Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Roost Reigners


Ken is only home on the weekends. So me and Kole have full reign of the roost. We pretty much do whatever we want. We can sit around all the livelong day and eat Oreos, watch old episodes of Friends, play Sudoku, and never get dressed. And the truth is we do. Sure we slip a walk in here and there. Occasionally we go visiting to some locals. But mostly it’s just me and Kole hanging out.
Our days start with the morning feeding- and a reading out of the book I am reading, A Prayer for Owen Meany. It’s a John Irving. I like it. Don’t worry I skip the bad words. I do talk to him like he’s my age though. Yup. Me and Kole. Just a couple of 26 year olds hanging out. He’s only 3 months old but he’s got an incredible sense of vocabulary. He’s a bit of a Chatty Cathy really. After he’s done eating he cuts my reading off and tells me about his dream. For like 20 minutes. Just on and on. We play on the floor for a bit. Koley Canoli cuts the small talk and tries to roll over. After a half hour he’s pooped and begs to be put down for a nap. He naps, I shower. (Sometimes I nap.) He gets up and we start from the top. Except this time I read one of his books. The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, or The Digging-est Dog, or a segment from O, The Oprah Magazine. Okay, that last one is another one of mine- but my likes are his likes and vice versa. Our days play out on top of each other. We take a walk around 3 or 4. Come in for some hot chocolate. His day winds up at about 8:30. A final feeding, a relaxing lavender bath, full body pjs and the little boy is out for the night by 9. I tend to the house. And then read some more of Owen Meany. Do I feel guilty for reading secretly when Kole doesn’t know? Yeah, a little. I realize he’s not getting the full story- but I do try to fill in the any major plot changes for him the next morning. I don’t want the poor little guy left in the dark just because he can’t stay up as late as me. I hit the sack about 10:30 and we meet in the morning around 8 for another day in Paradise.
Now, when Ken comes home the roost is… up-roosted. Pretty much the only thing that stays the same is Kole wakes up. Ken does the diaper changing. Nice change for mama. Tough change for Kolester. Literally. Dad is a little rougher than mom. When I finally manage to pry Kole away from Ken and put him down for a nap it lasts like 30 minutes…. maybe 35… and Ken sneaks in there and wakes him up. Right under my nose! I’d be in the shower or reading out back and all the sudden Kole’s up. And Ken is wondering why the little baby is crying. Uh… he’s crying because he’s tired. Because he was asleep and you woke him up. Sort of like when I get woken up. I’m a crank. My baby inherited that. So- back to the day. There are no naps. We still take our walk to try to get the baby to go to sleep. Great idea, Dad. Ken thinks the faster you walk the higher your chances are that the baby will fall asleep. It really just makes me exhausted. Kole gets fussier and fussier and fussier as afternoon turns into evening. He fights hard until 8. At 8 I feed him one more time, give him his bath, and put him to bed. He’s out in under 3 minutes. The house is quiet. Ken and I snuggle on the couch.
After 20 minutes, Ken suggests waking up Kole to play with him.
Oh Dad.

7 comments:

Poulsen Family said...

Daddy's just don't understand the importance of a routine.

megan said...

Wow, sounds like you have the perfect life... Even when I only had one I still had to go to school and work. Lucky you! Hope Ken gets used to letting Kole sleep!:)

megan said...

Oh, and that picture of Kole.... SO DANG CUTE!!!

Chris-baby + Jules-a-bug said...

I kinda wish Greta went to bed later. I know. I know. I should count my blessings she is out by 6, but sometimes Chris doesn't even see her...and then all night we have to tiptoe around. And the biggest bummer, she gets hungry at 5:30 am--she usually goes back to sleep until around 7, but sometimes I just do and she talks and talks in her crib. I guess her and Kole are both little "chatty Kathys" (I totally cracked up at that part.)

Karlenn said...

Pats, you are such a good writer! I loved this post. I loved hearing about your day-to-day activities. I can't believe Ken wakes Kole up. A big, big no-no!!! Ahh, I'd be so mad!

Brett and Tiffany said...

That is a great post! Too funny that he wants to wake him up! He just wants to see his little man that he misses all week! I agree... you are a GREAT writer! I love all of your posts! I look forward to your updates! I wish I was creative like you!

nick&kris said...

I love the way you depict, so accurately, the annoyance you have with Ken while portraying him as an excited father. Your posts are so entertaining:D