Friday, March 28, 2008

This is Spring?

1 day after I cleaned the front yard; trimmed the dead foliage off last year's Autumn Joy Seedum plants; raked; and packed away the snow shovels in anticipation of Spring's first blooms, I awake to this:

We called her "Old Tilt-y Tree," and neighbors dubbed her "Eileen." Either way, she fell from their yard to ours. If you look closely you can see Pepper's tracks in the snow. She heard the crack and hightailed it back to the porch in the nick of time. Luckily, Old Tilt-y didn't mess up the fence or our bushes. Sadly, she didn't take out our "much-in-need-of-repair" garage, either! Melissa and Graham slept through the whole thing.

Baby laughs!

Grandma sure is funny!

Baby laughs!

Grandma's pretty funny!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


In his "rich boy madras pants" (as coined by Uncle Ethan), sitting with Jack the Bunny in Great Grandpa Charlie's rocking chair.

No chocolates, just fabric eggs... pouting in his overalls (sewed by Grandma).

Snuggling with Aunt Abby.

Yes, that is the finger you think it is. No, it wasn't posed.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Family Resemblance?

Graham Tourtellotte Strolin, 2008

Paul Graham Tourtellotte, 1943 or 1944

5 month photos

Splish-Splash! Graham was taking a bath...

Graham has finally gotten too big for the infant tubby used for his nightly bath, and has graduated to the inflatable duckie toddler tub (with built in quacker!) given to us by Melissa's friend Karen. (Karen is the mother of Isabel, a blue eyed, blonde beauty who came to visit us a few weeks ago, and taught Graham the art of the open mouth kiss.) With the improved leg room of the new tub, Graham has discovered that splashing is not only fun, but an excellent workout for both him and Mommy.
It won't be long before we get him into the local aqua babies program, and then off to the Esther Williams School of Underwater Dance!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Graham is 5 months old today

There have been a lot of changes in the last few months...

In January there was no hair.

In February, he wore a magical hair-growing beanie.

Now he's not just the president... he's a client!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Curious Graham

Graham was quite busy this weekend with Ed (Uncle Cookie) and Anthony (Uncle Bocce) coming to town. They promised to teach him everything they know about life and love.

By lunchtime we needed to come up with something to do next, so we decided to visit the Butterfly Conservatory here in Oneonta.

Besides butterflies, they also have a variety of free flying tropical birds and some neat chamelions and turtles roaming about. Since it's kept a nice humid 80 degrees it was an excellent way to beat the chill.

Graham was very inquisitive!

Graham is definitely more aware of things happening around him -- and is especially interested in the buttons on the telephone and the camera. Check out the videos below where he creates his own close up by grabbing the camera strap with his cat like reflexes :)

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Eyeball Update

Paul's eyeball is healing nicely, and his protective cup has been removed. They said his vision may be a bit blurry for a few days, but all in all everything looks great.

Graham is continuing to enjoy the finer things in life (eating, pooping, and chomping on Mommy) and has so far shown no allergic complications to his new variety of foods. He did however become constipated for a few days after I fed him bananas and carrots with his rice cereal. Who knew mush could constipate? After a few rice-less days of prunes and pears, everything has finally worked out for him (so to speak). Sorry, Buddy.


Melissa is saying, "Mada-pafada-fapelle," which is a place from the Dr, Seuss book "If I ran the Zoo." Amanda made us a copy of the Dr. Seuss songbook (circa 1967) and this story is included, so Graham likes the phrase. Melissa added, "Peas are as nasty as hell" herself, since she despises them and that made him laugh even more.

Speaking of laughing babies, here's a happy Daddy-diaper moment.

Life is good!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Paul's eyeball

Grandpa Paul had surgery this morning to remove some scar tissue from his eyeball. Apparently they had to pop it out to work on it and put it back in. Modern medicine rocks!
He stopped by to see Graham, and although he did look a little frightening to Melissa, Graham liked the new pirate look! Aaaaarrrgggghh!
Personally, I think he looks more like a Borg Drone from Star Trek-

Hope you feel better soon, Paul!