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Crawling: A Father's First Year Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B000JMKTKA
- Publisher : Anchor (September 26, 2006)
- Publication date : September 26, 2006
- Language : English
- File size : 400 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 176 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0375424555
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,808,615 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Crawling is a wonderful keepsake, one I suspect Zoe will treasure forever. She has one of the bravest daddy's in the world.
Cooper explores his love affair with daughter Zoë--and fatherhood--in this tenderly written tome. "There's something about her," he writes, "the big hair, the big eyes--that is striking and almost clichéd."
Zoë's introduction into the lives of Cooper and wife, Elise, shatters their former simplistic existence in the cozy, idyllic hills of Berkley, California, overlooking the bay. It's the "epicenter of isolation," Cooper muses.
When their family of two expands to three, Cooper bemoans the army of stuffed animals that has set up camp in his home; he relinquishes his bed to this new family member; and he masters the art of using a "snot sucker."
But despite the middle-of-the-night feedings, a 3 a.m. trip to the ER and general chaos from having another human for whom he's responsible, Cooper gets comfortable with Zoë. A stay-at-home father, he takes his infant to the Cheese Board for blueberry scones in the morning, trips to the zoo on languid afternoons and play dates at the park where he sizes up the other infants on the playground.
Then, the family prepares to relocate to Chicago. Cooper waxes nostalgic about all the places of Zoë's "firsts" as they pack up and leave the warm womb of their Berkley dwelling for the Windy City. After a cross-country road trip, he reunites with his wife and daughter in Chicago. "I'm staring in the rearview at Elise and Zoë as they sit together in the backseat . . . the wild kiss-the-ground relief of having made it home."
Cooper's beautifully written, moving portrait of life is a sweet soliloquy to his first-born child and his wife.
Armchair Interviews says: Crawling captures the same enchantment of Cooper's children's books as he learns to relish life's simple pleasures with Zoë.
As much as I read (and write) mom lit, I thought I had the whole parenting psyche down. But Elisha proved me wrong. His perspective on the father side of parenting--diapers, breastfeeding, sharing his wife, building cribs, sharing his morning walks, breaking his routines, and well--everything called fathering is absolutely enchanting. Enchanting in that ever so-truthful it hurts sorta way. In fact, Cooper is so honest in these essays it almost hurts to read them. He admits rightfully, about how he was clueless and at the same time enchanted by his daughter. About how he and his wife had favorite outfits for his daughter--and the moment his wife left the house, he changed the clothes.
The essays are arranged in order--from birth to 12 months of the first year of parenthood for Elisha, his wife, and new little daughter Zoe. The essays are definitely from the heart. Earth shatteringly honest. And one of the freshest prose I've read this year. I was chuckling. Crying. Shaking my head in recognition in almost every chapter. And at the same time shaking my head in disbelief. Not that Elisha said anything that wasn't true--far from it! He said what was all to real no matter what side of the parenting is yours.