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February 28, 2011

Movie: Drinking Gideon

A little something to cheer everyone up:

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February 25, 2011

Movie: Getting up with Gideon

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February 21, 2011

Movie: Dumb Dumble

This movie was taken at Felix's birthday party, but I'm making it a separate entry because really it's about Felix's imaginary (?) friend, or rather colleague, Dumb Dumble:

In discussing future birthday parties Felix states "I'm not going to be around, I'm going to be at work, I'm going to be at work with Dumb Dumble." His schoolmates are unsurprised: neither this announcement nor the fact that he's being kissed by a chicken is news to them. Nor to us: Felix talks about his work with DD all the time. If even a fraction of that time is billable the two are doing quite well for themselves.

Some background:

The day before our most recent visit to the pediatrician (a couple weeks shy of his fourth birthday), Felix introduces me to his friend, Dumb Dumble. This is the first time Felix has mentioned an imaginary friend before.
FM: He tells me that Dumb Dumble is a Vegetarian
Mama: Really? What does that mean?
FM: Oh, it means he takes care of animals.
Mama: Oh, I think you mean he's a Veterinarian.

Felix goes on to tell me that he's going to tell the Dr. all about him.

As the days go by, Felix's life with Dumb Dumble grows more robust. They work together, they take care of people too, not only animals. They work, but only in the summer months. Soon, they will be setting up the office because now it is winter and soon it will be summer again.

Posted by atshuldiner at 11:53 PM

Felix's 4th Birthday Party

We survived. Then we had cake:

And afterward, we drank:

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February 19, 2011


It's that time of year again! Yes, Felix, after asking us several times daily for the past three weeks if this morning it was, or this evening it will be, or just right now it actually is your birthday, now, finally now, we can answer: IT IS. A very Happy Birthday to you, number one son!

To start with, a photo of your beautiful four-year-old face! You'd think that'd be enough for anyone, but just in case our viewers want MORE FELIX, this is just the first shot in a @ 140-photo slideshow, all of YOU, all from this past year, and pretty much all in chronological order. Enjoy, everyone!

(Click through to see with captions, though it's better without.)

Felix got $2 from his grandma for his birthday, nice fresh bills, too. So we took them to The Scoop and bought some birthday ice cream. Vanilla Fudge. $1.75. We're investing the quarter in penny stocks.

Thanks, all, for the many wonderful gifts, and here's looking forward to another fantastic year! Keep going, big boy, keep going!

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February 16, 2011

Movie: Caps for sale

Goin' one way...

And goin' the other!

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February 11, 2011

Movie: Why there aren't more movies of Gideon

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February 7, 2011

Movie: How big is baby?

The correct answer is 21 pounds eight ounces and 28 inches, but this movie communicates it more clearly than numbers ever could.

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February 3, 2011

Angry Felix

The angrier you get, the more I love you.

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February 1, 2011

Potty training in pictures

No, not those pictures! What's shown below are a series of photos from Felix's calendars for 2010. While we do not often resort to bribery, we very consciously did so for the purposes of potty training our then-three-year-old. The system was simple: dump it in the toilet, get a sticker; dump it in your diaper, get nothing. You may measure our success for yourself, as depicted in two calendar runs:

By April we were quite done, but it's worth showing May, too, for it marks the advent of the new baby, which fact was also recorded in stickers:

Gideon, may your training go as smoothly!

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