Thank you for all the well-wishes for my check-up last week. When the time came, I felt good heading to the office and everything was peachy-keen on my end; Hudson, on the other hand, wasn’t so intent on making the trip to the doctor easy. It was my fault for trying to accomplish too much, but suffice to say I was already a little worn out by the time we got into the cab. He hates being in the car seat and about half-way there let out that heart-wrenching, two-toned, throaty cry that seems to signal torture. And while we’re moving, there’s little to do about it. Except of course cry “let us out here” and then walk-run the rest of the way through the crowds milling around Grand Central while carrying him, pushing the stroller, and doing my best to shield him from the midday sun. When the doorman asked for my i.d. and my bag’s contents went flying, I think the welling tears in my eyes were enough to scare him into dismissing security protocol. I was collecting myself, about to finally walk into the office when Aron stepped off the elevator and I just started to cry. It was the first time I was happy that my doctor was running late with his appointments.
All of this is just to say that it has been a roller coaster of a week ! When we’re tired and Hudson seems hard to console or get to sleep, it’s easy to forget that just an hour prior he was cooing and (drumroll) smiling! And yet, when I think back on the week, it’s really those smiles that stand out. There was even a smile in the bathtub!
At the end of that exhausting day last week, we all walked out to the Highline (one of the first places we took Hudson) and enjoyed the breeze off the river. Hudson practiced his new favorite trick on our laps: he loves to stand up. He clenches his fists and waves his arms; and it’s almost impossible to get him to bend his knees, even though he clearly gets worn out from all the effort. It was such a lovely hour.
Hope your holiday weekend was a good one. Can you believe it’s September already? Seriously?
[Photos from Hudson’s second trip to the Highline. See his first, here.]