Dante Month 7 (8/6/2003)
The first thing you may have noticed is that the website has changed. We decided to add a Blog so that the site can be not only a photo album, but also a journal of sorts for Dante. We have included the contents of all of the previous update emails and from now on I will only be sending out the link to the site in my emails. You can read the rest here!

Life just keeps getting more and more interesting.

On the physical side of things, Dante spent the whole month practicing his crawling skills. Eager to be mobile, he has been frustrated finding himself getting further away from his target rather than closer to it. Just recently he made his first forward-facing solo trip from the office to the library (ok, so technically this happened right at the beginning of August) with Daddy acting as Fence and Mommy trying to capture the moment on video in almost complete darkness since there wasn't any time to turn on additional lights. Now, whenever he sees a kitty in the distance, he gets this determined look on his face and starts crawling straight towards it...

Dante has continued to add new teeth to his smile. Number 4 (top left side incisor) showed up on July 11th at Anya's birthday party. Number 5 and 6 (bottom left side incisor and top left middle incisor) both showed up on July 26th (Grandpa Chuck's birthday). Number 7 (bottom right side incisor) showed up on August 2nd, after Joel and Mandi's wedding. So in other words, special occasions seem to inspire growth. Number 8 is threatening to come out any day now, and since my birthday "technically" lasts for a week, who knows, it may break through the skin very soon!

Foodwise, Dante continues to expand his repertoire, as you will see in some of the pictures. He now engulfs about 4 baby food jars a day (usually two fruit and two veggie), along with rice (for iron), cheerios, breastmilk, and water and he adores sourdough baguette ends for teething. We bought a juicer and I have been making him fresh juice (carrot, nectarine, pineapple, grape, watermelon, and blueberry so far) of which he heartily drinks about 2-3 ounces a day. His cheerios pincer pick-up skill has been improving, and the cheerio graveyard beneath the kitchen table consists of only about 30% of all the cheerios he attempts to eat himself (as opposed to about 90% last month). We have also discovered he loves to help Mommy pick raspberries fresh from her garden and eat them up as fast as he can.

A friend of mine from ancient days at RealNetworks came to visit at the end of May to take some pictures of Dante. Kevin Ord, owner of Artisan Photography, Ltd. took quite a few nice shots, one of which you can see in the July issue of Seattle's Child Magazine on page 28! Can you say "modeling career"?

Daddy built half an attic above the garage (we can't build the rest until after the basement is finished). Since then we have been spending a great deal of time in the basement (where it is nice and cool) packing, sorting through 11 years worth of moving boxes, styrofoam for EVERYTHING we ever bought, bubble wrap, popcorn, camping gear, boxes, boxes and more boxes. Dante has been either napping or crawling around in his crab (a garage sale sandbox I picked up) while we worked and in general has been making things take an order of magnitude longer.

Anyhow, I'm sure I've forgotten something, but that should give you an idea of what has been going on.


- Aurika