Rick Glos Life in Portland, Oregon.

Max - from crib to toddler bed

15. March 2013 13:27 by Rick Glos in

Last night we adjusted Max’s sleeping from a crib to a toddler bed.  Our primary motive was safety.  Lately we had caught him hanging on the bar from the outside of the crib, who knows what was next.

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The bed comes with an optional side rail.  He did very well and didn’t even try to get out of the bed last night.  He was very chatty and talking about it in the morning when we woke him up and he got himself out of bed.

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We purchased this DaVinci Crib in Dec of 2010 (over 3 yrs ago) off Amazon.  Max is now 2 yrs and 4 months and we’re pleased with the $199 we spent on it.  Apparently with this Conversion Rail Kit, it can convert into a full/twin bed for another $75.

Starting Preschool

8. October 2012 11:28 by Rick Glos in

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Max had a big week last week when he started pre-school.  He’s in a Montessori school.  They phased him in over the week.  We went with him for an hour on Monday, then 2 hours on Tuesday, Wednesday we left him there for 3 hours, same on Thursday and by Friday it was his first day (about 6 hours) all by himself. 

The prior week, his teacher came to our house to visit for an hour on Thursday to get to know Max on his turf which I thought was a nice concept as well.  Then on Friday we went in for 30 minutes at the end of the day after most of the kids were gone so he could get a feel for the classroom.  Heidi’s mom will still be helping us out from time to time during vacations, school closings, etc, and so the four of us all went.  Here he is using the magnifying glass to look at a sunflower.

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Here Max is using the screwdriver with his teacher Megan on his first day (1 hour only with us with him).

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I think he’ll do well there and start working on his socialization skills.  It’s been a great almost 2 years and I’m really going to miss having him at home.  When I would come upstairs from working to grab a snack, bio, or lunch, he’d hear the basement door open, yell, “Papa!” and come running towards me.  I was able to see a lot of really great things during these last two years and I’m really going to miss knowing that if I want to see him was right upstairs.  I’m going to miss you buddy…

Compounding that is that Heidi’s mother who was watching him will no longer be here each week and that is going to suck as well.  She helped not only with Max but did loads of dishes, laundry, yard work, etc.  All kinds off stuff Mom’s do.  I had forgotten how nice that was haha!

On the positive side, I’ll be picking Max up everyday at 3 PM and we’ll be riding the bike.  He loves that and had a great time with me on Friday.  His spatial awareness is amazing.  He can be 2-3 blocks from home and recognize where he is.  I know this because he’ll start saying, “More bike. (pause) More. More.”, and maybe throw in a whimper or two because he knows were about to reach home and stop.  Our first ride was along busy Capital Highway but I think I can find a back roads way so we can talk, stop and look at stuff, hit the park if we want to, etc.

Baby Monitor, Wireless IP Camera, Surveillance, etc

5. October 2012 11:59 by Rick Glos in

I recently was reminded when someone asked me about what we used for a baby monitor for Max and would I still buy one?

I purchased an IP Camera (it’s name is a mouthful - LTS Wireless+RJ45 640x480 IP Camera with 30 IR LEDs and MicroSD Card Recording) at the end of summer before Max was born (Aug 2010).

The idea was using our home network, we could look at the crib without the baby monitor, closed-network restrictions.  Like being able to look at the screen with any IP device that can surf the web – your phone in your backyard, the kitchen on your laptop, your living room on your TV, your bedroom on your TV, etc.  It has worked flawlessly and we still use it to this day every day.

It’s mounted just above his crib pointed right down at it.

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We use it right when he goes to bed to see, “Is he falling asleep?”, “Is he standing in his crib because he just pooped his pants?” to when we get up in the morning to see if he is awake yet and during naps to know when he’s done sleeping.

Here’s our view from the couch in our living room.

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For a non-technical user I’d say this specific device itself would be moderate to difficult to setup – you’d need to know how to enter an IP address, find it on your network, play with a few settings, etc.

At the time, we got it for $180 and now I see it’s down to $157.  It has both wireless and wired.  We ended up sticking with wired because I was having issues with the unit staying connected via wireless.

We’ve thought about getting another one.  Would I buy it again?  If I had to go back in time, yes.  But are there better options 2 years later?

I found this guy after a bit of research on Amazon - 900+ 4.5 star reviews, $90 price tag, and some great photo’s from users implementations.  It has a mouthful of a name as well - Foscam FI8910W Wireless/Wired Pan & Tilt IP/Network Camera with IR-Cut Filter for True Color Images - 8 Meter Night Vision and 3.6mm Lens (67° Viewing Angle) - Black.

I like that you can pan and tilt remotely.  With ours you have to do it manually – although we only needed to move it during initial setup since we have it focused on his bed.  Although as he gets older, it might be nice to see, “What’s he doing in his room?”

One additional suggestion; turn off the audio – we had it on to start with but found it annoying because you’d wake up ever time your child sighs or mumbles in their sleep and Max seemed to make a lot of noise.

In any case, I can’t recommend getting an IP Camera enough.

Picture dump

20. January 2012 07:15 by Rick Glos in

How can one baby get so messy eating Italian?

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Making faces at the camera too eh?  Future actor?  Or maybe just a hambone…

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Between XMas and New Years, I drove my car instead of rode the bicycle so I could take Max along.  He’s checking out the free book rack at the Meals on Wheels center while we wait for the coolers of food to be ready.

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On Sunday of this week, we got some snowfall outside but it melted in a couple of hours.

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Then we got additional snow on Tuesday and it stuck around all day but was melted by Wednesday.

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Max and I used the opportunity to go play in the snow his first time and then I helped him build his first snowman.

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He got bored of the snowman and walked over to the other side of the driveway where he could play with the lavender bush and get muddy.

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Halloween 2011

3. November 2011 15:58 by Rick Glos in

Max Halloween 2011

Max had his first Halloween.  We took him over to Multnomah Village for their Halloween street thing.  It was ok.  Really just an excuse for businesses to do marketing.  The sidewalks were so packed I felt like I was waiting in line for a roller coaster ride.  He’s not going to remember anything so this was really more for us than for him.  He did look really cute in his pumpkin outfit Heidi got him at the resale shop for $6.

We took some shots.

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Echoes Halloween Soundscape

I heard this song on the Echoes Halloween Soundscape and I couldn’t get it out of my head.  Heidi has mentioned I like melancholy music and I certainly do.  Another song to purchase off Amazon MP3, Anna Ternheim - Terrified.

I’m in  a video

I’ve been doing the Meals on Two Wheels for Loaves and Fishes now for 2 1/2 years.  They called me to do a small part in a video for the Willamette Week Give Guide for 2011.  So I got to ride my bike for another good cause.  The whole video is here and I have a small spot at 0:33.

Max at 9 months

2. August 2011 07:08 by Rick Glos in

Max is now exiting the plant stage and entering the pet stage.

The last two weeks he seems to have become more dangerous.  He just become really mobile in his walker whereas previously he would just kind of stand in it.  Now when he sees something he wants, he goes after it.  This video should highlight it pretty well.

We’re also getting more comfortable with taking him out.  Last weekend in Bend, he was loving pancakes.

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Nice mouse face.

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Digging in.

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Yum.

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Sundays are for Farmers Markets

26. June 2011 11:27 by Rick Glos in

Max had his first pancake today.  What a mess he made.

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He does seem to enjoy feeding himself though.

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We also got a little red wagon for trips to the farmers market and Max fun time.

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He’s still a little wobbly.  I towed him about 1/2-way there until we had to go over a curb and he got scared.  Not bad for 7 months though.

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The strawberries are in season now at the Farmer’s market.  The best ones too, Hood Strawberries.  We picked up a couple flats plus some cucumbers, tomatoes and artichokes.  May seem like a lot of strawberries but I’m just getting started.  We use them for smoothies during the week all year long.  This past year I ran out about 1/2 way through the year and I think I had about 5 x 1 Gallon frozen bags.  So I’m thinking I need about 10.  We’ll see how many I get out of 2 flats minus the amount we eat.  You have to be quick with these though.  They are meant for great flavor and eating, not transportation or storage.  They were picked today and will go bad in a couple days if you don’t do something with them.

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Digging the swing

12. June 2011 10:28 by Rick Glos in

We’ve made it to 7 months.  Starting taking Max to the park by the library and he’s digging the baby swing there.

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More here on flickr.  And I also took a vid.

Sunglasses at 5 months?

21. April 2011 07:31 by Rick Glos in

My wife corrected me the other day that your eyes can get sunburned and that Max should have protection.  To her credit, her skin is flawless.  I had no idea they made sunglasses for infants.  Funny thing is he doesn’t seem to mind them and it looks funny as hell.

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