July 29, 2005

Seven Days

Quote of the week: "Peek-a-boo isn't so much fun. At least at this age. This young, its pretty much the boob lady's all in my face with a blanket again.

I finally feel like I'm starting to get a handle on the whole parenting thing. The jaundice is disappearing (yay yellow poop!) and I think that Mia actually likes me. We've read books, taken long walks around the house when she's cranky, watched TV and taken care of mom together. Of course, we're only a week into this whole thing so we'll see what happens.

One thing I knew but is reinforced by this whole experience is this - my wife is an amazing and strong woman. She carried Mia for nine months, endured major surgery to bring her into the world and, after only a week, I know she's going to be a wonderful mother. She puts up with my "Paco the Cabana Boy" routine, making sure the laundry is done, the house is clean and everyone gets fed. She reworks Christmas carols as lullabyes to augment her existing stash of songs she can sing to Mia (which consist, mostly of Simon & Garfunkle and Janis Joplin songs). And she laughs when one of us gets peed on changing a diaper. Mia and I are both pretty lucky. Anyway, to my girls...

Posted by Chris at July 29, 2005 10:58 AM

Awwww. :)

Posted by: Stacey at July 29, 2005 11:25 AM

I've always used drinking songs for the kids. Don't know why, but they work. That and "Winnie the Pooh" and/or "Scooby Doo" theme songs.

Congrats to all of ya.

Posted by: ben at July 29, 2005 11:28 AM

VERY lovely!

Posted by: Queen of Ass at July 29, 2005 11:29 AM

Yeah, the boob lady seems to be pretty damn cool.

Posted by: bmh at July 29, 2005 11:34 AM

beautiful. all of you :)

Posted by: suze at July 29, 2005 11:45 AM

Wow i'm not commenter number 27 or something!! LOL

Love the image of Paco the Cabana Boy... btw who is that singing? is that you??

Posted by: angel at July 29, 2005 11:45 AM

I'm glad you guys are having fun!

Posted by: Ginny at July 29, 2005 11:57 AM

ooh. may i introduce you to the best kids song ever?? The Ugly Bug Ball. I listen to it at least once a week because it always puts me in a good mood.

Happy Friday!

Posted by: pea at July 29, 2005 12:04 PM

Holy crap, The Ugly Bug Ball! I almost forgot about that song. Yeah, check that one out. It's great.

Posted by: Spring at July 29, 2005 12:12 PM

That's so great. Did you create those It's a girl photo cards where you send them to everyone under the sun?

Posted by: mrsmogul at July 29, 2005 12:19 PM

Lovely, Chris. Every speck of this. I'm following closely and it's oh-so-bittersweet because my baby girl is leaving in 3 weeks, to go join the world at large. Ah- it's too emotional to put words to it all but know that I'm watching and wondering and wishing for your family.

Posted by: Vicki at July 29, 2005 12:26 PM

P.S. All The Pretty Little Horses is a nice one to learn and sing.

Posted by: Vicki at July 29, 2005 12:27 PM

One and one are two, two and two are four...

Inch worm, inch worm measuring the merrigolds, seems to me you'd stop and see how beautiful they are...

Babies are the best of God's gifts, aren't they?

Posted by: wlfldy at July 29, 2005 12:31 PM

7 days already... wow. :) Great song... more pictures, more pictures!! Congrats, by the way... you're both making me even more excited to become a mom myself.

Posted by: Jaime at July 29, 2005 12:37 PM

All teary again, Chris! I'm gonna have to stop visiting your site at work!

How sweet are you?! And how lucky are Beth and Mia to have you as hubby and daddy?!

Posted by: zanie at July 29, 2005 12:42 PM

This is the 3rd time in as many days you have made me cry.

Don't stop it. ok. *sniff* or do... it's hard to type through blurry eyes.

Posted by: Autumn at July 29, 2005 12:58 PM

What an incredible tribute to them.

Posted by: Lisa at July 29, 2005 01:09 PM

Ah, so you've been baptized. I thought only boy babies did that.

Posted by: hr mommy at July 29, 2005 01:26 PM

Beautiful song.

Posted by: Martha at July 29, 2005 02:32 PM

Is MIa pronounced 'me-ya" or "my-ah"?

Posted by: bd at July 29, 2005 02:38 PM

So sweet!! But I have to admit that at first I really thought YOU wrote this song and it was YOU singing and I was like WOW. He sounds pretty good for getting NO sleep.

So, unless it really was you, and you just hired some backup singers and stuff, let me know. Because now I'm just confused.

Sounds like you are being very helpful and that is good. All is well at the Cactus Fish household, then.

Posted by: samantha at July 29, 2005 02:42 PM

That was just beautiful!

Posted by: lrstan at July 29, 2005 03:01 PM

Totally wondering the same thing, like was that you singing, and if it isn't you singing, who is it singing? What a beautiful song! You really love your wife and baby, and it truly shows!!!

I am so happy for you! POST MORE PICTURES OF THAT BABY, WILL YA?!?

Posted by: Katie-be-bored-at-work at July 29, 2005 03:12 PM

You are slowly killing me. One week old and no real pictures to speak of??? What did we do to you?

Posted by: Polichick at July 29, 2005 03:18 PM

So can you expand further on this whole "Paco the Cabana Boy" number? And where does one get a cabana boy these days?

Posted by: Nic at July 29, 2005 03:29 PM

so you choose the one day of the year I wear mascara to work to post a song that makes me cry. thanks a lot

Posted by: Kathryn at July 29, 2005 03:37 PM

Even though I know the words to practically every song in the universe, when I sing to my kids I can only remember Beatles' and Carpenters' tunes... I also lean towards Xmas carols when nothing else comes to mind. When Ciaran was one week old I got laryngitis and couldn't even speak to him for four or five days. Freaked me out, but apparently he's fine. :-) Keep up the good work!!!

Posted by: Amy at July 29, 2005 04:00 PM

Oh my! She's a whole week old? How the time flies...

Posted by: Zoe at July 29, 2005 04:56 PM

I'm glad things are getting better. Congrats on your first week! Soon you'll be running all over the house after her, so enjoy this time. ;)

Posted by: Kitty at July 29, 2005 05:19 PM

Sincerely, congrats Chris. Good job Dad.

God bless the three of you. The start of your journey as a family has begun. May the road be a smooth and scenic one.

Posted by: dianne at July 29, 2005 10:15 PM

Not that a stranger really counts, but I just want you to know, I am so proud of you. You are a wonderful human being, an engaged husband AND a wonderful father...I am sure your mom is bursting with pride over how you turned out, I know I am! I am so glad to see parts of your life, you actually make me idealistic again...in a bitter and some times jaded world! Thank you! : ) May you continue to be in love! : ) LOVE the song!

"Paco the Cabana Boy" Intriguing! Giggle and grins!

Posted by: Gypsy at July 29, 2005 11:38 PM

How lucky your girls are to have you.. You've just won not only the Father of the Year award, but also Husband of the Year!


Posted by: Angelia at July 30, 2005 10:42 AM

that is very sweet, i kid you not, i am tearing up...you deserve them and they you...you guys are very lucky!! :)

Posted by: lizabetty at August 2, 2005 06:49 PM