Tonight I watched from the driveway as Sam ran down the block to play with his friends at their house. He ran, arms tucked in and pumping at his sides, little feet running as fast as he could toward his playmates. My heart flew with him, as his first tiny wings of independence sprouted… and then I let go. Fly, baby boy, fly. I love you.
Half a Day Old February 17, 2011
She coos. She coos almost all the time.
She’s got a smushy little nose, and her mouth and chin look like Sam’s.
She eats like a champ and has pooped and peed. She’s doing all of her jobs!
She’s got huge, huge chubby cheeks — perfect for smushing and squeezing.
She has feminine little hands with long fingers.
She has long eyelashes like her Daddy.
She loves to be snuggled and swaddled.
She wears hats well.
We love her more and more with every moment that passes.
Anna Leigh Peavler made a very quick entrance into the world at 1:54 am on Thursday, February 17th. She weighs a cuddly 9 lbs and 15 oz. and is 22 inches long. Kristin moved from a 5 to a 9 in a matter of minutes and our doctor barely had time to get from home into the delivery room as the wonderful resident (Sarah from Duluth) delivered Anna. Anna scored a precocious 9 of 10 on the Apgar test and is wonderfully perfect in every way. She is bright eyed and quiet just like Sam was but unlike her older brother she has taken right to breast feeding! Kristin was amazing during delivery and doing fine even though she’s quite sore right now.
Anna, we loved you before we ever met you face-to-face and we’ll love you always. Welcome to our family and to your life. We’re so excited to see you grow up and hear about your dreams and find out all the things you love to do. We can’t wait to watch you grow into your own personality and see how you’re similar and different from Sam and from us. Mostly, we’re excited to get to know you and show you all the wonderful things that our world has to offer!
Welcome home little one…..we love you.
Snuggling on the Couch at Christmas December 18, 2010
Tonight, after getting home from playing with friends, Sam rushed around the house, turning all the lights off. Except the Christmas tree. He then pronounced that it was time to “watch a dark movie for Sam.” He chose the new Christmas special “Prep and Landing” (which is adorable, by the way). He climbed up on the couch and directed Rob and I to either side of him, so he could sit in the nest between us. We were a bird family — Mommy, Daddy, and Baby Bird — watching a Christmas special, snuggling together. I never want to forget those little moments. Of tiny bodies nestled between big bodies, soaking up Christmas and love and togetherness.
Elmer’s Glue October 25, 2010
Sam is in love with glue projects. He would glue shapes onto paper all day long if I’d let him. It’s interesting to see the colors he chooses. Today, he chose blue paper as his canvas and glued orange shapes onto it. Last night, it was yellow on yellow. It’s always two colors, never three, even though he has the option of more colors with the tow-color paper. I think it’s very toddler of him.
We sit and talk about things while he glues. He tells me all the things Daddy says — he remembers everything — and what kind of shape he wants next. He tells stories about the shapes. He wonders about things. I get a glimpse into his mind. It’s fascinating. And there’s no place that I would rather be than gluing construction paper shapes at the kitchen table with my little Sam.
Biggest Compliment Ever October 14, 2010
Tonight at bedtime, Sam said, “Mommy, when Sam grow up, Sam going to be a mommy.” Doesn’t get much better than that.
Date Night and A Missed Opportunity October 10, 2010
Last night, Rob and I went out for date night. One of his students came to babysit Sam. Sam cried and cried when we left, but apparently settled right down after the door was closed. It’s so hard to leave when he’s so upset, but if that stopped me, Rob and I would never go out. Ever. 🙂
If our date night had a theme it would be Music Dork Night. We went to the Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor to see William Bolcom and his wife Joan Morris perform. Bolcom is a Pulitzer prize-winning composer, who’s known for his operas as well as his art songs. Last night was a performance of cabaret songs throughout the century. William played, Joan (who was sick!) sang, and the small audience really enjoyed the performance. Rob and I decided that we’d like to take William and Joan out for dinner and just listen. They have known everyone, worked with everyone, and lived this amazing musical life. It would be so fun to hear their stories.
On the way home, we stopped at Meijer to get some milk for the morning. When we walked in, there was a man and his young son sitting on a bench in the front of the store, a shopping cart full of bags of aluminum cans, each eating Lunchables. Both Rob and I had a strong visceral reaction to the scene. Thinking of Sam, home safe with a babysitter, the money we spent on a concert, dessert, and the babysitter… and here is a man collecting cans to feed his child. Obviously, there is a whole story to them that we don’t know, but it seemed clear that they were struggling. We decided to find a manager to see if they were known to the employees and if there was something we could do to help them. Maybe buy a Meijer gift card or something. By the time we found someone and got back to the bench, they were gone.
I worry about doing what I think might be a helpful thing like that for people, because I don’t know the whole story. I don’t want to offend or misjudge a situation. But maybe the best thing to do is take a chance and risk offending someone and not miss the moment.
We’re so lucky. We have a home, food to eat, happiness every day. Our days are so easy. It makes the little frustrations I face seem so trivial and silly and I just need to give thanks every day for every thing and every one in my life.