Archives for October 2005

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’d like to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving! We had a small family dinner at my mom’s today, which was lovely. I even managed to bake pumpkin pie for the occasion while Jon played with Hannah. Fabulous!

Hannah and Nan at Thanksgiving
Hannah and her Nan

Building Blocks

When Hannah was born, Amber and I came up with the “Law of Hannah.” This says that Hannah will change every four days. So if she’s upset by something now, or is taking on strange behaviours, just wait four days and it will be gone, replaced by new behaviours and dispositions. So far the Law has pretty much held true.

But over the past few days we have noticed a change in her disposition that is entirely more fundamental. It’s a little hard to describe, but she’s beginning to show the signs that she understands that she is her own person, and that we are other people that consitiute her world apart from herself.

For example, Hannah and I play blocks together. Before I would hand her a block, it would go into her mouth, she’d get bored and want a new block, repeat. Today, she was manipulating the objects, but was also looking at me and how I was playing as well. She is now aware that this other person, her Dad, is also playing blocks. And playing blocks with somebody else adds to the fun.

Watching Hannah learn things that are so fundamental to the human experience has made me realize how much we sometimes get out of touch with these basic building blocks of life. Playing with our toys is fun, but it’s a lot more fun when you have someone you love to play with.

Playing with Dad

It will be no surprise to anyone when I say that moms and dads play differently. Almost universally, dads are more adventuresome with their kids. Perhaps it’s the evolutionary advantages that give men increased speed, strength, and hand-eye co-ordination. Or, perhaps, it’s the different biochemical and hormonal makeup. Whatever it is, when a baby is tossed laughing into the air, it’s usually Dad that does it.

Our family is no different. Sometimes I have to leave the room when Jon and Hannah are playing, because I just can’t bear to watch. All the same I know that Jon is careful and would never hurt Hannah, and I know that Hannah is having a ball. I’ve heard this sentiment from other moms, so I know that I’m not alone. Despite my squeamishness, though, I’m so glad that Hannah is able to enjoy this sort of thing with her father, and that the two of them have such fun together.

Breastfeeding Challenge

Today Hannah and I attended the Breastfeeding Challenge at BC Women’s Hospital. There were 74 other nursing babies and their moms, as well as a band, door prizes, and refreshments. The Vancouver event was held in coordination with other locations across Canada. The point behind the whole thing was to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, to raise awareness about breastfeeding, and to attempt to set a record for the most babies nursing simultaneously in a given city, province, and country. We won a book, and we had a great time.

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