The things that will never make it in the baby books and other musings from a stay at home mom

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Things I really must remember to get on video

1. Julia singing her favorite songs with new words inserted to describe what she's doing at the moment ("Twinkle, Twinkle, little star... Time to get into the car" or "ABCD eat your peas HIJK don't be messy please").

2. Evan's instantaneous metamorphisis from hysterical tears at the indignity of spoon fed mush to gleeful dancing and delighted incoherent jabber when a box of Cheerios he can feed to himself is produced.

3. Evan's slow but deliberate backwards belly creep -- and the look of confusion on his face as he gets further and further away from the toy he's trying to reach (I always want to make the "beep beep beep" sound of a truck backing up when he does this).

4. Julia breastfeeding her baby dolls --first feeling herself up while muttering "let's see, I did this side at 12..." and then lowering an imaginary nursing bra flap before settling in with a familiar sounding sigh.

5. Evan screaming his lungs out despite any and all attempts to reason with him, soothe him or even muzzle him at 3 a.m. (figure this one will be good birth control some day).

6. The kids giggling at each other -- seemingly for no reason but with a gleefulness that intensifies until you just have to accept the fact that it's their own private joke and you aren't going to get it.

7. Julia "dancing" -- a strange combination of bouncing, arm flapping and heavy breathing that makes Elaine from Seinfeld look like the world's most accomplished dancer (Please, God, let her technique improve before middle school or the poor kid is never going to get a date).

8. The look of bliss on Evan's face as he snuggles into my arms, milk still dripping down his chin, and gently pats my breast as if to say "thank you."


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