Category: The Year of the Child

Artistic Director Mitchell Marcus chronicles his journey of raising a non-traditional family (with husband Orrin) as it relates to the non-traditional family in Falsettos (Apr 23 – May 12, 2013). Check back every week to see how he balances raising a company and raising two new born twins.

The Year of The Child - Final Baby Blog

Well folks, this is it. My final “Year Of The Child Blog”.

When we started “Musical Notes” this year, our Associate Producer of Audience Engagement suggested that my weekly column be about the babies, offering a modern perspective on some of the themes in Falsettos. But as the season comes to an end, we decided to use the 1 year birthday of the babies as the final blog entry on this topic. And – while it’s very hard to believe – the babies turn 1 this week (June 13). Talk about a game changing year. More

The Year of The Child - Sick Day

Last week I got sick. Not like ‘sniffle-sniffle’ sick. Like ‘I’m-down-for-the-count’ sick. While I do get a lot of colds (presumably from not ‘taking it easy’ often enough), I am a pretty strong patient. I never miss work. I never cancel meetings. I just plow through (sometimes to the dismay of the person I am meeting with who I am sneezing on). Not this time. More

The Year of The Child - Party Time!

We are getting really close to the kids’ first birthday. Two more weeks to go!

And thus begins the new most common parental question that we receive: “So what are you going to do for their party?” More

The Year of The Child - Road Trip

Last week, after Falsettos closed, Orrin and I hopped in the car with the babies for a leisurely 10 hour drive to New York. As you can imagine, New York City holds a special place in my heart, and so it was with great anticipation that we departed for our babies’ first visit. More

The Year of The Child - Win, Lose & Crawl

To crawl or not to crawl, that is the question?

This week our kids turned 11 months old. I cannot believe it. Only one more month until a full year has passed since our lives changed forever. Even though they were born 5.5 weeks early, they have hit most of their milestones on time. However, it seems that many of their little friends are crawling up a storm, and they are not. They are almost crawling, and spend most of their time in crawling position, leading forward as far as they can to grab toys, but they just haven’t figured out yet how to make those legs and arms move in sync to get somewhere.

This has led to a conundrum.

On one hand, I want them to crawl. When I see other parents with kids who are crawling or, in some cases, walking with assistance, I think – hey, what’s going on with our kids?

On the other hand, I secretly hope it never happens. First off, it means implementing the final step in converting a beautiful home from an adult residence to a child’s playpen – the baby gates. The minute they start crawling, we will have the joy of hopping over 2 foot tall gates to get up and down stairs, fiddling with latches to open our kitchen drawers, and have our beautiful cement fireplace mantel covered with pillows.

But even more than the baby gates, I fear entering the crawling phase with twins. Picture this, we go to the park. I am alone with both babies. I put them down on the ground to play and they both take off, crawling in different directions. Which way do I go? Who do I chase after? The logistics of it all hurts my brain.

So on one hand, I suspect (and hope) that I will soon update you with a new crawling milestone. On the other hand, a few more months of stationary play doesn’t sound so bad.

On an unrelated note – now that Falsettos is done, you might be wondering what will happen to this blog. Believe it or not, it wasn’t meant to be a vanity project where I tell the world about my kids but since Falsettos (a musical about non-traditional families) coincided with my parental leave to raise my non-traditional family, the topic seemed like a good link for the seasonal programming. We’ve decided to continue the “Year Of The Child” blog until June 13 – the first birthday of my kids. Once that happens, my blog with continue, but it will go back to being about issues, trends and events in my day to day life as an Artistic Director, rather than as a Dad. So enjoy 4 more baby columns!