Watching the Wheels in Motion


"In our personal lives, also, we journey from ignorance to knowledge. Our individual growth reflects the advancement of the species.” Carl Sagan

Watching Judah's brain develop is fascinating. All those cliches about learning something new every day and growing before your eyes are tired and true but are overused for a reason. They are correct. Carl Sagan said it in Cosmos and I've been watching the history of human development on a microcosmic scale for the last three years. We started with grunts and gestures and cave drawings and have moved into the basics of verbal communications. The other day I watched him build a little Stonehenge in the sandbox and realized it wasn't a timepiece or temple it was just a cool exercise in how many rocks can we get standing upright before they all fall down.

Some of the most fascinating parts of my day are watching him when he doesn't know I'm watching. I sneak up and watch him through the window at school or in this case hide a camera in his room when he's supposed to be napping. Yes, there will be time a time when he needs his privacy and I'll stop spying on him but as long as he needs me to wipe is behind I think I have the right to record him at play and publish it to YouTube. (At least I figured out what all the hammering was.)

Now, admittedly, this video isn't for everyone. It's an hour of naptime condensed into 3.5 minutes. As his dad though, I sat through the unedited version riveted and on the edge of my seat anxious to see what may happen next!

Must Have Been a Hard Three Hours at Daycare


I dropped him off at daycare before lunch with the plan of only having him there for three hours while I ran some errands. Three hours. He was there for three hours! Part of that was lunch. He was falling asleep in my arms as I carried him to the car. How much energy could a kid burn in three hours? Knowing that there would be a pretty solid nap in our future upon arrival I knew I had to get him home in the amount of time it takes me to give my passenger boarding briefing. "Son, from the flight deck. Welcome aboard... we should be on our way soon. Expect a couple of bumps on our climb out but it should smooth out and be a pretty nice ride for us at our cruising altitude..." He's asleep. We've hardly left the parkinglot. Daycare must be earning their keep. Although I'm home often on weekdays and have the option to be with him almost exclusively I feel I am running out of ways to keep him entertained and enriched. Obviously! He never passes out after just a few hours of playtime with me.