Wise Men Know How To Relax

Dear Lewis,

I’m exhausted. I’m tired from lack of sleep. I’m drained from giving every once of energy to what I love.

Sadly, I’m not talking about you. I’m not talking about your mom. I could spin it and say it’s for God. But, who am I kidding?

I’m tired because I don’t know how to stop.

Lewis, I’m a driven, dedicated person. If you take after me be prepared for some inherent flaws:

– The inability to relax.

– When you try to relax all you can think about is how this time could be used “productively,” which leads to anxiety.

– Never being satisfied with yesterday’s success.

– Scared to get out of bed today because you think there’s no way to outdo yesterday’s success.

And on and on the list goes.

The dangerous thing is it’s all so easy to justify.

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Raising A Dangerous Kid

Dear Lewis,

While we were on vacation you rolled over from your back to your stomach. Usually, babies first roll from their stomach to their back because it’s easier. But you did it the hard way first. You get that from your mom.

Today, though, you finally rolled over from your stomach onto your back. Your mom and I were both there to witness the event.

To be honest, it was terrifying.

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Under Pressure

Dear Lewis,

Today you started tummy time. Because your neck muscles aren’t very strong you mostly lay on your back, swiveling your head from one side to the other. Since you can’t hold your head up on your own it’s very important that we support your neck when we hold you. Tummy time is supposed to change that.

Three times a day we’re supposed to lay you on your tummy, arms near your head, and let you push yourself up off the play mat. By doing this you’ll strengthen your neck muscles and soon be able to hold your head up on your own. We were also told to push down gently on your butt so you’d be forced to use your neck and shoulder muscles to lift your head.

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