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Blackbird: 7 Months

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

Month seven has been another transition month. Blackbird hasn’t hit any big milestones, but has been tiptoeing right up to the edge of them, getting incrementally closer and closer yet never reaching them (a sort of baby’s first dichotomy paradox).

This past month she’s been almost crawling all the time. Even in her sleep. Her mobility, which is still very limited, is far greater than it was last month. She can freely roll and knows to slow herself to avoid bumping her noggin, she can spin in circles on her tummy (I call it pivoting), and she can get up on all fours and rock forward and backward. However, she can’t get that one final piece: lifting her hands one at a time. This drives her crazy. In fact, she’s better at slowly skooching backward than she is at making forward progress. She occasionally does a face-plant as a result of this little hurdle (which results in virtually no fussing, to my surprise).

However, in spite of this month feeling a bit ‘in between’ more significant advances, it’s been great fun. The contours of her personality are becoming visible and our interactions have become true responsive events involving feedback from both sides affecting the other. I admit, as cute as she’s been since day one, I’ve never had this much fun before. Yesterday, I spent the morning on the floor with Blackbird and our cat, Leto. Blackbird giggled and squealed, rolling around with the cat and trying to get a handful of her tail between bouts of playing with a book. Her sense of joy and wonder at the world is so strong and energizes me every time.

For a variety of reasons, we’re a little thin on photos this month (a new job being a big reason). But worry not! I have an SLR to play with now (sadly, only on loan), so I expect the quality and quantity to spike for next month.


Blackbird: Half a Year

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Half a year! Well, more than that now because a man’s gotta work… by sitting at a computer… but I have to do specific things at that computer, not blog about things! So here we are now.

Anyway, Blackbird (which is a nickname, for those who don’t know) is on the verge of some child-like behaviors and is moving quickly out of the infant stage (characterized by functioning much like a soft, adorable appliance that cries and converts liquid to poop).

As time passes, and with my new full-time job, I’m taking less photos of Blackbird. We have quite a bit more video, but I haven’t had the time to edit and export anything. Perhaps before the next update I’ll put up some full-motion Blackbird, which is probably good, as her personality is coming out more and more in her movements and sounds.


Blackbird @ 6 Months: IT’S COMING

Monday, August 4th, 2008

Don’t worry, it’s coming soon. Consider this a stopgap until then.


Blackbird: 4.5 Months

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

I’ve been remiss in my monthly Blackbird updating this month. I admit it! But now I’m posting about my daughter on Father’s Day, so I think it all evens out. As Blackbird, in her traveling chapeau and sling, might say if she could say anything at all: “Onward!”


Blackbird: 3 Months

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

Blackbird turned three months old last week. She’s matured a great deal in one month, in many small ways that are coalescing into the first bits of her personality. She’s still a baby, no doubt: crying, eating, pooping, fussing, sleeping, repeat. But her looks and responses are becoming more complex and her preferences are starting to surface. I admit, I’m more excited by what this all means for the future than right now, but I’m trying to drink it all in as it happens, because I know these days will be memories very soon.

This is probably my favorite photo of Blackbird so far. In many photos, she looks kind of freaked out. Honestly, most of the time she does. Here she has the appraising look that I’m fascinated by. I suspect this look will come out quite a bit when she’s older. Also, notice the KISS t-shirt. Add all that to the great sunlight in her room and you get prime photo-taking situations.

The rest of this post contains quite a few photos, so if you’re on a low-bandwidth connection, beware.


The Price You Pay

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Our house, as seen from inside my car, partly obscured by the shattered remains of my car window.

This past week was all about the cost of things. The cost of health. The cost of luxury. The cost of living. Fortunately, for all its annoyances, it wasn’t such a big deal. When counting what you’ve paid, it’s always good to be mindful of what you’ve received in return.


Blackbird: 2 Months

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Blackbird laying on her side in our bed, wearing a hat and smiling in her sleep.

Today Blackbird is two months old, and I’m surprising myself at how much nostalgia one can pack into such a short time. Alisa and I are also fascinated by how much growth and change Blackbird can fit in there. She’s gone from being a little cooing lump to becoming… a demanding little lump.


She’s already a curious and self-reliant little bugger, always looking around and demanding a good view. She loves to sit up (with our hands for support) and is on the cusp of giving us some wonderful baby laughter. As it stands, I’m perfectly happy chasing those little smiles.

The rest of this post contains quite a few photos, so if you’re on a low-bandwidth connection, beware.


My Baby Loves the Music of the 30s

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

They have a new expression along old Harlem way, That tells you when a party is ten times more than gay: To say that things are jumpin' leaves not a single doubt, That everthing is in full swing when you hear someone shout. Here 'tis: The joint is jumpin',

Blackbird’s been a bit fussy the past few days. The remedy? Dancing to the musical hits of the 1930s.

She’s always liked two things: being close to Mom (or Dad) and movement. Well, it turns out she likes music as well, and is a sucker for the 30s. I was playing 1930s compilation (link opens in iTunes) I’d purchased and dancing around like an idiot with Blackbird in my arms and not only did she quiet down, but she even cracked a few non-directed smiles before slipping into that almost-asleep-but-I-won’t-let-them-take-me-without-a-fight state where she looks like a sleepy cross-eyed drunk.

If there’s anything I’ve taken from this experience, it’s the following three things:

1) It’s surprising how many of these songs are part of our cultural lexicon. With one exception (the woeful ‘Ten Cents a Dance’), I knew every track.

2) I’m going to be very fit in about a month with all this dancing.

3) Once you get past the modern, irony-tinged, throwback quality of the music, you realize that most of these performances are excellent. These people could get the job done. I realize that this revelation is not novel.

Check out the track list after the jump.


Pfft… Snow

Monday, February 25th, 2008

A snowy street, with about six inches of snow, covering cars, the ground, trees, and the large home seen behind a fence.

We got our first real snow of the winter on Friday. We were giddy as we awoke to that wonderful suffusive light reflected by a new snow. This was also Blackbird’s first snow! We couldn’t wait to blow her mind with the view out the window (or I couldn’t, at any rate). Her response was… subtle.


Room to Grow

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

My daughter's pinky laid over my own.

Considering she grew this far from one cell about 10 months ago, I guess the rest of the trip isn’t such a big deal.