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Sunday, June 29, 2003

  Talia's adventures in the supermarket. Muggy, rainy day here. Max is content to nap a bit and pass some time sitting in the high chair watching our comings and goings, but Talia is restless. She won't sit by herself without wailing, won't sleep, and won't give us the few minutes peace required to make lunch and eat it. I decide to take her with me to Provigo. She loves looking at new things - aisle upon aisle of brightly coloured packaging will surely make her happy.

The first decision on arriving is how should I transport her through the store? I brought along the 'belly harness', which she loves and feels comfortable in. But it makes me look like a dork, so I decided to go with just taking the car seat in. The modern age we live in is full of conveniences for the shopper - all grocery store shopping carts are now built to fit a car seat. I settled Talia in and began foraging.

Having children quickly gets you past any shyness you might have about acting odd in public. Without any hesitation, I embarked on a long soliloquy about the exciting selection of goods on display and whether they fit into our family's plans for the next week. "Pears? Should we get some pears? Mama likes pears but these are kinda expensive. Ok, let's get some anyway - but what kind? Bosc? Ok, bosc it is..." But I wasn't even finished the fruit section before Talia decided she wasn't going to listen to this drivel any longer. She went from zero to incredibly enraged in nothing flat.

"Uh - Ah - Aaaaaaahhh!!!", she said.


I took her out of the car seat and held her in the upright manner she prefers. After a while she cooled down, but I was pretty sure she wouldn't let me put her in her chair again. I attempted shopping while bouncing a baby in one hand, but found it pretty difficult. Time to go back to the car to get the belly harness.

Now the oddball look was complete. A baby strapped to my chest, talking to myself, pushing a shopping cart and walking in the strange bouncing gait that keeps Talia quiet. But I found I could make pretty good progress set up like this. I was mobile, Talia was happy - so what if I looked like an idiot? The only thing that slowed me down was the middle-aged women that kept stopping me so they could hold Talia's feet and talk baby-talk to her. One woman was on the opposite shopping pattern as me. She would be coming down an aisle as I went up it. Each time we passed she couldn't resist making a face at my little girl.

By the time we had got to the canned vegetables aisle, Talia had nodded off. At least that's where I noticed that she had nodded off; I might have been talking to myself for quite a while. The ladies left me alone, and I no longer had to let everyone around me know the basis for my decision on what kind of dish soap to buy. I finished up quickly, got her in the car and home before she could wake up again. She was now Michelle's reponsibility for a little while...

Thursday, June 26, 2003

  Topless Talia. It's been warm around here for the past few days. Really warm. Having no air conditioning in the house, we have resorted to keeping the babies nearly naked to prevent them from overheating. This doesn't seem to bother Talia too much...

Monday, June 23, 2003

  Experiment: Can I deep link to photos I've put up on the Future Photo site? Let's see - here's Max Max a couple of hours ago working on a project in the basement as I worked on a project in the basement:

Update: I can! This will allow me to bypass all the hassle with putting photos on Sympatico. Now I'll stick large photos on the site and not worry so much about bandwidth problems.

Further update: No I can't! Checking on the other computer the photo is not visible. Too good to be true, I guess. Back to the drawing board.

Sunday, June 22, 2003

  Have a swifty connection to the internet? Then I suggest you take a look at this page. It's possibly the coolest commercial I've ever seen (remember that I'm an engineer) and is even cooler with the knowledge that no digital effects or trick photography were used.

The music played at the end is the beginning of Rapper's Delight by the Sugarhill Gang, which I wrote about in an earlier post. This means something.
  Does everyone have a gift to give to the world? It may not be true for everyone, but I believe I can offer something that will make the world a better place.

Most people, when holding a baby creating burbly sounds from his or her south end say something like, "Oh, are you making a poopy?" Others, slightly cleverer, might say, "Oh, are you filling your diaper?" My euphemism to be said to the baby is, "Oh, are you working on a project in the basement?"

This colourful and clever phrase is offered to the world free of charge. I only ask that the young, handsome Bruce be pictured on my postage stamp, not the haggard, stooped parent I am now.

Thursday, June 19, 2003

  Max Max the liquid kid, or alternatively, Soggy boy Max. These are the nicknames that have arisen for my number-one-son. This is because he has been frequently seen spouting gushes of liquid out his mouth. Not just dribbling - spouting. Not only does he require a number of changes to his garments during the day, his parents do as well. His newest fashion accessory is a large terry-cloth bib that makes him look like he is wearing a life-preserver all day. Throughout these puking sessions Max remains cheerful, so I guess there is nothing to worry about.

Talia doesn't have a nickname from me yet. She is simply TAAAL-i-a. Though generally sweet, she has taken to fits of incredible rage when she doesn't get her feed NOW. No patience at all. Her body stiffens up and she makes more noise than you could ever imagine coming from such a tiny girl. I hope it doesn't get louder as she gets older.

Wednesday, June 18, 2003

  Things have been very hectic around here for the last few weeks. Not that this condition is new or is ever going to change for the foreseeable future. In fact, if there is ever a time when you are wondering why there hasn't been a post here in a while, just imagine a post reading, "Things have been very hectic around here for the last few weeks." It will get you up-to-date on what is happening in our household.

Yesterday we finally cleaned out the junk it what was our 'study' and moved in the new, larger crib, and all the other baby stuff. We now have a room of their own for the babies and I once again sleep in the same bed as my wife. This transition had been delayed for quite some time as we worried how they would react to not having their mother within easy reach. I am happy to report that they have no problems with this and seem to enjoy the extra room and all the new things they have around to look at.

I gotta go, Talia is upset...
  New Photos!! Yes, finally I have added some new photos (22!) to the photo gallery (link on left). There is a date stamp in the file name (now corrected to show the proper year - see what happens when you don't work for a while?) so you can tell what's new. Enjoy!

Friday, June 06, 2003

  We have received an abundance of very cute clothes from our friends and family and for that we thank all of you. But perhaps now that our children are adorably adorned, you are thinking of the other members of our family that also deserve extra cuteness? This site can help.

Wednesday, June 04, 2003

  I'm sitting on the back deck with my feet up on the table, drinking a cup of coffee. It's quiet except for the birds and the distant drone of a lawnmower. The sun is shining and I'm looking out over the bright green of the trees in the backyard. I'm blogging on the laptop with no wires connecting me to anything. I've gone wireless! Less than C$200 to purchase a wireless router and a wireless modem for the laptop. No longer will I have to retreat down to the basement to blog or do my daily webcrawl. Life is good.

Sunday, June 01, 2003

  For the last month or so, I have been somewhat disappointed that there have been no major milestones reached in our beloved twin's development. The last notable event was the newfound ability to lift their cute little heads off the floor when they were lying on their bellies. From there I had assumed it would be simple for them to lift their shoulders off the floor, then they would be soon be on their hands and knees, and so on. But instead very little has progressed in this vital area. They will do it you lay them on their bellies, but they'd rather not. They quickly get frustrated and tell you (in their charming fashion) to turn them over. Not that I'm worried, but I'd like to see them do some new tricks! They seem quite happy to just lie there and have us entertain them with baby talk and funny faces.

But finally this week they made some progress in their hand-eye coordination. Max has started to figure out that those pink pudgy things that occasionally float past his field of vision can be manipulated by force of will alone! He discovered this sitting in a new 'jiggle chair' someone gave us. It is equiped with a little 'activity center' situated within easy reach. When he plays with it he is totally entranced. His eyes bug out, his body alternately stiffens and relaxes, and his mouth is drawn into a tight circle of total concentration. He doesn't do much yet, just batting and yanking, but it's fascinating to watch.

Talia is not quite as interested in this game. She'll watch us spin and yank the gizmos, and will grab and pull if something is put in her hand, but mostly hasn't done much on her own.

Socially we have seen many changes, though they have all been gradual with no sudden breakthroughs. They smile and laugh pretty easily now, and love receiving attention from us. They mornings are their happiest times. They wake up in wonderful moods and their eyes light up when they see us. They force us (by being astonishingly cute) to sit with them, babble like idiots, and poke their little bellies. Later in the day they can be somewhat difficult to please, but that first half-hour is magic.

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