17 May 2007

Curious as the World Turns

It's Friday night. Noel has finally fallen asleep after lots of rocking: every noise, every shift of the tide, every relaxation of a new muscle of his own and Noel arches his back and pins his eyes open to check it out.

This isn't new. Most naptimes and night-bedtimes go this way: sometimes it's accompanied by fussy crying, but usually it's just a long winding down with lullabies. Even at only five months, our son seems rather concerned that he will miss something important if he submits to sleep.

But finally, last Friday night, with Curious George in hand, he falls asleep in my arms and I take him to the bassinet. When I lay him down, he manages to keep Curious (as Micah calls him, even though I insist that's not his first name) in his hugged arms and looks particularly precious, so I call Micah in to look at him.


Micah brings the camera and even though he takes care not to use the flash (hence the blurry image), I am skeptical. The camera still clicks, a vestigial sound alluding to the actual click a non-digital shutter would produce.

Noel's eyes crack open once and he tightens his grip on Curious. We finally exhale, figuring he has not really awoken.

As Micah gets ready to take one more picture, Noel's eyes open again, focusing straight on daddy and widening his eyes. Not long after this, he drops Curious and extends his arms to be picked up.


Nothing to confirm a suspicion that there's stuff you're missing during sleep than to wake up and see daddy hovering over your bed with a camera.

7 comments:

rachel said...

funny!...that little man is so handsome!

Brent and Kat said...

Brilliant! Outsmarted by your newborn child... I guess you just have to come to grips, eh?

Anonymous said...

Jen, you should've known better!
:)Holly

LILSIC said...

Curious is his first name...curious as in bi-curious. That's a freaky little monkey, you know.

Shannon said...

Jen, I love the way you take ordinary moments and make them thoughtful and lovely! My favorite line: "Nothing to confirm a suspicion that there's stuff you're missing during sleep than to wake up and see daddy hovering over your bed with a camera." We've all been there and done that, but never reflected upon it in such a fun way. ;o)
Thanks for letting us take a peek into Noel's day!

Jen Strange said...

Hey, now, I'm new at this . . . and can't say I didn't halfway enjoy the waking :)

Thanks for peeking into Noel's day--and into that curious monkey.

rachel said...

love the pic and story...keep em coming!