Archive for the ‘Rohan’ Category

And it’s a . . .

September 3, 2009


And here’s a picture of Rohan that Mike took:

Rohan in the tub - 19 months!

Rohan in the tub - 19 months!

I couldn’t possibly even come close to Mike’s talent with a camera.


I’m Allergic to Babies

August 31, 2009

So I’m at the park today, and Rohan is climbing up the steps trying to pass a 5-year-old or so little girl. She says to me that it’s too high for little kids and he shouldn’t be going up. I replied that he’s learning and it’s OK for him to go up.

“I’m allergic to babies”, she says.
“Are you going to start sneezing?”
“No, I’ll just get a little cough.”

My Little Trash Man

My Little Trash Man

Can’t Think of a Title For This One

February 20, 2009

So two of my sisters have discovered my leetle blog.  Shit.  Now I’ll have to watch my language.  I actually have the URL (should I say web address or does everyone know what a URL is by now?) on my Facebook page, but haven’t really said anything about it.  I don’t particularly want to pimp my site (just yet), but I’m cool with people reading it.  I think I’m fascinating, at least.  And pretty much everyone that knows me knows that I think that, too.

Let’s see – updates.   Hmmm. . . I’m definitely one of those people that thinks, “Ooh! That would be interesting to write about!  I’ll have to put it in my blog!”  but then promptly forgets what it was.

The weather has been nice the past few days, so I’ve been able to go to the park with Rohan.  We usually meet up with Cecily and Casen, but will go even if they can’t make it.  I try to be really friendly with all the moms and dads at the park because one day I’ll need more babysitters!  No, really, it’s just nice to talk to the adults.   But more importantly, I love the kids.

There are a number of babies (toddlers) that are right around Rohan’s age that I love to see.  It’s cool to compare and contrast development, and reassuring to see that my kid isn’t falling behind.  There is a pair of twins that go to the park that I absolutely adore – I couldn’t tell you the names of their mom and dad and grandma, but I rush right over whenever I see them.  I am such a big dork.  It’s like I have this little mushy part inside of me that love love loves babies that I never knew about.  I knew I liked kids, but I now have this overwhelming joy when I see a baby. 

So Rohan is walking really well – mostly walking instead of mostly falling.  He’s lost most of the Frankenstein movements he had at the beginning.  He loves to be chased, and can walk up the slide.  I guess it’s against playground protocol to let your child walk up the slide, but I can’t help being so proud of my little monkey!  I’m also really bad about shoes. 

The other kids always have good, sturdy, weather-appropriate shoes on, but I don’t make Rohan wear shoes for very long (unless it’s really cold).  I kinda feel like an asshole, but I get over it fairly quickly.  One snarky mom at a park I don’t go to regularly up in Talega commented about Rohan dressed “only in his short sleeves” a week or so back.  So I glanced (yeah right – like I’m ever that subtle) – I mean gawked – around the park and all the kids had on jackets and hats and shoes.  OK people – we live in Southern California.  The sun was out, I was wearing my flips, and it just wasn’t cold.  Rohan was even wearing his shoes for once!  We left that park shortly thereafter and went to my beloved Linda Lane.

Of course, I put a jacket on Rohan.

So, cool site alert (it was on Crabmommy‘s blog today, I can’t take credit for finding it):  It creates a picture out of words from any website.  Here’s mine:
Wordle: Rohan's Mom

My baby is a toddler

February 3, 2009

So many things happened in this past week: Rohan started walking and clapping, has FOUR NEW TEETH (total of 12!) and turned one.

We had a party for him on Saturday. Bunch of family and friends came by, Rohan put out the candle with his hand, and shat delightfully green crayons the next day. Note to self: 1) babies and fire don’t mix and 2) don’t leave your kid with childless friends and expect them to know that just because crayons are not toxic doesn’t make them edible. Good times.

Mike and I had made the cupcakes the night before the party, and I frosted them in the morning:


And since Rohan wasn’t able to fully enjoy his cupcake at his party, he got one for breakfast on his birthday:


. . . and another one before bed. His dad took those pictures, so you’ll just have to imagine cupcake bits (chunks) on his collar, twice as much chocolate on his face, and bits of cake in his hair.

This year has been the shortest of my life.

Lesson 2

January 8, 2009

I took some pictures yesterday (whoo-hoo!)

OK First impressions of my photo shoot:

  • Still a lot of blurry pictures;
  • I need to stage the picture better – or at least hide the diaper boxes and pick up the toys somewhat;
  • I’m still in too much of a hurry. I may have to blame that on my almost-toddler, though.

I think I have a few good pictures, but they feel more like snapshots than anything else.


In other news: Rohan has figured out how to climb up on the couch. I was sitting on the couch with my computer, Mike was in the glider, and Rohan was just hanging out playing with his toys. The next thing I know, he’s on the couch next to me trying to grab my computer. It didn’t even register for a good long moment.  As soon as I put two and two together, “Mike! Rohan just got up here by himself!”

So then Rohan giggles like mad and crawls to the other side of the couch. He’s just laughing and laughing, looking at his dad and refusing to look me in the eye because he just KNOWS that I’m going to put him on the floor again. Which of course I did, just to make him do it again.


Well, here are my shots from yesterday.  Mike gave me a few tools to use in Photoshop, so I’ve posted the before (straight out of the camera) and after (some minor tweaking) shots:


I don’t know how much of a difference you’ll be able to see in the before/after shots since I sized them so small.  Oh well – it’s mostly for me anyway.

So I think next time I’ll take pictures OUTSIDE (gasp!) and will try not to feel too self-conscious.   I’ll try to go to the park when it’s pretty empty.

Rohan Laughs

January 3, 2009

Too funny – note the martini shaker and beer bottle . . .

Video of Rohan laughing

Lesson 1

January 1, 2009

Here are six photos I took of Rohan today. Out of the 20 or so pictures I shot, these were the only ones that weren’t:
a. blurry
b. the back of his head
c. had an object in front of his face
d. just all round bad

There are still blurry bits (especially the last one – I know, but I really liked the expression on his face!) and aren’t great, but I’m not completely embarrassed to post ’em.  The first picture was underexposed so I used the Raw editor to lighten it.  It still looks pretty dark.  I had to crop the fifth one since I had a big chunk of a wall to the left.

Things I learned:
a. slow down
b. back of head shots aren’t as cute as I think they are
c. wash kid’s face prior to taking pictures – maybe a clean shirt would be nice
d. turn camera to get both portrait and landscape pictures
Camera stats:
Exposure Mode – Auto
Focal Length – 50.0 mm
Lens – 50.0 mm f/1.8
(Basically, my husband put it on “P” and looked at a few things to make sure I could shoot some pictures. I’ll ask him if I should add more data to the above so I can track what works and what doesn’t.)


EDIT: Mike says we will increase the ISO to 400 and shoot in “A” at f/2.8 for the next round

And so it begins (?)

December 30, 2008

OK – first post.  So intimidating.

What I’d like to accomplish with this blog:

1. Keep journal of Rohan – he’s two days shy of 11 months old and things are fuzzy.  Did he get his first tooth at 6 months or seven?  Five?  Does it even matter?  The cute things he does are fuzzy, too.

2. Start a record of my progress in learning how to use my husband’s D70.  I’d like to be able to help him with his biz, and I’d also like to stop asking him “will you take a picture of  (fill in the blank)?”

3. Figure out how to market myself as a web designer.  Do I even want to do that?  Not sure.  I am certainly not at a professional level yet, but maybe by working it out in my head by writing it down I will figure out if this is the direction I want to go.

4. Random musings (like all other blogs!).

That’s it for now.  I’ll figure it out as I go.