Scott Hanselman

A Day in the Z - Mischief and Mayhem 1

August 15, '06 Comments [12] Posted in Movies | Musings | Parenting | Z
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ZmischiefthumbWARNING: This post has nothing technical going on. Maybe a little because of the MP4 compressed video, but that's a stretch at best. If you don't have young kids, or perhaps you hate pets and/or small children, ignore this post.

My good friend Eli told me after the birth of his lovely young daughter:

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.

Z is eight and a half months old and he's unstoppable. He's a biscuit away from walking and he roams the house ruling with an iron, if slightly moist, fist. This is an obnoxiously long video with no audio of my pride and joy roaming the house.

A few notes and disclaimers. The kitchen is being remodelled so that's why we have no countertops. Z is in the "decoy drawer" that I've setup for him that includes old remote controls and random safe stuff for him to 'discover.'

This video is an MP4. If you have trouble viewing it, try Quicktime, a newer Windows Media Player, or the amazing-give-it-to-your-famly VLC Player.

File Attachment: ZMischief.mp4 (5882 KB)

We'll be back in tech tommorow.

About Scott

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

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Z at Seven Months - A look back

July 19, '06 Comments [11] Posted in Bugs | Parenting | Tools | Z
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Wow. From...

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...in seven and a half months. Madness I say.

This little man is heck on wheels. The first day I met him...

...he was eyes wide open. He spent a few months on and off tummy time...

...and rolled over shortly thereafter. Crawling came four months later...

...but the shock to me was that he was sitting up one Tuesday, crawling that Thursday and now has taken to standing on things. We found him trying to climb out of his crib. Mo caught him trying to eat the toilet plunger (Full story on Mo's Blog). He really wants to walk, but just doesn't know how. So, standing will do for now.

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He's a joy each day and I'm blessed beyond comprehension to know this guy.

Lessons learned at Seven Months

  • Anything two feet off the floor or below will be put in the mouth. This includes peas from last week found in a corner as well as bugs and dust. At least the latter two are protein.
  • Baby's are as surprised as I am when they poop without warning. Has there been an earthquake? 
  • Other people's babys are cute, but they are scary, fragile, and often smell bad. YOUR baby, on the other hand, smells like roses all the time and can be thrown around like a sack of potatoes to peals of laughter and giggles.
  • When your baby isn't quite a crawler but definitely not a toddler, he's a wobbler.
  • Nothings better in this world than the look of recognition your baby gets on his face when you come home from work and he gets that look that says "Hey! It's that guy again, he's back! Woohoo! He's hilarious!"
  • Water and the laws of physics in general may not be consistent, so we'll need to test them over and over and over again. Will the spoon fall this time? Wow, it did. I wonder now?
  • There's only 365 days in this first year. Squeeze every one of them.

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And now back to the technology...

About Scott

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

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Mom Graduates and Z Crawls

June 27, '06 Comments [15] Posted in Javascript | Parenting | Speaking | Z
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My Mom Graduates from College

A big week indeed for the Hanselman Family. My mom, Franci, age 60 (she doesn't mind saying) graduated from PSU with a Master's in Education. An amazing accomplishment at any age I say. She held her own against the 20-somethings and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Correction - Dad says a 3.82 GPA is Summa Cum Laude, my bad!

She's been working at this for a very long time and we're all very proud of her. Congratulations Mom!

And speaking of life-altering forward motion, in a fantastic sequel to the Hit Video "Z Rolls" today Z created a soon-to-be-hit Z Crawls! Now we're frantically running around baby-proofing the house. Just kidding, it's been baby-proofed for months. ;)

Tip: We put a number of sheets of clear plexiglass in front of the multimedia/stereo equipment. These plastic pieces are L-shaped with one side sitting underneath the component with the other side shielding the front. This lets the remote control continue to work while preventing Z from inserting a sandwich into the VCR.

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Z is Six Months Old

May 30, '06 Comments [22] Posted in Parenting | Z
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Z is six months old today. He's sitting up, sleeping from 8 to 8, eating bananas, rolling all over the place and his mouth is open (as seen below) nearly 24 hours a day. We stopped reading the books that give measurements and tests, but we figure he's where he's supposed to be - he's happy at the very least. He's one jolly fellow.

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Things we've learned in the last six months

  • Babies that can't walk CAN leap off beds head-first and stick the landing.
  • Breastfed Baby poop is cute; Solid-fed Baby poop less so.
  • Everyone has an opinion and only yours matters.
  • If you're a geek folks will assume your infant has a laptop and a blackberry even if you want him to be the outdoorsman you aren't. You'll find out who knows you and who doesn't at this point.
  • Your wife is always cold and you're always hot, and she'll transfer her temperature paranoia to the baby, who will be bundled in a large blanket in the sweltering heat. "He's nippy!"
  • Babies don't respect national holidays, nor do they appreciate sleeping in.
  • Digital cameras were made for babies.
  • You think you love you wife when you marry her. Then you have a baby and you realize you'd throw your wife yourself under a bus to save your baby. You can't love something more.

Pics of the ongoing saga are always at http://www.flickr.com/photos/computerzen/.

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

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