Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Solstice solace

June 21st was the longest day of the year, in every sense imaginable.

Yesterday was the first day that I hadn’t seen Mango from dawn till dusk. In what’s sounding a little like Alanis’ long lost verse, I left her and ET behind in Ireland the day before, father’s day.

The house is far too quiet, eerily echoing the way it was not even two years ago.

Our neighbour has been and come back from the shops, his two wee girls skipping ahead of him both ways, you notice these things when you sit on the coffee table for half an hour.

Mango’s welcome home present is lying in her playpen watching the television that’s turned on just to break the silence and I move about the house starting ten different things and completing none of them.

My little girl is back home, meeting and greeting, being passed from pillar to post, being poked and prodded with the best intentions. That’s an exhausting few days for someone so small and I want nothing more than to bring her to my shoulder so she can rest her head. Then maybe I can rest mine.

Just one more big sleep.

23 comments:

Ms. Moon said...

Jeez. All you wanted was a BABY and look what you got- one of the cutest babies in the world! It is lonely when they're not there, aren't they? They fill such a large space for being such small critters.

Rebecca said...

She is absolutely gorgeous! Love all those long locks.

Kori said...

I totally couldn't wait to call you a terrible sap, because I thought it would be kind of fun. Now, well, she IS gorgeous, and of course you miss her! We ALL must be saps.

Irritatingly Optimistic said...

Sigh. She is stunning. Funny how when you have time to yourself you spend it thinking about or worrying about them. The worrying bit comes later btw!

Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] said...

DAMMITI I wanna snuggs on that kid.

Hockeymandad said...

She is adorable!

Were you watching the world cup. I am not sure how do feel about the embarrassment that is France. Stupid handball.

Sinead said...

Only because she is sleeping soundly through the night are you missing her so much. Trust me when they wake several times a night you think seriously about putting them on Ebay as a give away!

Kim (frogpondsrock) said...

aaah that is a beautiful photo there Martin.

River said...

You miss her so much it hurts, right? I can feel your emotion through your words. Not much longer now,and she'll be home.

The Sheila said...

Lovely post....

WhatAboutNovember said...

*sigh* I'd miss that little face too.

Russ said...

I understand Xbox, but enjoy the quiet!

Jenni said...

Oh, my, you must miss her. I still haven't been away from Miles for more than a few hours.

She's getting prettier every day.

Jo said...

She is growing prettier. And absense makes the heart grow fonder :) It will be lovely to have her back again.

Blues said...

I can't BELEIVE I forgot to wish you a happy father's day. I'm an ass.

She's pretty damn cute you know.

Blues said...

I meant BELIEVE.

Mwa said...

Ahhh, you big softy you. I never would have thought it when you were still all sperm jokes and dildo cam cracks. (I knew, really.)

AnnD said...

We get lost without them. And it's such a shame you have to share her! She's so perfect, I bet you want to hole up in a room with her and keep her all to yourself!

Angel said...

OMG OMG OMG OMG.... she is the most perfect little angel I have ever seen!! I've missed out on so much. I have so much reading to do!!! She's absolutely gorgeous!! Wow oh wow!!!

areyoukiddingme said...

I can't believe how adorable she is!

Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo said...

So that is what you do when you have the house to yourself? Sit on the coffee table?

Or is that just where the stripper told you to sit?

Xbox4NappyRash said...

@Ms. Moon - they do that

@Rebecca - her trademark!

@Kori - See!

@Irritatingly Optimistic - not only later, I can assure you

@Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] - well, you can't. hahah.

@Hockeymandad - That's simply justice!

@Sinead - hahah, I sense a certain strain in your tone...

@Kim (frogpondsrock) - One of my favourites

@River - and now she is!

@The Sheila - thank you.

@WhatAboutNovember - :-)

@Russ - hard to actually.

@Jenni - woah!

@Jo - It is.

@Blues - heh, every day is fathers day.

@Mwa - ah the good old days...

@AnnD - At times :-)

@Angel- Hey stranger!

@areyoukiddingme - :-)

@Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo - shut up.

Mr Lady said...

Oh my god.

I just missed you so much. And that baby? Nothing has ever been more worth a wait in the history of man and waiting kind.