So, in the news… Erica is due at the end of July with (odds are) baby girl number 2.
This is exciting, as it will:
1. Give Autumn a moving toy to play with for the foreseeable future.
2. Fulfill replacement value reproduction
3. Reward the parents with a tax break
4. Be another cute child
5. Give the grandparents something new to talk about
This is less exciting because it will require:
1. The purchase of Diapers for a few more years
2. Another baby seat, filling the car completely
3. Tolerance of house being a disaster for additional years
4. More of Mommies time, leaving less for Daddy
5. And will reduce the number of hours that Daddy can sleep
Generally, blacksmith shops are not considered very baby friendly environments. Carpentry shops are almost as bad. And Blade smith shops the worst of both worlds, plus some sharp edges.
I don’t know why, but people seem concerned about mixing a child (or children) with limited hand to eye coordination with a scattered and disorganized pile of blades you could shave with. Go figure.
I don’t think that I have ever seen Autumn hold a knife the wrong way, and she knew what they were and what they were called before she was 2.
I keep her out of the shop mostly because I don’t have protective gear small enough and she doesn’t like to wear it when it falls off like that. Also because she makes it more likely that I will hurt myself due to the distraction.
At least she can’t really open the door to the shop while I am working yet. But I can’t imagine that day is too far away. Sigh.
And here are some recent pictures of Autumn, since I was talking about her...
With her brand new big girl skates!
and just waking up from a nap...