January 18, 2005

Visit from the Dad

When your dad drives a semi-truck, and he's only home on the weekends, you don't expect that he has much time to stop by, so you don't expect to see him much. It's nice though, when it does happen.

Dad called today at 10:15am (Marion and I were napping), and asked if he might be able to stop by in about 1/2 hour. Keleigh (who works from home in the first half of the day) said that it should be okay, and that she hoped we'd be awake by the time that he arrived. I woke up at about 10:20, and Marion slept until 11:05, a while after he'd arrived, but she needed a good nap.

We talked about being a full-time dad, about our families, and about Dad's work schedule, and we had a good time. Marion seemed cautious, but after a while she was playing and having a good time with her grandpa. It was nice to see him lying on the ground with her, playing with her Whoozit.

He also brought over Christmas presents for all of us, including this cute hat for Marion:

I got a big box of golf balls for my birthday ('blemished' balls, so you don't feel bad about hitting them into the water), and Marion was enthralled with them. Golf balls are too big to fit into her mouth right now, so we don't have to worry about that, and she really seems to like them. She'll likely get more use out of them than I will, at least for a while. I didn't golf at all last season, and while I do like to golf, it's pretty expensive.

Marion is napping as I write this, this is her second good nap of the day. I'm really feeling better about her sleeping recently (even if I sometimes think she'll never go to sleep). I feel like she's getting to the point where she doesn't need to be nursing or having a bottle as she falls asleep, and that's a big help. She's also sleeping in longer stretches during her naps (she's at 75 minutes right now). Now, this isn't to say that there aren't still very difficult times, such as yesterday at 3:30 when she wanted to sleep, but only if firmly pressed against my chest. There are tough times, but I have to keep the positive steps in my mind, and keep moving on.

Just like with my relationship with my family. I have to remember that we're making positive steps, moving towards reconnecting. There are going to be difficult moments, but we're headed in the right direction.


At 7:11 PM, Anonymous said...

hi, jeremiah. it's hallie bee. kust wanted to say that i am sympathizing with you in your adventures with marion and her sleep habits. aidan is not a great sleeper at night. he wakes up a number of times during the night. is marion crawling around? aidan is a quick litle sneak. it's quite fun. :) ok. i just wanted to do a bit of parent chat. i hope you are doing well. have a great day!


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