Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
He's working so hard to communicate, but if only his sounds and words were intelligible! He's using the same sounds and pitch to describe what he sees. It is all just goobly gook, though! Bubbles are 'bubbaba'. Window is 'indo'. And the list goes on. Dada and Mama are staples. His cousin's name is Japser. We hear 'asp'.
But boy he understands what we are saying. Ask him to walk across the room and open/close a door? Done. Ask him to grab one of his favorite books by name from a pile of many. You bet! It is so much fun!
Monday, February 23, 2009
We decided to do a little coloring while watching Phil Mickelson win this weekend's PGA event. It was fun to color, er, draw scribble.
But I think Gilbert really was in it just for the treats and drinks!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
It is was clear Gilbert was still not feeling at his best and was sleepy to boot. So, we cuddled. It was awesome! Kristen threw Little Man's blanket over him and we just walked around. You can tell Gilbert was enjoying it. Check out the faint smile on his face. He quickly feel asleep and logged almost a two hour morning nap!
Refreshed, we did head out to the burbs. Specifically to the Design Expo, which unfortunately is a national chain owned by Home Depot and is going out of business. We went shopping for a new guest bathroom vanity, but instead snagged good deals on a ceiling fan for Gilbert and new faucet and light fixture for the master bath.
Looks like I'll be Tim the Toolman this weekend!
Friday, February 20, 2009
Two days later Gilbert caught the bug. In the car, strapped into his car seat he got sick. Poor guy! He slowly improved the next few days, but got sick again on Tuesday night and then again last night.
To exacerbate the situation, he received his MMR vaccination last week and a typical response is a slight fever. Add a third element - the arrival of his eye teeth resulting in potential ills, not to mention a running faucet of drool - and you have the perfect storm resulting in a sick Little Man.
Despite all this, he continues to smile and laugh, but is clearly not at his best. He wants to snuggle and be held. Particularly from his mommy! Last night was especially rough (he woke up from getting sick while sleeping) so Kristen cuddled with Gilbert and the two slept on the couch (she doesn't work on Fridays).
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
A scary endeavor for us as Gilbert's new skill promises flung food will result, but how else is Little Man going to learn to be self sufficient?
Next up? Cutting his own steak!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
We don't indulge in seafood unless we are out for dinner (Kristen is not a big fan of it, although I could eat it everyday) and with Little Man going out has not been something we've done much of. Besides, we like wine and with an abundance of it at home it just seems silly to spend the $$$ when we have everything we need at home (and I think I can cook most meals equal to the restaurants, and do it healthier).
I chose scallops since this is one of the few items from the sea Kristen will eat. And scallops are incredibly tasty and very simple to prepare (season with salt, pan sear for 4-5 minutes in butter and oil and voila, dinnertime!). Also, scallops are a sustainable seafood. If you live in Chicago check out Dirk's seafood. He stocks only fresh stuff and buys only seafood and fish that are sustainable (avoiding further reducing the world's fisheries). To complete the dinner, the main entree was paired with a '94 Rioja.
Now dessert. If there is a requirement for this silly holiday it is chocolate. Awhile back I dog eared a recipe I read in Food and Wine for Chocolate Cookies with Malted Chocolate Filling. I am proud to say my cookies turned out just like the picture from the magazine. I am also proud at my improv skills. The recipe called for Ovaltine. I wasn't about to drop $5 on a can of that stuff knowing I'd never use it again. Instead, we had regular malted milk powder so I mixed it with milk chocolate cocoa powder and got the same result. Smart, I know!
Making these damn things took a few hours on Saturday, but admittedly it was fun to do. I cook a lot, but bake very little so I enjoyed the challenge. To go with the cookies, I caved and brought ice cream into the home. Just a simple vanilla to compliment the chocolate.
We exchanged cards while we ate, listened to music, just chit-chatted, polished off the bottle and relaxed.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
It was Kristen's idea to see if he would push the toy. We walked out into the hallway set him up behind the airplane and off he went! Our hallway is quite long so Little Man had a nice long runway!
Unfortunately, he had trouble keeping the plane on that runway and often would walk straight into the wall! Yet to figure out how to reverse course he'd simply look to us to straighten out the plane! Regardless, he was so proud of himself walking with the toy and was just having so much fun!
Friday, February 13, 2009
All is good. His stats continue to be consistent. Here you go for those keeping score at home...
- Height: 32 1/8 (80th percentile)
- Weight: 26 lbs (75th percentile) - feels like forty pounds!
- Head girth: 19 3/4 (off the charts)
He keeps growing at the same clip every time. Something did change today, though. Now that he is walking the vaccination shots now go into his arm. Today was the MMR shot. For some parents, this is a hotly debated and incredibly emotional topic.
Looking out the window Gilbert's radar picked up a construction crane in the vicinity and he wanted to watch it the rest of the visit. Great distraction for the shots!
On that, a special court ruled on Thursday that there is no connection between MMR shots and autism. For those parents desperatly seeking a reason behind autism this is a blow to that theory. For Team Johnson, not getting the vaccinations was never even considered. However, I know some parents think differently. All I can say is by not vaccinating, all babies are put at risk their first year by being around kids that are not vaccinated. Very scary.
Gilbert is fast asleep and we are already enjoying our four day weekend!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
And who says toe-jam doesn't taste yummy! But apparently Little Man ate too fast. Listen closely to the end of the video.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
After just one taste he was talking like a drunken sailor and signing for MORE! I think he has a career as a beer meister. Check out how he enjoys the aroma.
Monday, February 9, 2009
I do coaching for presenting and one tip is to pause between sentences. As a speaker that moment of silence - which is truly a split second - seems like eternity to the person speaking. What happens is the person keeps talking and fills the silence with words like 'um' and 'and'. President Obama made those rookie mistakes. Too many times he made a profound statement only to continue to talk filling the air with words and as a result dilute his message. I'm sure his speak will be studied by his team and he'll be coached. Cut him some slack, though, as he said in his speech he has inherited a lot of this mess.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
When Little Man decides he wants to relax, the arms go up behind his head and he reclines. Makes us laugh everytime!
Gilbert has one book that is nothing but picture of animals. He's begun to recognize certain animals (dog, cat, duck, etc.) and attempt to name them each.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
His balance has begun to improve. We noticed that when Little Man is distracted from what he is doing, his balance and walking is much better. It is almost as if he realizes he' standing up or walking and goes "Whoa!"
Last night was a breakthrough. First steps? You be the judge!