Changement: Change

Bygones!  Yes, change is powerful and I'm doing my best to embrace the recent changes in our life.

First: I did it, I called my dad Thursday night for the first time in over a year.  Enough was enough and I figured I best call him to see how things are going.  He was actually hospitalized late last year because his heart stopped beating while dining in a casino.  Thankfully they were able to revive him quickly, but for ten long minutes his heart wasn't pumping.  Scary thought.  My dad says he's at about 90% and getting better. 

Our conversation lasted for about ten minutes.  It wasn't the most cohesive discussion I've had on the phone, but it was a start.  His partner was surprisingly kind and she even took time to ask about Baby Singe.  Now that's something I wasn't expecting.  My dad's birthday is next month and we vowed to meet up in person so he can meet his granddaughter.

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Second: Speaking of our daughter, she turned ten months old on Thursday.  Take a peek at this 36 second video recorded late last week after one of her baths.  She's well on her way crawling wise and is becoming increasingly independent.  Change is happening.  It's safe to assume we're very smitten with our offspring.

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Third: do you like coffee?  If you asked me that very question seven years ago, I'd say no.  For the past seven and a half years my wife worked for a rather large Seattle based coffee company.  Well that's all about to change.  Yes, there's the word again.  (I can say "changement" if you prefer)  My wife landed a new job after a month of interviews with a couple companies.  It's going to be a sad final two weeks as my wife winds down her last days.  We've both made many friends over those seven plus years.  It honestly hasn't sunk in yet, but it's a reality.  
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About lessinges

Seattle native, discovering life! I like ice cream, cold cereal, and The Amazing Race.
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30 Responses to Changement: Change

  1. Aw. Egan. I am very very sad about your wife’s change of career. As you may well assume. Heh heh.

  2. Tall Chick says:

    Best wishes to your wife on the job change! You still haven’t (re)emailed me her cancer walk info and today’s payday so it would be a good time to do it before the $ is gone. ^_^
    Baby Singe is adorable. I love the talking at that stage. Ahhhhh. 🙂 When N-po suggests getting dressed I swear she says “OK” 🙂

  3. Chris says:

    Very cute video, she’s very vocal.
    All the best to N-Po on the big job change and to all of youo on the transition.

  4. Sicilian Mama says:

    1. I am very proud of you for calling your dad. For reals. And very exciting that you’re planning to meet up with him. So awesome!
    2. Baby babble cracks me up.
    3. Congrats to Mrs. L!! That’s very exciting!
    4. I still haven’t readded this blog back to my google reader. I’m thinking I’m not going to. I’m rebellious like that.
    Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend my friend.

  5. Amy says:

    Change can be scary and exciting…embrace it.
    Oh, and I added your French Blog to my feed reader. I thought you ditched this one when the other one was showing up on my subscription page instead of this one. I’m glad you are still writing here too.

  6. sandra says:

    Glad to hear that you’re in touch with your dad again, even if it’s not perfect just yet; the baby will appreciate it, if nothing else.

  7. Tim says:

    I just watched a few videos… weren’t you debating wheter or not to raise Anna as a vegitarian? What happened with that?

  8. Pants says:

    First, I’m glad to hear you called your dad! I know what it’s like to have strained relationships with family…but we only get one fam.
    B, I like the way she “bubbles” at the end of her bath. Too cute!
    iii, Sad to hear Mrs. L is moving on…but exciting!
    I thought google feeder was mad at me. 🙂

  9. Golden says:

    I swear Annalicious said ‘dada’ and ‘ok’. Man.. I know I say it all the time, but she is so damn friggen adorable.

  10. egan says:

    Stepping Over the Junk – I know, trust me, it’s going to be tough. We’ve formed some really great relationship with her co-workers. So much of what we do relates to her work.
    Tall Chick – are you sure I didn’t email you the 3 Day information? Okay, I will send it to you again friend. Yeah, it sure does sound like she says “okay”. I know I say “okay” often so she’s likely to pick up on it.
    Chris – yeah, things will be vastly different three weeks from today. I can’t think about it right now.
    Sicilian Mama – calling my dad was no sweat. It usually isn’t a problem, I just wish I didn’t have to initiate. He says he will be in touch more often and let’s hope he keeps his word. You’re so damn rebellious.
    Amy – my wife’s recent trip inspired me to give the Mot du Jour blog some life. It’s a fun blog to maintain and keeps my mind thinking en français.
    Sandra – I hear you there. My grandpa meant a lot to me so I would hate to not have my dad in my daughter’s life. I’ll work hard to make sure she knows who is.
    Tim – you’re right about the vegetarian stuff. She’s still not a meat eater. It’s really not too difficult at this stage. I actually forget we’re raising her that way until it’s mentioned. Her daycare is very accomodating about her diet. Thanks for asking.
    Pants – you’re very right, one family is all we have. My dad isn’t getting any younger either so we’ll try and introduce him to Baby Singe as often as possible. It’s a bittersweet job change. More money makes things pretty nice though. How was the haircut?
    Golden – I think she may have said those words, she’s just not sure exactly what they mean. She’s almost got it. She’s rather pretty isn’t she?

  11. BigBro says:

    dad=?
    bummer about starbucks’…not for you, but for siblings who could reap the “perks”…WWAD??? what will anna drink?

  12. brookem says:

    geesh, it took forever for this page to load so i could comment!
    chchchchanges! they all sound good. your little girl is looking really cute in your towel there- i like the head-part to it.
    have a good weekend!

  13. Carrie says:

    Congrats to the Mrs!!
    Baby Singe is adorable. cooing is the best.

  14. meno says:

    Wow, that’s a big step to call your dad. Good for you. How did it feel?
    This is probably a good time to be leaving that big coffee company based in Seattle.

  15. egan says:

    BigBro – yeah, you were once a partner at Starbucks. It will be a really sad departure for us, but it’s time for her to move on. I know, dad is a unique person… I guess so is everyone.
    Brookem – did it really take forever to load? Huh, I don’t get it. I love how excited Baby Singe gets for her baths. She loves her baths now and can’t stand the changing table. Go figure. Have a good weekend too!
    Carrie – merci! The coos make a parent weak in the knees. You’re instantly at their mercy.
    Meno – yep, it’s probably best to move on. Not that she has any bad feelings, but 7.5 years doing her job had run its course so to speak. No more trips to France or Japan though. Zut alors!

  16. egan says:

    Meno – I almost didn’t address the dad question. It felt good to call him, but still kind of unfulfilling. I still had to drive the conversation while on the phone.
    He felt bad for not calling me so it’s obvious one of my brothers said something to him about not calling me. Oh well, if I have to be the one to make it happen, then that’s just how it’s going to be.
    His hearing is really bad so I’m constantly repeating what I said, which gets old kind of fast. I must say it was hard to talk about parenthood based on our own family history. I didn’t want to say something like “dad, raising a kid is tough. How did you and mom ever manage seven kids?” Well, the truth is they couldn’t and that’s why they got divorced. So yeah, it was tough to keep my mouth shut with some of that stuff. Now you you got way more than you wanted. Thanks for asking Meno.

  17. kirk says:

    Best of luck with your spouse’s next job. I know the travel must be harder now she’s got the kiddo (she probably enjoyed the break from you for a few days once in a while…. I KID I AM KIDDING). I hope her new job is rewarding both so Anna can go to a good private school. I just hope she didn’t go to that other company that Seattle is known for. Corporate coffee may be evil, but they are saints compared to MS.

  18. Gwen says:

    Thank GAWD the wife is getting a new job. Now I can stop pretending to love the Slutbucks!

  19. Cléa says:

    1. That made me teary-eyed. I hope it all works out and he becomes part of Anna’s life.
    2. Next thing she’ll have a boyfriend.
    3. Congrats on the new job. As for people you’ve known, there’s no need to stop that just because she’s going for another job. I move around, and keep the good friendships.
    Plus ca change…

  20. brandy says:

    Wow. Anna is getting so old. I mean, pretty soon she will be reading Harry Potter and the next thing she will be driving your fancy car. Oh, how the world changes. Also, congrats on talking to your dad. As someone with dad issues- I understand how such a call would be hard to make. You are a good man Sir Egan, and Anna will benefit from your act.

  21. egan says:

    Gwen – this comment is why you’re damn cool. And the fact you’re going to Paris and running the Chicago Marathon seals the deal. I’m shallow.
    Cléa – I know, I feel bad about my dad’s heart situation. I knew of it from my mom and should’ve called once I learned about it. I didn’t for stubborn reasons. Un petit ami? Hmm. You’re right about the job friends. Actually, I’m sure we’ll keep in good touch with most of them. I personally got to know many friends better once I actually left the previous jobs. T’as raison.
    Brandy – thanks yo. I really do want Anna to know my dad. I think the grandparent relationship is so critical. I have fond memories of my mom’s dad and loved him so much. Hey, do they make Harry Potter board books or pop up books? I could read those to her and then it would count for me reading them too.

  22. Diane Mandy says:

    Your daughter is precious! But I don’t have to tell you that. Good for you in calling your father. I hope it is the start of many more productive conversations.

  23. churlita says:

    All those family issues are tough to deal with, but worth it. It’s a good way to teach your daughter forgiveness with your example.

  24. Sicilian Mama says:

    No new post yet, eh? Le poop.

  25. Think Jacob says:

    I havnen’t talked to my parents in almost 3 years now. We had a big falling out and they said some nasty things about my wife. I would love to get that fence mended, but I just can’t take the first step, not after what was said. Still, I miss my parents. I feel ya.

  26. Darlene says:

    Hey dan! It’s been awhile, huh? Oh wow, how much did I love that video of your little girl?? She’s absolutely adorable!!!
    Glad to hear you made the step towards talking to your dad.
    I love coffee. Love, love, love. Good luck to your wife, though on her upcoming career adventures!

  27. ms chica says:

    It’s always difficult being the one to make the call. Maybe he will reciprocate.
    Congrats to Mrs LesSinges. May the change be good for the whole family.

  28. egan says:

    Diane Mandy – yeah, calling my dad was the right thing to do. I know I’ll have to initiate future calls, but someone has to make this relationship happen.
    Churlita – it really does teach forgiveness. I need to get passed his insecurities and not take them personally.
    Sicilian Mama – I got a couple new ones on the French Mot du Jour site and now a new one graces this very blog.
    Think Jacob – now you have me really as to what was said between your parents.
    Darlene – um, why are you calling me Dan? Don’t let the bloggers know that’s my real name yo! That was supposed to remain a secret between me and you. I’m happy you still love Starbucks. Are you buying stock?
    Ms Chica – I’m a bit nervous about the new job, but Mrs. Lessinges feels better each day she’s done the right thing. Let’s see what she says once the new job starts. Thanks!

  29. Darlene says:

    Oh God – sorry about the dan thing. Geez. ahahah
    As for Starbucks, I finally bit the bullet last December & bought a professional espresso machine. Do I still go out for coffee? Sure, but only a few times a week now, as opposed to every day.

  30. Darlene says:

    Oh God – sorry about the dan thing. Geez. ahahah
    As for Starbucks, I finally bit the bullet last December & bought a professional espresso machine. Do I still go out for coffee? Sure, but only a few times a week now, as opposed to every day.

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