October 15, 2006


We play on the floor, both TheMonk and Swee’Pea climbing all over me. We laugh and giggle as we roll on the floor. Both TheMonk and Swee’Pea take turns crawling on my belly where I buck them like a Bronco as drool flies out of their mouths.

Suddenly, I am above them and Swee’Pea assumes the summersault position (head on the ground, feet on the ground, butt high in the air) which is my cue to flip her onto her back. She giggles with glee as she lands softly. TheMonk, having witnessed this scene, decides for the first time ever that he too wants to summersault. He too assumes the position and waits for Daddy to flip him. He laughs out loud and immediately scampers up to do it again.

Before you can say Acrobat, both TheMonk and Swee’Pea are scrambling up to do a summersault while Daddy does his own scrambling to keep up. Swee’Pea, the experienced summersaulter, is elegant and deliberate in assumming the position. TheMonk, on the other hand, is pure boy. He plops his head down so quickly that his forehead actually slides forward a bit as he sticks his little rump high into the air. He is good at this and if I don’t get there soon enough he will start to push off with his little feet trying to complete the summersault. He shows no fear as his little body goes tumbling out of control. He laughs hysterically – so full of joy it’s impossible not to join in.

Finally, we are all tumbled out. TheMonk and Swee’Pea both lie on their backs looking up toward the ceiling. I lean down and give them kisses before they go off looking for something else to do. As I watch them I try and burn what just happened into my memory so I don’t forget how really wonderful having these two in my life can be.


  1. That’s the beauty of having a blog. You can store those memories right here for the rest of us to enjoy. Isn’t being a dad awesome?

    Comment by whit — October 15, 2006 @ 7:39 am

  2. Sounds like a great way to spend the day. Keep buckin’ them while they’re still small.

    Comment by RJA — October 15, 2006 @ 10:05 am

  3. Smiling…I have such a clear mental picture of them doing this–and I’ve never even MET them :)

    Comment by Amy — October 15, 2006 @ 12:33 pm

  4. My heart swells with anticipation for my own two. People say ‘enjoy your free time now’ but I’m ready for ‘em to show up.

    Comment by How About Two? — October 15, 2006 @ 4:40 pm

  5. What a wonderful little snapshot. I spend a lot of time trying to burn events into my memory so that I have them always. There are just some things I don’t ever want to forget.

    Comment by Deanna — October 15, 2006 @ 10:37 pm

  6. Another nice blog Matt.

    Comment by Aunt Raina — October 16, 2006 @ 1:48 pm

  7. This is such a magical and FUN age! I’m so glad you are enjoying your little ones. (Too many dads miss out at these early ages.) My boys are older now, so thanks for bringing back wonderful memories.

    Comment by momto3cubs — October 17, 2006 @ 7:44 am

  8. You make me a little less nervous as we consider what life would be like with a second baby. I’m not sure if I should thank you for that, or not. I still can’t imagine having 2 at one time, but you sure paint a fun picture. :-)

    Comment by Keith — October 17, 2006 @ 6:09 pm

  9. You are very vivid with your descriptions. I, too, feel like I know them both!

    Comment by samantha jo campen — October 18, 2006 @ 5:35 pm

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