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Epic Happenings in the Primate House

We have some milestones over here in the O’Malley Gorbea monkeysphere.  All the little monkeys are beginning to pull more of their own weight, contributing a fair share to our little settlement here in Puerto Rico.

So here they are, documented by me, your resident big monkey participant observer.  All dates are in ISO 8601 format unless otherwise noted.  *chuckle*

Jaimito learned to ride his bike yesterday, 2008-04-04, at approximately 5:30 pm on a sunny afternoon.  There was a break in the week of rain, the clouds parted, and a clear beautiful cool breezy day ensued.  Jaimito took full advantage pedaling all the way from the little hill to the little tree.  I’ll get some video of it today and post it.

Jaimito with his first bike

Javier is potty trained.  He’s such a big boy now.  Yeay!  He decided he no longer wanted to wear a diaper – ever – starting in earnest on 2008-04-01.  Yes, that’s right, April Fool’s Day, but this was no joke.  Javier was dead serious.  He’d flirted with potty training for the better part of a month, but it was the Spider-man underwear that finally got him to go all in, declaring, “I’m Spider-man.  I’m the black Spider-man!”

He’s also taken a large step in his language skills.  He feels more confident expressing himself and we’re beginning to see more of his sweet personality.  His favorite thing recently is throwing his arms around us and declaring, “I love you, Daddy/Mommy/Olaia/Jaimito/Asier.”

Daddy and Javier at the Rain Forest (El Yunque)

I’m potty trained too, but then I guess you could have guessed that.  Laura loves this picture. *wink*

Asier can walk. Here’s a video.  He just up and decided it one day, 2008-03-13 at precisely 15:17 (that’s because the video has a datestamp, hehe).  His brothers and sister were prodding him, standing him up and encouraging him.  Soon he was away with his chubby rolly poley butt.  See for yourself.


  1. PJ Cabrera

    Bike riding, potty training and walking, all in the same week! Wow, what a family of pioneers! 🙂

  2. PJ Cabrera

    BTW, we’re all proud of you too for being potty trained.

  3. PJ Cabrera

    Ah, I see Asier’s video is from earlier in March. I’ll learn this reading thing one day, I promise. 😉

  4. Jim

    Yeay! PJ learns to read!! 🙂 Can I add that one in?

    Hehe, thanks for popping by, PJ. Yeah, we’re all pretty excited about our smartest little monkeys. Of those three, the one that make me happiest is the Javier being potty trained. That’s like another $25-$35 a month back in our pockets. Those stupid diapers are expensive!

  5. David & Gwen

    Wow, Jaimito looks just like Sean in that picture! Gotta teach him how to run into curbs and fake crash now – didn’t we spend an entire summer doing that?
    Poor Olaia didn’t do anything worth mentioning, huh? Must be rough being the oldest of four (nudge, nudge, wink, wink!) I’m guessing she’s reading Shakespeare and doing Algebra now! Congrats on a beautiful family.

  6. Jim

    Yes, yes we did – ah the memories…

    We’ve been trying to come up with a milestone for Olaia. She’s been proposing things, but the editorial staff doesn’t think they make the cut. I’m sure we’ll come with something worthy of inclusion at some future date. Hehe.

  7. Sigg3

    Love the first step video. That is so cool! Congrats:)

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