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The kidlets.

2008-08-22 - 10:42 p.m.

Biscuit can now deliberately bring his fists to his mouth and suck on them, even when theyíre not propped up conveniently by a shoulder near his face. Heís slept through the night again too. I look at him now Ė smiling and cooing and responsive to me and cute and chubby like a mini sumo wrestler Ė and I think, how is it that Americans have to end their maternity leave and go back to work at this stage, when the baby is just getting to be so awesome to have around? It really seems barbaric to me.

I contemplate having the next 9 Ĺ months to watch my son change and grow and get teeth and start crawling and eating solids and all those firsts and Iím so glad I donít have to wonder if theyíll happen for the first time when Iím at work and someone else is with him. Yes, itís true that I donít believe Iím built to be a stay-at-home mom, but man, I sure do appreciate the fact that I have a year to get my fill of that lifestyle.

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Grommet had a very minor ear infection this week. We took her to the doctor to make sure that yes, it was an infection but no, we didnít need antibiotics for it. We took her back today to make sure it had cleared up on its own and it had.

Since her last appointment, which was the first she hadnít had to get a couple of needles at, Grommet has become a big fan of going the doctor. When I mentioned taking her in on Wednesday, her first reaction wasnít fear but rather, ďI can get a sticker!Ē Today when I picked her up from daycare the first words out of her mouth were, ďCan I go to the doctor?Ē

Speaking of daycare, her provider listed off all the vegetables Grommet eats there. I felt my jaw grow slacker and slacker as she named more and more things which Grommet considers practically untouchable at home. Beans. Cauliflower. Broccoli. I asked her if she was sure she was talking about my kid and she assured me she was. I also watched Grommet playing happily with the care providerís son, who is her best friend.

I know itís an extra expense to send her there and it probably seems silly to some and downright wrong to others to do so while Iím at home, but I just canít bring myself to take it away from her: the companionship and social interaction with her peers, messy games, Hindi lessons and healthy homemade food. I may reduce her from 4 to 3 days a week in the fall or winter, but I canít imagine taking her out entirely. The guilt I would feel would easily equal the guilt I feel at having her go.

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