November Highlights

The weather was quite warm for much of the month so we got outside a lot. We also started letting Petra explore food.

Visiting the playground; making a style statement:

Cheerful kid!

Exploring food:

also, in video:

Petra and the Slippery Cucmber from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.

Petra’s first work of art:
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Petra gets an airplane ride from Daddy (anything to trick her into “tummy time”):

and, just at the very end of the month, she started sitting up on her own:

As always, more photos on Flickr.


We had a great trip, spending Thanksgiving with Alison’s sister’s family.

Petra’s first Thanksgiving dinner:

Petra also tried rice cereal for the first time on Thanksgiving:

Petra’s First Rice Cereal-abridged from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.

Petra and Iris met each other now that they are old enough to interact:

The cousins “playing” together (or near each other at least):

Iria and Petra play together from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.

Alison with Petra and cousin Iris, and other photos from Gwyneth

And what trip to New Haven is complete without a trip to IKEA?
Petra test-drives the high chair and dishware that she is getting for Christmas:

Petra’s getting so fun!

We can actually really play with her now – she’s such a giggler and loves peek-a-boo and other little games.

She can amuse herself for a while:

Petra Plays With Dials (Nov. 8, 2009) from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.

She can almost sit up without support:

Petra Sits Up (Sort Of) Nov. 8, 2009 from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.

(OMG the toe wiggles!)

She babbles:

Petra says “DaDa” (Nov. 14, 2009) from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.

October in Review

In addition to the visits from and to family already posted about, here are some highlights from October, Petra’s 5th month. (Click on the photos for more)

Petra’s first swing

Playing at home

We took Petra on her first “hike” at Middlesex Fells while my Dad was here. She slept through most of it despite the stroller-unfriendly conditions.

She found her toes!

Halloween costume and first play date


To Great-grandmother’s House We Go!

A lot of traveling in October. Matt was in Atlantic City for a conference in the second week of the month, and Alison was in Denver for a conference the next weekend. We took advantage of Matt being in new Jersey to visit Alison’s grandmother with Petra.

Petra liked having her own seat on the plane.


This time she got a better chance to get to know her great grandmother.


We also caught up with some of Alison’s aunts and uncle.

Weekend o’ Family

Last weekend was wonderful to have both Matt’s parents and Alison’s sister’s family in town.

Grandma McKeon with Petra

Iris “playing at” Petra and Petra almost noticing her

Petra and Iris play in the exersaucer from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.

More photos of Iris and Petra on Gwyneth’s Flickr account

Iris crawling

Iris Shows Off Her Crawling Skillz from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.

cousins and parents

Petra’s 4th Month (September more or less)

September was pretty much dominated by Petra starting daycare and Alison trying to start to get back to work. Ironically, the daycare schedule has meant less sleep for me, although of course I am getting some work done, which I wasn’t over the summer. We started with a half day slot at a daycare near my office, and soon switched up to full time. Petra seems to love all the toys, friends, and attention there, so we don’t feel too bad about sending her away all day at such a young age. I can get over to feed her during the day sometimes if my schedule allows.

Some highlights:
(More photos on Flickr)

First day at daycare

Contributing to the development of SCIENCE by letting the Harvard Developmental Psychologists test her

Going to daycare with Dad

Practicing to be an opera star

Petra sings! from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.

Practicing penmanship

Petra writes a letter to GG from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.

Denton G4 Summit

The six of us Denton cousins have been on a baby spree this year – six couples, five babies this year, seven all told, and one on the way! The great-grandchildren are the 4th generation, hence “G4″s. We all got together to introduce the babies and see my grandmother in the end of August.

Petra with her great-grandma

The babies and GG

The G3s, G4s, and GG (the last G1)

Mind your Ps and Qs: Quintus is only 3 weeks younger than Petra; let’s see how they stack up

Denton Visit – Part 4 from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.

Petra’s 3rd Month (late July – late August)

OK, I’m really behind on the posts. Here are some highlights from Petra’s third month. As always, many more photos on Flickr that you can see by clicking through the photo here.

First smile captured on film (please ignore the drool stain)

First picnic

Trip to San Francisco for Alison’s conference included a trip to the rain forest exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences and her first steam train and carousel rides.

Redwood Valley Railway, Tilden Park, Oakland, CA from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.

Having fun on her Gymini (note how much bigger she is compared to about 2 months ago

Petra on her playmat from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.