Monkey Boy, how are you doing? To be honest, it’s a bit rougher than I thought it might be. I’m optimistic things will smooth out a bit. The emotional ups and downs rival that of pregnancy. I know, I’m not the one who carried the child for nine months or the who has to breastfeed.
Is being a daddy all you wished for and more? Yes, I really am enjoying seeing the world from a different perspective. Whether that be parents, grandparents, strangers with kids, etc. These early weeks are hard, but they are still rewarding in their own right.
How is your wife recovering? Mrs. Lessinges is recovering quite nicely. C-sections are a bitch if you factor in the added responsibility of breastfeeding and becoming a parent. It’s very overwhelming, but my wife is doing a tremendous job. She’s on her feet and walking a bit more each day.
Are you able to smile again? Yeah, I’ve smiled a lot more in the past few days. Perhaps it was good to blog about how laughter has been harder to find. It allowed me to put my guard down a bit more often. Many of you have done a great job encouraging me to laugh often and I thank you for this.
What’s the longest you have slept? seven hours a few nights ago. Anna rocked the deep r.e.m. sleep that night. Her daddy does love R.E.M. lots. For the record, Anna’s first official song she heard was a Rolling Stones song. Grandpa will be happy to learn this.
How are you managing your stress? sneaking peeks at blogs and humoring myself while changing diapers. It’s great fun to talk to a child who has no idea what you’re saying.
Do you even know what day of the week it is? thankfully my trusty Timex watch keeps me on track and the looming Return to Work date of September 4th.
You really only bathe 6 times a week? correct and that was before baby arrived. One shower a day and I tend to skip a day on the weekend. Now if I go for a late night run or play soccer, I just might shower afterwards. It depends how offensive I am.
What’s a typical day like for you? changing diapers, holding baby, taking pictures of baby, pampering wife, kissing Anna as often as possible, listening to sounds of the womb, fretting, and some time on the internet.
How do feel when someone says “that’s a tiny thing”? some woman really did say that about Anna while in Babies R Us this week. I had to bite my tongue since I’m attempting to set a good role for my daughter.
When do you go back to work? never? most likely will return September 4th unless I can find a super wicked job I can do from the home before then. Yeah, September 4th.
Will you ever do another triathlon? man, who knows. I think I will be back on track next year. It’s really hard to believe almost a year ago I was freaked out about the Ironman. Now when I see people running, swimming, or riding a bike…I get a tiny bit jealous. That part of my life will return soon enough.
*P.S. Patches, I love you girl!