Sunday, March 27, 2005

Easter Thwarted by Northwest Weather

There's no element of surprise, after I've given it all away on the title. I was so psyched to see how Alex would be when he went on his first official Easter egg hunt, but as it would have it, I woke up hearing the wind slap the rain against the windows, and disappointment set in. I never did go to the hunt to see if they had postphoned it or just went with it anyway - but I'm pretty sure I'd like to avoid the wet bunny and a clown with running makeup harass us while we go wading for some waterlogged candy.

So instead, like every other parent in Whatcom County, we decided to get our own Easter goodies - so we ended up with a chocolate candy egg for the boy, and nothing for the girl. since she enjoys her steady diet of cereal, formula, and sweet potatoes. But seeing Alex eat half the egg this morning was just fun. He nibbled at it and went, "Mmm!", which I still think is the coolest thing in the world.

Zoe's developing quite the personality, which is utter cuteness mixed with total indifference. About 70 percent of the time, she's quite happy to be left alone. She turns into putty when you pick her up, just wiggling and contorting to a blob baby until you just give up and put her on the floor. She also has this knack for blowing raspberries without putting her lips together, but rather with a wincing expression with half open lips. She's one talented tot, that girl. Although she's learned to pull herself to a standing position, she's not quite learned how to get down from it. She either falls, or yells for somebody to rescue her, or better yet, falls and yells for consolation. We're also guessing that she's doing faster crawling development because she is, in truth, trying to keep up with Alex so that she can steal all his toys in order to freak his shit out.

Which brings us to Alex, who actually does freak out when Zoe's crawling toward him now. He's got a bit of a sharing issue, so at times he would run from her, which is really funny because she's so menacing with her top speed of a foot per month. But to his credit, he's generally a really good sibling, opting to run away or push her away, instead of hitting her or god forbid, unlike some people in the house, stepping on her. But today, me and the boy had lots of bonding moments that really made me enjoy being a father a lot.

Seeing him eat the chocolate was one, then making some potstickers (premade, I just boiled them) that he thoroughly enjoyed was the next. I'm like a mother - seeing my kids or my wife enjoy something I made for them gives me a sense of fulfillment. After that, he skipped his afternoon nap because he decided to poop instead, and having a full diaper doesn't exactly cause one to snooze off. But the result of his sleep deprivation was that he fell asleep in my arms while we were watching TV, and I got to cuddle with my son while he power napped. Just having him sleep on me is one of the luxuries of fatherhood. Simply indescribable how cool that is. Also, I got to wrestle with Alex and that was a lot of fun. Not like yesterday, when he jabbed his finger up my nose so hard that I doubled over, but like today, when I won every match we played. So I'm bigger, but I won.

Tomorrow is our 3rd wedding anniversary - either tomorrow or the day after, neither of us remember, but we're simply going to go out of an abbreviated date after the babies go to bed. It's not exciting, but since we're so anchored with babies and we're trying to save for Vegas, it'll be fine. But I'll say that I would love nothing but to spend just an entire day with my wife just chilling. That would be so cool.

And yes, I am dying to see Sin City and Kung Fu Hustle.

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