Monday, January 7, 2008

You put your right foot in...

Right now, The Boy is going to town on his jumparoo. I mean, he's dancing from foot to foot like he's doing some kind of Irish jig, and he's laughing up a storm. What a great thing to watch! I took a minute's worth of video, which I'll send to my father & my in-laws today or tomorrow. It's way, way too cute - particularly when he starts in with that cute little giggle & laugh that he has. He's not entirely sure what laughing is all about yet, and what it means, and how to do it, but he lets out a REALLY cute giggle every once in a while.

It's still all about his toes, though. Sitting, lying, whatever - he's all about his toes, all weekend long. Any way that he could find to grab them, play with them and chew on them, he took. Actually, The Wife got him to sit up by himself for a few seconds - he grabbed his toes, and it balanced him quite well. Not too long now before he's sitting & balancing and starting to cause loads of trouble - at least, if he takes after his mother. I was good baby.

Surprising as it seems, I was a good baby. I wasn't obnoxious, like I am now. I wasn't a trouble maker until I was in school. At least, no one remembers that I was. Not surprising, though - I was the 4th of 4, and by the time I came along, everyone else was too busy to pay attention to me. Look at all the pictures of me - I have a half dozen or so baby pictures, then the next set is me graduating high school.

(Slight exaggeration. I have some school photos in there, too.)

The Wife and I are coming up with a bit of a conundrum: teaching lessons. On Saturdays, we travel about 40 minutes north to teach. She's got a one-hour lesson, and I have a 30 minute & 60 minute lesson, in towns that are roughly ten to fifteen minutes away from each other. The issue? It's very difficult to teach a music lesson when there's a baby along for the ride. Even at home, it can be very difficult if there's only one person to teach AND take care of the baby. I know that one student from a nearby town won't come in for a lesson if there's no one to take care of the baby - whatever. I understand. I'm not cheap to commission, and I'd want to make sure that my kid got every second of attention. So, we're trying to figure out what to do about it.

It looks like I'll teach both of my lessons, then she'll teach hers. It's not an ideal solution - it's difficult to commission lessons at, like, 1 o'clock on a Saturday because it sort of shoots the whole day down the drain - but it'll have to do for now. Maybe some weeks, The Boy can stay with Grandpa for a couple of hours or something like that - but not now, when Grandpa's in Florida for a month.

Any suggestions? I know that he'll be portable to lessons when he's older - my college teacher brought his then-3 year old to lessons, and he had been trained for a long time on how to behave and did a pretty good job.

1 comment:

Paul D. Keiser said...

I think my brother-in-law has a spare dog cage you could borrow...

Seriously though, I feel your pain. Try doing it all with the added problem of only 1 car between the two of you!

Best of luck. If you find any low brass students willing to make the 10 hour commute for lessons, let me know.