Miles may not like long walks (he always "gets tired" and demands to be carried), but show him a playground and suddenly he finds those legs once again fully functional.
We went over to our friends' place for a bonfire tonight, where I learned, unsurprisingly, that Miles really needs to work on his flashlight etiquette. https://videopress.com/v/LRBxm5bX?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata&useAverageColor=true
Things were going well as we left the house to go get dinner tonight, so of course Jaclyn decided to risk it all by bringing up something that was sure to make Miles anxious and fretful. "You know, Miles, pretty soon it'll be time for your five-year check-up." "What check-up?" he asked. "At the doctor," … Continue reading Year 5, Day 343
We are all, to some degree, products of the environment we were raised in. I'm honestly not sure how much other parents think about this, but nothing has made me more acutely aware of this than fatherhood, where I observe Miles's assimilation of environmental characteristics in real time. Of course, these traits range from desired … Continue reading Year 5, Day 342
Miles's fifth birthday (!) is rapidly approaching, and as you might expect, he already has ideas for presents in mind. And yet, while you'd think his thoughts would be preoccupied with things like cars, action figures, or games, what Miles really wants is a nightstand. He has made this request to both me and Jaclyn … Continue reading Year 5, Day 341
When I woke up on Saturday, Miles had a simple request for me, one he requested by leaning in close and saying, "Daddy, I want you to build me a suit." "What sort of suit?" I asked. "Like a business suit?" "No," he said. "Look." He then pressed his thumb into the side of his … Continue reading Year 5, Day 340
We instituted another new reward system for Miles this week, giving him the chance to earn redeemable tokens for good behavior and general compliance. Tokens can be redeemed for prizes that Miles himself had a hand in picking out, so we hoped buy-in would be easier. What I don't think either of us expected was … Continue reading Year 5, Day 339
"DADDY!" Miles called from downstairs. "CAN YOU GET THE THING THAT PRESSES??" The "thing that presses" that he was referring to was a stapler, and he was requesting it because he had completed the illustrations in his FIRST BOOK. At his direction (I'm a firm believer in artistic vision, after all), I stapled the pages … Continue reading Year 5, Day 338
"This cake gave me REAL superpowers." - Miles's review of the treat Aunt Christine gave us
When your kid changes the language settings on his Netflix profile and you can't even figure out WTF language it is. HE thought it was funny as hell.