Wednesday, May 30, 2007


News bulletin. On Sunday, May 27th, while attending a birthday party for a neighborhood girl who just turned one, Grady Gabriel took his first steps. While mommy talked and talked GMan managed the five foot gap between the couch, where mommy sat, and the coffee table by standing on his feet and taking tentative, and successful steps.

This leap in the life of Mr. GMan has yet to be repeated. When we attempted to contact him for an interview last night we were told he went to bed early. We attempted to contact him this morning before going to print, but we were told he was still sleeping. Perhaps Mr. GMan is having a growth spurt and mastering these things in his sleep.

Those we were able to contact also told us that Mr. GMan has learned how to clap this weekend as well. What a busy Memorial day weekend.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Boy Plays with Dog

About a week ago G was very upset at Bluew. He kept crawling up to him and Bluew would growl and walk away. G would just wail and fuss. Then he would stop crying and charge Bluew again. Bluew would move away, G would cry. It was clear he wanted Bluew's attention and that he was feeling some amount of frustration and rejection. It was hard to watch, Mark and I were both keenly aware that G wanted something specific. So when we saw This scene unfolding in front of us the other day we encouraged it and filmed it and photographed the heck out of it. Bluew may be realizing that not only is there food to be found dripping from this little boy but fun also.

They played a little bit of tug, and Bluew was appropriately gentle... it was very rewarding to see the old Bluew again too (which may be inspired by the hair cut).

There is, ofcourse, also a great video of this on my YouTube.

Saturday, May 26, 2007


Now you see me.... now you don't. GMan loves to play with doors and shut them.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Desitin and Calamine Lotion

In the time it takes to run laundry across my little house Grady pulled this tube out from under a door. See, foolishly I was using it as a door jam. I figure when he pulled really hard to get it unstuck the lid miraculousy came loose for him. I also figure the pressure of the door made it pretty easy to get some goo. On his head is calamine lotion for poison ivy. He got it from us after we had mowed the lawn.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Birthday Buddy

Here are G and C-Moon, playing again. This playdate they interacted a lot for the first time.

Happy 9 months Birthday you two!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Camera Snatcher

I rearranged the baby room yesterday.... again

I tried to take pics of Grady openning dresser drawers but he got fascinated with the camera.

So he learned how to push the button and Bluew is his first picture!

These are pics of Grady learning more about the button.

He can't keep his hands off the lens though...

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Road Trip

From an email I sent a friend...

"You wouldn't believe how GOOD GMan was on our drive To Cincinnati and back! It was unreal. He was so quiet, entertain able  slept a lot... he was so good I thought something was wrong with him. It was like he had mercy on us. I even got him to ec, pee out the car door at rest stops and stuff (can you believe he kept himself dry for two hours!)."

This last weekend we had to make an unplanned visit to Cincinnati for a funeral. Grady was a total angel the whole trip even though he had a teething fever nearly the whole time. I think Mark's friends up there were ready to adopt a new Mascot.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007