Friday, April 30, 2010


Matthew Joseph
April 25, 2010
8:48 a.m.
7 lbs 13 oz

Welcome to the world, little one!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Life As We Know It

The night before your birth I remember feeling sad for Daddy and me. For nearly nine years it had been just the two of us. We were a team--Jon & Heather--and I knew things would never be the same once you came into our world. Our collective priority would be you, instead of each other. Our whole adult lives had been about the two of us, so it was scary to think about someone else jumping into our lives and potentially mucking up the works.

Of course I was right...things haven't been the same. They are so much better. Our adoration for you adds to our little family; it doesn't take anything away from the couple we were. Saturday mornings are just as sweet at 0600 with you snuggled between us watching a cartoon. I love Daddy more because I see how much you love him. And I need his support more because you are so exhausting! I wish I had known that becoming Daddy & Mommy wouldn't mean the end of Jon & Heather. I wouldn't have been so sad on May 27, 2007.

Today was our last day alone together--just Mommy & Jason--before your little brother arrives. We went to the park, had a special lunch at Friendly's, engaged in a marathon arts & crafts session, and ate cereal for dinner. Sounds pretty mundane I suppose, but those little activities have been our world for nearly three years. I found myself feeling weepy all day because, once again, I know life is about to change forever, and life is pretty damn perfect right now.

So for the next few days I'm going to remember my own experience. Becoming Mommy to your brother won't make me less of a Mommy to you, it will make me a better Mommy, just like having you made me a better (if considerably less patient) wife to Daddy. You seem to know this already, by the way, and harbor no ambivalence about your soon-to-be big brotherhood. You can't wait! Neither can I :)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


I recently watched a tv character describe how a child can suck everything out of a parent. I can't disagree completely--a child sucks away sleep, energy, money, time, sanity, personal hygiene, self-confidence, patience, IQ points--I could go on and on!

But God knows what he's doing, because he gave that exact same child the ability to fill a person to the brim with love and contentment in a single moment. Conveniently, this makes one forget about the sleep and showers she is missing out on. This conversation between you and Daddy was your latest "fill 'er up" moment:

Daddy: "We're lucky, because your Mommy is the best cook in town."
You: "No Daddy. Mommy is the best PERSON in town!"

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Robin Hood

You recently acquired the attention span to watch an entire movie, and we've been having fun watching them as a family. Apparently I have a gigantic stick up my butt, because I find something objectionable about nearly all of them. The language in Cars, the depressing beginnings of Up and Finding Nemo, the smoking in 101 Dalmations...I'm not sure some of this stuff is appropriate for a not-even-preschooler, but I've been outvoted.

So anyhow, Daddy's favorite childhood movie is Robin Hood. I picked it up to humor him, but was mildly perplexed at his choice. Robin Hood, an outlaw who steals from the rich to give to the poor? This is Daddy's favorite movie? I could see if Robin Hood was teaching the poverty-stricken to read or raise chickens or grow corn or something, but the stealing-handout cycle didn't seem to mesh with his general life view.

Well. Then I actually watched the movie! Contrary to popular belief, Robin Hood (the Disney version) was not stealing from the rich to give to the poor. Oh no. He and his buddies were simply returning money to a citizenry that had been overtaxed by an abusive, corrupt, power-hungry government. Definitely up Daddy's alley.

Maybe I should warn my Senators to be on the lookout for an arrow-armed fox!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Congratulations to the 2010 Men's Basketball NCAA National Champs!

You were a great Duke fan throughout the tournament, wearing your Duke hat all over town. It was a nice year for a win--the boys weren't the typical superstars favored to win it all since the preseason--and the game was spectacular.

Hopefully this is just the first of many titles for our Dukies during your lifetime. Hooray!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter

Happy Easter, little munchkin! We had a perfect Spring day to celebrate--sunny, warm, and flowers blooming all over the place. Daddy even managed to stay awake after flying home from Australia yesterday, despite what must have been a killer case of jet lag.

Holidays are a blast now that you understand what's going on. The first words out of your mouth this morning were, "Did the Easter Bunny come?" He did, of course, and brought you a Lightning McQueen Easter basket (I mean really, what signifies Christ's resurrection more appropriately than a Disney race car basket?) filled with markers, stickers, Play-Doh, jelly beans, and chocolate eggs. And grass. You really liked the plastic grass. We also decorated eggs, planted flowers, went to the park, blew bubbles, grilled hot dogs, and had an Easter egg hunt!

Here you are dyeing and finding eggs. You'll have to excuse the state of our lawn--March 2010 brought record flooding to our little town, leaving us with a lot of cleanup work to do. Also, I made Daddy use organic fertilizer on the backyard last year, which apparently doesn't work very well!