Sunday, June 29, 2014


So my wife informed me that I can add photos to this blog. So I have. Now every post has photos attached so you will have to go back and read them all again just to see the super cute photos.

Gunner is approaching 4 months old. He is loving the World Cup and the USA doing well so far. He has his second beach trip coming for the 4th of July. Hopefully, we will fair better than the first trip where we drove over 3 hours with an unhappy child (he hates his car seat) to basically do everything exactly how we do it at home just without all the cool stuff we have accumulated at home to make parenting easier. Fingers crossed.

We have been utilizing our swimming pool. We found that taking Gunner in the pool for some fun in the sun in the evening completely wears him out to sleep through the night. Yes you heard right. Gunner sleeps through the night, kind of. He goes down around 9pm and wakes up around 7am, kind of. He does wake up in between but he does not wake up to eat, which means he wakes up and requires a 1 to 3 minute soothing to fall back asleep. This happens 2 or 3 times every night but it is infinitely better than waking up to feed him for an hour in the middle of the night so we will take it! Next step: we are still waiting for Gunner to put himself to sleep. Can't wait for the day.

Best part of having a kid so far: last week my wife and I discussed getting all the awesome Disney and Pixar and animated movies possible to start a family dvd collection! How awesome does that sound?!? This is why people have kids. I watched Toy Story 3 again on Friday night (yes Friday night) and it was just delightful.

Gunner watching a cartoon on a Saturday morning of a leprechaun farting a rainbow...

Gunner in his Official USA kit for the World Cup...

Lounging in the pool...loving it...just get him a beer...

Sunday, June 22, 2014

First Father's Day

A few days ago, I celebrated my first Father’s Day as the father of our son. We have celebrated this day before with our dogs and cat which I find parenting our animals to be 1000 times more enjoyable and rewarding than parenting a baby. They listen, they play, they sleep, they pooh outside…it just works well for everyone. Gunner still does what he wants. But on a positive note, he does it when we say and what he wants is starting to become when we want. But for Father’s Day, my wife had some amazing gifts. Best of all, she drew a kid’s book about Gunner and I for us to read together at night and Gunner loved it! It is super cute and fantastic. It was a good day with the baby.

Also four days ago, Gunner started sleeping through the night from around 9pm and 6am. Of course, this sleep is in a nice safe fort-like area in the middle of our bed. But hey, sleep is sleep….I would never complain about this. He has also mastered the “Sneak In and Cuddle” that I know he inherited from my wife. He somehow magically throughout the night inches right up against me so I can’t move a muscle. My wife has been notorious for this since day one. My dogs and cat also learned this from her. This means that 2 humans and 3 animals somehow try to lay right up against me every night. And people wonder why I look tired all the time!

Gunner is also loving the World Cup. He is watching numerous games all day long, gazing with sheer wonderment and intrigue at the marvel that is futbol! He will definitely be on USA Team for the 2038 World Cup. He loves to chant with dad (when I say chant, I really mean grunt and drool at the same time) I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN for the USA men! GO USA!

Watching Arsenal win the FA Cup...


Friday, June 13, 2014

Too Cute

Okay so I know I stated this post would cover a racy topic. My wife talked me out of it. So instead, the last two weeks I have been a series of nice moments for our now three month old son. He cries less, sleeps longer, smiles more, and grabs stuff. That’s all. Some say that's monumental but I doubt Stanford will admit him on the "grabs stuff" essay he would write. They should admit him on looks alone, dashing redhead with a twinkle in his eye. I mean come on...once in a blue moon.

He has always been a “talker” so he is still yo-gaba-gaba all day long like he thinks someone can understand those grunts and huffs. He has always been a good looking kid, but his monstrous behaviors led to some reservation in bragging about him. But now, I am happy to say we can move him to the official “cute” title. He is a cute little guy.

Is he the cutest little kid around? Not yet, but he is still young and is close. He still has time to take the world #1 ranking. My current top five list of the world’s cutest kids under age 5 is as follows:
1)      My colleague Monique’s little girl. I don’t even know he name but she is so super cute that Disney should make a movie character out of her.
2)      My nephew Carter. He is simply the handsomest kid, better than all three of David Beckham’s little boys.
3)      My cousin Karen’s little girl Amy. She didn’t even like me for two of the three days I visited but her cuteness makes that not even matter.
4)      Gunner. Redheaded and Dangerous.

So as you can see, he is up there but has work to do. That’s okay because he has time. Much like the great Roger Federer at 21 years old, he was bounced in straight sets in the 1st round of the French Open by Luis Horda of Peru. He learned from the experience and won 17 grand slam titles over the next 9 years and has become the greatest tennis player of all-time. Gunner will learn, evaluate, work hard, adapt and improve, and should move up the rankings in time.

Gunner first Facetime with cousin Carter...

Carter at age 1 taking his Senior High School Graduation photo...

Cousin Amy picking blueberries...