Turns out there IS something more exciting than eating food yourself: seeing your baby eat food, for the very first time. Yep, this week we started giving James solid food and as proof that he’s mine, he loved it. We steamed broccoli, roasted sweet potato, sliced avocado, and he seemed to enjoy the broccoli the most, which I suspect has to do with the texture of the little trees and the fact that he’s teething (he got his first little tooth!). Daniel and I had to restrain ourselves from shouting “HOORAY!” and clapping the whole way through, which was hard but it’s just so much fun to see him trying all these new tastes and textures.
I’m still baking up a storm (I’ll share the recipe for those raspberry muffins pictured above soon!), still crying over the happy, sappy moments on Great British Baking Show (only now I’ve got Daniel to do it with me), and rooting pretty exclusively for the older folks (is that ageist of me?). I can’t wait for the day when James can bake with me but for now, I’ve got him sitting with me in the kitchen, in his high chair or Ingenuity seat, waving a spatula in the air like a magic wand.
I read Reddit every night in bed, and I particularly love AskReddit, the forum where someone poses a question, any question, and thousands answer. It can be thoughtful, illuminating, funny, sad, creepy, helpful…but almost always interesting and thought-provoking. Examples of questions asked include:
“If humans suddenly didn’t ever have to sleep any more, and you now have an extra 8 hours every day, what would you do with that time?”
“Cancer survivors of reddit, what was the moment you realised that something was wrong and decided to have a checkup?”
“What’s a book that you think everyone needs to read?”
When he talks about Henry, Delaney picks at his fingernails and speaks gently and deliberately. “If you observe me through a telephoto lens or something, you might not know that I’m grieving all the time,” he tells me.
“I’ll have a memory and start to cry sometimes. Or I’ll look at my watch and notice it’s coming around the time when I would have changed his tracheotomy dressing for the day, and I’ll be sad I’m not doing that.
“He’s absolutely still my son, and he commands a big percentage of my attention each day. So I just try to not resist that or hate it or fear it,” he continues softly. “He’s my son. I loved him when he was alive. I still love him and talk to him and think about him every day.”
You know how every day someone asks “how are you?” And even if you’re totally dying inside, you just say “fine,” so everyone can go about their day? This show is the opposite of that. Hosted by author Nora McInerny, this is a funny/sad/uncomfortable podcast about talking honestly about our pain, our awkwardness, and our humanness.
Schitt’s Creek (Netflix)
If you’re a fan of Christopher Guest movies, you know just how perfect Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara are as a pair. You might *not* know, however, how wonderful and funny Eugene Levy’s son is, Daniel, who created Schitt’s Creek with his dad. All three star in Schitt’s Creek, a comedy about a wealthy family who lose their fortune after being defrauded by their business manager and are forced to rebuild their lives with their sole remaining asset: a small town named Schitt’s Creek (which they had bought their son as a joke birthday gift years earlier).