cheap date

Posted by kyden on Saturday May 29, 2010 Under Uncategorized

the children’s discovery museum has become my go-to spot to bring girls on dates. my first time was with sierra — i was about 2.5 months old. aside from watching sierra create an art masterpiece, i mostly sat around, people-watched, and soaked in all the sights and sounds.  i did spend some time in the “crawl space”, an enclosed area especially designed for pre-walkers, but since i didn’t know how to crawl (or even sit up) yet, i needed mommy’s help to explore the enviornment.

today, i went back to my spot with maddie.  now that i am crawling like a madman, i had a lot more fun.  i was able to pull myself up to look at some of the cool displays intended for toddlers, and i was able to interact with a lot of the exhibits.  i was so excited to be crawling around and exploring on my own, that when i lost sight of all familiar faces, i didn’t care one bit.  i even found a giant block with a K for KYDEN!

there is so much of the museum that i am too young and too little to appreciate, but every time i’ve gone, i learned a lot and had a great time. of course, it doesn’t hurt that all my dates have been cutie pies 😉 i plan to continue visiting the children’s discovery museum as often as i can. it’s free for kids under age 1, so why not, right? who wants to be my next date? if you’re under age 1, it’s my treat!

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Posted by kyden on Tuesday May 25, 2010 Under Uncategorized

when daddy was making my crawling video, i wasn’t very cooperative.  instead of crawling around, i made frequent stops to stand up and bang on… well, everything.  i like to bang on the wall, my crib rails, laptop keyboards, cabinet doors, my high chair tray (remember my rice, rice, baby video?), etc.  i even bang on mommy’s collar bone while i’m nursing 😛

here are the outtakes from my crawling video.  do you think i can be a drummer like my uncle jamie?

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i’m a crawling machine

Posted by kyden on Sunday May 23, 2010 Under Uncategorized

5.5 weeks ago, i learned how to crawl.  i wasn’t very fast at first, so it wasn’t an efficient means of getting around.  in fact, i almost gave up on crawling.  instead, i spent a lot of time pulling myself up to practice standing and walking.  i was determined to walk before i turned 8 months old.

but in the last month, i’ve somehow gotten really good at crawling.  i can crawl so fast now, that i have put my walking aspirations on hold.  i crawl all around the house (often pausing to stand up and inspect things as i pass them by), under and over koda, and even up the stairs.  mommy and daddy thought about kyden-proofing the house, but there is no way that they can prevent me from getting my little hands on everything — especially with all the gadgets and electronics around here!

a couple of weeks ago, daddy took some footage of me crawling/walking around grandma and grandpa’s house and even climbing up their stairs.  but he was too busy to make it into a movie, and now it’s old news.  so instead, here’s the short little clip that we made today 🙂

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dumb jock

Posted by kyden on Wednesday May 19, 2010 Under Uncategorized

throughout my life, i’ve been reaching my physical developmental milestones early.  i cut my first teeth when i was 3.5 months old.  i rolled over before 4 months.  i pulled myself up to a standing position before 6.5 months.  i started crawling when i was 6.5 months old.  i can’t walk by myself yet, but i try all the time, so i fall down all the time.  my goal is to walk on my own before my 9 month birthday.  (over/under bets, anyone?)

i have not been so quick to reach my verbal developmental milestones, however.  sure, i can babble a bit.  and some days, i’m chattier than others.  but i’m not a chatterbox like cousin zoey was at my age.  and, i think that some kids my age can already say “mama” and “dada”,  but my vocabulary mostly consists of “ba ba”, “ah boo”, and “uh buh”.

so… i’m strong and athletic, i hurt myself all the time, and i don’t have much to say.  that’s why mommy calls me a dumb jock.

and as long as i’ve been labeled a dumb jock, i’m going to act like one.  check out the photos.  yup, i got inked.  all pro athletes have cool tats, right?  what do you think my elmo tat does for my manly image?  and i have been fueling up by eating a lot.  and i mean, a LOT.  and i’m not talking about baby mush, either.  i’ve been munching on whole pieces of apple, pear, broccoli, zucchini, asparagus, etc.  that’s the great thing about having so many teeth — i can bite and chew.  (i have 8 teeth now!)

game on!

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daddy the sleep master

Posted by kyden on Thursday May 13, 2010 Under Uncategorized

earlier this week, mommy went to texas and left me and daddy and koda all alone. it was the first time that mommy would be away overnight. she was worried.

she worried that i might starve because i didn’t eat much the last time she went away.  she worried that i would be hungry and scared at night if daddy didn’t hear me when i woke up to eat.  she worried that daddy would be tired and grouchy if he did hear me when i woke up at night.

well, guess what really happened.  i went to bed around 7:30pm, as usual.  i woke up to eat around 1am, as usual.  but instead of waking up every 1-2 hours after that, i SLEPT UNTIL MORNING!  mommy couldn’t believe it.  she was sure that i had woken up several more times during the night, and that my cries had fallen on (daddy’s) deaf ears.

so when mommy came home around 11:30pm the next night, she was prepared to feed me in about an hour, like usual.  but 12:30… 1:00… 1:30am rolled around, and i didn’t wake up!  when i finally woke up at 2:30am mommy was so happy to see me.  all she wanted to do was hold me and kiss me, but all i wanted to do was eat.  mommy said i looked like a hungry hippo frantically searching for food in the dark.  i was starving!  it had been 7 hours since my last meal — that’s the longest i’ve slept in my entire life.  and after i ate, i slept straight through until morning.  mommy was completely floored.

mommy said that she doesn’t know what kind of voodoo, torture, bribery, or jedi mind tricks that daddy used on me, but she’s not asking any questions.  he managed to train me to sleep through the night with only one feeding — in just one night!  mommy said that she should go away more often and what other kinds of magic daddy can do.  but she would miss us too much 😛

(ironically, mommy was never all that worried about koda, but maybe she should have been.  he didn’t eat anything for two whole days while mommy was away.  he was so hungry that he gobbled up an entire bowl of food as soon as she got home.  then mommy refilled his bowl, and he scarfed that down too.  poor koda.)

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boys’ day: past and present

Posted by kyden on Sunday May 9, 2010 Under Uncategorized

we found some old boys’ day photos at grandma and grandpa’s house!

the boy’s day display is the same one that daddy had when he was a baby, and the outfit that mommy and i are wearing is the same one grandma and daddy wore a kajillion years ago. cool, huh? (nobody was able to explain the mexican donkey in daddy’s boys day photo. maybe it was in honor of cinco de mayo?)

do i look like daddy? does mommy look like grandma?

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let’s hear it for the boys

Posted by kyden on Wednesday May 5, 2010 Under Uncategorized

“tango no sekku” is celebrated every year on the 5th day of the fifth month.  that’s TODAY!  this day is traditionally known as boys’ day, celebrating the healthy growth and development of young boys… like me!  (mommy and daddy say that every day is boys’ day around here.) “tango-no-sekku” means “first day of the horse”, which is appropriate because horsies symbolize the attributes of manliness — bravery and strength.

traditionally, special costumed warrior dolls are given to babies to honor their first boy’s day, and these dolls are displayed in a prominent area in the home.  also, carp windsocks are flown outside the home, with one carp to represent each boy in the family.  the carp’s power to fight its way upstream and its determination to overcome obstacles are supposed to be fitting examples for growing boys.

mommy and daddy didn’t display warrior dolls or fly a carp for me, but grandma did. at least somebody around here realizes how important i am. but mommy did eat salmon for dinner.  she says it’s almost the same thing since salmon swim upstream, just like carps.

happy boys’ day to me and all my bros!

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i am 7 months old!

Posted by kyden on Saturday May 1, 2010 Under Uncategorized

happy 7 month birthday to me 🙂

things i like:

  • pulling/climbing into a standing position (when there are no hand holds, i am getting good at the friction hold and forehead press techniques!)
  • traversing the walls of my playpen, crib, and anything that i can hang on to
  • crawling all around… fast!
  • swimming
  • mangoes (mommy laughs so hard when i am eating mangoes because i open my mouth as wide as a pteranodon does when it yawns! i learned that from my “snoozers” book.)
  • brushing my 7 teeth
  • touching/feeling new textures (smooth mirror, cold hard floor tiles, textured walls)
  • books that have flaps to lift and pieces to move (even when i read regular books, i feel around for flaps, just in case)
  • flipping around in the air

things i don’t like:

  • sitting/laying still (my changing tables are now completely useless)
  • sippy cups (they’re not chew toys, they’re not bottles… what ARE these things???)
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