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That's right! YouTube has gone HD and so have we. I've updated all our video on YouTube so that it is now HD.
And just to show off a little, here is LiamHD:

To live in a box

Imagine if you had to live in a box. What would you bring with you? I know what Liam would bring:

Don't drop the baby

When I saw this happen I felt so bad for the father of that baby (I assume it is the father). I'm not sure what feels worse. Doing something stupid that hurts your baby, or having the baby reach for you because she is in pain.

Liam had a difficult weekend. His allergies are bothering him, he is having a hard time breathing and he's been whining non-stop. I got so frustrated with it that I snapped at him on Saturday. Today, he laid on my chest for most of the day because he felt like crap. I then felt like crap for snapping at him the day before. Seeing this video again (I forgot I had it) makes me realize how much being a father has changed me. That funny feeling you get in your stomach when your baby (or anyone's baby) gets hurt. I thought that feeling was only for roller coaster rides.

The big Race

This is better than Nascar!

Got Pumpkins?

A fun day at the pumpkin festival! 
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Big Boy Shoes!

Dragon Tails

Dragon Tails
Originally uploaded by Crystal & Billy
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New backyard worth every penny

Having Fun
Originally uploaded by Crystal & Billy
Darn those pesky mosquitoes.

The next Justin Timberlake

Not So Scary Turtle

Well, at least the crying stopped...

Dangerous? Maybe. Worth it? Absolutely!

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Power outage at the movies!

For the first time in my life, the power went out at the AMC movie theater while my wife and I were watching a movie. The movie is "Wanted" and the power went out right as Angelina Jolie was talking about what the killer did with the hanger. If you know what the killer did to his victims with that hanger, drop me a line (We watched 5 minutes of the movie with no sound).

They gave us a free pass for another movie so we are watching Wall-e right now. I still don't know what happened with the power; perhaps a storm..?

People sure are idiots! Bitching about the power outage as if the theater company wasn't trying to solve the problem.

-- Coov
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Calli Lynn Caputo

Calli Lynn Caputo, born June 20th, 2008.

When Calli was in utero, she had some complications with her intestinal system. According to doctors, her outlook for survival was grim. Since Calli was born she has been making huge strides in healing. The staff at the hospital are constantly pointing out how fast she is progressing.

Calli will be in the hospital for a very long time (3 or 4 months). As a parent, I can imagine that it must be a horrible feeling not to be able to take your baby home after birth.

Please take the time to view Calli's pictures on her flickr site and post your comments/thoughts/wishes and my wife and I will personally deliver it to her at the hospital.

--Billy Coover

Scary Turtle

Watch out, they may eat you!!!

We're outa here!

We're outa here! Two of the most miserable campers you will ever see!

Boys and Dirt

What is it about dirt that fascinates boys so much? Who needs a pool, or a nice playground in their back yard when you can give your kid dirt. Dirt is nice because it is free (sort of), and washes off in minutes. I had an epiphany this weekend...

Liam, sorry son, but you are getting a box of dirt and rocks for Christmas (you will thank me when you are older).

Crystal's "Liam" Tattoo

Our Design: (On a napkin at Zipps)

Crystal's Liam Tattoos

The After:

Crystal's Liam Tattoos

My "Liam" Tattoo

My design (Created in photoshop):


The after:


Happy Birthday Mommy!

Baby Jail

Company Picnic
Originally uploaded by Crystal & Billy
Get me outa here!!!


I wish the cleanup was easier...
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How to drink a milk shake

3 AM

3 AM
Originally uploaded by Crystal & Billy

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A bunch of us saw Amare Stoudemire at a pizza joint in Scottsdale on March 1st, 2008 around 3 AM.

He seems like a nice guy but he didn't want any pictures taken (my bother in-law was bummed by that). I assume that was strategic as he had a game that very day, and I'm sure he didn't want his picture posted on the front page of some tabloid mag spreading rumors. By the way, he ordered a pizza, waited for a woman he was with to use the restroom, and left (very normal).

This guy is massive and ripped! His hands are the size of both of mine put together.

Game Results: 76ers 119; Suns 114.
Stats's stats: 11 for 21, 26 pts, 8 boards.

I was at the game. Andre Iguodala took it over. He had 32 points and was 15 for 23.

Thank's JJ for the close-up!

A Day of fun

A Day of fun
Originally uploaded by Crystal & Billy
$5 bucks on the line if Caiden and his dad could make it to the top. Surprisingly, Jerry made it and Caiden did not.

I think Jerry pulled a hammie during his climb and I think Caiden realized that if he made it any higher, everyone would know he has super powers including elevation and flight. It's a good thing he went no further. His secret is still safe...

Cranial Tech DOC Band, Part two

** Update: Read part one here **

I know this post is late; it's been 228 days, or 7 months and 13 days, or 32 weeks, or 5,4725 hours, since my first post about Liam and his DOC Band.
For anyone that knows Liam, knows that he is an amazing kid. It is easy for me to say that as his father, but I think everyone knows it. I like to think that he turned out this way because Crystal and I are great parents, and made a life changing decision for Liam very early is his young life.
So here we are, almost seven months after I first talked about Liam's DOC Band and Crystal and I couldn't be happier. His head turned out great! I think that it far exceeds any expectations that we ever had. The shape is nearly perfect, there are no side effects to report, and we paid off that expensive piece of plastic and foam. Life is good!

I could write for a very long time about how pleased we are with CrainialTech. I'll spare you the ling winded post and keep it simple. They rock! Every time we went in we were treated like precious people. I never waited, I was never help up longer than expected and I never felt rushed. I would highly recommend the DOC Band to any family whose child needs head shape correction.
We did a poor job of taking before and after pictures:


Cranial Tech DOC Band

Our son Liam was born with a very mild version neck condition called Torticollis; his left neck muscle has developed a little more slowly than the other causing him to favor his right side. Due to this next condition, his head became flat and misshapen in certain places.

When we first noticed that his head was flat, we chalked it up to the way he was delivered (with suction). He had what looked like a conehead but we were told it would go away in about a week, so we did not worry. The conehead did go away, but the shape of his head was not normal. We felt like we were doing something wrong. Maybe we were laying him down too much and not holding him enough, or maybe we weren't giving him enough tummy time. He has slept on his back since the day he was born and we were afraid to change that because of the news S.I.D.S. warnings.
My wife and I have been taking our son to a pediatrician since he was six days old. The pediatrician is the one that first made a comment about his head and said that we needed to work with Liam to correct the problem. She referred us to a Pediatric Physical Therapist for a consult. We went to the consult and that is where we first learned about the Torticollis and that the lack of nect muscle development could be what was causing the misshapen head. The P.T. Specialist gave us stretching instructions and we signed up for six visits. There is a concern with the combination of Torticollis and head flatness, that Liam would develop a little more slowly than he should. The P.T. Specialist has a chart that talks about the milestones that Liam should have started doing and he is behind about a month or so according to the chart.

We hoped that between the P.T. and doing exercises with Liam at home, that his neck would correct itself and his head would take the correct shape. Although there has been some progress, the neck is still underdeveloped and his head was still flat in the back. It was recommended by our pediatrician and our P.T. Specialist that we put Liam in a DOC Band (Dynamic Orthotic Cranioplasty).

We were a little apprehensive at first because my wife and I have both seen infants in these bands and our first reaction is that something is wrong with the baby. I began doing some research and quickly discovered that its a corrective device for reshaping babies heads who suffered from either Plagiocephaly, Brachycephaly or Scaphocephaly. I also discovered that the D.O.C. Band is VERY expensive and most insurance companies consider it a cosmetic device and do not cover the cost ($3,000). I located a blog of D.O.C. Band customers and I was amazed at how many families use the band. I read some great stories of success and some sad stored about the financial hardship, but I did not find one person mention that the treatment was unsuccessful. In fact, Cranial Tech boast about their 100% success rate.

My wife and I set up a consult with Cranial Tech and we were very pleased with their kindness and professionalism. They were gentle with Liam and did as much as they could to make him comfortable and happy. They took some digital images and measurements of his head and were able to show us that his head shape was not normal and needed to improve. They recommended that we put Liam in the band immediately. We scheduled an appointment and went home and thought long and hard about it. We talked about the financial cost for a while because it is staggering; however we were not deterred by it because we wont put a price tag on Liam's wellness. We wanted to make sure that if we spent $3,000 for a piece of foam and plastic, that is was going to be money well spent. We discussed our decision with friends and family and weighed our options. We decided that putting Liam in the band was the best option for us.

We were happy that Cranial Tech offers a few different financing options to help ease the financial hardship. Rather than come up with $3,000 cash for the band, we were able to get a GE Money bank care card with zero percent interest for 18 months! We applied online and received instant approval. We printed the approval, took it with us to our next appointment, signed a few pieces of paper and that was it. It felt too easy; almost like we were missing some catch. So far, there has been no catch.

Liam had his first appointment three weeks ago where he was fitted for his band. Previously, a fitting required a full head sock, plaster and about an hours time; a very traumatic experience for infants. About four months ago the went complete digital so we were in and out in 20 minutes. If was a great experience for us because it was painless and the staff at Cranial Tech was so nice to us. We scheduled an appoint again for two weeks out to have Liam's band installed.

The band installation was simple. They tried it on is head, made a few minor adjustments and we were on our way. The first two days we were instructed to remove the band every three hours to check for red spots on Liam's head. If red spots were present, we needed to wait until the redness went away before we put the band back on Liam's head. Other than some cleaning instructions, there was nothing else to the band. We now have weekly appointments to have Liam's head analyzed and the band adjusted; all covered in the $3,000 initial cost by the way.

As of today, July 23, 2007, Liam's head has already started changing. It looks wonderful! Where his head was flat, you can see roundness. His face is changing and starting to correctly align itself. It's truly amazing how much progress he has made in just a few days!

I'm going to write more about his progress when we are about half way through the anticipated eight weeks that Liam is supposed to be in the band.
Here is a photo of Liam's band after we painted a theme from his favorite movie.


Crazy Liam

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Liam figured out how to climb up his slide. He was being sneaky when climbing up. Once he reached the top he stood up and started dancing...

He just started walking. This is the beginning of many grey hairs.