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One day shy of 11 months, my little girl took three perfect little steps this mornings.

there's a better way to browse (Dr. Superman), Friday, 6 November 2009 20:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

Awesome!

kingkongvsgodzilla, Friday, 6 November 2009 20:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

Woo! Howie didn't do that til almost 15 months!

Archie has learned to sit up for about three seconds before toppling forwards/sideways :)

Meg (Meg Busset), Friday, 6 November 2009 20:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

Nice work supergirl! I think our little girl was also around 10 or 11 months, she was standing for a few seconds at 9 months. She thought standing was the business and would ham it up for a crowd, little monkey.

Kiwi, Friday, 6 November 2009 23:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

I think Elisabeth was about 17 months. hah.

Nathalie (stevienixed), Sunday, 8 November 2009 20:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

After walking a few times on Friday, she totally refused to do in on Saturday. I guess she mercifully inherited her mother's modesty.

there's a better way to browse (Dr. Superman), Sunday, 8 November 2009 23:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

Our Alice was 8 months when she took her first steps.

Blame her big sister for leading by example, I guess.

Mark G, Wednesday, 11 November 2009 10:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

big development for our 19-mth-old is jumping. he's been trying to figure it out -- including by throwing himself headfirst off of elevated surfaces onto cushions or into our arms -- but the other day he started just hopping like a bunny. it's hilarious to watch him hop all the way down the hall and back. (not sure the downstairs are so amused - ba-boom, ba-boom, ba-boom.) he only gets maybe 3-4 inches of elevation, but he's excited about it.

hellzapoppa (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 12 November 2009 18:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ben writes his demands:

schwantz, Saturday, 21 November 2009 03:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

Very impressive (and vaguely threatening)!

Meg (Meg Busset), Saturday, 21 November 2009 17:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

Is Ben demanding a separate part of the home wireless network now or something?

(Not only is Ben reading and writing, but his letter formation is terrific (jokin' aside). The "B" and the "E"! I hope Ava gets challenged soon at school - she's bringing home these packs of "high-frequency words" to practice reading - "and", "Dad", "but", "cat", etc. Words she could read over 18 months ago. We're practising writing them instead.)

Michael Jones, Monday, 23 November 2009 13:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

LOL.

Okay, bragging (but in a funny kinda way): Elisabeth ate some "real" fruit (instead of pureed) the other day. I had bought about 98408940984 kilos of fruit. I had noticed she was grabbing at it. When I came home, she grabbed a banana. My husband asked if she wanted one, she said yeah... and ate some. In the evening she ate some apple. She's two. Granted, she's been eating it in the creche for a while. But I am damn proud/happy she's succumbed. hah. No more pureed fruit for her. :-)

Nathalie (stevienixed), Monday, 23 November 2009 21:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Still not walking as preferred mode of locomotion, though it's surely gaining. I had read and heard that once those first steps are taken, full-on walking all the time would happen in a matter of days. Not so in this case. Also, after her one-year check-up yesterday (nearly two weeks after the mark), the MD suggested we work on her vocab, which so far is limited to "dat" (probably "that", but sometimes I let myself believe otherwise), "gud" and the infrequent "shit".

there's a better way to browse (Dr. Superman), Saturday, 19 December 2009 16:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

They're worried about her vocab at one year?! Howie didn't say more than a couple of words til he was about 18 months. Now there's no shutting him up. After asking him if he had a good time at a friend's recently, he sighed and said, "It was quite unremarkable."

Archie, meanwhile, has worked out how to crawl... backwards. This annoys him no end as he ends up further away from where he was trying to get to.

Meg (Meg Busset), Saturday, 19 December 2009 23:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

I think she meant that for the 18-month check-in vocab should be a goal, but it came across at first as "Why isn't your baby answering my questions for herself?"
She's finally realized that books are good to look at as well as chew on, so no worries there.

there's a better way to browse (Dr. Superman), Sunday, 20 December 2009 01:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

We recently took Ben to get evaluated for some of his speech difficulties. While the therapist was testing him (using a family of dolls), I suggested that she write a command down on a piece of paper for Ben. She looked skeptical, but wrote "Put the girl on the couch" on the paper and showed it to Ben. He looked at it, and then put the girl doll on the couch!

Not sure if this belongs in the bragging thread or the life with an interesting child thread, but...

schwantz, Sunday, 20 December 2009 17:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

interesting unusual

schwantz, Sunday, 20 December 2009 17:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Archie, meanwhile, has worked out how to crawl... backwards. This annoys him no end as he ends up further away from where he was trying to get to.

― Meg (Meg Busset), Saturday, December 19, 2009 5:01 PM (1 month ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

haha meg. beeps used to doing that. we were always fishing her out of tight corners.

no more springs no more summers no more falls (sunny successor), Thursday, 4 February 2010 04:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

my 9-year old girl's favorite new song: blondie's dreaming.

Daniel, Esq., Saturday, 5 June 2010 16:59 (six years ago) Permalink

awww

no more springs no more summers no more falls (sunny successor), Sunday, 6 June 2010 05:48 (six years ago) Permalink

For a while Ava wanted to visit New York City "to visit Debbie Harry". I think she's a pretty good role model!

Michael Jones, Sunday, 6 June 2010 13:08 (six years ago) Permalink

When we went to NY, our Alice fancied a trip to Rockaway Beach, but it's quite a distance...

And apparently the bus is not recommended.

Mark G, Monday, 7 June 2010 10:28 (six years ago) Permalink

it's also not quite as fun as the ramones song

tylerw, Tuesday, 8 June 2010 22:51 (six years ago) Permalink

I'm and uncle to an extra-terrestrial:

Fetchboy, Wednesday, 9 June 2010 12:23 (six years ago) Permalink

an, obv.

Fetchboy, Wednesday, 9 June 2010 12:24 (six years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/disbister/4799870676/

schwantz, Friday, 16 July 2010 18:13 (six years ago) Permalink

ha! love frog & toad.

tylerw, Friday, 16 July 2010 18:22 (six years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Archie's walking, finally! A few days shy of 16 months.

Meg (Meg Busset), Friday, 27 August 2010 19:42 (six years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

our (nearly) 10-year old daughter has to watch a few musicals for a fourth-grade project. tonight, she watched les misérables (that 1995 dream-cast dvd) with us. now she's preparing the "playbill," for school.

Daniel, Esq., Wednesday, 5 January 2011 03:03 (six years ago) Permalink

:D

markers, Wednesday, 5 January 2011 03:04 (six years ago) Permalink

Meg (Meg Busset), Wednesday, 5 January 2011 20:53 (six years ago) Permalink

hee hee. our sylvie is adding new words by the day. cookie, box, socks, clock, alright -- she can say it all!

tylerw, Wednesday, 5 January 2011 20:54 (six years ago) Permalink

Archie's word list runs to: yes, ta, miaow, brrm. The rest is wild gesticulation and "uh! uh! UH!!!!!!!!"

Meg (Meg Busset), Wednesday, 5 January 2011 21:05 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah there's a lot of that ("uh! uh! UH!!!!!!!!") for us too.

tylerw, Wednesday, 5 January 2011 21:11 (six years ago) Permalink

Ben has been doing these super-detailed drawings:

schwantz, Wednesday, 12 January 2011 17:34 (six years ago) Permalink

^^^the mentaculus

assorted curses (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 12 January 2011 19:45 (six years ago) Permalink

(seriously totally awesome!)

assorted curses (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 12 January 2011 19:45 (six years ago) Permalink

28 steps? Coke? Cokies? 90 humps? What's going on here?

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Wednesday, 12 January 2011 23:07 (six years ago) Permalink

oh my gosh, schwantz, those drawings made my day!

Stop Non-Erotic Cabaret (Abbbottt), Wednesday, 12 January 2011 23:07 (six years ago) Permalink

:)

schwantz, Wednesday, 12 January 2011 23:55 (six years ago) Permalink

think you might be able to make a killing with those on the international art market -- get him a gallery show!

tylerw, Wednesday, 12 January 2011 23:56 (six years ago) Permalink

My favorite is "Countdown to Kindergarten" in the first one, but I also like that he was trying to write "Rogue Wave" up in the corner (he's a big Rogue Wave fan).

schwantz, Wednesday, 12 January 2011 23:57 (six years ago) Permalink

Those pics make me want to have kids tbh!

Stop Non-Erotic Cabaret (Abbbottt), Thursday, 13 January 2011 01:18 (six years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Dalton just learned how to roll from his back to his stomach (at four months!!!)

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Wednesday, 16 March 2011 15:31 (six years ago) Permalink

Sweet! Go go baby Dalton!

In other bragging news, Ben has been doing more drawings.

schwantz, Thursday, 17 March 2011 04:17 (six years ago) Permalink

Amazing stuff. I'm kinda pinning my hopes on Ben solving all the world's energy/urban environment/transportation problems by the time he's 15 with his super-brain!

Ava continues to love robots. In case you're wondering, the robots are restricted to visiting Pealand, Chickenland and Donutland (the icons attached to their hearts), hence their consternation at the rebellious dude on the left just kinda taking off on his own.

Michael Jones, Thursday, 17 March 2011 11:48 (six years ago) Permalink

Ben's art sorta reminds me a little of Basquiat sketches.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Thursday, 17 March 2011 12:26 (six years ago) Permalink

Love those robots! Ben is a HUGE robot fan too.

schwantz, Thursday, 17 March 2011 17:35 (six years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Some new pictures that Ben did...


Rocket over the world, with Argentina and Boston by disbister, on Flickr


Ben makes a maze by disbister, on Flickr


Ice cream store by disbister, on Flickr

schwantz, Wednesday, 24 August 2011 03:15 (five years ago) Permalink

And of course...

Robot Mushene by disbister, on Flickr

schwantz, Wednesday, 24 August 2011 03:16 (five years ago) Permalink

Love them esp. Robot Mushene.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:58 (five years ago) Permalink

NO FORKS

satisfying punishment for that thing he said about lesbians (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 24 August 2011 21:14 (five years ago) Permalink

Archie can talk, finally! Uses his new skill mostly to say "Yellow choo-choo train", over and over.

Meg (Meg Busset), Saturday, 27 August 2011 18:38 (five years ago) Permalink

Robot Mushene!

This summer Ava has read:
The first three Harry Potters
All 13 Lemony Snicket books
A couple of Roald Dahls*
8-10 other kids' novellas, including Blyton, Brian Earnshaw's Dragonfall 5, Judy Moody

(* - losing track of these, as she was dipping in and out of the Dahls and Tove Janssons earlier this year before she got with the whole read-from-cover-to-cover programme)

She didn't really get on with The Hobbit, so we took that back to the library, unfinished.

Not sure what to make of her ploughing through these books at this rate. She's definitely reading rather than skimming but I wish she'd ask more questions - she can't be getting it all.

Michael Jones, Saturday, 27 August 2011 20:05 (five years ago) Permalink

okay. how old are Ava and Archie. I'm sure Beats was talking looooooooong before she was the Henry is now and all Henry says is 'Thank you' 'You're Welcome' and 'I'm Done'. Last weekend he said 'outside' but in a a perfect ET voice. Like imagine ET say 'phone home' when you say 'Oooouuuuutssiiiiiiiiiiide'.

Serial Chiller (sunny successor), Monday, 29 August 2011 19:32 (five years ago) Permalink

She's definitely reading rather than skimming but I wish she'd ask more questions - she can't be getting it all.

SO AWESOME. Does it matter if she's getting it all?

arch midwestern housewife named (Laurel), Monday, 29 August 2011 19:36 (five years ago) Permalink

I was also a v fast reader and always slightly resented people asking me if I was actually understanding books. So this post brought to you by my childhood.

arch midwestern housewife named (Laurel), Monday, 29 August 2011 19:37 (five years ago) Permalink

I was a fast reader, and I definitely was shit at retention, but reading for pleasure is reading for pleasure, right?

schwantz, Monday, 29 August 2011 20:37 (five years ago) Permalink

Ava is six and a half. She's been reading since she was two years ten months (as in, recognising words on signs), fairly fluently since three and a half.

Tallulah is three months away from her 5th birthday and is nowhere near this. As in, just about able to manage very short words (if she's seen them recently in pictorial context) and her name and her sister's name, but totally flummoxed by anything over three letters. She's a daydreamer. Makes you wonder about what they say about low birth weight... I'm sure her genius for physical comedy will get her by.

(Actually we're not worried at all; I think Lulu is just an average, goofy four-year-old, Ava is just wired a bit differently. Plus I suspect Lulu end up being better at maths than her sis).

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 14:00 (five years ago) Permalink

It's all so random! Ben started reading at 1.5 yrs, and now the only reason Owen can read too (at 4.5) is that he's so competitive. And of course, the difference in their artwork is pretty stark. And they are IDENTICAL TWINS! Of course, there's the whole brain tumor thing...

schwantz, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 16:18 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

No more nappies!

Meg B (MegB), Sunday, 23 October 2011 22:38 (five years ago) Permalink

Hannah got the title role in her drama club's production of Annie

Two Noble Klinsmenn (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 23 October 2011 22:45 (five years ago) Permalink

that's like every little girl's dream! congrats :)

tehresa, Sunday, 23 October 2011 23:36 (five years ago) Permalink

NV - way to go, wow!

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 26 October 2011 11:10 (five years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Ben's latest:

schwantz, Wednesday, 7 March 2012 16:53 (five years ago) Permalink

WOAH

Uncle Terry's Tampon Tea (sunny successor), Wednesday, 7 March 2012 23:46 (five years ago) Permalink

so so great

Uncle Terry's Tampon Tea (sunny successor), Wednesday, 7 March 2012 23:46 (five years ago) Permalink

wait what is the second last one?

Uncle Terry's Tampon Tea (sunny successor), Wednesday, 7 March 2012 23:47 (five years ago) Permalink

and last?

is it an owl toy or does the owl part belong with the second last one?

Uncle Terry's Tampon Tea (sunny successor), Wednesday, 7 March 2012 23:48 (five years ago) Permalink

OH SHIT I have a brag. Not as cool and cute but still:

so about 6 months ago I find out about recyclebank which weighs each households recycling and credits them with points which can then be used like cash at supermarkets etc.
so in a moment of madness i shoot off an email describing the general idea to our city's head of waste management. now to implement this every house will need an new recycle wheelie bin and the city will need new recycle trucks that weigh the bins. im thinking there is no way its going to happen but I figured Id make her aware and put stress on 'the natural state' really needing to up its environmental game as well as this may help some people a little in this shitty ass economy.

The woman write me back within an hour or two. Shes says shes never heard of program or any like it is and asks me to give her more details. Some more contacts.

Well, I didn't hear from her again. I pretty much forgot about it until last week when we and every house hold in north little rock, received a letter from the city, faux signed by the mayor, stating that in April NLR will be implementing the recyclebank program. new bins, new truck, points for buying shit! HOLY CRAP. LOOK AT ME MAKING A DIFFERENCE. I AFFECTED A WHOLE FREAKING CITY.

AMERICA THE LAND OF CIVIC OPPORTUNITY I LOVE YOU.

Uncle Terry's Tampon Tea (sunny successor), Thursday, 8 March 2012 00:01 (five years ago) Permalink

I was kind of pissed I didn't get props though. no city key. nothing.

Uncle Terry's Tampon Tea (sunny successor), Thursday, 8 March 2012 00:03 (five years ago) Permalink

That's so cool!

schwantz, Thursday, 8 March 2012 00:32 (five years ago) Permalink

And I THINK that's Shirt, and then Owl Toy, but who knows. The pic's up in my cube now, so I don't know if I can ask Ben what it was from memory...

schwantz, Thursday, 8 March 2012 00:34 (five years ago) Permalink

SUNNY for PAWNEE

mookieproof, Thursday, 8 March 2012 00:38 (five years ago) Permalink

planetsigncake

the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 8 March 2012 00:53 (five years ago) Permalink

shirt may look a little more cat-like than cat, but i <3 them both

mookieproof, Thursday, 8 March 2012 01:03 (five years ago) Permalink

I love Ben's drawing so much. So much!

cashmere tears-soaker (Abbbottt), Thursday, 8 March 2012 01:23 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Ben wrote a song:

schwantz, Friday, 27 April 2012 22:25 (five years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

And now, MORE BRAGGING:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/disbister/7981562302/in/photostream

:)

schwantz, Wednesday, 19 September 2012 03:38 (four years ago) Permalink

totally bragworthy<3

estela, Wednesday, 19 September 2012 03:46 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Awwww very impressive and totally cute!

*tera, Wednesday, 24 October 2012 23:07 (four years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

Check these out!

schwantz, Monday, 9 November 2015 16:21 (one year ago) Permalink

Woah!!

UYD: Oxys, Percs, Vics, Addys, Rit-Dogs and Xannys (sunny successor), Monday, 9 November 2015 16:58 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Videos from the boys' first gymnastics meet:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9utdS-jf7fY6RkNzyQ557xEIIOAxLkRJ

schwantz, Sunday, 13 December 2015 22:35 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Holy moley!! Impressive stuff.

It's dummy on dummy crime (sunny successor), Friday, 12 February 2016 23:15 (one year ago) Permalink

That's my boys! :)

schwantz, Friday, 12 February 2016 23:22 (one year ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

And now this!

DJI, Thursday, 9 February 2017 01:17 (three months ago) Permalink


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