Simon Update: June 12, 2007

When I talked with my son this morning, he said that Simon had woken him up at 5:00 a.m. — by biting his nose! Yep, the little boy finally figured out how to climb out of the very tall box he’s been sleeping in. He crawled up on my son’s bed, curled up next to him and they both fell asleep again.

He continues to grow and change and he’s now approximately 5-1/2 weeks old. He’s still drinking some KMR from his bottle, but he’s decided that canned kitten food is the best stuff ever. His litterbox habits are improving, though he hasn’t quite figured out that it’s better to step forward instead of backwards once you’ve finished. (We’re going through a lot of unscented, alcohol-free baby wipes!)

And playing? Oh my! It’s so much fun to watch our fierce little house-tiger!

Two weeks ago he would have fit into these shoes with room to spare!

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Taking Advantage of “Poor” Lighting

Sometimes it’s hard to get really good pictures of Simon in the room where he’s sequestered. I just have one floor lamp in the room and some pictures that I’ve taken using available light are blurred, especially now that Simon is so active! When I’ve used the flash in this dimly-lit room, however, sometimes the pictures just look too harsh and bright for the soft and fuzzy subject!

Last night I got a couple of pictures/portraits that I really, really like of my son & his kitty, using the natural light setting on my camera:

The camera I’m using is a Fuji Finepix S5200, which has some pretty amazing capabilities — especially for a camera in its price range. I’ve put together a page on my website that features a variety of images I’ve taken with it: Fuji Finepix S5200.

I can’t imagine being without a digital camera these days. I’ve taken literally thousands and thousands of pictures since I bought it in January 2006. I use it every day at school to photograph my students’ artwork and I also take various pictures for the yearbook. I especially enjoy close-up “nature” photography (flowers, insects, etc.) but it’s been so much fun to be able to document Simon’s growth and changes, too!

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Simon – June 9, 2007

Simon is an active little guy (now approximately 5 weeks old) who’s growing a mouthful of pointy little kitty teeth! He wants to chew on everything (including us!) and so when he gets really rambunctious we try to redirect his biting frenzy towards one of his toys. He’s definitely got the “bunny-kicking” moves down now, too!

My son & “grandkit”:

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Simon – June 8, 2007

Our little sweetie continues to grow and change at an amazing rate! Just last night we noticed that his eyes were starting to lighten. Tonight they definitely look more green than blue:

Yesterday he decided that canned kitten food (Innova) was good stuff. He was just finishing up a meal in this brief video clip:

After eating, it was play time. His Grandma Kim made him a special sock to wrestle with, but it’s just a bit too heavy for him to carry yet! (I wish I could have gotten a picture of him carrying a mousie earlier!)

After eating, washing, playing and using the litterbox, well, you know what comes next. 🙂

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Simon–Growing Up!

The changes in a baby kitten in less than a couple of weeks are nothing short of amazing. Little Simon has gone from this, on May 25th:

to this, on June 5th!

Each day brings new skills and abilities. He still sleeps a lot (he’s not quite 5 weeks old) but when he’s awake he’s quite active, as this video shows:

He also seems to be teething and this leads to some frustration when he’s drinking from his bottle. He starts chewing on it and flailing his front legs. The kitten formula is coming fast enough, but I think it just hurts his mouth to try to suck on it.

We haven’t had a whole lot of success yet getting him to eat softened kitten food–more goes on him than in him–but he’s figured out what the litterbox is for, and that’s a BIG step in the right direction!

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