What About Luke?

You know what comment I used to get all the time when Caroline was pregnant with Grand Finale? “So are you going to write another book now?” Like that was the thing to do. Write a book each time you have baby.

Don’t get me wrong. The question was perfectly logical. After all, the last time Caroline and I had children I did, indeed, write a book. But I didn’t write that book because I wanted to document my children. I mean, that was a huge bonus, no doubt. And something I’m so glad happened. But that’s not why I wrote the book.

I wrote it because I wanted to try and become a writer, and I figured that one way to do that was to write a book. And I knew that one axiom of writing was to “write what you know.” I also quickly figured out that multiples of higher order were of infinite curiosity to folks, or so I gathered each and every time we left the house with our tumultuous trio. The amount of heads we turned was…kinda weird.

SO, I figured it’d be good to write a book about (a) something I knew a lot about and (b) something which seemed to captivate people’s interest.

Once I finished, someone said “You should start a dad blog to promote your book.”

“What’s a dad blog?” I asked.

“It’s like a mom blog only written by a dad.”

“What’s a mom blog?”

So, as you can see, my entry into the world of parenting blogging was sorta random. So when people would circle back around and ask me if I was going to write a book about Luke, although I totally understood why they’d ask, I was always taken aback.

Period. Next thought.

I’ve hardly written anything at all about Luke. But it’s not like I’m singling him out. I hardly write pure anecdotal stuff about any of my children anymore. At least compared to when I first started blogging. These days, I usually try to go with a broader stroke. So, for example, instead of writing a post about how unenjoyable a road trip might have been, I’m more apt to write 8 Reasons Why Road Trips Kill Your Soul Dead. Because as much as I enjoy reading a post about a specific experience, I enjoy reading a similar story that’s more universal in nature even more as I’m better able to relate to it.

Rambling. My point is this: I haven’t written less very much about Luke, especially compared to how much I’ve written about my other children, but it’s more of a function of a change in my approach to blogging than it is anything else. Still, though, I can’t help but wonder if he’d feel — if he will feel — slighted in some way.

But all that is about to change thanks to a great new opportunity that I’m really excited about. Starting later this month, I’ll be writing for DisneyBaby and my focus will be on (get this) a baby. And the baby I know the best is (stay with me, now) Luke. Which means I’ll be sharing more and more stories about our little guy.

I won’t bother you with any right now, but only because you’ll probably be getting your fill here soon enough. But I will say this:

Luke is love, y’all. The most delightful baby you can possibly imagine. I’m sure some of it’s us. You know — he’s an (oxymoron alert) “easy baby” because we’re not exactly rookies and don’t freak out over every little thing. And, too, there’s the whole 90-zillion-miles-an-hour lifestyle we have where at any given point in time, Caroline and or I are up to our eyeballs in child-related tasks, which means Luke is often Luke is the odd man out and left to his own devices.

Which he seems to make him thrive. Because he’s filled with wide-eyed wonder. Whether it’s the quizzical way in which he considers his toys, or the playful taps he regularly delivers to Briggs. He’s SO into Briggs. More than the triplets did when they were babies. And I think I know why.

Which is where I’ll leave you for now with the promise to tell you why soon. Like tomorrow-ish.

Because all I really wanted to say today was how excited I am to get to (a) write for DisneyBaby and (b) how great it will be to even the score a little bit and share a few moments with my very favorite baby.

Photo: My blue-eyed guy with his daddy this morning.

This post is spon­sored by Dis­ney Baby. I’ll be join­ing the Dis­ney Baby blog­ging team this month, and look for­ward to shar­ing these kinds of sto­ries with you over there! Stay tuned for more details!

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About john cave osborne

John Cave Osborne is a writer whose work has appeared on such sites as DisneyBaby, Babble, YahooShine, TLC and the Huffington Post. He was also referenced by Jezebel one time, but he’s pretty sure they were making fun of him. He and his wife, Caroline, live with their five children and spastic dog in Knoxville, TN. Nothing annoys him more than joke-heavy bios written in the third person, with the possible exception of Corey Feldman.

  • Robin

    This is incredible! I can’t wait to read all about Luke. This is awesome because I was just thinking how nice it was to see pics of Luke and Briggs yesterday because I’ve rarely seen him on here since he was born. Not that you owed us an explanation or anything it’s nice to have one. Can’t wait to read disneybaby. I am an infant teacher so I get to spend a lot of time with babies. They are so amazing and the first 3 yrs are so important and fascinating to experience. Enjoy every moment! As you know it goes by way to fast; I’m sure the triplets infancy may be a blur at this point. I don’t know how parents of multiples do it… I have a busy classroom but I love every minute of it (I also get sleep at night so…) maybe I should read your book. :)

    • http://johncaveosborne.com John Cave Osborne

      Robin — did you know that a child develops something like 90% (may even be 95%) of their personality by the time he or she is 3? doing what you do…i bet you actually do know that. super interesting, though. and, yes, i look fwd to documenting Luke a bit more closely for the next year or so.

      • Robin

        “what I learn from 0-3 is what will matter most to me” Yes, I did know that and it always makes me SO SO happy when parents realize that too. Too many people think infants don’t know or do anything. It breaks my heart. I believe that our country is going in the right direction in bringing awareness to Early Childhood development but it still has a long way to go.

  • http://fathermuskrat.com/ muskrat

    Does your local mall have a Santa impersonator opening?  Because given that you have 6 more months to work on that thing…

    Congrats on the new gig, and I look forward to learning about the baby some more.  I used to write a bunch about the now nearly 6yo on my blog, and then she got a brother and a surprise additional sister, so some of that waned.  Given the content, however, that likely won’t upset her younger siblings. 

    • http://johncaveosborne.com John Cave Osborne

      i’m SO hoping to get that Santa gig b/c i hear you’re totally allowed to drink bourbon the whole time.

  • http://raisedbymydaughter.blogspot.com/ neal call

    That’s awesome. I’m interested in following, and I think it’s great to produce something your kids can read later on down the road, something just for them. That’s probably the main reason I started my blog, although I wouldn’t mind scoring a promotional electric toothbrush, either.


    • http://johncaveosborne.com John Cave Osborne

      neal — i hope you will stop by from time to time. documenting is huge. that’s all there is to it. and i’ll be glad to give Luke an extra dose of just that over the next year or so. appreciate you swinging by, my friend.

  • http://www.blogonkevin.blogspot.com Always Home and Uncool

    Congrats on the new gig. But was Honea in a whiskey coma or something when this one opened up?

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