DAY 354: Quiet Down Big Person!!!

No shizznit, Jake has completely evolved into an entirely different monkey over the last month. He is so cognizant of his surroundings and actually learning to communicate in his own small way. When it’s bedtime, (meaning booby time) he stops playing and points to the nursing pillow or the sound machine. Smart boy.
Speaking of communication… I know it may get old at some point, like when he’s saying it 100 times a day, but when I hear him blurt out Mama or Dada, my heart turns into a little bowl of Jello. You love your kid from day one, right? But when things really start to click, and that little snuggle-rat buries his head into your shoulder as you rock him to sleep, wow…
If I haven’t seen Jake all day, I notice myself walking a little heavier past his door, or “accidentally” coughing as I skip past. I hate to wake the boy, but Dada just wants to say “Hi Little Buddy”:)

DAY 353: GIMME SUMTHIN’ TO BREAK!

Our baby is a little Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit! He never stops look for something to break! Honestly, all are babies this way?

You could place Jake in the middle of a room full of toys. He will immediately crawl straight over or around the bright, shiny play things and go directly to an electrical cord plugged into the wall socket. Pull him away from that, he heads straight for a coffee table covered with remotes. Yank him off that, and he’s trying to cram his fingers into a door jamb. Save him from getting pinched, and he heads for and end table with picture frames on top. I know he’s bound to encounter some bumps and bruises, but Jesus! Are we supposed to bolt everything to the floor, and put everything we own in storage until he’s in grade school!?

Where do you find balance between letting him “figure things out”, and driving yourself insane? My job is one that immerses you in a strict safety culture. So when I look around a room, my brain is constantly scanning…I see every sharp thing, head-knocker, and hazard you can think of. Obviously, that’s maddening when you’re chasing a roving destroyer. If it stinks, sparks, or shatters, this kid’s going for it!!!

Where’s the middle ground? Help me out you experienced parents!!!

DAY 352: Holy Sh!t, the Clock is Ticking!!!

I just want something new to chew on.

Man, I swear there is just never enough time to do all the things you need (and want) to do! Jake’s party is only weeks away, with Christmas right behind it. The list keeps getting longer as the days get shorter. Decorations, the planning, the shopping, blah blah blah… I know it will all work out. Although I must admit, scrapping it all and just getting him a gift card is sounding better and better all the time:)

DAY 351: Mama, Is Daddy Preggers?

We have not stopped eating since Thursday! Today we had Thanksgiving dinner on my side of the family. Once again, I ate so much I think my butt-hole is going to turn inside-out!

Jake had meat for the first time. Delicious white-meat turkey. It seemed to have the same effect on him as it does big people. He took a huge crap and went straight to bed.

When my wife was called to work at the beginning of the week, I was really disappointed. We had so many plans. And, I was dreading taking care of Jake all by myself for three whole days. Looking back now, I’m so glad it happened the way it did. There is a noticeable change in the bond between Jake and I. ┬áToday he plucked his pacifier from his mouth and tried to jam it in mine as he said “Dah-duh”. It makes my heart go pitter-patter:)

DAY 350: Look out Dad, You’re Gonna CRASH!

I must apologize, I’m actually a day behind on this post. Yesterday was fast and furious! I think the week finally caught up with me last night. The last few nights of very little sleep, mixed with the GO,GO,GO every day culminated in me passing out and sleeping for 12 hours! I am so thankful that Mama J took over and just let me sleep. It was the best belated present ever! I think Jakey was feeling it too. He’s been snoozing away for the last three hours! A nice little day of catching up. And we needed it. Thanksgiving Part 2 begins at 4pm!

I got this Dad! Take a nap!

DAY 349: This Turkey Turns 38 Today!

What a cool coincidence that my birthday falls on turkey day this year! It’s been a great day so far. Mama’s home. She made me a fat key lime cheesecake. I had a huge dinner with one side of the family. Part two continues Saturday. Now, a little relaxing in prep for some midnight shopping.

I could list what I’m thankful for, but I’d be here all night. And today is one that I don’t want to waste in front of the computer. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

DAY 348: Rules For This Dad to Live By (Stolen From All You Moms:)

Jake and I are almost through day three of 24/7 Daddy detail. It didn’t take long to figure out how to be an effective Dad, while effectively NOT driving myself insane, nor neglecting the little man’s needs. I became really responsible, REALLY fast. Here are a few of my new rules for Daddyhood…

1: Be proactive. As soon as Jake passes out, it’s go time. And time is of the essence, so you have to move swiftly. I prepare his next meal and start thawing his milk for the next bottle. I do all the dishes from his previous feast. I prep his clothes or bath, whatever the next phase calls for. I’m totally reset and ready to go for the next round. Then it’s “me time”.

2: Lose all sense of selfishness. It’s all about the baby during their waking hours. So find ways to manage priorities and incorporate his/her playtime in with your own goals and to-do’s. Today, Jake played in his bouncy seat and playpen while I cleaned the house. Which leads to my next rule…

3. Be ready to put your personal to-do list on the back-burner. If you don’t, you’re only setting yourself up for frustration. On day one, I accomplished almost nothing but the essentials after my wife left. On day two, I was able to fix the bathroom exhaust fan and do a little pube groomin’. (Did I just type that out loud?;) Jake and I also managed to do some shopping. By noon today, we’d already fed the horsey, cleaned the house, and did three loads of laundry. We’re becoming a little multi-tasking team, and it’s only day three!

4: Last but not least, take care of yourself! If you’re tired, sleep when the baby sleeps. Your to-do list will still be there when you wake up. It’s also easy to skip a meal if you’re not careful, so dine together! And most importantly, don’t skip showers! It’s easy to become smelly and exhausted if you don’t take a few minutes for yourself during their nappy times. No one likes a grumpy, stinky bastard!

All of these things seem like common sense. But without establishing a plan and a routine, you are bound to get all jammed up! This all goes without saying, don’t forget to ENJOY it! This has been the most time I’ve gotten to spend with Jake since the first few weeks after ┬áhe was born.

I am by no means a master at parenting, but I try to learn something new each day and apply it in the future. What have I learned in the last few days? That the only thing I was afraid of was the unknown. Would I be able to care for Jake all by myself? I think I answered my own question:)