Those Slippery Baby Hours

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(Why am I naming days?)

9/7/14, Day 14,005 (Mercena Day 23): Those Slippery Baby Hours

There are various versions of the saying, “When it comes to raising kids, the days go slow, but the years go fast.”  I’d say that after “It’s the hardest but the best thing I’ve done,” that it’s the most popular piece of small-talk wisdom I’ve received on parenting.

But thus far (and we’re still early, aren’t we?), I haven’t felt the days go slow, not at all. If anything, the hours become terribly slippery in baby land. You start a project, and suddenly four hours go by in a blink and you haven’t done a stitch of work on it. You say you’re going somewhere at 5pm, and feel like you’re making great time until you notice you’re walking out the door at 6:30.

Slippery is the best word for it: slippery in the mind, from being so tired; slippery in deed, with so many little interruptions; and slippery overall, each busy day sliding into the next sleepy night with such an easy speed that your sense of time starts to become wobbly, uncertain; like it’s all really just one long day where the sun goes down from time to time.

How will this change when I return to work? When the hours get a little hard, and all the minutes need to be accounted for again? What will Heather’s experience be without me in slippery baby time?

Little happy unique things yesterday among all the repetition:

  • She usually likes her arms to hand down or be by her side when I’m the Singing Dad Bus, but yesterday (and this morning) she’s been raising one arm to grab a finger, which is very cute;
  • We worked the Moby back into our rotation, which was very effective during her daytime sleeping (and led to the absurd picture above);
  • We have a nice visit from Jodi, who brought lasagna and love.

Technique never stands still: it only advances or retreats…

Writing: 138 out of 174 days (KD and The Band)
Spanish: 127 out of 174 days
Music: 42 out of 79 days

What small things did I do yesterday to help build the Honeycomb?
(And what does it mean to “Help build the honeycomb?”)

  • Ate and cooked local, organic, vegetarian food, and used cloth diapers for Mercena;
  • Asked the EPA to not approve any pesticides that harm bees or other pollinators,

Published by CorinnaSchulenburg

Artist and Activist

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