Thursday, December 09, 2004

swept away for a moment by chance

Jacqui dances. For a long time now when she gets excited she's waved her arms around in a fabulous impression of Kermit the Frog. Now she bounces and waves and grins, and when she's really happy she emits a mighty SQUEAK!

She is the most wonderful thing to behold.

Tonight we ate at Boston Market, and Jacqui had lentils and rice -- which sadly are not offered on Boston Market's menu; we brought the jar of baby food from home. She ate almost the entire 4 ounces, and when she was nearly finished she squealed and laughed and danced her baby dance and the world was a beautiful place. Everyone in the restaurant -- workers and patrons -- laughed because my baby was laughing.

When we got home, it was pajama time. So there was a naked baby in a crib, and if you can resist a naked baby tummy, you are a better man than I. I had to give her many many kisses on her tummy, and for the first time ever, she didn't make the "I put up with this because I love you" face. This time, she laughed and laughed and she was so happy that her face sort of froze in this huge grin, just for a moment or two.

Bedtime happened, and she fell asleep with very little fuss and only a small amount of resistance. It took about ten minutes all told, from the time I put her back into bed (in her purple footie sleeper this time) until she relaxed into slumber.

And now that's where I'm headed, sans footie sleeper.