Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Today is a holiday in Malawi - Martyr's Day. Jorge and I ditched Milo with the babysitter and are at my office making use of the internet.

Milo was pretty sick last week, with a fever and bad cough. I had to go out of town for a night for work, so I felt very guilty about leaving him, but his papa is pretty capable. He's doing much better now. Look, he's even happy about being stuck in a laundry basket while we do chores!



Oh, which brings me to something that annoyed me recently. I have this silly book about babies, written by Dr. Sears, who is the famous physician and advocate for "attachment parenting." Anyway, Jorge and I both flipped through the book and were stunned by the sexism. I mean, I know it's not common for the father to be the primary caregiver, but it does happen. The entire book seemed to be based on the assumption that the mother would be the one who really "knows" the child, and that the father would be at work all day, and just popping in every now and again to toss a ball around with the kid. Have we really not come farther than that?

In Milo news, he got his 7th tooth yesterday. That kid is just dying to eat some ribs, I can tell! Jorge claimed that he also took his first steps yesterday, but I am doubtful. After all, it's Jorge's word alone, you know what I mean?

And last week we had our 3rd annual Mardi Gras party. Our parties keep getting smaller, because we're not making friends fast enough to replace the ones that are leaving for new jobs. But here are a few pictures from a very fun night:


Finally, the rest of the news is:

My contract is being extended to the end of May. So we have an end date in sight, and are having to get used to the idea of leaving Malawi.
We've got tickets to Cape town for Easter! Jorge is running the Two Oceans race with a group of friends. It should be a terrific week.

6 comments:

Cristina said...

I love the pictures of Milo in the basket! He is so cute! Dr. Sears, while he has some good points, he is pretty much a quack! All that matters is that the child is loved and taken good care of. Though, that seems to be my situation. I stay at home and take care of Juliana while Jason tickles her every once in a while.

Cristina said...

I love the pictures of Milo in the basket! He is so cute! Dr. Sears, while he has some good points, he is pretty much a quack! All that matters is that the child is loved and taken good care of. Though, that seems to be my situation. I stay at home and take care of Juliana while Jason tickles her every once in a while.

Cristina said...

I love the pictures of Milo in the basket! He is so cute! Dr. Sears, while he has some good points, he is pretty much a quack! All that matters is that the child is loved and taken good care of. Though, that seems to be my situation. I stay at home and take care of Juliana while Jason tickles her every once in a while.

Amy said...

Miss you guys. And New Orleans.

Tina said...

First, skinny minnie you look GREAT! Second, if there is no video, your kid didn't walk ;p I had to look at the last picture for several minutes before I realized it was masks on the wall! The roots are still golden baby what can I say ;p

Jesse said...

You do look fabulous, Gwyn dear. Milo and Jorge too.

End of May you say? I'm on my seat edge waiting to hear where you go next and crossing my fingers I can come bother you for a bit in whatever exotic locale you are in early December...just so you know!