Wednesday, May 31, 2006


Last week, Bett's Fish Fry opened for the season. For those of you who don't know, Bett's is a local fish stand that makes haddock sandwich's and fish and chips. Thats it. What she does serve is excellent though and a great value. You can get a half sandwich for $5 or $6, can't remember which. You might think that $6 for a half sandwich is kind of expensive but that is until you see the sucker. There is so much fish on that damn thing that most people don't even eat it like a typical sandwich but pick at it with a fork or better yet, pull half of the fish out to eat seperately. Regardless of how you eat it, you always end up writhing on the floor in pain afterwards because the things are so damn good you just can't stop eating, no matter how full you are. When I worked in Camden it was 45 miles to get to Bett's so the only time I had it was when Marcy was kind enough to stop and get some for me on her way home which meant I had it a few times a summer (not because Marcy is only kind three times a summer but because I always figured it was too much of a hassle for her, plus she's mean to me). Now that I work only about two miles away I see many painful days ahead. Add to this that my office does a take out lunch every Friday and our two choices are typically Bett's or pizza, I see my waistsize expanding quickly.

Here is a video of the after effects of THE FISH SANDWICH OF DOOM!

All terrain baby

Brynna's crawling has become an obsession. Initially she had trouble getting over even the smallest obstacles like door jambs but now, with a bit of effort, she can get over stuff as much as 6"+/- high and is working diligently to climb into her chair. See a video here. Before long her and daddy will be able to relax while watching the game together. That is of course if she can ever sit still. I see pictures of other babies like Calia and Skylar enjoying sitting quietly with mommy and daddy. Brynna will never, EVER do that. If she sits still long enough to take a picture we're happy. Even when she sleeps she's on the move twisting and turning, moving from one end of the crib to the other...

One of these days we'll get a video of her typical play time and you'll see. Yesterday while I was playing with her she would go from trying to climb into her chair to throwing a ball to crawling towards Chance to playing with a couple of her other toys to climbing in her chair again and again all within 30-45 seconds. No shit. We're beginning to wonder if we should get her a perscription to baby ritalin. I think this is god's way of punishing us for being so judgmental of all the parents out ther who are so quick to say their kid has ADD and put them on meds. That'll learn us.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Grampy gave me a comb over too! Posted by Picasa
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Pretty in pink

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Mommy and me. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Thats superman fast hand speed right there. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Doggy want some water?

Brynna starting to crawl has been a source of constant amusement and fright for us. There is nothing cuter or more satisfying than to have someone work so hard and with such determination to get to where you are simply to be near you. There is also nothing scarier than leaving a room for mere seconds only to return and find that your newly mobile child has somehow teleported herself to the most dangerous item in the room because she somehow sensed that was the right place to be.

To add to our unease is the existence of one large, drooling, not quite smart as a bag of rocks dog named Chance. Although he has yet to completely plow the fruit of my LOINS! (I capitalize and exclamate because I do have quite impressive loins if I do say so myself) over, he has come perilously close on several occasions. Of course, even when Chance is being good and laying quietly at the side of the room, B-girl somehow finds a way to endanger herself in his presence.

Recently, during one of her rounds of peril and destruction, Brynna discovered Chance's water dish. Being the water baby that she is, she'll happily splash in and drank out of it (did I mention that we're bad parents?) until she either dumps it between her legs quickly turning her diaper into a large, super absorbent quicker picker upper, or until Chance comes by for a drink.

Here is a clip of how things progress from there. Link

Poor Chance doesn't know what to think. If he were capable of thought that is. Heaven forbid he get his feet wet, he only spends 99.9% of his time outdoors in and barking at the water in our yard.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Brynna really, really, REALLY! likes chairs.

Friday, May 19, 2006

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I can stand.

Brynna proving she can stand on her own. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Makes daddy proud

This morning, on our way to daycare, Brynna realized she could reach the bike that was in the back with her. She proceeded to fondle the seat post and saddle for about 10 minutes before drifting off into a blissful slumber while clutching the post. This, by the way, is something that daddy would do too if only mommy would allow me to bring the bikes to bed. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Brynna loves her shoes but not in a traditional sort of way. If there are shoes within range (which is considerable these days), she makes a bee-line for them and immediately puts them in her mouth. Thats my girl.

Giving the rubber duckie mouth-to-mouth.

Mother's Day

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Play-D0h fun factory

I can’t let Joe corner the market on dookie stories so here’s one for you.  While Marcy was giving B-girl a bath this morning, she (Brynna not Marcy) got onto her hands and knees in the tub, started crying and made like a Play-Doh fun factory and made her first tub dookie.  A father couldn’t be more proud.  I guess B-girl has more than one meaning now.

Swimming lessons

On Saturday, Brynna started swimming lessons at the Wiscasset Community Center. They're really not lessons so much as a place for kids to pee in the pool. Brynna loves the water though so we thought we'd get her started early so that in a few years she can save her oaf of a father from drowning. As you can see, she had a great time. She did get a bit cold so we'll be getting her a little mini wet suit for her next 7 classes.

Saturday, May 13, 2006


Yesterday, Brynna started to crawl! Our lives are now officially over. Instead of lounging around the house, we are already chasing the little demon. Thankfully, she finds crawling on the hardwood floors uncomfortable so if we put her on a blanket or carpet, she tends to stay there. I've suggested to Marcy that we might want to conisder getting an invisible fence in the house for Brynna to keep her where we want her. If she strays from her designated area, she gets pumped full of electricity. Being the uptight worrywort that she is, Marcy doesn't think its such a great idea. Sometimes moments of pure genious go unnoticed by mere mortals. Anyway, here is the link to Brynna crawling. LINK

The next video is of B-Girl trying to reach the ever so important remote control. She will stop at nothing to get her hands on it. LINK

Friday, May 12, 2006

Have boob, will nibble

The evil one has struck again.  Last night, after dinner, I was doing some sort of manly endeavor when I heard Marcy scream from the bedroom where she was feeding Brynna.  I ran in to see Marcy standing next to the bed holding her, ahhhh, self and B-Girl lying on the bed laughing hysterically.  Apparently B-Girl had muckled onto mommy with her new teeth and found great joy at mommy’s reaction.  Your nursing days may be numbered little girl.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

I'm honored

I’m not sure if I should be offended or proud of the fact that a co-worker felt that I was both mature enough to not be offended and immature enough to find this funny. Did I mention that I am the only person in the company who she felt safe sending this to?

The e-mail read:

Not at all PC, and potentially offensive....just for you!

Subject: Pharmacology

In pharmacology, all drugs have two names, a trade name and a genericname. For example, the trade name of Tylenol also has a generic nameof acetaminophen. Aleve is also called naproxen. Amoxil is alsocalled amoxicillin and Advil is also called ibuprofen.The FDA has been looking for a generic name for Viagra. After carefulconsideration by a team of government experts, it recently announcedthat it has settled on the generic name of Mycoxafloppin. Alsoconsidered were Mycoxafailin, Mydixadud, Mydixadrupin, Mydixarizin,Dixafix and, of course, Ibepokin.

Pfizer Corp. announced today that Viagra will soon be available inliquid form, and will be marketed by Pepsi Cola as a power beveragesuitable for use as a mixer. It will now be possible for a man toliterally pour himself a stiff one. Obviously, we can no longer callthis a soft drink, and it gives new meaning to the names of"cocktails, "highballs," and just a good old-fashioned "stiff drink."Pepsi will market the new concoction by the name of "MOUNT & DO."

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Family history

I don't know if there is a history of it in either of our families but Brynna seems to have a drinking problem...

Sneak attack

Chance takes B-girl's hygiene very seriously. Posted by Picasa

Friday, May 05, 2006

Brynna's first ride

It was such a beautiful day yesterday that Marcy and I decided to try Brynna out in her trailer. She's been wearing her helmet in the house with success for a month now and has no trouble holding her head up so we figured we'd give it a try.

All suited up and ready to roll.

Doing some laps around the driveway to be sure she was comfortable before heading out on the road.
The after effects. She must have been comfortable if she managed to fall asleep.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

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Happy couple

Don't Tim and I make the cutest couple? Posted by Picasa

Why I hate daddy.

The other day while making Brynna's dinner, without thinking I mixed her potatoes with applesauce. In hindsight it probably wasn't the best combo. We managed to get a video of it that truly captures her reaction to it. She ate a few bites before we replaced it with something a little more tasty but we couldn't pass up the opportunity to see her shudders and double takes.

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During the video when she's babbling "da da da da" I suspect that she's warning me that some day, some how, she'll get me back for this. I still think that it was worth it.

Any likeness?

Whenever Brynna is eating dinner with a bib and no shirt, I always seem to think of the ghost in 13 Ghosts that looks like an overgrown baby with barf on its bib. I'll let you decide for yourself.

Monday, May 01, 2006


Phew, what a roller coaster week we’ve had. At the beginning of last week Brynna slept for 10 hrs straight for three consecutive nights. This was huge for us since she hasn’t slept that long for quite some time and never three nights in a row! Well, it turns out she was simply toying with our sleep deprived little minds because she promptly went from full night sleep to refusing to sleep at all and when she did it would only be in two hour blocks. Freaking-a it was like she was a newborn again. On one of the ill fated nights, we were letting her “cry it out” in her crib for a while and pretending to be asleep ourselves when she ramped it up a notch. Fearing that she may have somehow hurt herself by sticking a leg/arm out through the crib, Marcy went in to investigate. As soon as she opened the door she called for me to come and look. I walked in to find Brynna kneeling at the foot of the crib, upper body completely erect from the knees up clutching the bars of the crib screaming in baby language to get her the f’ out of there. If she had access to a tin cup, I’m sure she would have been clanging it back and forth on the bars. A few weeks ago she wasn’t nearly mobile enough to pull of such a feat so I can only imagine what we have in store for us when she starts crawling.

On the crawling front, B-girl has progressed to spending a considerable amount of time on all fours dry humping the air. This is a welcome change from her constantly dry humping mommy and daddy as she was doing before so we let it go. She hasn’t figured out the whole coordination thing between hands and feet yet but is making a bit of progress and has actually pulled one leg forward but more often she uses both legs at once. Of course, she’s lurching backwards. I can only imagine how infuriating it must be to see what you want, try to move in its direction only to have it get further away. No wonder she gets so pissed off.

Here is a vid of her spinning out while perfecting her lurch. Video link.