1.19.2011

gray skies smiling at me

i woke up this morning to a beautiful landscape of grays.

out the window beyond our gray drapes lay heavy gray skies, bent low to kiss the cold, gray buildings deeply rooted in murky, gray concrete.

in his gray and white crib, my huckleberry grunted and kicked against his tight swaddling, as the dogs yawned and brandon rolled over and i pulled off the heavy covers and fought through the gray haze of sleep to find my squirmy little chub of a baby.

i pondered the day ahead as i lifted my gray shirt so henry could suck furiously with his eyes shut tight. i pointed my toes hard and thought about what a cold diet coke could do for my disposition, and whether the rain would clear up in time for an afternoon walk.

as is the case on dreary january days, the rain never stops, and the dogs come inside from their walks all wet and excitable, the husband leaves for class with his black umbrella in hand, and the two of us make our way to the couch to watch the fat gray drops fall against dark red brick.

tiny apartments turn to suffocation on bright, sunny days, but when the gray descends my cramped quarters are right cozy. i can honestly think of nothing better than a day spent humming to a baby and singing to a baby and maybe also cooking up a hefty bowl of oatmeal and eating it as fast as possible. on gray days like today, you get to make your own sunshine, is i suppose what i am saying.

luckily, when it comes to sunshine, i've got it covered.

35 comments :

  1. I've got to admit, I don't usually like babies but your Henry is sure cute!

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  2. awwww I love the one where he's making the 'oooo' mouth!

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  3. Awwwww, the hard core brass knuckles onesie. Is he getting re hair?????

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  4. That is one gorgeous baby :)

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  5. He's so cute! He looks a lot like his dad.

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  6. Those are some CUTE pics! That's me waxing poetic.

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  7. what a pretty post

    http://bottleblack.blogspot.com

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  8. Nothing like a ray of sunshine in a onezie.

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  9. I think your baby is so cute...love those fat rings. So squishable!

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  10. You are such a gifted writer! Love the furrowed brow on this munchkin.

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  11. awww he's getting more adorable with every picture! the last one is my favorite :)

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  12. this is a great post. i can so relate to that gray feeling in the wee hours of the morning. but then, isn't it amazing what a bright spot our little babes can be?

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  13. Is "I read a cute nat the fat rat post this morning" a good defense when I'm arrested for going out and stealing a chubby baby so I can enjoy such days? I doubt my attorney would approve but dang it all if those pictures don't just feed the baby fever. Such cuteness, enjoy! enjoy!

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  14. This post is beautiful! Thanks for sharing your sunshine with us!

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  15. i love gray days.
    and i *love* flying babies.

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  16. My baby who is cutting teeth and alternates between a ray of sunshine and a serious rain cloud of doom, is laughing at your sweet baby. He was so happy to see his happy face. It also makes me happy that other babies have as little hair as my pumpkin head.

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  17. Gray days make me smile, strange but true. He is adorable!!

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  18. What a perfect post for these dreary New York January days.

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  19. "...you get to make your own sunshine..." ♥! Precious pics!!!

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  20. Oh My Goodness! Please put the lower left photo of Huck in this post next to the first photo of you from your last post~ they're the same faces!!
    He is simply adorable!

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  21. Huckleberry is my favorite flavor!

    My day started out whitish gray, with low hanging fog. Now it's sunshiny and blue, but also the temperature has plummeted to well below freezing...

    Hello, Idaho winter...

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  22. those are the 4 best photos you have EVER posted on here, seriously :) LOVE!

    xo
    lindsey
    www.lindseyandorlando.blogspot.com

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  23. Huckleberry looks so much like your Holbs!

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  24. Dear Nat,

    I love your blog, baby, and that you have 2 dogs (as do I). I think it would be fun to be your friend, but we live far apart! Maybe blog friends. Anyway, have a very nice day.

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  25. Oh, and p.s. I just realized you don't like to be called Nat. Sorry about that.

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  26. BEAUTIFUL. :) Thanks for sharing.

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  27. Did you give up on capitalization or something?

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  28. Came for the cutie head photos and stayed for the homage to grey skies and grey January days...

    Great, great, great.

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  29. Henry is one very cute baby!

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  30. I was trying to pick a favorite of the quad of Henry cuteness...but I just couldn't decide, he's way too cute in all 4!

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  31. I love those pictures! Great expressions on The Huckster.

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  32. I absolutely HATE January grayness, but that adorably smiling picture of Huck and the cheery sunshiny ceiling more than made up for it. :-)

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  33. Oh my gosh, those baby pictures are adorable! What a sweetheart.. And great company for snuggling in on dreary days. Thanks for sharing those.

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