Archive for May, 2008

In case you weren’t aware of it, there is a lot of fun (and insanity!) to be had here, here and here.  If I didn’t have a baby, you now know what I’d be doing during the long days in Yankeeland.

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Seymour Skinner: Superintendent, I hope you’re ready for mouth-watering hamburgers.
Superintendent Chalmers: I thought we were having steamed clams.
Seymour Skinner: Oh, no, I said steamed hams. That’s what I call hamburgers.
Superintendent Chalmers: You call hamburgers steamed hams?
Seymour Skinner: Yes, it’s a regional dialect.
Superintendent Chalmers: Uh-huh. What region?
Seymour Skinner: Uhh … Upstate New York.
Superintendent Chalmers: Really? Well, I’m from Utica, and I’ve never heard anyone use the phrase ‘steamed hams.’
Seymour Skinner: Oh, not in Utica. No, it’s an Albany expression.
Superintendent Chalmers: I see.

See generally.


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Band-Aid, be gone!

Prudence had her 6-month check-up this morning. 

Height:  27.0 inches (90th percentile)
Weight:  16 lb 14 oz (69th percentile)
Head circumference:  43.5 cm (78th percentile)

She was very cooperative in stretching out for her height measurement.  She was not so pleased with the shot or body examination that followed.  As you can see below, that passed fairly quickly.

Giant baby

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Because she was… TROGPRU!!! TROGPRU!!!

Trogpru was a baby!  She was a... dragon-baby!

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Happy Hemiversary!

For those keeping score, today is Pru’s half-birthday.  So we decided to celebrate!

She only wishes she could have a slice.


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You know what else Pru likes? Chewing on things that aren’t food. Not just pacifiers, or her fingers, but books or the TV remote. Or the mail:

Don't worry, it's just junk mail.

Let’s just hope this doesn’t lead to a lifetime of eating soil.

UPDATE:  See also.

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Let’s see, what can Pru do now?

One thing is sit up on her own.  She does eventually fall over (or, more often, slouch over) but she can keep her self up for long enough that I think we can add this to her official skill set.

Where do Mommy and Daddy sit?  Good question.

Her manual dexterity is also developing nicely.  She’s a grabbing fiend.  Particular favorite targets include:  Sarah’s hair, my beard, my chest hair, shirts, Petey, her mini-penguins, her pacifier (which she likes to waive around for a few minutes and then drop).  And big-people food.  She loves to grab at that.  She took a fist-sized chunk out of the bun of a McDonalds Southern-Style Chicken Sandwich I was eating last week, which she proceeded to lick and suck on.  We tried to explain that she’s not ready for refined and processed grains yet, but you know how kids are, they never listen.*  She can also hold her bottle in place when she’s eating.  She’s like a cartoon baby.  She’s also working on petting the cat.  Right now, it’s mostly just a species of grabbing (particularly his ears – he’s remarkably pacific about the whole business) but she seems to get the idea that she’s supposed to be running her open hand over his fur, and occasionally she can pull it off.

What else?  Well, she babbles.  Like it’s going out of style.  And she looks like she’s starting to teethe.

*Note to Department of Children’s Services – we didn’t actually let her eat any of the bun.

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A question I’ve been pondering for a while: Where did the Romance languages get their articles?  They all have ’em, but Latin, the mother-tongue of the Romance family, emphatically does not.  Are they imports from the Germanic languages, brought in during the barbarian invasions?  Are they hold-overs from the earlier Celtic languages spoken in France, Spain and Northern Italy?  Were they given to them by the same alien race that built the pyramids?

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