Halloween and a rash
This morning Aiden had a rash on his face. I called the pediatrician and we moved our appointment up a day. She said that it was baby acne and was normal for his age. I also told her about him being fussy and gassy and all the foods I stopped over a week ago. She asked if I had noticed a change. I said it seems to be worse than better. So she said to slowly go back to eating the things before. This is a relief since I thought maybe something I ate caused him to get the rash and I was scared to eat. She also told us what to look for with food allergies and that so far he didn't have any signs.

He has obviously been eating well he weighted 10 lbs 12.6 ounces and is now 22 1/4 inches long. She said babies with food allergies don't gain this much weight.

I also feel bad about the other night. I fed Aiden and then went grocery shopping. Since it was night and it was cold we felt it was best for Richard to stay home with Aiden. I thought it would be better than taking him out. But from now on either Richard goes alone or we will all go shopping and if needed Aiden and I will go out to the car to feed while Richard finishes up. Thatís what we have done in the past.

Tonight was Halloween and we went to Rachel's house. Aiden saw Angie and Kylee for the first time. Well sort of he slept all but five minutes. He was a cute little pumpkin. I'm sure Richard will post pictures soon.

  - Dawn on Fri November 1, 2002 at 0:14 am
     - Aiden is 4 weeks
     - Keenan is 2 and 1/2 years (31 and 1/2 months) before begin born

We bundled the little man up in a pumpkin outfit. You can see what Dawn was talking about with the rash thing.

Aiden in his pumpkin outfit
Aiden in his pumpkin outfit ready to go to Rachel and Brian's house.

Ramee holds Aiden. L-R: Ramee, Aiden, Kylie and Mila
Left-right: Ramee, Aiden, Kylie and Mila. Here is most of the wee chilen's. Joey didn't make it out.

Kylie holds Aiden. L-R: Aiden, Kylie, Ramee and Mila
They then traded who was holding Aiden. And Mila made a different face.

Angie after being pestered with a camera she eventually starts to go insane!!!
After pestering Angie several times we even got her to put on a little "costume". Ang, somethings just must be posted.

Brian gives me the look after his humiliating defeat. L-R: Suzanne and Aiden, Tyler, Brian
Of course, we had to play some games and after I won so many times I finally let Brian and Tyler play... after all, it is their house. (Actually, I got smoked by Tyler, which was humiliating, but we are seeing if a blog can re-write history).

In some nerdy news, this server is hosted in Arizona which according to time.gov is a little ahead of us (well, now they are). This would make our posting times be off a bit, just since the daylight savings time change. Some quick coding changes to use getTimezoneOffset() in the Date object took care of it.

  - Richard on Sat November 2, 2002 at 11:09 am
     - Aiden is 4 weeks
     - Keenan is 2 and 1/2 years (32 months) before begin born

Gripe Water
If you've used Gripe water with your kids, give me a call. We tried it with little Aiden today and you would have thought we had broke his little legs. He screamed bloody murder for a good 7 minutes (or so, always seems like it is an eternity when it is your kid). We might try it again, but probably not.
  - Richard on Sat November 2, 2002 at 6:20 pm
     - Aiden is 4 weeks
     - Keenan is 2 and 1/2 years (32 months) before begin born

Mom's Group
Today Aiden and I went to the new momís group at the hospital. There were 6 other momsí from our birthing class there so it was interesting hearing how their labors went. It was also nice to talk about what was going on with Aiden and that everything we were going through everybody else was too. They had big blankets on the floor to lay the babies down on. I laid Aiden down and he just stared and then started to make faces at the other little boy across from him. There was also a nurse who is a lactation consultant to answer any questions that we might have. While we were there I had to change Aiden so I weighted him. He now weights 11 pounds.
  - Dawn on Thr November 7, 2002 at 7:06 pm
     - Aiden is 5 weeks
     - Keenan is 2 and 1/2 years (32 months) before begin born

Quick lunch time rant
OK, personal soapbox time, so most of you may or may not be interested in this entry. However, since I sat on it for 2 days (just to make sure I'm not being a freak or something) I figured it can't be all that bad.

I see these news clips that cry about how file swapping is just destroying the entire music industry. However, it apparently isn't so bad that it stops them from killing each other.

Anyway, Listen, PressPlay, and MusicNet just seem hell bent on screwing up something so simple. My personal dream music service would be simple (this is also the one that will get me to open my wallet). Give me decent streaming music (Listen is winning in this area with 128k streams), without software that I hate (I can't stand RealPlayer since it seems to spam the crap out of my machine, gets in the way of everything, loads at startup and starts crying everytime I turn around, anyway MusicNet is married to that one so they suck in my opinion), and let me buy MP3 files (YES, MP3, not WMA, RM, etc, etc just simple MP3 files) for somewhere between 75 cents and $1 (no one does that yet and I might be willing to go over $1 each for the newest songs). The closest anyone comes to being able to just get simple MP3 files is you would have to burn a CD using PressPlay or Listen and then turn around and RIP that CD. How stupid is that, just give me the MP3 file.

Another thing, Panasonic, I hate RealPlayer. I'll install AIM before I'll install RealPlayer on any machine I have to actually use on a regular basis. And, just for info, I'm complaining openly to Panasonic for their eWear SD Audio Players. These are cool little devices (that happen to also be expensive) that would completely rock if they didn't have to only interface with RealPlayer and they would play MP3s encoded at better than 64Kb/s!!! Yes, last time I checked (which was a while ago), they would only encode MP3s at some crap rate like 64k.

So, here is the simple run down. All I want is a service that provides streaming audio (128K is good, 160-192 is better, but I'm not too picky here and I'd pay in the $10/month range for a good selection - but keep in mind that Choice Radio does some good stuff for free at 64k), let me download MP3 files (these really should be in the 160-192 range and I'm happy to pay between $0.75-$1.00 each), and don't make me use some weird software to do it (yes, you can stream to an IE window using RealPlayer, if I installed it, or Windows Media Player - Choice Radio has been doing it for quite a while).

  - Richard on Fri November 8, 2002 at 11:55 am
     - Aiden is 5 weeks
     - Keenan is 2 and 1/2 years (32 months) before begin born

Some pics / Fences
I figured I should post some of the new pics.

Aiden in his little green outfit
Aiden was being a little fussy so we tried calming him down with the flash from the camera (OK, not really, but...)

Aiden and dad crashed out in the morning
Aiden finally went to sleep. Of course, so did daddy.

The storm removed a portion of our fence.

The neighbors found this nice guy to put up the fence between our two properties a long time ago. This was all great and grand and the guy came with numerous recommendations from real estate agents, etc, etc. Unfortunately, he wasn't the best in the world. The storm from the other night came through and destroyed one section that he never nailed to the studs in the ground. Makes for pretty pictures. To his advantage, that same storm apparently knocked over a refrigerator sitting next to a house up the road!!!

  - Richard on Fri November 8, 2002 at 12:05 am
     - Aiden is 5 weeks
     - Keenan is 2 and 1/2 years (32 months) before begin born

Grandpa shows up (Aiden's Grandpa)
Keith and Aiden having fun
Aiden and his Grandpa Keith have some fun.

Keith and Aiden being serious
Aiden and Grandpa Keith having a more serious conversation. Aiden, having won the coin toss, took the inflationary theorists side while Keith tried to argue for a single big bang. I believe this was a moment where Aiden was explaining the repulsive gravitational field of a false vacuum. Of course, he was doing this without being able to speak, which is probably more impressive. (Aiden says you should look up Alan Guth for more information or talk to his uncle Joe).

Aiden shows his mom a not so false vacuum
Aiden shows his mom a not-so-false-vacuum. I think he might be hungry now.

Life has been pretty good out here. Dawn and I are planning to have Thanksgiving here this year. Originally that was nixed due to the new baby, but I promised that I would help out a bunch this year so I guess things will be OK. I should probably get ready to post the pics from this years Thanksgiving since I think the ones from 2000 are still up on the net somewhere.

Aiden has been growing slowly but surely. The week before last Dawn attended a new mother's group thing and little Aiden weighed in at 11 pounds. I would imagine that we will find out sometime Tuesday what he is weighing now. He is exactly 7 weeks today and will be 2 months and 3 days on Thanksgiving.

  - Richard on Mon November 18, 2002 at 10:28 pm
     - Aiden is 7 weeks
     - Keenan is 2 and 1/2 years (32 and 1/2 months) before begin born

Visits over
I took Keith to the airport today. To my surprise, he left behind the massive quantity of wonderful South Dakota long john donuts that I love so much. To my not so surprise, I've gained 5 pounds in the last 4-5 days. I love those donuts. I love Auntie Sparky for getting me those donuts. I love Uncle Sparky for convincing her to get my a bunch in hopes that I would get sick and never ask for them again (don't worry Uncle Sparky, Dawn froze some and now I have a stock pile that will last me at least into December!!!!).

Well that made my mouth water just thinking about them so I guess I better go make some coffee and have a few.

  - Richard on Thr November 21, 2002 at 5:30 am
     - Aiden is 7 weeks
     - Keenan is 2 and 1/2 years (32 and 1/2 months) before begin born

Growing Fast
Aiden is getting bigger and is now in 3 Ė 6 months clothes and weighed 12 lbs 8 ozs on Thursday. He can also hold his head up by himself most of the time. His baby acne is getting better and I hope goes away soon. He has really started to smile and baby talk this week. Itís amazing how fast they grow up.
  - Dawn on Sat November 23, 2002 at 5:51 pm
     - Aiden is 7 weeks
     - Keenan is 2 and 1/2 years (32 and 1/2 months) before begin born

Aiden almost smiling
I almost caught him smiling. Almost. It was close.

OK, and I also wanted to test a little loader I started making weeks ago. Yes, it's Flash. Nothing spectacular, I guess if I changed all the pics, it would be. If you don't see anything, get flash. If you're bored, you can zoom in to some obseen levels.

As for how it looks, I really need to find a dialup connection I can test some of this stuff on (wow, never thought I would actually say that!!!)!

  - Richard on Mon November 25, 2002 at 9:29 pm
     - Aiden is 8 weeks
     - Keenan is 2 and 1/2 years (32 and 1/2 months) before begin born

Touched up
OK, I touched up the image loader below. If you don't have flash or you see something strange in the space below (well, strange as in it ain't my kid), then you need flash.
  - Richard on Tue November 26, 2002 at 9:26 pm
     - Aiden is 8 weeks
     - Keenan is 2 and 1/2 years (32 and 1/2 months) before begin born

Massage Class
Tonight we went to infant massage class. There were two other babies about Aidenís age there. The class was interesting and taught us how and where to massage Aiden. She also showed us some techniques that can help with gas. Aiden really liked the first half of class, but got hungry the last part of it. I was worried about that because he eats around 4:30 and was wondering if he could last until 7:30. We have one more class on the 3rd and we will see how it goes.
  - Dawn on Tue November 26, 2002 at 11:07 pm
     - Aiden is 8 weeks
     - Keenan is 2 and 1/2 years (32 and 1/2 months) before begin born