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How to Endure and Possibly Triumph Over the Adorable Tyrant
who Will Ruin Your Body, Destroy Your Life, Liquefy Your Brain,
and Finally Turn You
into a Worthwhile
Human Being.

Written by Alice Bradley and Eden Kennedy

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At LET'S PANIC ABOUT BABIES, Eden Kennedy and I share our hard-won wisdom and tell you exactly what to think and feel and do, whether you're about to have a baby or already did and don't know what to do with it. → 

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Addendum. And pictures!

I think I made my son sound more obnoxious than I meant to, in yesterday's post. The whole "OF COURSE I" whatever is such a put-on that I find it really amusing. He uses this voice that's not quite his, a sort of a mock-yell, and he quickly reverts to his charming self. It's sort of our schtick, that I ask the questions I'm not supposed to ask and in return he's indignant. In general, I've made it a goal of mine to not complain about my son in this venue—it just doesn't feel fair to him anymore, now that he's growing up (despite my best efforts) and not a baby with the typical baby issues. So. Okay!

On Monday Henry was sick-ish—just unwell enough to spike a fever right before school started, but then well enough to spend the next three hours demanding playground time. I denied him the playground, because I am a Cruel Woman who does not want him to have Fun on the days he is Afflicted with a Malady, but it was a beautiful day and I got stir-crazy so I suggested taking the dog for a walk.

Henry agreed, and took the camera. He took many photos that look just like this one:

Henry took about fifteen pictures of his foot.

But then I suggested he take a picture of Charlie, and he really got some good shots, if I do say so myself.

Henry's portrait of Charlie

I like this extreme close-up of Charlie blissed out on whatever godawful substance he located on this tree. .5 seconds later, he peed on it.

A glorious smell is on this tree

Then Henry gave me the camera, and I watched him and Charlie running amok in the park.


Doesn't he look sick?

Stopping for a rest

I would have been more upset about the lost half-day of freedom if my son wasn't such good company. (Most of the time.) Not that I was unhappy to see him off to school the next day. Sorry, kid, but mama's got to have her writing time, else she goes crazy. Thank you for understanding.


Reader Comments (86)

OF COURSE, he's the most beautiful child EVAH!
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine

Thanks for posting the pics! I love it when bloggers do that.
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLIB
He has gorgeous eyes. This type of post gives me hope for the day when my baby can run and play (although 5 months is kind of fun too.)
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterchiquita
what a handsome little guy! ...and you didn't make him seem obnoxious ... we get schtick. Love your blog!
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKaren
Oh hon, we totally understand about the "OF COURSE!" - he didn't sound obnoxious at all. He sounded like a kid (which is why, I think, all your commenters replied with, "YES, and MY KID DOES THAT TOO!"). He ain't obnoxious - he's 5 :)

And I concur with the above commenters - Henry is a beautiful kid. Start formulating the plan now, for when you have to deal with the girls flocking around. As Bunker Monkey is quite the bundle of adorableness (and quite the charmer, too, when it comes to the ladies) I have had to think about this already. oy!

September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAstrogirl426
My thoughts as I looked not so carefully at this post and pics: Oh, Alice has on a green dress. How'd Henry take a picture from that angle? She must have been carrying him. That's so cute, Henry's clothes are the same color. Oh, wait, that's Henry's foot in the first picture. That makes more sense OH MY GOD IS HE PRETTY.
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGina
Sick or no, he is a beautiful child! OF COURSE we understood you! :)
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle
He is a cute one!
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterErika
My son does the exact same thing. I've spent the last day-and-a-half home from work because he is "sick", only to have him bounce around the house like he's on crack.By the way, your son in gorgeous. :)
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMiriam
What beautiful eyes. really.and isn't fresh air good for what ails ya? think of it as therapeutic.

September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCatootes
Very cute! (Although somewhat demonically so--I suspect all little boys have that about them, though.)
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterErika
He is a beautiful boy and I just thought yesterday was hilarious.

September 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterstephanie
Henry is such a beautiful boy! Thanks for sharing the pics.
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTabitha
He's all right; I mean, if you like sweet little boys with impish grins....
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersuburbancorrespondent
Oh and also, I think that kind of complaining just shows our adoration!
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTabitha
Wow, he sure is growing up!
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSonja
Wow - he looks a lot more like his mother the older he gets!
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBridget
(Let me join the chorus) He's a beautiful boy!

The pictures are so cool! Some of my favorite photos are ones that the kiddos take. Kids can really put things into perspective sometimes.
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMama O'Two
oh my! he's lovely and could be the long lost brother of the son of a good friend of mine. freaky.
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkate
Hearts will be breaking--those eyes, that hair, the coloring! He looks a lot like you, Alice, and much more like a big boy than the last picture I remember of him, when he still had some baby-ness about his face.
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjenalda
I'm glad I'm not the first person to comment on how beautiful he is. I was worried it might seem creepy. I'll just chime in--he's gorgeous. Those eyes!

The Charlie pictures are great. I love handing my camera over to little people.
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa
He is going to be a heartbreaker some day.
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeather B.
Gosh, he's really changed sine the last pic I saw of him. He looks so much more boyish, and less babyish.
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSheryl
You have an incredibly handsome boy right there!
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDory
Oh, he is gorgeous!! Those eyes!!
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMary Anne

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