This always seems to be the busiest month of the year!

Petra advanced in puree-eating:


Petra Eats Yams (2) from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.

She honed her present-unwrapping skills to prepare for Christmas:

Petra Opens Presents from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.

She sang Grandma Judith “Happy Birthday”

She encountered snow for the first time (didn’t much like it):

She also went for her first swim in the hotel pool while we were in Pittsburgh after Christmas:

Petra’s first swim from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.

Stay tuned for a separate post on Christmas.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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Here are a couple of videos taken over the last month:

Petra blows out the candles on her one-month-birthday cake (with some help from Daddy).

Petra’s 1 Month Birthday Cake from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.

We visit Alison’s relatives in Newport to meet the latest addition to the second cousins.

Introducing … The Denton Family G4s (East Coast Division) from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.

Denton Babies Quintus with Dad Eelco, Iris with Dad Matt, and Petra with Aunt Gwyneth from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.

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We took a day trip down to Newport for the holiday, to see the newest addition to the extended Denton family (Alison’s mom’s side). Hot on Petra’s heels came Quintus, son of cousin Tracey and Eelco. He was born 3 weeks early in the last week of June. We got to meet him and also see Gwyneth, Matt and Iris as well as the Alison’s Aunt and Uncle.

Quintus with his Dad:

Petra enjoying Newport Harbor:

Iris Goofing Off:

All the babies:

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We had a quick but fun visit to Newport last weekend to see family, including:

Alison’s sister and 5 & 1/2 month old niece:

Alison’s cousin and -2 month old nephew:


We learned how to wrap up a baby in a sling:

Moby Wrapped

Matt helped crew Alison’s uncle’s sailboat to 2nd place in a series of races:

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We spent 6 days around Christmas traveling to visit relatives and friends. In our whirlwind tour, we fit in:
- Christmas with ‘s extended family in PA, including his cute twin 11-month old second cousins.
- The funeral of an elderly neighbor of his in DC, which occasioned catching up with many family friends.
- Museums on the The Mall with friends.
- A jaunt up to New Jersey to visit my 90-year old grandmother.

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