15 Months, 26 Days
A blog about a kid. I like her.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Tonight Aletheia discovered what Daddy's iPod does. It was a profound experience for the kid.
16 Months, 17 Days
(You know, she's going to look at this picture when she's grown up and laugh about what antiquated technology iPods are. I'm sure all her music will be stored in subcutaneous implants that play directly in her brain or something.)
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Sorry for the long hiatus! I took a trip to California to pick up a car I bought on Ebay (and which the seller subsequently refused to sell, leaving me to walk to a motel and fly home again the next day...long story there) and then I flew to North Carolina to close on our new house and do some painting before we move the furniture in next month. Anyway, I'm back now, and should be doing regular update for a while.
Yesterday we received a package containing Aletheia's birthday gifts from Uncle Kasey and Tia Maria. This nifty outfit was one of the gifts, and it fits her perfectly, even though it's a 2T and she's only 16 months old. Aletheia's really tall for her age. Thanks for the gifts, guys!
16 Months, 15 Days
Saturday, November 03, 2007
A full shot of the terror that was the Allisaurus. Notice the cookie clutched in her right hand. Allisaurus is a prodigious feeder, terrible in its hunger.
(By the way, catching the reference in the title is worth 3.8 cool points.)
15 Months, 28 Days
Saturday, October 27, 2007
aletheia pronunciationApparently this is one of the most popular destinations on the internet for finding out how to pronounce Aletheia (see the Aletheia Name FAQ linked at the bottom of the page). We also provide reassurance to Mommies of large-headed infants who are going to the dentist for the first time while Daddy skips out to see a child-abduction movie.
gone baby gone
first dentist or first dental or 1st dentist or 1st dental or first trip to the dentist
large head size for 15 months
And they said the internet didn't do any practical good for people.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
I snuck (sneaked?--I never know) out for a movie tonight and saw "Gone Baby Gone." Dennis Lehane is one of my favorite mystery writers and I remember devouring the novel in one sitting the day it came out. That was almost a decade ago, and I haven't read it since, so the details were pretty fuzzy. I just remembered thinking it was the best of the series, and the movie has been getting outstanding reviews. So I went.
The plot revolves around a little girl being abducted. A little girl with big brown eyes and light brown, almost blondish hair.
Once upon a time, that didn't bother me. But that was then. I'm glad the theater was almost empty tonight.
It's hard to watch that sort of thing without thinking about how I would react if something happened to Aletheia. I'm a minister, and theologically I'm more or less in the pacifist camp, so I hope that I would try to move toward the forgiveness and redemption of the offender.
My brother, on the other hand, is a great big cop, and he went to police academy, not seminary. So, just a note to any potential bad guys out there. You mess with Aletheia, and you'd better hope that I have time to save your soul before Uncle Kasey tracks you down. Dental records might not be enough to identify you when he's finished.
Just so you know.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
We're not that good.
I was feeding Aletheia lunch last Friday when she jerked in her chair and screamed, clearly in pain. So leaned in and opened up her mouth and saw this:
I'm not a dentist, but to my untrained eye, that looked bad. Really bad. Here's the close-up so you can get a better look at the badness in her mouth.
I thought she had maybe broken a tooth, because she took a bad spill in the church nursery recently and split her lip. So I called every single dentist in our town right then, and--get this--not a single one was working that day. None of them. It must have been the Greater Southwest Dental Conference or something. I briefly flirted with the idea of taking her to a dental clinic across the border--and there are some really good ones there--but decided instead to take her to a pediatrician just to get a professional opinion.
Dr. Herndon isn't a dentist either, but he thought it looked bad. Really bad. Using his magical doctor networking skills, he managed to get a call through to a pediatric dentist, who agreed to see Allie on Monday.
Long story short--the tooth is fine, but somehow her gums got really infected--probably as a result of some damage to the gumline in last week's fall. So, antibiotics and wait for it to clear up. Good news over all.
Then yesterday was the aforementioned 15-month check-up, and our regular pediatrician took a look and said she had never seen that happen before. So, altogether our kid has above-average height, a freakishly big head, and a bizarrely rare infant gum infection. I'm sure she deserves some kind of ribbon, but I'm not sure what color it should be.
15 Months, 9 Days
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
It's pretty obvious what's happening in the picture, so I'll spend our time together telling you about Aletheia's 15-month update.
weight--23 pounds (about average)
height--32 inches (85th percentile)
head circumference--19 inches (a whopping 99th percentile)
Our daughter has a freakishly big head. That's important in her particular case, because it's being used to contain her massive, massive brain. She's way ahead of average on verbal acuity and fine motor skills. At least, that's what it said in the note Aletheia wrote for me.
Assigned reading: "Big Head, Smart Baby?"
15 Months, 12 Days
Monday, October 15, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
While I was trying to get a good picture of Aletheia in her new rocking chair, the kid decided that the camera was much more interesting than the rocker and ran up to hang out with me for a while. Here's a simple, unglamorous candid shot of Aletheia in mid-laugh. She was looking at herself on the camera screen and having a good time.
15 Months, 3 Days
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
3. Ut oh (used mainly when she drops something)
4. Wow! (whenever she's excited about something she sees)
5. 'Men (Amen, after our evening prayers)
6. No! (Her generic answer to anything she can tell is a question. The result is often pretty funny, so I think she does it to make us laugh. When she really means "no" she combines it with a vigorous headshake.)
7. Hi! (She's getting pretty good at this one.)
8. Agua (Water, but mainly used in reference to her bath. Yes, the kid's bilingual. The lady who watches her on Wednesdays speaks Spanish and taught her this one. It's a lot easier to say than 'water' and it's a pretty handy word to know.)
9. Duh (Duck, in reference to her rubber duckies)
10. Die (Diaper)
11. 'Nana (for both a banana and her Nana Freda)
Those are the ones we are sure about. She's made noises that seem like she's trying to say "hello," "thank you," and "I love you," but without clear l, k and th sounds it's hard to say for sure.
Words and phrases that she clearly understands when she hears them:
"Show me your..."
All in all, that's pretty good for a 15 month old. We're not worried about language acquisition any more.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Monday, October 08, 2007
Another week without many updates. I had a conference in Dallas this last weekend, and I took Aletheia with me so she could spend the weekend with her Grammy and Granddaddy. It's interesting being a father flying with your infant daughter. Lots of fairly obnoxious comments from strangers.
"I bet she's a real handful."
Not really. She's pretty calm and usually refrains from making unflattering assumptions about the people in line with her.
"Are you flying alone?"
Congratulations! I see that the cleverly designed android in my arms didn't fool you. Yes, I am flying alone.
"Are you taking her to see her mommy?"
Actually, I don't know who her real mommy is. She was left in the video store where I work, right in between "The Bad News Bears" and "Leprechaun IV."
Okay, I didn't actually say those things, but after a while the weird comments started getting pretty annoying. When my wife flies with Aletheia, she gets comments like. "Oh, what a precious little girl." "Are you going to see Grandma?" "Didn't I see her on a blog somewhere?"
I wouldn't have thought that Daddies flying with their kids would be that unusual these days, but I guess I was wrong.
Today's picture was taken at Aunt Lisa's house up in the mountains. Aletheia scrambled up on top of the table on the back deck. She was very proud of herself.
14 Months, 26 Days
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Aletheia had a huge laughing fit after her supper tonight. She just couldn't stop. It was a lot of fun.
Now, in other news--we are moving! The trip we took to North Carolina last month was to visit a church there and talk about joining them as the new pulpit minister. It seems to be just as good a match for us as we had hoped, and we have gladly accepted the job. We'll stay in New Mexico through the end of the year, and then start in NC by mid-January.
In spite of our excitement about the upcoming move, it's going to be difficult to leave all the people that we have loved here. The next three or four months are going to be big, eventful ones for our family.
14 Months, 7 Days
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Saturday, September 01, 2007
"Almighty God of Bath Tub, who dost cleanse us with thine refreshing waters, I pray thee bless this thy humble servant, who wieldest this washcloth. Might our eyes remain free from soap, even as our bodies are freed from dirt. Amen."
13 Months, 29 Days
Nine-month-old cousin Alyssa came to visit Aletheia this weekend. I never realized how dark-complected Aletheia is until Alyssa came to visit, but--wow, what a contrast. They had a good time playing together today--lots of laughs.
13 Months, 29 Days
Friday, August 31, 2007
This picture was a happy accident. I have a simple external flash that I set up sometimes to fill in the light in indoor pictures. I had set it off to the side, but Aletheia saw it and walked over to pick it up. I snapped the picture anyway, and really love how it turned out.
13 Months, 27 Days
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Aletheia seems to have become a lot more expressive in recent weeks. Her smiles are broader, her laughs are louder, and her frowns--well, they're pretty intense. Sometimes we think she does it as a joke. She'll get a really concerned look on her face, and then when we react to it, she'll burst out laughing. I didn't expect that she would be emotionally gaming me while she was still in diapers, but she could just be a prodigy.
13 Months, 19 Days
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
I think the thing that covers the bathtub faucet is supposed to be a duck, but I don't think ducks have that weird crown thing on their heads. So it looks more like a chicken to me--a chicken in the last stages of death from the Ebola virus, spewing liquids out its beak with incredible force.
But I just tell Aletheia it's a sweet little duckie. She doesn't need to know everything that goes on in her daddy's head.
13 Months, 16 Days
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Here's another one where Aletheia lunged for the camera. It's off-center and out-of-focus, but we captured a great smile--one so big you can see all of her front teeth, and the sizeable gap between her incisors. We use it for extra storage.
13 Months, 15 Days
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