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Does this look like the face of a playground bully?

Today Calvin and I went to Irvine Regional Park with my friend Victoria and her son, Abner, who is a month older than Calvin. Unfortunately, Calvin’s going through a really fun hair-pulling and face-clawing phase, and Abner, who’s a total sweetie (and smart to boot – he talks and communicates really well), had to play with Devil Calvin today. We’ve been trying to teach Cal to be gentle but it’s not sinking in. He thinks it’s really funny when we get upset because he hurts us (little dude is strong – you definitely don’t want him grabbing ahold of your hair).

But we did get to ride on a train, and visit the zoo, and play with some goats in the petting zoo. At least, Abner played with the goats. Calvin tormented the goats. Here I am trying to show him how to pet GENTLY:

But every chance he got he grabbed as hard as he could with both hands, and the goats were smart enough to start avoiding him so by the end he was just chasing goats around the enclosure.

After that we went to a big open area with grass and trees and paved paths so the boys could run around for awhile. We tried to take some photos, but it’s very hard to corral a couple of one-year-olds and get them to hold still for 2 seconds.

V managed to catch us all looking more or less at the camera, though:

And Calvin  gave V some snuggles to prove he’s not REALLY demon spawn:


We had a great Christmas with Calvin. He doesn’t really get the concept, but had a good time hanging out with the family and opening presents – he especially likes tearing the wrapping paper. Doesn’t care quite so much about the gifts, though:

He got lots of good loot, though. My sister sent him a feather duster, which he loves (he doesn’t get that from me!).

We got him a couple of wooden animals as stocking stuffers. Here he is trying to make his Florida relatives proud by biting the head off a gator:

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I’ll be posting more pics and video – we took a lot of video and I’m still going through it all looking for the best clips to post. Stay tuned!

This week Calvin figured out how to climb up onto the couch by himself. Oh, joy.

The cushion at the end of the couch has been removed because Calvin also figured out that he could climb up onto the arm of the couch and get onto the computer desk. We are moving the coffee table out of the room because he’s showing other daredevil tendencies, like just walking off the couch when the mood strikes him and assuming one of us will catch him, even if we happen to be across the room at the time.

When he’s developing a new skill like this, he gets baby OCD – he just repeats the same actions over and over and over. He does laps on and off the couch. He climbs in and out of the laundry basket or the magazine basket or the tv armoire. It can be hilarious, but when he’s trying to do something we don’t want him to do, it turns into a contest of wills. Fun for everyone!

He’s also really into tossing or throwing things around. He entertained himself thoroughly at my office holiday party by tossing a flashlight around. He was cracking himself up – very cute. Here’s a video of him chasing a ball around at home:

He’s pretty good at entertaining himself. He has his clingy moments for sure, but he’s got a big independent streak. Right now his biggest frustration is that he can’t do everything he wants to do by himself. He’s very determined, though – he’ll have it all figured out before too long. God help us all!


Empty canister


Trader Joe's shopping bag

Basket of magazines

TV armoire cubby hole

Here are a few of the things that Calvin likes to play with:

The desk chair

The Swiffer

Purell container on the diaper bag

Dead leaf