Archive for January, 2009

Dog Show!

January 31, 2009

Hurricanes, tropical storms, rain forest humidity…it all seems worth it when the last day of January brings blue skies, sunshine, and temperatures in the 60s.  It was actually enough to get us out of the house!  We drove to Crosby, a small town northeast of Houston, to watch a dog agility competition.  Patrick seemed to enjoy all the doggy excitement, and I always get a kick out of watching agility.  (I did basic agility training with our previous dog, Bevin, and loved it.)  The funniest thing about the event was realizing that hardcore dog people only have eyes for dogs; Patrick has two few legs to get any attention from them!


The other part of our outing was a visit to Applebee’s, in honor of Grand-Nana.




25 Random Things About Patrick

January 29, 2009

Patrick got tagged in the Facebook game “25 Random Things about Me,” and here they are:

1. All my grandparents are on Facebook.
2. I was born in Bexar County, TX.
3. I have a cousin who lives in Lebanon.
4. I have been on an airplane twice.
5. I love to dance.
6. My nickname is Bear.
7. I go to day care at St. George’s and St. Patrick’s.
8. My names go back five generations.
9. I wish Mommy would let me watch TV.
10. Dogs are very interesting to me.
11. I have a lot of clothes.  Really.  A lot.
12. I will turn one year old on the first anniversary of Hurricane Ike.
13. One of my favorite things to do is watch a laser pointer show.
14. Sometimes I get very frustrated.
15. I have blue eyes, but that might change.
16. I used to make my mommy throw up a lot.
17. I like to listen to sports talk radio and Celtic music.
18. I hope Mommy and Daddy take me to the rodeo.  And the dog show.
19. When I smile, people will do anything I want.
20. I was a sweet pea for Halloween, but so was Harrison Ford.
21. I would chew on my toes all day if I could.
22. Bath time is one of my favorite times.
23. I could roll from my tummy to my back when I was one month old.
24. I still don’t like tummy time very much.
25. My mommy blogs about me at

Mr. Snuffleupagus

January 26, 2009

Poor Patrick has been sneezing and snuffling for a couple of days now, so I stayed home with him today and took him to visit the doctor.  I wasn’t concerned that it was anything serious, but since this is likely to be a common state of affairs, I wanted to get it checked out and learn if there was anything we should be doing for him.  I kind of regretted the whole going-to-the-doctor thing because it took forever and I had to deal with a minor financial screw-up involving an inexplicably refunded copayment, but it was good to have my instincts confirmed and find out that, while he might be a bit of a mess at the moment, the kid is just fine.  Unhappy, but fine.


Mouth is a verb

January 25, 2009

It seems Patrick is getting ready to start teething, since he drools constantly and puts everything he can get his hands on straight into his mouth.  Here he is mouthing one of his favorite toys, which we call the Oogly-Googly.


Mile High Mommy

January 25, 2009

I’m just now home from two days in Denver for the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting.  It was a good trip, especially since I lucked into a free hotel room.  I wish Patrick had been able to come along because I think he would have loved the big blue bear outside the Colorado Convention Center.


The photo comes from Flickr user Elizabeth Thomsen.  I don’t have a picture of my own because I left the camera at home, so Micah could take shots like these.


January 23, 2009

Please ignore the fact that I look like a dork and enjoy Patrick’s dramatic rendition of his original composition, “Improvisation No. 3: Meditation for a Sleepless Night.”

Yoga in the tub

January 21, 2009

I guess by now you might be wondering if Patrick ever takes a bath, since I’ve never written about this important baby activity.  Rest assured, the bath is a key component of his evening routine.  In fact, it is supposed to be the signal that daytime is over, and it’s time to start thinking about going to bed (God knows by then I’ve been thinking about it for hours).  Fortunately, he seems to like bathing, even though he’s not big enough to play much in the tub.  He has just recently taken interest in a rubber duck (he likes to grab it and bite its head) and also loves to practice his favorite asana: the Toe-Munching Monkey.  Marvel at his perfect form and exceptional flexibility:



January 19, 2009

But only on state and federal holidays.

I spent the whole day hanging out with Patrick, which I guess I haven’t done by myself in almost two months.  I had forgotten how challenging it can be to keep him entertained–sometimes the child has the attention span of a gnat–and to deal with the near total unpredictability of his schedule.  I suppose if I were home with him all the time, we would establish some kind of routine, but since I only get to do this every now and then, it makes for a pretty chaotic day.  Still, it was a real treat, and the frustration of a long day with a four-month-old is more than balanced out by smiles like this:


Go Rice!

January 18, 2009

Cereal, that is.

Patrick had his first taste of real food yesterday when he tried a few spoonfuls of rice cereal.  Though suspicious at the outset (the camera in his face didn’t help), he soon decided he liked it and was eager for more bites.  He is supposed to have cereal for several days before starting the parade of fruits and vegetables.  One of our baby advice books says that first-time parents are always in a hurry to introduce solid foods, while more experienced moms and dads know it’s just a big pain and put it off as long as possible.  So I guess we’re just following the proper script!

The Maharajah of Westbury

January 18, 2009