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Some quick thoughts on flying solo

Fun at the Park

Fun at the Park

Jenny went to her parents’ house this weekend, so I was home with the kids (Avery, a 3.5yo girl and Finn, a 11mo boy) for 3 days. I was able to borrow a car for one of those days.


  • Friday (car): zoo, picnic lunch; ice cream shop, park (1)
  • Saturday: downtown via el, family fun at Millennium park, lunch at Arby’s; park (2), saw some neighbor kids, dinner at softball tournament
  • Sunday: park (1), met up with neighbors, picnic lunch, pool; Jenny arrived home, dinner out


  • Avery was a delight at nearly all the outings, the “waterfall” at Millennium park was particularly entertaining. Her splashing/running gait through the water embodies childhood glee.
  • Finn continues to be awesome. He scowled at the pool most of the time, but then I’d catch him surreptitiously paddling at the water.
  • Both kids continue to enjoy the El. Finn likes sticking his fingers in the air-conditioning vent by the window (though keeping his mouth off it was a challenge).
  • All three days included an everyone nap of around 90 minutes. Thank God.
  • General delight in fathering.
  • Hanging out with the neighbor kids across the street and their dad was fun.
Fun in the Millennium Park waterfall

Fun in the Millennium Park waterfall


  • Finn got diarrhea on Thursday morning and it continued through Sunday morning. So lots of diaper changing and sheet changing and fussy baby. And 5am wakeups daily.
  • Only a couple tantrums from Avery, but one barn-burner when it was time to leave Arby’s. I apologized to the other patrons.
  • Each kid “Boomed” their head once during the weekend. Avery slipped while running around the Millennium park water area (despite my several warnings to “walk, WALK, WALK!“) and Finn crawled over a footstool and off the other side onto the floor. I stopped him the first three times.
  • Finding time to take care of personal hygiene. (Notice my unshaved appearance.)

Avery continues to be hilarious most of the time, and Finn has gotten really good at doing what you told him not to, then smiling slyly at you . Fun bonding time, but I’m glad my better half has returned.

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