This whirlwind, bizarre and electrifying change in my life is now a week old, and I’m bursting with magnanimity for our stunning blessings, so I’d like to thank a few people this week for making this transition so much less scary than it could have been otherwise.
– First off, again, you folks on the internet are awesome. It never escapes me that all of you have your own intense lives and yet still come by to chat. As I said before, whenever I have pangs to give this up, it’s that delicious “comments” button that makes it worthwhile.
– Tessa’s mom Sandy was such a delight in her two weeks with us. Not only did she tell her boss in Texas what’s what, she was the rock that steadied us through 9.2 months pregnant, labor, and the first days at home.
– Oh yeah, Chopes was cool too. When we brought the baby home, the first thing he did was give her a big lick on the face. After we disinfected Lucy and aired out the room (his breath is atrocious) he settled into his sentry position and guarded All Who Dare Venture Near Her. Unless, of course, he’s asleep.
– This is going to sound hopeless fruity, but I’d like to thank the tree that stands outside our apartment. It sprang to life the same day Lucy did, and its pink leaves are stunning. When the going gets a little rough, and the screams curdle the blood, somehow that awesome tree outside is calming, even at night. I’m going to be quite sad when the flowers blow off.
– The friends that have sent us stuff? My god, what a fucking cornucopia of delight! Smart friends buy better toys than you can. And it really helps us that Laurie, Dana, Nell, Virginia, Hilary, Alia, Stasia, Jason & Tim, Carrie and Penny all are having kids this fiscal year so they can all be the same grade in school and keep each other from getting beat up.
– My family has been wonderful. Sean and Jordana, despite buying their first house and remolding it from the ground up, find time to come over from Astoria every other day (check out his blog for photos) and they even made us SOUP. My mom and dad call every day, Michelle wants to move back to NYC, Steve got us a play aquarium, and Kent gave us his name (and hopefully his preternatural calm), which is about all anyone could ask.
– I’d also like to thank The Internet, Modern Technology and more specifically, Apple Computer for the iSight that allowed us to show Lucy to her grandmother 3,200 miles away.
– My wife is unbelievable. She soldiered through some amazing events this week. I do whatever I can – laundry, dishes, driving, diaper changing, singing the entire “Rubber Soul” album to the baby – but breastfeeding and sleeplessness have only slowed her a tiny bit. She is delighted to find her ankles back, she fits into her old jeans, and I’m smooching the girl from 1987.
– Lastly, sweet Lucy. I never thought I would have you, never thought I would have any child. I honestly thought I was too screwed up, or had waited too long. I’m so happy my parents can know you, because in a way, I had to prove to them that I was going to end up okay, and you are in no small measure the proof itself. I can say to them that I got this far, and all the old shame and humiliation melt away. You are 9 pounds, 1 ounce of redemption for both of your parents. But enough about us.
How can I thank you enough, when I walk into a room and see this?