Friday, July 23, 2010

little tyke's first sound

little tyke's first sound was a big giant airplane...

Though Mike has been playing classical music to stimulate brain development since we got pregnant, we are both fairly certain that the baby's first sound was a soaring F-18.

Varying resources report that the sensorineural function of the ears turns on right around now. The external ears have been formed for a while, and they've been migrating closer and closer to their final position each week. Of course we don't totally know when the baby can hear, but we are pretty sure last Sunday provided several loud noise opportunities.

We went down to an air show at Joint Base Lewis- McChord in Puyallup, WA. Our friend Kim's brother was flying C-17 demonstrations, so we had to go check it out! Capt. Brian Dodson did a wonderful job.

           Mike sitting inside the C-17. It's a huge, 4-engine military cargo airplane.
                                                          C-17 in flight.

We were also thrilled to see this PBY, circa the late 1930s. This is the plane that Grandpa Earl Wade flew as a Navy officer in WWII out of Hawaii and the South Pacific. These planes are a rare find, so we took lots of pictures. Dave Wade, these are for you!
         Pilot Mike, at your service.

Quick pic of the overhead throttle controls (wording here assisted by none other than Mike Wade)

Vintage cockpit
Pretty PBY Catalina (Patrol Bomber) Y is the code used for the aircraft manufacturer. 
 Thanks Grandpa Wade for serving our country and fighting for our freedom.

We are growing the 4th generation of aerospace passion in the womb right now. It's first sound was an airplane, and if it's anything like Mike, it's first word will be airplane too.

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