Which when I post this will be today.
You freaked out again tonight at the same time as last night for no apparent reason this time as I was all about stop, look, and listen. So maybe I’m still in the running for Mom of the Year?
I tried feeding you but you didn’t want the boob, which was kind of odd since you hadn’t eaten in almost 4 hours- so not like you. So I gave you a massage, which you really seemed to enjoy. In fact, I think we both had a pretty great time then. You have definitely entered a whole new phase of chatting. It’s kind of amazing.
You got fussy after the massage, so I put you in your pi’s, tried to feed you again, but hell no- you wouldn’t have any of it. So I rocked you in all sorts of new and interesting positions until we took an art tour around the house and into your room. We sat in your rocking chair and I rocked you in my arms until you were calm enough to try eating again. Then you ate, then you passed out. Now you sleep. So who knows. Maybe you have a little bit of my cold? Maybe you had a growth spurt? Maybe you had some gas?
I really wish I spoke Baby.
Which brings me to the Dunston Baby Language DVD I finally watched. A little late, but better than never, I suppose. It was really interesting and I highly recommend it. Apparently it goes something like this- I only watched the first DVD so I only have 3 sounds so far- but:
Eh= burp me
I had no idea that this whole time you have been mostly BEGGING me to burp you! It’s a game changer for sure. Last night in your bassinet you woke up saying Eh. So I picked you up and walked you around for a little bit until you burped then you went straight back to sleep. WTF??? Wish I’d watched this sooner. I don’t think you say Neh though when you are hungry. It’s kind of hard to tell. Dad says he can tell the difference between net and eh. I can’t. I’m also terrible with foreigners. Can’t tell what the heck they are saying half the time. I really sounded like a racist just there. I’m not. Don’t worry. I’m just kind of stupid sometimes and don’t listen very well.
Details can sometimes allude me, it’s the big picture I’m after.
Nama Jill says you are a sensitive baby. That you startle easily and don’t like bright lights or loud sounds. Well, I don’t like bright lights or loud sounds so I guess you got that from me. And unfortunately I am a little bit jumpy. I startle easily. Which wasn’t so great when I had the brilliant idea to start a game of scaring each other at work. I lost. Obviously.
Although I love being with you and watching you discover things like your hands, feet, and voice, I also miss work sometimes. Not all the time, but sometimes. I feel really lucky that I am still able to run two writing programs this Fall. One for the middle school Foster Kids and one for the Elementary kids. The foster kids group started last week and this story I am about to tell you is one of the reasons I love my job so much. You can’t make shit up this good.
In the first sessions I have with kids I usually break the ice with a round of “tell a story about your name.” It’s a fantastic way to get to know people in a very short amount of time. What people tend to say says a lot about them. We were going around the circle when we got to this very special kid named Marcus that I adore. When we play the “who would you adopt if you could” game, I always pick him. He was in our group last semester. There is something super sweet, innocent, and slightly odd about him that speaks to my heart. He has a very unique cadence of speech and thought, he takes long pauses while you watch him work it out before putting it out. Today he paused, and began with “I am named after my Mother’s brother who died while sleepwalking.” Wow, I thought. How sad. He continued. “They were camping in the Grand Canyon and he woke up one night and they never found his body.” Oh my. The room was silent. Every eye was upon Marcus who looked as if he was about to cry. I was scrambling for the perfect segue to lighten the mood when suddenly he looked up and blurted out with gusto “But my Mom was going to name me Jorge (pronounced horhay- even though he’s not latino) !” The room burst out laughing, how could we not? It was one of the most brilliant pieces of comedy performed perfectly I have ever seen. And it was 100% authentic. See why I love my job? I mean, I get to do this. I GET to.
Tomorrow morning you get your first round of vaccines. We’ve thought it over carefully and feel this is the best decision. I can’t say I’m not nervous though. I’ll probably cry with you.
Goddamn no one warned me having children could hurt so much.