On choosing photos wisely, and an ENT report.

Maybe you’ve noticed, but we’ve been gifted with what I like to call The Most Photogenic Baby On Earth.

I might be biased, but it's my blog. (Not to mention my kid. Ahem.) I'm allowed.
I might be biased, but it’s my blog. (Not to mention my kid. Ahem.) I’m allowed.

We started this blog as a way to keep family and friends in touch since we’ve moved so far away this year. It’s become a dizzy, often-hilarious exercise in accidental photography and a study in patience.

I think this was the day he sorted out which handle was hot and which was cold.
I think this was the day he sorted out which handle was hot and which was cold. (No toddlers were harmed during this filming.)

Today, I’m sharing with you some of the photos we’ve neglected to share these last few weeks. Speedy Toddler Syndrome, Photography 101 errors (I wrote the chapter called Focusing: Who Needs It?), or just because your author here preferred another picture – for whatever reason, these didn’t make it to Instagram (@roamingrudys), or the blog, nor most even to the few text photos I still send out at times.

Exploring Grandma C's back deck at Thanksgiving - it was so warm out!
Exploring Grandma C’s back deck at Thanksgiving – it was so warm out!

While you’re browsing, I’ll fill you in on other news. For instance: we met our friendly ENT specialist yesterday.

Doing his level best to CHARGE!
Doing his level best to CHARGE!

He is of the decidedly appropriate opinion that Nolan’s ears are, much like the rest of him, nearly too perfect. He does not recommend getting tubes at this time.

Those blocks aren't nearly as stable as you'd think!
Those blocks aren’t nearly as stable as you’d think!

So instead of tubes, here in a few weeks we’ll take Little Man for some kind of hearing test during naptime. (If you’re curious, it’s the Auditory Brainstem Response test, or ABR for short. Assuming I was paying attention and haven’t mixed up the acronym, of course. No promises there.)

It really is the perfect chair.
It really is the perfect chair.

Anyway, it’s a short, noninvasive test to make sure the right sounds are getting picked up by the right parts of the brain.

Stylin'. (He totally gets that from me.)
Stylin’. (He totally gets that from me.) And yes, he is precariously perched on the bottom of a booster seat. Again, no toddlers were harmed.

Despite scheduling the ABR and a standard hearing test later on, Doctor-G-the-ENT thinks it’s very likely Nolan will talk when he’s ready, especially given the history of later-talkers on Dad’s side of the family.

Given the number of outtakes I have that look like this, I'm inclined to agree.
And given the number of outtakes I have that look like this, I’m inclined to agree.

In some otherwise completely unrelated news, we are finally finished Christmas shopping! Were it not for Amazon and other online shopping venues, I think we may not have had a Christmas at all.

In John's words: "Fabulous!"
In John’s words: “Fabulous!”

And even so, I cannot promise that all of your gifts are getting delivered to the correct addresses.

Out for a walk in Indiana. Probably the last time he'll use that stroller; he barely squeezed into it!
Out for a walk in Indiana. Probably the last time he’ll use that stroller; he barely squeezed into it!

I hope your holidays are happy indeed. We’re going on a Christmas adventure in just a few days; I’ll let you know how it goes!

Don't try to come between a boy and his juice.
Don’t get between a boy and his juice, and nobody gets hurt.
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