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.


At 4:56 PM, Blogger cher said...

what a beautiful baby! you guys look like a nice ahappy family. lucky child!

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