December 26, 2012

The only reason a great many American families don't own an elephant is that they have never been offered an elephant for a dollar down and easy weekly payments.*

~ from Mad Magazine

Dear Johnny,

Unlike your fellow American peoples, you have never been into a store of any kind until this very day.  This is almost as astounding as the fact that we do not own or watch TV, and I want you to be proud of it.  I always do the grocery shopping in the evenings or weekends, when Daddy's at home on baby duty, and I don't bring you with me because a) I cringe at the sight of mothers dragging their newborns along the frozen meals aisle, and b) because I want to avoid you getting cranky at the checkout and cry your head off to the bemusement of others shoppers, or worse - in the car on the way home, where I have to deal with it.  You see, baby, your Mommy's is European and non-consumerist, which automatically rules out the possibility of going to the mall and buying stuff for fun.

Today, however, we did just that.  All three of us went to an outlet store and got Daddy a pair of khakis and some socks for you.  At first you were in a sort of a stupor from all the lights and stuff in there, and you seemed to stare suspiciously at everyone,  making them uncomfortable.  Soon enough though you relaxed and became your good old self - giggling and trying to touch everything.  Also, you are getting terribly big!  You hardly fit in the shopping cart... You did great, baby.  It was a fun day.

* That, and the size of their poo, Johnny.  That's Daddy's contribution to this letter :)

Baby's First Christmas

Dear Johnny,

'Tis was your first Christmas. There was noise and astounding amounts of food and people and presents, but I think the best part was you seeing your Mommy and Daddy making absolute and utter fools of themselves.

We love you, baby. Happy Holidays!

December 12, 2012

Baby Talk

Dear Johnny,

You speak now.  It's Baby Bulgarian language, so not many people can understand you yet, but I do, baby.  And I love the things you have to say!

Johnny and the Elusive Lolcat

Dear Johnny,

You chase the cat.  Sometimes you even catch her...but not today.  Keep trying, baby.  Cats are awesome.  

Enough said:

December 11, 2012

Baby - the gift that keeps on giving.

Dear Johnny,

In our family we love Christmas so much, that it arrives not on December 25th, but the moment we turn the calendar on the last day of November.  From then on, we immediately begin singing carols, exchanging gifts, and decorate to our heart's content.  You haven't received your present just yet (we are kind of puzzled about that one as we are unsure if you even understand the concept of Christmas) but Daddy gave Mommy hers, and you  wholly approve of it.

The Audio-Technica headphones are awesome, baby, but nothing can compare to the gift you gave us.  Yesterday you began saying two syllable words, such as GA-GA and DE-DE!  

Well done, Johnny.  I'm sure you did this thanks to your advanced baby brain, but all the Vivaldi we played to you couldn't have hurt either :)

Our whole life is solving puzzles.

~ Erno Rubik

Dear Johnny,

Here you are, seven and a half months old, playing your life away.  I love watching you figuring things out, learning how things work, finding properties and functionalities in everything you touch.  You have big boy toys now - balls and rings and cubes and even a spinning top.  You carry them around, you whack them together, you take them out and put them back in, and although you can't yet stack them, you are exceptionally good in establishing their edibility.