Hello friends! How is your Friday/Saturday going? I think it’s time I offer you another depiction. Open this .pdf file (and rotate it 90 degrees) for a magical drawing brought to you by Pentel. I forgot how great it is to use pencils and an eraser. I can’t tell you the last time I erased something off a piece of paper. I forgot how nice it is to wipe out mistakes by turning around a pencil. Voilà mes amis.
Anna is officially two months old today. This means it’s time for me to look back at the first two months of parenthood and offer an assessment. I must say the first month wasn’t a whole lot of fun. The sleepless nights, the breastfeeding, the adjustment period, etc. There was so much going on, I bypassed many showers to get them done. I was really happy to be home during the first four weeks of Anna’s life. It really was a wonderful opportunity to bond with our daughter.
The second month was tough, but not nearly as hard as month number one. September flew by though. I hardly remember anything about the month. We did start to get into a pattern as I went back to work. As hard as it was to leave home the first day, I think heading back to my cubicle was a good thing.
While I was home during those first four weeks I lost all track of time and space. If you’ve ever lost someone really close to you… it felt something like that. I know that’s weird because we brought a new child into the world and we weren’t mourning the loss of someone. Clarification, during the time I was at home the outside world didn’t even seem to exist. I didn’t care about crap on the local news, which baseball team had clinched a playoff bid, how many had died in Baghdad today, or what Britney had done wrong that day. It was all about Anna and mom’s needs.
To this day, it still hasn’t fully sunken in that I have a daughter. I rush home after work to see my wife and daughter, however it’s still weird to look in Anna’s eyes and know she’s our offspring. Key learning, it’s about balance. I’ve learned to not over commit ourselves with our social life. Granted we’re doing a great job getting out and about, there are still things which aren’t as easy to do. Finding time to workout has been a huge change for me. If I can play soccer once a week, I consider it to be a good thing. We will get back on track, but it’s not so easy. Inviting my mom to visit each weekend so we can do work around the house has helped us return some of the normalcy to the household.
Let’s review shall we. Month one, not much fun. Month two, improvements were made as we began to incorpate elements of our pre-baby life with our new baby life. From what I can tell it gets better each week and this is something to look forward to. Her interactions are increasingly cute and meaningful. Case in point, she could be fussy for 90% of the day and then flash a huge smile, thus wiping out all the negative feelings we may have had. It’s an incredible thing.
QUIZ for yesterday’s podcast:
1. how many FKT pictures were displayed?
2. how much did Anna weigh at Tuesday’s appointment?
3. what two qualities did I say Anna will posess to compensate for her small stature?
4. which day in September is my brother’s birthday?
5. name the state where two of my brothers reside?
Prize: an iPod sock. No purchase necessary, but it would behoove you to listen to the podcast if you want to win a wicked iPod sock. Otherwise, disregard this portion of the post. Ha, if you’ve read this far, then you can’t easily ignore the above questions.