Happy Birthday, William!

Carolyn wanted to learn about extinction the other day. "Daddy, what makes things extinct?" Before I could answer she offered her own suggestion. "Maybe a rainbow tornado?"

Questions from a 4-year old: "If there was a fire, would Superman come to save us? Is Peter Parker real? Is Lois Lane real?" She might be watching too many superhero movies.

Carolyn talking about an obnoxious character on My Little Pony: "If she came to my house, I'd call her a meaniac and put get in time out forever."

William is officially walking. And he's got an ear infection that's been causing him to sleep extremely poorly, so Kristen and I have been like the walking dead for the past couple of days.

I told Carolyn that I have to go to Philadelphia in a few weeks to teach a class. She responded with a certain amount of incredulity, "You're a teacher?!" I said, "Well sometimes." She then said, "You're a train driver too." Well, engineer. Close enough. At any rate I'd love to know what she thinks I do on a daily basis.

Howl's Moving Box Castle is under construction. I'm gonna need a lot more duct tape.

At the ER with Carolyn. She took a tumble this morning and needs some stitches. So far she is being very brave.

The other night Carolyn asked me to tell her a story before bed. She was wearing a Spider-Man shirt, so I told her the broad plot of Spider-Man 2. We then watched Spider-Man 2 the next day. The next night she was wearing a Superman shirt, so I told her the story of Superman: The Movie. We then watched Superman II the next day. She's also been waking up with nightmares more frequently. Purely coincidental from my point of view.

William said "Carolyn" yesterday, sort of. It came out sounding like "Kadjah" but he unmistakably made the exact same sound twice when we prompted him to say "Carolyn". He's also regularly saying "Ma" and "Da" now. Oh, and this morning, on two separate occasions, he took 6 consecutive unassisted steps. Once to me, and once to Mommy.

Happy 4th Birthday, Carolyn!

I can't believe our little girl is 4 years old!

Video: Carolyn and William: Best Friends

Video: William crawls

Video: William eats

William's 6 month stats

Yup, still big.

Height: 28 inches, 92nd percentile
Weight: 18 pounds 8 ounces, 68th percentile

(For reference, at the same age, Carolyn was 27 inches and 15 pounds.)

Catching up on what we did in February

Hello there. It's been a while. Needless to say, I've been a bit busy between two kids, work, trying to sell our house, and trying to find a new house in North Carolina. February was the first time in nearly 4 years that I've gone an entire calendar month without a post on this blog. Sorry.

At any rate, I'll make this one big superblogpost to try to catch you up on what's new.

William enjoys playing in the exersaucer and especially enjoys dropping things from the exersaucer and leaning over to see them on the floor.

He's also gotten pretty good at moving around in the walker. Watch your ankles!

Carolyn and William enjoy playing on the swingset together, and Carolyn absolutely loves pushing William on the swings.

William and I play guitar together pretty often. He's getting pretty good.

William is eating 3 meals of baby food a day now. Unsurprisingly, he loves gnawing on these cookies for dessert.

William and his mommy watched out the window during one of the few rare snowfalls this year.

We took a family field trip to Adventure Aquarium in Camden. In the first picture, you can see Carolyn's disappointment at the length of the line at the door. In the second picture, you can see her excitement as we got closer. William remained stoic throughout.

In general, no matter what the situation, these two love hanging out with one another.

Video: Carolyn reads a book to William

Video: Carolyn explains how bees make honey

Video: Carolyn shows off her rollerskating skills

Video: William plays catch

January 2012

Video: Christmas 2011

Video: Carolyn's class sings Christmas songs

Merry Christmas!

Video: William at four months

Big sister holds little brother, Daddy holds them both