Monthly Archives: July 2011

Three Years Old!

From Daddy: Three years ago, we had our son and the world became a better place!

We began our celebration on Thursday and Friday with the arrival of family from Southern California.

(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tx5Tv7qD4b8 on your mobile device)

On Saturday, we had a great kid party at My Gym!

(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=757lWBlC4-I on your mobile device)

On his birthday itself, all of our visitors left. Robert had a difficult time saying good-bye and was very awkward about it. Later, he had a good day and we had a celebratory dinner of pizza and frozen yogurt. He pretended to fly home until he encountered “drums.”

(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esrqQVZwl4w on your mobile device)

We love you Beanie!!!

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Discussing Snacks with the Beanie

From Daddy: This morning, Robert woke me asking for food (as usual). He said that he wanted a “snack.” The conversation was as follows:

Daddy: What would you like for breakfast?

Beanie: I don’t know what I would like for breakfast?

Daddy: How abouttttttt…a banana?

Beanie [whom Daddy knows has been largely boycotting bananas for months]: No…. I don’t like bananas so much. Maybe when I’m older I will take a bite–like when I’m two.

Daddy: You’re already two!

Beanie: How old are you?

Daddy: I’m forty.

Beanie: And on my birthday, I will be three!

After his breakfast (“circle” or rounded toast and applesauce), we visited Bok-Bok. He happily greeted Bok-Bok and Chun Pau-Pau, ran, and played ball. Bok-Bok reached under the coffee table and produced some puffs for Robert, which he devoured.

Beanie Gets Puffs from Bok-Bok, July 24, 2011, 10:16 a.m.

Beanie Gets Puffs from Bok-Bok, July 24, 2011, 10:16 a.m.


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYDx3v3mwQ8 on your mobile device)

Later, he surprised me by requesting the seaweed snacks that he saw in the kitchen. I was surprised because he declared, “I love seaweeds,” even after rejecting them last week.

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He Can Spell “Toy” and “Zoo”

Toy spelled in bathtub, May 17, 2011, 7:20 p.m.

Beanie spelled TOY, May 17, 2011, 7:20 p.m.


From Brian: Robert’s obsession with Toy Story inspired him to learn how to spell “toy”! He’s been able to spell “toy” for over two months now.

He has also been able to spell “zoo” for at least a month and a half!

Zoo spelled in bathtub, June 5, 2011, 6:57 p.m.

Beanie spelled Zoo, June 5, 2011, 6:57 p.m.

He loves the zoo, so the inspiration is obvious!

2011-07-01 Zoo, July 1, 2011, 12:53 p.m.

Hello from the Zoo!, July 1, 2011, 12:53 p.m.

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Drinking Problem & the MC at the Mic

From Daddy:

The Drinking Problem

After breakfast yesterday, I gave Robert a cup of milk. He drink some (or so I thought), walked to the hallway, and spit it out. “Why did you spit out your milk?!” I asked.

“I need a towel,” he requested.

I ran to the kitchen to get a towel and repeated my question. He replied with something that I didn’t understand. I repeated the question. He repeated the thing that I didn’t understand. I started wiping up and he looked to play with a ball. He found a beach ball.

I soak the first towel and I passed him on the way to the kitchen. I asked him again why he spit the milk out. He said, “Beach ball!” Confused and returning with more towel, I repeated the question. He yelled back, “BEACH! BALL!”

I asked him pointedly, “Why did you spit out your milk?!”

He hung his head down and said softly, “I don’t know…”

At least I understood that one. I said, “Well, I can accept that answer.”

The Heavy-Drinking MC at the Mic

Beanie MC at the mic, July 17, 2011, 12:49 p.m.

Our MC at the microphone

Robert and I walked up and down Irving street yesterday morning to pick up lunch and treats for Bok-Bok. We visiting Bok-Bok and had lunch at her house.

During play time, he found Bok-Bok’s stand and treated it like a microphone stand! (He’s been inspired by microphones for a while, most recently by Yeah-Yeah’s performance as the MC at Cara Goo-Goo’s and Berry’s wedding https://beanieblog.wordpress.com/2011/07/09/fun-time-at-the-wedding and by the goings-on at the 2011 banquet https://beanieblog.wordpress.com/2011/03/06/lots-of-fun-at…family-banquet.) Isn’t he cute?!

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Treats for Success

From Daddy: We customarily read three books to Robert as part of the process for putting him to bed. This evening Robert selected The M&M’s Brand Counting Book to read as one of his selection.

Tonight's bedtime reading

Tonight's bedtime reading

As I was preparing to read the book, Robert asked (hee-hee!) if the M&Ms had peanuts in them! (Recall that Robert is allergic to peanuts https://beanieblog.wordpress.com/2011/02/27/february-in-review.) I said that they didn’t.

Then he asked, “Are they chocolate M&Ms?” I responded yes. Then he reminisced about how he gets two M&Ms as a “treat” when he successfully uses the potty (recall https://beanieblog.wordpress.com/2011/06/01/a-beanie-day-to-remember and https://beanieblog.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/he-is-proud-of-me), and said “andIlikethemso much!” It was so cute!
The Peanut M&M Incident

Actually, for more background, this spring, Robert had an allergic incident with a peanut M&M that we never got around to blogging.

On April 24, we were invited to an Easter picnic and egg hunt at Mother’s playground in Golden Gate Park.

Auntie Alison leads Robert to the Easter egg hunt

Auntie Alison leads Robert to the Easter egg hunt (thanks to Jess for the great photo)

Big kids congregate as Robert traipses in the background on the right

Big kids congregate as Robert traipses in the background on the right (thanks to Jess for the great photo)

Just after the Easter egg hunt and before the drama

Just after the Easter egg hunt and before the drama (thanks to Jess for the great photo)

Robert's Easter bonnet

Robert's "Easter bonnet" (thanks for Jess for the great photo)

Unfortunately, a peanut M&M unfortunately sneaked its way into the mix and wound up in Robert’s egg. He bit into the M&M, tasted the peanut, and spit it out (yay, Robert!). He announced the peanut to Mommy. Mommy confirmed the peanut and then ran to get me, and then we (Mommy, Robert, Grandma Carol, and I) sped home. At home, we gave Robert some baby Benadryl and a couple of light puffs from his emergency inhaler. Afterward, he took a nap.

A couple of hours later in bed, I felt the heat from Robert’s sleeping body. Hives had formed, so we took Robert to the emergency room. His spirits were wonderful and he delighted a few people in the waiting room. He was terrifically cute with the triage nurse. The nurse asked for his name and he said, “Wobert.” He kicked his legs adorably as he sat in that chair. He permitted the blood pressure test. He was great.

Later, they just gave him another dose of benadryl (no downside to that, they said) and a few minutes with a nebulizer (several inches from his face so that he wouldn’t freak out, which he didn’t), and we were discharged with a clean bill of health.

It was a scary incident, but I was so proud of Robert for knowing that he shouldn’t have peanuts and of the way that handled himself at the E/R. Robert is definitely my treat.

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He Is Proud of Me

From Daddy: Mommy has been working very hard lately to potty-train Robert. Today when I came home, Robert was wearing underpants. I persuaded Robert to follow me to the bathroom and try. Soon he exclaimed, "I doing it!" Success!

We gave him lots of accolades. Later he said to me, "I love you and I’m proud of you," just like I told him.

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Hard to Say Good-Bye

From Daddy: At last night’s wedding banquet, Yeah-Yeah told me that he and Ngen-Ngen would leave early this morning to return to work. Robert and I visited them and Bok-Bok early this morning to play.

One thing that he did was to play a toy ball inside of a plastic cup and speak to it. Bok-Bok thought that he made an ice cream cone, but really Robert was imitating Yeah-Yeah from last night! Robert mumble something about “song,” “love,” and “Berry.” Hee-hee!

Robert got to play and received some love, but when it was time for his grandparents to leave, his face immediately started to sadden and he began to rub tears out of his eyes! It was both sad and sweet.

I held him and asked sad Robert if he wanted to play ball or bowling. He sadly replied, “I don’t want to play anyzzzhing.”

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