The Lord Squirmoculous

Watching Abraham is a nev­er-end­ing source of fun. At first he had no vo­li­tion, at all, but here we are three weeks lat­er and he’s al­ready fig­ured out that he has the abil­i­ty to con­trol his own body. He’s not very good at it, but I can al­ready see some def­i­nite hu­man be­hav­ior emerg­ing. He’s a good boy.

In the evening he’s usu­al­ly over­stim­u­lat­ed from all the new things he’s learned dur­ing the day, so while he feeds he fuss­es might­i­ly. Sometimes he gets full and doesn’t re­al­ly know what is go­ing on and be­comes in­con­solable by Debbie.

I’m an ex­pert, how­ev­er, at both wak­ing and get­ting the boy to sleep. Here’s a demon­stra­tion of the for­mer:

The lat­ter ba­si­cal­ly con­sists of me lay­ing him across my body and let­ting him hear my heart­beat and look at my face un­til he’s out like the fat kid in dodge­ball. Takes no more than 10 min­utes, every time.

I’ve been read­ing him Robert Bly’s The Night Abraham Called to the Stars and The Silmarillion.

The oth­er day I re­ferred to him as Lord Squirmoculous, and treat­ed him as if he were a com­mand­ing alien from an alien in­va­sion force; dis­guised as a ba­by, of course. This has been quite fun, and we’ve been run­ning with it. Saying: “Lord Squirmoculous com­mands x!” and “Your forces are leav­ing Squirmocula now, sir!” and “If you don’t lis­ten to Lord Squirmoculous, he’ll un­leash the Squirmoculizer!” Poor lit­tle guy, he has no idea. Heh.

3 thoughts on “The Lord Squirmoculous

  1. Silmarillion, ex­cel­lent choice.  Might I al­so sug­gest Go, Dogs Go! and Are You My Mother?  both are writ­ten by PD Eastman (pub­lished by Dr Suess) and are Michael and Kathryn’s fa­vorites.

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