Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Chubby Cheeks

On doctor's orders, we started Nathaniel on a rotation of breast milk and formula. You see, his weight has been slowly decreasing since his surgery. However, he has taken to the bottle just nicely, and in two days gained 5 ounces!! We are tickled pink out this fortuitous fatness. And for those wondering, the chubby cheeks refer to Nathaniel, not me (downing some skittles right now).

Proof I Have a Brain: Internet sez so

You Are 43% Left Brained, 58% Right Brained

The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.
Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.
If you're left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.
Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.

The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.
Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.
If you're right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.
Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports. Apparently, I have a big brain. :)

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Bambi Iced on Repeat Birdie by Nathaniel

Bambi and buddy spotted in the back yard of our new home. You are going to have to take my word for it as my trusty 0.2 kilo-pixel camera failed to capture the finer details of this encounter.

With the help of my father in law, our fridge is pumping out the goods now, and much cheaper than the heavy water cubes.

I defied the laws of probability, statistics, and possibly the Patriot Act as I used my own personal weapon of mass destruction to sink yet another amazing birdie putt on my way to another victory over the Evil Duo "Dad Squared". (my dad and my father-in-law)

Nathaniel is tired of his paparazzi-style dad taking so many pictures of him. Note the right hand taking a vicious swipe at the camera. I need to retain a high profile celebrity lawyer and I could make some big bucks!

Friday, August 25, 2006

Look Ma No Hands

Fun project I've been tinkering with lately.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Tagged (Not the Body Spray)

Nathaniel got tagged by Emily over at Lanell’s blog.

3 things that scare me:
*Being alone
*Alabama fans

3 people who make me laugh:

*Knock Knock Jokes

3 things I love:
*Being swaddled
*”The Good Stuff”
*Driving parents batty at 3am

3 things I hate:
*Not being rocked
*Tummy bubbles
*Being dropped down the stairs (just kidding Family Services)

3 things I don't understand:
*Daddy’s jokes
*Why I can’t be attached to mommy 24/7
* Is P equal to NP?

3 things on my floor:
*My pacifier
*My diapers
*Daddy’s clothes

3 things I'm doing right now:
*Drafting UN resolutions for long term Middle East peace

3 ways to describe my personality:

3 things you should listen to:
*My squeaking
*My screaming
*My impersonation of George Duyba Bush

3 things I want to do before I die (in other words, 3 things my mom wishes for me)
*To play sports and excel in school
*To go on a mission and marry in Temple
*Set world record on number of diapers changed in 24 hour period

3 things I love to eat:
*My pain medication
*My burp medication
* Prime Rib (got you again Family Services)

3 things I'd like to learn:
*How to hold my head up
*How to control my flailing extremities
*How to politely excuse myself when I pass gas or burp

3 shows I watch:
*Zombie Slasher Flicks (See Prime Rib and stairs addendum)
*Home Shopping Network (can’t wait to learn how to speed dial)

Magical Liger Gauntlets Shaves Strokes

This is my birdie pose. By wearing the Magical Liger Gauntlets, I was able to harness the power of 8 bow-wielding ninjas to sink a 25 foot putt from the rough on the first hole of the Loden-Lloyd Open. It was this putt, combined with the computer hacking skills Spencer possesses that propelled team CNOD to victory. The Loden-Lloyd Open is always played at "The Back Nine", a 9 hole, all par 3, pitch and putt course in Montgomery. The L2 Open just missed an invitation to be an alternative to the U.S. Open. The permissible "trash talking rule" to pysch the other team out was the disqualifier. Terms like "sissy tee off spot", "you'll need a snorkel for sure", and "the green is wet so you'll really have to putt this one extra hard" fly around the course faster that Gary and Kurt's balls do!

Friday, August 18, 2006

Shaken not Stirred (Nathaniel at 5 weeks)

My wife has snapped a very cute picture of Nathaniel smiling. She said it would be perfect for the baby announcements. But apparently, I need NSF grade security clearance to post it to the blog. So you'll be getting it the via Pony Express. In the meantime, you can enjoy the above declassified photo of Nathaniel!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Sheperd Boy Pyloric Stenosis

Nathaniel must really like nurses whose names end with Y. He was taken care of by Penny, Misty, Wendy? and one other nurse whose name I can't remember but I'm sure Raquelle will know.

It all began Thursday night with him throwing up all his dinner. He continued the projectile vomiting (PV) through Saturday afternoon, when we were advised to take him into the ER. He was under observation for 6 hours, throwing up all the pedialyte that he was given. The on-call doctor said he would have to be admitted. Sunday, he hosed the nurse that gave him his IV with two rounds of PV. How sweet the revenge. His belly was imaged via ultrasound to confirm the suspicion of Pyloric Stenosis. The ultrasound nurse also received a double dose of PV. Daddy's leg was drenched in the process. Once the PS was confirmed, surgery was the solution.

Giving up our son to the OR nurses was hard. I'll leave it at that.

Waiting for news of the outcome was hard. I'll leave it at that.

Hearing that he was fine:

like eating German chocolate cake with a cold glass of whole milk after winning the World Cup on a diving header in the last seconds of the game and then celebrating on your 100 foot yacht you bought with the billions you won in an Ed McMann sweepstakes. Actually none of that comes remotely close. It was simply and purely angelic music to my ears.

Monday, August 07, 2006

100th Post = Celebration Contest

Its taken 248 days, but I've made it to 100 posts. It has been an awesome adventure! To celebrate, I decided to throw a contest for the three regular subscribers to my blog ( you know who you are!). Actually, it's open to anyone who stumbles across the contest before it is finished. All you have to do is tell me the importance/history of the picture attached to this post. If you are the first post that accurately describes the photo, you will win a most coveted possession. A delicacy beyond desciption, a piece of heaven on earth, ambrosia from above: a 9x9 pan of my homemade lasagna. If that doesn't get you motivated, I'll buy you a treat at Brusters, now that I am off my diet.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Spencer Loden: CNOD Commando

Only the last three minutes are worth watching, unless you want to watch me scold Spencer for not cleaning his paintball gun. The final bit of the video shows Spencer crawling towards the enemy, bum rushing them both, and eliminating them from the game. Spencer is a paintball commando.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

OK, Am I a Terrible Dad?

I saw these hand pillows that are alledgedly the same feel and weight as real hands that you are supposed to use to help your infant feel connected and loved. I only saw, I'm not planning on getting these!