Thursday, February 28, 2008

My Big Impression on Anne Lamott

I went to hear Anne Lamott give a reading at Barnes and Noble tonight. I’m pretty sure she’ll remember me. Not because I’m that narcissistic, but because I was the six-foot woman in the audience with a huge glob of chocolate resting on her upper lip.

Hmm. Now that I think about it, perhaps I should always go to public functions featuring famous people with a dab of chocolate in hopes of distinguishing myself from the horde.

Okay. Maybe I’m a little narcissistic.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Teching Toward Sleep

I felt a bit sheepish when I read my friend Christin’s beautiful post on putting her daughter to sleep. She eloquently explains how she (Christin) closes her eyes while rocking Noelle because otherwise Noelle will fixate on her eyes as if trying to search her mother’s thoughts.

I’ve also gotten into the habit of closing my eyes while rocking Sam to sleep. I realized, however, that my reason for doing so was less about cutting off my thoughts and more along the lines of avoiding eye contact with a rabid dog….don’t let him see my fear…don’t let him see the whites of my eyes or he’ll shoot.

Putting Sam to sleep has gotten much easier lately. Actually, our lives in general have recently taken a delightful turn as we encountered two celestial beings. One in the form of Jamie Usher, baby whisperer extraordinaire. And the other in the form of the book Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. John and I realized that the main reason why Sam cried was that he was tired. Less interaction, more sleep. We’ve been laughing at the thought of having to “help” Sam fall asleep. Help him eat, help him get dressed, even helping him let out a burp—all of these things make sense to me. But helping someone fall asleep? “Uh, okay. First you close your eyes, then…well…that’s it.”

But “help” him sleep we do. We swaddle, shush, sway and pacify…all while avoiding eye contact.

** You can find Christin’s post here:

Monday, February 11, 2008

Sam's Bad Day

You know you've had a bad day when you wonder, "Why ISN'T he crying?"

Friday, February 08, 2008