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We’ve had some interesting opinions on who Calvin looks like most, so I thought I’d post some pictures of me and Eric when we were babies. I was going to try to find pictures of Calvin at about the same age and angle as each picture, but that proved to be pretty much impossible, so here are a few pics of Calvin at different ages to set the baseline:

Here are a couple of pictures of Eric:

Here are a couple of pictures of me:

This one is my very favorite baby photo – that’s my cousin Matt on the left.

What do you think? To be honest, I think he looks most like his cousin, Thelonious:


January 11, 1997

Wow, we look really young, don’t we?

It’s been an amazing journey so far. Happy Anniversary, Eric! I love you!

Let’s see, what’s the little dude getting up to these days?

He’s a climber – up on everything, and always trying to get to something else. We’re working with him to teach him to say “up.” Right now he says “uuuuuuhhhhhhh.” It gets the point across. His large motor skills are really good – he runs, climbs, kicks a ball around. He’s still a really busy kid – very active. 

I finally found shoes that he’ll wear (pedipeds), which is great. We let him run barefoot a lot, but sometimes shoes are a necessity. He actually laughs every time I put them on – not sure what that’s about.

And he still loves the beach.

He’s gotten much more snuggly in the past month or so, which is very sweet. He’s also still really friendly and social. Here he is with Eric’s cousin Barbara:

and with my Grandma:

I’m not sure when, but sometime in the past month or so he started pointing with his index finger instead of with his whole hand:

But we can’t get the little bugger to wave.

I’m still trying to get good video of a couple of things. He dances (basically bounces up and down) whenever he hears music, and it doesn’t matter what kind of music. He’ll dance to rock, jazz, classical, the Jeopardy theme song, whatever. He also throws his diapers away in the diaper genie. Of course, if we don’t watch him he’ll take them back out again…

He’s such a cool kid – I think we’ll keep him!

We took Calvin to the Beachcomber at Crystal Cove State Beach for breakfast this morning. He ate the food we brought for him, plus nearly a whole pumpkin pancake (1/3 of my breakfast!). He never eats that much in one sitting – I wonder what they’re putting in those cakes?

He was fascinated with the baby girl at the  next table:

He got to see a Christmas tree and a snowsandman on the beach:

All in all, a lovely morning!

Calvin turned one today! 

We were originally thinking we’d have a big party, but he’s teething again and he’s been really cranky – we didn’t want to risk a meltdown. So we just had a small party – didn’t even have all the family – and as it turns out Calvin did great, even without a morning nap.

I made some cupcakes:

and Calvin ate one:

He was a little tentative at first:

But he caught on eventually:

It was a great day!