Sunday, December 19, 2010

Verzichten (to do without)

For the last little while (few months) I've been eyeing Android phones. Now the phone I've been waiting for came out in the states and I have an opportunity to get friends to bring me one across the border. The dilemma is that this would put me back $600-$700 which is quite a bit since we just bought a house.

Carol knows how much I've been wanting one of these so she said she'd strike a deal: I get the phone but don't get anything else until we do the first largish renovation in our place (which she really wants). This didn't strike me as fair since she's always cheap and I always end up getting the expensive things I want. So I changed the deal and told her that I should hold off on a smartphone until we've done the first largish reno. This is fair.

This brings me to the point of this post (if anyone is still reading after these two paragraphs). The point is that we have so much stuff and usually just get whatever we want. In the "developed" world we don't usually know what it means to forgo something. We're like kids. The more toys we get the less we value the toys we already got. For me this means that forcing myself to forgo a smartphone for the near future means that I realize I actually have a lot of "stuff" to play with. There's the camera, the guitars, projects around the house. When we actually forgo one thing we might realize that what we have is already more than enough, maybe even too much.

I should really value my stuff more instead of letting it catch dust in a corner.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Gabriel's 4th month

Gabriel is now 4 1/2 months old already. It's crazy. When I look at old pictures and videos of him its apparent how much he's changed.

Some areas are getting better. He sleeps through the night now most of the time. He can entertain himself for a few minutes now and when you sit beside him sometimes even longer. He's also good with only four feedings in a day. All those things are pretty great.

Some areas are getting worth, though. His cradle cap (and maybe psoriasis?) and his eczema are pretty bad. Last night he scratched himself so much that half his scalp was covered in blood and the skin was pretty much raw. He sleeps with socks now. We're also not looking forward to the teething stage which could start anytime now.

Overall he's good though despite the worries and the tiredness. Below you'll find some more pictures of him. Enjoy.

The album:

2010 Gabriel 4th Month


A selection of the images:


A sleeping baby makes his parents happy.


A proud mommy.



A happy baby makes his parents happy, too.


Enjoying life to the fullest. In fact he does everything to the fullest. There is no subtlety with this child.


Looking all tough.


Wearing a turban which is really a hat and gauze so his scalp heals again after the major scratches.