260 Weeks

Long-time readers will remember that I used to do weekly kid-blogging, posting pictures of SteelyKid with a reference animal, Appa the sky-bison from the Avatar cartoon. I stopped a couple of years ago, because SteelyKid started being reluctant to pose for the pictures every week.

I got her to pose for a few yesterday, though, so we can see what a difference 260 weeks makes. Here's the first really good Appa-for-scale picture, one week after she was born:

SteelyKid and Appa at age one week, back in 2008. SteelyKid and Appa at age one week, back in 2008.

And here they are on her fifth birthday (also the "featured image" for this post):

SteelyKid and Appa on her fifth birthday SteelyKid and Appa on her fifth birthday

Just a little bit of a difference...

And just for really old-times' sake, here's a compilation of the first year of Baby Blogging photos:

If you prefer living-in-the-future to reliving the past, here's a photo of SteelyKid with her big birthday present:

SteelyKid with her new tablet. SteelyKid with her new tablet.

We got her one of the Nook HD tablets Barnes and Noble is selling cheap these days. This will require strict rules and parental controls, but she's very fired up for it. It makes me feel old, though, because the cheap portable computer I just bought for my five-year-old is more powerful than any of the computers I used up through graduate school...

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Instead of "feeling old," you could just call it "living in the future." Except for the flying cars, we seem to have already acquired much of the futuristic technology we've all been promised, and our kids treat it as normal (when she was three, my daughter started squiggling her finger over an empty notepad, and told us she was "checking her e-mail" :-).

-- Handheld communicators? Check.
-- Routine access to all the world's knowledge? Check.
-- Travelling at the speed of sound? Check.
-- Kilometer-high buildings? Check.
-- Meals/complete nutrients in pills? Check.
-- Video communication? Check (and they're portable, too).
-- Space stations with tourist access? Check.
-- Cures for devastating diseases? Check.

By Michael Kelsey (not verified) on 08 Aug 2013 #permalink

Who needs cats? The internet is for baby pictures!

Beautiful collection. And what's on your son's head?

By Young CC Prof (not verified) on 08 Aug 2013 #permalink

congrats to one & all!

By Razib Khan (not verified) on 08 Aug 2013 #permalink

Young CC Prof, that is the ribbons from some balloons that their great-aunt and uncle sent as a present for SteelyKid, dangling down into the frame.

By Kate Nepveu (not verified) on 09 Aug 2013 #permalink