Session Starts, Game Change, and From the Mailbag

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Good Morning!
It was a long weekend at the Dix household. We had our first blood and our first fever . Will is advancing quickly toward walking. Unfortunately he’s not there yet as evidenced by the fall he took the other day. Those darned bottom teeth he’s got slammed right into the roof of his mouth and he looked like he’d gone fifteen rounds with Apollo Creed. Meanwhile, JT got a fever on Sunday morning. Being the dense Dad that I am, I thought it was great that he seemed content to sit on my lap and hang out. Thankfully Mom came downstairs and actually felt his forehead. I’m proud we didn’t panic. 101 was no reason to call the doc. I appreciate all the parents we’ve been able to watch and learn from.

To the News:
2010 Session
So I don’t know about you all but I’d like my lawmakers to get into session, pass a budget and adjourn. Does anything else REALLY need to be done this year? I don’t think so. Deal with the other issues another time. I don’t imagine it will go that way. The legislative session starts today. No real work today, just ceremony for the first few days. The Governor gives his Condition of the State address tomorrow. Then it’s election season…let the campaigning…I man lawmaking…begin.
Game Change
I would tend to agree with the Republicans argument that Harry Reed’s comments, if accurate, are reason for him to step aside as a leader in the Senate. The Comments came in a new book out about the 2008 election.
I see the GOP’s point about a double standard with regard to these types of comments. Then again, how many times have you been with your friends and made a remark about them or at them that you wouldn’t repeat in a setting with people you don’t know? I have. It doesn’t excuse the behavior, and I am not the Majority leader of the US Senate.

Leno
We debated whether NBC is pulling the trigger to early canceling the Leno Show. I get the sense it’s doing pretty well here in Iowa but that’s not the issue. We don’t count as much as the largest Metro areas of the country, and those TV stations think Leno is a drag. They don’t think it’s a good lead in to a local Newscast at 10pm. It’s doesn’t sound like it was NBC’s decision so much as it was the local affiliates holding a gun to NBC’s head, saying they were going to preempt Leno. I’ll be interested to see how this all plays out. When you make a big move like this and put all your eggs into one basket, it’s hard to unravel.

Parenting 101
We also debated a lot of parenting issues this morning during the breaks. Jeriann and I are peppering Brooke with questions about her experiences with Evan to try to make sure we’re not doing it “wrong”. I came to the conclusion this weekend that there is no “wrong”. I have two kids, and they are hitting different developmental milestones at different times.
JT has teeth, Will’s haven’t come in as fast.
JT doesn’t crawl really well yet. Will might be able to crawl a six minute mile.
JT has the fine motor skills to pick up a puff and eat it. Will seems content to grab things, but hasn’t found his mouth yet.
I can see second guessing myself if I had just one. Are we doing it right? Why isn’t my kid writing cursive at six months?…Am I a bad parent?
In this case, having two is giving me some perspective. I just need to chill out a little and let it happen. Encouraging development is one thing; giving your child the opportunity to grow. Sweating out each detail of their mental and physical development could cause some premature greying.

From the Mailbag
If a self-critique of our parenting isn’t enough to make us second guess, there’s always our viewers. We love them.

Jeriann got this email from a viewer last week after suggesting travel was not advised.
Jeriann –
This morning you were telling us how bad the weather was and advising no travel…………………….but then you tell us your husband called to say it took him an hour to drive from West Des Moines to downtown. So he didn’t take your advise?? And hopefully he didn’t have your baby in the car with him. I’m sure you don’t take him to daycare when you come to work at what 3:30 or 4:00 a.m.!!

Well lets clear up a few things first. The Department of Transportation recommends travel not advised. We don’t have any say in that one…so Jeriann is passing along the advice of others. Second, thousands of people had to go to work last week, snow or no snow. I’m sure Rob used the appropriate caution when traveling with his son…as he always does. Third, Jeriann gets here a lot earlier than that!
The whole point is to give to some idea what the roads are going to look like when you get out on them.
To me the condition of travel not advised is a recommendation. If you don’t have to go out, don’t.
-Also from the mailbag this weekend, I got an email in which a viewer contends I bear a strong resemblance to a ladybug. Specifically, the one in A Bug’s Life.
Message: I just wanted to mention that Patrick Dix looks an awful lot like the ladybug from “A Bug’s Life”, and when I saw and awful lot, I mean exactly!

What do you think?

Since the bug in question is a Dennis Leary character, I will take this as a compliment.
A friend also pointed out that the description of the character in question is, “A very manly ladybug“. Good enough for me.
What do you think? Are my kids going to grow antennae? or maybe he’s just picking up on the fact that I have a pumpkin for a head.
Comment away bloggers! Lets start the week of with some good responses!
PWD

5 comments

  • C-Marshalltown

    Alright – I totally don't get the lady bug thing but I do get the traffic reports that I depend upon every morning from you all. I get out of my nice warm bed in Marshalltown and I have no idea what it's doing out there or how bad the roads to Des Moines are. I really need you and your entire crew to help me make an informed decision on whether to head out or not. I watch the DOT's report and Jeriann's report and Megan standing out in blowing snow and cold and I also listen to how bad your trip was coming in for you and Brooke. If I didn't have all this information I wouldn't know whether to come in or not. SO, thank you and keep up the great work. My car pool depends on you.

  • mamamort

    Thanks for your comments on kids developing at different rates. I have heard so many comments in the last month on how my (not even) 8 month-old daughter doesn't crawl yet – which is completely normal, but I can't seem to convince most people of that.

    Love hearing about your boys!!

  • Curt Brown

    Ah yes, the bloody mouth to teeth mess while learning to walk. Hate to say it, but get used to it for a few more weeks/months. Keep a squishy teething toy in the fridge for such occasions.

  • Steve

    In regards to the Leno debacle, I am extremely disappointed. NBC, as a network is so full of shortsighted programming moves that it is almost enough to turn the channel off forever.

    However, I refuse to watch other local news (I have been guilty of lingering a bit when that Matinka gal on channel 8 was reporting the weather).

    Anyways, Conan is infinitely funnier than Jay. Conan's humor is a mix of highbrow and lowbrow, whereas Jay just spends a lot of time making others look stupid.

    I hope Conan goes to FOX.

  • ta2

    Statements for All True Americans

    As An America,Obama is NOT BLACK he is an abomination to GOD as IT SAYS in the BIBLE!! a 1/2 Breed! and The America GOV! ISNOT a Democracy It is the REPUBLIC!! As it says in the song for the REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS ONE NATION UNDER GOD!!!
    Other Presidents back in the 40's and 50' thru all Aliens out of USA for Americans to have jobs!!!after WWII READ about it!!
    And A Marriage Should be between A MAN AND WOMAN As the BIBLE SAYS!!
    And Allso says a Woman isNOT to have a place of Authority!!!

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