Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Smells Like Toddler Spirit!

Here are a few random thoughts for the day:

We had another first in our household last night. With Mrs. LIAYF tied up with work in a city an hour away last night until past 8 PM, it was up to yours truly to get Lukas home, make dinner, get him fed, get him bathed and get him put down to sleep for the night. No big deal you say? Well, it was at this household as it marked the very first time in his 1 plus years now, that Luke was not breast fed before he went to sleep for the night. For the record, he was in good spirits most of the evening, but seemed a bit confused as to where mom was. He fussed a bit after I gave him his sippy of warmed breast milk and put him in his crib, but our nightly routine payed off as he was familiar enough with it to know if was time to put himself to sleep. Way to go buddy.

I had a proud daddy moment this afternoon. While silently entering Lukas' daycare to pick him up this afternoon, I spied the director of the daycare (unbeknownst to her) leaning over the wall to the infant room talking to one of the babies. Yes, it was Lukas. She then looked up and mentioned to the caregiver in the infant room "Do you see this? Lukas is stacking these blocks. Most babies his age aren't stacking yet, but good at knocking things down." Luke then looked up and saw me and said "Dada!" The director looked surprised, but continued to rave about his progress. I was beaming.

Lastly, I had an NPR driveway moment as I arrived at home from work. Luke was napping in his car seat and a story came on about Spencer Elden, the baby from the cover of Nirvana's Nevermind album. Turns out he is now 17, and wishes he would have come of age in the 90's! It was a great story, and again made me realize that time most definitely marches on. (You can listen to the story here and have your own PC or Mac moment). Spencer's parents were paid $200 for that picture. Can you imagine, millions of people seeing your privates and you get a measly $200??

We won't be selling pictures of Lukas (or his privates) anytime soon. What's the point? Friends and family can see him in all his glory during our nightly "naked baby" time - the 10 minutes or so he gets to run around naked before his bath. It may not be enough to inspire a generation of music fans, but it's good enough for us!

12 comments:

SciFi Dad said...

How come it seems like fathers are always the ones who get to do the changes in routines solo?

Good on Lukas for stacking (and I hope shortly thereafter screaming "DESTROY! DESTROY!" as he knocks down his masterpiece).

Manager Mom said...

Just make sure you save the nudie photos for future embarassment potential with girlfriends, frat brothers, etc.

DCUrbanDad said...

If I was Spencer that story would be told to all the ladies.

morethananelectrician said...

Good job on getting him to bed. It might seem like a small task to non-parents or parents of non-breast fed babies.

Xbox4NappyRash said...

I never gave a second thought actually, but it must be weird seeing your wobbly bits plastered all over the world.

iVegasFamily said...

Good job with the nighttime duties. They can be tough when having to go it alone. Sounds like it was a huge success.

James Austin said...

@Scifi - Just seems that way. He does his fair share of destroying as well.

@Manager Mom - We have plenty of those stored away as well.

@DC - I am sure Spencer is not shy about telling his story.

@Mte - Yes, those breasts are an enormous source of comfort to our son, so it was a big deal.

@Xbox - Yes, that would be a strange thing to be famous for!

@VegasDad - It did go better than I thought! He slept through the night too!

Ed (zoesdad) said...

Nice first. It does seem that the dad gets to handle many of the big transitions alone. Why is that?

James Austin said...

@Ed - I'm sure it just seems that way. I don't think I had any choice on this one. It kind of required mom to be away. But thanks for the kudos.

coolingstar9 said...

james austin,
It is really good for you to take care Luke.
You were beaming because Lukas is now learning something new, like stacking blocks.
Wow, Lukas can say "Dada!" thats good.
Please continue to give love to Lukas, have a happy family, best wishes from coolingstar9

BusyDad said...

I love those "that's my boy!" moments. I'm referring to the blocks, not the wee wee bits in the water...

James Austin said...

@coolingstar9 - Thanks for stopping by and for the nice comments!

@Bd - Yes, those are pretty cool, huh? Again, the blocks and not the bits.