Monday, November 6, 2006
Friday, November 3, 2006
On Sunday we took Braeden to the zoo for Boo at the Zoo, a special celebration they do for Halloween. It was a beautiful day, in the 60s with blue skies, plenty of sun, and a light breeze to blow the leaves around. Asheboro is in an old mountain range, so the small mountains are covered with trees whose leaves are changing colors. It was a beautiful drive into the zoo, and we were among the first visitors for the day.
We went early to beat the crowds and to catch Braeden at his best. We walked through Africa first where we saw giraffes, zebras, lions, elephants, and gorillas and chimps. Braeden sat on the other side of some very thick glass from a really big gorilla who was completely occupied with his personal grooming. He also sat face-to-face (again through glass) with a much smaller chimp. The chimp was much more interested in his audience! It was clear the chimp was more interested in performing for his crowd than the gorilla had been!
When we finished the walk in Africa, we went over to North America for lunch then did the loop through that part of the zoo. The highlight there was probably the sea lions. Talk about performers! They would swoop by the 15 feet of glass walls with the bellies skimming the glass over and over. The kids and there were easily a dozen or more, were entranced! They would laugh, shout, and point each time a sea lion flew by. It was amazing to watch. I think Braeden might have enjoyed the kids' reactions even more than the sea lions.
We had a great day. I think Braeden will enjoy the zoo more when he's a little older, but we all had fun. We bought him an animal book in the visitor center to remember his trip, and we took a few pictures which I'll post as soon as I can.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Here's a shot of Braeden in his Halloween costume...since he knows how to quack, we decided he should be a duck this year! I ordered his costume from babystyle because they had the cutest costumes. Actually all their stuff for kids is adorable; too expensive for everyday, but great for special occasions. We'll take some more pictures on Halloween and hopefully shoot a video of Braeden quacking! We also bought him a little ghost bucket from the dollar section at Target to take when we go out trick-or-treating.
This weekend we're taking him to the NC Zoo. He's never been, but we're certain he's going to love seeing the animals in person. Plus, this weekend they're doing a special thing for kids. Boo at the Zoo We're waiting on a final weather check to decide if we should go Saturday or Sunday. We've also been invited to a Halloween party Saturday evening, so we'll probably go to that if we save the zoo for Sunday.
Monday, October 23, 2006
It was great to see my family and Braeden loved being the center of attention for four days. As soon as we got there, he went straight into my mom's arms and stayed there with his head on her shoulder. He picked up a few new words during the visit, perfecting P-Pa and learning to say Abi. We'll have to shoot video of Braeden calling out Abi. He loves saying it!
This is our fourth year in a row going to the beach for fall break. Normally we go down South, so this was our first trip to a northern beach in the fall. It was a lot cooler than we're used to, windier too. Braeden was afraid of the waves, but loved playing in a tidal pool leftover from high tide. The water was a little warmer there and the beach was littered with shells. So he stomped through the water, splashing and throwing shells. He would point at the seagulls and shout burr, then point to the sky at an airplane and shout airmay. Too cute!
Mom took all the pictures, so I can't post any here until I get the CD she'll send out when she gets the film delivered.
Monday, October 9, 2006
Early Sunday afternoon we took a trip to the pumpkin patch. No, we didn't pick our own, but we did get a couple of bigger pumpkins for the front porch. And Braeden got to get a couple baby pumpkins and gourds for the dining room table. Here's a picture of him holding his baby pumpkin. To be honest, he was more interested in the rocks on the ground than he was in the pumpkin. But later at home, he insisted on holding each of the pumpkins and each of the gourds, so I guess he enjoyed getting his first pumpkin!
Sunday night we took Braeden to see the Stanley Cup on campus. An Elon alumna works for the Hurricanes in their marketing department and arranged the Elon visit. We had to wait about 20 minutes in line, but Braeden enjoyed interacting with Stormy the Ice Hog, the 'Canes mascot. He even gave Stormy a high five!
Then it was our turn to view the cup. It was taller than Braeden! Mat had hoped Braeden could get his picture taken sitting in the cup, but it turns out most of the cup is the base and there's actually very little to the cup. But we did get some cute pictures of Braeden standing on the table next to the cup. When he finally understands what hockey is, we think he'll be really happy to look back at these pictures!
Saturday, October 7, 2006
We went out on a pontoon boat on Lake Norman today. It was in the 50s and rainy, so it was a bad day to be on the lake. Braeden absolutely hates his life vest and was pretty unhappy for the first 20 minutes or so. He warmed up to the idea of the boat when Uncle Mark let Braeden drive!
Grandpa Pete bought a fishing pole for Braeden, so they pretended to cast off for a little while. Until Grandpa cast too far, and the line broke freeing our little fishy into the lake permanently. Since it was cold, rainy, and windy, we took this as a cue to head back home. When we got back to shore, Grandpa headed off to the store to buy a replacement fishy for Braeden's line.
Sunday, October 1, 2006
As a compromise, we're giving it to him when we put him down for the night and for his naps. Otherwise we're paccy-free in the Potter-Gendle household! Honestly, it's going really well. There have been a few moments where he was really upset and clearly looking for his paccy, otherwise it's been pretty smooth sailing. And tomorrow we'll take the paccy from day care, and that will be the end of it.
What a big boy he's becoming!
Saturday, September 30, 2006
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Mat took Braeden to the resevoir yesterday afternoon. They saw ducks, people fishing, boats, and bugs. According to Mat he learned two new words on that outing. Boat and beetle. He continued to say boat at home last night, but he wouldn't say beetle for me.
He's supposed to be napping right now, but Mat and I just heard him talking to himself. We're not giving up on the idea of a nap though. I'm sure he'll fall asleep if we just leave him alone.
After his nap we'll practice his Giants chant since they play this afternoon. Hopefully they'll win, but either way Braeden will wear his Giants jersey tomorrow to day care.
Friday, September 22, 2006
Braeden's vocabulary has really expanded in the last weeks. I haven't counted, but I'd guess he knows about 30 words now. One of his new favorites is Elmo. He LOVES Elmo! You should hear the way Braeden says it. Braeden sounds like a french guy when he says it. It's cute, and it makes me laugh each time I hear him say it. He's got Elmo on his diapers and a couple of Elmo books. And of course, he's still got his Elmo phone.
Braeden quacks like a duck and can moo like a cow. Still loves puppies and trucks.
One of the cutest things he does is when he's ready to eat. He says eat eat over and over again. In the mornings, he and I eat cereal together. I get down the bowl and get the cereal out of the pantry. Braeden gets a spoon out of the drawer and rips his bib down from the high chair. I bring the bowl of cereal over to the table and sit down. He hands me the spoon and bib and then holds up his arms for me to pick him up. Then we eat our cereal...one bite for him, two for me. When we get done, Braeden throws away our napkin and puts the spoon in the dishwasher. After I rinse the bowl, we go back to the table where he pushes the chair in and I put the placemat away. We love breakfast time!
We had to buy Braeden a few pairs of long pants since it's starting to get a little cooler now. We initially bought 24 month pants, but had to return them because they were way too big. So we went back to Target and got him 18 month pants. He wore the first pair today, and he looked really cute! So, in case anyone was planning to buy Braeden pants or a shirt, get him the 18-month size!
I hope this is enough for today. I'll look around for a current picture and post that. I also have a few videos to download off the camera, and I'll load those on youtube.
Monday, August 14, 2006
Thursday, July 13, 2006
He went in for his 18-month appointment on Wednesday morning. Braeden weighed in at 26 pounds 6 ounces putting him in the 50th percentile. He's 31 1/2 inches long and still in the 25th percentile for height. His head, all 20 1/4 inches, is still so big it's off the chart! Dr. Nogo assured us that his body will catch up because his head will stop growing so fast at some point. Braeden had one shot, the first in a two-shot series for hepatitis A. He'll have the second shot at his two-year appointment.
So, what else is new? Well, Braeden is in love with trucks. Or 'ucks as he calls them! The doctor asked if he had about 15-20 words in his vocabulary. He doesn't, but she said that's okay. But he does say 'uck and buppy for puppy. And one night at dinner, we had him saying hi! It was the cutest, cutest thing.
Monday, June 19, 2006
Even if he isn't a wordsmith yet, he is definitely putting it together in his head. We play the body parts game a lot, and he's a champ. Ask him where your mouth is, and he'll touch your mouth. Ditto for nose, ears, and feet. Watch out if you ask where your eyes are though! He's also pretty good at identifying stuff he knows when he sees it in different surroundings. He knows camel from one of his favorite books (Dear Zoo...thanks Emily!), and can point to the camel in the ABC book. Same goes for lion and buppeee. :)
The other thing that convinces us how close he's getting to the big blow-up is that he can follow some basic instructions. He knows what to do when we say it's time to put your shoes on. Braeden very dutifully walks over to the steps and sits down because we put our shoes on there each morning. He can put his toys and books away if you ask him too. He knows what to do when I ask if he wants to push the button (we're making coffee!). He comes right over to me and holds his hands up so I can pick him up to push the button. He's a huge help!
Braeden has also developed a few obsessive traits. We're not sure where those come from since both Mat and I are so laid back! :) Braeden loves to close doors (ones he can push closed, that is), so don't think you can stand in an open door and get away with it! He also likes to wipe the floor or cupboards with paper towels, use the dust broom, pick up crumbs, and even follows Mat while he's using the vacuum.
Saturday, June 3, 2006
Saturday afternoon around 2:30, we took Braeden to the pool for the first time. It wasn't that crowded and the kiddie pool was empty when we first got there. Here's Mat and Braeden sitting in the kiddie pool. Braeden liked walking through the water which came up to his tummy and sitting on Mat's lap. He loved smacking the water with his hands especially if Mat or I got wet! He didn't like it when the water hit his face though!
We took him in the big pool too, but he seemed more overwhelmed by that than anything else. There were two little girls jumping into their dad's arms from the side and maybe that scared him. While at the pool we met a mom with a little boy one month younger than Braeden. This was his fourth trip to the pool and he was really enjoying it. But she said on his first trip, he did nothing but cry! We were really glad that Braeden had a better first visit.
He's napping now, but I think we'll take him to the park when he gets up.
Thursday, May 18, 2006
This is the link I've used in the past at the blog, so I think it should work again. I'm sorry the other one didn't work out. Please try again, Braeden's so worth it!
Sunday, May 7, 2006
We found a great park to visit with Braeden. Here he is driving the firetruck.
On Saturday we went to Beth Schmidt Park for a celebration of its first anniversary. The park is really nice and has two different play areas-one for kids under five and one for kids ages 5-12. The ground is covered with shredded, recycled car tires that have been sprayed green, so they're really soft and springy. Easy to fall on and not get hurt. The little tots area (for Braeden-size kids) is adorable. It's got steps to climb up, a slide, the fireman's truck station, and little nooks and crannies to sit in, windows to look out and bang on, and areas to jump to the ground from. Plus it's under a tent, so it's nice and shady. There's also a bank of swings including some Braeden can sit in. We had a great time running around the fake mulch and sliding down the slide.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
I forgot to mention this, but we decided to join the Greensboro Children's Museum (GCM from now on!). It was a great deal for a one-year membership, and clearly Braeden loves the place. We have a great time there! This past Saturday morning, Braeden and I met Emily there for a fun-filled morning. She took these great pics!
Braeden will be 16 months old next week! His new big thing is pitching a fit. I remember writing on here that he'd finally sat up on his own, crawled, stood, walked, and now I get to write about temper tantrums. The other milestones were much more fun to live through! He started having tantrums earlier this month and they've become more frequent as the month wore on. Typically he resorts to a tantrum when he's hungry or thirsty, but sometimes it's just because we won't let him do what he wants to do. I know it's perfectly normal, but it's really hard to watch your perfectly complacent kid turn into a screaming, thrashing monster rolling on the floor and shoving you, the paccy, or his sippy cup away from him. We pretty much let him get it out of his system, then try to give him what he wants (if he's hungry).
I've been working with him in the hopes he'll start talking soon. Cat, foot, fan, cup, these are just some of the words I'm trying out with him. He points a lot at the lights, the ceiling fan, his mobile, or one of the surround speakers. Each time he points, I tell him the word again.
A couple weeks ago he went to the doctor for his 15-month check-up. He had two shots, but otherwise it was a good visit. He weighed in at 24 pounds 13 ounces, and is in the 50th percentile for weight and 25th for height. The doctor was pleased with how he's doing.
Today was school picture day for the infants and toddlers at the day care. We dressed Braeden in a new white tee shirt with a green sea turtle on the front and a pair of jeans (since it was only in the 60s today). He looked adorable. But it probably doesn't matter. Each time the photographer is there, Braeden does nothing but scream. He hams it up for us, but will not cooperate for the professional.
That's all the news for now. But I will send a few pictures I've taken with my camera phone to the blog so you can see how he looks now.
Monday, April 3, 2006
On Sunday we took Braeden to a park in Greensboro. We put him in a swing for the first time...and he just smiled and smiled!
Braeden rode for a while in his stroller but when we got to this park, we let him down. He walked all around checking everything out before settling down in the swing. After a few minutes, we could tell he was done and itching to get down. He wandered up to a VERY nice family who offered him gatorade, sierra mist, and cheetos. Unfortunately Braeden can't drink from a can and I'm not ready to let him cheetos, but it was very sweet of them to offer after he crashed their party.
He kept walking until he ran into a basketball court where some young guys were shooting hoops. Braeden was determined to charge onto the court, so it was really hard to convince him otherwise. When he's a little older, we might have to get him a nerf hoop and ball to play with!
We put him back in the stroller and walked a little more before heading him. It was a perfect day!
Here's Braeden at the Greensboro Children's Museum. I took Braeden over there Saturday morning and we had the best time!
You can tell he didn't love the rocker I put him on, but he humored me for the sake of the photo. He also didn't like it when I put him in the ring full of plastic balls. But he did like to grab two balls and carry them around, hit them together, throw them, retrieve them, and present them to other parents who always thanked him very seriously. :) He also liked climbing up a pyramid-shaped foam structure. Two sides were steps that he could climb, one side was like a slide which he slid down face-first, and the other was a rippled slide that he could climb up on all fours. He liked sitting at the top like a little king too.
I can't wait to take him back there (and Mat too!).
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Braeden went for walks around town and the neighborhood with his grandparents and had chicken tenders and beans at Foster's. He's going to be a ton of help with the yardwork, too, now that he has his very own lawnmower. Unlike most people I know, he seems to love pushing his around! If we've got a pic, I'll post it when I can.
Probably the most impressive thing he did during the trip was start to saw Wow! The best example was when he got four books with googly eyes from his grandparents. As we turned the pages, he would exclaim (very loudly) Wow. The inflection and enthusiasm in his voice is lost in the typing, but try to picture him drawing out the word w-o-o-w-w! Is this is first word? Or was it momma or dada? I can't say for sure, but will try to figure it out over the next couple of months!
The other big thing that happened on the trip was that Braeden has stretched out his bed time a little later. He's now going to bed closer to 7:30 and he's actually enjoying the extra time up and out of bed. It's great for Mat and me because we can spend a little more time with him in the evenings. And it also means he sleeps a little later each morning which gives us a little more time to get ready to go.
Monday, March 27, 2006
Saturday, March 18, 2006
Monday, March 6, 2006
After his morning nap, we put Braeden in his high chair for his bottle and snack. He'd finished with his bottle and thrown it on the floor. He wasn't that interested in his snack (animal crackers, I think), but he was pointing at the clothes pin we use to keep the bag closed. So Mat gave it to him and, very happily, he began to play with it. Everything was fine for a few minutes. I was at the sink rinsing something out and Mat was in the living room picking up toys. But then Braeden started screaming. After a few seconds I realized he'd clipped a little bit of skin on the palm of his hand in the clothes pin. I bet that hurt a lot! I unclipped him and pulled him out of the chair. We gave him his paccy and he settled down pretty quickly. It didn't leave a mark either.
Just before dinner time, Braeden snatched my cell phone and was walking around the living room. I was pretending to chase him and we were both laughing. Unfortunately he got going too fast and fell forward. He bumped his left cheek on the stairs when he fell and it left him with a red spot for the rest of the evening. No bruise though. He cried a little, but almost immediately pushed away from me and kept running away with the phone.
So, how about some good stuff? The three of us went for a walk when Braeden got up from his afternoon nap. It was about 60 degrees and sunny, so it was just about perfect. We walked all over our neighborhood and checked out new townhomes and streets. Braeden is adorable on walks. Instead of just leaning back and resting in his stroller, he leans forward and grabs onto the bar in front of him. He points at stuff and says gah or doh as we walk. He's very involved in the whole thing.
When we got back home, I went inside to make meatloaf and Mat and Braeden walked around the cul-de-sac for about 10 minutes. Mat says Braeden would pick up a small rock, look at it, carry it around for a few seconds, then drop it in favor of another pebble. He went up our driveway a couple of times before moving on to our neighbors' driveways. After a while he got tired, so the boys came inside to check on the dinner arrangements.
Sunday morning (after the hand pinching and before lunch) the boys did a man's errand and went to Home Depot for pine straw so I could take a shower.
That just about sums up our day!
Saturday, March 4, 2006
So, what has Braeden been up to this week? He tried grapes for the first time. I slice them in half and he loves them, which is good because I tried giving him banana and he wasn't interested in eating that at all.
Today we went to Greensboro to go to Costco. First we met Emily and Kenny for lunch at Taste of Thai. Fortunately, we fed Braeden lunch first at home because there wasn't much on the menu he'd eat. But he still had a good time at the restaurant, and so did we. :) After a quick trip to Costco, we headed home so Braeden could take a nap. We'll be eating rotisserie chicken tonight for dinner.
I think Braeden's getting closer to saying his first words. He "talks" all the time! Sometimes it even seems like he's responding to the things we say or the questions we ask him. He also loves to play "Where's Braeden?" He goes around the corner, then I say "Where's Braeden?" and he pops out from wherever he'd gone to hide. Then he laughs and laughs. It's so cute!
Thursday, February 23, 2006
This morning his temp was 101. He wasn't interested in eating breakfast and was very fussy for Mat who stayed home with him. After Braeden's nap, he wouldn't drink his bottle or eat any snack. He and Mat went to the doctor and had a flu test which was negative. She said it was probably just a virus and the temp should go away in a day or two. He did a lot better this afternoon and tonight his temp was normal.
So, we hope that he'll wake up with no temp and that he'll be able to go to day care. I'll keep you posted.
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Around 6:00 we fed him his dinner and hurried to put him to bed. As he was trying to eat his dinner, his whole body was shaking. We skipped the bath tonight and quickly took his temperature. 103.7! We haven't heard a peep from him, unless you count his snoring, and hopefully he'll sleep well all night.
Monday, February 20, 2006
When we went inside, we had lunch then played inside until it was nap time. Making up for the morning's pitiful attempt at a nap, Braeden slept for a couple of hours. Then it was time for a bottle and snack of animal crackers, more play time, then dinner (baked ziti and meatballs, green beans, and chocolate yogurt), bath time (a must after the ziti!), and bed time. Too cute!
Friday, February 17, 2006
But what else is he up to?
He doesn't fit in any of the one-piece 12-month outfits anymore. The cuffs ride up just below his knees and he typically pops the snaps at the crotch. He ends up looking pretty sad in a one-piece. So his usual uniform is a shirt and pants making him look like a little man. :)
We've been going through a bout with cradle cap. It's funny, if you look it up you'll read that it affects babies and is usually gone by the end of the first year. Then there's Braeden who never had it as a baby, turned one, and developed a pretty nasty case of it. Now before you get too nervous about it, cradle cap is a really minor thing. It's really more annoying than anything else. And when I say annoying, I mean to me. His scalp is all crusty. Yuck! The treatment is to douse his head in baby oil. Let it soak in to loosen the dead skin (because that's all cradle cap is, a build-up of dead skin), then brush it off with a toothbrush or washcloth. We've been at it for a week or so, and it's looking much better. If the situation doesn't resolve itself, we'll have to ask the doctor for another remedy. Apparently Braeden has sensitive skin, what with the ezcema and the cradle cap.
Speaking of skin, his super-dry skin is softening up beautifully. We bought a humidifier (thanks G-Ma and P-Pa!) for his room and run it every night. His legs (which were the main problem) feel great now. Between the humidifier and the eucerin I cover him with every night, he's got silky-smooth skin now.
Another of Braeden's favorite games involves the stairs. After Braeden's dinner, Mat runs upstairs to run his bath. I clean up Braeden and take him to the bottom of the stairs. Mat lies down upstairs and waits for Braeden to start climbing the stairs, which he does after I encourage him by asking "Where's daddy". Braeden starts climbing and periodically Mat lifts his head up to encourage Braeden. When Braeden sees Mat pop up, he laughs and renews his climbing efforts. He also stretches up to try to see Mat. It doesn't work until he's a couple steps from the top, but he loves to get there so he can finally see daddy. Great game, tons of fun!
That's it for now. We've got no plans for the weekend, and unfortunately it's only going to be in the 30s. After temps in the 60s for the past couple of days, this is incredibly disappointing.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Saturday, February 4, 2006
Braeden has more teeth coming in--one on top and two on the bottom on either side of the front two teeth. He's been drooling like crazy and chewing on his fingers.
Thursday night we went to a party at a coworker's home to welcome another coworker. Braeden entertained everyone climbing up the stairs over and over again. Since it had been quite a while since most of them had seen Braeden, they were very impressed by how big he'd gotten.
Friday, January 27, 2006
I called my doctor who just happens to be in the same practice as Braeden's and explained the problem. Fortunately, I was able to use the same drops we'd been giving to Braeden, saving us from having to purchase another $27 prescription!
As long as Mat stays healthy, we should be done with all of this by Thursday. Keep your fingers crossed!
Sunday, January 22, 2006
We took his temp again and it was 102.7; into the bath he went. Then more eye drops and infant tylenol and it was time to nurse and go to bed. I'll stay home with him tomorrow to make sure he's over the infection and fever.
Think good thoughts for Braeden!
Saturday, January 21, 2006
We first noticed his eyes were a little crusty when he woke up Thursday morning. He's been a little congested for a week now, so we thought it might have to do with that. He hasn't been acting any differently--sleeping well, eating tons, and playing like a madman--so we weren't too concerned. But Friday it was a little worse, and we found out a couple of kids at day care had eye infections including Hudson.
Saturday morning it had gotten worse, so we took him to the pediatrician's office. And his doctor said it was pink eye! She gave us an antibiotic eye drop to use for a week and said it should be better in a couple of days. Now Mat and I are washing our hands every half hour and making every effort not to touch our eyes.
The doctor told us that pink eye often goes hand in hand with ear infections, but she said his ears looked good. So, it could be worse!
Monday, January 16, 2006
The top two (Busy busy Braeden and Braeden at play) are the most recent, but if you haven't seen the other two, have fun!
We spent a quiet day at home today running out for a couple of errands, but otherwise we just played at home. And tomorrow it's back to day care for Braeden and work for Mat and me.
Saturday, January 14, 2006
This morning we celebrated another of Braeden's firsts...his first haircut!
Trust me when I tell you his hair had gotten way too long. He's got a funny cowlick which he gets from his dad that made the hair on the top of his head stand straight up. And his hair in the back was long enough to touch his shirt collar. It was time!
We took him this morning to Mat's barber, a young guy with twin boys of his own. There was no line, so we got right down to business. The barber used a 3/4 inch guard on the razor and went to work with his comb. Five minutes later and NO screaming, we were done. For most of the haircut, Braeden sat just like you see him-quietly and calmly on Mat's lap. At the very end, he squirmed just a little, but he never made a peep. He was the model client!
Now his hair is very, very short but it looks fantastic! Very grown-up. And we know it will make bath time easier now that we won't have to spend so much time trying to dry his hair. We'll take some pictures to show off his new 'do later today and post them so everyone can see our handsome little man.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
In other good news, Braeden has jumped into the 50th percentile for both height and weight which pleased his doctor immensely. He weighed in at 22 pounds 3 ounces this morning (exactly three more pounds than at his nine-month appointment). And he was 29 1/4 inches long, or should I say tall since he can stand now? Either way, he's growing and developing very well! His head is 19 1/4 inches around, still big for his age.
Aside from the shots, it was a pretty uneventful visit. The doctor was happy and so are we.
Wednesday, January 4, 2006
It's Braeden's big day! The big 01!
So far, this lucky little kid has had two birthday parties (with each set of grandparents) and this afternoon he'll celebrate at day care. I made chocolate cupcakes with white frosting last night and will go in at 2:30 today to party with him and the other kids. I'll try to snap a picture with my camera phone to post here. I bet the kids will be really cute (and really messy) eating cupcakes!
This picture is from his birthday celebration at Joe's last Saturday. Since he HATES hats, this one stayed on just long enough for one picture. He was also afraid of the helium balloon Mark brought. He wouldn't go near it, but we brought it back to the house and it's grown on him. I think he realized it's just another thing he can hit.