the last of the kits

The only parenting activity in which I participate consistently is bath time.  I put the 1, 3, and 5 year olds into the tub, wash chunks of dinner off their faces, remove the two girls, and then leave the boy by himself to do whatever it is that he insists on doing alone in the tub every night while I get the two girls dressed.

Tonight, however, the boy wanted to get out immediately after his older sister to play with his Thomas train set some more, so I was left with just the 1-year-old.  Eager to memorialize the last moments of my time as the parent of a baby, I recorded this conversation:

Her:  Daddy!
Me:  BL (for “Baby Lola”)!

What’s odd (for me) is how much I actually enjoy spending time with B.L.  With the other two, I tolerated their pre-walking and pre-talking months so that we could get to what I figured would be the better times:  when the children could actually interact with me.  But ever since we went to Houston last year, and I found myself spending entire days alone with Lola, I’ve enjoyed my time with this little creature of few words.

The fact that she starts each morning with cries for “DADDY!!!” and closes each evening’s bath time with the same call (but at a lower volume) only pushes me further into that realm of inability to say “no” to the only member of the family who never argues with me and is always excited to see me enter the room (a description once reserved for Winnie the dog, though now she’s shifted her affections toward our eldest).  And as a result, while I see myself shoving Emilie toward vet school, Maddie toward law school or a CPA, and Owen toward mechanical engineering when their time to leave the nest arrives, I may have to feign invalidity when Lola reaches that age and coerce her into staying around a while. I’m sure she won’t mind.  Right?

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  1. The cuteness factor of this blog is just off the charts!
    I would feign invalidity, too. That girl is ADORABLE.

  2. There’s no money in Mechanical Engineering. Push for Electrical or possible Computer Engineering. Way more money to be had.

    • @SFD, But he seems to enjoy tinkering with things so! Maybe that’ll translate well to chemicals or computers. I certainly don’t want him living with me at 25.

  3. Man, I totally get this. What they can’t express in words, you can see on their face. On my recent trip to China, I got to skype with Lessi. She can’t say much yet, but seeing her light up and say “DADA!!” was priceless. Want to go in with me on inventing a serum that keeps them at 1-ish forever?

  4. Oh my God that is adorable.

    But you call her BL? Really?

  5. i think someone likes you. just adorable, but you know that…

  6. I’m not ready to not have a baby yet! It’s a good thing you had that vasectomy, or I think I’d be popping some eggs. Dammit/thank heaven.

  7. So sweet. You can’t deny that little girl. She looks just like you! And there’s always room for one more. Untie the knot, kids!

  8. And here I thought I was the only one who had the cutest baby girl on the planet…BL comes in a close second!

  9. She is incredibly cute! I love how she uttered the word “Daddy” several times! Surely, she’s a certified Daddy’s’ girl. And I also love how you call her BL. Very nice name. 🙂

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