Archive for March, 2010
..make birthdays and holidays as special for my son as they were for me. As we sit between his real first birthday, his birthday party (fake first birthday), and Easter, I am thinking back to the excitement I had on Sunday morning coming down the steps to a basket of chocolate and toys…and of course the instant dread of knowing it also meant going to church was just around the corner, so the bounty delivered by Peter Cottontail would have to wait.
As you get older, some of the luster wears off — but I want to put the shine back More >
First — this is going into the Good Things file simply due to the look on our son’s face as he rounded the corner and saw the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe – 30th Anniversary Edition sitting in the center of the room.
The one criticism across the sites where you can purchase this was that it is difficult to assemble. As you can see in the first pic — it is definitely a bit more complicated than the seeming simplicity of the product would suggest. There are 30 steps involved that have no written direction — just pictures. Overall, it is More >
I read a post this morning on Boston.com by Erica Noonan discussing a double standard when it came to mommy and daddy blogs. You can find it here. It is a few days old, which is the equivalence of a decade in this new world of instant information, but still relevant.
The post is more of a question than an opinion — which is clearly stated at the end “Is there a double-standard about what dads can get away with saying about pregnancy, labor and parenting? Are women criticized too much for what they write and say?” Within the post, Ms. Noonan More >
Early on, our son was in the 90th percentile for head circumference. I blurted out “baby big gourd” at which the wifey (pronounced whiffy — like a whiff in baseball or “Man, get a whiff of this!) gave me a quick slap to the arm. The pediatrician, not missing a beat, replied that he did in fact have a “big gourd”. But I digress…
Now, he sits in the middle around the 50th percentile — so about average. Now…why is it so hard to get a shirt over his head? He will be one within the week and is in 12 More >
As our son’s first birthday approaches, I went out in search of a present. Why? I have no idea. He has more toys than he knows what to do with — and typically doesn’t even play with them, opting for a plastic container filled with kid-safe items from the kitchen. Most of the toys are hand-me-downs from various relatives and friends — so, needless to say, we have a lot of toys.
I went on a search anyway since I have never really gotten him anything and I wanted to get him something cool (which definitely falls in the category of More >
I got my Xbox360 back (well, a different refurbed one anyway) after a second bout with the red ring of death, and was up late “unwinding” (yes, I am an adult with a child and play video games) when I got to thinking about the already reduced amount of sleep I was getting as a quasi-new parent…
Think about this: They (doctors? quacks? health nuts?) want you to get 8 hours of sleep a night to be your most productive and live up to your full potential — literally. This means you will spend 122 days of the year sleeping — More >
Graco is recalling high chairs — you can find the full list and reason here.
24 injuries out of 1.2 million products doesn’t seem like a lot — but I know if it was my son that was injured, I would feel differently. None of the injuries are major (even if it was my kid), but I think the recall and fix kit is a responsible approach.
Some of More >
I think likes and dislikes are important here as it can play a role in a review. My drink of choice is a peaty scotch like Laphroaig or Ardmore. I am still working my way through the shelves of bourbons, but on the whole, I find them a bit sweet — presumably due to the level of corn in the mix.
For those that like a similar peaty taste More >
Just know that baby germs are like a plague. They will tear through your family faster than a tornado and leave just as much wreckage. Also — if you use daycare — you might as well shake hands with every person you run into that so much as sniffles.
In a month during which we saw pneumonia, multiple ear infections and the dreaded stomach bug, I learned that I do not like the following things:
1. Cleaning up vomit at 12:30 AM after going to bed at 12:10 AM 2. Cleaning up vomit at 2:00 AM after cleaning it up at 12:30 AM 3. Cleaning up vomit at 3:15 AM after cleaning it up at 2:00 AM 4. The feeling of warm vomit as it saturates your pants and underwear 5. Cleaning up vomit at 4:30 AM after having been vomited on and after cleaning it up at 3:15 AMMore >