Sasha has her first official art showing in a Federal Building.
(The US Post Office)
Sasha makes her first snow angel
Sasha has her first International Globally Broadcast Television Appearance
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Sasha's First Pony Ride!
Sasha is awakened by a thunderstorm and comes into Mommy & Daddy's
room to sleep with us! (She can do this now because her big-girl bed
offers the option to get out of bed and roam around at night.)
Sasha goes to see a movie at the theater twice for the first time!
Alan and Sasha go back for another viewing of The Simpsons Movie!
Sasha goes to see her first PG-13 movie at the theater!
The Simpsons Movie!
Sasha sustains first major injury. She falls while running through
the kitchen knocking her head above the eve on a drawer pull. This
became a big black eye the following day.
Sasha gets her first "Time-Out" for kicking her best friend at
Sasha goes on her first nature hike.
Park, Virginia Beach.
Sasha Plays in Snow for the First Time!
Sasha goes to her first St. Patrick's Day Parade
Sasha is Terrified for the First Time by a Movie
(See Random Updates)
Sasha goes Potty!
Sasha goes to see her first movie at a real movie theater. Happy
Sasha eats her first Taco all by herself, and loves it!
Sasha goes Trick-or-Treating for the First Time! Hurray!
Sasha goes on her First Hay Ride and Picks out Pumpkins for the first time
in a Pumpkin Patch!
Sasha goes to her first Petting Zoo! Rides her first Ferris Wheel
and other assorted carnival rides.
Sasha has her first sleepover! MaKenzie spends the night!
Sasha takes her first Big Wheel ride down the Board Walk.
Sasha gets her first scratches and cuts from skateboarding!
Sasha's "Peach at the Beach" Picture is recognized as one of the
best pictures in America this week on TextAmerica.com
Sasha's First Dentist Appointment. (And probably the scariest and
worst day of her life so far)
Sasha celebrates her first 2nd Birthday! Also goes to a water park
for the first time.
Father's Day. Sasha says
"I love Daddy!" Daddy is pleased.
Also in June: Sasha
begins, what we hope will be a short lived fascination, with throwing
everything she can get her hands on in the toilet. Daddy is NOT
(Fake Picture, Don't Worry)
Sasha finally, to Holly's great joy, starts saying "Mommy"
instead of "Mama."
Sasha walks DOWN the stairs for the first time. Now she insists on
doing it "by herself" every time.
Sasha goes to her first Movie! (At the Cinema Cafe) She saw Curious George and
Sasha goes to her first Monster Truck Show.
Sasha goes to the Zoo for the first time!
Miscellaneous firsts for the month of April. Sasha can say sentences
now, like: "Daddy is a Baby!" Which she thinks is
hilarious. She's a crazy climber now. She'll climb up on
anything and throw herself off with reckless abandon. This is the
first month that Sasha sleeps for the entire night in her crib. She
somehow figured out how to answer the phone, which is kind of
complicated. Her vocabulary has increased quite a bit.
Sasha says "Thank you" all the time now. Whether it's
appropriate or not. She says it when you give her something or when
she gives something to you. It actually sounds like
"Tee-Too" then she'll just stand there and look at you
impatiently until you say "You're welcome."
Sasha's telling jokes now. Yesterday I was updating the pic of the week on her website and I pointed at the screen and said "who is that?" She knows who she is and she usually says "SASHA!" or if it's a pic of me she says "DADDY!" or Holly "Mama!" but she pointed at the pic of her yesterday and said "Monkey!" and then cracked up laughing. I asked her who it was again and she said "Kitty!" more laughing. I guess that's comedy for a kid who's almost 2.
Sasha does some hilarious animal impressions now. Her best are the
chicken and the monkey. The chicken involves a wing flapping pantomime
while the monkey is more of a vocal mimicking.
See video here
Sasha's first Carousel ride.
Sasha gets her first haircut.
Sasha's First Enemy:
For the first time in her life, someone was mean to Sasha (See
Sasha has started to mimic words and is expanding her vocabulary.
One of her new favorite words is "baby."
Milestone: Sasha's 18 Month Birthday!
Sasha Bleeds. First a fall upstairs at Grandma's House gives her a
bloody nose, then a tumble in the basement results in a bloody mouth.
Sasha has figured out how to climb down the stairs (as opposed to her
former technique of falling down the stairs)
When Sasha Met Santa!
Sasha's newest skill is "cramming." As in, shoving food
into her ears and up her nose when no one is looking. So now we have
to have constant surveillance while she's eating. The other day she
sneezed and a little pea flew out of her nose. This was an hour
or two after I extracted what I thought to have been everything she
stuffed up there. The gross little monkey!
Sasha can say her own name! It's so cute. She raises her arms
above her head and says "sha-sha!"
Sasha can play catch with a ball now! You roll it to her and she
rolls it back to you. Also she likes to pretend she's talking on the
phone using TV remotes and anything else that she can hold up to her ear
and babble into.
Sasha marched in her first parade today. Down at the Ocean
front. She wore her Corpse Bride outfit and marched in the Screech
Street Children's Halloween Parade.
Sasha did her first perfect somersault today. It was inadvertent, as
she was trying to stand up on the downward incline of Mt. Trashmore, but
was nevertheless a gymnastic of perfect form and grace.
Sasha rolled down her first hill today!
Sasha can now communicate pretty much anything she wants by shaking her
head "no" and pointing at things. It's like living with a
demanding little mute.
Sasha can now climb up onto the couch, and in doing so, has discovered a
whole new number of ways that she can hurt herself.
Sasha goes to her first Virginia Children's Festival
Sasha goes to the beach and runs around without trying to eat the sand.
Sasha finally says "Mama" and kisses Holly without
Sasha figures out how to use a sippy cup. (This one is about 6
months behind schedule) She's been able to pick the cup up for months but she never understood that tipping it
would release the juice. Now she knows. (She can also kind of
use a fork and a spoon now too!)
Sasha eats her first slice of pizza!
Sasha goes on her first Bike Ride!
Sasha climbs all the way up to the second floor of the house during an
Sasha draws first picture
Sasha's first day at daycare. Today will be the longest time she has
ever been away from her parents in her whole life.
Sasha goes to her first Rock Concert to see the
Sasha can walk and run now, and she's starting to climb!
Sasha's First Birthday!
Sasha's Sort of Toddling!
Sasha has first public grocery store tantrum. (Luckily it was with
Holly and not me)
Sasha takes first steps without holding onto anything!
Sasha's first full length DVD is released. Sasha: Year 1
Sasha can now wave and say "Hi" and we're pretty sure she knows
what she's doing. She also seems to distinguish when she says
"Mama" "Mom" Mommy" and "Dada"
Sasha eats cat food for the first, and what we hope will be the last,
Sasha can stand now without holding onto anything!
Sasha pukes for the first time!
Sasha goes to the hospital ER for the first time because of her
fever. Doctor's unable to determine cause.
Sasha eats her first large foreign object. At the hospital Sasha was
obsessed with peeling the "Hello My Name Is" sticker that they
make you wear in the ER off my shirt. At some point after we got
home she got a hold of it and while I was feeding her dinner I found what
was left of it in her mouth. About 1/2 of it had already been
Sasha gets sick for the first time! Fever 104o
Sasha stands! She can stand without holding onto anything until she
tries to move. Then Sasha falls.
Sasha can repeat things you say now! She's been saying "Hi
Daddy" all morning!
Sasha can wave "hello" and "bye, bye!"
Sasha's First Visit from the Easter Bunny!
Sasha's a full blown "cruiser" now. She can stand up
holding onto anything and move all around the house.
Sasha Swims! Sasha goes swimming for the first time!
Sasha Kisses. Sasha can give kisses now! Hurray!
Sasha's new crawling ability has given her a new hobby - untying every
shoe she encounters.
Sasha is now crawling everywhere.
Sasha gets her first tooth! Hurray!
Sasha's First Valentines Day!
Sasha assumes the crawling position. She can only rock back and
forth but she's getting ready to go! She's also getting pretty good
at cruising (holding onto things like chairs tables and walking around.)
Sasha attends her first Polar Plunge down at the Ocean front.
Sasha says "Dada" over and over throughout the day.
Sasha eats her first bowl of solid food (A delicious rice cereal gruel)
Sasha says "Mama"! It's just one of her babbling baby talk
words but she now says it all the time. It's especially cute when
she says it while reaching for Holly to pick her up! She also uses
the abbreviated version "Ma"
Sasha sends her first email that she typed by herself (received by Bendera
Howard) The text went something like "jsadfh7 93ry3b nf4u"
Sasha rolls over by herself!
Sasha's First New Years Eve Party at Grandma and Grandpa
Sasha grabs her binky all by herself and pops it into her mouth!
Sasha goes to Lansing, MI for the first time.
Sasha's Grandma and Grandpa Wiseman throw a big party for her at their
home in Warren, MI.
Sasha meets her Aunt Dawn and Uncle Beans at their new house in Howell, MI
for the first time!
Sasha spends her first meal strapped into a highchair at her cousin's
house in St. Johns, MI
Sasha's First Christmas!
Sasha opens her first Christmas presents!
Sasha meets her cousins (Madelyn, Tess, Anna, Sylvia), Aunts (Lisa,
Angela), Uncles (Jeff, Mark) and great grandfather (William Johnson) for
the first time!
Sasha spends her first night at Grandma and Grandpa Fisher's house in
Sasha sees snow and experiences freezing cold weather for the first
time. Sasha is unimpressed.
Sasha spends her first night in a hotel.
Sasha goes on her first road trip up to the frozen wasteland of her
parent's birth - aka. Michigan
Sasha can stand up now if you hold her hands! She could stand up
almost from birth but now she supports herself instead of you supporting
Sasha's First Thanksgiving
Sasha Laughed Out Loud for the First Time Today! Ha Ha!
Sasha experiences her first crushing Democratic defeat
Sasha participates in her first Presidential Election Party!
Sasha's First Visit to a Playground! Mt.
10/31/04 Sasha's First
10/11/04 First Trip out of
town. Visits Historic
10/9/04 Sasha gets her first
DVD from Grandma and Grandpa Fisher, Baby
Einstein: Baby Mozart. She now watches it almost daily
Sasha's first word that she
repeats all the time "a-goo"
10/2/04 Sasha and her Daddy
watch All 5 Star
Wars films for the first time together on DVD!
10/1/04 Sasha learns how to
2 Months Old Today! Hurray! Hurray!
learns how to self-activate the music and lights on her motion sensitive
gymboree play set
9/25/04 Sasha goes to her
First Neptune Festival down at the Boardwalk
9/20/04 Sasha learns how to do
Other Misc. September
Firsts: Sasha can babble out baby talk, sit up if supported, hold up her
head and follow you around the room with her eyes, She smiles all the time,
Snores when sleeping sometimes, She can swat at toys
and is beginning to grab toys and stuff (like Holly's hair)
9/11/04 Sasha goes to Ghent
for her first trip out for coffee with Mom & Dad
9/3/04 Sasha goes to the
airport for the first time and meets her other Grandparents!
Sashi's 1 Month Old Today! Hurray! Hurray!
8/28/04 Listened to and Liked
First Radiohead Album. "Hail to the Thief"
8/27/04 First Trip to College
at ODU (Old Dominion University) Where Mommy Teaches
8/26/04 First DVD buying trip
with Dad to Best Buy and Cool Stuff
First time going out to eat at Captain George's All You Can Eat Seafood
Buffet and First walk on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk
Sasha meets her Grandparents!
8/18/04 First Trip to the Mall
8/16/04 First Trip to Taco
8/12/04 First Trip to Dairy
8/6/04 First Visit to Dr.
8/4/04 Watched First Zombie
Movie with Dad, Original Dawn
of the Dead
8/2/04 First Day Home
7/31/04 First Full Day
7/30/04 First Day Ever!
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Messages from Sasha Kai!
Sasha's Original Song (Seriously,
she made this up all by herself!)
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Message For Aunt Dawn & Uncle Beans 5/29/07
New Year! 01/01/07
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Here to Read the Story of Sasha's Birth
Christmas fast approaching I decided that we would do some
"Christmassy" stuff with Sasha to get her excited about the
holiday. On November 17th we were driving to the Norfolk Grand
Illumination Parade. That's the Festival where they light up all
the buildings in Norfolk and Portsmouth with the holiday lighting and
then have a huge parade. Before we got on the expressway, I
crashed into a decorative boulder that had presumably fallen off the
back of a landscaping truck. One of the front tires exploded and
the rim was destroyed. Needless to say we didn't make it to the
parade. So last Saturday I decided to take her to the Holiday
Illumination Celebration at The
Founder's Inn. We spent the day there watching Irish and
Polynesian dancers and a marionette puppet show. We ate cotton
candy and giant pretzels and popcorn. We watched kids get their
faces painted. We got balloon animals from clowns and visited
with Disney characters. Santa sang us songs from around the
world and Sasha got to sit on his lap and make her official request
for a Jack-in-the-box. We went on a horse drawn carriage ride
around the grounds and watched the Grand Illumination when they turn
the lights on all at one time. One of the last events of the
evening was a reading of the Nativity story by Pat
Robertson. The Founder's Inn is owned in part by The
Christian Broadcasting Network and/or Regent University which is all
headed by Pat Robertson. One of the CBN shows is the 700 club.
The Christina Daily News show. Their cameras were there all day
so I had a feeling we might show up if they ran a segment on the
show. On Monday, November 26th, they did air a segment on this
year's Illumination Celebration and there is footage of Alan and Sasha
on their carriage ride and also being read to from the Bible by Pat
Robertson. I don't know how long this link will be available but
be seen here. If the tab for "shows" is selected
then pick the episode for The 700 Club: November 26, 2007.
If you can load this video on the 700 Club website and fast forward by
sliding the little ball under the video window to about the 40 minute
mark you will see the segment with Alan and Sasha. You only see
our backs on the carriage ride, but during the profile shot of Pat
Robertson, Alan and Sasha are right center screen (Alan keeps looking
up at the ceiling for some reason.) The 700 Club is a
internationally syndicated show and is broadcast just about everywhere
been really sick with the flu and a high fever all week. So I
haven't been able to get near Sasha at all. No kisses or
cuddling with Daddy. I'm probably more upset about this than
Sasha, but I'm sure she'll be happy when we can start snuggling
again. Anyway, over the last day or so Holly has started to show
symptoms too. On the way home from school today, Holly told
Sasha that "Daddy is still sick, and you won't be able to play
with him until tomorrow." Then she said "I'm also
starting to feel sick. Who will take care of Sasha if both Mommy
and Daddy are sick?" Sasha thought for a minute, "ummmm,
uhhhhhhh, hmmmm" she said.... and then she had her answer -
"Oh! My Dentist!"
Let me start by saying,
although this is a horrible admission of parental irresponsibility,
that Sasha has watched many, many scary movies in her life so
far. The First movie she ever saw, when she was 6 days old, was
George Romero's Dawn
of The Dead. Since then she's pretty much watched
whatever I happen to be watching (although I did make sure she was not
in the room when I watched Pink Flamingos again last
year.) I assumed she really didn't know what was happening on
screen, was too young to know that she was supposed to be scared of
horror stuff, and usually didn't really pay close attention to
anything anyway. These assumptions are apparently no longer
true. Last Friday we had the neighbors over to watch a
movie. We decided to watch the 2005 remake of War of the
Worlds with Tom Cruise. I assumed this was a safe selection
for their 12 year old daughter and I knew Sasha could watch it because
the two of us had just watched it last summer together. So we're
all sitting there and during the scenes when the lightening is
striking everything, Sasha got out of her chair and crawled up in my
lap. She didn't cuddle, she just sat kind of bolt upright and
watched the screen. Moments later in the film, one of the alien
tripods bursts up through the city street and starts attacking.
The Tripods make this loud bass mooing sound and as soon as it started
to break through the street and honked it's loud roar, Sasha leapt off
my lap and went running across the room and up the stairs whimpering
and crying. Holly went up and comforted her and read her some
bedtime stories and put her to bed so all was well in the end, but I
guess the era of age appropriate movies has, unfortunately, begun.
I was loading the
dishwasher tonight and Sasha was running around the house saying
"Gimme Candy!" After Mommy didn't surrender to her
sugary demands, she toddled into the kitchen to work on Daddy.
The dishwasher was open so she grabbed a steak knife out of the utensil
receptacle. So when I turned around to put the last items into
the dishwasher, I see a two year old brandishing a 5 inch blade at me
and saying "Gimme Candy Daddy!" I was able to disarm
her before any real damage was done.
Sasha Loves to "dip" her food in condiments of any type but
her favorite, by far, is ketchup. She eats ketchup with dinner
almost every night and dips everything in it. Spaghetti,
peaches, bread, corn, green beans, fish, etc. Everything gets
Some other updates that
are not really first include: Sasha's favorite book for the
moment is Green Eggs & Ham by Dr. Seuss. She insists Holly
or I read it to her every night. She received a Laurie Berkner
DVD of songs for her birthday and has now choreographed elaborate
dance routines for most of the songs. These routines are then
performed every single time the DVD is played. Sasha can also
sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and her ABC's. Most of the
words aren't there yet and the ABC song is more like the sounds of the
letters rather than the letters themselves but she can identify the
letters and she knows the tune to both songs so you can tell what she
is singing. She's also very adept at matching games. She
has a Sesame Street book where you find things on the page (Kind of
like Where's Waldo) and she's able to find just about
everything. I've tried it with other books too just to make sure
it's not a memorization trick and she can usually find what I ask her
to look for. It's neat.
Sorry about the delay in getting pictures and updates posted during
the second half of March. I'm hard at work editing the hours and
hours of video that will soon be the Sasha
Year 2 DVD. I'm pushing for a Release Date sometime in
June but principal photography is still ongoing and the cut-off date
for that is not until the end of May.
Sasha's newest thing, besides the animal
impressions, is a little game she has created called "Uh-Oh"
The way you play "Uh-Oh" is you do something to
precipitate an "accident" and then stand there innocently and point at
what you've done and say "Uh-Oh" as if it was an
uncontrollable act of nature.
For example you snatch
Daddy's glasses off his face and throw them across the room.
While you're doing this say "Uh-Oh" as if it was all a big
Or you swipe Mommy's
wallet, empty everything out of it, throw the credit cards and other
items onto the floor then take the cash and run as fast as you can
into the other room, throw the money on the floor then point at it and
call out "Uh-Oh!"
Sasha has a new game called "Duck, Duck, Duck."
Basically she just pats you on the head and says "duck"
until she gets tired of it. The game can be played with one or
more people depending on who's within reach.
I take Sasha with me pretty much everywhere I go (except to the
movies.) In stores she is always a big attention grabber.
Ever since she born, people of all sorts come up to look at her and
say how cute she is. When I say "people of all sorts"
I really mean it. Sasha is universally adored and not just by
women. I've had big burly biker / truck driver type guys come up
and baby talk to her. Kids of all ages, including sarcastic
moody teenagers, brighten up in her presence and are happy to have
one of the things I like about lugging her around everywhere, is that
people all seem to LOVE Sasha and since she's with me, I vicariously
get some of her attention. I'm not exaggerating when I say
this. Sasha has never heard an unkind word toward her or felt
the hurt of a mean glance from someone until today.
I always bring Sasha on my
cheap DVD buying expeditions to the local pawn shops in town.
Most of the people who work at these places actually know her because
she's with me all the time. When she was little I used to just
hold her as I perused the movies. Now that she's older she likes
to be put down so she can explore a little. She usually just
stands in front of me holding onto my pant leg and fiddling with the
DVD's on the bottom rows.
Today we were looking at
movies, and although I was to her left, Sasha reached up with her
right hand and accidentally grabbed the pant leg of this guy who was
standing next to me. I assumed he would react as the countless
hundreds we've encountered in the past. When Sasha looked
up at him with her big baby eyelashes and adorable little piggy tails
this guy just looked down at her like she was annoying him. Then
he looked at me like "would you get this thing away from
I was so shocked by his
reaction I didn't know what to do. I said "No, no Sasha,
I'm over here," smiled at the guy and pulled Sasha over to the
other side of me. I don't think Sasha noticed anything had
happened because she immediately set to the task of removing DVDs from
the shelf I put her in front of. But for the rest of the day the
encounter stuck in my mind. What the Hell was this guy's
problem? What a jerk!
So anyway, apparently
Sasha has made her first enemy.
I'm so bad at the written part of this history. The photo record
is pretty comprehensive but I never remember to update this
section. Actually I've been slacking like crazy on the whole
website. I haven't written a movie review all
It's really Sasha's
fault. I can't just sit her on my lap and work on the computer
anymore. I can't even put her down next to me to play because
she's all over the place now. She can toddle away in the blink
of an eye and be halfway up the stairs before you turn
It's great really.
We can finally PLAY together. We can build towers with
blocks or color with crayons. We can read books and play with
all my old Fisher Price people that I've been saving since I was a
kid. We can go on bike rides or play at the park. And I
mean really play. We used to go to the park and I would carry
her around or push her in the stroller to the swings but now I can
just put her down and she'll tear off right over to whatever she wants
to play with or on. We can chase each other around and she can
actually run. It's so cool.
She can give perfect
kisses now too. She'll come up to you press her lips against
your cheek and make a big smacking kissy sound. When I carry her
she wraps her little arms around my neck and hugs me. Sometimes
she'll run across the room, stick her head between my knees and try to
wedge her way through to the other side like I'm a human tunnel.
She babbles all the
time. She can say "kitty" but right now it seems to
apply to all animals and some inanimate objects. My favorite
thing she says is when I walk into the room, she gets a big smile on
her face, her eyes light up and she says, "Hi
I LOVE THAT.
There's so many new things
every day. It's really impossible to document all of them.
I don't remember what it was like myself but imagine what it would be
like if everything was new to you. Every taste, sight, smell,
touch and sound. I forget about that sometimes. Even the
stuff that we take for granted is new to a baby. She ate her
first slice of pizza today and loved it. I love pizza too but I
don't remember my first slice. It must have been wonderful!
Anyway, I'll try to keep
this journal up to date better but I've never been good at keeping a
chronicle. I'm pretty good at keeping the photo record so we'll
have to just accept these written updates, more or less, as a
supplement to the photo archive.
We're all unpacked now and moved into our new house. You've
probably seen much of the new place from the last few picture
series. Sasha has her own room and even Alan has a work-room all
to himself that he has decorated like a teenager. Lots of
developmental stuff has happened over the last month but I've been too
busy with the vacation up to Michigan and the move to document it
Sasha has enough teeth now
that she can pretty much eat whatever we're eating. She can not
only walk now but she can run. Fast. Her favorite thing to
do is to swipe something out of my work room and when I say
"No" she runs top speed down the hall into the master
bedroom and around the corner to hide. Her theory apparently is
"if he can't see me then it's OK to play with this power
She had her 1 year check up and she's doing fine. She's not
gaining a lot of weight, but Dr. Kevorkian says she's just burning off
a lot of calories now that she can walk and run. See Sasha Run,
Run Sasha Run!
Sasha's 1 year old today! Lots of new pictures are on the way!
Sasha's toddling! She walks a few steps from one thing or person to
another but only when she doesn't really realize she's doing it.
If you try to make her do it she just falls forward or on her
butt. She can also walk while only holding onto one hand now so
that's a big new thing too! At this rate she'll probably be up
and about by the middle of next month just before her first
birthday. Which is good because I was gonna have to return her
to the hospital as defective if she couldn't walk by age 1.
Sasha can almost walk! She can take 1-3 steps to get from one
obstacle to the next. She can't reverse course or just stand up
and start walking but she can pull herself up on something and then
move around from there. She's also starting to climb.
Yesterday she was standing on the tray of her feeding seat to get a
better look at what was on top of a dresser.
Sasha spends her first day at the beach. We drove down to Cape
Hatteras for the afternoon. We decided before we went that Sasha
would need one of those baby beach tents to protect her from the
sun. I went out on Saturday to buy one but they all seemed so
junky. Like more for play than real use. So as I was
leaving Target I saw this small pink dome tent. So I figured,
for a few dollars more, I might as well just get her a real tent
that she could use in the house, at the beach and in the back yard of
the new house. Well I got home and set it up and it was
HUGE! I thought it was just gonna be a small little pup tent and
it ended up being this giant 3 man sleeper. The whole family can
fit in there and there's no way we can set it up for play in the
house. It's just too big. But it sets up easy and ended up
working fine at the beach. You can see it in the pictures.
We had a great day at the beach. Sasha got to play in the waves,
I got to go surfing and Holly got to read and sit in the
Sorry about the lack of photos and updates but I've been working on
Sasha's DVD for the last week and a half. Sasha: Year 1.
It took quite a while to sift through all the video footage from the
last 9 months (about 15 hours worth) and edit it down to a 50 minute
movie that people might want to sit through. Then to use up the
extra space on the DVD I added 4 slide shows that cover the last 9
months as well. The movies and slide shows were edited together
and then music soundtracks were added to enhance the viewing
experience. The pictures were all taken by me and Holly and a
few by Holly's dad. The video was pulled from low-res footage
that I shot with my Kodak digital still camera (the clips you see on
this website) as well as footage that I shot with my old Sony Hi 8mm
video camera and a little bit of new footage shot with my new Canon
Elura 85 digital video camera. It was all edited together using
Sonic MyDVD software. A few people will receive advanced copies
in the mail this week and I'll have more copies available for friends
and family as we see you later in the year.
Sasha can now wave and say "Hi". It's exciting because
she seems to actually know what she's doing. It's not just a
random sound and gesture. I'll shoot some video of it this
weekend. She can also distinguish between Holly and me and calls
us "Mama" "Mom" Mommy" and "Dada"
Question: Who's Watching the Baby?
Answer: Apparently Nobody.
While Holly was taking a shower today she told me to keep an eye on
Sasha. I was working on the computer and assumed she was in the
living room watching cartoons. A few minutes later she comes
crawling into the computer room with a mouth and two fists full of cat
food. I scoop as much out of her mouth as I can with my finger
and knock the rest out of her hands. Then I followed the trail
of cat food into the kitchen where I found Mishka's food and water
bowls both tipped over and scattered all over the floor.
We knew that one day she would probably reject our vegetarian
upbringing but we assumed it would be much later in life and that her
first choice of meat would be something more appetizing than horse,
rat meat or whatever it is they feed cats these days.
Here's a funny story. Sasha always attracts adoring crowds of
people to her when we take her out in public. I suppose all
babies probably do, but here's an example of Sasha's cuteness.
She has a little
turtle toy that she brings to play with when we go out to
eat. Holly wanted to go to P.F. Changs for Mother's Day dinner
on Monday (less crowds the day after Mother's Day.) We don't
usually go there (we went once before) because it's too expensive, the
waiting time for a table is insane and it's a chain restaurant but
this was a special occasion. So we went and had dinner.
Then on Friday we decided to go out for lunch. When I went to
get the turtle, I couldn't find it. After we looked everywhere,
we decided it must have been left at P.F. Changs on Monday. So
we drove over there after lunch and Holly ran in to see if someone had
turned it in. She walked in, on a busy Friday evening, and said;
"This is gonna sound stupid and I'm sorry to bother you when
you're so busy but we were here on Monday for dinner and..."
then hostess interrupted her and said "You're here for
Sasha's turtle!" She then produced the turtle from
behind the counter and handed it to Holly. I don't even remember
telling anyone her name but she must have made an impression with the
Not much news to report since Sasha was sick. The day after the
hospital the fever broke and she got a little rash on her chest and
back, then that dissipated by the following day and it was all
Probably the biggest news
now is that our search for Sasha's
New House is over and we finally found something we liked in a
good area that we can kind of afford. So pretty soon Sasha will
have her own room and a little yard to play in. Hurray!
Sasha is sick! I was hoping to make it a year without her
getting sick but one of the germ encrusted kids at the mall must have
licked her or something last week. She started to have a fever
on Monday afternoon 102-103o. We called the doctor
but couldn't get through before the office closed. The next
morning, yesterday, it was down to 101o but then at 3:30pm
it shot up to 104o so we called the doctor again and they
told us to take her to the ER at the Children's Hospital in
Norfolk. She doesn't really have any other symptoms. She's
not really sick. She's kinda tired but other than that she's
been eating, playing, singing and crawling around like normal.
So we took her to the hospital. They admitted her and her
temperature had moved up to about 104.7o , then we sat in
the waiting room for like 4 hours. They were able to check her
out at about 7:30pm but besides the fever they couldn't find anything
wrong with her. She was happy and playing in the emergency
room. She really liked her hospital gown (see above). They
said it may be a virus that just hasn't displayed any other symptoms
yet so they sent us home and told us to follow up with our
doctor. We'll be doing that later today.
At the hospital Sasha was
obsessed with peeling the "Hello My Name Is" sticker that
they make you wear in the ER off my shirt. At some point after
we got home she got a hold of it and while I was feeding her dinner I
found what was left of it in her mouth. About 1/2 of it had
already been consumed.
Sasha can stand by herself now. It's cool. She falls down
when she tries to walk anywhere. I expect she'll be walking in
the next few weeks. Hurray!
I do this all the time but today it started working really well:
Sasha's usually really chatty when she wakes up in the morning so
today when I said "Hi" to her she said "Hi"
back! So then I said "Hi Daddy" and she said it right
back and has been repeating it all morning! It's so cool!
"Hi Daddy" "Hi Daddy" "Hi Daddy"
Well, that was a long stretch with no updates. It's the end of
the semester and Holly is pretty much using the computer all the time
in the evening so I haven't had a chance to do any updates. Also
Sasha can't fall asleep unless someone is in bed cuddling her so with
Holly doing work I've been on cuddling duty so I've been going to
sleep earlier. Sasha's cruising is getting more complex.
She can take a step from one thing to another across open space now if
she has to. She can also stand on her own without holding
anything for a few seconds until she realizes she's doing it, then she
falls. Some of the cuter new things are a little noise she makes
when she yawns and she babbles in sentences and does something that
sounds like singing too. I got my new digital video camera today
so the Sasha Kai Motion Picture Studio will soon be in
Sasha is cruising like crazy. "Cruising" is when
babies walk around the room by holding onto things like couches,
chairs and tables. She crawls so fast now, she is gone if you
just turn around. Her hair is getting longer but it's still not
long enough for me to put in a little Pebbles tail off the top of her
head or the little piggy tails on the sides that I so desperately want
her to wear. The weather is getting much better and the buds are
coming out on the trees. It's about time! Spring is almost
a month late this year!
The visit with Grandma & Grandpa was a complete success! We
watched movies ( Best
in Show & A
Mighty Wind) and drove back and forth over the Chesapeake Bay
Bridge Tunnel after watching a documentary about how it was
built. We ate at Hot Tuna, and a neat little place on the
Eastern Shore then hung out at another beachfront hotel.
We couldn't get into the pool this time though because there were too
many kids! Before we took Grandma and Grandpa to the airport we
showed then Sashi's play ground at Trashmore.
Grandma & Grandpa Wiseman arrived last night. Today they
went with Alan and Sasha to look at a townhouse and later today, after
dinner, Sasha will get to go swimming again and play in another hotel
room down at the beach!
I'm failing miserably at updating this on a regular basis. The
weather here was crazy this week. It was cold and rainy and then
today it was warm and sunny. Sasha and I went to Trashmore and
played for about 2 hours and watched the skaters and ramp
bikers. Karen and Carol from my team at work came for a visit
but were here on what may have been some of the worst days of the
entire year. We went out for dinner with Sasha on Thursday at Mahi
Mah's down at the beach. I feel bad because the day they
left it was sunny and then the weekend was nice and warm. We
didn't even wear coats today! Sasha is now able to crawl with
startling speed and efficiency. If you turn your back on her she
will be in the next room in a matter of seconds. She has a
pretty big vocabulary of baby talk now. Mama, Dada, and Baba are
the main ones. We're trying to teach her "kitty" when
she sees Mishka but all she can say is something like "kiki."
She's eating stage 2 foods now but we haven't started her on any
solids. She only has the nubs of her two front bottom teeth so
she wouldn't really be able to chew anything yet. I know other
people tell me to give her Cheerios and stuff but I'm scared she'll
Well this was a big weekend for Sasha. Grandma and Grandpa
Fisher came to visit and on Sunday Sashi went swimming for the first
time! That morning Sasha and I went to buy her a swim suit and
some swim diapers and when we got down to the beach I also bought her
a little inflatable ring to float around in. She loved the
pool! I pulled her around in the water and she floated in the
ring while Mommy, Daddy, Grandpa and Grandma bopped her around the
Another fun thing is that
Sasha can give kisses now. She's done it before but it was never
consistent. She now applies the technique from the nose
beep game and leans in and touches her
mouth to you when you make a kissy noise. She can't do the kissy
lips yet but it's like a nuzzle-kiss which is good enough for now!
Sasha and Holly spend the day down at the ocean front in Grandma and
Grandpa's fancy hot tub hotel room.
Grandma and Grandpa Fisher have come to visit Sasha!
The weather was like summer here today so we all went to the park
after work. Hurray!
I taught Sasha this trick where you point your finger at her nose and
she leans in and pokes her nose to the finger and then you have to say
Now that Sasha can crawl she's starting to pull herself up to a
standing position so I had to lower the base of her crib all the way
down. Now if she pulls herself up on the rail she can't throw
herself over the edge. She has no concept of falling yet.
She took a header off my office chair last week and she is constantly
trying to throw herself off the bed when we play steamroller.
Sasha can now crawl everywhere. She is in constant motion.
Sorry about the lack of updates over the last week. I was moving
the whole website to a new host and it literally took a week of
downloading and uploading to do it. The big news this week
though is the crawling. She can also say "Daddy" now
as well as "Dada" but she still doesn't really know what
Monthly Photo Caption Contest for March!
The Sasha Kai Monthly Photo Caption Contest! Lets All make Fun of My
Well I'm already falling behind with my updates. One of Sasha's
accomplishments this week is that she is now obsessed with making
raspberry sounds. She does it all day long. It's
funny. She's like that orangutan in Every Which Way But
Loose. She also babbles all day now. It's like she's
carrying on a non-stop monologue of baby talk. Her new tooth
doesn't seem to be bothering her but it hurts a little when she bites
me and Holly. I used to like it when she chewed on my fingers
but now I gotta worry about that little chomper. Her crawling is
really getting better. You can put her down in one place and a
few minutes later she will have crawled, squirmed, pushed and rolled 5
feet in any direction. So gone are the days when we could leave
her unattended for a minute. She's starting to get into
everything now. We'll have to baby-proof soon.
I had the day off so Sashi and I went on a "mystery trip" to
a mall play-land that she'd never been to before. She loves
playing with all the other kids. And since kids are
fascinated by babies Sasha is always the star of the show. She
just kind of sits on a toy and holds court while all the other
children gather around and adore her. I'll get the pictures
posted in the next day or so.
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Story of Sasha's Birth
Chinese Zodiac Sign
You are very intelligent and a very clever wit. Because of your extraordinary nature and magnetic personality, you are always
well-liked.. Your sign promises success in any field you try.
10/23/07 Weight: 27 lbs Height:
8/1/06 Weight: 22 lbs Height: 33 Inches
1/30/06 Weight: 21.5 lbs Height: 32 Inches
11/1/05 Weight: 19.13 lbs Height: 31 Inches
8/3/05 Weight: 19 lbs Height: 30 Inches
5/3/05 Weight: 17.8 lbs Height: 28 Inches
2/1/05 Weight: 16.25 lbs Height: 28 Inches
11/30/04 Weight: 14.1 lbs Height: 253/4 Inches
9/30/04 Weight: 11.5 lbs Height: 23 Inches
8/13/04 Weight: 8 lbs 9 oz Height: 213/4 Inches
7/30/04 Weight: 7 lbs 13 oz Height: 18 Inches
(At Age 0-1)
(At Age 0-1)
James Brown Songs
(At Age 0-1)
The Doctor's Office.
Ever since she started getting shots.
(At Age 1-2)
Big Loud Fireworks
(At Age 2)
People in costumes,
especially the Barney-type character costumes.
(At Age 2)
(At Age 2)
Water anywhere: Pool,
Beach & Bath
Blood Type A+
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Whole Month of April
Whole Bunch of Stuff
that Happened in February
Spooktacular Frightfest of Fun!
& Grandpa Wiseman
Rest of August
Rowland's First Visit to
Gets a "Big-Girl" Bed!
Great Water Heater
Disaster of 2007
Red Wing Park Gardens
Uncle Beans Visit!
Sorry about the lack of photo updates. I am dedicating all of my
time this month to finishing up production of the Year 3 DVD. I
will get the June pictures posted after the DVD is released. You
should go to the Sasha Gallery
and take a
look at some of the old pics from the last 3 years! That would be
fun! Go back and see how the whole Sasha Phenomenon got started!
End of March and Everything Else in April Except for the Stuff in
Kites & Parades
in Virginia Beach
More Set of Pics
5 Days of
Fall 2006 Visit
Dawn & Uncle Beans
Kai: Beach Baby
Big Wheel Zoo
Vs. Tropical Depression
In Her Own Words
Sprinkler & The Beach
Island City Park
Happy Fun Day with MaKenzie
Full Sasha Gallery
the 4th of July