A little while ago I emailed Kevin to get some of his thoughts for a parenting post. His response was so great I thought I’d just put it here. I’m guessing when he got my email he made a face kind of like this:
The initial text from me is unbolded. The bold words are his responses. This is how he responds to emails with questions in them.
Would you be willing to answer some questions for a post on the blog?
1. What’s one thing you really want to remember about Calvin from this age? (9 months)His honesty. I assume he’ll lie to me as he grows up, so for now I really enjoy that he tries to articulate whatever he thinks without disguising anything.
3. If you had to describe parenting to aliens from another world that don’t raise offspring, how would you? [note: don’t describe the act of creating a child, just the parenting part]
I would describe it to them very haphazardly. I would be too interested to hear how they came to exist without producing offspring to sustain a description of parenting. They must be immortal? Or the last remnants of a long-lived species that somehow all became sterile? In which case, why are they concerned with what it’s like for us to raise offspring? Shouldn’t they be completely consumed with trying to figure out how to perpetuate their society in the face of infertility? That’s just with respect to the fact that they don’t raise offspring. I would also want to know if their home planet can support us; though, it may not be the kind of place we’d want to escape to if it renders its inhabitants sterile. But I’d be interested to hear about how they managed to make it to us, or at least how we established communication.
I think those are the random-est questions I’ve ever written!
Feel free to make them random!
Seeing his smile. He smiles at so many things. When I’m tired of walking him around the house and letting him explore I’m often rejuvenated by an excited smile. He smiles at the oven door then looks at me and smiles then smiles back at the oven door. I never would have thought of the oven door as interesting, but it’s amazing to him.
Thinking about this more deeply I would say that I’m energized by more than just his happy personality. Regardless of his mood, I’m amazed at the little human that we made! It is pretty energizing to see a needy baby develop in a toddler that can pick things up and walk and smile.
Nice question! I definitely didn’t know how little sleep I could get and still function pretty well. I would have told you before giving birth that I was so nervous about losing sleep and still being normal, but I can do it! I start feeling stretched thin if my sleep gets really interrupted (or he decides to be up for the day at 3:30am), but getting 7-8 hours of interrupted sleep is ok! And my motivation to sleep through the night is not high enough to wean him off of the 2 night feedings he’s doing. I love the solution we’ve come to right now, but I wouldn’t have guessed we’d end up co-sleeping at 9 months beforehand.
I do so enjoy a silly but thoughtful email exchange with my husband. And then sharing it publicly on the blog :-).