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Going Out Means Something New

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Last night we went for a long walk around town. The small sliver of the moon was above us and SB was buzzing as locals in our age group began their pre-pre Halloween celebrations. We saw dozens of people in their Halloween get-ups going out for a night on the town. While that was last year for us, you won’t find us lamenting about not being in that crowd right now. Elaine said it best today, “I’m so glad we have a baby”. How things change and change quickly.

In year’s past Elaine’s had classic costumes that ranged from an Indian, Tinkerbell, and a Bee. This year she is a Mom and I think it fits her best.

We were talking today on how our lives have changed in the last year . In a lot of ways both of our lives have done a 180 (some parts more than others). Over the last 4 weeks I’ve been so impressed with Elaine. No matter the time of day or night she exudes patience, confidence, and love towards her baby. When my ears are about to bleed from screaming or my arm about to dislodge from it’s joint Elaine is calm, cool, collect, and in control. She coos to every noise Mason makes, gives him lots of fun nicknames, and snaps a photo of every yawn, stretch, and half smile. You amaze me Elaine, I can’t imagine going through this process with anyone else. Mason is a lucky kid to have a Mom like you.

On a similar note Saturday night used to a going out night. You know seeing friends, having a drink, watching a show, catching a flick, or going dancing. It’s just what we did, either together or separate. Things have changed and in a good way. Last night’s highlight was Mason’s first bath. It’s not like he’s gotten very dirty, but he had about 4 weeks of gunk on him and we thought it was time. Other than a leaky bathtub everything went smoothly.  After he adjusted to being naked in our kitchen, his eyes got bug-eyed and he seemed to enjoy the water and rinse.  After we got him out he got a little fussy but then laid on the blanket and looked very content– yes he was staring at a ceiling fan but he was content.

Going out now means something totally different and we are both okay with it. We’ve got our baby and he’s got us 100%.


Today we went on two trips, one to Ellwood Mesa and the other was a pre-Halloween party. Hope you enjoy some photos from our day and I promise you that even though the photos may look otherwise Mason loved the Monkey suit.  Be nice and make good choices, Mark




6 responses »

  1. Adorable and so much fun to read and such a great tribute to Elaine!! You all are going to have to have a ceiling fan in his room for the rest of his life!! love and Happy Halloween!

  2. One more comment…that picture of the three of you with Mason’s little head poking out of that snuggly thing….the BEST.

  3. Mom and Dad Watson

    There should be a commercial promoting ceiling fans for new parents. Olivia fell asleep watching them which was a blessing to her parents! Such nice things about Elaine. I’ve seen your patience and care too Mark. And now we wait for Jen’s baby and Mason won’t be the youngest great grand child any more. Love, Mom

  4. Love this. Funny how life changes, huh?

  5. I remember the first time I realized this was happening was on the 4th of July when I was pregnant with our 1st. I was doing laundry (pre-washing newborn clothes and bedding in preparation for baby) and I could hear all of the fireworks going off. I realized then the priorities had already totally changed, but didn’t feel left out one bit! Congrats on your new little one. He is absolutely adorable!


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