Parenthood is one part life-affirming family drama and one part horror movie. Sometimes the line between these two blurs very quickly and terrifyingly. Last night, for instance, after we had gotten home from the Valentine's Dance, I was carrying Miles when he just decided to go in for a big hug. No real reason was … Continue reading Year 2, Day 354
Spending time with our friends in Wilmington also means that Miles gets to spend time with his buddy Kaleb. While he's met Kaleb previously, it was only this time that he was able to really play with him. And boy, has Miles taken a liking to him! Miles absolutely adores "Keebah" (as he calls him). … Continue reading Year 2, Day 328
Miles is typically cautious around unfamiliar people, but he's especially nervous around my brother, his Uncle Ben. Ben has cerebral palsy and has been confined to a wheelchair for his whole life, and it's clear every time Miles sees him that he's never quite sure what to make of the situation. On Thursday, Miles wouldn't … Continue reading Year 2, Day 279
As nice as it was to have a little time away, it felt really good to come home to Miles today. It took him a second after we walked in, but once he realized we were actually back home he scurried over for hugs. The best part of the afternoon, however, was family naptime.
While I get to see Miles interact with other children pretty often, I don't get to see him do this at home very much. Does he get territorial? Does he share things willingly? I assume (based on a lack of complaints) that he's learning to manage this at daycare, but what about his own space … Continue reading Year 2, Day 222
I'm not sure where the line between sincerity and instinct lies for small children. It's obvious that early in Miles's life, he learned to cling to Jaclyn and I because he recognized on a base level that we were his caretakers. As he's grown, his hugs have seemed to become more intentional, based on affection … Continue reading Year 2, Day 183