It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Summer Baby

Here he is, my baby for the summer. Ki-woon is about 15 months old, and yesterday was his first day. It was the best “first day” I’ve seen in, oh, easily five years. A little fretful and sad immediately after dad dropped him off, he rebounded quickly, and with only what I would call the bare minimum of snuggling, he was ready for his day. A lot of kids won’t even accept comfort from the nasty non-mommy who’s keeping him from the Real Thing. Attempts at comfort are met with blows. “Go away! Where is my mother??”

Ki-woon, bless him, cuddled in and snuggled up. After a few minutes, he’d wriggle down and settle into play. Most of the day was spent hunkered down over a toy or a bug or an invisible but fascinating something. The latter half of the day was spent pursuing Baby Nigel, whose response – a rather bemused “What is THIS? Get OFF me!” – didn’t deter him in the least. Nigel is an affectionate sort. He’ll come round.

Stay tuned for further developments. Sometimes the ones who start so smoothly break down at about two weeks, when it becomes evident to them that, “Hey! This keeps HAPPENING! What gives?”

But so far, so good!

© 2006, Mary P

July 5, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. What a sweetie:-)

    LMD is constantly hunkered down looking at some fascinating thing – always “DAT!” in her vocaulary;-)

    What are you looking at LMD? “DAT” what do want LMD? “DAT!”, what are you doing LMD? “DAT” It gets nearly as wearing as LMB’s why’s sometimes. But cuter:-)

    Comment by Juggling Mother | July 5, 2006 | Reply

  2. It must be quite different having the little ones.

    Comment by Granny | July 5, 2006 | Reply

  3. Reminds me of my baby, who was fine in the first few weeks of daycare then had a long spell of crying in the mornings. But then, this may have coincided with our moving in with the in-laws and him feeling that he wasn’t getting as much dedicated attention than at home. Nowadays – yes, we’re finally back on our own 🙂 – he can barely take the time to wave goodbye in the morning before being whisked off to play by the other kids. Makes me a tiny bit sad (Mum’s separation anxiety) but always so proud to see him engaging with other kids and having fun together. I’m sure it’s mostly his natural temperament but I like to take credit when I can. Hehe..

    Comment by Kat O+ | July 5, 2006 | Reply

  4. He looks and sounds like a total cutie!

    Comment by MIM | July 5, 2006 | Reply

  5. I hope he continues to be an easy-going kid.

    Meanwhile, looks like someone needs to update the cast of characters (but keep an alumni section!)….

    Comment by aaron | July 5, 2006 | Reply

  6. Awww, he’s adorable! Reminds me of Jordan’s 1st day of school when he seemed to be taking it all in stride and it was actually me who broke down a few minutes after dropping him off!

    Ki-Woon sounds like a solid little trooper. BTW, do you know what his name means?

    Comment by Jennifer | July 5, 2006 | Reply

  7. Oooo, I just want to pinch those cheeks! I raise the glass the wine fairy brought over to a good first day. Here’s hoping the rest are so smooth! He’s lucky to have you.

    Comment by twoboysmom | July 5, 2006 | Reply

  8. oh, how lovely. I hope he remains so unflappable for you. Nice to have a cuddler on your hands, isn’t it?

    Comment by kittenpie | July 5, 2006 | Reply

  9. JugglingMother: I love that global use of “dat”. In this group, it’s Nigel who loves “dat”: his best phrase is “wass daaaat?” It’s very cute. And you’re right: less wearing than the “why” phase.

    Granny: It’s different. Less conversation, but the cuteness! Just LOOK at those cheeks!

    Kat: Take every scrap of credit you can. The stuff you don’t like? That’s inherited, of course, and very likely from the other side. Says me. 🙂

    MiM, Aaron: He is. Third day today, every bit as sweet. Keeping my fingers crossed!

    Cast of characters now updated.

    Jennifer: Children are often upset the first little while, but it’s the mothers who are most likely to be traumatized. Babies live in the moment. They feel badly at the time, then the next moment comes, and they feel better. Even toddlers don’t tend to hold onto the passing unhappiness (unless unwittingly encouraged to do so by an adult). Parents see the big picture, and everything has so much more weight.

    I have no idea what Ki-woon means!

    twoboysmom: One of my neighbours bought us a bottle of wine the other night – and HA! He’s gay! I will so have to tell him that this makes him my “wine fairy”. He would love it. LMAO

    As for Ki-woon? I’m lucky to have him! I hope his easy-going-ness continues, and oh, it would be nice if they decided to leave him with me after the summer ended!

    Kittenpie: It is nice. He’s such an eminently cuddle-able little bundle, too, round and solid. Lovely little man.

    Comment by Mary P. | July 6, 2006 | Reply

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