the membership is incredibly reasonable compared to other full-service health clubs and we really like the family atmosphere. They have a secure 'kids club' and allow kids in the lap pool. In fact, they even have dedicated family swim time!
I think Kristen summed it up best as she said being there "made her want to work out". After signing up, I immediately went for a quick swim. Well, it is safe to say my triathlon endurance is gone! But it felt great to swim and the back appreciated some low-impact exercise!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Gilbert has learned he can reach the books and has begun to pull them off the shelf and play with them. Of course, until he learns to stand the books most often end up on the floor!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Being the smart cat that I am, both blankets made the journey. Throughout the weekend, we would attempt a bait and switch. To no avail. He'd kick off the blanket with sheer determination and vehemence. It was if we dressed him in burlap underwear!
There is something about those first two blankets that are different than the other (which by the way feels more like the 2nd of the two originals than the two originals feel to each other!). Whether it is feel, smell, color, whatever the new blanket didn't stand a chance!
#3 has been relegated to the bench and will be used for other activities beyond serving as Gilbert's trusted guardian during his sleep. Looks like I'll need to stock up on the 'original'!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
After my Doral experience I was feeling confident I could continue the good play. Yeah right! There is good and bad and then the way I played on Saturday...abysmal! It was like I had memory loss and forgot how to swing the damn golf club. My back was hurting, but that doesn't account entirely for my poor performance. Sure, I hit a few good drives, but otherwise I felt like a beginner. Equal parts embarrassed and pissed off, I plodded my way through the round searching for a glimmer of something familiar. Nope.
Mercifully, a big rain storm came in. Unfortunately, the round was cancelled. We were playing well and in potential contention to win. As a team we were something like 10 under through 12 holes. The best part was the golf outing raised $14k for the local chapter of the Tuberous Schlerosis Alliance.
Despite my poor performance it was great to just be out on the course playing with friends and having a good time. On Friday, our friends who were kind of enough to shelter us had an impromptu get together and it was great to see everyone. Kristen and I have gained some good friends in Indy over the past few years and it is always great to see them - which is never enough!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
This September trip has become an annual mecca. I play in a charity golf outing with some buddies who live local to support the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance. Our friends have two boys, and the youngest was born with TS. The tournament is a fundraiser for the local chapter, but the real fun is we get to hang out with our friends!
Should be especially fun as Gilbert will get to play with the boys and they have all kids of toys! We haven't traveled with him since his mobility, so it should be fun.
Come Monday I'm sure I'll have plenty of pictures to share!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
When he sees any of these, he immediately scoots over to play. Well, play is a stretch. More like deconstruct!
If I'm building or stacking the blocks he comes over to simply knock them down (then pauses to bang a few together before moving on). For the other two toys, he locates, attacks, and removes/strips each item from its home.
Bear witness to his singular determination to clear a path to the bucket and then focus systematically on removing each piece!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Started by a single woman who enjoyed making handbags in her spare time, she has created a brand identity that resonates well beyond the borders of Chicago. At 1154 Lill YOU design your own handbag! Chronicled in numerous magazines, 1154 Lill is one of Kristen's favorite handbag stores. The company even has their own blog!
A repeat customer, Kristen is on the mailing list and received an invite to attend the warehouse party. Limited to the first 600 respondents, the invitations were filled within a day!
After following her husband's sage advice, she departed early to ensure she was one of the first 50 and thus guaranteed to get the free gift - a sleek cosmetic bag.
So, while Kristen was away at play, Patrick was at home toiling. Yeah, right! Gilbert and I played, watched ESPN, and while he napped I actually did some of my various domestic duties!
I was in the kitchen when she came home and seeing her haul in a white garbage bag, my reaction was "Oh shit!". However, Kristen knows how to find a bargain and did she! First, the warehouse sale was of samples. Second, the bags were 50-75% off the retail price. As a result, Kristen came home, with what I must admit, were some fun bags (you knew I was going to find a way to say 'fun bags'!).
Being the incredibly caring husband that I am, I participated in the retelling of her morning (actually pretty cool - she met the owner, toured the warehouse and factory, and conversed with the designers that work for the company) and was treated to a showing of all four bags and how they will serve her well during work and play.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
My dad said the winds were making the howling sound, which signals 80+ mph winds. That starts to break things...like trees.
I attempted - to no avail - to reach them throughout the day. Called my sister - lives in Big D - and she heard from them late tonight. They were lucky. No damage. However, neighbors around them did sustain direct hits from trees, flying debris, etc. Natural disasters have always intrigued me, especially the randomness of what is destroyed while what is spared.
Oh yeah, my dad commented that the swimming pool is now a mud pool. He takes great pride in keeping that pool clean, I'm sure he'll be at it first chance he gets to clean it up! Check this out - hurricane tip, to prevent flying patio furniture, drop it in the pool. Crazy, huh! Bet that works for tornadoes as well. Never heard that one before.
As you can see, he takes his job very seriously and thoroughly scrubs the junk from the good mail. Then again, I haven't seen my paycheck in a while...
Friday, September 12, 2008
Of course, I told him to leave the cars outside so if the trees fall maybe the cars will be totaled and he can get a new ride!
But seriously, messing with a hurricane is no laughing matter as we can now all attest to from witnessing Katrina. Hopefully, Ike will behave, reduce it in ferocity and just pelt the area with rain. Let's hope...
Well, today I have a minor procedure, but actually it is minor. I'm getting a steroid injection. No, not to boost my physical structure so I can compete at Olympiad levels, but rather as an attempt to alleviate my annoying back pain as a result of the bike accident.
I've heard mixed reviews on the effectiveness of such a procedure, but I have to go through with it as protocol since this is all part of the process. What a pain in my, well, back!
I'm suppose to 'lay low' the rest of the day. That means not lifting Gilbert or playing with him actively. How tortureous!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
He's now learned that if he holds two objects and attempts to clap...sound results! Let the banging begin. Next step? Pots and pans!
Monday, September 8, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Waiting for NFL Countdown to kickoff my Sundays of football, I did some channel surfing and found that HBO is having a free weekend. Playing is one of the best man movies of recent, The Bourne Ultimatum. Being the multi-tasker that I am, I'm also doing some family laundry.
I'm watching the kick-ass hand-to-hand combat scene right now as I fold my boxers and Kristen's unmentionables. What a dichotomy. Is there anything less manly than folding your lady's laundry?
In case you have not seen it, the Bean is actually called Cloud Gate, but became known as the Bean by its shape - much to the dismay of the artist - and was the center of much conversation during the creation of Millennium Park. To learn more about how the park came to be and the history behind the bean check out the links.
The attraction to the Bean is the unique angles of the city that reflect off the sculpture. We took the opportunity to capture some pictures.
Gilbert loves looking at the mirrors at home. Particularly watching his parents. Just recently he became enamored or interested in looking at himself. We had a blast during our time. We walked around and under the sculpture and all Gilbert did was reach out his arm to touch it.
All was going well. Gilbert was in a fantastic mood all day and continued his great demeanor as we strolled along tasting wines. Then, Gilbert had a 'stranger, danger moment'. A grandfather type got down to Gilbert's level while he was in his stroller and violated Gilbert's zone of comfort. So much for Gilbert staying in his stroller!
Once he has a stranger, danger moment, he does not recover well. With the safety of his stroller compromised he wanted to be held the rest of the tasting. So, we took turns passing him from one another as we tasted As the day passed in to the evening, the area became more crowded and knew it was time to head out.
However, we had a good time and enjoyed being out. The weather was fantastic and along the way we were able to catch up with some friends who had recommended the event to us. It was a good time.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Gilbert is on the move. Still relying on his 'scoot', he is moving more swiftly around his room. More interesting than his mobility is his ability to recognize cause and effect. Looks like 'baby proofing of the condo will be coming soon!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
How times change! Edges soften, families move, and the kids have definitely arrived! Couples are celebrating 3, 5, and upwards toward their ten year anniversaries! All said, the group still gets together on occasion - a tribute to the friendships that have formed.
The kid count continues to rise! Among the seven couples pictured, 10 rugrats can be claimed and an 11th is on the way!