Monthly Archives: June 2009

My First Father’s Day

Dinner 2, June 21, 2009, 5:34 p.m.

Dinner 2, June 21, 2009, 5:34 p.m.

From Brian: This was my first Father’s Day (at least, my first Father’s Day in which I could hold Robert in my arms). Every day with Robert is a Father’s Day present!

We played in the morning, and Robert slowly descended into uncharacteristic crankiness. Partially, we think, because of the long and tiring day yesterday at Muir Woods and the Point Bonita Lighthouse and also because he’s trying to get over his ear infections. His mommy convinced him to sleep, and the family took a late morning nap. I was so happy and content. As I could feel the warmth of my baby son beside me, I thought, “This is what a Father’s Day should be!”

Family nap, happy daddy, June 21, 2009, 10:49 a.m.

Family nap, happy daddy, June 21, 2009, 10:49 a.m.

What more could a father want than to see this angelic face?

Sleepy beauty, June 21, 2009, 11:09 a.m.

Sleepy beauty, June 21, 2009, 11:09 a.m.

He was happy when he woke, but eventually regained his crankiness. His Mommy says that he often cheers up when he leaves the house. We had planned to go to the Zoo today, but Robert was feeling out of sorts. While he is beginning to recover from his ear infections, I was reluctant to expose him to allergens and animal matter in the air. I decided that we would walk around a mall, so we drove to The Shops at Tanfaran. We walked around and enjoyed being a family. Afterward, we had an early dinner during which we learned:

  • He will barely tolerate tofu (he ate two small pieces and bounced the rest on the floor).
  • He loved kidney beans before I offered him sourdough bread and potatoes
  • He prefers peas as carpet decorations rather than food.
  • He enjoys edamame beans only slightly more than peas.
  • Sometimes, he will eat garbanzo beans. Sometimes, he needs to be tricked into eating them.
  • He likes sourdough bread and corn bread.
  • He loves baked potatoes.
  • No matter what, he will eat Cheerios.

Here is the mess he left behind:

Rejected food, June 21, 2009, 5:35 p.m.

Rejected food, June 21, 2009, 5:35 p.m.

He alternated crankiness and laughter on the way home. Finally, we bathed him and put him to bed. As I held him and gave him a bedtime bottle, I snuggled into him and said that we should end my Father’s Day on a happy note. He responded by drinking his bottle quickly and going to sleep without resistance. I held him just a bit longer before putting him into his crib.

Robert reminds his Mommy and me of the joy and beauty in life every day. We know that we are very lucky parents.

Dinner 1, June 21, 2009, 5:34 p.m. 1

Dinner 1, June 21, 2009, 5:34 p.m. 1

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Over the Bay and Through the Woods

Robert plays with Mommy and Joyce while Woody watches and Marc sleeps, June 20, 2009, 5:56 p.m.

Robert plays with Mommy and Joyce while Woody watches and Marc sleeps, June 20, 2009, 5:56 p.m.


From Brian: Yesterday was a busy day! Our friends Woody, Joyce, and Marc visited. They haven’t seen Robert since November!
Mommy, Joyce, and Robert (with a clip in front of his mouth), June 20, 2009, 10:36 p.m.

Mommy, Joyce, and Robert (with a clip in front of his mouth), June 20, 2009, 10:36 p.m.


We all piled into Yeah-Yeah’s minivan and drove to Muir Woods.
Woody, Joyce, & Marc in a tree, June 20, 2009, 1:18 p.m.

Woody, Joyce, & Marc in a tree, June 20, 2009, 1:18 p.m.




Family in a tree, June 20, 2009, 1:15 p.m.

Family in a tree, June 20, 2009, 1:15 p.m.


After Muir Woods, we drove to the Point Bonita Lighthouse.
Point Bonita Lighthouse

Point Bonita Lighthouse


Woody, Joyce, Marc, and I hiked to the Lighthouse, but Mommy and Robert stayed in the car because it was SO WINDY! We almost got blown off bridge to the Lighthouse!
Point Bonita Lighthouse bridge

Point Bonita Lighthouse bridge


Afterward, we drove home. In the car, we called the Go Go Cafe & Restaurant to place a take-out order (lemon chicken and asparagus with beef…Yum!)

After dinner, we called Granddad:
Calling Granddad, June 20, 2009, 5:53 p.m.

Calling Granddad, June 20, 2009, 5:53 p.m.




Beanie getting tired of posing for the camera, June 20, 2009, 5:53 p.m.

Beanie getting tired of posing for the camera, June 20, 2009, 5:53 p.m.


Then we played!
Playing with Joyce, June 20, 2009, 5:54 p.m.

Playing with Joyce, June 20, 2009, 5:54 p.m.


Joyce taught Robert how to play basketball!

(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFZEMPXtiig to watch directly).
Robert kept wanting Woody to hold him.
Woody, please lift me!, June 20, 2009, 6:09 p.m.

Woody, please lift me!, June 20, 2009, 6:09 p.m.


We’re so glad that they visited! It was a fun day, but by the end Robert was as tired as Marc!
Marc, June 20, 2009, 6:02 p.m.

Marc, June 20, 2009, 6:02 p.m.

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Happy Father’s Day, Grandad!

Happy Granddad's Day!, June 5, 2009, 6:36 p.m.

Happy Granddad's Day!, June 5, 2009, 6:36 p.m.


From Robert: Happy Father’s Day, Granddad!
Playing with the Dino pillow, June 6, 2009, 2:03 p.m.

Playing with the Dino pillow, June 6, 2009, 2:03 p.m.


Thank you for visiting me this month!
Going to Starbucks with Granddad, June 7, 2009, 8:02 a.m.

Going to Starbucks with Granddad, June 7, 2009, 8:02 a.m.

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Happy Father’s Day, Grandpa Glen!

Grandpa Glen holds Robert

Grandpa Glen holds Robert


From Robert: Happy Father’s Day, Grandpa Glen! Thank you for holding me!
Grandpa Glen and Robert

Grandpa Glen and Robert

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Happy Father’s Day, Yeah-Yeah!

Happy Father's Day, Yeah-Yeah!

Happy Father's Day, Yeah-Yeah!


From Robert: Happy Father’s Day, Yeah-Yeah!
Mirror with Yeah-Yeah, June 14, 2009, 8:45 a.m.

Mirror with Yeah-Yeah, June 14, 2009, 8:45 a.m.


Thank you for playing with me!
Mommy, Yeah-Yeah, Alexandra, and Robert, May 30, 2009, 1:03 p.m.

Mommy, Yeah-Yeah, Alexandra, and Robert, May 30, 2009, 1:03 p.m.




Yeah-Yeah and Robert, April 26, 2009, 3:12 p.m.

Yeah-Yeah and Robert, April 26, 2009, 3:12 p.m.

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Boy in the Hood

Boy in the Hood, March 15, 2009, 2:01 p.m.

Boy in the Hood, March 15, 2009, 2:01 p.m.


From Brian: Thanks for your well-wishes! The Boy in the Hood is feeling better!

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Ear Infection Update

From Jen:
Robert seems to be doing much better today. He’s had 2 doses of antibiotics so far and (without the benefit of any fever reducers since 6am) his temperature now seems to be holding at 99.8, which is much better than the 102.8 it was on Wednesday night.

He is currently playing and exploring again, so I am hopeful that the worst is over. Thank you to Grandma and Pee Wee Goo Goo for your kind posts.

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