4 month stats

Spencer on his tummy close-up
Spencer on his tummy close-up

Spencer turned 4 months old on Sunday, and today I took him in for his 4 month appointment, during which they did the usual poking and prodding, measuring, and gave him another round of vaccinations. As usual, he was a pretty good kid. He seemed very interested in the animals they had painted on the walls, as well as all the cool instruments hanging from the wall.
The name's Fedibblety. Spencer Fedibblety
The name's Fedibblety. Spencer Fedibblety

Spencer’s 4 months stats:
category value percentile
weight 15 lbs, 7 oz 61
height 25.5 inches 72
head circumference 16.5 inches 42
BMI 16  

Compared to the 2 month stats, he is a little bit heavier, not as tall, with a slightly bigger head. It seems like he is starting to resemble his parents a bit more.

California and Spencer’s first cold

Hanging out in the Denver airport with mom
Hanging out in the Denver airport with mom

This past weekend we went to California for Curt Fischer’s wedding. Trips to California are always hard for us, since we know quite a few people there, and never have time to visit them all. This time we chose the Buchheits and Aunt Jean. We arrived on Thursday evening and stayed with the Buchheits. Our flight was delayed over 2 hours, which made for a pretty miserable trip. Had it been on time, Spencer would have been falling asleep with a full belly right around boarding time. We also got stuck in the last row, and every time the bathroom door slammed it would wake him up. Eventually he did sleep for about the last 30-45 minutes of the 2 1/2 hour flight.
Looking at Spencer makes Clare and Rob smile
Looking at Spencer makes Clare and Rob smile

We had a nice time visiting with the Buchheits in Los Altos Thursday evening and Friday morning. Spencer really enjoyed playing with Thomas, who is almost one year old now. Then we headed down to Monterey where the wedding was being held. We were invited to the rehearsal dinner at El Torito, at 7 p.m. Spencer was a very good boy the whole time, as is frequently the case. Unfortunately though, he started getting sick Friday night. He woke up several times during the night. Clare ran out around midnight to buy some infant tylenol, which took away a bit of the pain and helped him sleep.
Spencer and Great Aunt Jean at the Fish Hopper
Spencer and Great Aunt Jean at the Fish Hopper

Saturday morning we went to the wedding, which was on the beach at Carmel River State Park. Spencer slept through the whole ceremony. Then we got back to the hotel around 12:30 to meet Aunt Jean, who had driven down from San Rafael to hang out with Spencer. We had lunch at the Fish Hopper, where Bob and Jean Ann frequently dined. Then the Fedibbletys took a nap while Jean Ann toured around Monterey a bit. Jean Ann then looked after Spencer while Clare and I went to the reception at the Monterey Bay aquarium. It was very impressive.

Spencer didn’t sleep that well Saturday night either, but slept most of the ride back to the airport on Sunday, and slept most of the flight home, which was thankfully not delayed. He slept much of Monday and today, but now seems to be getting better. We feel really bad for the little guy. Unfortunately there is not that much we can do, besides turn on the humidifier, give him some tylenol, rub a little vicks on his chest, and suck the snot out of his nose. I’m sure this is only the first of many colds. Hopefully they won’t be too frequent. On the plus side, he managed to give us some smiles in spite of the cold. What a trooper! click for more pictures

Tim and Phil visit

Clare, Phil, Spencer, and Tim
Clare, Phil, Spencer, and Tim

This week our friends Tim and Phil visited for a couple days during their 2 weeks tour of Colorado and New Mexico. It was really great to see them. Spencer liked them very much, and it seemed like the feeling was mutual. On Tuesday I took them out to Red Rocks and to the Coors Brewery tour. As usual, Spencer was a great kid. While we were tasting beer, Tim gave him a pony ride, which he liked very much.
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Curt Fischer and Idaho Springs

Chris, Greg, Curt, Spencer, Rob, and Clare in Idaho Springs
Chris, Greg, Curt, Spencer, Rob, and Clare in Idaho Springs

Curt Fischer, a friend of Clare’s from Case stopped by with 2 of his groomsmen last week on his trek from Boston to San Francisco, where he is getting married (today). They got in fairly late on Friday, and had to leave early Saturday to go rafting in Idaho Springs. It was a beautiful day on Saturday, so Clare and I decided to go up to Idaho Springs and hike around for a bit, then meet them for lunch at the Tommyknocker brewery. We also got to try out the new Kelty Kids backpack that Ellen gave Clare for her birthday. It took awhile to get al the adjustments right to make it comfortable, but once it was fitting well, it was quite nice. Spencer also enjoyed the view from up high.
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Blinky

Spencer blinking to audio and visual cues
Spencer blinking to audio and visual cues
Spencer generally likes riding in the car. Really, he likes getting out of the house; he likes a change of scenery. But he doesn’t like waiting around. I can empathize with that. After I strap him him into his car seat, I do not have long until he starts to get fussy. So while I am getting the diaper bag, shopping bags etc., I try to keep him entertained. Last week I was playing around with the little doo-dad that hangs off his car seat, and I noticed that he was blinking along as I pulled this toy up and down. So naturally, I took a video to share with the world. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
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Camping, take one

I can haz botl?
I can haz botl?

A couple weeks ago we decided to take Spencer for his first camping trip. We were successful in several key elements:

  • Set up tent (Spencer was nice enough to sleep while we did this)
  • Take a hike (Spencer always enjoys a hike)
  • Make a fire (even though it was raining a bit)
  • Cook rice and beans over the fire (came out very nicely)
  • Make S’mores

We failed at several key elements:

  • Make Spencer warm bottle (well, eventually we heated up some water over the fire and put the bottle in that, but he was very unhappy in the meantime)
  • Sleep (Our tent is too small. Spencer was pretty warm and comfortable, but Clare and I were not. The only way to get comfortable was to touch the sides of the tent, and then we got wet)

We ended up leaving at midnight. Fortunately it was only a 45 minute drive home, but it did kind of mess up our internal clocks for the weekend. For our next attempt in a few weeks with Dave and Ellen, we will have a bigger tent, and I bought a propane camp stove, which should speed up the warming of bottles.

On our first trip we also forgot the camera, so there is no evidence of the trip. But every post should have a photo, so instead, we have supplied a picture of Spencer trying to hold his bottle. It seems that he is dead set on becoming independent. Unfortunately, he is not very good at holding the bottle, and will frequently yank it out of his mouth, then cry because he is not getting food.

A memorable Memorial Day

Spencer in his favorite spot
Spencer in his favorite spot

Still catching up on a few old posts. For memorial day, Uncle Phil, Aunt Betty and their daughter Melissa came over for a barbecue. We got lucky and it didn’t rain while we were trying to barbecue, though we ended up eating inside. We made our usual mixed grill with some buffalo brats, locally grown beef hamburgers, veggie burgers, and grilled vegetables (eggplant, mushrooms, and bell peppers). We also had all of my favorite salads. Since I was busy cooking, I only snapped a few pictures.

Green Red Rocks

The Feltys by the entrance to Red Rocks
The Feltys by the entrance to Red Rocks

While it wasn’t raining during Harold and Fran’s visit, we took a little trip over to the Red Rocks amphitheater. It is only a few miles west of Golden, just in the foothills. As the name implies it has Red Rocks. In the 30’s they began building an amphitheater in the rocks as part of the CCC started by FDR. It was finally finished in the 40’s, and has had many concerts since then. Artists really like to play there, since it has such great natural acoustics. During the day it is free to visit, and many people go there to work out, climbing all the stairs.
Spencer giving us a great smile
Spencer giving us a great smile

The last time we visited it was quite brown, but it has been raining very much lately, so this time it was quite green.

We also made a short stop at Lookout Mountain to see Buffalo Bill’s grave and the nice view. Even though it was quite cloudy, you could barely make out downtown Denver, and Clare got a few nice shots of the Coor’s brewery and South Table mountain, near where she works.
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Spencer likes his grandparents

Spencer playing with his keys and his grandpa
Spencer playing with his keys and his grandpa

Spencer got to spend some nice quality time with Grandma and Grandpa Felty over Memorial Day weekend. He has certainly grown a lot since they saw him last (one week old). They had a good time playing on the floor and exploring toys, which Spencer has just started to become interested in.
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