Monday, October 31, 2005

The Unwilling Trick-or-Treater - Posted by Chris

We had the costume, the face paint, we had our route scoped out; we were missing just one thing, a willing trick-or-treater. That's right Christopher was a no show for this Halloween.

Mom painted his face...

But after several failed attempts to get the costume on, Christopher decided it was much more rewarding to just hand out the candy.

Well I guess he's learning that it's better to give than to receive.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

"I'm the Dad" Revised - Posted by Chris

On a blog that I started unsuccessfully over a year ago I made the following post:

I'm The Dad - 07/12/04

When my son was born, I had a revelation. The doctor, taking care of my son immediately after birth, said "Dad do you want to meet your son?" I sat there for a moment and then realized, 'I'm the dad!’ I've since discovered that a lot of new dads have this revelation. It sounds rather basic but it’s really more complex than realizing that you are now someone's father. "Being the Dad" is finding that you are now responsible for the well being of another person. It’s feeling the stress of providing for your family and worrying about things like job security, health care
and college funds. "Being the Dad" is stressing about keeping up the "dad" jobs around the house and worrying about whether or not all the doors are locked at night.

My son is seven months old and I'm really just discovering the real meaning of "Being the Dad"; today the stress and worry was all worth it when my son was comforted by just sitting on my lap, for no other reason than 'I'm the dad'.

More than a year later, with baby number two on the way, I've never been happier that 'I'm the dad.' I have to say that I'm a bit nervous about being 'the dad' x 2 but I'm confident that Lisa and I will make it work.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

"Junior" returns home - Posted by Chris

Ok, he's not technically a junior but I call him that sometimes.

After two nights and two days, Christopher returned home today from his weekend at Grandma and Grandpa's. Not surprisingly he didn't want to come home; well at least he didn't want to leave the box of Matchbox cars at Grandma's house. Instead of an excited little boy full of elation at seeing his parents, we were treated to a crying toddler, unhappy about coming home.

After a few minutes to adjust to the tragedy of his homecoming and once he discovered that Mom and Dad had completely torn apart “that cool room with the computers,” Christopher's tears dried and he got back to the serious business of playing with his toys.

This weekend went well. Lisa and I survived our separation anxiety and we both found that the build up to Christopher's weekend away was far more difficult than the weekend itself. I'm not saying that we didn't miss him, but the temporary break in parenting was needed by both of us.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Some pictures from breakfast - Posted by Chris

Sorry we have posted much lately. It been rather hectic lately, hell when is it not hectic. Here's some photos for your enjoyment.