We are learning that spring time in Seattle is possibly the worst season on the Pacific Northwest. Today however is one of those days that makes you think, wow, there might not be a more strikingly beautiful city in the continental U.S.
What a perfect day for a beach trip with Maya. Question is where to go?
Maybe next time it will be warm enough to play in the sand and dip our toes in the sound. For now we have one tired baby.
Code til you sleep. I've been there many, many times.
Daddy was supposed to be invisible this afternoon while he worked from home. Instead he had 9 lbs and 2 oz of sleepin baby on his lap "helping" him.
So as we join the ranks of the parent club in dealing with a crying baby we are finally starting to figure out what works best for Maya and what doesn't work at all. She's our little princess. See. It says so on her shirt.
I swear the kid is smart and figures us out. If something works for a few times she thinks we are playin her and fights any attempt to be soothed. Sadly I'm reminded of Maiden's "Aces High" / Churchill's speech: "We will never surrender!"
The other day Maya was on a 2+ hour crying fit. She wasn't having anything calm her. Finally, Daddy at his Whit's end, put's her in her crib, put's on some Sigur Ros and turns it up to 11. Stopped crying in under 20 seconds. Fell asleep in under 10 minutes. Calm the entire time. The kid has good taste.
Hvarf-Heim is by far her favorite album. We listen to it in its entirety at least once a night.
For awhile there my wireless network was acting up so I had limited music options from that device. Luckily she was ok with the caramel, soothing voice of Jeff Martin and his Tea Party. It kept her satisfied.
I am disappointed to say that I now know someone who gets angry listening to the Indigo Girls. Not cool Maya. Not cool.
Another night we were having even more exaggerated fits and our beloved Sigur Ros wasn't doing the trick. Desperately I put on The Sword, Age Of Winters, more as an attempt to keep my sanity than to calm Maya. As we moshed around the room, Maya barely made it to Freya the third track. I've never seen a baby sleep so sound. \m/ \m/ Metal Rules.
We'll see how long the Sigur Ros wins last. Thank goodness they have a new album coming out this May. We might try introductions to Floyd and Radiohead this week. I wonder what she'll think of those...
Daddy's birthday was yesterday / today. Maya got Daddy a present and it was a great day.
It was touch and go in the beginning and Daddy was kind of a crab in the morning. Daddy has the night shift and his birthday started off a little contentious between Maya and Daddy. We did a little of this.
But the crises was over and Mommy let Daddy sleep in a bit. After a brief walk with the dogs in the morning we Skyped with both Grandma's back in Ohio! Maya was even awake and pleasant for both! She reconginized Grandma Diane's voice right away and pulled off a smile for Grandma Anita.
Feeling lucky we decided to venture out. We were successfully able to pull off our first restaurant visit and get birthday brunch for Daddy
When we got home, Mommy let Daddy take a 2 hour nap. Definitley the best Mommy in the world. Well rested, Daddy was able to pull off his first homeade meal in 2.5 weeks. Grilled Chicken on a bed of Polenta and spicy greens.
Thanks Mommy and Maya. Daddy had a great birthday and loves you more than you can imagine.
(even though it's 3:25 AM and Maya.. the night shift kinda sucks when you're a monster after the 12:30 food time) :-)
Ok maybe it is just me but this totally reminds me of Bruce Lee in Game of Death. I would put a Kareem Abdul Jabbar size foot print on it for more effect but I figure that would be in bad taste.