Friday, January 28, 2005

vocal developments

Well, the postings aren't as frequent as I had hoped. But that doesn't mean we aren't having a great time. Yesterday we went to the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo and got to see many live animals for the first time with the picture below showing Zack's encounter with geese and ducks.

Zack is finding his stride with vocal imitation. He now likes to imitate the "roar" of the lion king electronic toy he has, and the "moo" of and electronic farm toy. he has even tried to imitate the quacks of ducks and the meows of cats, but he can't quite get it right, but his attempts sound so funny.

He is also developing his walking skills beyond the basics. He purposly likes to try out inclines and declines (like driveway or sidewalk entrances) to see if he can maintain his balance. Yesterday at the park he spend most of his time walking on the sand and small grass hills. He seems to welcome this challenge of new surfaces to walk on.

We've gone back to 2 naps a day instead of one, perhaps because of the increase in exercise. However, it has another advantage in that there are no more night wakings, even for a bottle. his bedtime has shifted to 8pm and he gets up at 7:30am.

A Picture Share!

A Picture Share!

Thursday, January 20, 2005

1 Year Update

Well, with some delay for posting, here are the latest stats:
Weight: 70th percentile
Height: 90th
Head size: 97th percentile
So he's still on the large size, but doing well. The headsize didn't surprise me, as we've actually had to cut a slit in a shirt collar so it could fit over his head.

Zack had his first birthday party, and we all got to see how he reacts on his first sugar high. A few bites of cake and 10 minutes later, there was no way we could keep him in the high chair. He seems to handle meeting lots of people at one time fairly well though.

He's really doing a lot of very cool things now. He is clapping both when you clap with him, and he will now do it when you say "clap". We've lost the morning nap now and now he sleeps from 11:30-1:30. I didn't initally realize how rough this is for me, since I've only got 1-2 hours during the day to do other things while he is napping. Maybe I need to teach him how to play solitaire.

Which reminds me, I've learned that when the baby is on his own and suddenly quiet, that is bad. Something is up. He is not, as I imaged, quitely reading a book in his room. He has in fact found one of his ointment tubes and is squeezing it out across the floor.

Monday, January 10, 2005

weekday shopping

Boy, it's been a while since I've been to the supermarket mid-day on a weekday. I've forgotten that the supermarket is ruled by the retired and parents with little kids. I no longer take our stroller shopping since Zack is attentive and does well enough in the regular shopping cart. And he saw and flirted with at least 5 other babies during our trip. And of course grandparents have to chime in too. It's funny, now that I have a baby, I can really spot the grandparents in any crowd, since they don't immediately ignore Zack as he passes by.
Zack seems to love the shopping experience and will continue to point at the things I've never noticed before, such as the large stuffed animals on top of the frozen food asiles (i guess they need to do something with that high shelf space).

On the home front, we've build simple tunnels with couch cushions on the floor, and Zack loves hiding in and crawling through them. I think we need more tent and tunnel making material!

Daddy Sabbatical

Well, its been a while since the last posting, but that is about to change. I'm currently on a daddy sabbatical which was initiated nicely by the acquisition of Stata Labs by Yahoo!. My goal is to set aside 3 months to be a stay-at-home daddy. We had a full-time nanny, and I was considering dropping her completely and going 100% daddy day care, but at the advise of a few other parents, I've kept her on for 2 days a week to allow work on other projects, errands, and sanity.... :-)
However, there are many other factors that may come into play to determine the actual length of this sabbatical, such as other projects I'm working on and other exciting business and technology opportunities.

I was going to start this last week, but our first week of daddy sabbatical was interrupted with a stomach flu that made its way through baby, mom, dad, and nanny. So, here we go again, for real this time! I hope to post 3 times a week as to the adventures of dad and baby, which might even be enough to keep the grandparents sufficiently informed :-)

My goal is to capture the more subtle changes Zack will go through as he progresses from 11 months to 14 months. So to best do that here is the baseline, 1 week away from his first birthday:

Zack Stats:
-Tooth count: 4 (we had been at 3 for almost 3 months!)
-Weight: 25 pounds
-Height: ?
-Words: general cute babble, with some hints of being able to say "da da" when pointing at me, and "ma ma" when pointing to mom. also he can click his tongue in imitation and can usually imitate the correct number of syllables with babble
-Special Skills: he has been walking since 10 months, but cannot easily navigate down steps. enjoys hide and seek and peekaboo immensely.
-Food: eating half baby and people food. uses a sippy cup. early attemps at feeding himself with a spoon have resulted in quite a mess.
-Naps: 2 a day. up at 7:30 am, nap from 9:30-10:30, and again from 1:30-3:30 (usually) and bedtime at 7:30 pm. (recently he is no longer lasting 12 hours asleep, and wakes up briefly around 4:30am for a bottle)