Self indulgent parent thread

I have been enjoying coming home from work this last month or so. Apparently Leland starts crawling towards the front door when he hears me coming up the stairs and as soon as he sees me he starts smiling and sometimes he even laughs. He is 8 months old tomorrow.

spider_j wrote:
Maq wrote:

I love this place. One moment of existential bliss and I'm bought violently back to earth with "You'll never sh*t in peace again" =)

Oh, no-one said that. Between 10 and 13, you should get some peace.

If you can get in there ahead of them at that age.

Returning to the toilet talk (sorry MonoCheli) our youngest (2.5) asked me where the toilet was in the local shopping centre. "Why?", I asked.

"I want to do a wee Daddy".

1 week of really focused toileting, and getting her used to listening to those little signals down there, and stay at home Dad has had a big win! I'd like to take all of the credit, but I think the promise of playing with her Terrafin Skylander (or Dirt Sharky as she calls him) might have played a small part in it to.

Recent shot of the two of them. Lilly on the left, aged 4. Lexie (corrects us to Alexandra all the time) aged 2.5.

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Makes me grin every time I see it, I just love the way Lexie has her hand on Lilly's heart...

I don't have pictures, but I do have a little warm thing to share.

I went to a midnight showing of Avengers last night, and met up with my younger daughter and her husband and her brother-in-law. They'd come with a group from her work. I think she should write up a story about going to a comic movie with a group of guys from Home Depot. It's an interesting crossing of the streams between geek and non.

Thing is, what most of her coworkers probably didn't know is she is my house ameri-comic geek (her sister handles Asia). And unlike most of the other females in the room she was not there because she'd been dragged by her husband; if anything it was the other way around.

So we were standing by my seat on the aisle (because I'm not sitting in that Iron Maiden of a seat any longer than I absolutely have to) going on about stuff from the comics and speculating how that was going to work out and some of her co-workers and others in the seats were watching us out of the corner of their eyes. The stupid preview show came on, and with a parting shot about some obscure reference she bounced to her seat by her husband, and I just smiled.

I love all my kids so much. It's fascinating to me to remember them as small children and to meet and talk to them as adults. Sometimes she and I don't connect as closely as I would like because she's my girly-girl and she's really moved into her own life these last couple years. And don't misunderstand me; that's what's supposed to happen and I am so proud of her. But even with that, just splash a little four-color ink around or a craft-project and we're good to go.

tl;dr
Bring them up in the way that they should go, and they will go to midnight showings with you and geek out in public.

m0nk3yboy wrote:

Makes me grin every time I see it, I just love the way Lexie has her hand on Lilly's heart...

They are super cute! I hope to be blessed with at least one girl before we are done. I know I am asking for it but it seems to me that often there is a growing/stretching that daughters create in their fathers that makes men better men.

momgamer wrote:

tl;dr
Bring them up in the way that they should go, and they will go to midnight showings with you and geek out in public. ;)

Hehehe yeah that is great.

I rue the day I taught my son the fart game.

My son's birthday was about a week ago. He turned eight. One of the presents I got for him was a [i]Wheatley Laboratories[i] T-shirt.

It was funny to watch his reaction: "Present!" "Awww. Clothes." "Huh? WHEATLEY!"

The adult X-Small he got is still pretty loose on him, but I thought that would give him time to grow into it. Now it seems that if he has his way, it will be washed every night in his sleep and ready to wear the next day.

Trying to make the most of our time before 2.0's heart operation we had a touristy weekend checking out the local sites that have been nearby for years but we never bothered to visit. Including the Castle

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and the Mighty, Sundrenched Pineapple!

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Stellan's just mastered the commando crawl. I have a lot of recabling to do =)

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He's also mastered the ganster lean.

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Maq wrote:

He's also mastered the ganster lean.

Is he making gang signs?

Chairman_Mao wrote:
Maq wrote:

He's also mastered the ganster lean.

Is he making gang signs?

That was my first thought too.

My daughter has recently discovered the airplanes that fly by our house.

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Norfair wrote:

My daughter has recently discovered the airplanes that fly by our house.

She's pointing at the aliens. Only kids can see them, of course.

Not enough self-indulgence going on this thread, time to fix that. I give you, Alexander the Tiny:

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Awwwwwwesome.

He looks very suspicious of the whole thing. A good place to start from.

I love the facial expressions that basically say, "Oh.... the old man's lost it again."

My daughter always used to greet my father-in-law with similar expressions when she was that age. Just him, no-one else.

My two at their auntie's wedding a couple of weeks ago:

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And Hope as the Flower Fairy in our garden:

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Teagan has more and more personality everyday!

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momgamer wrote:

I love the facial expressions that basically say, "Oh.... the old man's lost it again." ;)

Again? Not sure I ever got it back after the whole Great Leap Forward gaffe. I was really depressed after that.

Leland is getting ready to help me out with the lawn.
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Babies love lawnmowers.

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"What do you mean, pink unicorn? This is the War Hammer of Kh'ara'Gra!"

Summer has finally landed.

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I had to cook the hobbits second dinner tonight. I think they're growing.

Ghostship wrote:

I had to cook the hobbits second dinner tonight. I think they're growing.

Yeah, they do that. It's quite annoying.

My 1 year old seems to be acting 5 meals a day with additional snacks at the moment.

FlamingPeasant wrote:

Babies love lawnmowers.

They better, because
FATHER: One day, lad, all this will be yours!
SON: What, the curtains?
FATHER: No! Not the curtains, this lawnmower!

groan wrote:
FlamingPeasant wrote:

Babies love lawnmowers.

They better, because
FATHER: One day, lad, all this will be yours!
SON: What, the curtains?
FATHER: No! Not the curtains, this lawnmower!

Why do you leave your lawnmower in your living room next to the window?

At least that's the picture I got from it.

My older son's language development is accelerating beyond my ability to keep track. This morning he told my wife "I have a tiny poop. It's smaller than a big one."

He'll be 2 next month.

Heard my baby's heartbeat last night just from pressing my ear against my wife's belly. Hearing it on the Doppler at the midwife's is one thing, but this was something else. We grabbed my wife's stethoscope for her but we couldn't find it, even though I could still hear it without. But there'll be lots more time for that. My wife got to feel the flutters way before I could feel the kicks, so this is a little something I get to have just between me and the baby for a little bit.

jonnypolite wrote:

My older son's language development is accelerating beyond my ability to keep track. This morning he told my wife "I have a tiny poop. It's smaller than a big one."

He'll be 2 next month.

That's awesome. My nephew is 2 now and will repeat almost anything you ask him, and say a few things of his own volition ("I love you, mommy/daddy/uncle/tita/lion/Thomas" or "Buh-bye" when he's had enough of you). But I remember when my niece started making statements like your son's, that made me realize she's an independent person with her own thoughts she can now articulate, that's pretty mind-blowing.

Gravey wrote:

Heard my baby's heartbeat last night just from pressing my ear against my wife's belly. Hearing it on the Doppler at the midwife's is one thing, but this was something else. We grabbed my wife's stethoscope for her but we couldn't find it, even though I could still hear it without. But there'll be lots more time for that. My wife got to feel the flutters way before I could feel the kicks, so this is a little something I get to have just between me and the baby for a little bit. ;)

I still listen to my children's heartbeats every day. It still amazes me, for some reason!