Parenting 101

In the spring of 2010, one of my very best friends from college married her college sweetheart.

She was a member of the swim team. He played lacrosse. She majored in Government. He majored in Economics. She went to Northwestern Law School. He went to Harvard Business School. She is a practicing lawyer. He works for a successful consulting company. Oh, and I did I mention that they are ridiculously good-looking as well?

So when she told me last year that she was pregnant – I will thrilled. However, I was a little worried for their unborn child. Here was a child being brought into a home of high expectations. Both of his parents were Division I athletes. They both went to an Ivy League School. And they both went on graduate school to earn advanced degrees. They know what success was have grown to expect nothing less. I thought that if this kid didn’t come out of the womb faster than all other babies, he would be seen a failure from day one.

When the baby’s due date came and went, I fell for the kid. Already he wasn’t living up to expectations. Thankfully, he arrived in one piece on September 1st.

So now that Will has had time to adjust to his parents, “how are things going?” you ask. Well, let me just say, Will has certainly impressed us all.

He has learned to feed himself

 

He has already been drafted by an NFL team

And he has started to demonstrate his incredible swimming skills (be it in the bath tub)

 

But the very best thing that Will had added into his parents lives is laughter. It seems like every day he is reminding them, just how “not perfect” they are.


And man, what great parents that makes them! I can only hope that one day Matt and I are half as amazing as you two are.

Baby Fever

This weekend, when Matt and I were in Chicago and got to meet Clare Leisinger, the beautiful daughter of our friends Jon and Natalie Leisinger. As we were standing there catching up, Jon asked us when we were going to “pop one out.” Now that we are married, this question seems to arise with everyone. I responded by saying that it was going to be a while – we aren’t quite ready to have a child of our own. Matt never even held a baby.

With that Jon grabbed the beer our of Matt’s hand and replaced it with Clare. Matt wasn’t quit sure what to do or where to put his hands. He stood there, awkwardly grabbing this 6 month old baby, his level of discomfort painfully obvious on his face. Well, it didn’t take Clare long to realize that she was in the arms of someone who wanted nothing to do with her. She promptly started to cry and reach out for her parents. Matt was near tears as well, so I quickly replaced the baby with his bottle of Oktoberfest beer.

Once Clare was back with her parents and Matt had his beer – all returned to a state of happiness.

Needless to say, we are not ready for children.

Grooveshark

I was recently introduced to a game changer:.Grooveshark.

Grooveshark is an online music search engine, music streaming service and music recommendation web software application. It allows users to search for, stream, and upload music free of charge that can be played immediately or added to a playlist. Grooveshark streams 50 to 60 million songs per month, to more than 17,000,000 users. As of April 2009, its audience was growing at a rate of 2–3% per day. And on September 18th 2010, it grew by one. Me.

I have been busy searching for songs and creating the perfect playlist. A blend of Train’s Hey Soul Sister,  Enrique Iglesias’ I Like It, Justin Bieber’s Baby and no playlist would be complete without Taio Cruz’s Dynamite. Listening to this playlist gets me fired up to go out, work out, or dominate the work day. In my mind, these are the ingredients for a great playlist.

Thank you Matt Kinsella, for once again turning me on to the wonders of the musical world. I honestly don’t know how I survived before you entered my life. You complete me. :)