Best of Xavi Year Two to Three: December

I take a lot of photos of Xavi. A lot. Too many. I thought I’d spend the next eleven days before Xavi turns three sharing my favorite photo for each month of his not-so-terrible Two’s. 

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Xavi is not a big fan of the cold and frankly neither am I.  Sometimes we get a little bit of cabin fever so Xavi will just run up and down the halls and jump up and down on the bed until I stop him.

I don’t take a lot of photos of Xavi when we’re just hanging out at home but that doesn’t stop my mother from texting me about having not seen any new photos. I went to take a couple to satisfy the grandparents and let Xavi jump on the bed while I got my camera ready.  I tried to get a couple of not blurry ones but I’m not very good at shutter speed (I’m not a photographer. I just have a semi-decent camera).  I liked this one because you can see how much hair we’re dealing with here.

 

 

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Best of Xavi Year Two to Three: November

I take a lot of photos of Xavi. A lot. Too many. I thought I’d spend the next eleven days before Xavi turns three sharing my favorite photo for each month of his not-so-terrible Two’s. 

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Cindy had to attend a conference in Phoenix, AZ for work and since I was still unemployed, I was free to tag along.  Her parents drove from California to meet us there and then we all drove back to Los Angeles for Thanksgiving.  They couldn’t wait to see Xavi!

On Cindy’s off day, we all drove to Scottsdale and took Xavi to McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Xavi loves trains! L. O. V. E. S. This was Xavi’s heaven.  They had trains you could ride, walk through and a room filled with hundreds of model trains. He was not happy to leave.

Before we left, I wanted to get a photo of Xavi walking down the train tracks. Xavi wasn’t that into it so walked too fast to get the picture I had in my head but this one wasn’t bad.

 

Best of Xavi Year Two to Three: October

I take a lot of photos of Xavi. A lot. Too many. I thought I’d spend the next eleven days before Xavi turns three sharing my favorite photo for each month of his not-so-terrible Two’s. I was looking through Xavi’s closet looking for something and I found this Spider-Man GAP sweater of Xavi’s that was one of my favorite items of clothes we ever got Xavi but barely got worn because it was never cold enough in Los Angeles.  I think this is the only other time he wore it. 

I was curious if it still fit so made Xavi put it on. It was too short in the sleeves but he actually stood still long enough to take this picture. If I was ever going to frame a picture of Xavi, it would be this one.

Best of Xavi Year Two to Three: September

I take a lot of photos of Xavi. A lot. Too many. I thought I’d spend the next eleven days before Xavi turns three sharing my favorite photo for each month of his not-so-terrible Two’s.

One of the benefits of not having a job when we first got to Ithaca was that I had the option to tag along anytime Cindy had to travel for work. This day, Cindy had to go to Syracuse for the day for a meeting. After we dropped Cindy off, Xavi and I went to Rosamond Gifford Zoo (Cindy was later bummed that she missed one of Xavi’s firsts but I couldn’t think of anywhere to take Xavi).

Xavi wasn’t that into it at first.  His mother just left the car.  It was kinda hot with not a lot of shade. We had to do two laps around the zoo before he finally was interested in the tiger and elephants. However, he did love this baby elephant statue. I’m not in a lot of photos with Xavi because I’m usually the guy behind the camera. There was a small ledge that I was able to prop the camera on a set the timer. It took a couple tries but one of them came out okay.

Best of Xavi Year Two to Three: August

I take a lot of photos of Xavi. A lot. Too many. I thought I’d spend the next eleven days before Xavi turns three sharing my favorite photo for each month of his not-so-terrible Two’s.


In the months I was a stay-at-home dad, my morning game plan was simple: wear him out early and hopefully he’s asleep by the time we get back to the apartment. Having Xavi chase bubbles is the easiest way. Xavi can chase bubbles non-stop…or at least until I run out of bubble solution which leads to tears but it’s worth it when he takes a drama-free nap.

The faster Xavi gets, the harder it is to get a good picture of him. Sometimes I just have to hold down the shutter and see what I get later. Usually I get 100 blurry photos but, every once and awhile, I get one that’s hilarious.

S.A.H.D State of Affairs: The Xavi Rules


It took awhile to adjust to being home with Xavi in a new place. The longest I had been alone with Xavi prior to this was a week when we were in between daycare options in Los Angeles. Back there, his grandmother or his aunt might stop by for a visit or, when it got rough, I could just tell myself, “It’s only for a week.” Now it’s just Xavi and I in a new place for who knows how long.

I think I’ve gotten pretty good at anticipating Xavi but as soon as he starts talking, I’m sure he’ll tell you that I’m far from perfect. I started keeping track of certain rules and guidelines when it comes to dealing with him, mostly to keep myself sane. Just in case we get a babysitter and s/he asks, “Is there anything I need to know?”

I’m sure a lot of these apply to most toddlers but I’ve only watched Xavi in my life so allow me the indulgence.

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