Monthly Archives: January 2012

Breaking News: First Tooth!

Folks, we’ve just had confirmation that young Nyan Thomas’s first tooth has emerged! Details as they develop, of course.

This comes hard on the heels of a brand new dining regimen, one based around real food (rice cereal, mashed sweet potatoes, et al) and less around formula. Still early innings there, but the kid is *loving* it. You may recall this video from a couple weeks back; he’s come a long ways since then, and now grabs for the spoon, leans forward, can’t wait to get the next bite.

Still makes a mess, but not quite as much as in that video.



Posted by on January 31, 2012 in Uncategorized



A Boy and his Cow

Just a couple of random recent photos of the boy…

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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Photos


Six Months: Happy Half Birthday, Nyan Thomas!

Six months ago today – at 8:27 a.m. on Tues., July 26, 2011 – young Nyan Thomas was born. Wait, what? Six months?! How’d that happen? It’s very much a cliché, yes, but where does the time go… Here’s a series of photographs of the boy through the months, each of them taken at roughly the 26th of each month…

(click to enlarge)

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Posted by on January 26, 2012 in Photos



Another Adventure: West Mersea!

On the last Friday of 2011, we headed down to the seaside town of West Mersea in Essex County with brother Sean for some delicious oysters and fish-and-chips. (The oysters, it turns out, led to a bout of food poisoning for at least one of us, but let’s not focus on that; they were delicious at the time!)

Here we are inside the West Mersea Oyster Bar:

Afterwards we strolled the overcast, blustery waterfront, taking pictures of the boats, the oyster beds, the shoreline at low tide, and the lovely little English cottages overlooking the sea.

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Posted by on January 23, 2012 in Photos



Outdoor Activities: Parks and Zoos

A few more pictures from our trip to the UK last month.

The weather wasn’t too cold, so late one afternoon we strapped him into the stroller and, with Noel and Lisa, headed to a nearby nature preserve:

The flash and the angle makes this next one look like Nyan and I were photoshopped into the scene. Nope.

Another day, we decided to take the boy to his first-ever zoo, the Colchester Zoo. It’s a fine mid-sized zoo with a decent selection of animals, though it was colder and more windy than we expected. Nyan was less than impressed at first, as he was in his stroller and couldn’t see much. So Daddy started holding him. He was ever so slightly more interested, but let’s be honest: five months old is a bit young for a kid to enjoy a zoo. Still, it was a fun family outing, and mom and dad certainly enjoyed it.

A pair of red pandas up there near the top:

Burmese python!

Some sort of vulture or California condor, maybe. About to munch on a dead rat. We stepped away before it got gory.


And finally, Colchester Zoo has a pair of lovely (if elusive) tigers. Here’s one:


Posted by on January 23, 2012 in Photos


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Nyan with Pho Pho, Phwa Phwa, and more

A few pictures from our boy’s time in England over the holidays… Mostly our boy with Pho Pho (grandfather) and Phwa Phwa (grandmother):

Here he is with Pho Pho and cousin Poppy:

Christmas Day (Daddy was, at this point, passed out asleep after flying over on the red eye):

And finally with Phwa Phwa near the end of the trip…

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Posted by on January 22, 2012 in Photos



Today’s photo: monthly update

Here’s the latest in what’s turned into somewhat of a tradition: Mommy holding Nyan Thomas at roughly four-week intervals.


Posted by on January 16, 2012 in Photos



Today’s poem: created kid/now tried

This one’s just for fun: turns out that Youtube has an auto-transcription feature for vidoes, using Google voice technology or somesuch to provide closed captioning. So I turned on that feature for the video from earlier this week (see it here) of Nyan Thomas’s first solid food.

Let’s just say Google voice technology still has a ways to go. But it does make for some interesting poetry. Here it is.


much one child

welcome but but but but but

go to a lot for the camera the future


scraps spent

you accepted

using he’s plates at this point

handcuffing the portrait

burke young then you’re going to administer the vote ten years twenty years

happily situated

we project these are the big three d_o_ legrand speech

created kid

now tried

through first

he’s got the huge but


inferences that and

made under which the two you see onto with


uh… block


predator document about it

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Posted by on January 13, 2012 in Uncategorized


Today’s video: First Solid Food!

A big day in young Nyan Thomas’s short life: his first solid food. Okay, it was just rice cereal mixed with formula, and he spit out some of it. But still. Big day!

And of course we captured it for posterity…


Posted by on January 11, 2012 in Video



Today’s photos: Cousins

Nyan Thomas hanging out with his Colchester cousins, Xmas 2011.

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Posted by on January 9, 2012 in Photos



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