Miles continues to enjoy starting every morning with the Question of the Day upon arriving at school, although his reason for enjoying it has changed a little in the last couple weeks. Where he once proudly and thoughtfully selected the best answer to each day's question, he now carefully considers which answer is likely to … Continue reading Year 5, Day 265
Star Wars Celebration has concluded and I'm headed back home today after a weekend that...well, was frankly just too busy. But last night I finally got a decent, lengthy video chat with Miles! Which was naturally used for tomfoolery. Can't wait to see this goofball again soon!
I always knew this was going to be a challenge for me, but the more Miles learns to communicate the truer it is -- fatherhood is a constant battle between NEEDING to act sternly and WANTING to laugh hysterically at EVERYTHING. Almost every time I say, "That isn't funny, Miles," or, "I'm/We're not laughing, Miles," … Continue reading Year 5, Day 22
With Jaclyn's birthday rapidly approaching, Miles and I went out after daycare to get a card that we could both agree on. J/K, I had absolutely no input whatsoever. In fact, Miles quickly beelined to two cards and demanded we purchase both of them. He actually found quite a few cards that...spoke to him, most … Continue reading Year 4, Day 336
Convincing Miles to do just about anything is a real challenge at this point. No matter what you suggest, Miles will always have a counter-offer, oftentimes in complete opposition to what he actually needs to do, which he will then alter as soon as it seems he might be appeased. Binary choices frequently don't work, … Continue reading Year 4, Day 95
For reasons I can't explain, "Throw Bean Bags Under Dad's Office Door Then Wait for Him to Find Them" became Miles's favorite game this evening. https://videopress.com/v/0wIvHlWw?preloadContent=metadata
Tonight was...not great. Mommy had work to be doing, daddy just wanted to finish his dinner, and Miles was trapped in that hellish point in the day where he's too tired to stay up but too unwilling to go to sleep, resulting in crying fits where nothing we did, regardless of how explicitly we conformed … Continue reading Year 3, Day 244
Miles has started declaring, "Miles funny!" pretty regularly, and while I caution him against being too prideful regarding his comedic gifts, who can argue with this?
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
I don't think this necessarily applies exclusively to small children -- there's often not a lot of rhyme or reason in the things we individually find delight in. Often, the why or how isn't as important as the fact that, for whatever reason, we're experiencing joy. Still, watching a child grow and develop, one can't … Continue reading Year 2, Day 253