Sunday, January 27, 2008


Gideon is now able to say the words "no" and "yeah". Not "yes", which I would prefer. He is already rebelling against the English language. However, we like to ask him yes and no questions to see what kind of answer we get. The most popular questions lately are "Do you want to be a big brother?" and "Do you want a new baby?". The answers usually vary.

However, we have caught him on video saying "Yeah". So there. If he ever tells us that he doesn't want to be a big brother, we can tell him that it's too late. We have a verbal agreement.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Still in Progress

Alexa's follow-up to her last post will have to wait just a little longer. The news is best coming from her. But if you haven't guessed yet after reading the last post, then ... well ...

Ok, all sarcasm aside, we're expecting baby #2.

Anyway, Gideon caught a double ear infection, which caused him to feel lethargic and use the small fraction of energy left in his body to cough ... alot. He had a very high temperature yesterday, too. Gideon is no different than any other little boy when he is really sick. He goes to Mommy, the comforter. While he's feeling much better today, Alexa is not doing so well today. So, stay tuned!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

A Day in the Playground in Winter

Gideon and I went to the playground on an unusually warm day in January.

"Be careful Gideon, there's a step there," I said as he determined the best way to get to the next level of the jungle gym.

He got down on his hands and knees and crawled over the step. His eyes gazed upon a little boy, who was about his age, and proceeded to use him as leverage to get back to his feet. He turned his attention to the slide.

"Want to go down the slide?" I exclaimed excitedly.

Apparently not. He rotated and then gravitated toward the swing area, a place full of mothers and fathers, as well as the occasional grandparent and nanny pushing their little ones in the air.

Upon realizing his intentions, I propelled my body towards him as he walked aimlessly toward the step, this time going downward. Kids are experimental. Eventually he has to learn that going down the stairs involves some skill, which he hasn't developed yet. But this is hardly the venue for such a lesson.

My unwillingness to let him find out the hard way enabled me to perform a midair act in defiance to the laws of physics, at least as I recall. I extended my arm towards Gideon's right arm as gravity pulled him downward to the hard, dusty ground.

A rhythmic rush of beating was felt in my chest as the blood within me flowed at an exponential rate towards the top of my head. On an impulse, my other arm reached out and I grabbed hold of his hood. He did not relate to the suspense and fear that I felt in that stress-intensive moment. He continued his single-minded journey towards the swing area.

This time, Gideon and I won over gravity. He did not wind up on the floor, crying nor bruised, neither physically nor in spirit. He just kept on walking towards the swings as if nothing had happened. And maybe for him this is true. Life lessons to continue.

"I'm going to get you," says Daddy. Gideon laughs.

"I know Daddy said don't touch it, but did he really mean it?," says Gideon.

"Mmmmm... juice!"

Gideon in a maze.

"I'm going to get you again," says Daddy. Gideon smiles.

"Hey, what's over there? Swings?"

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Lose Weight in 2008!
(and Recap of 2007)

In case you haven't noticed, Alexa and I love eating ... from loud adventures at a Mexican Restaurant in Union City to the best burgers in Northern NJ (in our humble opinion of course), where we celebrated 4 years of marriage. So after going through some possible themes for the year (such as Why You Hate in 2008?, which is grammatically incorrect, and "Look What I Ate in 2008") we decided on Lose Weight in 2008! This was probably the more sensible choice of the three.

Now to the 2007 recap. What a year it was for the Soto Family ... one that we will never forget! Gideon spoke his first words (dada), learned how to walk and became a 1 year old toddler. It was a 365-day-long period of many triumphs, but also a time of intense emotion. After reading through some of the old posts, I decided to list some of the ones that give a wide-ranging perspective of our life in 2007.

So if this is your first time visiting our blog, welcome. To get to know us, all you need to do is to click on the links below. If you are already an avid reader of The Soto Update, won't you join us in this trip down memory lane? Enjoy.

"Heart Wrenching Transitions"
When Alexa and I first discovered that Gideon had craniosynostosis, we knew we were in on a journey. While we are not adventurers in the tradition of Lewis and Clark, Alexa and I have driven to places we've never been before. So we have experience.

"Oh...He Lives In a Pineapple Under the Sea"
So, yesterday I get home from work to find Alex sitting on the couch, freshly showered, and watching his new favorite show, Spongebob Squarepants. Notice I said Alex, and not Gideon. Gideon was at my mother-in-law's, and his cartoon of late is the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

"Going to Grandma's"
Everything was prepared. As Gideon took his afternoon nap, I gathered his coat and set the car seat on the dining room table with the security belts stretched outward. Then I dressed up.

"Thanksgiving Day Recap"
Ok, so you can guess from the title of this post that the preparations for Thanksgiving did not turn out exactly as expected. Before I begin this tale of woe, let me reassure you by letting you know that the actual dinner was a success, with everyone having a very nice Thanksgiving, and the food was very yummy.

"Dear Gideon"
Today is a pretty big deal. One year old. We have been practicing with you for weeks, trying to get you to stick up your pointer finger when we ask, “Gideon, how old are you?” And when we demonstrate, by sticking up our own finger, you clap for us.

"Reporting From Costa Rica"
I have been in Costa Rica for over a week now, after not visiting in over 5 years. The last time I was here, I was unmarried, and obviously I didn't have an 11 month old baby with me.

"Being Daddy"
Waking up at 5:30 am yesterday morning wasn’t so bad, even though my intention was to start my day at 7:30 am. Consider the source of the abrupt change of plans … a notoriously happy baby boy who is a true morning person in every sense.

"Random Happening"
Ok, so picture this if you must. I am happily taking a shower at my aunt's house. I reach over to get my shampoo, and peacefully sitting behind it is a lizard. A small lizard, like 3-4 inches long.

"Dat a boy!"
As we approached the Atlantic Ocean, the more excited Gideon became. He stared out into the horizon and on occasion would turn to me to smile, only to look back in amazement at the crashing waves.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Sorry for the Lack of Posts

Gideon developed an ear infection AND a stomach virus on New Year's Eve. Fun, fun, fun. So, we haven't had time for any new fun posts. And no pictures either. Unless, you want to see pictures of VOMIT. Which, actually, I don't have any of. Rats.

Happy New Year!