Noah has become quite the phone-talker these days. He gets upset if I answer it - but good luck getting him to hand it over! He talks the ear off of whoever is on the other end of the line. This is good if it's grandma calling...other people, not so much.
A few months ago Noah refused to talk on the phone to anyone, for any reason, at any time. So this is good for Paul (considering how often he is gone).
The amount of talking Noah does is not so good for Paul (who usually calls home to check in and say hi with the spare 90 seconds he has managed to squeeze in somewhere between patients and pages at the hospital)
I caught Noah during a "goodnight" phone call from Daddy, who was on call. The part I heard went something like this "...and then mom put me in time-out for 2 hours. So, daddy, how was your day?"
P.S. This is Noah's favorite spot in the house - leaning over the couch in the living room watching out the front window. He tells me about all the cars that drive by (he really wants a convertible, a morotcycle, or an SUV - sorry buddy not gonna happen), he talks about our nice neighbor, Patty, across the street and narrates all the things he imagines she's doing, and lately the kids love to pretend they've just seen daddy come home.
Speaking of daddy coming home...anytime Alex asks for her daddy and he's not home she gets sad and insists that we sing, "I'm so glad when daddy comes home." It's the only thing that cheers her up. We're probably averaging about 3-5 times a day right now.
Alex was asking for her dad in the car the other day and this is how my conversation with the kids went:
Alex - I want Daddy
Mommy - Daddy's at work. But he's going to try REALLY REALLY hard to get home and see you before you go to bed. He really wants to
Noah - But sometimes he can't. Huh, mom?
Mommy - Yeah that's right, sometimes he can't
Noah - Why?
Mommy - Because daddy is a doctor, and there are really sick people at the hospital who need daddy to take care of them
Noah - Mom, guess what? When I'm a grown-up I'm going to be a doctor
Mommy - That's a good idea
Noah - Then I will be with daddy. When I'm a grown-up.
(it made me want to cry but it was so sweet at the same time)
P.P.S. Most of this happened last week, when Paul was in the MICU...That was a rough week. He's working in the ER for the next 2 weeks and it hasn't been as bad - don't want to make things seem worse than they actually are : )