Dad On His Feet

I'll be a new father in August. The clock already started.


Current words that S— says:

  • Mama
  • Dadoo
  • Dog
  • No
  • Moo
  • Roar
  • Quack quack
  • Cow
  • Duck
  • Shoe
  • Eye
  • A bite
  • Night night
  • Bye
  • Apple
  • Uh oh
  • Choo-choo
  • Boo
  • Who-who (Owl noises)

One Year Old

It’s hard to believe S— was born a year ago. There’s an overflow of emotion that’s hard to communicate. She’s walking. She’s so full of joy and curiosity. She has a tooth or maybe two. And, she’s no longer a baby. She’s a little kid. So much love.

Almost 11 Months Old

We just got back from vacation, and while it was fun, it was also tiring.

Like Luke Skywalker carrying a very tired Yoda.

Like Luke Skywalker carrying a very tired Yoda.

  • Things S— can say: Mama, Dada, Dog, Baby, Book, Ball, Hi, and Bye.
  • Crawling is so last month. Now, she’s climbing stairs!
  • Dancing to music. Two favorites include “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross and “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley. Videos are below.
  • Clapping.
  • Waving hello and goodbye.
  • Expressing her disapproval when R— or I leave the room.
  • Helping put away toys.
  • Deciphering the meaning of Goodnight Moon. Just who is Nobody?

Any bets on if she’ll be walking by her birthday?

9 Months and Change

The past two days were filled with little sleep and a feverish baby. The fever passed and now, S—, is her joyful little self again. Since last I wrote, S— learned to crawl. She stands while holding the edges of coffee tables, windowsills, and couches. S— climbs up our laps, balancing first on our knees to push herself up and then uses our bellies or arms to walk herself up to a stand.

The school year is over and we’re looking forward to more time together. Time spent swinging or at the swimming pool, a vacation back to Michigan.

As I look back at the photos of S—, it’s amazing to see how she’s changed. What we used to think of as alert doesn’t look that way anymore as she smiles, laughs, babbles, and playfully engages with us.

Who needs toys when we have boxes?

Who needs toys when we have boxes?





More Baby Firsts

Time seems to be getting away from me. Good intentions to write vanish beneath the need for sleep, to clean, to try and rest. So here’s a list of firsts.

  • First haircut, March 8th.
  • First swim, March 15th.
  • First eating of solids, a month and half ago.