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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Photo_: Spooky shot sliding down a tube

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Photo_: All Better bit messy

Following his feeding time strops he usually calms right down. This photo was taken only a few minutes after the last one. I like this photo, it makes me feel that my camera purchase was justified.


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Observation_: Feeding Problems

One problem that has become apparent just recently is that Ripley is becoming a little bit finicky about his food. Hopefully this won't develop into a problem. I understand that when babies start turning into toddlers they starts to want to be a little more self-reliant. So spoon feeding is really out of the question. We now have to consider that the food we make him should be interesting, tasty, colourful, not too hard on his gums and easy to pick up in his hand without making too much mess. It was a lot easier when he just went ahead and gulped down the liquidised slop we used to give him :) Well, no one ever said it would be easy.

Here is the little fella during one of his breakfast strops. I find this picture heartbreaking, you probably think I am cruel to take a photo of him crying, well that wasn't my intention, he was smiling two seconds before.


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Photo_: Big Kiss from Dad


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Sunday, November 27, 2005

Photo_: Space Invaders attacking Baby

Ripley has the right idea - run away from my space invaders. Hey - want to know how I did this? Interested in buying a kit to make it? Let me know.


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Friday, November 25, 2005

Health_: Another trip to the Hospital

I like driving at night - no other drivers on the road. Couldn't really enjoy this trip though. Ripley's breathing got shallow, laboured and wheezing. We started to worry and so called an NHS Direct nurse (0845 4647 - man I love the UK health system - seriously). They were really helpful and put me through to a doctor. He was great and asked us to pop in and see him at 3:30am! We did. Ripley just has a bad virus that is making his breathing bad. We have to keep an eye on him. It is quite upsetting to see him ill, but that is all part of growing up. I wasn't too worried - Penny was. I guess that is a mothers right ;) (too late in the day to spell perogative (?) ). The doctor said we were right to bring him in - which made us feel less like neurotic parents. Anyway - 4:30am now - I feel like crap and have to get up for work in a bit. Of course I can't sleep now, to hyped up. US thanksgiving holiday tomorrow so I can look forward to an increased work load from my US office too! Life has a habit of some quite appauling timing.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Progress Update_: One Year

Well, it is hard to believe that we have survived a whole year. When he was born it was hard to comprehend even making it to the end of the week. Looking back you realise how difficult having a child actually is, especially when you see how he is now. He is a little boy, he has a great sense of humour and clearly a quite complicated personality.

I thought I would just plug in the old voice recognition software and talk for a while about his likes and dislikes.


Likes:

Light switches - he absolutely loves light switches, wherever he is, if he sees the light he is automatically looking for the switch, he points out it and makes little grabbing emotions in the air to let us know that he wants to get to it. He will turn off the light, then look at it to make sure it it off, then he turns it back on, and looked at it to make sure that it is on. Repeat ad nauseam.

Washing machines - the obsession continues, no need to elaborate, every parent understands. Strange thing is though, he is really afraid of Penny's mum and dad's washing machine. No explaining that one.

Mummy - he loves his Mummy, a bit too much for my liking, okay that sounded a bit weird, it is hard for a father not to feel a little bit hurt when his son will climb over him to get closer to mummy. It is funny really, some of my parent friends are in exactly the same situation, you just have to be accepting of fact that little boys love their mummies more at this age. It isn't that he doesn't like being with me, he clearly does, I make him laugh so much that he gets hiccups, it is just when he is feeling shy or tired he needs to have somebody comforting and, with the greatest respect to Penny, not too exciting.

My guitar - he loves my acoustic guitar, whenever he is in the basement he always makes a beeline straight for it. He twangs away for ages. I am sure he will be better than me one day, based on my current skill level and his staggering learning curve, probably next Tuesday.

Planes - I don't even know how he spots them, we are miles away from an airport, so when a plane does fly overhead it is about 2 miles up. But he can see them, he points and laughs, I have to squint to see what he is seeing.

Cats - he loves cats, he finds them very amusing.

Asparagus - still loves this stuff. We buy tons of it now. Neither penny nor myself can stand it.


Dislikes:

The vacuum cleaner - he really hates the Hoover. He is afraid of it even when it is off.

Mummy leaving the room - even for a second, if Penny walks out of the room it is like the sky is falling down on his head. It really is heartbreaking.


Cool things he does:

Helicopter Noise - he makes a soft chopper chopper noise when you show him a picture of a helicopter, it is really cute.

Walking - well, I have covered this one, still find it amazing though.

Pushing he trolley - little things impressed me, John pointed out the other day that he adjusts the angle of his trolley so that he gets where he wants to go, it will only go in a straight line you see. But it is interesting that he has an understanding of that.

Throwing stuff - he makes a little frustrated sounding grunt and chucks stuff vertically in the air, I am staggered that nothing has come down on his head yet. It usually ends up landing behind him, he will spin round, find the object and to do it again. I remember when I visited Alcatraz hearing that prisoners used to do that very same game in order to stay sane in solitary confinement, it is harder when it is in the dark. Wow, that was a tangent.


And in other news:

I bought Penny a "congratulations for making it through an entire year" present. It is a quicks recurve club level archery set. Penny likes the fact that it is more powerful than a handgun, that is what having a kid it does to you, makes you a bit mad. Anyway she is looking forward to joining a club and starting shooting. I am really tempted to buy one for myself, it can be a family hobby.

I have started making bread instead of buying it, not in one of those fancy bread makers either, the old school way. I find it is quite a good stress reliever. Plus my bread doesn't have any additives, apart from when I don't wash my hands - only joking - tee hee.

We are seriously considering moving house, need somewhere bigger, having a kid has made me profoundly aware of the size of my garden. I need somewhere that will fit a trampoline, paddling pool, slide, swing and all the other paraphernalia that will make our garden fun. Also, I really need some more space inside, our house seemed massive when we first moved in but now it is feeling a little tiny bit cramped, who knows one day we might want to have another! In order to get a house like this I'm going to have to spend some money, or maybe even some of the bank's money :-) Time to increase the UK's debt mountain.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Photo_: 1st Birthday - Louise and Ali

Ripley's 1st Birthday - Louise and Ali are clearly visible in this shot - they will love that :)

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Photo_: 1st Birthday - Wooden Shape Sorter

Ripley's 1st Birthday - From Louise and Ali a lovely wooden shape sorter. Here he is trying to ram everything through the same hole as usual :)

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Photo_: 1st Birthday - Driving in his pram

Ripley's 1st Birthday - From Grandad and Grandma Grassby - a lovely pram toy that keeps him busy on our trips out around town.

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Photo_: 1st Birthday - Wobbly Snail

Ripley's 1st Birthday - Lovely wobbly snail from our good friends Lorraine and Dan - they also got loads of really nice clothes! Thanks!

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Photo_: 1st Birthday - Wood Spin Toy

Ripley's 1st Birthday - This is what we bought him. A great wooden toy with spinning tops from a new shop that has opened in Truro.

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Photo_: 1st Birthday - Book starring Ripley

Ripley's 1st Birthday - Really nice book from Mike, Tracey & Matthew. It has his photo in and places him in various vehicles - he finds it very funny. Thanks guys!

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Photo_: 1st Birthday - Wigan Rugby Shirt

Ripley's 1st Birthday - He looks cute in this Wigan Rugby strip from Peter, William & Julie.

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Photo_: 1st Birthday - Choo choo 2

Ripley's 1st Birthday - Rip playing with the previously mentioned item from Grandad Howarth :)

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Photo_: 1st Birthday - Choo Choo 1

Ripley's 1st Birthday - Present from Grandad Howarth. An annoying train that talks crap all the time. Seriously though, he loves it.

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Photo_: 1st Birthday - Chris and Rip

Ripley's 1st Birthday - This is a rare shot of me and Rip together. John had my camera and took loads of great shots.

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Photo_: 1st Birthday - Milk

Ripley's 1st Birthday - This is what he got instead of the cake - believe me he enjoyed it more.

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Photo_: 1st Birthday - Cake

Ripley's 1st Birthday - This is Ripley looking at a cake he is not allowed to eat. Such a shame. Too much sugar for a baby - good job we were there to help :)

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Photo_: Maya's 1st Birthday

Maya's 1st Birthday - Maya is Ripley's girlfriend and it was her birthday just before Ripley. Penny and Maya's mum met in the maternity ward and have been good friends ever since which is lovely.

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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Observation_: One Year

okay, I have plugged in my voice recognition system, and now I am trying a new experiment, I am just going to speak, I am going to let my train of thought flow on to my blog with out any editing. This might get a little bit confusing, my voice recognition system is only 99.5% accurate so it is likely that there will be a few spelling errors inside this blog entry. at least it will give you an impression of how I speak. Okay then what shall I talk about, I suppose I had better keep it on topic and talk about Ripley.

He is walking around now, more than ever, in fact he is probably walking more than he is crawling. It is more like tottering, he looks a little unstable but he hardly ever falls over. Once or twice he has even picked himself up from the floor without anything to hold onto, this is one of these milestones that you read about. I am really pleased with his development, it is much better than I could have ever hoped for, he is not even one yet and he is really coming along with everything he does.I don't want to sound like a boasting parent, but I am truly am proud of everything he does and as a result I tend to go on and on about his achievements, believe it or not I don't talk about how well he is doing to my friends as much as I do to my family and to this blog, I really try my hardest not to be a bore. If you are a parent you will know how easy it is to be a baby bore. The fact is he is doing loads of things that an 18 month old child would be doing and even beyond that, switching into baby bore mode here is a list:

walking
building blocks
numerous words
throwing
playing hide and seek
finding objects that are hidden or obscured by other objects

I really am awful, this voice recognition system is going to make this blog very boring, I find myself boasting to you, the anonymous Internet cloud, because I really can't do it to anyone else, apart from my family of course.

I just started his trust fund the other week, I am putting some money into it every month, it is basically a form of government tax, the UK government "generously"gave every child born in the UK 250 to start a trust fund, I can't help but be a little pessimistic about this generosity, the trust fund is accessible by the child when he or she reaches 18 years of age. It will be just in time to help pay for their tuition fees, I am fairly sure it is just a way of making it socially acceptable for parents to foot the bill of what traditionally has been funded by the government. It is nothing more than a stealth tax. It will cause and even greater divide between the poor and the rich, because not everybody will be able to contribute regularly to a trust fund, so at the age of 18 your child's life and direction will be determined by how much money you were able to save. I guess these are the perils of a capitalist society. Don't get me wrong I really am a rather conservative antidisestablishmentarianist, you see there is a very good example of why which voice recognition is great, I would never have been able to spell antidisestablishmentarianist in a million years.

Anyway, I had better get back to what I was doing, this certainly saves my fingers a lot of wear and tear. I will try and think of something a little more interesting to say next time.

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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Photo_: BIG Smile

BIG smile

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