I always knew parenthood was going to be a life-altering experience, but I remain surprised in the random, subtle ways being a father has changed me. The latest example came tonight, when my buddy Franklin and I went to see a movie (Pig starring Nicolas Cage, if you were curious). As a longtime movie theater … Continue reading Year 4, Day 141
When he was a bit younger, we would always play some ambient sound for Miles as he went to sleep. Ocean sounds, rainforest sounds...anything that would help him mellow out. He hasn't really wanted this in a while, but I still ask most nights just in case he might change his mind. Tonight, he actually … Continue reading Year 3, Day 272
When parenting* during the workday, Jaclyn and I do our best to tag team. One of us (which, given the number of meetings I have on a given day, is usually me) sequesters ourself in another room while the other (which, sadly, is usually Jaclyn) sits at the dining table to work and care for … Continue reading Year 3, Day 85
As we were getting our stuff together to leave the house this morning, Miles noticed a book sitting next to him on the bench near the front door. He immediately reached for it. "That's daddy's book," Jaclyn said as she tried to wrangle him and finish pulling his jacket on. "No, mine," Miles said. I … Continue reading Year 3, Day 9
Miles is very picky about the...let's call it music we can put on while we're in the car. For instance, here's what we listened to on the way back from Wilmington last night. Notice that Miles is singing along. It was a...LONG drive.
Trying to help Miles learn to carry on a Martin family tradition (at least, a tradition long held my myself and Uncle Curtis).
There's a new game I play around the house, a bit too frequently if I'm being honest, called "Was it Miles or Jaclyn?" Typically played in the bathroom, the game involves being in an isolated part of the house and hearing a crash or thud or feeling a vibration in the floor, then speculating whether … Continue reading Year 2, Day 113
It's no secret that Miles loves animals, so it was a real treat to take him on a short trip to Rockwell today to visit Tiger World, an endangered wildlife sanctuary that's home to more than its name implies. Miles got to see bears, lions, gibbons, and yes, tigers. He was most interested in the … Continue reading Year 2, Day 89
Tonight, Miles showcased his current knowledge of animal sounds for me, and I was blown away. The animals he can now mimic on cue include: Dogs (of course) Cows Ducks Lions Bears (sort of the same as lions, TBH)
Today when I entered the room at Miles's daycare, I gave him my usual smile and said, "Hi, Miles!" UNusually, his response was to start barking like a dog. This kid is so weird and I hope he never stops being weird.