I see trouble on the rise

At the age of six months or so Dr. Mrs. Dr. F. Jr. (DMDFII) seems to have found forward gear.

Reflecting on my own youth as narrated by two PTSD’d parents, we are considering a tattoo that reads ‘If found please call this number…’. Maybe a microchip between the shoulderblades?

ETA: anyone notice that she has gone towheaded since birth? Apparently that happens with babies. Her first word-ish things were dadadadadada so I have the mom vs. dad score tied at one apiece.

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62 replies
  1. 1
    Jebediah, RBG says:

    such cuteness! you are doomed.

  2. 2
    Cervantes says:

    It gets better — but not easier.

  3. 3
    cmorenc says:

    Just wait till he starts walking (or “toddling”), and see how fast he can scoot off the nanosecond you take your eye off him, and into the kind of mischief that takes wet towels and a load of laundry to clean up. And some antiseptic and a band-aid for his boo-boo.

  4. 4
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    “I did not knock over the blocks. Max did. Yeah, that’s the ticket!”

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  6. 6
    koalaholik says:

    Adorableness personified!

  7. 7
    WereBear says:

    Babies are the only ones who make overalls work.

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    esc says:

    When my kid started pulling himself around on his tummy, he was also at max drooling, so I found out very quickly how dirty my hardwood floors actually were. It was appalling.

    She is lovely, and I thoroughly endorse continuing to dress her in dark colors through this stage.

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    srv says:

    You lose. It’s not Dad. It’s Dada-ism. It’s all performance art.

    Don’t believe me? Have her try this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezgi1OkeGU8

  10. 10
    D58826 says:

    We live in truly great times. The microwave to heat water and make popcorn. The intertubes for cat/puppy and oh so cute baby pictures.

  11. 11
    Jerzy Russian says:

    She is cuter than a bug’s ear, that’s for sure!

  12. 12
    StringOnAStick says:

    After baby-proofing the house comes toddler-proofing, followed by if-it-is-breakable/climbable-it-will-be. FYI.

    Oh, and stairs may be what scares parents, but the corners of coffee tables are where the need for head stitches tends to come from. Save yourself some trouble and get rid of that now or put it in storage for another 3 years, then you can use it again.

  13. 13
    Joshua Norton says:

    6 months is a splendid age. Being a baby is hard work! And she seems to be handling it quite well.

  14. 14
    MomSense says:

    So very cute!!

  15. 15
    SuperHrefna says:

    She is absolutely adorable!

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    Angela says:

    Having just packed up my youngest for his new adventure in life away from our house, I admit this picture made me a puddle. This little girl is all kinds of precious.

  17. 17
    SuperHrefna says:

    Also, I think what you are looking for is a GPS monitor rather than a microchip. They make cool ones for cats that you could repurpose…

  18. 18
    Susanne says:

    She really looks like she’s got your number. I predict that you’ll be sleeping with one eye open for the next couple of decades.

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    dr. luba says:

    My friend’s son was born with dark black hair. I guess it must have fallen out, as by age 1 he was blonde. And still is. He’s at University, so sometimes it lasts.

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    seefleur says:

    As a PTSD parent of 4 (now all ‘legal’ adults – 2 daughters, 2 sons; yeah, nothing scares me anymore), I gotta say, this little one is not only adorable, but in the photo she’s giving you the look that will be on your face continually until she’s on her own. It’s the look that my family has titled “You expected what out of me?? I’m only (insert age here) – what do I know???”. Have fun – eventually the stories outweigh that facial expression, and of course no one outside of your immediate family will believe the stories. (Unless there are witnesses – sometimes a good thing, but generally not.)

    Such a cutie!!!

  21. 21

    When I was 18 months old my big sister took me for a walk to the local prison and left me there. The guards found me and managed to translate my vocalizations into “My name is Dawn and I come from Mary’s house in Holme”. Luckily Holme was a small enough village that it didn’t take one of the guards long to figure it out. My big sister still tells that story at family gatherings as a matter of pride and laughs like a drain about it.

    I just love your daughter’s overalls Tim, considering that she is now crawling it is perhaps the best outfit. When I developed forward gear as a young ‘un my Mum left me in the able care of our Boxer Dog Dee Dee, if I wandered too far from her presence she would pick me up by the diaper and deposit me back into her vicinity, Mum said it was funny as all get out to watch. Unfortunately Dee Dee had passed by the time my sister took me on that walk.

  22. 22
    Josie says:

    Look at that gorgeous face and those alert eyes. Boy, are you in for a wild ride. Have fun along the way.

  23. 23
    gogol's wife says:

    Those eyes!

  24. 24
    gene108 says:

    OT (?)

    Came home from work. Flipped on the TV. CSPAN was showing a Q&A from the Republican Governor’s Association in D.C. with Jindal, Haley, Perry and Haslam. They were talking about Sec. Def’s proposed cuts to the National Guard.

    Perry complained about how the NG was seeing longer deployments, in the last 10 years than ever before and their equipment was getting chewed up and needed replacing and cutting NG funds would hurt states.

    Others agreed with him. Haley talked about her hubby’s recent year long deployment.

    None of the governors in the Q&A ever mentioned the Iraq war and that caused the Afghanistan war to be prolonged as the root cause of the unprecedented longer deployments.

    The topic seemed to be about budget issues, so no reporter threw out a question about their support for the Iraq war, but boy do these guys not grasp the consequences of their actions or are utterly unaware of how the all volunteer military will meet troop level requirement absent a draft, which the military does not want to reinstate.


    Tim, you have a very cute baby. Love the big eyes that want to explore everything.

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    You are indeed likely in for a wild ride with DMDFII. She is clearly bright and inquisitive, and forward gear with keep you all scrambling. Consider bumpers on coffee (and other low) table corners or storage. It will save on suture material. A very cute child. Now, can we see Maxpuppeh as well? kthxbai.

  26. 26
    D58826 says:

    @Josie: Probably want to join the support group ‘DADDs’ (dads against daughters dating). Never to early to start learning about these things:-)

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    satby says:

    Look at that precious little face! What a great age 6 months is, when everything is an enormous and exciting discovery! Takes me back to when mine were that young.

  28. 28
    Bob says:

    Kitties and puppies don’t stand a chance.

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    D58826 says:

    @gene108: They also completely ignore the fact that both wars were put on the national credit card, that this is the result of austerity, sequestration, and tax cuts. These folks and their Senate counterparts were all for not raising the debt limit and shutting down the government.
    I don’t want to see the military ‘hollowed’ out but if the elected representatives only give you x dollars when you need y dolloars than you have to make due with x.

    but its the kenyans fault so we are good

  30. 30
    JPL says:

    Cute overload!

    @gene108: It’s all about the money. We don’t like state aid for health care but defense money is okay.

  31. 31
    Josie says:

    @D58826: You sound like a man with some experience. Tim could learn from you.

  32. 32
    Baud says:

    That face just screams “Fox News said what?!”

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    Roger Moore says:


    boy do these guys not grasp the consequences of their actions

    It’s not that they don’t understand the problem; they’re just trying to shift the blame. It’s perfectly appropriate for a baby post, because it’s the kind of thing that even four year olds have mastered.

  34. 34

    Dr. Mrs. Dr. F. Jr.

    This always makes me giggle. Reminds me of Elmo’s riff on The West Wing…

  35. 35
    Cassidy says:

    @D58826: I’ve got 3 daughters and I only have one rule: her body, her rules. I’m just the enforcer.

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    Fuzzy says:

    I want pics with cute bug daughter and big bad Max.

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    Gex says:

    This is one adorable child. Many comments on her looks, but the brains are what are going to keep you hopping!

    OT: I don’t particularly want to have to pay the same rate for Netflix with my provider who is probably downgrading my service as someone who is streaming Netflix over Comcast. I wonder if this opens Netflix up to lawsuits from customers for whom they will not be ensuring reasonable service via protection payments.

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    dr. luba says:

    I should wait for a JC post, but had to share: WV is number 1—in misery! Don’t know if this has come up before, but I just saw it today at DKos. Then again, I have been distracted by events in the homeland.

    The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which interviewed more than 176,000 people from all 50 states last year, measures the physical and emotional health of Americans across the country.
    So take a gander at the states with the most miserable people:

    10. Louisiana
    9. Oklahoma
    8. Missouri
    7. Tennessee
    6. Arkansas
    5. Ohio
    4. Alabama
    3. Mississippi
    2. Kentucky
    1. West Virginia

    I am informed that 9/10 of these states are red.

  39. 39
    PurpleGirl says:

    Oh, those eyes… she’ll be a handfull for sure. Wishing for her and whole family a healthy and joy filled future.

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    WereBear says:

    @dr. luba: Growing up in America, I would have never dreamed that the state you lived in would turn out to be a life or death decision.

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    Gex says:

    @dr. luba: Which one isn’t a red state? Nothing on there looks blue to me. My best guess on those numbers is maybe Ohio counts as purple.

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    danielx says:

    Sort of makes you want to think twice about doing away with the umbilical cord, don’t it now?

    “where did she go??!?”

    “i don’t know, honey, let’s reel her in!

    And you have SO much to look forward to in about thirteen years and six months. Also. Too.

  43. 43
    D58826 says:

    @Roger Moore: Krugman calls it militarized Keynesianism. You buy a C-130 for the Air Force and it creates jobs and stimulates the economy. You buy a C-130 for the Forest Service and it is a job killer, destroyer of the nation’s economy and SOCIALISM.
    It’s a stupid idea but then its the republican idea. but I repeat myself

  44. 44
    mellowjohn says:

    my mother had a t-shirt made for my sister to wear around the neighborhood. it said: “My name is Jane. Please don’t feed me.”

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    Kay (not the front-pager) says:

    OMG you should have had a PTSD trigger warning! Flashbacks, let’s see: putting my 3 month old (yes, three) on the floor in the dining room while I took my 3 year old to the bathroom, and coming out to find him on the stairs in the living room… the time when he was 17 months old and the police brought him home because he had crawled through a 6″ hole in the back fence (he was only in the fully fenced yard 5 minutes without an adult) … the time this 20 month-old ran away to Taco Bell for lunch while being supervised by a father, uncle, and 4 older children (I knew where to look because he told me at breakfast that he wanted Taco Bell for lunch)…

    He did survive and is now in his 30’s, but it doesn’t take much to flash back to those indelibly vivid, more-real-than-the-present memories. I wish I had had a microchip inserted!

    Seriously though, there is nothing more entertaining than a bright, curious crawler/toddler. Enjoy her – some people will tell you it only goes downhill from here, but that’s not true. If you let her be who she is meant to be, you will have a joyful (if, erm, exciting) couple of decades.

  46. 46
    LauraPDX says:

    @Cervantes: Not better. Different. Every stage is wonderful.

  47. 47
    LauraPDX says:

    @Cervantes: Not better . . . just different. Every stage is wonderful.

  48. 48
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Oh, Tim, DMDFII is gorgeous! And I co-sign with everyone who commented on her eyes.

    Someone, can’t be arsed to go back and look for the comment, asked for a picture of your daughter with Max. That would be diabetic levels of cuteness. Please do so without delay!

  49. 49
    LauraPDX says:

    @Cervantes: Not better . . . just different. Every stage is wonderful.

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    debbie says:


    Max is probably hiding behind his couch, quivering at the prospect of a joint photo.

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    Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason says:

    @StringOnAStick: When my toddler fell down the entire flight of stairs, our pediatrician poo-poo’ed it: “That’s not a big fall, that’s a lot of little falls.” He was right, the kid quit crying pretty quick and there was essentially no damage.

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    gogol's wife says:

    I like the retro blocks and rubber duckie. No ipad in sight.

  53. 53
    dnfree says:

    @srv: Yes, sad to say it’s not “Dad” or “Da” unless she uses it specifically to mean you, her father. Babbling doesn’t count as words–just practice.

  54. 54
    dnfree says:

    @srv: Yes, sad to say it’s not “Dad” or “Da” unless she uses it specifically to mean you, her father. Babbling doesn’t count as words–just practice.

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    Tim F. says:

    @gogol’s wife: Well…we have been known to cheat when we travel. Those iPad apps for baby soothing / stoners are absolutely fucking hypnotic for a small baby. I refuse to be that parent on an airplane when we have an easy out.

    It’s not like we keep her fixed for the whole trip, we just use it to zonk her out of a pre-fit state and into a state of mind more receptive to sleep, play or a pacifier. For the most part she is an absolute dream to travel with. Nonetheless I always go prepared.

  56. 56
    Tim F. says:

    @dnfree: People who say that are probably moms.

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    Svensker says:


    Oh, and stairs may be what scares parents, but the corners of coffee tables are where the need for head stitches tends to come from. Save yourself some trouble and get rid of that now or put it in storage for another 3 years, then you can use it again.

    Also, too, AWESOME kid. Scary, but awesome. You got a big job ahead of you.

    You can buy corner covers from kid-protecto-stores for just that purpose. We had vicious corners on our coffee table we discovered.

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    HRA says:

    Your baby is going to grow up to be a stunning young woman. I have the experience of raising 5 daughters. I can see it in your beautiful baby.

    Child proofing the house was always an ongoing learning project. Good luck.

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    Violet says:

    Adorable. You must be one proud papa.

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    Manyakitty says:

    Gorgeous! Also, excellent cobra pose–is she doing baby yoga?

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    Gretchen says:

    Cute! My precious grandbaby iscoming up on five months and it is already going too fast.

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    dmhlt says:

    Just wanted to say that both yesterday and today when I scrolled past this picture, I immediately broke into an ear-to-ear grin.

    What a cutie!

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