1-minute Eavesdropping on Roarke

This isn’t a great recording (your sound machine is on so the sound of fake rain is overwhelming), but it gives you a sense of something that’s been happening a lot more often the last few months. You now sing and chat with yourself. It’s most noticeable in the mornings when you wake up and we leave you in your crib for your daily “wake up” time. 

Unlike baby chatter, you’re actually speaking words. It’s pretty cool. I remember the first I heard you kind of speaking ABCs to yourself (months ago). I ran out into the living room and saw your Mom leaning over to check it out too. We both smiled at each other and you went about playing with your toys on your mat, just kind of singing to yourself contently. 

Now we hear full blown conversations with Bunny, actual song lyrics (you sing all of Frere Jacques to yourself), or just general statements about what you’re seeing. It’s awesome. 

BTW, this recording was taken last night after you were put in your crib while we’re spending a week in The Hamptons.

Love,

Dad

Daddy Daughter Sunday Funday
Last Sunday, you and I got the whole day alone together. I gave you the option between going to the zoo and the botanic garden. Of course you chose the zoo even though you’d just been to the Central Park Zoo a couple months ago (I’d like to think it’s because you’re studying zoo animals at school this week, but I bet having no idea what a “botanic garden” is played a role). 
We got incredibly lucky with the baboons. There were some very playful and social babies when we arrived. They were literally interacting with you and other kids through the glass. You were shrieking with joy. It was ace to see you bond with a creature like that. You were definitely more impressed than you were with the cows at the county fair two weeks ago. 
We then came home, took a nap, and headed out to the park, which was yet another request you made (“swings!”). We spent about an hour running around before coming home to bathe and call it a (long) day. 
To be totally honest, you were a total nightmare most of the day. Everything was greeted by a “no” and tantrum. I think you got like 7 Time Outs over the course of the day. In fact, this whole week has been kind of a disaster in terms of your behavior. You’re arguing everything, including things you actually want. I must say I haven’t been the most proud of my parenting reaction to lots of it since I lost my temper in response. 
BUT…
I must say that I appreciate (and could learn from) your ability to leave the bad mood behind and enjoy something special that’s happening. 
So thanks (but also… be nice, will ya?).
Love,
Dad
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Daddy Daughter Sunday Funday
Last Sunday, you and I got the whole day alone together. I gave you the option between going to the zoo and the botanic garden. Of course you chose the zoo even though you’d just been to the Central Park Zoo a couple months ago (I’d like to think it’s because you’re studying zoo animals at school this week, but I bet having no idea what a “botanic garden” is played a role). 
We got incredibly lucky with the baboons. There were some very playful and social babies when we arrived. They were literally interacting with you and other kids through the glass. You were shrieking with joy. It was ace to see you bond with a creature like that. You were definitely more impressed than you were with the cows at the county fair two weeks ago. 
We then came home, took a nap, and headed out to the park, which was yet another request you made (“swings!”). We spent about an hour running around before coming home to bathe and call it a (long) day. 
To be totally honest, you were a total nightmare most of the day. Everything was greeted by a “no” and tantrum. I think you got like 7 Time Outs over the course of the day. In fact, this whole week has been kind of a disaster in terms of your behavior. You’re arguing everything, including things you actually want. I must say I haven’t been the most proud of my parenting reaction to lots of it since I lost my temper in response. 
BUT…
I must say that I appreciate (and could learn from) your ability to leave the bad mood behind and enjoy something special that’s happening. 
So thanks (but also… be nice, will ya?).
Love,
Dad
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Daddy Daughter Sunday Funday
Last Sunday, you and I got the whole day alone together. I gave you the option between going to the zoo and the botanic garden. Of course you chose the zoo even though you’d just been to the Central Park Zoo a couple months ago (I’d like to think it’s because you’re studying zoo animals at school this week, but I bet having no idea what a “botanic garden” is played a role). 
We got incredibly lucky with the baboons. There were some very playful and social babies when we arrived. They were literally interacting with you and other kids through the glass. You were shrieking with joy. It was ace to see you bond with a creature like that. You were definitely more impressed than you were with the cows at the county fair two weeks ago. 
We then came home, took a nap, and headed out to the park, which was yet another request you made (“swings!”). We spent about an hour running around before coming home to bathe and call it a (long) day. 
To be totally honest, you were a total nightmare most of the day. Everything was greeted by a “no” and tantrum. I think you got like 7 Time Outs over the course of the day. In fact, this whole week has been kind of a disaster in terms of your behavior. You’re arguing everything, including things you actually want. I must say I haven’t been the most proud of my parenting reaction to lots of it since I lost my temper in response. 
BUT…
I must say that I appreciate (and could learn from) your ability to leave the bad mood behind and enjoy something special that’s happening. 
So thanks (but also… be nice, will ya?).
Love,
Dad
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Daddy Daughter Sunday Funday

Last Sunday, you and I got the whole day alone together. I gave you the option between going to the zoo and the botanic garden. Of course you chose the zoo even though you’d just been to the Central Park Zoo a couple months ago (I’d like to think it’s because you’re studying zoo animals at school this week, but I bet having no idea what a “botanic garden” is played a role). 

We got incredibly lucky with the baboons. There were some very playful and social babies when we arrived. They were literally interacting with you and other kids through the glass. You were shrieking with joy. It was ace to see you bond with a creature like that. You were definitely more impressed than you were with the cows at the county fair two weeks ago. 

We then came home, took a nap, and headed out to the park, which was yet another request you made (“swings!”). We spent about an hour running around before coming home to bathe and call it a (long) day. 

To be totally honest, you were a total nightmare most of the day. Everything was greeted by a “no” and tantrum. I think you got like 7 Time Outs over the course of the day. In fact, this whole week has been kind of a disaster in terms of your behavior. You’re arguing everything, including things you actually want. I must say I haven’t been the most proud of my parenting reaction to lots of it since I lost my temper in response. 

BUT…

I must say that I appreciate (and could learn from) your ability to leave the bad mood behind and enjoy something special that’s happening. 

So thanks (but also… be nice, will ya?).

Love,

Dad

QT with Auntie Sabrina & Uncle Oz

Sadly, Mom had to leave town unexpectedly to attend a funeral (it’s been a tough summer in that regard). Because I was out of town for my annual fantasy football draft, Mom and I were going to miss each other by 6-7 hours. 

We were quite lucky to have Auntie Sabrina and Uncle Oz step in to spend Saturday with you while we were both on planes. According to them, you were an angel (although I’m suspicious). 

You’ve been a fan of both of them, but you guys really bonded as you can tell by this video. In fact, about five minutes after they left (I got home around 9p on Sat night), I was changing you for bed and you were asking for “Brina” to come back. It was sweet. 

They really are like family to us, so it’s wonderful to see you treat them as such.

Love,

Dad

Ghost via the Machine

Most mornings we let you sit playing quietly in your crib for a bit after you wake up. It’s a pretty happy time for you. This morning when I checked on the monitor, this was you. I was nervous about you suffocating so I charged into your room. Upon me entering, you promptly removed the blanket said “I hiding.”

It was hysterical. 

Love,

Dad

Truth Telling (Smelling)

A recent development is that you’ve started lying on occasion. I have a very specific memory of Uncle Shaun (an Uncle you haven’t met yet) telling me he found it so interesting when he was watching his first child start to lie. Seeing it start to happen the last couple weeks (mostly in an effort to get what you want: avoiding a diaper change, eating more, etc) is a bit surreal. On some level it’s adorable. On another, it’s an odd mix of naiveté and intelligence. But at the end of the day, it’s still lying. 

I don’t have the original lie on video, but this is the moment you shift from lying about having a dirty diaper (since you didn’t want to deal with a diaper change), to finally admitting it. It’s hilarious to watch you avoid eye contact and mumble a mix between “yes” and “no” as we press you on it. 

Of course, I’ll accept lying if you always end up selecting Mom to change you (just kidding! I’m so glad you decided to tell the smelly truth). 

Love,

Dad

Wingdale Weekend Year 2
Just like last year, last weekend we took a trip upstate so we could visit Willa, Auntie Brandi and Uncle Gavin. It was a blast. 
This year we even went to a huge country fair where you saw a bunch of farm animals (you loved the chickens and chics), rode a Ferris Wheel, took a spin on a scarily fast carousel and ate some delicious pulled pork. 
Most importantly, you got some great QT with Willa, whom you really adore (well, except when she’s trying to play with your toys since you apparently left your sharing skills back in the city). You girls ran around together on the beautiful deck, had a blast in the rolling manicured hills in the backyard and played with sidewalk chalk on the front porch (of course we came home and bought some since you love drawing these days). 

It wouldn’t be vacation if you didn’t also get some pool time. You two ladies played in the Kiddie Pool, while the adults hung out by the Big Pool. Plus the adults even snuck in a night out to celebrate Auntie Brandi’s 40th birthday. 
This year you managed to avoid throwing up on the actual road trip, but of course you threw up on the drive to the fair. Ahhh, vacation….
Love,
Dad
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Wingdale Weekend Year 2
Just like last year, last weekend we took a trip upstate so we could visit Willa, Auntie Brandi and Uncle Gavin. It was a blast. 
This year we even went to a huge country fair where you saw a bunch of farm animals (you loved the chickens and chics), rode a Ferris Wheel, took a spin on a scarily fast carousel and ate some delicious pulled pork. 
Most importantly, you got some great QT with Willa, whom you really adore (well, except when she’s trying to play with your toys since you apparently left your sharing skills back in the city). You girls ran around together on the beautiful deck, had a blast in the rolling manicured hills in the backyard and played with sidewalk chalk on the front porch (of course we came home and bought some since you love drawing these days). 

It wouldn’t be vacation if you didn’t also get some pool time. You two ladies played in the Kiddie Pool, while the adults hung out by the Big Pool. Plus the adults even snuck in a night out to celebrate Auntie Brandi’s 40th birthday. 
This year you managed to avoid throwing up on the actual road trip, but of course you threw up on the drive to the fair. Ahhh, vacation….
Love,
Dad
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Wingdale Weekend Year 2
Just like last year, last weekend we took a trip upstate so we could visit Willa, Auntie Brandi and Uncle Gavin. It was a blast. 
This year we even went to a huge country fair where you saw a bunch of farm animals (you loved the chickens and chics), rode a Ferris Wheel, took a spin on a scarily fast carousel and ate some delicious pulled pork. 
Most importantly, you got some great QT with Willa, whom you really adore (well, except when she’s trying to play with your toys since you apparently left your sharing skills back in the city). You girls ran around together on the beautiful deck, had a blast in the rolling manicured hills in the backyard and played with sidewalk chalk on the front porch (of course we came home and bought some since you love drawing these days). 

It wouldn’t be vacation if you didn’t also get some pool time. You two ladies played in the Kiddie Pool, while the adults hung out by the Big Pool. Plus the adults even snuck in a night out to celebrate Auntie Brandi’s 40th birthday. 
This year you managed to avoid throwing up on the actual road trip, but of course you threw up on the drive to the fair. Ahhh, vacation….
Love,
Dad
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Wingdale Weekend Year 2
Just like last year, last weekend we took a trip upstate so we could visit Willa, Auntie Brandi and Uncle Gavin. It was a blast. 
This year we even went to a huge country fair where you saw a bunch of farm animals (you loved the chickens and chics), rode a Ferris Wheel, took a spin on a scarily fast carousel and ate some delicious pulled pork. 
Most importantly, you got some great QT with Willa, whom you really adore (well, except when she’s trying to play with your toys since you apparently left your sharing skills back in the city). You girls ran around together on the beautiful deck, had a blast in the rolling manicured hills in the backyard and played with sidewalk chalk on the front porch (of course we came home and bought some since you love drawing these days). 

It wouldn’t be vacation if you didn’t also get some pool time. You two ladies played in the Kiddie Pool, while the adults hung out by the Big Pool. Plus the adults even snuck in a night out to celebrate Auntie Brandi’s 40th birthday. 
This year you managed to avoid throwing up on the actual road trip, but of course you threw up on the drive to the fair. Ahhh, vacation….
Love,
Dad
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Wingdale Weekend Year 2
Just like last year, last weekend we took a trip upstate so we could visit Willa, Auntie Brandi and Uncle Gavin. It was a blast. 
This year we even went to a huge country fair where you saw a bunch of farm animals (you loved the chickens and chics), rode a Ferris Wheel, took a spin on a scarily fast carousel and ate some delicious pulled pork. 
Most importantly, you got some great QT with Willa, whom you really adore (well, except when she’s trying to play with your toys since you apparently left your sharing skills back in the city). You girls ran around together on the beautiful deck, had a blast in the rolling manicured hills in the backyard and played with sidewalk chalk on the front porch (of course we came home and bought some since you love drawing these days). 

It wouldn’t be vacation if you didn’t also get some pool time. You two ladies played in the Kiddie Pool, while the adults hung out by the Big Pool. Plus the adults even snuck in a night out to celebrate Auntie Brandi’s 40th birthday. 
This year you managed to avoid throwing up on the actual road trip, but of course you threw up on the drive to the fair. Ahhh, vacation….
Love,
Dad
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Wingdale Weekend Year 2
Just like last year, last weekend we took a trip upstate so we could visit Willa, Auntie Brandi and Uncle Gavin. It was a blast. 
This year we even went to a huge country fair where you saw a bunch of farm animals (you loved the chickens and chics), rode a Ferris Wheel, took a spin on a scarily fast carousel and ate some delicious pulled pork. 
Most importantly, you got some great QT with Willa, whom you really adore (well, except when she’s trying to play with your toys since you apparently left your sharing skills back in the city). You girls ran around together on the beautiful deck, had a blast in the rolling manicured hills in the backyard and played with sidewalk chalk on the front porch (of course we came home and bought some since you love drawing these days). 

It wouldn’t be vacation if you didn’t also get some pool time. You two ladies played in the Kiddie Pool, while the adults hung out by the Big Pool. Plus the adults even snuck in a night out to celebrate Auntie Brandi’s 40th birthday. 
This year you managed to avoid throwing up on the actual road trip, but of course you threw up on the drive to the fair. Ahhh, vacation….
Love,
Dad
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Wingdale Weekend Year 2
Just like last year, last weekend we took a trip upstate so we could visit Willa, Auntie Brandi and Uncle Gavin. It was a blast. 
This year we even went to a huge country fair where you saw a bunch of farm animals (you loved the chickens and chics), rode a Ferris Wheel, took a spin on a scarily fast carousel and ate some delicious pulled pork. 
Most importantly, you got some great QT with Willa, whom you really adore (well, except when she’s trying to play with your toys since you apparently left your sharing skills back in the city). You girls ran around together on the beautiful deck, had a blast in the rolling manicured hills in the backyard and played with sidewalk chalk on the front porch (of course we came home and bought some since you love drawing these days). 

It wouldn’t be vacation if you didn’t also get some pool time. You two ladies played in the Kiddie Pool, while the adults hung out by the Big Pool. Plus the adults even snuck in a night out to celebrate Auntie Brandi’s 40th birthday. 
This year you managed to avoid throwing up on the actual road trip, but of course you threw up on the drive to the fair. Ahhh, vacation….
Love,
Dad
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Wingdale Weekend Year 2
Just like last year, last weekend we took a trip upstate so we could visit Willa, Auntie Brandi and Uncle Gavin. It was a blast. 
This year we even went to a huge country fair where you saw a bunch of farm animals (you loved the chickens and chics), rode a Ferris Wheel, took a spin on a scarily fast carousel and ate some delicious pulled pork. 
Most importantly, you got some great QT with Willa, whom you really adore (well, except when she’s trying to play with your toys since you apparently left your sharing skills back in the city). You girls ran around together on the beautiful deck, had a blast in the rolling manicured hills in the backyard and played with sidewalk chalk on the front porch (of course we came home and bought some since you love drawing these days). 

It wouldn’t be vacation if you didn’t also get some pool time. You two ladies played in the Kiddie Pool, while the adults hung out by the Big Pool. Plus the adults even snuck in a night out to celebrate Auntie Brandi’s 40th birthday. 
This year you managed to avoid throwing up on the actual road trip, but of course you threw up on the drive to the fair. Ahhh, vacation….
Love,
Dad
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Wingdale Weekend Year 2
Just like last year, last weekend we took a trip upstate so we could visit Willa, Auntie Brandi and Uncle Gavin. It was a blast. 
This year we even went to a huge country fair where you saw a bunch of farm animals (you loved the chickens and chics), rode a Ferris Wheel, took a spin on a scarily fast carousel and ate some delicious pulled pork. 
Most importantly, you got some great QT with Willa, whom you really adore (well, except when she’s trying to play with your toys since you apparently left your sharing skills back in the city). You girls ran around together on the beautiful deck, had a blast in the rolling manicured hills in the backyard and played with sidewalk chalk on the front porch (of course we came home and bought some since you love drawing these days). 

It wouldn’t be vacation if you didn’t also get some pool time. You two ladies played in the Kiddie Pool, while the adults hung out by the Big Pool. Plus the adults even snuck in a night out to celebrate Auntie Brandi’s 40th birthday. 
This year you managed to avoid throwing up on the actual road trip, but of course you threw up on the drive to the fair. Ahhh, vacation….
Love,
Dad
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Wingdale Weekend Year 2

Just like last year, last weekend we took a trip upstate so we could visit Willa, Auntie Brandi and Uncle Gavin. It was a blast. 

This year we even went to a huge country fair where you saw a bunch of farm animals (you loved the chickens and chics), rode a Ferris Wheel, took a spin on a scarily fast carousel and ate some delicious pulled pork. 

Most importantly, you got some great QT with Willa, whom you really adore (well, except when she’s trying to play with your toys since you apparently left your sharing skills back in the city). You girls ran around together on the beautiful deck, had a blast in the rolling manicured hills in the backyard and played with sidewalk chalk on the front porch (of course we came home and bought some since you love drawing these days). 

It wouldn’t be vacation if you didn’t also get some pool time. You two ladies played in the Kiddie Pool, while the adults hung out by the Big Pool. Plus the adults even snuck in a night out to celebrate Auntie Brandi’s 40th birthday. 

This year you managed to avoid throwing up on the actual road trip, but of course you threw up on the drive to the fair. Ahhh, vacation….

Love,

Dad

"I draw!"
Last night while I was working, you grabbed my notebook and proceeded to scribble all over the pages, every minute or so exclaiming with such sheer excitement about what you had just drawn. “I draw a ‘a’ Mommy!” “I draw a ‘9’ Mommy!” “I draw a choo choo train Mommy!” (that one came with full eye contact to make sure I realized how cool it was). And I really, truly did. Now I will confess that I couldn’t very well recognize the a or 9 or train in your drawings, but you could and that was just awesome. I wish I could bottle up that pure joy to drink on days when life is not being very kind.
You are amazing.
Love,
Mom
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"I draw!"

Last night while I was working, you grabbed my notebook and proceeded to scribble all over the pages, every minute or so exclaiming with such sheer excitement about what you had just drawn. “I draw a ‘a’ Mommy!” “I draw a ‘9’ Mommy!” “I draw a choo choo train Mommy!” (that one came with full eye contact to make sure I realized how cool it was). And I really, truly did. Now I will confess that I couldn’t very well recognize the a or 9 or train in your drawings, but you could and that was just awesome. I wish I could bottle up that pure joy to drink on days when life is not being very kind.

You are amazing.

Love,

Mom