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Makes it Even Better

One of my most favorite things in the world is to tell my mother good news. It’s not the news itself–and by news, I mean an achievement, like a promotion, or great new job–that is the awesome part, it’s Mom’s reaction to the news that gets me every. single. time. It goes a little something like this: You call Mom. Mom answers the phone. You tell Mom the good news. Mom bursts into an immediate, all-out laugh-slash-whoop: Wha-ha-HOO! It’s loud and instinctual and one of the most genuinely happy sounds I have ever heard in my life. Seriously, you have to hear it sometimes. One of the ways I knew she really loved David was when he told her some news one time and got the same reaction. Wha-ha-HOO! It’s one of the best sounds in the world. In the last three weeks, eleven-month-old Cian Xavier has broken his first four teeth. He is crawling around and up and over and into anything he can get his four limbs wedged into: the storage drawer beneath the oven…

Well, Will You Look at That

I was watching Quinn the whole time:  Saoirse was standing at the coffee table, coloring (in a book, not on the table itself.  Not that you’d know that from seeing the formerly all-white table).  Quinn had been playing nearby, but stopped when she noticed what SK was doing.  She crawled closer.  Didn’t take her eyes off of her big sister’s fingers, maneuvering.  She pulled herself up at to standing, still focused on the coloring book, still intent, until she called out and tried to grab one of the crayons out of Saoirse’s hands. Saoirse, of course, was having none of it.  And, I decided, neither should my coffee table. So within a minute, both girls were happily settled into their seats at another table, this time in the dining room, both scribbling away.  And Quinn, at her 14 months, was actually drawing.  Using the crayons–albeit upside down, but that’s some small potatoes when my baby’s an artistic GENIUS–she’d grin at me, then beam at her sister, then go back to scribbling, checking on SK periodically to see what else she should…