As I've written about previously, Miles has a complicated relationship with his regular babysitter, Lisa. As we've moved farther and farther into coronavirus isolation, Miles has had to start contending with these feelings in more visible ways. It seems he's being a bit more honest with himself (and us) now about the degree to which … Continue reading Year 3, Day 70
Full disclosure: managing two (relatively) full work weeks while taking care of Miles has been extraordinarily challenging. Jaclyn and I have done a fair job of tag teaming and offering relief when needed, but I will absolutely admit that, due to the number of meetings students I have in a given day, I am usually … Continue reading Year 3, Day 66
We've tried to make time to video chat with friends during this bizarre period of isolation, and for Miles that means conferencing with his best friend: his babysitter Lisa. "Issa!" he'll say when we suggest calling her. Of course, the moment we have her on video with him, Miles wants to see someone else, "Uncle … Continue reading Year 3, Day 50
We were on our ride home from daycare this evening when I let Miles know we were almost back at the house. "Issa," Miles said. He may not be fully aware of the days of the week or how a calendar works, but he clearly still recognized that today was the day he typically sees … Continue reading Year 2, Day 365
After he finished his banana last night, Miles's babysitter correctly observed that the banana was "all gone." Miles quickly stood, stepped to the kitchen, and offered a counter-argument.
Recently, Miles's babysitter Lisa adopted a puppy. Knowing Miles is a dog lover, she and her husband Daniel brought the puppy over to the house on Sunday. As usual, Miles talked a big game but was nervous to actually approach the animal, maintaining a distance of about two feet while pointing and happily exclaiming, "It's … Continue reading Year 2, Day 317
Jaclyn and I did not talk with Miles on the phone at any point today, and with good reason. Our call last night...well, didn't go great. As I walked in on Jaclyn's call from our bedroom at the cabin, I could hear Miles giggling on the other end of the phone. I interjected with a … Continue reading Year 2, Day 264
Miles's babysitter has returned from a trip to Austria, and she came bearing the greatest of gifts -- savory Austrian meatstuffs.
Miles looked through the glass door and saw his babysitter approaching just after we arrived home tonight. He immediately did this: And yet, the second she mentioned going outside to look for birds, Miles embraced her, turned back to me, and said, "Bye-bye!" with a dismissive wave. Talk about mixed signals.
I was at my primary job until 6:00 tonight, and with a trivia show beginning at 7:00, I wasn't planning on being able to go home or see Miles this evening. Fate*, however, had other plans, as I left some equipment at home and had to make a mad dash for it between gigs. The … Continue reading Year 2, Day 218