This was your second time at the Long Beach Aquarium. The first time you were only about 4 months old though and I just carried you around in the Ergo while I caught up with my good friend Brie and finally met her son Gunnar who was born around the same time as you.
This time, we met up with some good friends, Kasey and her sister Jenny, and Dylan and Jenny’s girls. (It was so good to sort of catch up with old friends although the term ‘catch up’ doesn’t hold the meaning as it did pre-parenthood.) And, this time, you wanted to see everything and you really wanted to get inside that glass…
and then you wanted to get inside that pool of sharks… you wanted to touch everything, climb on everything, see everything. You make life so interesting in the best possible way. I love seeing the world through your eyes.
It was a fun (and hectic day). Of course you and I ended the trip by spending about 45 minutes frantically looking for where I parked the CRV, on 4 different levels, with you in the umbrella stroller. Will I never learn? You were a PERFECT child and I could kiss you a million times for being so happy the entire time we buzzed back in the elevator and took another round in the car lot.
It was worth it though. And in these days when we are not making it to church very often, it’s always good to have a humbling, remind me I am in need of God, moment, right?
You just fell in love with books. I watched it happen. One night you crawled around the bed, babbling and basically ignoring me while I read little board books to you and the next night, you sat in my lap, quiet and still, fascinated by each page. Tonight, I read 5 board books to you and you were still so involved that I started over and read them all again. You’re pretty rad.
You got to spend a fun day at the beach with your Uncle John, Aunt Julie, Molly and Josh.
I like to think of myself as a romantic, but ask anyone and they will tell you I am a realist and a cynic. I finally believe that you are saying Mom and Dada. Sure you have been saying these words for months now but it was not especially clear that they meant anything specific to you. You babble incessantly and these are just some of the many sounds you have been making throughout the day since you were 9 or 10 months old.
But yesterday you looked right at me and said “Mom.” I’m surprised I can type this without crying- you make my heart full of love.
So, I can finally admit you are saying some words for real now…
1. Dad, Dada
2. Mom, mama
i’m gonna go out on a limb and say that david bowie is the greatest male vocalist of all time. over sam cooke, frank sinatra, john lennon, etc. i’d defend it to you, but if you have to ask, then you’ll never know.
here is his new single along with a bunch of folks covering him:
1. David Bowie: Where are We Now? http://youtu.be/h6YdcqFcOl4
2. The Horrors: Suffragette City http://youtu.be/y3pQrIMMmtQ
3. Beck: Diamond Dogs http://youtu.be/YUdP-bUzSp8
4. Bauhaus: Ziggy Stardust http://youtu.be/tTyePL5JvVI
5. Exitmusic: Space Oddity http://youtu.be/_2T4FOpidrc
6. Warpaint: Ashes to Ashes http://youtu.be/EuspAu4FxuU
7. Nirvana: The Man Who Sold The World http://youtu.be/fregObNcHC8
8. Arcade Fire: Five Years http://youtu.be/MVphNbXaLKU
9. the Wallflowers: Heroes http://youtu.be/1g2VdB4YpzQ
10.NIN: Im Afraid of Americans http://youtu.be/7GkJHbghxkg
11. Seu Jorge: Life on Mars http://youtu.be/w6l8zrsf4LY
12. David Bowie: Magic Dance http://youtu.be/ZvyNOg4jSRg
My favorite holiday. Soon to be his.