My Anemone

Alden is good natured. I don’t know where he falls on a list of baby personalities worldwide, but I’m confident his placement is somewhere on the “thank your lucky stars” line. He can be found crabbing at some point during any given day, but he doesn’t really commit. We checked in with his pediatrician because we’ve still only seen two tears roll down his cheek. In his entire life. And once was when he hit his head.

He’s an only child, which means it’s easy for us to give him lots of attention. If we ever get another I’m sure I’ll be singing a different song. I have such sympathy for babies, though. All my life words have been my only weapon and my best and most reliable tool. Being unable to speak must be like a never-ending, no-cheating game of charades. Even with the best partner, the one who almost always gets it, that has to be colossally frustrating. Add to that the fact that babies can’t get their own meals or walk out of the room when they’ve had enough and it’s a miracle we get as many gummy smiles as we do.

As I think I’ve said here before, Alden sleeps with us. He used to sleep in a co-sleeper but as he got bigger he migrated into the bed. Now when I scoot more than a few inches away from him he’s developed his own sign language response. First he extends his arms in the classic zombie position. If he can’t reach me with his fingertips he extends his legs perpendicular to his body as well and then lazily waves all four limbs while making little sighs and moans. He never opens his eyes. He doesn’t cry. But he’ll keep that up until I gather him back in against me. He is my anemone and I am his clown fish. The second his belly makes contact with my body he goes entirely limp and is out for the rest of the night.

I know, this is the second swoony “omg-my-kid-is-soooooo-cute” post. I think maybe I’m supposed to apologize for that. But, you know, I’ll probably do it again soon and to any requests for moderation I say:

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56 responses to this post.

  1. He’s just gorgeous. He looks so much like Anya’s friend Owen, who looks like a children’s book illustration. Such a happy boy!

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  2. He’s just gorgeous. He looks so much like Anya’s friend Owen, who looks like a children’s book illustration. Such a happy boy!

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  3. He’s just gorgeous. He looks so much like Anya’s friend Owen, who looks like a children’s book illustration. Such a happy boy!

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  4. He’s just gorgeous. He looks so much like Anya’s friend Owen, who looks like a children’s book illustration. Such a happy boy!

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  5. He’s just gorgeous. He looks so much like Anya’s friend Owen, who looks like a children’s book illustration. Such a happy boy!

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  6. He’s just gorgeous. He looks so much like Anya’s friend Owen, who looks like a children’s book illustration. Such a happy boy!

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  7. He’s just gorgeous. He looks so much like Anya’s friend Owen, who looks like a children’s book illustration. Such a happy boy!

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  8. That baby just made me laugh out loud. Again.

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  9. That baby just made me laugh out loud. Again.

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  10. That baby just made me laugh out loud. Again.

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  11. That baby just made me laugh out loud. Again.

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  12. That baby just made me laugh out loud. Again.

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  13. That baby just made me laugh out loud. Again.

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  14. That baby just made me laugh out loud. Again.

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  15. your baby doesnt cry?
    wow. yeah, you can thank your lucky stars. i see tears multiple times a day with my girls and sometimes it still breaks my heart.

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  16. your baby doesnt cry?
    wow. yeah, you can thank your lucky stars. i see tears multiple times a day with my girls and sometimes it still breaks my heart.

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    • Don’t let me mislead you. He’s no Baby Jesus. He fusses and complains and sometimes even yells. It’s just rare that he cries. I don’t know why, but I do know for sure that it’s dumb luck. I can’t take any credit for it.

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    • Don’t let me mislead you. He’s no Baby Jesus. He fusses and complains and sometimes even yells. It’s just rare that he cries. I don’t know why, but I do know for sure that it’s dumb luck. I can’t take any credit for it.

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    • Don’t let me mislead you. He’s no Baby Jesus. He fusses and complains and sometimes even yells. It’s just rare that he cries. I don’t know why, but I do know for sure that it’s dumb luck. I can’t take any credit for it.

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    • Don’t let me mislead you. He’s no Baby Jesus. He fusses and complains and sometimes even yells. It’s just rare that he cries. I don’t know why, but I do know for sure that it’s dumb luck. I can’t take any credit for it.

      Reply

    • Don’t let me mislead you. He’s no Baby Jesus. He fusses and complains and sometimes even yells. It’s just rare that he cries. I don’t know why, but I do know for sure that it’s dumb luck. I can’t take any credit for it.

      Reply

    • Don’t let me mislead you. He’s no Baby Jesus. He fusses and complains and sometimes even yells. It’s just rare that he cries. I don’t know why, but I do know for sure that it’s dumb luck. I can’t take any credit for it.

      Reply

  17. your baby doesnt cry?
    wow. yeah, you can thank your lucky stars. i see tears multiple times a day with my girls and sometimes it still breaks my heart.

    Reply

  18. your baby doesnt cry?
    wow. yeah, you can thank your lucky stars. i see tears multiple times a day with my girls and sometimes it still breaks my heart.

    Reply

  19. your baby doesnt cry?
    wow. yeah, you can thank your lucky stars. i see tears multiple times a day with my girls and sometimes it still breaks my heart.

    Reply

  20. your baby doesnt cry?
    wow. yeah, you can thank your lucky stars. i see tears multiple times a day with my girls and sometimes it still breaks my heart.

    Reply

  21. your baby doesnt cry?
    wow. yeah, you can thank your lucky stars. i see tears multiple times a day with my girls and sometimes it still breaks my heart.

    Reply

  22. Thank you. I’ll take that compliment, as you know first hand about beautiful kids.

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  23. He’s tricky that way.

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  24. Don’t let me mislead you. He’s no Baby Jesus. He fusses and complains and sometimes even yells. It’s just rare that he cries. I don’t know why, but I do know for sure that it’s dumb luck. I can’t take any credit for it.

    Reply

  25. Oh, I am all smitten with your baby and your blog now. Count me in! You get such expressive pictures, too… with the Bug, we get a lovely smile, but it’s the camera-ready smile. He learned at about 4 weeks what that thing was, and he pastes on a smile that’s been carefully vetted by his publicist. I would love to get a shot like the second one you’ve posted.
    My little boy is ten months and we just stopped co-sleeping this weekend for a few reasons. I miss him in bed with me, and really liked the anemone image. Thanks. πŸ™‚

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  26. Oh, I am all smitten with your baby and your blog now. Count me in! You get such expressive pictures, too… with the Bug, we get a lovely smile, but it’s the camera-ready smile. He learned at about 4 weeks what that thing was, and he pastes on a smile that’s been carefully vetted by his publicist. I would love to get a shot like the second one you’ve posted.
    My little boy is ten months and we just stopped co-sleeping this weekend for a few reasons. I miss him in bed with me, and really liked the anemone image. Thanks. πŸ™‚

    Reply

    • My goddaughter had this hilarious, insincere face scrunch that was supposed to pass for a smile. She did it any time a camera was pointed at her. Alden has just recently started smiling for the camera. He used to just zombie out whenever I tried to get a snap.
      Oh the co-sleeping. I may come begging for advice on how to stop it one day. But right now I’m content to just let me tentacle me in.

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    • My goddaughter had this hilarious, insincere face scrunch that was supposed to pass for a smile. She did it any time a camera was pointed at her. Alden has just recently started smiling for the camera. He used to just zombie out whenever I tried to get a snap.
      Oh the co-sleeping. I may come begging for advice on how to stop it one day. But right now I’m content to just let me tentacle me in.

      Reply

    • My goddaughter had this hilarious, insincere face scrunch that was supposed to pass for a smile. She did it any time a camera was pointed at her. Alden has just recently started smiling for the camera. He used to just zombie out whenever I tried to get a snap.
      Oh the co-sleeping. I may come begging for advice on how to stop it one day. But right now I’m content to just let me tentacle me in.

      Reply

    • My goddaughter had this hilarious, insincere face scrunch that was supposed to pass for a smile. She did it any time a camera was pointed at her. Alden has just recently started smiling for the camera. He used to just zombie out whenever I tried to get a snap.
      Oh the co-sleeping. I may come begging for advice on how to stop it one day. But right now I’m content to just let me tentacle me in.

      Reply

    • My goddaughter had this hilarious, insincere face scrunch that was supposed to pass for a smile. She did it any time a camera was pointed at her. Alden has just recently started smiling for the camera. He used to just zombie out whenever I tried to get a snap.
      Oh the co-sleeping. I may come begging for advice on how to stop it one day. But right now I’m content to just let me tentacle me in.

      Reply

    • My goddaughter had this hilarious, insincere face scrunch that was supposed to pass for a smile. She did it any time a camera was pointed at her. Alden has just recently started smiling for the camera. He used to just zombie out whenever I tried to get a snap.
      Oh the co-sleeping. I may come begging for advice on how to stop it one day. But right now I’m content to just let me tentacle me in.

      Reply

  27. Oh, I am all smitten with your baby and your blog now. Count me in! You get such expressive pictures, too… with the Bug, we get a lovely smile, but it’s the camera-ready smile. He learned at about 4 weeks what that thing was, and he pastes on a smile that’s been carefully vetted by his publicist. I would love to get a shot like the second one you’ve posted.
    My little boy is ten months and we just stopped co-sleeping this weekend for a few reasons. I miss him in bed with me, and really liked the anemone image. Thanks. πŸ™‚

    Reply

  28. Oh, I am all smitten with your baby and your blog now. Count me in! You get such expressive pictures, too… with the Bug, we get a lovely smile, but it’s the camera-ready smile. He learned at about 4 weeks what that thing was, and he pastes on a smile that’s been carefully vetted by his publicist. I would love to get a shot like the second one you’ve posted.
    My little boy is ten months and we just stopped co-sleeping this weekend for a few reasons. I miss him in bed with me, and really liked the anemone image. Thanks. πŸ™‚

    Reply

  29. Oh, I am all smitten with your baby and your blog now. Count me in! You get such expressive pictures, too… with the Bug, we get a lovely smile, but it’s the camera-ready smile. He learned at about 4 weeks what that thing was, and he pastes on a smile that’s been carefully vetted by his publicist. I would love to get a shot like the second one you’ve posted.
    My little boy is ten months and we just stopped co-sleeping this weekend for a few reasons. I miss him in bed with me, and really liked the anemone image. Thanks. πŸ™‚

    Reply

  30. Oh, I am all smitten with your baby and your blog now. Count me in! You get such expressive pictures, too… with the Bug, we get a lovely smile, but it’s the camera-ready smile. He learned at about 4 weeks what that thing was, and he pastes on a smile that’s been carefully vetted by his publicist. I would love to get a shot like the second one you’ve posted.
    My little boy is ten months and we just stopped co-sleeping this weekend for a few reasons. I miss him in bed with me, and really liked the anemone image. Thanks. πŸ™‚

    Reply

  31. Oh, I am all smitten with your baby and your blog now. Count me in! You get such expressive pictures, too… with the Bug, we get a lovely smile, but it’s the camera-ready smile. He learned at about 4 weeks what that thing was, and he pastes on a smile that’s been carefully vetted by his publicist. I would love to get a shot like the second one you’ve posted.
    My little boy is ten months and we just stopped co-sleeping this weekend for a few reasons. I miss him in bed with me, and really liked the anemone image. Thanks. πŸ™‚

    Reply

  32. My goddaughter had this hilarious, insincere face scrunch that was supposed to pass for a smile. She did it any time a camera was pointed at her. Alden has just recently started smiling for the camera. He used to just zombie out whenever I tried to get a snap.
    Oh the co-sleeping. I may come begging for advice on how to stop it one day. But right now I’m content to just let me tentacle me in.

    Reply

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