Friday, August 15, 2008

ZACH COMES HOME TOMORROW

DO THE DANCE OF JOY EVERYBODY!!!

I kinda feel bad because, though of course I miss him for the sake of just him, the person, at the moment I'm really really really looking forward to his return also from the standpoint of Another Person To Help Look After The Kid And Entertain Him When He's Pissed Off About Nothing Obvious.

D was slightly... pissy today. I don't know what it was, but you know it's gonna be a bad day when he's fresh from a nice nap and a good feed and he's already upset about something, and you can't figure out what it is. And I could distract him into giggles of pure bliss for minutes at a time by doing things like tossing gently swinging him up in the air, or twirling both of us around the room, or tickling him like mad, but that's kind of exhausting to keep up for hours at a time.

He also seemed extremely hungry today, desperate to eat even before the customary 2 hour mark. I introduced him to carrots today, which seemed to be a hit, especially as I couldn't seem to shovel spoonfuls into his mouth fast enough at "dinner time" tonight. By the way he's developed what looks like little red pimples on his belly, extending out a bit to his chest and groin, and he even has one on his cheek and another on one forearm. It doesn't look like any kind of rash, just scattered pimples, maybe from all the belly time and pivoting around on his tummy that he's been doing lately? I dunno. But if this is instead a sign of some killer flesh-eating disease that I'm not aware of, it'd be fabulous if y'all could let me know. Thanks.

In the bits of free time I got while the little one was napping I did manage to spend some time playing with The GIMP. I've had a lot of people tell me about this free, open-source program that's supposedly just as good as Photoshop, and since it's, well, free and even Photoshop Elements costs a good $100, I figured I'd at least give it a shot. I still wonder about going the PS route, as it's so much more popular and thus there's a lot more knowledge and support for it, but I'm not sure I can justify that cost yet. I did read that sometimes you can get Elements for free bundled with an electronic purchase like a scanner, so I'm wondering if that might be a possibility when we go shopping for a printer (as we may go for a scanner/copier/printer combo as we did when moving here). Anyway, the program's kinda confusing in part b/c there seem to be multiple ways to do essentially the same thing, but I'm kinda starting to figure a few things out. I followed this tutorial to create this after D went to bed tonight, and I was surprised at how simple the steps really were and don't feel quite so intimidated whenever I read the word "layer" in a tutorial anymore. Yay for progress.


EDIT: Damn. Ok, glad I posted about the pimples. I guess we'll cut back to just cereal for a few days and see how it goes.

3 comments:

  1. I love those B&W w/one colored item photos!

    The pimples aren't an allergic reaction, are they? Because they would be from the apples, and he likes the apples too much to be allergic to them! :(

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  2. My first thought was also an allergic reaction to one of the new foods. Might want to slow down a bit and try one food per week to see if the bumps go away or recur.

    By the way, allergic reactions to foods in infants is very common. Generally they outgrow them by 2 or 3 years old, as long as the exposure doesn't continue, thereby creating an ingrained allergy.

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  3. I thought allergy as well, but typically you would see more signs than the pimples, including something on his face, but I would not give him apples for a few days and see if it goes away, then try them again and see if they come back. We find Finn gets red and rashy when he rolls around on the floor a lot, so it could just be that!

    By the way, you are amazing, I eagerly await Lee's arrival from work every day, not because I don't love my time with Finn, but because I genuinely think he gets bored of me!!

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