Strawberry Face

April 13, 2010 By: erik Category: Food, Offspring, Photos 348 views

StrawberriesLast week we decided to take advantage of the short strawberry season and I bought two kilos of strawberries. Marga had mentioned that we should buy some, and then Nora’s friend, Tona, who works the fruit section of the local grocery store gave her a strawberry when my back was turned, reminding me that we should get some. From what I could tell, Nora really liked the flavor of the strawberries, but she wasn’t very fond of having the meat of the berry in her mouth, spitting out whatever she bit off. Of course her nice white shirt was stained in no time at all. But I did get some adorable photographs.
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Difficult Sunday

April 11, 2010 By: erik Category: Complaining, Offspring, Parenting 149 views

Chorizo, Morcilla, Potatoes, and Fried EggsNora, the weekend that is now ending was our first one back in Spain after recovering from jet lag. We had no company (your aunt visited Thursday and Friday), and we were looking forward to a nice rest. On Saturday we went to the closest mall, in Santander, to pick up a few items and research car seats for you. We learned that you still need to gain a few kilos before we can face you forward in the car, no matter how cramped you are facing backwards. I’m not sure if it was the experience of seeing so many people around you in the food court, but you didn’t want any of your vegetable puree for lunch or the yogurt either. You were only hungry when Mommy and Daddy were eating bread. And your cookies. During our trip to the States, you trained us to give you cookies pretty much non-stop when you’re in your now-crumb-covered stroller. When you finish one, you spin around, reach out your hand and screech. It was cute the first dozen times.
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Bean Pole

April 08, 2010 By: erik Category: Geeky, Musings, Offspring, Photoshop 160 views

Curiouser and curiouserI took Nora to the doctor today to get weighed and measured. In her first six months she more than doubled in weight, ending up and around 7.4 kg. In her second six months she hasn’t gained any weight at all, remaining consistently around 7.5 kg when we weigh her at bath time (before her dinner). Today, after eating 260 mL of breakfast milk and cereal (which is more dense than water, so that’s more than 0.26 kg right there), she weighed 7.85 kg and measured 75 cm, a full three quarters of a meter. This gives her a body mass index of 14.0, which is literally off the chart. The doctor say she’s just fine, which we knew already. Tall and skinny, but fine.

In the same spirit as last year’s ridiculous linear comparison of food consumption rate, I’ve decided to see what I would be like if my height and weight were at the same ratio as Nora’s (104 g/cm).
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A Damp Spring Walk

April 07, 2010 By: erik Category: Colindres, Photos 195 views

Eighteen PetalsAs a result of working six time zones away from where I live, I have the mornings off to spend with my daughter, but it also means that I have pretty late nights. It’s not uncommon for me to go to bed after midnight. The problem with going to bed after midnight is that you have to be very careful about using the concepts “today” and “tomorrow”, especially when looking at the date on your computer. Last night, before going to bed, I remembered to look in Nora’s doctor appointment book because I knew that she had a regular checkup this week but could not recall the date. It said “April 8, 10:00”. I looked at the date on my computer and it said “April 7”, so my sleepy brain said, “Oh no! That’s tomorrow!”, and I preceded to set my alarm clock with plenty of time to get Nora up and dressed and to the doctor. And so it played out… We got up, got dressed, and headed to the doctor’s office. When we got there, there were three confused pensioners pulling and pushing on the locked doors. Finally a sickly teenager came by and rang the doorbell, and the emergency doctor came to open the door. She explained that the health center was closed except for emergencies. “Excuse me,” I interjected indignantly, “but I have an appointment. See?” Her face and mouth communicated how unlikely my claim seemed to her as I showed her the appointment book. “Today is April 7th,” she said, “That appointment is for tomorrow.” I apologized and slunk off, secretly pleased that my daughter didn’t yet have the cognitive awareness of the situation to laugh at her father. There will be plenty of time for that later.
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Genetic Expressions: One Year Old

April 07, 2010 By: erik Category: Morphing, Offspring, Photos, Videos, Weird 217 views

Erik and Nora: One Year OldWhen we were visiting my parents recently, my wife was looking through some family photo albums. Immediately she recognized her daughter in the baby pictures of her husband. I have to admit that sometimes looking at my daughter is a little bit like I have traveled back in time and am looking at my former self. It’s downright spooky sometimes. To bring this spookiness to my blog audience, I have asked my mother to scan some photos of myself during my first birthday, which unfortunately involved no spontaneous singing of 60’s pop hits that I know of. The resulting photos are downright eerie. Behold…
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One Year Old

April 05, 2010 By: erik Category: Offspring, Partying, Photos, Timelapse, Videos 440 views

Nora's First Birthday CakeNora, twelve days ago, on March 24, 2010, you turned one year old. They were perhaps the longest 365 days of our lives, but your mother and I made it…and are now the proud, if not dumbfounded, parents of a one year old. By a coincidence involving the date your great-grandparents chose to get married, we spent your first birthday in the United States. You showed your shiny new blue passport and grinned as the immigration official took your mother’s fingerprints and mugshot. Mommy only has a red passport. You did better than I expected on the transatlantic hop, preferring your mother’s lap to mine, thus allowing me to watch a few movies. They didn’t have a microwave on the plane, just an oven, so when the flight attendant tried to heat your vegetable puree lunch in a bowl, she only managed to heat the bowl. On the ninety minute third leg of the journey, we were exhausted, and you spent sixty of the ninety minutes crying as loudly as you could. I experienced this in surround sound, because you were to the left of me and a six-month-old (who was freakishly born with two teeth) was on my right failing to harmonize with you. We did not know until our seats were already chosen for the pond hop that it’s possible to request a bassinet on the long flights. We did so on the way back and it made a HUGE difference not to have you sitting on our laps the whole time.
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Nora's First Swim

March 23, 2010 By: erik Category: Offspring, Photos, USA 181 views

Cute at the poolOn the day before her first birthday, Nora went for the first time to a swimming pool. Armed with special “swimmy” diapers, a brand new bathing suit (an early birthday gift from her friend, Amy) and a love of water, she “dove right in”, so to speak. I didn’t go, so I can only relay what I heard from those in attendance. She was a little concerned at first about floating on her back, but eventually she got used to it. And then she was allowed to paddle around, supported by her mother’s hand. When they arrived back home, Nora was in a deep slumber in her car seat. Swimming will do that to you.
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Father’s Day Gift

March 23, 2010 By: erik Category: Family, Offspring, Photos 361 views

Father's Day Gift (crop)Last Friday, March 19th, was Father’s Day in Spain. My wife asked me for a recent photograph of Nora for a gift for me. I had no idea what it was going to be, but I printed a crop of her head from my current favorite photo. That night, when she got back from daycare, she brought with her a very pleasant surprise.
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James Holman Robertson

March 22, 2010 By: erik Category: Family, News, USA 448 views

James Holman RobertsonOn Friday, March 19, 2010, my beloved grandfather passed away, the day before his only great-granddaughter, Nora, was scheduled to fly, with her mother and me, to visit him. What saddens me most is the unfortunate circumstance that had given us hope for an encounter between my grandfather and Nora. His mind was sharp until the very end, but his hearing made communication difficult. His deterioration was slow, as he never really had any illnesses, and he was a good sport until the end. He was the favorite of all his nurses at the nursing home because he would nod in agreement to anything suggested, partly because of his poor hearing and partly because he was just such an agreeable person. I understand this completely because much of my initial charm to my Spanish family was based on my smiling and nodding and going along with whatever they suggested, when a lot of the time I had no idea what was being suggested.
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Treto Train Station

March 19, 2010 By: erik Category: Colindres, Photos, Photoshop 421 views

Treto Train StationA couple days ago the weather was nice, so I decided to walk across the iron bridge into the neighboring town of Treto. Partly because I don’t think I’ve ever crossed the bridge on foot and partly because I was curious about the nearest train station. The bridge is a well-known landmark, designed by some French guy named Eiffel. It was a very pleasant walk.
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