The Big Murray

Corinna took Alice to the free baby-weigh-in at the South Calgary Health Centre.

Alice is now 20lbs 14 ozs and 28″ long.

Soon she’ll be taller than her dad!

Pepperoni Pizza

For supper tonight Alice started with her usual pureed orange goop from a jar. We have to start with the goop because Alice is starting to prefer just about anything else. Corinna and I were having salad and pepperoni pizza.

Once Alice was finished the orange goop Corinna began sharing her supper. Alice loves eating whatever mommy is eating. We received our Hotchkiss order today, so Alice had some delicious organic heirloom tomatoes. She loves tomatoes.

Corinna also gave Alice some tiny little pieces of pizza, including the pepperoni. She loved it!

There you have it: Alice first had pizza at 10 months 8 days old.

Alice at 10 months

Alice can do more and more every day, including being more independant.
She dosen’t really like her cereals anymore, or anything mashed or pureed. Sometimes she will let me feed her a few spoonfulls of baby food, but then waves her arms around and starts whining. She likes to feed herself, and her favorite thing right now is cream cheese (imagine how much mess that makes!)

She now has taken to sharing- when we come in to get her from sleeping, she often offers us one of her soothers- she dosen’t realize that we don’t love them the same way she does…
She also shares her toys and likes it when you take the toy from her in your mouth and growl- it’s one of her favorite games!
She also crawls mostly on her knees now (as daddy calls it version 2.0), she’s such a big girl! She also likes it when you go into a different room and ask out loud, “where is Alice?”, she crawls into the room with a big smile on her face “here I am!”.
She likes to climb up to stand on furniture- mostly the coffee table and the chair where Chase sleeps; also she likes standing at the gate; she can now go from standing and holding onto the baby gate to standing on her toy box which is right next to the gate, but it’s still a notable transition (and daddy got to see it before mommy!)

Crawling v2.0

Alice has been crawling for some time now, but it’s mostly been on her belly. She looks like a commando trying to sneak behind enemy lines — pulling with her forearms and pushing with her toes.

Occasionally we see her get up on her hands and knees. That takes more core strength and more coordination, so it’s been easier on her belly.

But now we’re starting to see more of the new, improved v2.0 crawling. She’s still a little unstable on her hands and knees, but there’s way less drag.

Upgraded Hardware at

Finally had a chance to upgrade my web/mail server. I had purchased a newer used machine for this purpose, but it was merely collecting dust in the basement.

Since I was merely moving the drive from the old to the new machine it was a pretty easy process.

First, I made sure Kudzu was enabled, so it would do hardware detection once the drive was in the new machine. Then I halted the box and opened the case. Once I had the drive in the new machine, I powered it up to ensure everything was running correctly.

Kudzu ran on boot and removed some old config/added some new. I had to revert the changes it made to /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0, but other than that everything went fine. This is why I keep /etc/ locked down under RCS control.

The old server:

  • Pentium II 233MHz
  • 160MB of RAM
  • 512KB cache
  • 462 bogomips

The new server:

  • Pentium III 733MHz
  • 256MB of RAM
  • 256KB cache
  • 1458 bogomips

All those pictures of Alice should display a little quicker now.

Things Alice can do

Alice is 38 1/2 weeks old now- that’s almost as long as she was in my tummy. Pretty hard to believe! Anyway, there are many things she can do now, some of which we’ve already blogged about. Here’s the list:

  • stand up by herself, holding onto something
  • crawl up the stairs by herself
  • identify favorite objects (she can pick out her q-tips box, rubber ducky and mickey mouse ball from her toybox)
  • of course let’s not forget her cat Chase — she could identify him a long time ago…
  • press buttons
  • push doors open to go through them while crawling
  • open things — drawers, toys that have gates, etc.
  • wave “hi” and “bye”
  • turn the pages of a book
  • she’s currently learning body parts, we’re starting with her toes
  • she knows her cousins, Jack and Connor (will look for them when mommy says their names)
  • identifies pictures of babies (she loves babies!)

Alice Turns the Page

I was just reading a story to Alice, “There’s a Wocket in my Pocket!”

When we were half finished, I said to Alice, “Turn the page.” With her left hand she reached out to grab the next page. It was pretty cute.

Like all good parents, I’m convinced this is a sign of her above-average intelligence.

She turned the pages for the rest of the story. How do we stand the cuteness?