Wednesday, September 30, 2009
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
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Monday, September 28, 2009
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Saturday, September 26, 2009
What the hell is that? Radar doesn't have a dada and no one has been brainwashing him, so why is he saying dada? Then I got to thinking... "Mama" makes sense because it derives from mother or madre... but why dada or daddy for father or padre? So I looked it up and low and behold, what I found is that the origin is not at all clear, it is nearly universal and is thought to derive from infantile or childish speech! So you want to hear my take on it?
"Dada" originated in infantile or childish speech! It's just something easy for babies to say, so even if they aren't being prompted constantly, the sound is one of the early ones they make. And dads, feeling very slighted by all the "mama" talk, simply took dada for themselves. It's just a theory, but it could possibly explain why a baby with no daddy around, who isn't being constantly prompted to say "dada", is saying it anyway. It's just natural baby talk... or maybe he thinks this guys is his daddy?
Lots of love,
Titi and Radar
Posted by Radar's Mom at 2:57 PM
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Did any of you catch the news about all the storms and flooding in Atlanta yesterday? Maybe you heard on some travel report that Atlanta's airport was closed for hours and that hundreds of flights were delayed and canceled? Turns out that we didn't just hear the news... we got to LIVE the news! Woo hoo!! Our simple 1 and half hour flight from Philly to Atlanta for our connection, turned into a 6 and half hour flight with lots of circle flying and a detour to Columbia, SC. When we finally did land in Atlanta at 6pm, I'll confess that I was actually glad that there were no other flights to Nassau because the thought of getting back on the airplane with Radar seemed pretty horrible at the time.
So instead, we went outside to where the hotel courtesy buses are and got on the first one (for Best Western). I asked the driver if he knew if there were vacancies and he said there were. I hadn't brought a change of clothes for me, so I did the old "wash the underwear in the sink and hang it in front of the vent" trick. We ordered some pasta for delivery (no restaurant in the hotel) and I slept horribly worrying that somehow Radar would roll off the bed.
Now, I've traveled plenty and I'm no stranger to all the inconveniences and other things that can go wrong on a trip... but this is the first real travel kurfuffle (how is that spelled?) with a 9 month old in tow... much, MUCH more trying on my nerves.
But for Radar it was just a new adventure... a new place to play...
a new long hallway for crawling...
a new bed (with couch pushed up to it for safety) to sleep in...
It turns out that the Baby Center warning about how 9 month olds don't travel well was written for all the other 9 month olds... Radar did great on this whole weekend with all the travel, people and places!!! But even so, we're both happy to be home!
Lots of love,
Titi and Radar
PS - Here are some of the random pictures I promised in my last post...
PSS - Prima Sara... I didn't get your e-mail about Thanksgiving. Can you resend or post on facebook? I will be in the Bahamas for the Thanksgiving long weekend because I have a friend visiting (Andrea from the 8th random picture above), but if your trip is longer than just the weekend, maybe, maybe, maybe.... besos!
Posted by Radar's Mom at 7:42 PM
Sunday, September 20, 2009
I don't know why I always think that vacation will afford me more time to blog... it seems to always be just the opposite. We cram so much fun into these family reunion weekend vacations and two days later when I sit down to try to summarizing it, I realize that putting it all into one post is impossible. So I have to pick one general theme to blog about today and of all the things that we've done, there's one that seems to rise above the rest and it has to do with interchangeability.
See, I'm sure all of you remember that my cousin Rafael is in Iraq for a year. It's the first assignment in his 16 year of service where he's been separated from his family. That's a hardship... but luckily, he isn't the only Rafael in the family. There's one other... my Radar!!! And since cousin Rafael went to Iraq, this is the first time that my Rafael has seen the other Rafael's wife and kids... And how did it go?
... and of course, My Rafa romancing "his" sweetheart!!!
Not to say that we don't miss you Rafa, but I hope that you can rest at ease knowing that your Tocayo was able to pinch hit for you for at least one weekend!!!
Lots of love,
Titi and Radar
PS - I'll post other random pictures later tonight or tomorrow morning of all the other stuff we've done!!!
Posted by Radar's Mom at 1:42 PM
Thursday, September 17, 2009
There's a website called Baby Center that I've been checking in on since I first found out I was pregnant. They provide weekly updates of what's going on during each week of your pregnancy and beyond. When you're pregnant and you can't see what's going on (other than seeing your tummy and rear growing), it's cool to read about all the little milestones that your baby inside is likely reaching - he's got distinct fingers now... this week he can taste... now he's 5 inches long, etc, etc. Once he's born, each week you can read about the milestones or challenges that your baby is likely tackling this week.
And since Radar just turned the big old 9 months yesterday, I thought I'd check in to see what amazing things I could expect from him this week and month.
Having trouble reading what that says? Well, the first two paragraphs read...
"Because of separation anxiety, this can be a tough time to be away from your baby for any length of time. But it may also be hard to travel with your baby right now. He's become used to his surroundings and familiar faces, and he likes predictability. So being on the road can disrupt his sense of security and routine, especially when visiting a new place or meeting lots of strangers.
At this age he doesn't grasp the concept of travel, but he'll realize he's in an unfamiliar place. Be ready for some cranky, clingy behavior and prepare plenty of distractions — picture books, noise-making toys, nesting blocks, hand puppets, and definitely his lovey, if he has one. Schedule plenty of downtime away from all the strangers to let him decompress."
Great! You can guess what we're doing tomorrow... that's right, we're getting on an airplane and flying to Philly (with a connection in Atlanta) to go see lots and lots of people that Radar probably won't recognize. Should be an easy trip!! I guess I better try to get some sleep now since it seems we might be in for a long few days.
That, however, in no way dampens my excitement over our trip since we'll be seeing lots of family, friends and even Radar's godfather!
More from on the road...
Lots of love,
Titi and Radar
PS - Oh, the title. I suppose that most of you have noticed the feedjit gadget I have over on the sidebar that tells you where in the world people are visiting from... well, it also can tell you how people get to the site. Some people come directly to the site, some come from a link in an e-mail and others find Radar's site through a google search. If you click on the link to give you details, you can even see what the google search was that landed them on Radar's site and if they found the site itself or a specific posting. Well, since I did my "a serious facebook problem" posting a couple of months ago, that has by far been the most commonly googled posting that people have come to the site through.
Anyway, the title of this post was chosen because it turns out that my baby boy is quite the swinger...
... and because I wanted to see how 'swinger' searches stacked up against the 'facebook' searches... on the other hand, maybe I don't want the type of people who would google 'swinger' on my site! Oh well.
Posted by Radar's Mom at 9:36 PM
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
This sentimental post is brought to you by Wordful Wednesdays!!!
Posted by Radar's Mom at 7:51 PM