Monday, December 27, 2010

Theo's Two Month Photos

We took Theo's two month photos with his giraffe on December 13th. It has just taken this long for me to get them off the camera and uploaded properly. I also managed to put all his giraffe photos in the same gallery, which makes it very obvious how much he has grown in only two months time.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

MotionX-GPS Track: Crystal Mountain Skiing

Name:Crystal Mountain Skiing
Date:Dec 26, 2010 10:57 am
(valid until Jun 24, 2011)
View on Map
Distance:17.0 miles
Elapsed Time:4:57:07
Avg Speed:3.4 mph
Max Speed:30.5 mph
Avg Pace:17' 30" per mile
Min Altitude:4,203 ft
Max Altitude:6,556 ft
Start Time:2010-12-26T18:57:00Z
Start Location:
Latitude:46.931281º N
Longitude:121.473926º W
End Location:
Latitude:46.930238º N
Longitude:121.486122º W

Friday, December 24, 2010

First Egg!

This morning we had let the chickens out to roam the yard. This is something we do once or twice a week so it's not unusual but typically the chickens roam together. I noticed there were only three chickens so naturally I worried that perhaps a cat had gotten the fourth. But I found her sitting in a nesting box, squawking. I suspected she was laying an egg, so later when I saw all four out again, I went and checked. Sure enough, an egg was had. I think (hope?) the first egg is smaller than later eggs, because this one sure is small!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Weighing In

Theo tipped the scales at 11.95 oz at his follow-up appointment today. Conclusion: Feed him more.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Baby Essentials

Now that we've had Theo for almost two months, a few items have emerged as incredibly useful and I though we should share. These are listed in order starting with the most useful. (Just to be clear, these are things we already own and use, so please don't buy them for us -- but feel free to buy them for yourselves if you have a small baby and think they might work for you too)

1. Total Baby - This is an iPhone app which takes over once the baby is born. At the hospital they'll give you a sheet you can take home and use to keep track of feedings, naps, and diaper changes. Total Baby does it all. If you don't own an iPhone or iPod Touch, it's worth buying one just for this app. - $5 available via the iTunes store.

2. Prince Lionheart The Original Slumber Bear. This is essentially a glorified teddy bear with a white noise machine inside -- which happens to be "womb sounds". Theo's too young to sleep with a teddy bear, so the box inside comes out and hangs on the bassinet. The first night we got this, Theo slept for six hours. Since then he's gotten up to routinely sleeping 8+ hours every night. This thing chews through batteries pretty quickly but it's worth it.

3. Fisher Price Soothe N Play Bouncer - Woodland Animals. Because Theo likes to bounce, although honestly the vibration isn't enough for him and we actively have to rock him with a foot.

4. Baby Swing For those times we need Theo to sleep and he's fussy and we don't want to hold him, this thing plus the white noise iPhone app are wonderful! It goes hand-in-hand with the bouncer, but sometimes Theo wants to bounce, and sometimes he prefers to swing.

5. IQ Baby Baby Buzz. This isn't as important now, but when Theo was less than a month old he really hated being on the changing table, and the music this guy plays was the only way we could get him to calm down even the slightest bit. It chews through batteries like there's no tomorrow, however. It needed new batteries every 3-4 days!

6. AngelCare Baby Monitor. This is just a baby monitor on steriods. It's got the audio, of course, but it also has temperature with alarms so if the baby's room gets too hot or too cold, you know. But that's not the reason this makes the list, especially since Theo still sleeps in the room with us. This monitor comes with a motion-sensitive plate that slides underneath the mattress. His breathing is enough movement to set off the sensor. Should he stop breathing (or get picked up by us), the monitor notices that, sends a warning beep in ten seconds, and ten seconds later alarms. Theo doesn't have breathing problems or anything like that, but SIDS is very scary and this gives me a lot of peace of mind, especially once Theo started sleeping for 8+ hours each night.

7. White Noise iPhone App. Like the name says, plays white noise out of the iPhone speaker. I crank it up as loud as it goes, and it really soothes Theo. Very useful at some of the worst moments. The only downside is if you need to turn it off, and sometimes Theo is crying, I need to turn it off faster than the process of unlocking the phone allows. - Free via the iTunes Store, with ads and nags.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Two month check up

Two month check up
Theo got poked and prodded today. He weighs 11 lbs 5 oz, is 24.5 inches tall, and his head measures 15.5 inches around.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Theo is two months old today!

He is a champion sleeper and loves eating, smiling, and playing with his lion or anything else with a face.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Theo and his duck

During his bath last night, Theo played with his duck. He has tracked it before, but this was the first time he interacted with it of his own accord, batting it around with his hands.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Breakfast of Parents

This is what happens to pancakes when one microwaves them for 11 minutes instead of 1 minute 10 seconds. Plus the house gets very smokey.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Holiday Wishlists

For anyone looking to get presents, please feel free to peruse the following lists:

Michal's Wishlist
Sarah's Wishlist
Theo's Baby Registry at Amazon
Theo's Baby Registry at Target