Saturday, November 29, 2014

Christmas is up, just in time for Thanksgiving!

What's this?


I know it is still early, but the NerdFamily put the Christmas tree up already! Nerdmom has got her new Nightmare before Christmas ornament hanging high and proud. Nerdbaby is well represented by the ever popular Elf on the Shelf, personalized with his name on it. I purchased a cloth Green Lantern ornament made by the girls of VAGINA(very awesome girls into nerdy activities) who were raising money for animal shelters. I love those girls. But I have to tell you what Nerdbaby did this week. It happened just before Thanksgiving.

Jailbreak!

In other news, Nerdbaby has committed his first jailbreak. A few days ago, the Nerdfamily was asleep (or so we thought) when Nerdbaby climbed out of his crib, scaled another baby gate between our bedroom and his, and burst through the door! "HAPPY THANKSGIVING!" (No, he didn't really say that.) This scared the (deleted expletive) out of Nerdmom and I. I don't think I have ever been so mad and so proud at the same time. I was proud because, look at my Nerdbaby, he is able to find his mommy and daddy by overcoming all obstacles in his path. I was mad because, now what? Am I going to have to put a net over his crib to keep him in?

In the end, the crib was able to lower a few more inches, putting off this problem for a few months. Anyone is welcome to comment any ideas they have, short of nailing Nerdbaby in his crib every night. I've already decided against that one. No more jailbreaks until after Christmas, please! While I'm waiting for some really great advice, let's get back to the holidays.

Thanksgiving is here

Thanksgiving dinner all gone.
Thanksgiving was delicious. We went to Grandma's house on Nerdmom's side of the family on the day itself. Nerdbaby wallowed in mashed potatoes and turkey. Just before Christmas we will spend time at my parents. Notice that neither sets of aren't nerdy enough to be called Nerdgrandparents! No, just kidding, they really are quite nerdy. But seriously, just look at that word "nerdgrandparents", it looks silly. We look forward to spending quality time with our nerdfamilies before the craziness of Christmas season comes to a peak on Christmas Day. But first we have to get through Black Friday.

Black Day for Humanity, great day for shopping though

Black Friday started out at Cosmic Comics, and finished up with a smash and grab at the local Wal-Mart. Surprisingly Wal-Mart was a breeze at 10am on Black Friday. Our haul was pretty big, considering we only spent $100 in all. We found some really great deals. I can't tell you what I got, because it's a secret. Shh! Look forward to an unboxing report after Christmas is over. I love a good Black Friday sale. Like all red blooded American males, I normally wait until the last minute to shop for presents, and this is my only chance to get ahead of things.

Don't worry, Nerdbaby already has plenty of really great presents at home. We got them over the course of the year. Nerdmom started shopping back in February. He's getting a couple of 200 piece megablox sets, some Fisher Price toys, and clothes and such. We expect he will like the boxes that they all come in. Shush. Don't tell him. We want it to be a surprise. And talking about surprises, what's better than chocolate!


Ethel M Christmas



I want it all for Christmas



Later that Friday we all went to Ethel M Cactus Garden for their lights. If you have never been, it is quite amazing and you really should see it. It is an amazing light spectacle with lights dripping off all the trees, and coating all the plants and cactuses. Santa is there on the weekends for visits and telling Santa what you want. The Nerdbaby and his cousins got to see Santa and have their picture taken. And  sadly, now it is time to go home.

Goodbye For Now

Happy New Years!


Thanks for coming with me for this year of nerdy growth and changes. I'm signing off for this year, and I hope to see you next year!

Stay Nerdy! Nerd-dad out!





Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tragedy Stikes

Nerdbaby is too short!

Nooooo!
The doctor tells us at Nerdbaby's last checkup that he was too small for his age, and that there could be disorders or other scary things that he might have. Further testing was required. Well, Nerdmom and I were not happy about getting this news. I knew he was short, but didn't think about disorders and conditions that might affect him. Nerdmom had been worried about it for some time, but didn't know about the worst case scenarios. So we began testing.

First he had a complete blood panel, where a couple of phlebotomists in appropriate nerd scrubs (nerds are everywhere!) took my Nerdbaby's blood. I had to hold him as Nerdmom wasn't able to do it. He did not like his blood being drawn. I also did not like it. They drew a lot, enough for me to ask if they were sure that was going to leave Nerdbaby with enough blood in his body to keep him alive. It turned out that Nerdbaby was fine, as far as giving up his precious blood was concerned.


Nummy nummy!
Thank goodness that was over! It went so well that we got Nerdbaby his first chicken nugget happy meal ever from McDonalds, an eminently suitable reward. That's a big milestone I think, for an American child. Nerdbaby was excited about it, he got his own meal and a cool toy in the process. In this case, his prize was Ronald McDonald on a see-saw dinosaur.



Next up, time for an MRI scan of his head.
What kind of torture device is this?

Now, you have to be perfectly still to go through an MRI. Nerdbaby is incapable of being still like that. So we had to knock him out for the process. What was nerdy about Nerdbaby getting an MRI? The fact that he handled it like a young Jedi! He received three or four nasal inhalations of a medicine that was supposed to knock him out. It ended up making him higher than a kite. Then they had to inject some kind of knockout drug into his arm, and that took more than one dose.

I do have to admit that there was a point when he was unconscious that I had severe problems with the whole procedure. Not that it was painful, except to watch. He had to remain completely still during the process, which is why he had to be knocked out. When in the machine, it is incredibly loud and scary. It was one of the hardest things I've seen at this point. But after the MRI and when they stopped the IV drip of knockout stuff, he popped right up. He was still loopy for a couple of hours, but he was normal Nerdbaby that night, and still had no ill effects the next day. The Force is strong in this one!
Stunt double for Nerdbaby


Sweet mystery of life,
Now I've found you
Same as the last time, we got him a nugget happy meal again. But this time we got him his first milkshake ever. In retrospect, I should have checked to see if there was a smaller size than an adult small. What is small for me is quite large for Nerdbaby. So the milkshake that he puked up a few hours later proved. Oh Noes! The medication may have played a part in it, but I think I gave him too much milkshake. It did not stop him from eating up a storm the next day.


So luckily it turned out that his MRI showed all things normal, the same as his bloodwork. All thanks to be given to the higher power of your choice! He is just a short Nerdbaby! The doctor wants us to see a geneticist, but has suggested this with no real urgency as he did demonstrate some growth in the past month. Nerdbaby's physical development is not arrested, just slow. Mentally he is a little ahead of the curve, walking and talking, using forks and drinking out of sippy cups. Plates are a little too advanced for him at this time, but he is ahead of all his milestones for development that aren't the physical markers.

Go Nerdbaby! Don't sweat the small stuff and stay nerdy!


Thursday, November 6, 2014

We came for the candy, and stayed for the comics

It was an incredibly busy weekend. Let's get started.

Halloween 

The 31st was Halloween and my nerd crew was out in force. I was in a trick or treat group with my son Green Lantern. NerdMom pulled off a low budget Harley Quinn, and I rocked a Batman nerd shirt, with matching cape.

Harley, Batman and Green Lantern. I don't know why I covered his logo.












Daenerys Targaryen of Game of Thrones and Ghostbuster  Peter Venkmen came as a couple. 

Daenerys and Peter Venkman

Also Sally and Oogie Boogie from Nightmare before Christmas were there with their son Jack Skellington. 


Sally and Jack


Oogie Boogie and Jack

Never mind the candy, look at that house!

I walked through at least two haunted houses with Nerdbaby. Nerdbaby was definitely excited to see so many different people in their costumes. Though like Green Lantern Hal Jordan, he has no fear whatsoever. At some of the houses where jump scares were used to varying degrees of success, he would just laugh and hold out his bucket as if to say "So what, give me candy!" The candy haul was not as good as previous years or perhaps it was just a neighborhood lacking in Halloween Spirit. Either way, a fun time was had! The costumes were very creative, a lot of them hand made rather than bought. We traipsed through a neighborhood did not have as many houses decorated for Halloween as I expected, but the houses that did were very tricked out.
This is one of the less decorated houses...

It was a great time, with a pizza party following trick or treating, and cupcakes and carrot cake after that. It was someone's birthday that Halloween. How cool is that! The only negative was that my diabetes was not any better after this particular night. Fortunately, we had to leave before things got really out of hand. Onto the next event.

Nightmare!

Right after the trick or treating party, NerdMom and I went to see The Nightmare Before Christmas on the big screen at Sam's Town. It was a very fun thing to do! We changed our t-shirts to those of the Jack Skellington theme, because that is what nerds do to fit in. We represent our particular nerdom at whatever event we go to. Unfortunately we didn't get pictures as we were running late at this point. NerdBaby stayed home with Gramma and his two nieces, where they stayed up and watched kids movies and ate of the candy until we got home.

Nerds don't stop at Halloween though! We just keep on going. I went to work at my paper route and got done at about 4am that morning and got a little sleep. Next stop me and the NerdFamily went to the comic book festival.

Festival!
Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival

After a few hours of sleep, and coming off a sugar high, we went out to the Las Vegas Comic Book Festival! We were too tired to cosplay, so we continued our tradition of wearing nerd shirts, Green Lantern for me, Spiderman for NerdBaby, and Star Sapphire for NerdMom. We gotta represent!

The swag bags we got for preregistering were filled with comics. It was an amazing haul. NerdBaby got a few kids comics he will read in just a few years and a figure or two. He likes holding them for now, and ripping them up just a little.

There was a lot to see there, so I'll hit the highlights. Most of the comic book stores in the Valley and a few online stores had booths there in the front entrance. Once you made it past all of those and got inside, there were Comic book organizations like the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, VAGINA (Very Awesome Girls Into Nerdy Activities), and the featured entertainment. Every year there are musical acts and this year for our listening pleasure we had Hello, the Future! and The Return of Kirby Krackle, both nerd related of course.

Downstairs, and directly to the left was the artist alley, where artists from all over the country displayed their art. Me and NerdMom got drawings of Supernatural's Dean, a steampunk Darth Vader and like that. On the other side of the hall was the lecture hall, where the days panel's were held. I had wanted to hear the Fillbach Brothers, who worked on the Clone Wars comics from the Star Wars universe. Unfortunately, NerdBaby was done with it all by this time. He had enough nerd activity for the weekend so we packed up our comics, said our farewells and went home.  

So it ends.

So that was the end of a really long weekend, we came for the candy and stayed for the comic books. The comic book festival ended sooner for me than I wanted, but a good time was had by all. NerdBaby and NerdMom seemed to enjoy themselves as well. I've included a link to an article about the festival, told from another perspective that offers more details: http://www.reviewjournal.com/entertainment/arts-culture/comic-book-festival-offers-array-activities.

I would like to give a shout out to She Makes Comics, a documentary about women in comics, or the lack thereof. This comes out November 15, so look for that! We talked to the producer for a few minutes, very interesting story.

It was an exhausting, but a really great, weekend. I wished you all were there. More links to follow! You all Stay Nerdy!

http://veryawesomegirlslv.com/forum.php?s=f90b46e1777ded8f2440ea1fc396f7f6
http://cbldf.org/
http://kirbykracklemusic.com/
http://hello-the-future.tumblr.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shemakescomicsdoc

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sick and Nerdy

Bad Weekend

This is how I felt.

Me and Nerdbaby got sick this weekend. Can we be sick in a nerdy way? Yes we can.

So starting off, Nerdbaby came down with a fever, which we falsely attributed that to a new tooth coming in. For relief, he uses a purple lightsaber as a teething tool; that seems pretty nerdy to me. He sticks the tip of the lightsaber in his mouth and just chomps away on it! For those who don't know, the purple lightsaber is from the Star Wars prequel movies. This one belongs to the character Mace Windu played by Samuel Jackson.

Bad Ass Mother Fu@#er!

My Nerdbaby also had a sore throat and didn't eat very much for a couple of days. We thought that was his tooth as well, but looking back realized it was a bit more serious, I'll explain why shortly. And to top all of that off, he started getting spots all over his body, but mostly on his legs like hundreds of tiny bug bites. So you're all thinking measles right? Not exactly. Now, I've told you his story first, so I'll tell you mine.



Ebola!

So why do we think he had a sore throat? Well, I got a high fever of 102 a few days later and had to visit the Emergency Room for it, wearing my t-shirt with a skull made out of kittens on it from Loot Crate! See previous post: http://nerdiamyourfather.blogspot.com/2014/10/boxes-and-boxes-oh-my.html. Wearing my nerd shirts makes me feel better, so what. And guess what, I also had a sore throat. They asked me a lot of questions, mostly revolving around my travel and exposure to people from other countries.

After explaining that I had not been to West Africa nor did I know anyone who was, they ended up pumping me full of pain killers and fever reducer, and had me on a saline drip. Feeling fine! Many different tests were run, and the results came back in a few days.

Game On!

All I had left to do was play video games and watch Star Wars! I found an older PlayStation game called Wild Arms that was one of my favorite old school RPG's ever. Between that and my new copy of Star Wars The Force Unleashed, I barely had enough time to sleep for 12 hours a day. Unfortunately between the medication and what came next, it was getting difficult to play effectively.



The very next day, I started getting spots on my hands and feet that were just plain itchy and scratchy. I know you're still thinking measles, but I already had the measles when I was a small nerd, and Nerdbaby just got his one year shots for the measles, mumps and such. What else could it be?


Mystery Solved

Well, using the nerdy Google search bar, I put in the symptoms and felt lucky. The all-knowing Web MD told me that the likely suspect was Foot, Hands and Mouth Disease. For confirmation we took Nerdbaby, wearing his new Batman slipper socks that always put a smile on his face, to the Goodnite Pediatrics Clinic located next to the Whitney library  where the doctor confirmed my WebMD educated diagnosis. The doctor said that's what it was, and since Nerdbaby just had his MMR shot our symptoms are a reaction to that, me catching it from him.



Both of us are clearing up nicely, Nerdbaby doing much better than me right now. I'm still itchy but on a positive note am high on the oxycodone. I'll have to pay for that later I'm sure. It definitely hit me harder. Nerdbaby is already duel wielding lightsabers around the house.



I think we handled our sickness in a nerdy fashion, using our nerd tools to get through the tough times. It would have been better not getting sick, but it was a learning experience, and any day you learn something new is not a wasted day!

Thanks for listening! Stay nerdy!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Boxes and Boxes, Oh My!

Are you looking for a monthly treat, maybe for you or for your nerd-spawn? Have you ever asked what can you and your little nerdling do during the summer months when nobody goes outside unless they have too? Well, I know a secret that might solve all your problems.

Subscription Boxes

There are currently monthly subscription boxes for almost anything you can think of. My family subscribes to Loot Crate and Citrus Lane, but plan to include a couple of others. But maybe you're asking yourself what a subscription box is?

Imagine getting a surprise box full of presents every month with the coolest things inside. There are different themes for almost any taste, and children are definitely included in this new craze. You can also buy extra items at discounted rates through the boxer. YouTube has videos dedicated to just unboxing these boxes. Here is a link to a CNN article discussing YouTube and unboxing. Check it out. http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/13/tech/web/youtube-unboxing-videos/. It is quite the phenomenon. So let me describe the ones I get, then the others I am aware of.

Loot Crate

Loot crate is a nerd box of goodness. Every month they pick a topic such as Galactic, Heroes, and Villians in just the past three months. The guys at Loot Crate then send you nerdy toys in that theme for you to freak out over. Each box contains about 4-6 items like bobblehead toys or other small figures and a t-shirt that revolve around the monthly theme. For instance, last month was a Galactus inspired theme, taking its inspiration from Firefly, Star Wars and Star Trek. The item I was most excited about that month was an actual Tribble! My little nerd baby also loves it, who wouldn't love a cute little Tribble of their very own! There were other really cool items in the box, but this was MY PRECIOUS.

These are Tribbles.









This month's box of Fear has good stuff in it, but my favorite has to be a variant cover Walking Dead comic and a t-shirt with a skull made out of kittens. Nerd baby didn't find anything he liked this month in this box.



Here is a review of this month's box for your viewing pleasure.


Citrus Lane

Citrus Lane is a subscription box for children that has age appropriate toys, sample of lotions and soaps for baby and Mama, as well as containers for snack foods and other associated items. This month we got Babies First Football, which excited me and my nerd baby, although I must point out that was not his first football. He has at least three footballs, including one in the Seattle Seahawks colors. Go Hawks! And yes he can play catch at age one. NerdFamily knows how to have fun!

We also got a toy rattle/noisemaker and some lotion samples. NerdMom is generally more excited about these boxes than NerdFather. Still, FOOTBALL for the win!

My NerdMom watches these videos all the time, this is in fact how we found out about Citrus Lane.

Mine and Nerdbaby's Favorite toy in this box.
What other boxes are there?

I'm glad you asked. There are literally hundreds of choices. I'll list some of the ones I know people get in my circle of friends. There is the Bento Box, which gives you a bunch of comics every month. You might be interested in Love with Food which sends you healthy snacks every month. I know that you have heard of The Shave Club, that sends you a few new disposable razors every month. If you can think of it, there is a box for you.

What else can you get that is Nerdy?

Our next box, when NerdBaby gets a little older will be the Kiwicrate, actually called KoalaCrate for ages 3-6. But it was originally all Kiwicrate.This is a monthly craft box with two or three activities that you and your nerdling can work on, or they can do by their self. These are age appropriate, and mostly gender neutral projects. I'm really looking forward to this one, and am also on the lookout for the Lego box as well. Currently this is more of a rental box for Lego play sets, like Netflix is for movies and games. But there are so many boxes, you need a tour guide for them all.

Another box I recently found out about while researching this topic is the Nerd Block. This is incredible, how did I never hear about this one!? It has different themes to choose each month. You can pick a horror movie box, and all your content will be in that genre. There are boxes for boys and different boxes for girls. There is a video game themed box. They all come with toys and t-shirts of all kinds of nerdy activity.

I found a reviewer of subscription boxes called the Subscription Box Mom, you can find her at https://www.facebook.com/SubscriptionBoxMom. She does reviews of all kinds of boxes so you don't have to try them all. Or you could go here http://www.subscriptionboxes.com/ and see if there is anything you like.

Thanks for dropping by, and Stay Nerdy!

You can find the boxes I subscribe to here:
http://mbsy.co/lootcrate/8634995
https://wwws.citruslane.com/join/#choose-plan
http://koala.kiwicrate.com/

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I am a nerd and a new father, now what?

Spiderfamily?

So being a new father comes with a lot of on the job learning. Because WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY. Some of you will recognize the ubiquitous Spiderman reference. How do I be who I am, and raise my son at the same time? 

The Easy Stuff

Some of the easiest decisions to make are what to dress him as. Since I am a nerd, he gets to be dressed up as a nerd! His first set of pajamas from his grandparents was a Green Lantern suit, specifically the uniform of John Stewart. But mostly we dress him up with Batman logos and refer to him as Batbaby in most of our photos. But there are more things to being a parent than just dressing up a baby.


Green Lantern Baby


"You must learn the ways of the Force, if you're to come with me to Alderaan."

This blog will be about how I can be who I am (nerd, if you forgot), and raise my son responsibly. Comics and dress up are not that responsible are they? You might say that they are part of a lifestyle and you'd be right. But is the act of playing that is important, to me and to raising a child responsibly.

Lets get to work.

"A child's work is play" says Maria Montessori, creator of the Montessori school system. So that is what I will give you, stories of us going to work!

There are a few different things that nerds as parents can do in Las Vegas, that I do to raise my son. "Trust the Force, young Jedi!" There are local comic book shops that are kid friendly, that also sponsor nerdy activities throughout the year. Batbaby enjoys visiting our local comic book shop. The young lady behind the counter is an honorary Auntie because she comes from behind the counter, and Batbaby jumps into her arms. It scared us the first time it happened. He isn't allowed to hold the comics yet, unless they are already bagged and boarded, but he does enjoy him some comics. Most of the time we have to create our own Nerd-dom here in Las Vegas at home.

As a family we watch the superhero movies, and wear t-shirts that emphasize our interest. We have a group that meets every Monday to watch Doctor Who, and catch up on each others nerdy activity. Most of the group does not have kids yet, but are very interested in my son. It takes a nerdy village to raise a nerdy child!

I will also be reviewing more nerdy toys that Batbaby enjoys in future blogs, other nerdy activities I do with my son, and other nerd parent interests. Hopefully we can meet each other out there in the nerdy world.

Stay nerdy!
Batbaby!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

What do nerds do for Halloween?


Nerds go hang out with other nerds. In costume. And eat candy.

But first, it's my son's birthday this month! He'll be one, yay! My little nerdling has achieved level 1. I love him. Every October, he'll be leveling up. He will be so tired of Halloween when he grows up!

Level One


Second, October is one of my favorite months as there are many nerdy activities to do. Costumes are more available this month, so that you can be anyone you want, from Darth Vader to Captain Kirk or Lara Croft to a Disney Princess! Nerds like becoming their heroes for a day. There is nothing wrong with that. And don't forget your pets!

Dog AT-AT


Also, comic book stores get into the spirit of Halloween with free Halloween comics for the kiddies, and costume contests. Another reason to dress up! How amazing is that?

Not my nerd.


Here in Vegas there are a few options to take your nerdspawn for comic related nerding out. You can go to Cosmic Comics, Alternate Reality or even Maximum Comics, these being the three biggest comic stores in the valley. All of them are having at least one day of fun and games where nerds, and even geeks, can come and hang out with their own kind. Links below.

Sweet!


Another great thing about October is the CANDY! I shouldn't eat much candy, but it's only once a year right? At least until Thanksgiving, then Christmas. Hey, nerds are also a candy. That can't be just a coincidence.

So there are a few nerdy activities you can do with your nerdlings. You can dress up as a superhero and go to a costume event, you can dress up as your favorite character and go get candy, or you can just go read a comic book. I hope to see some of you out there. And please, at least wear a Halloween shirt if you don't dress up. Get some spirit people!


The Force, you will use, yes.

Stay Nerdy, my friends!

http://cosmiccomicslv.com/
http://www.maximumcomics.com/
http://alternaterealitycomics.net/new/