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.


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!

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.


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.


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.

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:

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!