Archive for January, 2004


Wednesday, January 28th, 2004

Last night we found that our sleeplessness over the past couple of weeks hasn’t been entirely in vain – Toby has sprung a new tooth. It’s his third, and the first one on the top. It feels like there are a couple more to come quite soon, although who knows. It’s pretty awesome when you think about it, that your body knows to switch on teeth growing, and then switch it off again when they’ve grown enough. Even though I studied genetics etc at university and have a fair idea how it works, it’s still quite mindblowing.

The other new thing (kind of new) was that lots of walking was going on. Toby hadn’t walked at all on his own since he took a couple of steps about two weeks ago, but last night we thought we’d see if he could do it, and he did great. Maximum was about ten steps in a row, but what was more impressive for me is that he could walk a bit, then stop, then start again. Previously he’d kind of run into a fall towards me or Emma, but this seems much more controlled. He was very excited at all this. I guess he’s been seeing the big kids in his new class at school and wanting a piece of the action.

one year young

Tuesday, January 27th, 2004

It was Toby’s birthday on Sunday, and we can’t believe he’s a year old already, and that exhaustion has been our way of life for that long. Plus lots of happiness of course. He just seems to get more and more fun right now. The biggest effect on him is that we have turned his car seat around in the car – he’s allowed to be facing forward – and he loves it. He has been giggling pretty much the whole time we’ve driven him so far. I’m sure he likes not feeling so isolated back there, he was getting quite fed up of being put somewhere he couldn’t see us. On Sunday evening Emma was turned around in her seat, blowing raspberries at him, which he was trying to do back but was laughing so much he couldn’t. Just a joy to hear.

On Monday he had his one year checkup – here are the stats:

Weight 22 pounds 4 ounces – 50th percentile

Height 30 inches – 50th percentile

character building

Friday, January 23rd, 2004

It’s been really damned cold for the last week or so, with sub-zero (Farenheit) temperatures. The forecast for this weekend is cold and snow, then *really* cold next week. So predicts the NowCast in our local paper, which ended with “The worst of the chill will be over by Feb. 4 or 5, but the next 2 weeks promise to be character-building, and potentially population-thinning!”

A smart comment, I’m sure you’ll agree, when the poor are finding it hard to pay heating bills, the elderly and infirm have problems venturing outside and of course the homeless face the uncertainty of finding a place to sleep for themselves and their families, the alternative being – well, what do you think? But I’m sure it was a joke about how the well-heeled would rather move south, so that’s all right then.

Anyway, I sent them a note via their website, and it appears that the offending phrase has been removed quite quickly (less than an hour). So I do at least commend them on their response time, if not their initial judgement.


Friday, January 23rd, 2004

Poor Toby is teething like a maniac at the moment – you can feel at least four teeth all set to go at the front of his top gums. So we’ve not been enjoying a whole lot of sleep lately. Last night he got to sleep around 8:30 (good) and slept really well (also good). However he woke up at 2am (bad) and by 3:30 hadn’t successfully gone back to sleep in his bed – I thought he was out, but would put him down and there would be wailing and gnashing of gums. Urgh. So Emma took him through to our bed which was half-way successful. He did sleep for intervals, but would wake up every half hour or so. Then I read this article and despair as to whether I’ll ever be mentally with it again (assuming I ever was in the first place).

Oh well, I suppose this is why the Good Lord gave us coffee.

that’s my boy

Monday, January 19th, 2004

Here’s a picture of Toby on New Year’s Day. Yes, that’s a bottle of beer, but we gave it to him empty, which is perhaps why he looks so unimpressed.

dad car

Tuesday, January 13th, 2004

We do like our Saturn Vue, and are continuing to be really pleased with it. But from this year’s North America auto show I saw this concept car aimed at urban dads, and it seems my kind of thing. However by the time it comes out I’ll no longer be a new dad, oh well.

In Toby news, his report from school today said “Toby took three steps this morning, and continued to practice all day”.

mistaken identity?

Tuesday, January 13th, 2004

A friend of mine at work happens to have the same name as a guy from one of the “reality” shows here, and he happened to own the .net version of his name’s website. So you can compare and contrast the two sites. Guess which one is on TV…