Five years ago today, I couldn't quite find the words to express how I was feeling. Since then, I have managed to find words. Lots of 'em, in fact. About fatherhood. About learning. About teaching. About fun. About exhaustion. About growing up and getting older (which are not the same thing...people can get older without … Continue reading Day 1,826
Year 5, Day 269
Growing (and aging) are almost imperceptible when you see someone day after day. At least, that's what I used to believe. Then Miles was born, and I quickly realized just how measurable human growth is, as well as becoming painfully aware of my own rate of decay (happy birthday to me!). The point of this … Continue reading Year 5, Day 269
Year 4, Day 333
It can be difficult to truly chart Miles's growth (or frankly my own slow decay) when I see him (me) everyday. It usually takes some sort of isolated benchmark event to really see how much he's matured over several months. Today, for instance, Miles returned to the dentist for another check-up. Gone was the sense … Continue reading Year 4, Day 333
Year 4, Day 213
It's been a little while since I took Miles for a ride on his tricycle (he's been more focused on his scooter lately), but we went outside to play catch for a little bit this morning, which then became a quick jaunt to the park. Miles insisted on taking his tricycle and...well, he certainly doesn't … Continue reading Year 4, Day 213
Year 4, Day 118
Miles can read numbers now. For instance, he remembers that our mailbox is "eight one" and the page his favorite story starts on in his Disney bedtime book, even without looking directly at either stimulus. "Sure," you might say, "but so what? It's not like he can read words or sentences yet." This is true, … Continue reading Year 4, Day 118
Year 4, Day 116
Miles is now capable of: Inserting the key into the mailboxTurning the key in the mailboxOpening the mailboxRetrieving the mail from within the mailbox ...all by himself (aside from, you know, needing a lift).
Year 3, Day 231
It's taken a while, but today Miles finally figured out how to pucker his lips and blow (as opposed to "FFFT"-ing through his front teeth).
Year 3, Day 6
Over the weekend, Miles and I were looking at some pictures from just after he was born. "Who's that?" I'd ask, showing him a photo of a tiny newborn curled up in a bassinet. "Baby Miles," he'd reply.The most striking thing about the contrast between then and now is just how much Miles has grown … Continue reading Year 3, Day 6
Year 2, Day 182
Miles has met a lot of people in the year and a half he's been alive, but I always wonder how capable he is of remembering the people he doesn't see as frequently as, say, his daycare teachers or babysitter. Does he remember his grandparents? His aunts and uncles? Well Miles had his 18-month check-up … Continue reading Year 2, Day 182
Year 2, Day 142 – Operation: Babywalk Concludes!
In the last week, we've seen Miles start climbing to his feet, standing unassisted, bending over and picking up objects, and -- of course -- walking. This has sent Miles at long last from the infant room at daycare to the toddler room, and today saw him reach the final milestone in his journey to … Continue reading Year 2, Day 142 – Operation: Babywalk Concludes!