A multimedia extravaganza starring Zeke (born January 2005) and his little sister Talia (born December 2006), lovingly put together by their father!

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Visit from Pop-pop and Nani

Zeke asked Pop-pop to read him a few Mother Goose rhymes before bed tonight.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Overheard: a one-person, two-shoe dialogue

While we were in the car, driving to daycare, this morning, I overheard something along these lines from the back seat:

Ordinary Zeke voice: Hello, I am a shoe.
High-pitched, squeaky Zeke voice: Hello, I am a shoe, too.
Ordinary voice: Hello, shoe, we are friends. Let's dance!

He proceeded to wiggle his feet.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Saturday, May 12, 2007

New game

Talia in walker, uploaded 9th May, 2007.

She likes this. She has also been trying some very thin, diluted rice cereal with breastmilk, which she seems to like but still has trouble figuring out what to do with.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

This is Patrick

This is Patrick

As of yesterday, Zeke has a new friend, Patrick, the baby elephant. He's the baby and Zeke's the mommy. He laid Patrick out on a blanket on the floor of his room, lay down next to him, held him close, and sang him a lullaby ("Hush-a-bye, don't you cry"). Then, he picked him up and inserted Patrick's trunk into his (Zeke's) belly-button and explained that Patrick was drinking milk. The name, "Patrick," was Zeke's idea.

The nice man gave me a lollipop

The nice man gave me a lollipop, #3  The nice man gave me a lollipop, #2  The nice man gave me a lollipop, #1

This is behavior we probably shouldn't be encouraging. The lollipop was a present from the mailman, who is pretty nice.

Poison ivy remedies

Dealing with Zeke's poison ivy, #2  Dealing with Zeke's poison ivy, #1
Last night was a good night.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007


Talia is doing a lot of sitting up, and she seems to enjoy it. Here's a little video (though it's kind of hard to see much). She was showing tremendous abdominal strength. She'd sit, then pitch forward onto her face, then just lift herself up back into a straight-up sitting position without using her arms. I couldn't believe it.

Zeke got poison ivy at the Envirofest on Sunday. He spent most of last night awake, frantically clawing at himself, and screaming. It was miserable for everybody, except Talia, who somehow managed to be oblivious and sleep through the whole thing. He seems better tonight, so far at least, knock on wood. It really sucked.

Monday, May 07, 2007

I just realized: she'll never be four months old again
A little set from today.
100_4151  100_4155

She admired herself seated before a mirror. Then fell. Click for larger versions.
Admiring herself in the mirror  Admiring herself in the mirror
Vanity goeth before a fall

Just for cuteness' sake (Heather took this one):
That hat's still too big for her
Taken at this year's Pottstown, PA Envirofest, which was Saturday and included a petting zoo.

Zeke, Talia and Heather sitting on the floor.
Zeke, H., and Talia on the futon  Zeke, H., and Talia on the futon

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Video diary #2: Talia sits up (take two)

A quick update on what Talia's been doing lately. It's kind of quiet so you may want to turn up your volume. Also, the video seems to skip, and the video and audio aren't quite in sync. Schei├čtechnik, as they say in Germany. The gist is: Talia has been sitting up, smiling all the time, grabbing at things, and even turning herself over. And she smiles a lot in this video, which I think is about three minutes long.

Talia and me

Action shot of Talia, surprised in carseat
Something surprised her in her carseat.

And a few of Talia and me:



I actually took all of these, believe it or not.

Watching ants

Looking at ants  Looking at ants

Looking at ants

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Uh oh

Zeke had trouble keeping his hands to himself today

Zeke had to sit on the naughty bench at daycare yesterday.