So, if you stop by occasionally, you already know that my beautiful wife gave me a son a little over two weeks ago. Being 35, and with most of my friends already "with children," I tried really hard to anticipate what my life would be like. After two weeks at least, it seems like I had it nailed down, to some degree. What are some things that I didn't anticipate?
- How the #1 goal in my life suddenly became "to grow this baby," especially given how horrible I felt when the pediatrician says he's not gaining enough weight so far.
- How much coffee I actually need to survive day-to-day. Mind-blowing!
- How "sleeping inbetween your baby's feedings" is a joke, if you have a baby who squeaks and mumbles in his sleep, like ours.
- How productive I actually am with 3, 4, or 5 hours sleep. I thought I would be a zombie.
- How excited I am to go home from work and find out what Hank did that day, even though his activities are generally confined to sleeping, barfing, pooping, drooling, eating, and going wherever Momma wants to take him.
- That I have rarely felt as useless as when (luckily this is only about once a day) Hank is upset and there's nothing that he "needs" to make him un-upset...and there's nothing I can do for him.
- How about the sick amount of sports I am watching on TV - since half of the time I am saddled with a sleeping 10 lb sack of potatoes on my chest? From "Spanish Fly" light tackle salt water fishing to college football (GO HOKIES), the NFL, World Cup Soccer, and of course the MLB playoffs (Go Bombers!)
- The amount of love in my heart.