Tag Archives: Sign language

The frog and the fringe benefit

  More than a year ago, for some reason we decided to put away the 80 year old rug we purchased while travelling in Istanbul, Turkey.  Recently, with signs of winter arriving, we’ve talked about covering up part of the hardwood … Continue reading

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Cheeky monkey

 Eating out with Timothy is like a game of speed chess.  He makes his move, we respond, our response opens up a new opportunity for him, he counter strikes and we quickly try to put an end to his offensive.  … Continue reading

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Smoking section

We’ve traveled a lot with our kids and we know the airplane drill well.  But to the passengers of Delta flight 1117 last Wednesday, we looked like new – if greying – parents on baby’s maiden flight (even though it … Continue reading

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Online dodgeball

Laura got up with Timothy a few times last night.  He’s got a red, runny nose and is enduring a summer cold, allergies or possibly teething (we’re casting a wide net on this diagnosis).  When he started making noise at … Continue reading

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Abe Lincoln

         We often suffer from ‘TRBL hearing’ in our house.  It’s not that Timothy’s hearing is bad.  In fact, although we worried for the first year and a half of his life about his hearing, recent tests confirmed that his … Continue reading

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Tasmanian Devil

Timothy is nothing if not generous.  He has a cold and his nose has been running like a faucet.  The other day, I grabbed a Kleenex and did my best to wipe away what was under his nose.  Timothy then … Continue reading

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Mardi Gras

At church tonight, Timothy was acting up and so I took him to the back of the church for a change of scenery.  Back there was a guy probably a few years younger than me carrying a baby girl and … Continue reading

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Cha cha cha

Timothy usually crawls very quickly from one place to another.  However, for some reason he occasionally pauses and kicks out his right foot.  It’s funny, but it’s sort of a ‘crawl, crawl, cha-cha-cha’.  This isn’t the fastest way to move, … Continue reading

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Pit stop

At no time does Timothy seem more active than the time when you’d like to have him calm and quiet – when he’s getting his diaper changed.  I’ve tried to come up with an analogy for what it’s like to … Continue reading

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TRBL signs for ice cream

Written Jun 3, 2012 We saw Timothy make his first ‘sign’ on Saturday night (though for all we know, he’s been signing to us for months when we were thinking he was just putting his hands in his mouth).  T … Continue reading

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