Day 366: a year goes by quickly 

Now it has been officially 1 year since I went on Pappa Leave.  Crazy how much the time has flown and what I have seen while taking this time to be with my son.  A few things I have learned:

  • I never knew it was possible to love someone as much as I love him.  I love my wife immensely, but it is a different kind of love that I experience with the little guy that is ours.
  • Things are usually simple until we complicate them.  The little guys needs on the basic level must always be met – food, rest, security, comfort, and so on.  If we miss those we will have speed bumps.  Cover them always and you have a happy little guy.
  • Appreciate each phase, they all pass quickly 
  • Don’t worry about the harder phases, they also pass quickly
  • Being at home with your child is both the most difficult job and the most fun job all at the same time
  • It is easy to forget about your needs, but sometimes it is what is best
  • A full night of sleep is a treasure
  • A toddler waking up with a smile on their face, laughing, is a great way to start the day
  • Hugs and kisses from a loving little one are priceless
  • Having a child teaches you to have perspective and keep perspective
  • Watching the development of your child is amazing 
  • Kids are surprisingly perceptive of moods of others
  • We are lucky to have a healthy child and it is easy to take that for granted

There are so many other things I could write but I will stop there.  The journey thus far has been interesting and challenging in so many ways, but the awesome part of it all is how connected and in sync I am with the little guy.  Nothing could be cooler.


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