Saturday, April 05, 2008
we were in wal-mart yesterday when a complete stranger came up to me and told me "you have to have more kids; your little boy is ADORABLE!" it took me by surprise somewhat, and i wondered for awhile how she would have responded if i had said "no, i don't want to have anymore." i agree completely that he is cute, but there are many times when i wonder just how cute he actually is, knowing that my view of him is utterly tainted with mushy love.
recently i began the monumental task of organizing photos and putting them in albums. i hadn't done this since august 2006, and i knew that every month it would get worse and worse. finally i just dug in and started gathering the photos and putting them in piles according to month. being quite anal and organized, i wasn't able to just write "spring 2007" on the back of a picture; i had to figure out exactly which month (and preferably, which day) that photo had been taken. it took me FOREVER to label and organize a year's worth of pictures. now i have to develop the ones taken from august 2007 onwards! anyhow, while looking through the ENORMOUS amounts of photos we took of tristan as a newborn (please, i want to know WHY we simply had to have 10 different pictures of him sleeping developed), i was surprised first of all by how that little baby turned into our little boy and second of all, how we failed to notice as new parents that our child's nose was so large. seriously, he had a HUGE nose. thankfully, he's obviously grown into it, but in some early pictures, all i can see is two big nostrils with eyes and a mouth in the background. (if you don't believe me, check out his blog and click on the archives from jan-feb 06)
everyone knows the cardinal rule of never letting parents know that their kid is funny looking, but i always thought that if our kid was funny looking, we'd be able to notice it ourselves. obviously, we had our lovey dovey glasses on back then, but are we still wearing them? is it completely absurd of me to pass by a dozen other babies in strollers in the mall and still think "my baby is the cutest of them all!"? and if it's not completely absurd, is it completely true? because i'll bet you anything that the other mommies are thinking the same thing about their child. hmmm...something to ponder.
so, in wal-mart, we bought tristan his first pair of crocs and also his first wading pool from money that gramps gave him for easter. when i had the brilliant idea of getting him a little pool, i was thinking of the pools from my childhood...you know, the round ones with sides that you just sat and splashed in. when we saw the assortment of pools they make nowadays, we were a little blown away. for a mere $20 you can get a pool that not only has blow-up animals sitting on the edges, but also a slide, a floaty toy ring toss, and a part that shoots water if you plug the hose into it. seriously, when did backyard wading pools evolve into complete kiddie playgrounds? i had no idea. of course, for a mere $8 you can still get the typical little round pool, but josh and i, imagining our son frolicking in the spray, giggling down the little slide, and splashing in the water, decided we couldn't live without getting the crazy amusement park in a box. just watch, he'll take one look at it and start crying and that will be the end of that :)
today josh and i are going on a date to see a matinee at the movie theater. what we watch depends on what time tristan wakes up from his nap. i'm excited, but just realized that i haven't put a stitch of makeup on yet and my hair is still wet from my shower. better go attend to that, then.