Monthly Archives: February 2009

Oliver has his 1-year doctor appointment

For insurance reasons, we scheduled Oliver’s 1-year doctor appointment today (he turns 1 on March 6, in case you didn’t know/remember). We learned that he’s still big. Here are his stats:

Height: 31 inches (around the 90th percentile)
Weight: 24 pounds, 9 ounces (around the 80th percentile)
Head circumference: 49.6 centimeters (the whopping 97th percentile)

We also learned that he’s developmentally ahead for his age, and we can start doing cool things like feeding him just about everything we eat. Tonight’s dinner was fun. We gave him some bow tie pasta with spaghetti sauce, green beans, cheese and yogurt.

He’s starting to interact with us more, too. Ask him what sound a cow makes and he responds, “Mmmmmm….” (close enough). He gets excited when he hears “Old MacDonald” (God help us), and he even has his favorite books. He likes to crawl over and pick out the best ones. His favorites? “Hop on Pop” by Dr. Seuss and “Yummy Yucky” by Leslie Patricelle (to name just two). He will hardly sit through any books that are new or that he doesn’t like, but he gets really quiet when it’s something he has heard 100 times before. Anyway, it’s getting to be a lot of fun.

Below is a picture of our little (OK, “big”) Oliver selecting “Mr. Brown Can Moo” for us to read to him. Enjoy:

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Our stomach knots are untied … for now

Many of you know this already, and I hinted at it on Friday: Sarah’s employment situation has been a little, well, unsure lately. On Friday, as expected, we finally found out some answers regarding her status. Her company has been sold and most of the employees were let go on Friday. Sarah, however, was one of the lucky few who was named a “temporary” employee. So we have, thank goodness, at least another four months before our stomachs will turn to knots again. For the moment, we’re feeling a little better. Thanks to everybody who’s heard me out the past several months and who’s shown us so much concern.

Our visit to Springfield, Mo. (part four)

Today’s a big day at Sarah’s office, so I wanted to post this final “Springfield trip” story before we learn more about the situation. Something fun and positive for this cold, dreary Friday morning.

At the end of our trip, I was chasing Molly up and down the stairs to my parents’ basement. Oliver stood next to me, laughing and bobbing up and down. Then, the next thing I knew, he was right next to me, three steps up. Yes, he learned to crawl up stairs. Here’s a short video of him doing it for the second time. The quality is bad b/c I had trouble transferring the file to the computer so it’s actually a video of the original video playing. Nothing but the best here, right? Anyway, enjoy:



In 2009, we need to make a better effort to visit my parents more frequently. We always have so much fun there, and Oliver is just changing to much every day. It was also awesome to see my sister and her boyfriend, who are off to Boston in a month or so.

Our visit to Springfield, Mo. (part three)

During our trip to Springfield, Oliver learned to drive. Well, sort of. My mom got this push-car thing, and Oliver enjoyed riding around the basement in style. He usually smiled really big and giggled, but here he looks very stoic and serious, doesn’t he?

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And so I don’t forget, I need to mention that Molly, our crazy goldendoodle, also enjoyed our trip. My dad really enjoys spending time with his “grand-dog,” and she eats up the attention. Just look at those eyes:

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Our visit to Springfield, Mo. (part one)

We visited Springfield, Mo., over the weekend, and a lot happened. It was nice to see my parents, and they really enjoyed the time with Oliver. Don’t they look happy?

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We also got to see my sister, Carrie, and her boyfriend, Eli. They are currently living/working in Springfield as part of their traveling therapy gig (next stop: Boston).

It was a weekend of a lot of firsts for Oliver. I’ll try to post a few updates this week. To start off, he gave a “thumbs up” while eating a Baby Mum Mum treat:

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An unusually warm February afternoon at the park

We’ve had an unusually warm weekend in the St. Louis area. Yesterday’s high got up to something like 65 degrees, so we took Oliver to a local park. There, we put him in a swing for the first time. He was really cute, laughing and looking around at all the people. We also played with some of the playground equipment, like a funny mirror and these twisty things. We then walked around the path and headed home. Below are a couple pictures and a short video from our day. Enjoy:

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Bath time is fun time

Oliver loves bath time. As he’s gotten older, it’s been fun to watch him splash in the water, play with his toys (seems like he has hundreds) and laugh as we dry him off. And it makes us laugh to see his crazy wet hair before we comb it. Anyway, for those of you interested, below are some pictures from a recent bath time. Enjoy.

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U.S. Rep. Todd Akin: STOP CALLING ME!!!!

This message goes out to U.S. Rep. Todd Akin: Please stop calling me. You call all the time. I do not like you and I don’t want to hear your voice. I just answered another one of your calls and am sitting in on a live conference call, waiting to talk to you. However, listening to this crud coming out of your mouth is making my stomach turn. Anyway, if you get this message, please take me off your call list. My name is Justin Lopinot, and I’m about as completely opposite politically from your views as one can get. You make me sick. Thank you.