Daddy Duty

Sleep, Eat, Diaper Change. Repeat.

The Best Job in the World

on July 6, 2012

Originally written 7/3, but I forgot to hit POST…

My boy turns 7 months today and I can’t help but smile when I look at him. Watching him grow has replaced all other hobbies in my life.  I feel so fortunate to get a front row seat as he learns, loves, and laughs. This is better than courtside seats to the Lakers! I somewhat jokingly say “He’s lucky to be alive,” but to a degree, I mean it.

Despite our classes and reading, I remember very clearly not knowing what to do half the time early on. It’s amazing how far we’ve all come. I am still amazed by the love and care my wife showers our son with. I’m also amazed by all of the single parents out there who do this on their own. This is hard, hard work. I’m worn out daily and am only doing half of the job.

As this blog can attest, not all has been smooth sailing, but the human mind is very forgiving and parents tend to focus on and remember the good parts. In that vein, I’m not sure we’re going to be allowed into any restaurants for a while.  JJ has gotten loud. LOUD! He has a screech that will get everyone’s attention. At home, he tests us with it to see how we respond.  When we don’t respond, he stops and I mentally think Parents-1, JJ-0.

Then, in public, he’ll try us again, and we first try to reason with him with conversation.  If that doesn’t work, we’ll usually pick him up so as not to cause a scene. He then thinks, JJ-1, Parents-1 and so on and so on.

So as to maintain control, I think we may just keep him home for a bit. To be fair, he’s teething or on the verge of teething so he may just be voicing his discomfort. We’re keeping an eye on it and have cold rings and teething tablets and gel on hand and ready to go. On that note, Claire and I are complete jello when JJ’s in pain (shots, scratches, hitting something). We would literally do anything to transfer his pain to us instead of him. You know this theoretically pre-parenthood, but it’s not even an option once you are a parent.  It’s weird.

Updates:

  • JJ has always loved to look at lights and fans (we call it Mr. Fan)
  • He’s crawling backwards.  We started stockpiling toys in front of him to see if he’d reach for them, but he continues to go backwards away from them.
  • He isn’t much of a roller. He rolled a couple of times and kind of seemed to get over it. He likes the utility of the action to flip, but doesn’t do it for fun.
  • He still loves his jumper.  He has gone from about 10 minutes months ago to jumping 25-30 minutes straight now.
  • Dr. doesn’t suggest the rolling walker thingies (round with wheels and a bumper around it) anymore due to falling/tripping hazards.
  • He is eating rice cereal and mashed fruits along with breastmilk.  Depending on how much he has eaten, he can eat upwards of 8-9 oz in a sitting.
  • He’s taking an interest in what we eat now.
  • His sleeping is pretty good and tolerable at the moment.  8 PM-10 PM, 10:30 PM – 6:00 AM, 10:00-11:00 AM, and then an afternoon nap around 2 PM-3:30 PM
  • He’s not afraid of strangers. He responds better if you are smiling and talking to him as opposed to looking at him and studying him like a science experiment.
  • I’ve been practicing saying Daddy with him and he insists on “da, “da,” “da…” over and over and over. It’s a work in progress, but he’s so cute as he works on having a conversation.

 

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