July 11th, 2005

There’s nothing more than this.

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To be totally honest, I really had no idea what I was getting my self into. Despite all the reading that I did to prepare for this little guy, despite all the advice and words of wisdom I received from far more experienced parent-types, in the end I guess I thought that having a baby would be more like getting another cat or something.

Just kidding.

Kind of.

In truth, many o’ tears have been shed folks. But Jack is now one month old, and I can definitely say that it’s getting easier. He is so damn cute, is he not? God I love this kid. He is the most profound change to ever have happened to us. Joanna wrote a beautiful post a couple of days ago in which she waxes nostalgic for the next couple of months that she will miss out on Jack’s growing (she’s currently back home in London): “There’s something about his sheer, indescribable newness right now that we’re bound to lose and never recover,” she writes. “He’ll continue to be a marvel and a mystery in any number of ways, but we won’t have our sense of (for want of a better term) ‘wtf?!’” Jo faithfully reminds me to just let it all BE, to surrender to these new moments, frightening and overwhelming and awesome as they are; they are so fleeting.

In an attempt to move beyond the vortex that is Babydom for a moment, I would like to give a shout out to the lovely Nicole. It was her birthday on July 1st, and while I thought of her as I always do when fireworks light up the night sky, I missed a chance to call her and wish her the best of birthdays. Nicki, I love you and hope you had a wonderful day.  And to my wonderful friends in London, Jo, Lianne, Mark and Grace, I’m so very thankful that you and your loved ones were safe last week. I try to sway from my political commitments in this forum, but I feel it suffice to say that it is a dreadful state of affairs when hearing about something like the bombings in London does not surprise nor shock. Rather, and sadly, hearing about the attack felt like some kind of prophecy coming to fruition, a dark happening that we have all been dreading yet still secretly waiting for, an answer not to the question of “what if”, but of where and when. A war against terror that continues to be fought with bombs can only yield a world that is bitter, angry, and terrifying. I’m frightened for us all.

(ahem)...And now to return to our regular programming, I leave you with more shameless baby promotion: we are uploading new photos of Jack to our photo gallery (we have many many pics). Check it out new albums here.

Posted by: Sarah on July 11th, 2005
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