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November 15, 2003

Missing Milestones

We're at the inlaws for the weekend, which means cashews and fine scotch for me when I'm not being drafted to help transplant azaleas or help hang house number plaques, and free time for the Sainted Wife, as her parents take over the child entertainment duties she normally fills.

The results of the switch in attention providers occasionally presents a surprise or two. Scotty, for instance, has taken to Saltines like a dog to a elk carcass, grasping the sodden cracker remnants on his high chair tray with a chubby fist, then violently shaking his head from side to side as he attempts to bring cracker to mouth.

Scottty's cries of frustration when the attempts fail are a thing to behold. I'm all for letting him continue in his abortive quests for sustenance, finding them singularly entertaining, but others, who shall remain nameless, take pity on him after a yowl or two. The nameless they hold the cracker up to his mouth for him while he gnaws at it in delight, and coo over what a big boy he is become. Scotty has also deigned to accept spoonfuls of strained squash from his Nana, after having refused all spoon-related entreaties from his mother and I for the past fortnight. I'm also told he consumed an entire Arrowroot cookie whist I lay abed this morn.

"Excellent!" I cried, ignoring the tone of implicit disapproval over my choice of morning activities. How any decent father could choose unconciousness over his child's first consumption of a particular solid was beyond the compehension of the......nameless they.

I'm shanghaiing SW into seeing Master and Commander with me tonight--I expect news of his first words upon our return.

Posted by Bigwig at November 15, 2003 01:25 PM | TrackBack
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