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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)

It's been awhile since we've seen a picture of Henry, he's so grown up. And gorgeous! Those eyes, that skin, those lips! He'll be a heartbreaker.
September 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKristen
Oh, wow. He's beautiful. I imagined him with lighter hair and glasses.
September 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha
Wow! Handsome and brilliant! I know you're proud!
September 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDeanna
Wow that's a gorgeous kid. His kindergarten teacher will be powerless to resist his charm.
September 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRobin
Hah! Cracking up. I didn't look at all of the other comments that came before mine. I just went straight to the post a comment box. All together now, "Alice, we, the internet, want to collectively nibble on your child's ears! He is just that adorable!"
September 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRobin
Apropos of nothing, I am curious to learn as to why you chose not to comment on DFW's death at all. Was it because the whole subject became mildly sensational? Was it due to lack of interest? Enlighten us/me, please.
September 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertzena
Tessa loves to use my camera. I used to fight her about it, then started noticing that a lot of them are truly artistic and awesome. It's great to get to see what your kids see.

I love Henry's shot of Charlie and the tree. Especially the wet nose marks!
September 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWendy
Henry is just too adorable! Haha I totally know what you mean about kids not liking questions asked, especially about school. Ive been a nanny for some time now, and let me tell you the subject of school is taboo to a grade schooler.
September 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDidi
What great pictures! And yes, Henry is adorable. That last picture is one that you should blow up to an 8X10 and hang on your wall.
September 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMauigirl
You didn't make Henry seem obnoxious at all, just lovable. I have one with a flair for the dramatic, so it particularly struck a chord with me. This evening she sang, rather than spoke, every other sentence. Just because. So please don't stop sharing Henry-isms. They make me laugh and I relate to them!

I also agree he is adorable. If this writing thing doesn't pan out for you, perhaps he can become a Gymboree model or something to help pay the bills. ;)
September 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa
Henry is such a handsome little dude!
September 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDawn
Utterly and completely off topic - but I loved your underwear story. Loved.

Henry is pretty cute, too.
September 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermagpie
Delurking to say: that Nerve article was so awesomely brilliant (you can tell how I feel by that combination of superlatives). More (says the insatiable blob) more, more!
September 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfrog in a well
That shot with the shadows is great. Maybe he should carry a camera more often!
September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMamaCass
What is it with kids and their feet? My first-grader takes more pictures of his big toe than of anything else.

Henry is gorgeous.
September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLunasea
My GAWD he's beautiful. Definitely fell from the Alice tree - no doubt about that.
September 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersveedish
Oh. My. Those eyes!!
September 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnna
That kid 1. is insanely beautiful and 2. looks just like you. Dang, girl, you be LUCKY.
September 20, 2008 | Unregistered Commentervictoria
I may have just had my head in a hole somewhere but I don't remember seeing a photo of your precious babe in long time that made his eyes so gleamy and gorgeous....better get ready to lock him up, the girls are gonna love those eyes.
September 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJerri Ann
I know it's been said a hundred times already, but bloody hell, your kid is gorgeous! I would be dreading high school if I were you.
September 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJamie
Henry has the prettiest eyes ever - what a gorgeous kid! I rarely comment on your site but check every single day. Thanks for doing what you do!
September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTierd
For some reason, I don't remember ever seeing photos of Henry before. My gracious saints alive, he's absolutely gorgeous. I mean, those eyes will cut through you. Strong work Alice!
September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTori
When I have the pukes, a good run in the park usually does the trick. It's even better when I give my five year old the camera and let him snap a few action shots of me. Reliving the memories, one digital snap at a time.
September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie Valentine
I may have to smoosh him up into a little cookie-sized pile and Eat Him Whole! OMGOSH he's so cute!
September 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteramy
Last photo: gorgeous. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous and Bossy has never typed a word so difficult so many times consecutively in all her life.
September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBOSSY

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