July 27, 2005

Grandparent Visits

We've had a wave of visitors these past few days, which has been nice because we've had surprisingly few people come to welcome Henry into the world. Everyone is impressed with Henry's head control and his long periods of being awake. Marion is loving the visits, too!








July 20, 2005

Baby Post Blues

I keep feeling like I should post about something other than my two children...and then I try to write something, and nothing (or at least nothing worthwhile) comes out. Have I, since becoming a dad, been slowly on the path towards being 'only' a dad? I mean, isn't there some witty anti-consumerism thing that I can come up with, or at least something.

It doesn't appear so, at least not right now. I suppose it's not such a bad thing, they are very interesting and beautiful creatures. On with the show, I guess.

Marion at the Natural History Museum


Henry on the Bear Chair

July 18, 2005

Crying

I was rereading, The New Father the other day, and I came across a passage that said something like:

Your new baby will cry a lot, an average of three hours a day.


If my child was crying three hours a day (or even one hour), I'd know that something was terribly wrong. Do other people's babies -really- cry that much?! That's insane, how could you handle that?

Marion and Henry cry, maybe 5 minutes a day, total. I know that carrying your child a lot (which Keleigh and I do) really reduces the crying, so I guess that's helping, but three hours...that's crazy.

July 14, 2005

Four Years

Yesterday was my four year anniversary, and geez, has four years changed things. Where once there was Keleigh and I, there is a family of four. (Hey, four in four years, I don't think we're gonna be able to keep that pace for long.) When we were married, I had no idea what I wanted to do professionally, and now I've found what I was looking for in fathering. Keleigh was just headed into graduate school, and now she's moving up in the research world. We moved into a tiny apartment right after the honeymoon, and now, we're in a great house.

Yet, some things haven't changed. Keleigh makes my life better today, just as she did four years ago. I trust my wife, I love my wife, and I'm lucky to have found her. There are a lot of people still searching for the one that they love, and I feel very greatful that I don't have to deal with all the games of seeking. I very much prefer the game of married-love.

Four years ago I made it known to the world that I was going to spend my life with Keleigh, and today, I'm even more pleased with the choice than I was that day.


July 11, 2005

Busy Bodies

Henry is four weeks old today, and he's busy growing. He's smiling now, quite a bit, and becoming the infant that he'll be for the next 12 months.

We've also really begun elimination communication with him (like we're doing with Marion, they tell us they need to potty, we take them to a potty place), and it's worked pretty well so far. He communicates that he needs to go potty with his face, getting all scrunched up and grunty. We got a pee and a poo earlier today, and he smiled and smiled afterwards. I can't imagine it was in response to the pottying, but there wasn't any other clear reason, and I'm happy to just think that he was pleased with not pooing in his diaper.

Marion's busy too, walking like she's known how to do it forever, and learning about the world of a biped. She's also a bit sick with a chest cold. It's hard on a parent to hear their little girl coughing, and I hope that she gets well soon.



So, that's why I haven't been around in a while. That, and the fact that Keleigh went back to work (4 hours a day, at home) today. It's sad to have her return to work, but at least she doesn't have to go anywhere for another two months. I really couldn't do this without her. Two babies is a lot of work, and I hope that I'll be ready for it when I get them both without Keleigh's help.

Yikes.

July 05, 2005

Songs Chosen

After some deliberation, and a good amount of listening to songs, I've picked out the two songs that I plan to do at an open-mic sometime in the not-too-distant future. I wanted to pick out something that is rather well known, and another song to pair with it that isn't going to be known by most people. I chose two covers instead of putting in an original because I think I'll feel more comfortable with other people's songs for a while. Right now, I just have to get working, get performing, and get over my insecurity on stage with a guitar. I never felt nearly as nervous when I was in the theater, but it's completely different with music.

So yes, two songs:

Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down
-I'm not going to back down from my desire to perform music for people. It's a great songs, it's not too difficult to play, and it's not too high for my voice.

Hayden - Two Doors
-Again, not too high for my vocal range, and there isn't too many tricky bits in the guitar part, so all should be good. Other than that, it's a great song, and I hope I can do it justice.

July 01, 2005

Stinky Laundry

So, isn't clothing that you hang on the line to dry supposed to smell good? That's the way that I remember it, and that's what all those commercials that try to sell you 'summer breeze' laundry softener are trying to say.

Well, mine doesn't. Mine smells nasty, and I'm not sure why. Any help would be appreciated.

And, as a note, the outside doesn't stink like this. There aren't any dead animals or anything near where I'm drying.