Daddy Duty

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People are like Icebergs–It’s what’s beneath the surface that counts

I had the pleasure of partaking in a leadership retreat this weekend with a bunch of strangers and one of the stipulations was that we couldn’t talk about work or what we did,where we got educated etc.  Considering what you do is one of the first questions Americans typically ask, it gets tough to talk about other things. Over time, they further limited our conversations to not discussing the easies (what we like, what we want, where we live, etc) and you were nearly inevitably forced to define who YOU are without sugarcoating etc.

As painful as the process may have been, I’ll admit that in 48 hours, I know some of these people very, very well as they have learned about me as well. In true Vegas fashion, we also agreed not to discuss what we learned about each other and that the “secrets” shared would remain secrets. 

What I can say is that everyone at the summit was highly accomplished in whatever they do. This was almost guaranteed as the tuition was through the roof. Everyone had a saw and was simply in search of a little sharpening. Being successful, they all knew how to present themselves, say the schpeel that they typically deliver, and basically highlight their positives and downplay or eliminate their negatives. At our first meeting, you were basically looking at a room full of text book model citizens.

However, as we peeled the onion so to speak, you could see that the grass isn’t always greener no matter how green it looks. I’ve always known I was lucky and that’ I’ve had a lucky life. Yet, in hearing some of these people’s hardships and struggles and I do mean hardships and struggles, I was reaffirmed how good my life has been. I literally have no idea how they picked themselves up after X, Y, and Z and questioned myself whether I could have done the same. To be fair, I obviously have my issues too, but my bitterSWEET life has had way more sweet than bitter.

After all of the talking and tears, we all did a reveal as the last activity sharing what we did for a living. Come to find out, many of the people had turned their lemons into lemonade and own successful business or run big companies. It was incredible to see them behind the Wizard’s curtain and see what actually drove them to be so successful.

I am so pleased to have added this group to my network and know we will do incredible things together. As if you didn’t know it, you simply can’t judge a book by it’s cover because when you do, you’ll always end up with the wrong story.

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Some videos…finally!

JJ standing in his crib at 8.5 months

 

 

JJ laughing at 8.5 months

 

 

Saying Dada and Sit n Reach at 7.5 months

 

Long time ago…

 

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Daddy’s Time

I just put JJ to bed and as I rocked him to sleep, I couldn’t help but glow as this is always one of the happiest parts of my day.  It’s Daddy time and I enjoy it thoroughly. JJ’s bed time routine starts around 7:30 PM.  As Claire cares for JJ all day, try to “relieve” her at night.  After we finish dinner, JJ plays for awhile and then I take him upstairs for a bath. He splashes around for about 15 minutes and then I fish him out and dry him.

After putting a diaper and cream on him, I scoop him up with a football hold and wash his hair under the sink. I then sit him on the counter and blow dry him.  When his hair’s dry, I take him to our bed where I lather him in lotion and put on his PJs. I then take him to his room to turn on the night light and wave sounds and feed him the bottle mommy prepares for him nightly.

We then snuggle together while I feed him in the dark and I reflect upon the day’s activities and how happy I am to be his dad. This 15 or so minutes is so relaxing as it doesn’t matter what has happened all day as it all boils down to the fact that I’m JJ’s dad, he needs me, and there’s nothing in the world between us. Smile

STRANGER DANGER

About 2 weeks ago (9/29/12), my boss invited the team over for a celebratory dinner for a good quarter. Everyone was excited to meet JJ, but unbeknownst to us, he hit a new stage. Suddenly, JJ was afraid of strangers. As soon as my boss held him, JJ started crying non-stop. Once he was back in our arms, he stopped immediately as if he had an on and off switch. He went to another colleague and the crying started again. None of the colleagues held JJ except for one of my colleague’s wife. She lucked out because she was wearing a shiny necklace and JJ LOVES shiny things. As scared as he was of strangers, he likes shiny things more it appears. 

That said, it’s now 2 weeks later and he seems comfortable with strangers again. Hard to say at this point… As an aside, don’t take it personally if JJ doesn’t take a liking to you immediately. He may be in a new phase or having a moment. However, he does seem to have an uncanny ability to also dislike people that I’m not so fond of so I deem him an excellent judge of character. LOL!

MORE UPDATES:

  • My father in law is currently in the hospital. Think kind thoughts of him.  He hasn’t had the chance to meet JJ and Claire and JJ may be making a trip sooner than later to lift his spirits and say hi. Obviously, we know what’s more important, but this means there’s a chance I may not be with JJ and Claire for Thanksgiving, their birthdays, and Christmas since I’ll be working. #Sad.
  • NEW SKILLS: Climbing on things, trying to jump from one area to another, eat small chunks of food, hopping on you, fast crawling, ripping off door stoppers
  • FAVORITE ACTIVITIES: exploring and crawling, trying to open doors
  • DIAPER SIZE: still wearing 3s
  • CLOTHES SIZE: mostly 12 months now 
  • WORDS: Ma ma. Sometimes ba ba, but mostly mama now.
  • DROOL: None
  • DANGERS: Putting his fingers near light sockets at other places other than home, attempting to stand and falling down; pounding on things that I’m sure hurts but doesn’t seem to phase him
  • SICKNESS/RASHES/ETC: None
  • SLEEP: Great. Planned nap at 1 PM – 3 PM and then sleep from 8 PM-8 AM.
  • FOOD: Claire is still pumping and will probably continue until at least 1 year old. His main meal consists of boiled frozen vegetables blenderized followed with a bottle of milk.  We also share our meals with him in bite sized nuggets to give him a taste of everything. He hasn’t really rejected anything and seems to like most all of it at the moment. He doesn’t seem to like sour/tart things.
  • TRAVEL: We just took our 2nd airplane trip with JJ.We flew to Oakland for a friend’s wedding. The flight there was easy as he was asleep. The flight back was tough as he kept climbing on the passenger next to us and wanted to be played with. The hotel situation was easy as he slept on schedule and slept in a hotel-provided crib.  The tough part about traveling with him is the amount of stuff it takes and his nap gets in the way sometimes. Other than that, he’s pretty travel-ready.

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