Scott Hanselman

Plant, Pet, Person - Ten Days with Baby T

November 29, '07 Comments [24] Posted in Musings | Parenting | T
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Whew! As we enter Day 12 of our new life in a new house, T enters his 10th day of Life. Not much to report so far as T is still in Plant Mode as Z has fully entered Person Mode.

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As my friend Eli says, and I repeat often:

Kids go through three phases, Plant, Pet, Person. My daughter (A month old at this point) is currently a Plant. We feed her, she water us, and she sits for long periods. Z is now in the Pet stage. He'll follow you anywhere and smiles when he sees you. God help us when they become People. Because with People come Opinions.

It's unreal how much this kids sleeps. I don't remember Z sleeping that much. Like 22 hours a day. The Wife says that's Nature's Way of easing us into to the process. Fortunately a lot of this is coming back to us, and we've still got the all the Ultimate Baby Products, so we're digging those out.

Z also turns two today if you can believe that. Seems like he literally turned one yesterday and six-months the day before. When we move we transitioned him into a Big Boy Bed. We figured since everything else in our lives was changing (house, job, baby, etc) why not change that too? Fortunately it's worked out great and he continues to sleep a happy ~11-12-hours undisturbed a night, so that's cool.

He also announces when he's going to poop, but perhaps that's too much information for one personal Blog Post, my Dear Reader? We now return you to your regularly scheduled blog.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. I am a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Friday, November 30, 2007 12:08:03 AM UTC
Your children are simply beautiful. Enjoy them!
Friday, November 30, 2007 12:11:24 AM UTC
Happy Birthday Z! And happy toilet training! You're a big boy now...

Re: Sleep - Scott, just tonight I caught myself smirking walking down the stairs having just put Ryan to bed yet again without any 'hassle' - the process being (and has been since he was 2 or 3months old) placing him in his cot, into his growbag (sleeping bag thing), and hitting one of the buttons on his caterpillar starting off some music, making him giggle, then simply walking out. Ryan will typically sleep till 8am despite having had a couple hours sleep in the afternoon. In the morning he will always wake and amuse himself until someone comes to get him. Contrast that with stories I hear from Gill's mother group where some parents are still having trouble getting 4hrs sleep with their kid at Z's age. We have been blessed with Ryan - fair to say, our next will be a devil child.

Can I guess that you have caught yourself a couple of times smelling T's head? Baby - One of the best smells in the world.

Cheers for now, David & Ryan (pet mode)
Friday, November 30, 2007 2:41:03 AM UTC
Duuude, I am still smelling Cody's head all the time and he's about 6mo old now. Really great smell. I think I might be an addict. I need help when I close one nostril with my finger and take a big whiff.
Friday, November 30, 2007 3:29:04 AM UTC
Congrats on the new little one Scott!

With my first currently the size of a pinto bean, I might be picking your brain about ASL in the coming months... ;)
Friday, November 30, 2007 3:34:28 AM UTC
You're kids are precious. Soon enought Z will figure out how to make daddy subscribe to his bodily events RSS feed.
Sergio Pereira
Friday, November 30, 2007 3:51:35 AM UTC
Congrats on the littlest one! My little guy turns 1 in a couple weeks and I'm fascinated by him on a daily basis. He's recently (since September I guess) come into the phase where he's big enough to roughhouse with (playing around on the floor, tossing him up in the air, flipping him upside down, etc.) and really start having a lot of fun with.

Not that I didn't enjoy him before - it's just a whole other level when he plays back.

He is the greatest thing ever. I'm still coming to grips with the fact that he's a complete, fully-functioning person.
Friday, November 30, 2007 5:41:29 AM UTC
You look better without your goatee.
Also, your kids are cute.
Friday, November 30, 2007 6:45:41 AM UTC
really.. I am so confused as to how you have time in your day to post as many blogs as you do. thank you for all of the techie blogs, as well as personal. i'm a big fan and have been for a while, first post for me. great luck to you and the fam, as well as with MS. keep them coming.
Friday, November 30, 2007 7:29:27 AM UTC
Very nice pictures! How did you get Z to put his arm around T like that? When did you shave the facial hair? We'll come by and visit soon...........

Devu
Devu
Friday, November 30, 2007 8:58:00 AM UTC
Congratulations, all the best and enjoy the sleep whilst you still can - someone suggested to me we all sleep the same amount - just some do it earlier in life than others!

ps. Bring back the goatie - we're a receeding (sorry) breed.
RRFool
Friday, November 30, 2007 1:04:51 PM UTC
Hey Now Scott,
Nice Post very personal. Enjoy!
Thx,
Catto
Friday, November 30, 2007 1:07:00 PM UTC
Thanks for sharing, as our daughter is 19 months old, so we've been closely behind =)
Friday, November 30, 2007 2:02:18 PM UTC
My daughter is almost two. She does something similar, patting her bum and saying "poop..." "poop...". We ask her if she is poopy and she says: "no". Then, like a complete nut, we bend down and sniff. Half the time she laughs at us when we do that... She must know what humiliation she's subjecting us to.
Friday, November 30, 2007 2:54:16 PM UTC
Congrats on it all man. Love the "Plant, Pet, Person" stuff...hadn't heard that before. Only a parent can truly appreciate the big step it is when the kid announces a bodily function! The day both my girls completely moved out of diapers was a big, big day. And just this week, we sent them off by themselves in the car, big sister (17 years old) driving, little sister (15) navigating. It was possibly the biggest and toughest parental moment my wife & I have experienced. Enjoy those kiddos man.....
Mike Shaffer
Friday, November 30, 2007 3:02:51 PM UTC
Congrats. Beautifully children and home.
Tom Alderman
Friday, November 30, 2007 4:29:47 PM UTC
I still remember reading your original blog posts when you had Z and I had just started reading your blog 2 years ago. I think its great that you blog about your children like that...years later all of those memories can be googled in a second. I will certainly do the same when the time comes for us to join the ranks of parenthood.
Friday, November 30, 2007 4:34:32 PM UTC
To be honest, I don't think you ever outgrow the "I have to poop" announcement. At least with guys.

Eric
Friday, November 30, 2007 4:35:37 PM UTC
ps. If we are having a public vote, I'll throw in with the no-goatee crowd.
Eric
Friday, November 30, 2007 5:54:17 PM UTC
Be thankful for the little things... My 3-year old only lets us know AFTER he poops, and now with our 2 week old, that is 2 diapers to change. You are lucky.....
Mickey Keenan
Friday, November 30, 2007 7:12:41 PM UTC
I still remember our kids scrunching up their faces, turning red, and saying "I'm pooooping." It still brings a laugh, at least to me and my wife, especially now that the kids are both in college.

Congrats!
Mike
Friday, November 30, 2007 8:43:46 PM UTC
My some is 9, and he still announces that he’s going poop. All the ages are fun. One of the fun things we like doing together is reading. He’s became a book worm. I reads my books and he reads his books. He’s not into the SF books like I am.
DanH
Saturday, December 01, 2007 9:29:27 AM UTC
Hello Scott
I'm one of your fans in Iran !!
this was a great news about your new baby and I wish you and your family have great time
just keep them happy cause family is worth more than anything
have a wonderful time.

Ehsan
Ehsan
Monday, December 03, 2007 7:50:02 PM UTC
Wow! Am I behind the times! I didn't even know you were expecting another one!

Congratulations! You're sure are making a beautiful family there! Enjoy the pleasure from these two beautiful children you have (and any others you may aquire...), they truly do grow up way too fast! Now you'll get the view of multiple children that your parents had, only these will be yours!

Are you planning on doing the signing thing with this one too? It would be cool to see how this baby reacts and learns from it!

And by the way, I vote for the "no goat" look, too! ;) Makes you look a heck of a lot younger, at least in this picture anyway...

-John
John Baughman
Thursday, December 06, 2007 11:14:40 PM UTC
That is great news. I wish nothing but the best for you and your family.
Andres
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