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another quick post…
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Happy Birthday to Iain’s father, and my buddy, John! A great father of a two-year-old, who deserves a great birthday!

Happy Birthday John!!!!

Quick Blog – Latest Doctor Visit….
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Well, this is a quick lil’ blog, but wanted to let you all know that it should be any day now. We went to the doctor’s today, and she is almost 4 cm dilated and 80 percent thru the mucus membrane stuff…. Whatever that film is called, hahaha! Time to get my bag packed and ready! I’m planning on bringing some clothes, my ds, a portable dvd player, and some toiletries. I am bringing the lil’ gadgets and games, as the first labor, I’m told, could be long, and she wants some movies to watch to take her mind off of things…. I think that’s about it for now… if it happens sooner than later, I will keep my partner in crime John updated, and he’ll update or post on the page for me of the latest and greatest happenings, as I may not be able to a computer…. I hope that I have thought of everything…. Geez, is it time to panic yet?

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Patiently Waiting ….
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Patiently Waiting…. all that we do lately is wait… wait for the inevitable. We are stuck in this standoff of waiting for our first child to be born. His “official” due date is September 4th. This is only ten days away now. A lousy ten days! I know that this is life changing, and the minute that he is born nothing will ever be the same, but I just cannot wait. It seems as though we have been waiting forever now. The doctors have cleared him, as much as they can at this point, of being right on track and healthy. So, he is ready, it’s just a matter of getting him out now!

I went to the grocery store the other day, which is like all weird now. Grocery stores have never seemed strange to me in the past, but they do now. This is because every time I look at an item with a “this product is good til…” date, its now always past his due date. For example, we bought a simple one gallon sweet tea, and the date that it was “good” til was like September 19. Well, HE’LL BE HERE BY THEN! This is what I think, every time now. A gallon of sweet tea, a package of American cheese, a box of cereal, and much more, all good or consider fresh until dates that are past his due date. It is funny to me; I buy this package of cheese, and it will still be here after we bring this precious boy into the world! Well, like I said that the beginning, patiently waiting….

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Fifty Words – A Few Too Many
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Fifty words - a few too many

Fifty words - a few too many

As some of you may know from following the tweets, my son (with the help of his mother) has called several times while away.  And it brings up an interesting topic—the conversations of two-year-olds.  It’s a curious time during which a child knows what they want to say, but aren’t necessarily capable of saying it.  Thus the general fits and temper tantrums that have contributed to the phrasing of “the terrible two’s”. 

Doctors (such as my son’s pediatrician) say that at the age of two, children should have a vocabulary of at least fifty words.  Some books and sites even suggest one-hundred.  When you think about it, that’s a lot of words.  But where do they all come from?  Sure, many come from interactions with parents, family, and friends.   My son learned the French words for Grandma and Grandpa from my parents who wanted to be called by them (Memere’ for Grandma, Pepere’ for Grandpa).  He also calls my girlfriend Pepere’; mainly because she laughed one day when he called her, and everything else, Pepere’—so it stuck.

But what’s most fascinating is how phrases like “I want”, “mine”, and “my turn” quickly accompanied “no” in his daily usage.  These weren’t things we said.  And so it stands to reason that these came from elsewhere.   A quick and easy culprit was television.  Although not on often at our home, we had to make sure that we screened what was on and mainly watched DVD’s of known content.  Our home wasn’t alone.  We also collaborated with his mom, who noticed him parroting things directly from the T.V. and so started a similar effort.  Another large contributor was from his observation of the interactions with other children and families.  You could see him absorb it like a sponge and look on with keen intrigue.  And so now begins a difficult task of not only filtering what he hears and says, but swaying his actions from the negative interactions he observes—I’m excited…  can you hear the sarcasm in those words?  As my Mom and Dad would say, “Welcome to parenting…”

Friends with new babies…
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So, we went to see a friend of ours who just had her baby, not but two weeks ago.  The baby had some difficulty at first, and had to stay in the hospital for almost a whole week, as did the mother!  This does scare me a bit, as I wonder, will I have the same issues?  Will I have to stay in the hospital all week?  I only have a week off from work, so that would consume my entire work leave, or maternity leave, if i have to say there for that long as well.  To me, it sounds funny when I say maternity, being a guy and all.  Guy maternity leave?  Male maternity leave?  I do not know why that sounds odd to me, but it does nonetheless… so, my friends birth situation did place a lil’ bit of worry in my current thougths.  But, in the end, the baby and mother came home, and are doing wonderfully.  As a matter of fact, I do not think that they could be doing any better than they are.  That is reassuring!  It is reassuring in the sense that they went through a lot, and still everything turned out great!  When the time comes for my lilttle one to be born, I am going to put my trust into the educated medical staff and doctors’ hands.  And if something is off or worng, I will be thinking back to this friend of ours, and know that everything turned okay for her, which will be reassuring for me. 

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