Thursday, December 25, 2008

Professor KennyWenny Visits

The Student Learns
Originally uploaded by m0nk3yphd

And teaches Zachary two things:

1) To appreciate the joys of Macs (especially the scrummy new solid body laptops. Mmm... Sorry, got distracted)

2) How to use a touchpad.

Also? This is the best use of his physics Phd. Instructing a 14 month old.


Ha. No, this is our friend Ken Burch. He's now a professor at UofT, but he and I went to university together. He grew up here in New York and he's home to visit for a few days. He & Zachary had lots of fun playing Christmas Eve afternoon.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Bathtime High Jinks (WARNING: Tucchus alert)

Zachary will apparently climb everywhere. Even into the bath. But at least he has the sense to do so carefully. Note the part where he considerately fills an entire cup with water and goes to throw it behind him. Quick thinking, Mark.

Monday, December 22, 2008


1st night of chanukkah
Originally uploaded by m0nk3yphd

1st night, was awesome, he got re-gifted a present we gave to friends a while back. He loved it. Shape sorting is mucho fun.

Also this morning it was 11.5 Fahrenheit, 5 F with windchill. That's -20C people, as cold as your freezer. On the way to daycare, I was caring him to keep him warm, we got hit by a blast crossing Ft Washington. He screamed. Yes winter, you suck.


Or monkey chasing. Or something. After I stopped, he actually stood up and went all the way to the chair. He can not stop. He's like a boy possessed. I also like that his elbows keep him up. Like puppet strings.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Mash up, dance off, shout out!

and a little explanation - this is a clip from a show on BBC Radio 1 - the friday night get ready to go out and party show. Mark sent in a shout out and it made it! And then we editted in some random pics (of Z eating Jen & Brendan's holiday card, a glittery fantastic mess). Because blogger wouldn't let us just post the audio. *shrug* Who knows.

Feliz Navidad

Christmas Hands
Originally uploaded by m0nk3yphd

Yup, it was craft time at daycare. Which Zachary, by the by, is fully enjoying. Like a crazy man. It tires him out, he's learning all sorts of things. And making glitter pinecone christmas trees. I mean, how could you beat that?

Friday, December 19, 2008

Drinking Like A Grownup (without the beer)

Drinking Like A Grownup (without the beer)
Originally uploaded by m0nk3yphd

Zachary has gotten the hang of cups (of the non-sippy variety). You might ask how we learned this? That would be a few days ago when Mark was on one side of the living room, I was on the other, and Zachary casually walked up to a glass of water on one of our end tables, picked up and took a drink, put the cup down, and walked away.

Alrighty then.

Thursday, December 18, 2008


Double Eww
Originally uploaded by m0nk3yphd

Yeah, Spotty Muldoon. We called the doc when they started appearing yesterday. He said that roughly 25 viruses that kids get can end up in rashes. Whoo. it doesn't appear to be uncomfortable, but it just looks a mess allllll over his back and arms (legs a little less). Poor dear.

Catching up

Here's a video from our time in California. Z was just starting to walk. Now he's quite deliberate and running about crashing into furniture. Mark wants me to clarify that he is not actually running but just falling forwards quickly while moving his feet. We'll try and catch it this weekend...

Monday, December 15, 2008


Ok, I'll admit it. We're mad busy. Wheeeeeee.

This won't likely change soon, so a little update.

Houston, we have a walker.

Oh yes. He's staggering around the house like he just can't get enough of it. His face says "I don't know how this is working, but I'm just not going to ask.". He looks a lot like a tiny laughing Frankenstein. It is beyond fantastic.

He's also started giving hugs and kisses. I come home, I get a kiss. Ok, a lot of the time it is a snotty open mouthed slightly toothy kiss. But honestly, that makes it even better.

We're working on helping him sleep better, and helping him get ready for a few days with out me in January when I go to a conference on the west coast. And he has figured out our clock radio. It is tuned to spanish pop, and he goes over, pushes the button, and rocks out.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Can I help you?

Originally uploaded by m0nk3yphd

Just a teaser from the little camera... lots of silly shots coming, but this is from Roaring Camp... Gotta love it. We had lots of fun in California. Now life will be crazy busy till... July? Till... Mark graduates? Something.

We had fakesgiving last night (a wonderful tradition)... Zachary had the whole table in his thrall... he'd wave.. they'd wave... he'd clap... they'd clap... It was too funny, and could have lasted even longer than we let it go on for.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Montrey Bay Aquarium

tide tank
Originally uploaded by m0nk3yphd

Some pictures of the california trip are up. You can tell I wasn't well 'cos there aren't that many :-P Sarah has a bunch as well, so they'll be up soon too.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Silly Baby

Zachary started daycare. Again. Today was his second day. We like it, it seems a little more professional (which I wasn't sure originally as a good thing, but now I'm convinced). He seems to be enjoying it. And sleeping soundly. He's got a cold (allergic to california? new germs i guess) and a cough but it doesn't seem to be too much of a big deal. I'm sick too, and a little sad that with daycare comes not much daytime Z. He's a little tired for the walking by the time I get home for bedtime. He is, however, still hysterical. Today he carried a spoon all the way from dinner to his bath to his diaperchange to nursing to bed. Clutched in his hot little hands. He fell asleep and all his limbs were limp. I went to put him in the crib and tried to take the spoon. Tried being the operative word, since he clenched his fist back around the spoon while no other muscle moved.

Mark would like to add: 13 months, 13 flights.

Love to everyone.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

planes and helicopters

today we visited Z's new daycare, it was a little more chaotic than Zenaida's but they're really nice, and food is included. Z starts tomorrow! Afterwards we went to the park, and just as dusk was coming on a low jet from JFK flew overhead. And Zachary stopped what he was doing to look up at the loud sound and pretty flashing lights. A few minutes later we got a repeat performance with a helicopter flying by. Suddenly he seems to have noticed the larger world all around him.