July 29, 2004
Molly at the Ballpark
Molly "watched" her first live baseball game today at The Ballpark at Arlington. She did a great job considering we arrived at 6:30 and left in the 9th at 11:00 after a rain delay. We didn't finish the game because Molly was giving the "Okay, I'm at the end of my patience" signals by grunting and making little crying noises. But overall she did a great job of watching, sleeping, watching, sleeping, watching, eating, sleeping, watching.
Unfortunately, despite the presence of their newest fan, the Rangers lost to the Athletics 7 to 6. Rally hat for Molly, maybe?
July 23, 2004
Big Girl Room
Molly moves into her own room tonight. She's outgrown the cradle in our bedroom, being able to touch both sides at once, and needs more room. So, for the first time, Denise and I will try to sleep with Molly in another room. One wouldn't think that would be hard, but I'm not looking forward to it. I'm used to getting up at night just to check on her, which alleviates the constant phantom fears every parent has.
But big girls need their space, so Molly moves into hers.
July 11, 2004
Anybody who knows me knows I'm an open-source and linux evangelist. I use open source programs every chance I get, and none is finer than Mozilla, a modern web browser that the security guys at the Department of Homeland Security recommend over Internet Explorer. Do your patriotic duty and switch to Mozilla now.
Kidding aside, though, the coolest thing about Mozilla (besides its built-in popup and ad blocking) is its ability to use third-party plugins that extend functionality in very innovative ways. I've talked about some in the past, but I want to recommend a few more plugins that I've found very helpful:
BugMeNot: Bypass privacy-invading registration screens for most popular sites. I lie when I fill 'em in anyway, and these guys streamline the process.
Tagzilla: Manages and automates adding those waycool taglines to the end of emails.
FlashBlock: Blocks Flash movies until you click on them. Useful for stopping all those annoying ads.
Optimoz: Navigate browser pages via mouse gestures. Click and drag as input. Move back, open links, close windows with a flick of your wrist.
If you're interested in more information, check out MozDev.org, the site for plugins and guides for Mozilla and its young cousin, Firefox.
July 08, 2004
Today, for the first time, Molly ate solid food. Granted, it was rice cereal diluted to almost liquid in formula, but she took it readily from the spoon and seemed to "get" that she was eating something new. A couple of days before, she cried mercilessly for several hours after we tried to feed her the cereal, just like she did when we changed her formula a couple months ago. So this successful feeding was even more of a triumph for me and Denise. Yeah!
July 07, 2004
Long Week, Long Baby
Molly's made a lot of progress in the last week or so. She kinda rolled onto her side during a visit to my parents, although I must confess she was "assisted" a bit by her mom. She's holding her head steady with no assistance from us, looking around inquisitively at everything around her. She's even cooing at us and putting herself to sleep(!) after being placed in her crib--sometimes. Mostly she sucks on her hand and looks around until she dozes off, but it's incredible what a difference that is for us, who usually have to hold her until she decides to sleep.
She has officially outgrown her first 0-3 month outfit, being too long for my favorite "Daddy's Little Girl" night outfit. She's probably close to 11 1/2 pounds and nearly two feet long, eating as much as 120 ml (4 ounces) at a feeding. Everything's looking good!