Saturday, August 12, 2006


(Originally posted on Saturday, August 12, 2006 by Tim)

Cat has been selectively eliminating common allergens from her diet to see if it makes Baby Dal less gassy. She finished her 3-4 days without milk yesterday. Before yesterday, my money was on soy as the elimination of milk hadn?t seemed to be working. Around dinner yesterday, I wasn?t so sure. Baby Dal had been an angel since I had gotten home. He had been alert and active and I had gotten a fair amount of smiling and eye contact. Once we had dinner made, however, he transformed into Dalzilla. Lots of cranky behavior ensued. We tried out the stroller for the first time to see if it would calm him down. Boy, was that a mistake. He went ballistic. We had all three dogs along for the walk as well. That didn?t lower the stress level either.

He is still ?sleeping? through the night so we are counting ourselves lucky. By sleeping, I mean he does wake up to feed, but then he goes right back to sleep. We?re on our way to Roanoke for shopping and Thai food today. He?s doing well in the car. I think he may be getting used to the car seat.

Cat has pointed out that we gave Baby Dal three last names. For those of you that don?t know, Dalton is the last name of a famous chemist. He was so famous that he had a unit of measure named after him. A dalton is approximately the mass of a proton or neutron.

The three last names has caused some confusion already. The nurse at the doctor?s office asked us how our baby girl Johanna was doing. She asked this despite him being in blue and our putting the correct names in the correct places on his chart. Dalton got even by peeing all over the scale when she weighed him.

As you may have noticed, we have lots of nicknames that we use for Dalton. Some of these we?re going to need to drop once gender identity starts becoming important. I?m not intending to teach him gender roles, but we do live in rural Virginia. He doesn?t need to be getting beat up on the playground on a regular basis because his nickname has ?doll? (Dal) in it. Of course, we could have him trained in karate so he can kick the butt of any kid that makes fun of his name. For some reason, this suggestion elicits the same look from Cat that I get when she catches me feeding the dogs beer. I think it would be great. We could then get the ?My honor student beat up your honor student? bumper sticker for our car.

By the way, today's picture was taken yesterday. He's asleep right now and there is no way I'm going to take a chance of waking him up.

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