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Friday, October 31, 2008

happy halloween!

Isaac's porcupine costume:

It's not my best work, but it was still pretty cute. Isaac is very anti-hat (Mama: wrong on hats, wrong for America) so I didn't even bother making one. Not having a hat really limits your toddler costuming options.

He enjoyed having trick-or-treaters come to the door. Hi! Hi! Hi! He also thought the bowl of candy was awesome. It will be worse next year when he knows what's in the wrappers; this year he was content to dump it all out and put it back into the bowl.

A quick retrospective of Halloweens past:

First Halloween, age three weeks, Isaac The Pissed Off Burrito:

Second Halloween, starring Pissed Off Monkey:

There was a Pissed Off Porcupine, but I was too busy prying it away from my laptop to get a photo. That's what he's going for on the table. I'm so unreasonable about the laptop. Sure, I had to replace the keyboard after tiny fingers removed the C key but is that any reason to deny Isaac the thrill of modern technology? Is it?

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

THIS boy?

Find the person in this photo who is probably up to no good:

Thanks for all the kind words last week. I'm getting my equilibrium back, albeit slowly.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Dear This Week: please stop sucking. Love, Sara.

I'm going to try to keep the whining to a minimum, but seriously? This week is full of Teh Suck.

Monday: took Isaac to see the pediatric neurologist at the request of his pediatrician, to see if there's a reason why he's not walking or talking all that much. The answer is probably what I've thought all along, aka Isaac Does Stuff When Isaac Wants To, but they're going to do some tests to rule out anything meta. I filled out a mess of paperwork to get him a new developmental assessment which will probably lead to some occupational and physical therapy as well. His muscle tone is within the range of normal, but on the low end, so a bit of PT should help him along. The paperwork included a big section on When Did Your Baby Do X? so I had to go back in the blog and the flickr album to figure out when he started holding his head up and turning over. Remember when he used to just roll across the room to get around?

I'm having some really major anxiety about all of this, of course.

Tuesday: slammed at work, feeling a bit frantic, working late, check facebook on my way out the door...and find out that my grandfather died! One of my relatives had updated their facebook status about it. To be fair, my mom had called and left a message at my house, so that wasn't intended to be the official notification, but I still file it under tragically comic/comically tragic.

It's not like we didn't know it was coming, and very soon. I'm still randomly bursting into tears, though.

Those are the big ones. Also, the Rabbit is still at the body shop and I'm still driving a gigantic land yacht of a rental, Rustoleum decided that this is cooler than DiaperBot, and work is pulling me in 15 different directions at once and I feel like a giant failure.

On the up side, we finally cut Isaac's hair and he is now even more aggressively adorable. You almost don't want to look directly at him lest you be overwhelmed by the awesome. I'll get the photos off the camera soon.

End whine.

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Isaac partied like it was his birthday

Sorry it has taken me a week to recap Isaac's birthday celebrations; I'll do a separate post on the reasons why this week sucked. But first! Isaac's Super-Awesome Second Birthday.

On Saturday, we had a little brunch at our house for his godparents and Dennis' relatives. Isaac went into overwhelm a bit at having so many people there, but after a round of burying his head in Dennis' shoulder, he decided that it was safe to play after all.

Meanwhile, we were all fascinated by the cake:

Leigh made a robot cake, by which I do not just mean a cake that looked like a robot, I mean it actually moved. The base was a sound-activated machine that made the robot's arms and legs flail. So it was like The Clapper, but in cake form. Clap On! Cake moves! Clap Off! Cake stops moving! Also, it was delicious.

I made some celebratory garland for the kitchen ceiling, using the pattern here as a jumping-off point.

I had a really cute table runner for the party, but you know what's not a good combination? A small boy who pulls up on everything, and a table runner that hangs over the edge of the table. Fortunately, we figured that out before anything heavier than a stack of napkins was on it.

I think Isaac is headed for traffic school, though. Here he is drinking and driving. Pantsless.

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Friday, October 10, 2008


Hey, remember this guy?

Look what he turned into!

Happy 2nd Birthday, Isaac!

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

This is not our year for cars, apparently.

The Rabbit we bought to replace the Beetle that was totaled six months ago is injured. Dennis was coming back from a show in the city late last night, and a confused deer decided that it needed to be on the highway, too. That didn't work out so well for the deer.

In case you were wondering, the phrase "deer in the headlights" is not just a hackneyed expression. The deer stopped in the middle of 280 and just stood there like a...well, you know. Dennis was able to swerve quickly enough to not hit the deer head-on, so the damage to the car isn't as extensive as it could have been, and more importantly, he wasn't injured. The deer took off, so no word on its condition.

There's damage to the front passenger side, but hopefully it's not too extensive and I won't be driving the rental forever. I love the Rabbit.

Isaac turns TWO on Friday!

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