eeyore ... i mean paco

in a shocking turn of events, i have discovered that sam's favorite eeyore toy is actually NOT an eeyore at all. he looks like eeyore (from winnie the pooh, of course), and he's the same color palatte as all the 'world of pooh' stuff we've been given for sam. but when i went to the website on his tag, it turned out that he is acually a horse character character from the noukies collection named ... paco!? and he has a best friend named lola, who is a pink cow. the website is very cute, and it turns out that there are all kinds of paco toys - stuffed animals, a growth chart, even paco-themed clothes. and since sam is in love with paco, i guess we'll probably collect them all eventually. plus, as i told kyle, i guess we can look at this as a way to introduce sam to the idea of multi-culturalism.


Back into the Whirlwind

I wish I wasn't always using this blog as a forum to tell the world how busy I am with work, but for the last month or so it seems like all I've done. After a few weeks of calm, I'm back in the thick of it again. We're in pre-production for a couple of concert specials we'll be taping in NY in October. The show was originally slated to tape in NY, then was moved to LA, then today, I found out that it's going to be back in NY. So I've spent my day undoing all the things I spent the last week and a half scrambling to put together. And I'll spend the next three weeks working to set everything up in New York. There's never a dull moment around here, and that's just at work!

At home Sam is doing just great. I'm happy to report that he spent his first night in his crib last night and slept like a champ. Alissa's been doing an amazing job with him and has been putting him down for naps in the crib for the last week. So last night was the real test and he passed with flying colors. He's also really becoming more vocal, and babbles away all the time, trying out his new vocal chords. My personal favorite milestone is how cuddly he's become. He'll finally let me hold him in my arms for long stretches, which is something new for sure. Last night we spent the almost half an hour dancing to Bob Marley in the living room while I held him.

Alissa's doing great as well. She continues to shoulder the bulk of the child-rearing responsibilities at home and is doing an amazing job. Thanks to her, Sam is a very happy and healthy little boy. I do as much as I can when I'm not at work, but for the most part it's all been up to her. We're both looking forward to taking a long vacation back east in October for Alissa's good friend Sarah's wedding. The wedding is in Annapolis, so we'll be there for a long weekend. Then Alissa and Sam will spend the following week visiting her grandparents in Pennsylvania while I'm in NYC working, and I'll join them on the weekend. It will also be Sam's 1st plane ride, which will be yet another interesting milestone. We're already reading all we can about baby travel tips and steeling ourselves for a 6 hour flight with an infant!

And in one final note, I got a call from my cousin Phil today. Phil recently graduated from college and is working in NY as a Production Assistant in television. He spent the last two summers doing on internship at VH1, and I've done my best to help him get a foot in the door in the industry. Since he wa sin high school Phil has been interested in working in television, and it's been great to see him finally realise his dream. So today he called to tell me that he's working on a show of mine in the city for a few days. Apparently the production coordinator had asked him to move the production vehicle to another location because it was illegally parked. In the process of parking the van, Phil backed it into a truck. The damage was minor, but he felt sufficiently embarrassed that he wanted to call and tell me about it. The irony is that on my very first job in production, I was working as a PA in New York, shortly after I'd graduated from college. I was driving a large van to a shoot in central park. It was raining when I arrived, and the transportation coordinator motioned for me to park my van in line with the rest of the production vehicles. I threw it into reverse and promptly slammed into the Winnebago where they were doing hair & make up for the shoot, knocking it off it's jacks and throwing the models and make up artists inside to the floor. Fortunately I wasn't fired that day, and went on to have what's amounted to a fairly decent career in television. So there is hope for Phil, even if he is following in my footsteps a little too literally.


mini-millar milestones

hello, it's alissa.

i'm sitting at my desk while sam naps ... in his crib. this is only one of many exciting new phenomenons to occur in the millar household recently. previous to the last week, sam napped only in his car seat (which he LOVES), and only with the help of hair-dryer noise being blasted nearby to block out the world. this was fine when he was a newborn (though our friends sometimes looked at us oddly when we showed up for dinner with sam, his carseat, and our hair-dryer), since his car-seat could be easily moved to whatever part of the house we wanted him to be in. however, since sam is growing a mile a minute, it's recently occurred to us that in another inch-and-a-half he is going to outgrow his infant seat! so it's time for him to learn to sleep somewhere else. he's adapted pretty well to crib napping now, but tonight will be the true test ... hes going to try to sleep in his crib all night for the fist time. it may take a few nights, i'm guessing, for him to be able to sleep as well in there as he has in our room, but i am ready to help him try. lately i think he has been keeping us awake more with his movements in sleep, and i think we have been keeping him awake with our night movements, too. but when i decided this morning that the time may have come for him to move into his own room, it made me unexpectedly emotional, so we'll see if i can really do it. if i - or he - can't do it yet, i know my friend maggie would say "don't worry, no one grows up and has to sleep in a car seat."

sam has also taken big leaps in other areas lately ... over the weekend, kyle walked him around the house in the baby bjorn carrier for almost an hour, while sam graced us with his new LAUGH. this laugh is like nothing i have ever heard - it's a full-blown kid laugh, a giggle that comes from way down. it sounds like pure joy. the first time he did it, neither kyle nor i could believe that this sounds was coming from our son. kyle looked at me with wonder in his eyes and said "wow ... we made a person who laughs."


and lastly, sam has also formed his first attachment to an object. he's crazy about a small, very soft blanket with an eeyore head coming out of the middle of it ... sort of a cross between a blanket and a stuffed animal. now, those who know me well will laugh at this, since they know that i have a security blanket, as well. yes, i'm afraid that is 'have' in the present tense. my blue blankie has gone with me everywhere, all my life, and will probably be buried with me. so i am not too surprised by sam's affection for his eeyore. at sam's age, it's very cute ... at my age i'm pretty sure it's just eccentric.




Sam has been on a tear lately. On Monday he amazed us with his thumb-sucking skills, and yesterday he shocked us by flipping onto his back during "tummy time!" Clearly it's only a matter of time until he's walking around the house, conversing in multiple languages and happily cleaning the bathrooms, emptying the trash and mowing the lawn. I knew this whole parenthood thing would start paying off eventually!


Of course we're related, why do you ask?

Proving beyond the shadow of a doubt that he is indeed my son, Sam started the day off today by loudly and violently filling his diaper. This was an improvement on yesterday, when in what can only be described as a textbook example of poopus interruptus, Sam loudly and violently filled my right hand. It's a long story, but let's just say I've learned my lesson about checking his diaper within ten minutes of him making this face:


In other bodily function-related news, Sam aparrently succesfully sucked his thumb on two seperate occasions today. His mother and I have been praying for this moment since it became clear that the only pacifier he was interested in was a real, live pinky finger. Preferably one connected to his mother or father, though in a pinch he'd probably settle for one belonging to the homeless guy on the corner. So needless to say, we're relieved that he'll only be sucking on his own fingers from now on.


A Normal Weekend in LA, Finally!

I'll blog about the weekend and our incredible trip to Santa Barbara soon. We just got Sam to sleep so we're going to enjoy dinner and a movie at home together while we both still have enough energy to keep our eyes open. In the meantime, here are a few pictures from the weekend. Enjoy!

(As always, click on the picture below to see the slide show)



Getting My Head Above Water

I'm finally back to a regular schedule after almost a month of traveling and crazy amounts of work. The hurricane benefit show was a huge success and despite all the long hours and stress, it was one of the most rewarding productions I've ever been a part of. The performances were incredible, and the network really make huge strides toward raising money and awareness among young people for a good cause. After coming off the circus that was the VMAs, it was nice to be a part of something with such a palpable absence of egos and agendas. Everyone involved gave selflessly, which in the entertainment industry, is a rare thing indeed.

Alissa has been amazing through it all, even when I had to tell her that I was going to have to postpone our Anniversary trip to Santa Barbara to produce the show. But Thursday we're finally going away and I can't wait. It will be our first trip away together since Sam's been born and I know we're both really looking forward to it. We're staying at the Simpson House Inn in Santa Barbara, which is supposed to be incredible. We're going to drink a lot of wine, eat great food, sleep late, get massages, and just enjoy being together without worrying about feedings, diapers, cell phones or email. It will be heaven!


Home at last

Sorry for the lack of posts this week, I was asked to produce a benefit concert that MTV did for the Hurricane Katrina survivors as soon as I got back to LA, so it's been a crazy week. I'll post more about the show later. But right now my mom & dad are visiting so I'm going to go spend some time with them. In the meantime, here are some new pictures of Sam. I'll post some pictures of the concert later in the week. Enjoy!

(Click on the picture above for a slide show)


New York, NY

Well, I'm finally headed home today. It's been a long 10 days, and I can't wait to get back to Alissa and Sam. The VMAs were challenging and fun, despite the heat, the hurricane and Diddy's demands. I've also enjoyed my time in New York. It's been great to see old friends and walk these familiar streets again. I can't ever see myself coming back here to live, but a large part of my heart and soul will always be in NYC. At any rate, I've got a few more hours until my flight, then it's home to sunny California and my beautiful family.

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