December 10, 2014

Neither naughty nor nice

I think we'd have to say he's neutral.

Posted by atshuldiner at 7:09 AM

October 6, 2014

Movie: Gideon in circles

Go Gid, go! Go! Go! OK, this is making me dizzy....

Great progress on his hand-me-down bike.

Posted by atshuldiner at 6:45 AM

August 1, 2014

Movie: Gideon does Major Tom

And at his request, too. Long. Worth it, even if you aren't a fan of Peter Schilling. (And if you're not a fan of Peter Schilling what are you doing on my blog?) Enjoy.

Posted by atshuldiner at 6:54 AM

July 19, 2014

Movie: Gideon, drummer

Clearly, he's part Drummer.

Posted by atshuldiner at 6:16 AM

June 11, 2014

Movie: Learning to ride

Shannon has the back for this sort of training, thankfully, because it's many a weary hour behind the bike when teaching a boy to ride.

Posted by atshuldiner at 7:21 AM

May 11, 2014

Movies: Happy Birthday Gideon

Two from his birthday party. First, showing our apparent failure to teach him how to blow out a candle.

Second, something he taught himself.

Again, Gid, Happy Birthday to YOU!

Posted by atshuldiner at 6:16 AM

December 24, 2013

Movie: Gideon drinks the sea

That was his second helping. And right afterwards Gid asked the sort of question that reminds one that despite these sorts of shenanigans he's really a very intelligent person: "Where does all the salt come from?"

Posted by atshuldiner at 5:55 AM

December 22, 2013

Gideon and the MOTU

This movie is not so much meant to be watched as it is meant to be listened to, with your eyes closed, with someone next to you to assure you that what you are hearing is not coming from an actual dangerous creature but from a three-year-old with a vivid imagination and a possibly abnormal larynx.

MOTU for those who do not know is an acronym for Masters of the Universe, better known simply as "He-Man." MOTU is arguably Gideon's first independently discovered passion. It fits, it fits.

Posted by atshuldiner at 4:20 AM

November 7, 2013

Movie: Gideon's emotions

Do you think this...

Is caused by this?

Posted by atshuldiner at 3:15 AM

October 14, 2013

Movie: Another improbable conversation with Gideon

Ask a series of stupid questions...

Posted by atshuldiner at 6:49 AM

October 3, 2013

Movie: Good handling, Gid

I saw Felix in the spiderweb every day for...uh...years come to think of it, and so saw his progression in tiny increments. Gideon's progress, on the other hand, has (literally) gone by leaps and bounds, at least as witnessed by me.

Posted by atshuldiner at 6:57 AM

September 15, 2013

Movie: Playing with Pepo

I thought her name was Bianca, but that's how the film came titled. Good times with watermelons.

Posted by atshuldiner at 3:50 PM

September 11, 2013

Movie: Burrrrito

Not for the squeamish.

Posted by atshuldiner at 3:45 PM

June 2, 2013

Movie: Juicing with Gideon

That's one enthusiastic helper! And miraculously, there were no spills. Thanks Gid!

Posted by atshuldiner at 7:44 AM

May 28, 2013

Movie: One more for the books

You give him half your artichoke, you then give him half of your half of the heart when he eats his so quickly he forgets he's had any at all, and to top it off you realize he didn't really eat his leaves so you hand-scrape each leaf on his little teeth. That's mothering.

The fact that you love The Who makes it all worthwhile.

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March 4, 2013

Movie: Gideon and the water fountain

The guy in the background kept trying to leave but Gideon's hysterical laughter is so infectious he just couldn't. Don't we all have a place in our hearts for slapstick?

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January 14, 2013

Movies: Why we love Shannon

Here's one reason:

And here's another:

Posted by atshuldiner at 7:46 PM

November 29, 2012

Movie: Biking to school

There, and what's more, back again. That's a full mile in about 20 minutes, for an average speed of 3 mph, which is a pretty respectable speed for someone who isn't even three feet tall. Go Gid!

Posted by atshuldiner at 7:32 AM

November 12, 2012

Movie: Missed a spot

He's being...neat.

Posted by atshuldiner at 4:44 PM

October 3, 2012

Movie: Sort of like a bridge over troubled water

Yes, you would lay me down, and then you'd walk right over me.

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September 28, 2012

Movie: I need privacy

Actually, toilet training is going better than this movie might suggest.

Posted by atshuldiner at 7:13 AM | Comments (1)

August 25, 2012

Movie: Gideon's got the moves

Whitney moves him.

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August 9, 2012

Movie: Gideon sings

In the morning...

in the evening...

ain't we got song?

Posted by atshuldiner at 6:23 AM | Comments (1)

July 16, 2012

Movie: Marker boy goes for a spin

Heh heh, love those eyes.

Nota bene: Don't let Gideon get his hands on markers.

Posted by atshuldiner at 6:39 AM

June 29, 2012

Movie: Sharing

Good in theory, not so good in practice....

Posted by atshuldiner at 6:39 AM

June 27, 2012

Movie: Sit

Gid's new favorite game: sit.

Posted by atshuldiner at 6:37 AM

May 1, 2012

Movie: Where the Wild Things are

Is he really afraid? Does he even know the meaning of the word? I guess he kind of is and does, which is ironic, because Gid, you are truly the wildest thing of them all.

Ah hah! It's the reader, not the content, that scares him.

Posted by atshuldiner at 5:55 AM

April 30, 2012

Movie: Pasta fasta

Note the total absence of chewing.

Posted by atshuldiner at 5:54 AM

Movie: Gideon rides on

I don't usually think of Gideon as mysterious, but there's something mysterious about how he just rides on here.

Posted by atshuldiner at 2:44 AM

April 17, 2012

Movie: Gideon rides

This one comes with a story, and don't stop me if I've told you it. Felix, as you may recall, was quite the speed demon on his walkabike, but truth is he didn't take to it right away: the bike showed up on his second birthday, a gift from saba and safta, but he hardly touched it until about half a year later. Good thing: by then he was tall enough for it, and, as important, had learned to stop when you told him to.

Gideon is taller than Felix was at that age, and even more independent, which is really saying something. In fact, he's so independent that he decided to go and get himself a bike. I was walking downtown with him a couple of months ago and he suddenly took a left up an alley. I followed and found him in front of the door to a tiny bike shop (really, how many does Fairfax need?). He knocked on the window, the proprietor came around, and before I could advise him not to let the bull into his shop he opened the door and said "Hi Gideon!" Gideon, taking this as his due, walked right in, pulled a helmet off the wall, and got onto a walkabike sitting there next to the counter. He then walked it out of the shop. After the fourth time this happened I gave up and bought it for him. And now, not yet two, he rides:

It's not much of a movie, but it's a clear sign of things to come. And that's the problem: he definitely cannot be relied upon to stop when you tell him to, and he will soon be able to bike fast enough to get himself into real trouble. This is the sort of thing I mean when I say he's a more challenging child than his brother.

Posted by atshuldiner at 7:35 AM

Movie: Knock knock

Who's there? Gideon, that's who!

Posted by atshuldiner at 7:34 AM

March 24, 2012

Movie: Gideon and the gusher

I love sump pumps: a boy can play with the outlet hose as long as the rain lasts, no fear of the water running out or waste in this dry land. All Gideon knows is that the water comes, the water goes, the water comes, the water goes....

Posted by atshuldiner at 7:12 AM

February 19, 2012

Movie: The best 30 seconds of a parent's day

Some days, anyway.

Posted by atshuldiner at 7:20 AM

January 29, 2012

Movie: Gideon is the Whitest Baby Alive

He's out of his high chair and eats all his meals standing. The downsides are obvious, but the upside is more cute dancing.

I don't know what the hand signs at the end mean, except for the first one, the hand by the head, which is the Dutch signal for "that's delicious."

Posted by atshuldiner at 3:12 PM

December 22, 2011

Movie: Wool over the eyes

This was Gideon's idea. Really.

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December 3, 2011

Movie: Monkeyboy

Ook ook!

Posted by atshuldiner at 7:25 PM

November 15, 2011

Movie: Tomato harvest

This amazing tomato plant sprung up as if by magic (certainly we had nothing to do with it) in our backyard in the middle of the summer. Alas, too late in the summer to ripen its incredible harvest. Well, not too late to pick and pickle, with a little help from The Gid.

Posted by atshuldiner at 8:29 PM

Movie: Bad baby

Is it too early for The Corner? It sure isn't too early to be bad....

Posted by atshuldiner at 8:28 PM

November 8, 2011

Movie: There and back again

Gideon and his best buddy, WyWy.

And one more, a couple of days later:

Posted by atshuldiner at 4:34 AM

November 3, 2011

Movie: Gideon eating with a spoon

Just another movie demonstrating Gideon's precocious grasp (literally) of any technology associated with comestibles.

You're so cute I could eat YOU up with a spoon!

Posted by atshuldiner at 8:08 PM

October 24, 2011

Movie: Unappetizing

Gideon doing what he does best. Bonus: Felix falls asleep in the background.

Posted by atshuldiner at 7:17 PM

October 13, 2011

No escaping Giant Baby

10 months ago:


Thomas doesn't stand a chance anymore.

Posted by atshuldiner at 11:31 PM

September 28, 2011

Movie: Klompen

Remember our little Dutch boy? We left the Netherlands behind, but we took the clogs (or, as the Dutch call them, klompen), and now, with the help of a pair of rubber bands holding them on his fat feet, Gideon's using them too:

Guest starring Shannon!

Posted by atshuldiner at 8:10 PM

September 20, 2011

Movie: Daw goes rrrrrr

Daw goes rrrrrr, yes it does.

Posted by atshuldiner at 7:39 PM

September 18, 2011

Movie: Le artiste

At yesterday's wonderful Fairfax Town Picnic.

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September 17, 2011

Movie: Blackberrying

My recollection is that Felix at this age was always careful to eat the ripest berries before going on to the less ripe ones, and that he would not eat the green ones. Gideon, on the other hand, eats them all, and, a bit disconcertingly, isn't even fazed by thorns.

Posted by atshuldiner at 7:25 PM

September 15, 2011

Movie: Recent reading

Relieved to discover that Gideon's ripping-pages-in-books phase was very short-lived (as opposed to some older brothers whom I could name but won't).

Posted by atshuldiner at 7:21 PM | Comments (1)

September 14, 2011

Movie: An angel on each shoulder

Should I be good or should I be bad? Should I be good or should I be bad?

Posted by atshuldiner at 7:03 AM

September 1, 2011

Movie: All in a day's work

I love how totally unmoved he is by his slips and slides as he negotiates this ladder. All in a day's work.

Posted by atshuldiner at 6:02 PM

August 31, 2011

Movie: Determination

He is nothing if not determined.

Posted by atshuldiner at 11:24 PM

August 23, 2011

Movie: Gideon, playgroundmaster

With walking has come a new drive to take the playground to the next level.

It is, I confess, making me a bit nervous.

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August 6, 2011

Movie: Watering hole

Now standing tall with the big kids, Gideon must negotiate the pecking order. As a crawling baby you're kind of immune to all that, but those days are over.

Still, some things never change, like the swing's narcotic effects:

Posted by atshuldiner at 1:53 AM

July 20, 2011

Movie: Gideon WALKS

Babies are not stupid, they know when you're trying to pressure them. It's a counterproductive strategy, really, to try to get them to a milestone they aren't ready to pass. But I tell you we just couldn't help it these past two or three months. It was obvious Gideon had all the parts of walking...and yet he just wouldn't do it. Today I tried something a bit different. Instead of letting him hold one finger when we strolled along together, I held him by his overall straps, thereby seeming to give support, and also being in a position to cease doing so if I thought he wouldn't miss it. The results, the very, very exciting results:

So there you are, and there we are. He's going to be simply impossible from now on.

Posted by atshuldiner at 5:54 AM

July 15, 2011

Movie: Dog!

Does he have words? Not many, but here's one:

And what does a dog say?

Posted by atshuldiner at 12:03 AM

July 14, 2011

Movie: Gideon realizes something

Wow, am I covered with this stuff all over? Don't worry, Gid, you're just big boned.

Note the standing and the things-through-other-things behaviors, both coming along nicely.

Posted by atshuldiner at 11:14 PM

July 12, 2011

Movie: Does that do that?

Gideon discovers a new feature of his activity cube.

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July 9, 2011

Movie: Gideon at bat

Right, you can do that, but you can't walk? We don't believe it.

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July 1, 2011

Movie: He's winning

There is nothing, nothing, Gideon likes better than driving with some tunes on.

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June 29, 2011

Movie: Vitamins

Taking his D.

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June 12, 2011

Movie: Fun with Gideon

Fun fun fun!

Posted by atshuldiner at 3:33 PM

June 8, 2011

Movie: Brushing

With teeth comes brushing! He's been so eager to give it a try: if it's good enough for Felix it's good enough for him.

Posted by atshuldiner at 3:39 PM

June 7, 2011

Movie: Spoon feeding

A series of shorts about spoon feeding.

Posted by atshuldiner at 6:40 PM

June 2, 2011

Movie: Sharing

Sharing some snacks with his best friend, Josephine:

Posted by atshuldiner at 5:40 PM

May 25, 2011

Movie: Gideon runs

We should have known: he skipped walking and went straight to running. In a track suit no less.

And when he's not running he's still grooving right along.

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May 18, 2011

Movie: Not a drop spilled

Well, almost. Darn good first time out, Gid!

Remember this one? Same tea.

Posted by atshuldiner at 7:41 AM

May 13, 2011

Movie: So close!

Why don't you want to walk? No pressure or anything, but why why why why why?

Posted by atshuldiner at 7:21 AM

April 8, 2011

Movie: Gideon nods

I don't know why Gideon nodding seems like the cutest thing EVER to me, but it does.

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April 7, 2011

Movie: Quiet reader

It may surprise you to learn that Gideon has a contemplative side. It sure surprises me.

Posted by atshuldiner at 9:26 PM

April 5, 2011

Movie: Rolling down the slide

I was hoping to get a movie of him coming down on his belly as he usually does. Ah, fate.

Posted by atshuldiner at 5:58 PM

April 4, 2011

Movie: Learning to Land

There's really nothing better than setting out to teach a baby something and succeeding. I've been trying to teach Gideon how to get off a piece of furniture for several weeks now. His instinctive method is to throw himself off head first. Given that our furniture is low and his neck quite strong this is not an altogether bad way to go about it, but one day he may find himself on higher furniture, and besides, it doesn't look good. So we did this: land on your head, try again, land on your feet, can't be beat. Took a while--and it's a long video, too--but it worked!

Posted by atshuldiner at 7:05 PM

April 1, 2011

Movie: Call and response

Gideon, like Felix at this age, is already displaying a good ear in his ability to match tones. And clearly, he likes singing.

Posted by atshuldiner at 5:59 PM

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 16, 2011

Movie: Caps for sale

Goin' one way...

And goin' the other!

Posted by atshuldiner at 7:15 PM

February 11, 2011

Movie: Why there aren't more movies of Gideon

Posted by atshuldiner at 6:09 PM

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.

Posted by atshuldiner at 6:46 PM

January 25, 2011

Movie: Gideon and the music table

A couple of movies that illustrate not only how far he has come since November, but also his innate boogie-woogie.



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January 19, 2011

Movie: Old man Gideon

Breakfast with Mussolini! Always a fun time.

Posted by atshuldiner at 3:19 AM

January 5, 2011


We decided to teach Gideon how to clap in advance of Safta's birthday, so that he could clap along with everyone else when the cake came in. In point of fact there was no clapping around the cake, only stuffing face, in which GM already excels, but boy did he pick up clapping fast. Not, admittedly, without some mistakes...

...but he got it soon enough!

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December 23, 2010

Movie: Up and at 'em

Somehow he's figured out how to apply the right mixture of downward and sideways pressure so as to raise himself without sliding the table out from under himself. This has cost him a good deal of frustration, but he seems very pleased with the results: free music anytime he wants it.

Posted by atshuldiner at 6:07 PM

December 16, 2010


I have been stalking the crawling Gideon for weeks now. It has been a frustrating hunt. Most of my videos look like this one:

Amusing, adorable even, but not what I was trying to capture. Then finally, earlier this week, I got one featuring continuous crawling, not the sort of chess move, butt plant-to-butt plant activity shown above:

Good job, Gideon! Having broken the ice, he's been very obliging in giving even more. This one, for example, is simply immortal. Go, Thomas, go!

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December 15, 2010

Movie: Enthusiastic lemon

Yes, I know you're not supposed to feed them lemons, but he hasn't any teeth yet so it's now or never for the funny faces.

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December 3, 2010

Movie: Fuh fuh

We've been practicing not eating inorganic matter (also not eating sticks and leaves) in the playground, but apparently he just couldn't resist this particular melange of sand and seaweed.

Posted by atshuldiner at 6:21 AM

December 2, 2010

Movie: Sweet (potato) Gideon

In the morning...

In the evening...

Ain't we got fun?

Posted by atshuldiner at 4:38 PM

November 23, 2010

Movie: Hungry hungry hippo

Another "I like to throw things on the floor" video, but note how routinely he favors his right hand. At this age, and even still today, Felix is apt to use both hands indiscriminately (and still apt to throw stuff on the floor, though less often). Note, too, how quick he is, and how he does not attempt to grab kashi bits that he has discovered to be beyond his range. Clever baby!

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November 19, 2010

Movie: That was no accident

Ah, the cycle of life. Which is to say the endless cycle of the baby throwing stuff on the floor and me picking it up. I haven't checked the archives, but I think Gideon has started intentionally chucking stuff earlier than Felix did. I haven't checked the archives because once I do I will have to check, too, to see if there's any hint as to when they cease this uber-irritating behavior, and I'm afraid the news there would be bad.

Posted by atshuldiner at 10:15 PM | Comments (1)

Movie: That was no accident

Ah, the cycle of life. Which is to say the endless cycle of the baby throwing stuff on the floor and me picking it up. I haven't checked the archives, but I think Gideon has started intentionally chucking stuff earlier than Felix did. I haven't checked the archives because once I do I will have to check, too, to see if there's any hint as to when they cease this uber-irritating behavior, and I'm afraid the news there would be bad.

Posted by atshuldiner at 10:15 PM | Comments (1)

October 29, 2010

Movie: Where's the baby?

Clever baby! Like most babies, he really doesn't like having his face covered (unless he's trying to go to sleep) and will remove such immediately...unless we're playing "Where's the baby?" Once he realizes that it's a game he sits and waits for the denouement. Clever clever!

Bonus: He's now ticklish! At first he wasn't at all, then he started reacting to being poked in the ribs, and now the tickle = laugh circuit is fully functional. That's brain development I suppose.

Posted by atshuldiner at 12:55 AM

October 23, 2010

Movie: Gideon deflates

Another in what will no doubt be a long series of movies of Gideon falling asleep. This one, though, is particularly cute.

Posted by atshuldiner at 6:52 PM

October 19, 2010

Movie: Time to lower the crib

Gideon is showing signs of planning an escape, so we've beefed up security.

Posted by atshuldiner at 10:15 PM

October 13, 2010

Movie: Who's that in the mirror?

Gideon is almost as pleased to see himself as we are!

Posted by atshuldiner at 12:06 AM

October 12, 2010

Movie: Feeding Gideon

We both want the same thing, Gideon! Maybe we want it too much.

Posted by atshuldiner at 12:07 AM

October 6, 2010

Movie: First food for Gideon


(Of course what goes in--concord grapes--did come out undigested, as his mother predicted. Still, we had a great time!)

Posted by atshuldiner at 8:56 PM

October 5, 2010

Movie: Digeon

Will he won't he will he won't he will he eat the sand?

Posted by atshuldiner at 8:51 PM

September 30, 2010

Movie: Gideon, go to sleep

Same thing with Felix, sometimes he just needs you to close his eyes for him.

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September 28, 2010

Movie: What Gideon does all day

Though not always in a Tam o' Shanter (thanks Liza!).

Posted by atshuldiner at 8:11 PM

September 24, 2010

Movie: Kissing Gideon

Just a very nice thing to do.

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September 9, 2010

Movie: Roly Poly Gideon

He's been doing this for several days now, but I've only this morning managed to catch the live action! Poor guy is teething, too, but that doesn't stop him, oh no it does not.

Posted by atshuldiner at 6:43 PM

September 5, 2010

Movie: Day and night

Some of us are content merely to dilate our pupils in response to a dimming of the light. Not so Gideon.

Posted by atshuldiner at 5:36 AM

September 1, 2010

What does it mean?

What does it mean? I have no idea. He sure does it a lot though!

Posted by atshuldiner at 6:59 AM

August 15, 2010

Movie: Gideon grabs!

It's not the most grabby he's been, but it's a great start! Realizing you have hands is the first step to rather a lot of other things you'll need to do.

UPDATE, a few hours later: Gideon started grabbing yesterday or perhaps the day before. What a thrill to see him start to make the connection between those things that wave around in front of his face and appendages under his control. I basked in the glow of his progress for about 24 hours, that is to say until this afternoon on the playground when he grabbed my sunglasses, ripped them off my face, and threw them on the ground. Right: first comes coordination, then comes mischief. Still, it's quite incredible to see him hourly gaining increased control of his hands and arms, whatever use he may put them to aside.

UPDATE, 18 August: His tendency to try to grab things while still clutching each hand in the other is abating, leading to individual control of each appendage. On the other hand, he is still sometimes raising his feet as well as his hands when he reaches for something. It's adorable.

Posted by atshuldiner at 8:30 PM

July 24, 2010

Movie: Gideon the good baby

He's a good baby, oh yes he is.

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June 16, 2010

Movie: Gideon Goes Off

Rather reminds me of Felix at this age! Actually, Felix was about a week younger in that movie. Still have no idea what's going on in a little baby's head at a time like this.

Posted by atshuldiner at 1:25 AM

May 23, 2010

Movie: Life's little surprises

Gideon bears a perpetual expression of surprise. Not, I think, unwarranted.

Posted by atshuldiner at 10:09 PM

May 13, 2010

Movie: Hungry Gideon

He's like a terrier with a rat. Thank goodness no teeth.

Which leads us to an interesting question: should we use a pacifier this time? We did with Felix, and it was a powerful tool for sure. But we suffered for many, many nights when Felix awoke, missed his pacifier, and cried to have it replaced. Many, many, many nights. And, too, it has affected his dental development, though with the pacifier gone that matter is fixing itself. Gideon is not (yet) a terribly challenging baby, but all babies offer certain conundrums.

Posted by atshuldiner at 9:39 PM

Movie: Gideon, Day 2

I love how quickly they develop.

Posted by atshuldiner at 6:33 PM

May 12, 2010

Movie: Gideon, Day 1

Compare with Felix at the same day-old age.

Posted by atshuldiner at 6:51 AM