Miles's babysitter came over tonight so Jaclyn and I could go to the movies for the first time in a long, long while. As soon as they saw each other, Ms. Sharon started asking him questions about how daycare was going, including what teachers were still there and who was working with each age group. … Continue reading Year 4, Day 133
As predicted, even with his babysitter coming over for part of the day, Miles gave us a run for our money as Jaclyn and I tried to work today. On my way out for trivia, I called Miles over for a hug. "Miles," I said, placing my hands on his shoulders, "I have one question … Continue reading Year 3, Day 308
Almost every morning, Miles insists on bringing something with him to daycare. Maybe it's a toy, or a hat, or a book. Most of the time I'll indulge him to the degree we bring it along in the car with us, then tell him that we should leave it in the car to keep it … Continue reading Year 3, Day 259
Forget everything I said yesterday. Miles got to see his babysitter, Lisa, and her baby, Charlotte, this evening, and it was adorable.
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