Archive for March, 2011

My Son, the Thief: Part II

Friday, March 18th, 2011

I find this pretty impressive. Not in a “my son is a genius” way, but more of a “Apple is a genius” way. Maddox can now unlock the iPad, find the screen where the pond game is, load it, click the button to bring out the menu of lily pads and dragonflies, and drag them onto the pond. Crazy!

Maddox Showing His Irish Side?

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

I’ll be honest: I’ve never been that impressed with Maddox’s dance moves thus yet. Maybe he gets his dancing skill (or lack thereof) from me. Dancing so far has mostly been limited to spinning around in circles until he falls down. I wanted a baby that would dance along to Beyonce! No luck there.

This week though, Maddox has started a new style of dancing that seems almost reminiscent of an Irish jig: He kind of bounces along on one of his legs, kicking his knee up in the process. So last night we put on some Dropkick Murphy’s before we put him to bed (yeah, excellent idea there on my part), and captured a bit on film.

My Son, the Thief

Monday, March 14th, 2011

My favorite way to relax recently has been to sit down on the couch, drink my coffee, and read on my iPad.

But this relaxation has recently been shattered by one thing: Pocket Pond. I have my mom to thank for this one. When visiting, she showed Maddox an iPad app which looked like a fun distraction: It turns your iPad into a little pond, complete with koi fish, dragonflies, and lily pads. If you touch the pond, it creates a little ripple and the fish swim away. It’s good for a minute or two of relaxation.

Not for Maddox though. For him, it’s a solid half hour of engrossing entertainment. Which wouldn’t be bad, if not for the fact that IT’S MY IPAD!

The odd thing is I’ve tried to get him into it before, with apps that make music or read stories. Who ever thought that a simulated pond would be the height of entertainment for him. Of course, when you think about it, it makes sense considering how we recently discovered how fascinating puddles are.

Alas, this means no more relaxing Sunday mornings reading the New York Times. As soon as I open the iPad,


or I go to check my email


or even attempt to charge it




Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

This weekend, Maddox, Leanne and I were all finally feeling better for the first time since late January. We celebrated by doing something simple: getting out of the house. First stop was for his third haircut (toddler hair doesn’t grow nearly as quickly as I assumed it would). Overall, he was pretty well behaved. We go to Snip-Its because it’s convenient and to be honest I really don’t care how his hair looks, as long as it’s shorter!

Third haircut

Another stop we made was to the furniture store. Maddox absolutely loves these places, especially the kids room. I think it’s mostly the huge, endless space that he loves. But climbing around on chairs shaped as giant hands, or sitting contently on a princess throne, makes him very happy.

Princess chair

It was also in the 50’s, so I thought I’d take Maddox up to his favorite playground. Unfortunately, it was still quite snow covered, and nearly impossible to move around on. I was glad to see that Mads wasn’t as bothered by walking on snow as he used to be though. We took a walk down one of the nearby paths instead, and on our way stumbled upon a puddle. Maddox absolutely loves water, but hadn’t even really “experienced” a puddle before.

He definitely experienced this puddle to the fullest extent possible though. I was very glad he was at least wearing his waterproof boots, but by the time he was finished his stocks and pants were pretty thoroughly soaked. It was one of those things he was enjoying so much though, that I wondered how long he would have gone for if I hadn’t had to drag him away from it.

Catching Up

Friday, March 4th, 2011


Maddox has been near 100% healthy for the past few days, for the first time since February 3rd, and he seems absolutely, positively thrilled with it. I don’t know if I have ever seen him so happy for such a long period of time. I was actually tempted to take the day off just to hang out with him because he was in such a wonderful mood.

It really seems as though he’s trying to make up for being sick for a month by squeezing all this good mood into every day. Also, he seems to be catching up on new growth developments as well. For the past couple weeks he’s been more and more talkative. He was never much of a verbalizer – he said dada and mama at the average age, and started slowly adding other words, but it’s only recently that he’s begun talking in full sentences. Of course, 90% of the words aren’t real, but it’s still amazing to hear his little voice go on and on about … who knows what!