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Looks like we’re moving, doesn’t it? But we’re just heading out on our first big road trip with Calvin. I have a conference in Monterey, so we’re making a vacation out of it. Traveling with a baby involves a lot more stuff!


Let’s see, what’s new with Calvin? He’s slept through the night for the past two nights – woohoo! He’s waking up at 5:00 am, but it’s not too bad when we’re getting 6 or 7 hours straight, and he gets 10! Very nice. He’s still all over the map with his naps – some days he takes a couple of nice, long ones, and some days he won’t nap for more than 20 or 30 minutes. It doesn’t seem to correlate with how well he slept at night, either. We can’t figure it out.

All the walking is having an effect, and he’s definitely eating a lot more these days. We finally moved up from the small bottles to the big ones. He’s just starting to show an interest in feeding himself. Up to now he has stubbornly resisted putting any food substances in his own mouth. Handful of dirt? No problem. Bite of pancake? Hell, no! He eats off a spoon really well, but if we put cheerios or something in front of him for him to feed himself, he usually just plays with it. Lately we’ve given him a couple of biter biscuits, though, and he seems to like those. Of course, he has to pick the messiest possible thing to eat! They get really disgusting really quickly. Yum.

We try to get him outside a lot to explore and play. He loves to wander around and there’s only so much for him to do at our house without getting into stuff he shouldn’t. Eric takes him down to the beach pretty often, and we went down together last weekend.



Here he is destroying a sandcastle and practicing his oral hygiene (mmm….seaweed):

Of course, after all the playing, it’s time to clean up. The foot shower at the beach is perfect height for a baby.



But bath time at home is still his favorite.


For the second time, plans to take Calvin to a birthday party did not pan out. The first time, he napped through the party. Yesterday, the party was cancelled because the birthday girl came down with the chicken pox – poor Ellie! So, I took him over to my mom’s instead. He learned a little about Halloween:

And he played games with Grandma:

So, no birthday cake for Cal, but he didn’t seem to mind much. He always manages to entertain himself:


And he keeps us pretty well entertained, too.



January 2, 2009

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October 2, 2009

October 2, 2009

One of Calvin’s top teeth came in the other day, and it looks like there’s another one on the verge. No pics yet – they are very hard to see, even when he smiles really big.

He’s trying to convince us that he’s all innocent and angelic:


But we know better:


Needless to say, we no longer have any toilet paper within Calvin’s reach.

He loves opening and closing doors, and he does a lot of “laps” – back and forth on the couch, back and forth between the bathtub and the bathroom door. 

He’s getting more vocal and expressive. He’s also pretty pleased with himself and his new skills: