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September 30, 2003 on 8:19 pm | In Main | No Comments

I had an embarrassing parenting moment this evening. I took Sean and Ethan to the library myself, as Cortney did not feel like going. I came home from work late, so I barely arrived at the library in time to go to baby time. Sean was actually well behaved during baby time, allowing Ethan and I to participate in the songs and finger plays.

We had a brief ten minute break between baby time and story time. Sean got hooked on the train table, and I couldn’t pry him away to go to story time after the ten minutes were up. I thought no problem, I would just let him play.

After a half hour or so, Ethan became bored, and I couldn’t keep him from pulling the books of the shelf. So, I gave Sean a choice: he could either go home, or go to the last few minutes of story time. Sean insisted on playing with the trains, so I told him we were going home, and picked him up to carry him out of the library. Sean then started kicking and screaming, causing a big commotion at the library. I tried to ignore the stares, and carried Sean and Ethan out of the library.

I almost made it to the car before my arm became tired. I couldn’t switch arms, since I was also carrying Ethan. So, I put Sean down. Sean then squirmed out of my grasp, and he ran back into the library. I wasn’t able to catch up with him while holding Ethan. I found that Sean had ran all the way into the story room.

I let Sean finish up story time, which only lasted a few more minutes. I didn’t want to cause another commotion, so I asked Sean if he wanted to see the fish tank, which is right by the entrance. He agreed, so we walked quietly out the second time. I still saw some funny looks from the people that had seen me carry Sean out kicking and screaming just a few minutes before. After the fish tank, Sean walked out of the library like nothing had happened.

Next time, I will arrive at the library early, so Sean can have some train table time before story time.

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September 29, 2003 on 7:50 pm | In Main | No Comments

It seemed like Ethan had a tough day today. Now that he has a taste of walking, he tries it more, not always with good results. Even at his height, falling onto the tile floor can be painful.

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September 28, 2003 on 7:56 pm | In Main | No Comments

Ethan can now take about 4 or 5 steps, walking a good three feet. He really likes doing this, and he was happy to do it over and over again. I think he will be walking before his first birthday.

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September 28, 2003 on 7:50 pm | In Main | No Comments

Sean ran into a cactus this morning. Cortney took him to the park, and Sean wasn’t looking where he was going. He had some spines in his toes and on his fingers. The ones on his toes were larger, and we had no problem pulling those out. The ones on his fingers were very fine, and I still think he may have some left in. I think he has a little more respect for cactus plants now.

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September 27, 2003 on 8:12 pm | In Main | No Comments

Ethan stood upright for about 5 seconds today. If he can balance on his feet, he should be walking soon.

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September 27, 2003 on 8:11 pm | In Main | No Comments

Sean had another soccer game this morning. I had to bring Ethan with me as well, as Cortney went to her MOMS club luncheon. This was an early game, and we had to get up even earlier to get the team photo. At the start of the game, Sean was in no mood to play. But, later in the game, Sean played for a little while, and threw the ball in from out of bounds. Ethan had fun watching, and even clapped during the game. Sean’s team actually won this one, 3 goals to 2. The funniest moment was just after the game. Sean was running through the parent tunnel, and I was holding Ethan. I looked around for Sean, and he was getting a drink and treat from the opposing team! Our coach went over to rescue Sean, but the other team didn’t mind, and let Sean have the drink and treat.

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September 26, 2003 on 7:49 pm | In Main | No Comments

I took Sean and Ethan to Burger King this evening. Ethan had lots of fun clapping in his high chair. Ethan also crawled into the ball pit on his own. Sean just had fun playing.

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September 25, 2003 on 8:25 pm | In Main | No Comments

I started pilot ground school this evening. At last 3 hours every Thursday evening for the next eight weeks. Since I get home after the kids go to bed, I won’t have much to write about for the next couple of months on Thursdays.

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September 24, 2003 on 8:09 pm | In Main | No Comments

I forgot to mention this yesterday. Sean can now hop on one foot. They taught him how at pre-school.

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September 24, 2003 on 8:08 pm | In Main | No Comments

Ethan clapped for the first time this evening. It was no fluke — he repeated it several times. Ethan also now understands the concept of waving. He frequently waves back when you wave to him.

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September 23, 2003 on 8:23 pm | In Main | No Comments

I took Sean and Ethan to the library by myself. Cortney had mom’s night out for bowling. After playing on the train table for a bit, we went into the story room for baby time. Sean was full of energy, and he was running around the room. I was worried they were going to throw us out. Sean was actually a bit amusing. He would yell and cheer as we finished each one of the baby songs. Everyone else thought that was cute. We took another turn at the train table between the short break between baby time and story time. I told Sean that if he didn’t sit still, we would leave and he wouldn’t be able to stay for the movie. He was acting up for the first story, but other than that, he sat still for the stories and the movie. Ethan also had fun through all of this. A couple of times, he stood up on his own without holding on to anything. This leads me to believe he will be walking real soon now.

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September 22, 2003 on 9:12 pm | In Main | No Comments

Today was Cortney’s birthday. It also turned out to be a hectic day. We started off with simple plans. I was going to pick up the birthday cake from the grocery store on the way home from work. After that, we were going out to eat. After dinner, I was going to take the kids in the pool, allowing Cortney to go out on her own.

Well, after picking up the cake, my car wouldn’t start. This is the second time I have had trouble at the grocery store on a birthday. The first time was last year when the latch broke on the passenger side door. I ended up walking home carrying the cake, in 105 degree heat. We did end up going out to eat. Since it was a Monday, the restaurant wasn’t crowded, which was nice. On the way home from dinner, we jump started my car, and I drove off to get the battery replaced. By the time I made it home, we barely had time to eat the cake before it was time for the kids to go to bed.

Sean enjoyed singing Happy Birthday. We’ve been practicing for the last few days. Here’s a picture of Sean helping Cortney blow out the candles: (click to see full-sized image)

Sean helping Cortney blow out the candles

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September 21, 2003 on 8:48 pm | In Main | No Comments

We were going to go on a daytrip today, but Cortney and I decided it was too hot. So, we didn’t do much today. Cortney had a mom’s night out tonight, and so I watched Sean and Ethan. I took them both to McDonalds so that Sean could play. Ethan had a good time too.

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September 20, 2003 on 9:00 pm | In Main | No Comments

We’re trying to get Ethan used to eating solid foods. Up until today, we have only given him cheerios. Today, he ate two crackers.

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September 20, 2003 on 8:56 pm | In Main | No Comments

Sean had his second soccer game today. The game started at 1:00 pm, and it was hot out. Sean had plenty of energy before the game started, and I had a hard time keeping him from running all over the place. When the game started, he wasn’t that interested in playing. He did go into the game twice, but his only contact with the ball was throwing it in from out of bounds. Still, that’s a big improvement over last week’s game.

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