Thursday Morning Wood

Posted by Wood | Thursday, October 12, 2006 |

Last week, the height of the post-weaning period, was all about early mornings with Juniper and I sitting at the kitchen table staring at each other through crusty, grumpy eyes over cheerios and coffee before 6:00 a.m. This week has been so much calmer, because for the first time in Juniper's life, she has begun sleeping 12 hour, wholly uninterrupted and completely cry-free nights. She doesn't get up until the downright slovenly hour of 8:00 a.m., proving that we were a little hasty when we tossed out our alarm clock during the mass decluttering of August 06, assuming we'd never need it again because our daughter always insisted on rising before the sun. I've been late for work every day this week, both because we lack an alarm clock, and also because I just can't walk out the door after only getting 20 minutes with a baby who every day wakes up even sweeter and chattier than the morning before.

I am officially jealous of Dutch. A few days ago Dutch called my work phone from an apple orchard, and after he told me where he and Juniper were, I felt an unexpected pang and nearly had to staple the palms of my hands to my desk in order to keep from jumping up from my chair to go join them. Fortunately, the simple fact that we only have one car saved my flesh from the stapler, since there aren't exactly any buses from downtown Detroit to apple orchards. But still, that day I truly understood for the first time the depth of longing Dutch was always talking about while he was at work last year and Juniper and I were off somewhere sitting in the sun.