Our Plan for the Night

On our agenda for this evening:

We will eat broccoli and flyyyyyyyyyy through the aiaiaiaiaiair.

At least, those are the lyrics to the song that I made up while we waited for the pasta to finish cooking tonight. Those are all the lyrics. And, truth be told, we flew through the air first. And then ate the broccoli when it came out of the steamer.

All of this to say that it amazes me how having a baby has obliterated my ego in the best possible way.

I am sad to say that I’m no singer. Even though my husband looks on me with an amazingly uncritical eye (Or should I say ‘listens to me with an uncritical ear’?), there is no way I would have let him hear me sing at the top of my lungs. Until Alden was born. Now, I don’t even bother trying to carry that tune. I just wail. Add to this that I am well aware that anyone in the vestibule of our building can hear me too. Don’t care.

I can also go days without makeup. That’s nothing new. But what is new is that I can do that, and can at the same time breeze past multiple mirrors without stopping to take a peek. Sometimes when I’m out I even wonder if I’ve put on any gloss and I have to smack my lips to check. It’s not the harried-mother-with-hairpins-flying thing. I certainly get that with stuff like getting my tote bag packed up appropriately each morning. It’s just that I don’t seem to mind it. Damon seems charmed by my more laissez faire attitude. He definitely doesn’t care if my face never sees another cosmetic. And I think he secretly thinks I’m more fun now.

The broccoli Alden ate tonight was his first. He approached it like he does all new foods — like a Dyson. I mashed up a steamed stalk and put it on a little plastic plate. First he picked up all the reasonable chunks and stuffed them in his mouth. Then he licked the plate. Then he swished his hands around my empty bowl and licked the butter and cheese off his fingers.

Other foods he loves: pickled ginger, dill pickles, marinated mushrooms, tofu curry, Oreo (sue me), American cheese (argh)

You know what food he doesn’t love? The uber-disgusting secret ingredient feature in the Iron Chef taping I went to today. Probably only because he doesn’t have access to it. But still — *shudder.* I’m not being coy as much as I’m adhering to the confidentiality agreement I had to sign pre-taping. I guess I am at least narrowing it down for you. It’s probably not — say — corn. Again, all I will say is: So Gross! And I was uncomfortably close to the action.

Here’s how our little porky pie is shaping up these days:

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54 responses to this post.

  1. So cute!! And sounds like he eats like Big Ez.
    I would never have been caught dead singing in public before I had children. Now I’ll find myself at the grocery store, singing along with the music to make them happy. Those poor other shoppers.

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  2. So cute!! And sounds like he eats like Big Ez.
    I would never have been caught dead singing in public before I had children. Now I’ll find myself at the grocery store, singing along with the music to make them happy. Those poor other shoppers.

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  3. So cute!! And sounds like he eats like Big Ez.
    I would never have been caught dead singing in public before I had children. Now I’ll find myself at the grocery store, singing along with the music to make them happy. Those poor other shoppers.

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  4. So cute!! And sounds like he eats like Big Ez.
    I would never have been caught dead singing in public before I had children. Now I’ll find myself at the grocery store, singing along with the music to make them happy. Those poor other shoppers.

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  5. So cute!! And sounds like he eats like Big Ez.
    I would never have been caught dead singing in public before I had children. Now I’ll find myself at the grocery store, singing along with the music to make them happy. Those poor other shoppers.

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  6. So cute!! And sounds like he eats like Big Ez.
    I would never have been caught dead singing in public before I had children. Now I’ll find myself at the grocery store, singing along with the music to make them happy. Those poor other shoppers.

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  7. Oh, good heavens. I need you to bring me that ridiculous kid.

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  8. Oh, good heavens. I need you to bring me that ridiculous kid.

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  9. Oh, good heavens. I need you to bring me that ridiculous kid.

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  10. Oh, good heavens. I need you to bring me that ridiculous kid.

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  11. Oh, good heavens. I need you to bring me that ridiculous kid.

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  12. Oh, good heavens. I need you to bring me that ridiculous kid.

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  13. So cute, and such a good little eater. Bravo for the broccoli!

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  14. So cute, and such a good little eater. Bravo for the broccoli!

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  15. So cute, and such a good little eater. Bravo for the broccoli!

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  16. So cute, and such a good little eater. Bravo for the broccoli!

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  17. So cute, and such a good little eater. Bravo for the broccoli!

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  18. So cute, and such a good little eater. Bravo for the broccoli!

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  19. Okay, but after the show airs you MUST tell us what that ingredient is. ‘K?
    Bonzo is the exact opposite of Alden; he has to really get to know a food before it gets into his mouth. I wish he was as adventurous with the broccoli! He did manage to ask for some banana the other day, so I guess it’s not all bad.

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  20. Okay, but after the show airs you MUST tell us what that ingredient is. ‘K?
    Bonzo is the exact opposite of Alden; he has to really get to know a food before it gets into his mouth. I wish he was as adventurous with the broccoli! He did manage to ask for some banana the other day, so I guess it’s not all bad.

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    • Oh, I most definitely will. I will want everyone to give me lots of sympathy.
      I’m sure it’s sometimes a challenge to parent a discriminating eater. And yet, you probably won’t have to worry about him trying to eat the dirt off his stroller wheels either.

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    • Oh, I most definitely will. I will want everyone to give me lots of sympathy.
      I’m sure it’s sometimes a challenge to parent a discriminating eater. And yet, you probably won’t have to worry about him trying to eat the dirt off his stroller wheels either.

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    • Oh, I most definitely will. I will want everyone to give me lots of sympathy.
      I’m sure it’s sometimes a challenge to parent a discriminating eater. And yet, you probably won’t have to worry about him trying to eat the dirt off his stroller wheels either.

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    • Oh, I most definitely will. I will want everyone to give me lots of sympathy.
      I’m sure it’s sometimes a challenge to parent a discriminating eater. And yet, you probably won’t have to worry about him trying to eat the dirt off his stroller wheels either.

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    • Oh, I most definitely will. I will want everyone to give me lots of sympathy.
      I’m sure it’s sometimes a challenge to parent a discriminating eater. And yet, you probably won’t have to worry about him trying to eat the dirt off his stroller wheels either.

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  21. Okay, but after the show airs you MUST tell us what that ingredient is. ‘K?
    Bonzo is the exact opposite of Alden; he has to really get to know a food before it gets into his mouth. I wish he was as adventurous with the broccoli! He did manage to ask for some banana the other day, so I guess it’s not all bad.

    Reply

  22. Okay, but after the show airs you MUST tell us what that ingredient is. ‘K?
    Bonzo is the exact opposite of Alden; he has to really get to know a food before it gets into his mouth. I wish he was as adventurous with the broccoli! He did manage to ask for some banana the other day, so I guess it’s not all bad.

    Reply

  23. Okay, but after the show airs you MUST tell us what that ingredient is. ‘K?
    Bonzo is the exact opposite of Alden; he has to really get to know a food before it gets into his mouth. I wish he was as adventurous with the broccoli! He did manage to ask for some banana the other day, so I guess it’s not all bad.

    Reply

  24. Okay, but after the show airs you MUST tell us what that ingredient is. ‘K?
    Bonzo is the exact opposite of Alden; he has to really get to know a food before it gets into his mouth. I wish he was as adventurous with the broccoli! He did manage to ask for some banana the other day, so I guess it’s not all bad.

    Reply

  25. I’m glad it’s not just me.
    Maybe some time before it gets cool out again we can sit Alden and Ez down with a watermelon between them.

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  26. I’m working on it.
    I can’t help but notice he has a critical weakness for Southern ladies.

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  27. His vegetarian mommy is very proud!

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  28. Oh, I most definitely will. I will want everyone to give me lots of sympathy.
    I’m sure it’s sometimes a challenge to parent a discriminating eater. And yet, you probably won’t have to worry about him trying to eat the dirt off his stroller wheels either.

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  29. I would love that!

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