Sunday, March 11, 2007


Tobin has achieved full mobility. Below is the evidence.

You may know that one of the few things I keep constantly organized is our CD collection. All of our music is arranged alphabetically by artist, then by original release date. I find it very pleasing to know that I can find any album at a moment's notice. Tobin likes CDs too. The nearest CD tower was Tobin's first destination once he mastered crawling. One of his favorite activities now is pulling CDs off the shelf and spreading them around:

music lover

they were in the wrong order anyway

While it has been a little more work to keep up with Tobin since he learned how to mosey around, it's also been a lot of fun. You need look no further than the video below. Click the picture of Tobin to launch the video. It's about 16MB in size, so it may load slowly. The soundtrack is part of a song that Tobin likes to dance to.

T's Crawling Video from matt smith on Vimeo.

Here's your special treat: For those of you with Video iPods, here is a link to the same video in an iPod friendly format. Right-click on the link, then add the video to your iTunes video folder and you've got mobile Tobin in a mobile format. I'll make a copy of all future videos in this format. When I have time I'll convert all of the old Toblog videos so you can add all of them to your iPod. I have Tobin videos loaded on mine and love to spring them on people who make the mistake of saying "Do you have any pictures of your son?"

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Work shmork, it's Toblog time.

I've hit a bit of a lull at work today, so this post is technically brought to you in part by taxpayer support. I've been intending to upload a video of Tobin's remarkable crawling skills and I've heard from a few sources that such a video would be appreciated. The three of us have taken turns being a little under the weather, but it is my intent to get a video posted this weekend. I even have a special treat planned . . .

That said, there is other fun news to share: Tobin is about to cut teeth. We noticed a light clinking sound the other night when letting Tobin drink from a "big-person glass." This could help explain some of the hilarious squinty faces he's been making lately--and maybe explain some of his recent reluctance to eat. Personally, I don't remember what it was like to cut teeth, but I can imagine that having bone break through previously smooth skin would be pretty painful. Because my brain does such things, I tried to imagine what it would feel like. The best I could come up with was the feeling of a nail cut just a little too close to the quick--not so close that it bled, but close enough that it hurts when I touch it or move certain ways. I asked Tobin to explain what it felt like and he said "Da da da ba buhhhhhhh. Unhh!"

I haven't been able to pick up his language despite honest effort on my part. Hopefully he has more luck learning my language so we can communicate more effectively.