Baby Patrick’s 1st Birthday

I can’t believe a year has rolled around since that long day in the delivery room. There is no escape from “The March of Time”. Baby Pat’s 1st birthday has come.

Pat3

#Baby Pat was almost a month premature and weighed a scant 5 lbs. 3 oz. But, like Frankie, he had some decent hair.

 

 

pat16B

 

 

At three-months old, he had his first Christmas. I could not resist making a “Tiny Tim” reference.

 

 

 

 

pat23B

 

 

 

We held off the Baptism. I didn’t want to subject family to holiday rates, and the possibility of a blizzard preventing an airport pick up. So, we waited until March, but then the idea of Baptizing Baby Pat on St. Patrick’s Day took root.

 

 

 

pat31

 

 

 

 

Just before Springtime, His first tooth sprouted. Giving new meaning to “Spring Hath Sprung” 🙂

 

 

pat42

 

 

 

 

He had a fun summer of playgrounds, and BBQ outings. His interaction with toys has progressed as it should.

 

 

 

 

pat33B

 

 

Baby Pat was presented with the traditional “smash cake”, and that’s exactly what he did to it.

Now we’re getting ready for the Holiday Season.  Although he just turned one, this will be his second Thanksgiving and Christmas.

 

 

 

My Personal March Madness

College Basketball? Um…no. The latest reports concerning QAnon drops? No again. We had a full house for Baby Patrick’s Baptism and Little Frankie’s second birthday.

 

pat40BNormally baptisms are done around the three months after birth. However, that meant subjecting family to holiday air fare rates and the possibility of driving to the Boise Airport in a blizzard. Therefore, we waited for Spring to approach and noticed that St. Patrick’s Day came into play.

Just like the Baptism for Little Frankie, both brothers were brought into the fold of Holy Mother Church by Father Rosario.

How about a round of applause for Baby Patrick?

 

francesco75Let the March Madness continue. Little Frankie celebrated his second birthday. We had a pizza party with cupcakes, and of course, plenty of presents. Instead of doing this at home, we reserved a party room at an indoor playground.

francesco80Little Frankie was quite “tuckered out” by evening. Who wouldn’t be?

 

 

Soon I’ll be blogging again about reading, writing, cooking, and other things concerning the human experience.

Our Newest Addition (not Edition)

My wife and I were caught by surprise. Baby Patrick arrived 3 weeks early. So far, Momma and Baby Patrick have received clean bills of health.

Yes there are many reasons why I haven’t made new posts for the past few months. Detailed explanations of this complicated year will be posted. No, they will not be bitch, moan, and whine posts, just some interesting facts to bring everyone up to date.

In the meanwhile…

Let’s give a rip-roaring welcome to Baby Patrick! Pat1

 

 

 

He’s only 5lbs. 3 oz.

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s Little Frankie meeting Baby Patrick for the first time.

Pat2

 

 

 

 

Just Too Cute!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t be Shy – Leave a Reply!

Baby Francesco’s Nursery

Before, there was ugly medium shag carpet, and old dingy dark brown trim, which matched the window sills, doors and jambs.

The first thing was to rip up the carpet, padding and remove the staples; all 10,000 of them (not really that many, it just felt that way). Then I used some wood putty to repair any damage on the sill, door and closet jambs. The sill looked like a big dog teethed on it years ago.

Next I removed the old dark stained trim, and disposed of it. Don’t ever want to see that again.

When the wood putty dried I sanded the dark stain away. First I used a rough pad, and then decreased the coarseness of the pads for successive sanding sessions.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The doors arrived sooner than expected. They’re pre-hung and slipped into the rough opening without a hitch. Although, I purchased new brushed nickel hinges to match the handle, because I really hate electroplate brass on doors.

For the next step I primed the entire room and closet interior. These walls hadn’t been painted in years. It took two full coats and in some spots three to get an even appearance.

Now I was ready to paint. I drew the birch trees on the wall with a light pencil and painted around those edges.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

For St. Francis and his animal companions I took a different approach. I had a roll of brown paper, so I drew the figure and animals on that. When I was satisfied, I cut out the components and affixed them to the wall. I traced around them with pencil and blocked in their edges. I basically turned it into a large coloring book.

 

Next I applied the toast color to three walls and added details to the trees and colored in St. Francis.

With the painting done the next item of business was the Pergo. These boards were a little wider than other laminates and went in with a lot of tweaking and tender loving care. The most difficult part was the trap door. The builder didn’t cut a straight opening.

Gee thanks Mr. Builder, now I have to work around someone else’s shoddy work.

The T-mold provided the edge for the trap door and door entrance.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

For the trim, I used 1×4 MDF board. It cuts, sands, and takes joint compound easily. The best part about using MDF is no jado cuts for inside corners. As you can see, I used a 1/2’” overhang for the top of the window and doors, providing a modern but “western” look.

 

After caulking and compounding, I painted the trim. The last step was the electric switches, outlets, and switch plates. A dimmer switch will work wonders in a nursery.

The last step was the closet doors and blinds. Bi-fold just seemed the best way to go for better access, and the white blinds appealed to my “less is more” philosophy.

 

This Baby Boy Needs A Name

The anticipation of a new #baby brings many new trials and tribulations. Our latest conundrum is choosing a name. My wife and I have been over this issue many times. At one point, I proposed an idea. “How about putting a bunch of names up on the blog and see what others think?” To my surprise, she laughed and agreed.

In my family, we always name children after grandparents. My dad was Francis and my father-in-law was George. We’ve been kicking around different combinations, but I must admit feeling exhausted from the process.

baby-4b-copy

Of course, there is always the Catholic tradition of selecting a name from a Saint’s feast day. If he’s born on St. Patrick’s Day then he gets to share his name with the Saint, and that Saint becomes his guardian.

Time is running out. There’s only about 7 – 8 weeks left before (baby boy name) emerges into this world.

 

Cast your vote from among these variations and a few others

 

4titlead