a little boy turns five

Hi, Mr. Brian! You’ve been really hard to parent this year! There are all kinds of behaviors that alarm and baffle me. But more than that, you are delightful. Even when you’re in trouble, there’s a sweetness in you and between us that makes me worry a lot less. You’re so generally full of joy …

parenting: a team sport

His feet thump down the hall suspiciously. You don’t think someone can run suspiciously? This boy can. He use to scurry off from somewhere out of sight yelling “NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING!” when he’d done something wrong. He no longer has the verbal tell, but the heavy, fast footfalls of my 42-lb boy are unmistakably trouble. …

Baby Brian turns 4 (and loses just a little bit of innocence)

Hey, Brian Levi. We’ve had a bunch of bath products sitting in the queue to go… somewhere… for  while. We inherited several bags from a friend who was moving around the world on a short timeline. I went through and grabbed what we could use, but I wanted to do something helpful with the rest. …

Happy Brian! (Turning three.)

Hey, dude. You’re three today! Happy Brian! I love you to teeny, tiny, smoochable pieces. From your big brown eyes to your kiss-me cheeks to your sweet grin and your crazy toddler run, you bring me so much joy. I looked over your first and second birthday notes today, just to remind myself where you …