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Saturday, May 9th
Today is Birthmother's Day.  It's celebrated every year on the day before Mother's Day as a way to honor some very special people: adoptive mothers.  Caden created this special message to honor his birthmother Candice.  We love you Candice!


Click to play this Smilebox postcard: Happy Birthmother's Day!

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Thursday, May 7th
I'm glad these guys didn't landscape my yard.




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Wednesday, May 6th
So I wrote last month about how I've picked up some additional part-time work writing again for a publishing company that produces textbooks for the medical industry.  Just before we went to Disneyland, I finished up the project I'd committed to last month and, as soon as I did, they asked whether I'd be interested in doing more.  I think it might have been a little test to see if I'd get it done on time and with reasonable quality.    

Anyway, I've signed two more writing contracts this month.  One pays like crap but I'll be cited in the book and the other pays pretty well but comes with no glory.  That's kind of how these things work.  I prefer the money jobs ... who cares about glory.  Glory doesn't buy vacations, wine or fun stuff for Caden.  I do really enjoy writing although our dining room table has become my new office.  It's not really ideal but I can't write inside our actual office because it's too tucked away for me to keep an eye on Caden and the crazy shenanigans he's up to half the time. 


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Tuesday, May 5th
Oh GAWD.  NBC is airing a new television show this Fall based on paramedics in San Francisco.  Not only do I hate medical shows like this for their overtly ridiculous drama, but I think these shows make our work harder because the public starts to have a distorted expectation about what we can and cannot do.  In the early 90's, there was a "reality show" called Rescue 9-1-1 hosted by William Shatner that used to reenact amazing stories of life saving heroics and paramedic miracle work.  After years of that show airing, people would expect us to act like the "paramedics" on the show.  Some people just couldn't understand why we didn't screech into their driveway, throw the thing in park and come bolting out of the ambulance, running all the way to the front door.  It ain't reality.  This show should be interesting nonetheless.  Below is the trailer; let's just say that in 20 years as a paramedic, I've never had a tanker explode next to my head or a helicopter go down next to my scene.  Apparently I should go work a few shifts in San Francisco!




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Sunday, May 3rd
Who needs Disneyland when you have a swivel chair and two willing cats?  Ok, maybe they're not exactly willing but at least they participate.

 

 



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Saturday, May 2nd
I guess this'll going go down as a week of firsts.  First poop in the potty, first dentist appointment and today he had his first haircut.  We've been really holding out getting him a haircut because his hair is so fine, but we finally broke down because the sides were getting so long that they'd sometimes stick out and make him look like a clown. 

We went to a kids salon where they have special chairs and videos for the kids to watch.  He did great!  He squirmed around a little bit, but the stylist was great and worked really fast.  He was pretty funny and kept smiling at himself in the mirror.  He looks like such a big boy now with a real haircut!

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Friday, May 1st
Caden had his first visit to the dentist's office yesterday.  We really talked it up in advance and we've been reading one of his books about Elmo brushing his teeth and visiting the dentist's office, so I figured he was as ready as ever.  The dentist specializes in pediatrics so his office was all decorated in fun kids stuff and was filled with toys, so our first challenge was just getting him out of the waiting room and into the back.  He got to pick out a new toothbrush and show the assistant how well he brushes his teeth and then sat in the big chair and watched a video.  The dentist checked his mouth and said everything looked good.  His teeth are a little crowded together and his pacifiers are starting to cause some movement, but overall, his teeth looked great.

Caden was really cooperative and opened and closed his mouth on command.  It was pretty cute.  We've got to get rid of those pacifiers in the next couple of weeks though ... time to have a pacifier removal ceremony of some kind.



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