Friday, June 27, 2008


Yesterday Olivia found the cat fishing toy on the floor, and gave it a munch. (Oh, how far I've come from the days when I disinfected everything within a quarter-mile radius of my precious daughter.) When she saw that Earl was paying attention to what she was doing, she realized that the implement had much more use value than taste value, and proceeded to employ it for its intended purpose. Next she tested it on on subject #2, with modest results. Tests complete, she returned to the initial (oral) exploration of the cat fisher.


Olivia loves swinging, but she loves Jay just as much. Here you will see how those two loves merge into a swinging bubble of glee. I hope it makes you laugh.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Hot Tomato vs. Baby

In this episode of Livvyland, Olivia spends some quality time with Baby, whose only rival these days is Jay in terms of popularity. Olivia perches in her tabletop chair, taking time out from a lovely degustation de puree (peas + potatoes) to chat up her plastic-headed friend. She has been experimenting with new sounds and facial expressions (my favorites are the "serious delivery of news" and the "chuckling at my own joke"). Sometimes she sits and tells little stories to Baby or Jay. Here, Baby appears not to be listening that closely, and suffers the consequences of her inattention.

Poor Baby. Her only real crimes are bad fashion sense -- note pink perma-headband -- radical baldness and an unfortunate mouth that begs constantly for a thumb.

Monday, June 23, 2008


Now that we've moved on to crawling, pulling up from crawling to sitting, and the introduction of syllable "ba" to our ever-expanding vocabulary (all of which will appear here soon, don't you worry), pattycake seems like old times. But watching ten seconds of it is still very satisfying for people who just can't resist a a baby who pats cakes. This video was taken almost exactly a month ago, when Olivia was 8 months old.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Lauching Livvy

Oh so many videos have languished on my camera and in my iMovie files awaiting the day when they might be shared with the world. Well, that moment is now . . . iHope. Prepare yourselves for an exhaustive catalog of every mirror sit, cat hunt, babble string, and other babe-tastic minutia moment.

Consider this first video a test, however, since I'm waiting for a tutoring session on iMovie (see for my idol Damon's primo chronicle of Hunter's adventures). On this, my first attempt, I've uploaded an AVI file, and who the heck knows who can see that? If you manage to turn a trick or two to make it play you'll be rewarded for your efforts: Patient Bella lies perfectly still throughout Olivia's not-so-gentle display of affection, after which said baby unabashedly relishes the fine taste of fur in the morning.

This video is from mid-May -- when O was roughly 7 months old. More recent crawling and babbling hijinks (and yes, those wonderful archives) to follow.