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Almost crawling

[Video embedded on full article.]

I know YouTube is evil, but it's still powerfully convenient.

He just can't quite figure out what the arms are supposed to do, aside from push the front half off of the ground. Taken with my crackberry, this is some high action captured on electrons, complete with a good spill toward the end. But, you will note, he endures with a smile. Equally hilarious, and much more common, is when he gets up on his hands and knees, can't figure out what to do next, gets angry, and starts yelling.

Although I haven't previously marked it here, he is six months old as of August 28. Mother and son do exceedingly well, and Dad is very very pleased with life.

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Gators=yummy

Gators=yummy

I admit to putting the gator near his face, but the decision to ingest it was entirely unprompted.

The gator was the second stuffed animal I ever bought him, the first being Shiva, of course. I bought him at an alligator farm in Florida, one of the high points of a largely terrible TDY earlier this year. I thought the albinos were terribly cute, but I forgot the cardinal rule of buying things for infants: bright colors. He's just not that interested in Swampy, except as a chew toy. On the other hand, maybe that's the sort of aggressive attitude we are going for.

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Good mood

Good mood

No particular occasion, but he was very cute and the light was halfway decent, so I had to take a picture. Yesterday he rolled over both from front to back and from back to front. He's a very determined young man, and usually pretty serious.

I felt really, really hypocritical: "Come on, Ian, smile for the camera! Smile for Daddy!" I have not yet caught him on camera doing the half smirk that is apparently one of my distinguishing features, but he does it occasionally and it's creepy/cute.

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Bouncing

This isn't "walking on the moon," but it is Ian bouncing around a bit with Mommy.


He's cute.

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You don't see me.

You don't see me.

I took this picture yesterday evening. Like all smart soldiers, Ian prefers to view the world from behind cover and concealment.

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Walking on the moon

Interesting factoid: Walking on the Moon by The Police has a nigh-instantaneous calming effect on the tsarevich when he is crying, especially if Daddy bounces him up and down in an exaggerated "low gravity" motion while singing the lyrics in an even sillier voice than Sting did on the original recording back in the 80s.

Some might say that calming my son and heir down is not worth paying the price of listening to me sing in this manner. These people have not had the pleasure of having him shrieking in their ear from a range of 6" for durations of greater than 20 minutes.

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By request

By request

The great thing about Picasa is that you can turn an accidentally out-of-focus image into an intentionally out-of-focus image and somehow that makes it better.

Inspired by comments in this post at Rachel Lucas' blog. Plus, my child is ridiculously cute and needs another photo posted.

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1 month

1 month

Ian is one month old now--and some change. Last Tuesday, he was up to 8 lbs, 5 oz. He is holding his head up a good deal more, and to his original two facial expressions (Suspicious and Accusatory), he has added Confused and Puzzled and Indifferent and Surprised and Pleading. It's pretty cool.

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Riddle

How can someone so profoundly cute produce so much of something so terribly foul in neon colors never dreamed up by man nor God (nor even Lovecraft)?

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Don't steal this baby

Don't steal this baby

He's being changed on the examination table. The shirt proclaims:

Naval Hospital
Bremerton, Washington
Possession of this property outside the hospital
area is in violation of "Article 108 UCMJ" and
constitutes theft by conversion.

It was unclear whether this warning referred to the shirt or the baby wearing it. I suggested to my wife that as a military spouse, she is not actually subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, but we regretfully elected not to snag one.

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