Well, it’s been eleven days since Mel and I became new parents to our daughter Millie, and wow, how our lives have been turned on their head. Not that we’ve had any particularly bad experiences, but it’s a shock to the system, that’s for sure. Experienced parents may smile with sympathy at some of the below, but here are a few observations I’ve noted –
- My day (and night) is now broken up into 3 hour segments and time seems to pass remarkably quickly.
- I’ve never felt so constantly tired in my life, and sleep is achieved by snatching it whenever you can.
- Breastfeeding is a hard gig. Really hard. Respect.
- I’ve become dramatically more efficient and motivated at nearly every chore, now that I have a defined time-frame to achieve it.
- I wish I had have chopped more firewood, made more frozen meals, and pushed harder to wrap things up at work earlier.
- I’ve noticed a new perspective on life is developing, and the things that used to matter in my world have started to change.
But you know something? – I need to take only a glance at her and immediately any of my challenges are forgotten. Every day seems to be a little easier than the last, and as a team, Mel and I are just as strong as we’ve ever been before. I am so thankful that I’m not forced back to work next week, as is the reality for many, and I’m able to provide in-person support for my new family. My year of being a stay-at-home dad has begun, and I’m loving it.