Thursday, November 19, 2009

Max Can't Sit

I'm trying out this new video editing software. I still have a lot to learn but until then please enjoy this roughly edited video montage of max trying to sit up.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Waahhhh! Nana's gone!

Well, my mom went back to NJ today. Max and I put up a brave front when we dropped her off at the airport, but as you can see by the picture we totally lost it once we got home. The two weeks went by so fast, and we all had so much fun. (yes even Cayman. He only kept trying to break into her room because he loves her so much, and he expresses that love by trying to cover everything you own in his fur.) We are counting down the days until Christmas when we can see you again. We love you Nana!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Max is 5 months old

I'm sure Max's 5 month picture will come as no suprise to anyone who reads this blog. If there is one thing this kid excels at it is eating. Yet somehow he manages to keep his boyish figure at 17 pounds and 27 inches.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Rain, rain go away...

Well today was the first day in almost a week that it hasn't rained and we certainly made the most of it. Personally I love the rain but my mother was starting to go a bit batty. First, of course, the garden. Poor Nana has been practically clawing at the sliding glass door ever since she got out here to get her hands on our tiny but seriously over-grown backyard. So while Max napped we weeded and pruned.

Once Max was up, fed, and changed we were off.

First up, was the Honore Artisan Bakery in Ballard. I heard about this pastry they make called a macaron. And that is not a typo, it is a macaron, not a macaroon. Pretty, delicious, and very difficult to describe.

Next, Chocolopolis in Queen Anne. If there is one thing Nana loves more than gardening it is chocolate. This place is a true mecca for the chocolate lover. The owner was working (she is the one on the left of Nana) and the place was pretty dead so we more or less had her to ourselves. She talked extensively to us about the different kinds of chocolates and let us try sample after sample. It was a lot like wine tasting but with chocolate.

After that it was off to Lowes. Mom wanted to buy some bulbs for the garden. They didn't have what she wanted so we went up to Sky Nursery. That is Max and me in the greenhouse.

At Sky I got a text from Amber that Katy was coming over for dinner tonight so the final stop was to Central market for some bread and dessert. I went with something called a Champagne cake. Yeah, I never heard of it either. Even the girl behind the counter couldn't really describe it. I'm a sucker for strange foods so let's hope it's good.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

How many adults does it take to feed a baby?

Another eating video!? What do you want from me, there is not a lot that they do at this age. Would you rather see a pooping video? I think not. Please note our poor neglected cat Cayman in the background. The look on his face seems to say, "Seriously? It takes three people to feed this kid now? Meanwhile it's almost noon and my food dish is still empty."

My Son the Narcissist

Nothing amuses Max more than himself.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

His Cuteness is matched only by his disgustingness

The Baby that ate Seattle

I swear we feed this kid on a regular basis. But you wouldn't know it the way he is attacking his cereal, and burp cloth, and Nana, and pretty much anything else within arms reach.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Yeah! Nana is in Town!

So my mother got in yesterday for a two week visit. And none too soon because apparently I have been doing absoultely everything wrong. Fortunately she is willing to point this out to me continuously throughout the day. I kid, I'm really glad she is here and I know what you are thinking but Amber and my mother actually get along really well. No seriously, they do. Really. Well, you are just going to have to take my word for it. Anyway, Lettie sure does have a lot of energy for a woman her age. Hell, she has got a lot of energy for a woman my age. I am worn out and this is only day one. And believe it or not she is a retired teacher, not a truck driver. Max sure is happy she is here.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Daddy says...Max still loves/hates his mobile

Greetings good denizens of the blogosphere. There is a new voice on the Mancino Chronicles. It is I, Daddy, now known to the public as Full Time Daddy, AKA Stay at Home Dad, AKA Mr. Mom, AKA That Poor Clueless Guy who has No Idea What he is Doing. I have been told repeatedly by various grandparents, friends, co-workers, etc., that I have an OBLIGATION to maintain this blog with the same frequency and quality as my Predecessor Amber, AKA Mom. So without further ado, here it is, my first blog...

Of the dozens of toys we own to amuse and placate our little Monster none have pulled their weight more than this abused second hand mobile we have over the changing table. The hook snapped off a long time ago so the whole thing is being held together with a twist tie, the one red truck is literally hanging on by a thread, and Daddy lynched some unfortunate teddy bear to replace a missing truck. That poor teddy bear. He always gets it worst of all. That's what you get for having arms and legs. Too easy to grab.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Halloween

A big thank you to Ama for the monkey costume. We all know Richie, aka Dad, can't resist a theme.