D was not quite sixteen when he went to his first rock concert. He remembers vividly having a dream in which a friend offered to take him to see Metallica live. The next day, this same friend, who sat in front of D in English class, turned around right before the bell and asked if D liked Green Day, and then said she had an extra ticket to see their show. The dream remains D’s only brush with clairvoyance while the concert, which in addition to Green Day also featured The Offspring, Soul Asylum, Ben Folds Five, Third Eye Blind, Fuel, and STP’s Scott Weiland, instantly infected D with an insatiable appetite for live music.
From month-by-month onesies to milestone stickers and even printable fabric sets, there is no shortage of products to help parents commemorate their babies’ progress through the first year of life. A friend in Nairobi shared monthly pictures of his daughter sitting in the same chair, and several of our friends who had children around the same time as we did post monthly pictures of their babies in their cribs. Since we photograph Munchkin on an almost daily basis anyway, we decided to do a month-by-month series as well, using the Eric Carle quilt S’s mom made for him as the backdrop.
We know we haven’t made it easy for our parents to be first-time grandparents. These were supposed to be the glory days: they put in years of hard work to raise us, thinking all along that some day they would enjoy all the joys of frolicking, adorable children with none of the responsibility. It was a flawless plan… until those headstrong kids of theirs grew up and moved half a world away.
It’s not that the grass is always greener; yet, much as we love our Foreign Service lifestyle, there are certain things we miss about not being in the States. Topping the list is being far away from friends and family. In addition to rarely seeing the people we most love, we also miss many of their special occasions. Each year we spend abroad, our refrigerator fills up with birth announcements and invitations for missed weddings. This summer, one of S’s closest friends was getting married, and though it meant flying halfway around the world, much of it alone with Munchkin, S decided this was one wedding she shouldn’t miss.
Sometime, hopefully in the not too distant future, S plans to write about her 3-week-long trip back to the United States. Dealing with a jet-lagged baby and trying to get over jet lag herself has stymied somewhat her motivation to write. In the meantime, we celebrated Munchkin’s fifth month today and thought we’d mark the occasion by sharing some pictures. We get the sense that many of our most loyal followers are pretty much only interested in Munchkin updates anyway.