Thursday, May 26, 2016

Two News Stories

I started the morning out at 6 am with Abraham climbing in our bed, falling back asleep, and snoring like an old man for the next couple hours.  Thus, even though I would have loved to still be sleeping, I snuggled my little old man instead.

After I gave up on being able to sleep amidst his noisy rumble, I grabbed my phone to catch up on the news.  The first story that was brought to my attention made me want to vomit.  A Black child with intellectual disabilities, adopted by White parents and growing up in a predominantly White area in Idaho, was the victim of horrendous racist violence at the hands of his classmates and without the intervention of his teachers.  What he endured was truly horrific.  So I snuggled Abe a little tighter, was thankful for our community and kids' school, and then decided maybe I would just keep him tucked in my bed and safe forever.

Later in the day I came across another story about Bill O'Reilly and his latest racist rant on Fox News.  It confirmed to me that Fox News will continue to be banned from ever being watched in my home, but found myself with anger growing inside me.  Here we have a man blasting an entire race of people as violent while at the same time that group faces all types of violence against them by individuals and institutions.

What really infuriates me is the connection between the two stories.  If Fox covers the story from Idaho, they will condemn the actions of the boys as wrong and racist; while simultaneously feeding that racist narrative into the hearts and minds of those watching the station.  You can't separate individual racist acts from the broader system of racism that permeates our country.  Its easy to condemn something that looks blatant and clearly wrong, but if you are unwilling to delve into what allows such racist attitudes to go unchecked before the overt act, then your condemnation doesn't lead to actual change for the victims of racism.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Malachi: 3 Months

You giggle, you roll over, and you gain weight.  You are amazing.  You love to sleep and lay on your back staring at ceiling fans.  You either want to nap in your crib by yourself and snuggled in super tight in the Beco carrier.  You travel amazingly well.  You've reminded me that its ok to hope.  You still wear 3-6 month clothes, but have graduated to size 3 diapers and top off at just over 16 pounds.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Malachi: 10 weeks

At 10 weeks old you are rocking some serious cheekies.  You hate when mommy squeezes them, but seriously, how does one resist that?

You weigh in at 14 lbs. 4 oz.  and are 24 inches long.  You've busted out of all the tiny baby clothes you were supposed to wear for another month or so and fully fill out your 3-6 month clothes.

Napping happens two places.  You either want to be in your bed swaddled up, or in the carrier on mom.

Your favorite thing is when mommy sings to you.  You coo and smile and try to make noises right along.

You go to bed around 8 at night.  I sneak a bottle into you before I go to bed and then you will generally sleep until between 4-5 am before wanting another.  Then you sleep in until 8-9 am.

You put down a good 4-5 ounce bottle every few hours during the day.   When you are awake you like to lay on your back and check everything out around you.

Your brother thinks you are the most amazing thing on the planet and you are pretty fond of him too.