Something New for 11 Months

First, I ran a bit late with my 11 month update. Then, I thought about the increasing challenge of catching the Cricket at rest, with the belly sticker intact, for her photo. So I decided to post this video instead, and try something new. Welcome Cricket to the D-3 Youtube channel!

All apologies for it being a bit shaky, it was shot on a 2 year old phone and the Cricket doesn’t stop moving. Like ever. Okay, enough exaggerating, she does sleep peacefully. Anyway, the video sums up where she is at now. Babbling and gesturing, movin’ and shakin’, just as curious as her sister and man is she cute! We should be able to do something with that hair real soon, it’s finally growing in.

I know things have been quiet here on the detour lately, blame it on summer weather finally arriving in Chicago. We have tried to be out as much as possible. Hopefully you are having as many adventures as we are enjoying. Be safe out there, we’ll see you on the road.

Ten Months of Cricket-tude

The spring has been mild, albeit a bit rainy, here in Chicago. With the temperature sitting in the 60’s and 70’s and a variety of projects around the house it is hard to sit down to write. But I keep having adventures with the girls, so here is the latest.

The Cricket made it to the 10 month mark and is doing well. She is rocking her four front teeth and loves chomping on things (including parents’ fingers). She figured out the crawling gig and is all over the house. Here’s the most common view I get most days.

Cruisin'

Cruisin’

She is very curious about the world around her and actively seeks to engage with her surroundings. That’s a nice way to say she is “nosy” and “grabby”. And she should be at 10 months old! It is tricky dealing with her sticky fingers, though. As most of you parents know, they are so fast and grab onto things with no warning. Sweetie is learning to deal with the curious little critter. Unfortunately she usually just snatches whatever thing the Cricket has grabbed, not always the best example.

Watcha doin' Papi?

Watcha doin’ Papi?

Things are getting interesting with having Cricket mobile. While she is pulling herself upright on chairs and parents and things, she is not yet walking. Hopefully (but unlikely) she will hold out and give ole’ Dad a break. Official summer is just around the corner, we have an open summer schedule and the weather is beautiful. So our adventures continue.

Necessary distraction

Distraction = Photo

Random thought for Thursday

Hmmm...

Hmmm…

While trying to fold some diapers today I found myself re-directing the infant child away from my clean piles, the laundry basket and the edges of the bed. I know I would’ve been more successful with her in her play station or on the floor, but I wanted her close so I could speak to her more directly. Instead of speaking I found myself thinking, “why can’t she crawl this great anywhere but on the bed.” Random thought, Cricket cuteness.

Hey 'der

Hey ‘der

9 Months of the Cricket (what?!?)

Time is just flying by, so fast that we completely skipped the 8 month update! Looking back we missed the 4 month also, so it must be a trend. Anyway, here she is:

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I know taking the photo with her in the high chair isn’t perfect, but it is containment! Cricket is movin’ and groovin’, although not technically crawling. She has the 360° rotation on both her stomach and her bum, and she pushes herself backward into whatever trouble she wants. Judging by her break dance moves on the changing table, her parents are clearly “children of the 80’s”. The front tooth is still alone, but her gums seem awful sensitive so the second one should be breaking anytime soon. She is gobbling solids like a champ and just started with meat this month (and seems to prefer beef over chicken-my girl!). All is good with her, but we see the doc next week just to get the official word.

Deuces!

Deuces!

This little critter continues to make people smile all around her. We thought Sweetie was a happy baby, but Cricket is raising the bar even higher! I think I have said that before, but with a smile like that, it’s worth repeating. Maybe I should have put an advisory on this post to warn people about all of this cuteness…

Springing back; a growth story

Chicago weather is getting steadily warmer. Yeah, the start of this week looks rainy, but I think we are past the 40º days. The detour is headed for the spring transition! Now is the time of year when everyone starts posting their outdoor pictures. Flowers, yard work, local eateries with outdoor patios, spring adventures, etc. And for us parents that means pictures from the playground.

 

Back at it..

Back at it..

For Sweetie this is a return to familiar territory – the park. We headed over to our local park and she was right back in the mix. With her being older she blasted over things that she was creeping over last year. Despite her advancement, she is still preferring the full-seat swing. Fun stuff.

This ride is just fine

This ride is just fine

For the Cricket this is like a whole new world. I figure her eyesight and awareness of the world came into focus during the grey winter days. I think her world was the size of our house until just recently. So going to the park for her is a Columbus-like experience. While she is still too young to crawl around on the equipment, she is completely entertained trying to find the thing that is making that chirping sound or watching the kids run around playing. And she will learn all about those swings soon enough.

 

HELLO SPRING!

HELLO SPRING!

The social calendar is filling up fast, especially with two of them filling the days. So we’re off! I hope it’s warming up wherever you are. Get out there and enjoy.

7 Month Update

Well I know it’s been a minute since we got a new post up. I can blame one week on a road trip, one week on travel hangover and recovery and one week on…ah…umm…okay, so we’re back. That’s really what’s important right?

In order to ease myself back into the groove I figured I would put up Cricket’s 7 month update photos. I mean, the little ones are really the reason you all visit!

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She is doing great, despite daily smash-hugs from her over-zealous older sister. It’s the love, it’s too much for Sweetie to contain! Look at those eyes, that smile – the Cricket is pretty irresistible. BDB and family were visiting the other day for some much-needed play and adult-speak. He confirmed what my inner voice has been telling me – we are in for some trouble with these girls.

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Of course Cricket is not without her faults. She is putting everything in her mouth and then drooling on anything near her. This is probably due to the sharp little tooth that just poked through her gums (that’s right, tooth #1!) but I still intend to break her of the random sampling. Or at least curb it while we are outside playing.

So welcome back to us, nice to see you. We are enjoying the warming weather here in the Chi’ and look forward to some consistent spring days. That will start-up some new adventures with the garden and outdoor playtime and all. For now, enjoy the updated pics, there are always more to come.

Cricket’s New Bling

Way back when Sweetie was six months old Wife and I decided to have her ears pierced. I don’t really remember why we decided to have it done at an early age, it may have had something to do with a Mexican tradition of piercing their little girls’ ears at an early age (I’m not sure  I’m going to claim that). What we found was that it was not traumatic and easy to care for the new earrings. Sweetie didn’t touch them or bother with them. So now it’s Cricket’s turn!

Look...shiny!

Look…shiny!

We learned that one of the doctor’s at our Pediatrician’s office does the actual piercing, so no mall visit for us. It was all very sterile and safe and a little funny. Wife and I have a history with multiple earrings and body piercings. And while all of them were done in safe and sanitary parlors, none of them were done by a doctor.

At Sweetie’s visit the doctor warned me that she would be the most upset when we held her still to mark her ears. And sure enough, that’s when she screamed. Yeah, she cried a bit when the earring went through, but stopped pretty soon after. The Cricket was the same. She was crying and carrying on when I was holding her arms still to let the doc mark her lobes. As soon as they were pierced and I picked her up – done. Once she could move around freely she didn’t make a peep. I feel confident no emotional damage was done.

So in six weeks she can start wearing all of the great new earrings she was gifted for her Baptism. And in a few years we’ll start worrying about more earrings. And eventually this will spiral into some new craze that all the kids will be doing. Wait, didn’t I say no damage was done?

No sweat!

No sweat!

It’s a Cricket at 6 months

Step right up and get your fix! Here’s a little Cricket who just celebrated six months in our lives. That’s right, the honor is all hers…ha, ha. Exciting day here on the detour. We enjoyed yet another quick well-check with the doc today. And when I say “enjoyed” that means today’s celebration included my first Coca-Cola of 2015, Dunkin’ Donuts in the late P.M., and a thank you to the Universe for my family’s continued health. Hey, I have no probably showin’ out for my family, but I will always be sure to stay grateful. So here she is today:

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As you can see by the pose, she is getting more active. These monthly shots are going to be more and more tricky to capture, but we’ll keep on! So nothing too profound to add here, just a good day with my girls. I hope yours was good too.

I love photo shoots!

I love photo shoots!

“Ditching your Dad Belly”

I found this article while flipping through an online media reader app on my phone. It comes directly from the Men’s Health Thrive section and deals with busy Dads* fitting in some exercise:

http://www.menshealth.com/fitness/ditch-your-dad-belly

Like many of you, I have completely changed my daily routine since taking on at-home duties over two years ago. When I was managing the body shop I ate most of my “meals” (really just glorified snacks) while running around dealing with our workflow. Now I sit down and eat a complete breakfast and lunch, and sometimes throw in a snack. So my caloric intake is way up. These days I drink 1-2 cups of coffee a day. When I was working it was more like 1-2 cups an hour…for 10 hours. Yeah, I was hydrated, and definitely caffeinated. And now if I “run” from one end of the house it takes about 25 steps. End-to-end at the shop was about 225 steps and I ran it many times all day long. So this change in my daily habit has also changed my body shape. Now add to all of this the time crunch of parenting, which cuts out a lot of workout potential, and we get a Dad Belly. Again, I am sure many of you can relate.

For a while I was waking up at 5:00AM to do the P90X series, but that only lasted 30 days (yes, just 1/3 of the program). Sleep became too important. I considered joining a gym and going after the girls go to sleep, but I have other things I want to do…again, sleep. So I am out of shape and I own it. But in my defense, to-date neither Jillian Michaels nor Bob Harper have popped over to my house to simultaneously train me and babysit so I can get a workout in(I don’t know, sounds like a great new reality show-hint, hint).

So in this parenting context, body weight exercises have become my go-to (okay, it helps to have dumbbells too). They are easy enough to do in the house without a bunch of gear or set-up. And while I have yet to build my “Ultimate Stay-At-Home Dad Workout” (be sure to also check out the link below!), this seems like a good place to start. 20 minutes meant to give you a basic total body workout. Check it out and see what you think. Oh, and if you have some ideas for that ultimate at-home/on-a-child’s-schedule workout, or some great workout motivation, post them up in the comments section.

PERFORMANCE-BOOSTING WARMUP: 5 minutes

Do this: Perform all four exercises in a row without rest. Repeat.

  1. Bear Crawl, 20 yards forward and backward
  2. Body-Weight Jump Squat, 10 reps
  3. Farmer’s Carry, 20 yards
  4. Body-Weight Squat, 10 reps

MUSCLE-BUILDING CIRCUIT: 10 minutes

Do this: Perform all 5 exercises in a row. That’s 1 round. Rest 30 seconds, and then begin again. Do as many rounds as possible in 10 minutes.

  1. Goblet Squat, 12 reps
  2. Push-up, 30 reps
  3. Overhead Press, 12 reps
  4. Plank, 30 seconds
  5. Rest, 30 seconds

FAT-FRYING FINISHER: 5 minutes

Do this: Sprint 20 yards, and then perform a side plank for 15 seconds on each side as an active rest. Repeat. Continue this for 5 minutes straight.

  1. Sprint, 20 yards
  2. Side plank, 15 seconds on each side

I stumbled on this little gem while getting ready to publish. When Wife laughed hard enough to cry I knew I had to include it. Just a bit of humor to lighten all this serious exercise talk.Be sure to watch the workout video…it’s all about the burn!

*While the title of this article specifies “Dad” belly, we here on the detour support all parents in their exercise endeavors. Bellies grow on Moms and Dads – they are not sexist and neither are we.

Solids! (at least in practice)

What do I do with this?

What do I do with this?

The Cricket has her 6 month well check in two weeks and we are fully anticipating the doctor to give us the okay to start solids. So we figured she should be ready and start practicing now. Nothing really exciting or dramatic, just some runny rice cereal.

Huh...not bad

Huh…not bad

Once we get the okay from her doc we’ll start with the interesting stuff. Wife and I cooked up and blended the majority of Sweetie’s “baby food”, and the plan is to do the same with Cricket. That’s when it will get fun, so expect some future posts, especially because I didn’t write about it with Sweetie. This post is mainly for the cuteness factor.

I got you now cereal!

I got you now cereal!