Archive for June, 2009

Balancing act

June 29, 2009

Patrick is a little closer to walking, as he has just in the past day or two developed the ability to stand unassisted for several seconds at a time.  He’s still too astonished by this to do much about it, but I’m sure he’ll figure out the next step–so to speak–sooner or later.



Rendezvous on the Mississippi

June 29, 2009

Last weekend we met up with Nana Pat for a working vacation (work for me, vacation for everyone else) in St. Louis.  I was attending the annual conference of the American Theological Library Association, and I bribed my mom to co-present a session with me by offering a couple of days of grandson time.  It worked like a charm: I got her expertise for my roundtable discussion, and she got two days of sightseeing and hanging out with Patrick.



June 13, 2009

Patrick had his nine-month check-up today and did very well.  He entertained himself in the waiting room by pushing a chair around and was generally on good behavior.  (It’s a lot easier to take a kid to the doctor when said kid isn’t actually sick.)  His stats were right on target: 20.00 lbs, just shy of 30 inches tall (though the height measuring technique the nurse used looked to have a significant margin of error).

Everyone kept telling him he didn’t have to get any shots during this visit, but that seemed like false advertising, since he did have to get stuck by a needle for a routine test.  This being health care in America, we had to go to another part of the clinic and hang out in another waiting room for the lab, but Patrick did enjoy playing with the pager they gave us (it’s like waiting to have your blood drawn at Applebee’s).


Mind your manners

June 8, 2009

Another visit to the Children’s Museum of Houston today.  The Tot Spot was pretty crowded, but Patrick played happily for well over an hour, and Micah and I had fun watching him (and, I admit, playing with the blocks–I love blocks).  It’s really interesting to watch the little kids interact with each other.  They have very little sense of boundaries or personal space, so they’re always colliding with each other, but mostly they’re cool with it.  Patrick committed only one major social faux pas: he took a little girl’s admission sticker and ate it.

But he did display very fine etiquette at the tea party.


Pots & Spoons R Us

June 7, 2009

We made a visit to Toys R Us today, and I was amazed at the sheer number of toys in the world today.  So many, so colorful, so loud!  We managed to get out without buying any (though I did pick up a bunch of half-price summer clothes, 12-month size), and I’m glad we did, since Patrick spent the rest of the afternoon being thoroughly entertained by a soup pan and a wooden spoon, a mixing bowl full of water, and an empty laundry basket.


Just add beret

June 4, 2009

I thought it might be fun to see what Patrick would do with crayons.  Unsurprisingly, he wanted to eat them.  But he did manage to make a few marks on a piece of paper–even if only when Daddy was helping.



Hooray for the Tot Spot!

June 1, 2009

We finally got around to trying out the Children’s Museum of Houston membership my dad and stepmom gave me for my birthday, and it’s clear we’ll get our money’s worth out of it.  The museum is wonderful!  They’ve just completed a major renovation/expansion, and they have this great section called the Tot Spot.  I didn’t think a museum could have much that would interest an eight-month-old, but I was wrong.  Patrick was completely enthralled by the toys, the crawling and climbing areas, and, of course, the other kids (even the little bully who tried to shove him out of the way to play on the toy car).  I was far more impressed with the whole set-up than I expected to be, and I’m sure it will be a frequent destination for us in the months and years to come.   Thanks to Nonno and Pat for the fabulous birthday gift!