Missing My Little Buddy

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I’m looking forward to having my wife and son home tomorrow night! I left them at my in-law’s house in Cleveland on Monday morning. Unfortunately, I have to leave them again next week to go to a conference in Philadelphia from Tuesday to Friday.

This short time away from my newborn son makes me reflect on how thankful I am for being able to have spent so much time with him in his first several months of life. I was able to take off from work for the entire first month of his life, and I’ve spent every available moment with him since going back to work four weeks ago. I can’t imagine what it’s like for parents who have to miss out on the early months of their child’s life for military or job duties.

Soft Classical Music & Loud Rushing Water

For the second week in a row, my newborn son’s music dominated my listening charts (see chart below). I am actually beginning to enjoy Baby Einstein’s peaceful versions of classical composers. I find myself humming the pieces later in the day after listening to the albums.

While not in the list below, the most listened-to track in our house has been the twenty second recording of the running bathtub sounds that I Ioop-ed into a four hour track. I don’t know what it is about the loud sound of fast-running water, but @LarsFranz responds to it very quickly by calming down and even falling asleep some of the time.

My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2011-9-4)

  1. The Baby Einstein Music Box Orchestra (11)
  2. Bebo Norman (7)
  3. Kurtis Parks (6)
  4. Mumford & Sons (5)
  5. JAY-Z (5)
Source: last.fm

Newborn Photoshoot

I want to thank my friends Jo Charron and Joe Portnoy for coming over a couple weeks ago and shooting a newborn photo shoot with our son. Jessica and I will cherish the photos taken that day for years to come! Jo posted her favorite shots of the day on her photography blog – Gymnasticals | Anderson – Day 5. Check them out!

Endorsement for Jo — Jo is extremely patient with the little ones. If you are looking for someone to take pictures of your baby, check out here photography packages. A newborn photo shoot makes a great baby shower gift. I know from experience!