Alice’s first visit to the park

Today Alice and I went to the park at the end of our street; she played with the rocks/gravel and enjoyed it very much. Then I put her in the baby swing, and she thought that was fun, but what was even more fun was when Mommy held Alice in her lap on the big person swing — Alice enjoys any sort of variations on swinging, not just back and forth; she likes twisting and turning, and when Mommy drags her feet in the gravel — she did lots of laughing and squealing!

Today Alice has also taken to walking while holding onto Mommy’s hands — she’s always resisted this in the past, but Great Auntie Rene walks with her when we go to the farm. Usually for me she will just buckle her knees, but now it’s ALL she wants to do! It’s adorable, because it’s the only time I’m allowed to hold onto her hands. She’s also standing a lot more than she used to, and can get up into a standing position from a sitting position; that’s new.

Soon she’ll be walking!

New Food Photos on

Finally updated the food photos on Corinna’s Personal Thyme site. I’m pretty happy with the results.

As you can tell from these photos, Chef Corinna makes amazing food. Her clients are the luckiest foodies in Calgary.

My food photography is pretty amateur by comparison. I am, after all, a software engineer by day. But I’ve been practising and I’ve got a couple food photography books on my shelf now. I’ve also added a Canon EF-S 60mm macro to my arsenal — this allows me to get up really close. I don’t own any lighting equipment, so it’s all taken in natural light.

The only downside to taking photos for Personal Thyme? By the time I’ve finished the shoot my dinner is cold.

Alice’s 1 year immunization

Alice got her 12 month shots today, in the arm- ouch!

She got 2 needles, one in each arm; by the second one she knew what was coming and tried to pull away, poor sweetheart. She did very well, and we didn’t have any concerns for the nurse. Her measurements were different than at Dr. Pow’s: 23 lbs and just over 30 inches. She was weighed today with her clothes on, which adds extra weight; she is just over 22 lbs then. Her growth curve is still curvey, and hasen’t levelled off yet as it typically does at this point, although she still may taper off soon.

Alice still ussally has 2 naps a day, although they’re later than they used to be.

She used to go down around 9am and 1pm. Now I put her down right after lunch at noon and she sleeps for 1 1/2 hrs, then she has another nap after snack at 3pm.

Oh, and this is what Alice eats on a typical day:

  • breakfast: 4 tbsp. mixed cereal with 2-3 tbsp. fruit puree; 1/4 of a banana, some cheerios. milk from cup.
  • lunch: 1 jar baby food, then the same amount of finger food (whatever mommy’s having). more milk.
  • snack: 3 tbsp. plain yogurt with 2-3tbsp. fruit puree; 1oz. cheese, 1/2 peach/pear/kiwi or other fruit. milk.
  • supper: 1 jar baby food, then finger food (mommy & daddy’s supper), cheerios, gold fish, cheese or whatever! of course more milk.
  • night time snack: 200ml bottle of homo milk.

That’s our girl!

Uptime: 287 days

Had a service interruption here yesterday morning.

I noticed it once I arrived at work — I could no longer connect to I spoke with Corinna and had her reboot the cable modem. That didn’t help.

Time for the big hammer. I had Cor log into the firewall as me, then switch to root. From there she issued a ‘service network restart’. The things a wife has to do when she marries a software engineer….

This fixed the problem, but with an unfortunate side effect. The external IP of changed for the first time since October of 2003. That wouldn’t have been a big deal except that my DNS Time To Live (TTL) setting was at 12 hours. What does that mean? It would take up to 12 hours for the rest of the internet to realize that had a new IP. I’ve since decreased the TTL to 20 minutes.

Last night I did some more maintenance on the firewall and decided I should reboot. It’s not like any of you could see anyways.

So ends the stellar uptime of 287 days! Oh well.

Alice’s 1 year visit with Dr. Pow

Alice saw Dr. Pow today for her one year visit.
Her measurements are:

  • 22 lbs
  • 30.25 inches

That puts her between the 75-90th percentile for height and 75th percentile for weight.

Dr. Pow commented on how she should come back and model for the other babies on how to sit nicely through an exam…

He had no concerns except for a rash on her tummy which he prescribed a cream for (Folliculitis) which isn’t serious and will go away in a few days. Also he noticed how she likes to sit in a “W” position with her legs — he advised us to encourage her to sit in a different position as this position can cause knee and hip problems later in life.

She’s to see him when she’s 2 years old unless we have concerns.

We told him how Alice eats very well and is still on one night time bottle; he said this was okay and maybe
around 15 months transition to a night time snack. Daddy is very happy about this as the night time bottle is his chance to have one-on-one with Alice. I know Alice loves her daddy too!

Alice’s 1st Birthday

Alice is 1 year old now!

We had 20 people (including babies) here on Sunday to celebrate and it was lots of fun.

Alice did quite well with her cake; she didn’t really make a mess and also didn’t eat as much as Grandma C wanted her to (cuz mommy made sure Alice ate lots of supper). Alice got lots of gifts and sure loves playing with all her new toys. She is a very lucky girl!

Mommy’s 33rd Birthday

Wow Mommy is old…
Don’t remind me! Actually, I believe you’re only as old as you think you are, and I don’t believe in that “29 and holding” business. vcccccccccccccccccccccccccccccc (that was Chase…)
We went out for supper to Cattle Baron with Grandma Phyllis and Grandpa George and Auntie Chrissy and Uncle Norm. We sat in the high chair for over an hour eating our supper while the adults waited (patiently) for their meals to come. Alice did very well and was very happy. It made a very wonderful birthday to have Alice and the family there to celebrate a special day.
Anyway, today after Alice’s 1st nap, when I went to get her she had taken her shirt off. After her 2nd nap, she had pulled the crib sheet part way off. Lately she’s also taken to pulling things over her head, mimicking mommy putting her purse/sherpa over her head I suppose; she does it with everything- daddy’s camera bag, a napkin, her coat. Alice is looking forward to her own birthday coming up on Sunday!

Standing, Briefly

This morning Alice stood on her own for the first time. It was only for a second or two, but she’s never done this before.

Corinna and I were sitting in the living room watching Alice when she stood. We resisted the urge to shout encouragement, but we did tell her she was a very good girl. Then she plopped back down onto her bottom.

Throughout the day she’s done it a few more times, once for as long as 5 seconds. Her confidence seems to be growing.

What a wonderful day!

Alice can clap her hands!

Last night Auntie Chrissy, Uncle Norm and Baby Cassandra were here for supper, and Alice clapped her hands while in the high chair. She’s been doing it a lot today as well, her newest thing.

Also of interest, last week she used up her last can of formula so her night time bottle is straight cow’s milk; and she’s also in size 4 diapers — she’s a big girl now!