Hi Spencer!

Spencer smiling

Spencer smiling

Spencer keeps cooing more and more all the time. We really think that some of his coos sound like “hi”. Here is some video evidence of his cooing. Do you hear him say hi?

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Cooing in the bumbo chair

Spencer enjoying the bumbo chair

Spencer enjoying the bumbo chair

Since Spencer seemed to have such good head control from a very early age, we started experimenting with putting him in the Bumbo chair starting about one month. He didn’t like it very much at first, and was probably too young, but now he seems to like it, and will sit in it for 5-10 minutes at a time. He is also cooing more and more, which we really like. Here is a little video I shot of the guy in his bumbo chair.
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Our tall, skinny, small-headed son

Hello Spencer!

Hello Spencer!

Spencer had his two month check-up today. He was very good while they poked and prodded him, and hardly cried at all. His stats at age 8 weeks 6 days are:

category value percentile
weight 11 lbs, 8.5 oz 43
height 24 inches 84
head circumference 15.5 inches 33
BMI   14

Sometimes we wonder if he is really our son, given that we are both kind of short and overweight!

8 hours
AND
sitting up

Spencer sitting up on the couch

Spencer sitting up on the couch

Two nights ago Spencer graced with us 8 hours of continuous sleep. It was very nice! He has also been showing off how well he can sit up. Clare set him on the couch and he did not fall over.

Spencer sits up like a big boy (with his worried look on)

Spencer sits up like a big boy (with his worried look on)

Heads up!

Lately we have been very impressed by Spencer’s head control, and by how much he seems to enjoy “tummy time”. We feel very fortunate in this regard, since most of our friends with children have all experienced their children utterly hating tummy time.

Occasionally Spencer will roll over from his stomach to his side or back, but I have yet to capture it on film, despite my encouraging. Here is a little video from last week of Spencer playing on his stomach.
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Farewell Dave and Ellen

Ellen reads Spencer the 'Big Red Barn'

Ellen reads Spencer the ‘Big Red Barn’
Ellen enjoys holding Spencer

Ellen enjoys holding Spencer
Dave feeds Spencer

Dave feeds Spencer

We had a really great time with Dave and Ellen while they were visiting. It was very nice to have some extra help the first week Clare went back to work. We all had a good time playing, comforting, feeding, burping, and changing Spencer.

Tie-dye cupcakes

Mixing in the food coloring

Mixing in the food coloring

Six different colors of batter

Six different colors of batter
Spooning in the batter

Spooning in the batter
Ready to bake

Ready to bake
A few bites reveals the cool colors

A few bites reveals the cool colors
Frosting the cupcakes

Frosting the cupcakes

I was inspired to try these colorful creations by a friendfeed post: http://beta.friendfeed.com/ross/310c0b3b/taste-rainbow-with-cake-geekologie
I wanted to bring something in to the office to thank them for their generosity surrounding Spencer’s birth. This seemed like a good opportunity to try these out, as I don’t want to eat them all myself. I got two boxes of white cake mix, and made them according to the directions. Then the fun started. Mom and I mixed in the gel dye in, which worked really well for the yellow, blue, and green. But red comes out as hot pink, which only worked out well in the 80’s. So, we split the pink batter and made a small amount of purple and orange. The purple didn’t look like it would be great, but it baked up pretty well. When we spooned in the batter to the cupcake wrappers, I liked “co-extrusion”, which is holding two spoons next to each other and letting both batters fill at the same time on different sides. They baked up quite nicely. We frosted them with funfetti icing and extra jelly beans. They turned out to be colorful and delicious snack sized sugar frosted sugar bombs. They went over pretty well at work too.

The Dibbles are back

Dave plays with Spencer

Dave plays with Spencer
Rob, Dave, Bret, Spencer, Ellen, and Clare

Rob, Dave, Bret, Spencer, Ellen, and Clare
Ellen plays with Spencer

Ellen plays with Spencer
Bret holds Spencer

Bret holds Spencer
Spencer is getting really good at holding his head up

Spencer is getting really good at holding his head up
Spencer seems pretty happy with Bret

Spencer seems pretty happy with Bret
Ellen comforts Spencer

Ellen comforts Spencer

Dave and Ellen came back to visit again and help us transition when Clare went back to work yesterday. They drove up from Arizona last Wednesday, and leave next Monday. Bret came out to visit over the weekend. We all had a good time playing with Spencer.

New windows et alia

New window with trim (still need to paint the caulk in the corners)

New window with trim (still need to paint the caulk in the corners)
The siding overlapped the old window

The siding overlapped the old window
Rob removes the middle part of the old window frame

Rob removes the middle part of the old window frame

When Dave and Ellen came to visit Spencer several weeks ago, we found some time to tackle a few home improvement projects when we weren’t playing with the boy. Clare and I bought new windows for the whole house a few months ago. All but 2 of the current windows are original, and are not very well insulated. After a fair amount of deliberation, we decided to go with the Pella vinyl sliders from Lowe’s. They get pretty good reviews, and they are relatively inexpensive. I really wanted to get wood casement windows, because they look nicer, and seal even better than sliders, but it would have been about $1000 per window for the casements, and the vinyl sliders were only about $150 each. We also considered having Lowe’s install the windows, but they wanted $238 per window, so we decided to give it a try ourselves, and if we totally messed up, we figured we could always hire a handy man (probably for less than $238 per window). We bought the windows at the same time we bought the materials for the kitchen countertop, since Lowe’s has a flat fee for delivery. Also, in case you haven’t heard, you can get a tax deduction for installing energy efficient windows (and furnaces and other stuff). Save your receipts.
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